Maisel's Weisse Original | Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.

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Maisel's Weisse OriginalMaisel's Weisse Original
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
Germany
maisel.com

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-24-2002

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Reviews:
173
Ratings:
440
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
10.57%
 
 
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Photo of Backer2004
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Goodbye Winter Warmers, Barleywines, and Old Ales for a while, it's already feels like summer here in NC. At 86 degrees and the first day mowing the lawn, this one really hit the spot afterwards. Lots of bananas and clove, but quite quenching and easy to drink as well. Lots of carbonation and good head retention. This one the ladies would love as well.

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Photo of Malt_Man
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served cool from 500ml bottle into Schneider Weisse glass.

L) Copper / deep amber colour, very hazy, looks great against the bright white dense 2cm head.

S) Sweet toffee-marmalade. A bit of hoppiness in there.

T) Rich orange marmalade with bannoffee pie finish. Lemony zest on top of the deeper flavours.

F) Clean mouthfeel with great acidic bite.

O) Another very good weizen; recommended.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

how have i never heard of this before? seems like this is one of the better hefeweizens ive had, maybe one of the best in the game overall. cant believe i never knew about it. if i can figure out where to buy it, it may become a staple in the fridge for me, its amazing. quite light as they go, both in yeast flavor and in body, and it delicate nature is really welcome and subtle. more yellow than golden, pale and a little hazy but not super cloudy. less dense head than others too, airy not creamy, looks summery, muted but attractive. smells and tastes like a hefe alright, its got a more mild banana clove thing happening, but this is as much flavored by the wheat as the yeast, maybe fermented a little cooler or something, the balance is different, and it works really well. smooth feeling on the palate, really well carbonated and mighty dry. lighter than many, but still just really authentic and refreshing and bright and perfectly made. not sure ive ever seen the bottles around, but i sure would like to find them. also keen to try their other flavors. really spot on and worth seeking out if you are a fan of the old world hefeweizens.

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Photo of stumac
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a copper/tangerine color with a nice, frothy white head. the nose is a little bit of banana, orange citrus, very flora, yeasty. the taste is the same as the nose also with apparent wheat. medium to light bodied, low natural carbo, sweet finish §

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Photo of stephens101
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Haven't gotten to too many hefe's this summer, and that's a shame. Time to change that. A murky, dark orange, almost amber brew is topped off with a big rolling off-white head which stays put for a bit while the active carbonation shoots to the top. All the typical hefe aromas are present, including banana, spice, grapefruit and maybe even some coriander. The smells are vivid and complex and very promising. Tastes spicy, tart and piney up front with a good fruity kick in the middle and a sweet malty finish. Mouth-feel is light bodied and atypically crisp, yet still weizen like in that it has some creaminess too. Figure that one out. After a few drinks a sour essence presents itself but doesn't take too much away from the experience. This one's a keeper.

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Photo of welldigger888
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a honey amber with a big fluffy white head that receedes rather quick leaving sheets of lace that receede as quick.

Nice floral sweet aroma.

Very balanced tart wheat and sweetness that leads to a very low but spot on bittering. Floral and earthy spicy hopping.

Very well recieved medium body for hot days.

Can and have quaffed this delectable beer all day.

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Photo of tigerpaws
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This hefe is right up there with Franziskaner IMO, if I had a choise between the two I would be happy with either. Very good deep, hazy appearance and nice foamy white head, this beer leaves a nice lace down the glass also. The only drawback is the aroma, while not bad it had a faint skinky smell to it. But that's not enough for you not to drink it, because it has a nice feel and very good citrus tatse to it. Enjoy this beer anytime I know I do...........CHEERS

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Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pint .9 oz bottle served into a half liter Kapuziner weiss glass, this pours a cloudy honey amber body with a large almond hued head. Good retention and lots of clingy patch lace on the glass. Aroma is mostly citrusy lemon and yeast, with notes of coriander and overripe banana in the background. Mouthfeel is creamy and well carbonated, with a solid medium body. Excellent mouthfeel for the style. Taste features bready sweet wheat, lemony citrus, understated spicy clove and coriander, overripe banana, and a strong yeast presence. Very tasty Hefe. A nice rendition of the classic German style that is very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Crowler purchased from Growl Movement in Salem OR $6 Pours a slightly hazy golden colour with a large thick and frothy off white head. Very strong fruity/over ripe bananas aromas. Sweet pink apples come to mind for some reason. Nice. Taste similar to aroma but has a nice creamy aspect. Excellent mouth feel silky smooth. A very good drinkable weiss bier.

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Photo of LittleCreature
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.5
Pours orange to amber, a shade darker than most of the style. Atop sits a fluffy two fingers of off-white head. Very little haze in the original pour, but once the yeast is added, it is properly cloudy.

Smell - 4.0
Citrus (mostly lemon), banana, clove and light spice. Tempting.

Taste - 4.0
Falls short of the very best (Weihenstephan) but still a very tasty hefe. More bitter in the finish than most, which is at-odds with the style, and for this it loses points. Flavours of clove, mixed spice, orange peel, a soft apple-like fruitiness and a hay-like wheatiness.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Again, not quite as smooth as the best, but there is persistent fine and reasonably lively carbonation.

Drinkability - 4.0
Very drinkable, particularly in summer. The fact that Weihenstephaner exists is probably the only thing that would stop me from buying more.

OVERALL - 4.1
A good example of one of my favourite styles.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Binny's in Schaumburg, IL.
No clear bottled on date.
Poured into a US pint glass.

Pours a tall, fluffy head of off-white bubbles of medium and small size, creating a sponge-like head that slowly decreases to a thin cap atop the beer. Body is a cloudy orange-copper away from the light, orange-yellow when held to one. Carbonation is visible, along with some yeast that gradually floats to the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is pleasantly sweet and light from wheat malt, alongside banana, yeast, and light vanilla, orange peel, and clove scents.

Taste opens with sweetish wheat malt, then combines fair amounts of yeast with sweet wheat malt and banana esters. This perpetuates into the mid-palate, which also brings in, in the background, clove-like phenols, a bit of bubblegum, and very mild continental hops. Aftertaste of sweet bananas and yeastiness.

Body is medium, slightly lighter around the edges. Carbonation is in high enough amounts to be felt, but not caustic or getting in the way of being able to taste. The result is a relatively smooth mouthfeel with a fairly dry finish.

Overall, a very solid and good-tasting German-style hefeweizen. Should rank in the top members of the style that are available in the US, and one to add to the collection of those "good enough to get again."

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Photo of Gusler
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer separates from the 355ml brown bottle a beclouded amber with a generous white head that is spumous in texture and as it fades away, the lace forms a tight skirt to surround the glass. Nose has a nice hint of yeast, over ripe bananas and a it has a crisp freshness, start is sweet with a nice grain profile, top is light to medium in feel. Finish is pleasantly acidic, the hops personable in their spiciness, desert dry and long lasting aftertaste, a fine beer for a hot Arizona day.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Cloudy dark amber hue that considers darker than typical Hefeweizen, it tops with massive fluffy off-white head that withstands with excellent retention before slowly dissipating to everlasting foamy crown along with plenty of sticky lacing patch and spot here and there.

Led by citrus and banana from yeasty ester, there are also scents of clove spice, bubble gum, and bready malt sweetness.

The taste is purely straightforward to the style with big fruity ester (citrus and banana), clove spice and bubble gum adding more depths to the flavor structure while malt lends notes of bread and sweet. There is not much hop bitterness to speak with that is normal for this type of beer.

Medium body with smooth mouthfeel and lively crisp carbonation generated a wave of soft effervescence through the palate, finish is dry. Classic and genuine Hefeweizen, there is nothing as a twist or new but simple as its best.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

Turbid, cloudy copper in color, a couple shades lighter than a dunkelweiss. Pours with a nice lasting head.

Yeasty dough, bubblegum and clove on the nose. Nice spicy phenols without much sweetness; a touch of banana and pear. Somewhat lactic, even, reminding me of sourdough bread.

Full, bready palate. Pear, banana and bubblegum sweetness lead into more tart, yeasty, lemony flavors mid-palate. A bit caramelized and bready toward the finish, with lingering clove and pepper spiciness. The mouthfeel becomes a bit thin in the finish, but that's my only real complaint with an otherwise great beer.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Normal 50cl Brown Bottle, best before 31 May 2008, drank late April 2008.

Poured into a Franziskaner Weissbier Glass and it looked a typical lovely weissbier appearance. A little darker than some, but still the normal huge white head and the cloudiness and bubbles you come to expect from this type of beer.

Vanilla and Banana aromas fill your nose, toffee comes along to add another dimension, great smells.

Clean refreshing taste, dry, crisp and with a citrus twang as well.

A cracking beer and one of the best in its style for me. I am mad I only picked up a four pack when last in Germany, I'll not make that mistake again.

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Photo of Murphious
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is amber in color, hazy, with a thick white head on top. Lacing on the glass for most all of the 20 minutes to finish a large 22oz. Aroma of clove, spices, banana. Yeasty taste, with clove, bubblegum on the finish. Medium mouthfeel and average carbonation. Pretty good and not to be turned down.

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Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a hazy, light coppery colour... Slightly off white head poured big and foamy and a nice thickish layer lasted until near the end...

Aroma - Typical Hefe smells... strong cloves, banana and hints of vanilla, floral, bubblegum, spicy, light sweet malts...

Taste – Nice creamy maltiness, floral, definite cloves and banana, some honey, citrusy, some spiciness...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy. Light body. Extremely drinkable...

Overall - An excellent beer.... Recommended...

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Photo of JTuomi
4/5  rDev +3.1%

0,5 l bottle into a weizen pokal. Hazy amber body, big fluffy white head with some lacing. Yeasty and wheaty smell with notes of banana, clove and bubblegum. Sweet first taste of malt and wheat followed by yeasty banana and bubblegum, dry finish with clove and peppery spiciness, yeasty aftertaste. Medium body, high but soft carbonation, creamy mouthfeel, very drinkable. Overall a good hefeweizen but not the best within the style. Nice flavor, a bit sweeter than usual, went down well with bratwurst and sauerkraut.

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Photo of John
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this fine Hefe at the Mondial de la Biére 2001 in Montreal. This is the real thing and IMHO there's no substitute for it (sorry domestic craft brewers of so called Hefe Weizens). Unfortunately, I haven't seen this one in the US (or at least not in NY) yet.

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Photo of Brew_42
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Cloudy and orange. White head that quickly dissipates.

Smell-Banana and clove.

Taste- More clove than banana. Kind of floral on the tail end. Not too much of a citrus taste, which is fine by me.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation.

Straight over the plate version of my favorite style beer. Doesn't reach the lofty heights of Weihenstephaner, but nothing does. Better than most American options and cheap and affordable here in Korea at on ₩2830.

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Photo of madvoice
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light straw in colour with a creamy head that disappeared pretty quickly though it did leave some lacing down the glass.

Smelled floral with banana fruity tones

Taste is wheaty/malty with a lemony aftertaste. Quite pleasant.

Light and refreshing in the mouth. Rather light on the carbonation.

Would find this quite easy to drink on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Luigi
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange with a giant foamy head like a good german wheat beer should! Smells malty with a good amount of cloves and citrus. Wheat malts, banana, cloves and some lemon come out in the flavor. Very drinkable! Maisel's Weisse is a straight forward well brewed German Weisse beer. A very tasty beer!

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For some reason, I love the cloudy appearance of this beer. A beautiful light copper color in appearance with a very nice head that really lingers. Fragrant, citrus-like aroma. Good mouthfeel and very tasty. This is a beer that is really easy to drink and I will definitely have to keep a bottle or two in the fridge.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, BB March 2012, 5.2% ABV, and "Aus Bayreuth" instead of 'Original'. Not much difference, I know.

This beer pours an only slightly cloudy, medium golden amber hue, with a multitude of tightly foamy, puffy ecru head, which settles at pace to a low-slung whipped cream topping, eventually leaving some reaching arches of lace in select spots on the glass.

It smells of crisp wheat grain, banana, clove, a bit of citrus candy sweetness, and some soft yeast. Most of this carries forward to the flavour, with perhaps more emphasis on the sweet wheat grain notes, the fruit laying low, and taking the spice and yeast with it.

The bubbles lay quite low, providing just a little edge to an otherwise smooth, fairly solid medium weight body. It finishes off-dry, the sweet wheat, earthy yeast, and fleshy fruit rounding things out.

A pretty decent hefeweizen veritable, the real deal. Drinkable, especially for me, as the notable banana and yeast characteristics are kept in check, and that always works for me. Not that I don't like these inherent essences, but just not being inundated with them. Prost!

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Photo of TexIndy
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a weizen glass. No dating info. Was cloudy honey color with a few stray carb bubbles. No lacing. It had a large white head especially after swirling the bottle to stir up the sediment. Settled into a thin bubbly color with some film.

I had this one years ago in Hilton Head and memory has it with much more aroma and flavor. Not sure if tastes have just changed over the years or if it might be off a little. Hard to tell with no dating info and the place I got it from have several out of date beers. The review is for this one but will need to try again. Anyway, the aroma was very weak. Too some hard sniffs to get it. What is there is very good though. Classic hefe aromas of wheat, over-ripe banana and clove plus some apple as well. Great smell but just too weak. The taste came thru more than the aroma so a higher score. Again, classic hefe taste with banana and apple coming thru. Very refreshing and easy drinker. Easily could drink several of these especially the way I remember it from before.

Overall, a really good hefe that is possibly a great one depending on my next try (maybe a quality issue on this one). Highly recommend. Not available here but would be a big player in the hefe/wit rotation.

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Maisel's Weisse Original from Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
3.88 out of 5 based on 440 ratings.
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