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

Maisel's Weisse OriginalMaisel's Weisse Original
BA SCORE
72.1%
Liked This Beer
3.89 w/ 455 ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-24-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,546
Reviews:
178
Ratings:
455
Liked:
328
Avg:
3.89/5
pDev:
10.54%
Alströms:
0
 
 
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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.84/5  rDev -27%

Photo of PDXHops
2.87/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass. The bubbly head is huge, but retention is disappointing. Scattered lacing atop the hazy orange body.

The requisite clove, bread, yeast and lemon are there, but everything seems rather muted, tired even. Perhaps an old bottle (and at this modest price point, I'm inclined to give it another chance). There's potential showing in the mild aromas and flavors, but the watery mouthfeel leaves much to be desired. More tame than bad, it pales in comparison to many of its Old World brethren.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.91/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very good, cloudy, light-brown colour, quite hefeweizeny. Good foamy defiant head, with a bit of carbonation. Looks nice.

Nose is pleasant enough but a bit underwhelming. Slightly sour grass aroma, with a hint of spicy yeast but not much. Very European, but not very good.

Taste is not bad, watery on the front palate, then descends slowly - a little too slowly perhaps - into an underwhelmingly rich, drinkable and slightly bitter palate. Finish is quite crisp and clean for a hefe. Lingering flavour is slightly herby, while mouthfeel is a little puckering and dry.

Okay flavours, but they're not dominant enough for me to really enjoy it.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.96/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Quite a dark amber tapering to a burnt golden body. Light white coarse bubbled head that doesn't retain. Minimal carbonation.

Very little aroma, a little sweet and toffee like. Little hint of the classic banana-clove aroma. Overall, rather subdued.

Taste is a little more traditional. Smooth banana phenols, with an underlying freshness. Quite easy to drink and very creamy on the palate. Pretty filling though, and the cloying banana bubblegum sweetness gets to you after a while.

Still, it's pretty drinkable and quite smooth. Pretty hard to take more than one of these though.

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2.99/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

.5L, Germany, best by May 2011.

Hazy straw-orange. Head is sub-par for the style: thin and short-lived.

The aroma is faint, but has some good banana and raw yeast character.

Flavor is boring and watery, but at least not offensive. Whereas a good Hefeweizen has bright, fruity and phenolic flavors, this beer has a dull, bready character, with a bit of tang thrown in for good measure. This style is all about the yeast, and I'm afraid the Maisel's strain forgot about flavor during fermentation. The mouthfeel is okay, but kind of chalky and watery. All in all, this is not so bad to drink, just very mediocre.

Note: I last reviewed this beer over two years ago following a buzzed afternoon in a Berlin biergarten. Though my palate has matured since then, this bottle did not even come close to what I experienced that late summer afternoon in 2008. Oh well. I guess it's better on-tap...

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Keg of maisels weisse drank

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3.04/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Zorro
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy dark amber with a medium sized off-white colored head.

Smell is sweet with a mostly clove scent. Smells something like Clove cake.

Starts out mildly sweet with mostly clove and ginger flavor. Mildly flavored it could be stronger.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall frankly this is flavorless. Not something I would pay for again.

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3.11/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Slightly hazy medium orange-gold color, with a nice fluffy white head. Loads of visible carbonation.

S: Some spicy hop scents mingling on the nose with notes of alcohol. Light clove scents pop out.

T: Very very light flavors that are hardly noticeable or identifiable. There is a cardboard like flavor to the beer, and some mild spice flavor in the aftertaste. A little bit of big-league chew on the back.

M: The mouthfeel is very light and well carbonated. It is very easy to drink.

O: Overall I thought the beer was fairly average. It just lacked the freshness and pop of flavor that comes from a good Hefeweizen. Mainly it lacked the fresh grain flavor that comes from a good Hefe, as well as pronounced phenols and spice. It is an import, and the bottle is stamped with 26 G 12 07:30, so I'm guessing the 12 is 2012 which would mean it's not the freshest. I probably wouldn't buy it again unless I was getting it in Europe. It's still a very decent beer, and better than many non-imported offerings in the US. It was very drinkable, and would suit nearly any occasion a light-bodied beer is called for.

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3.14/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Considered a mid-level Hefeweizen. Average quality. Not exceptional but not extremely impressive either.

A - Probably the saving grace of the brew. Pours brown/orange. Typical cloudy Hefeweizen body and small head. Slight lacing. Lacing becomes more impressive about half way through the beer.

S - Not so great. Obviously gives a distinct wheat-scent with hints of fruit. Nothing is bold about the smell overall, though. Was expecting much more.

T - Average. Very average. I personally felt it was too "American" although the brew is truly of European origin. Awkward taste. Almost immediately bold, followed by a sour hint of lemon/orange and followed by a disappointing aftertaste that is honestly, hard to describe. It doesn't have a unique flavor but by no means is it terrible.

M - Pretty good. Smooth, crisp and flowing.

D - Decent. The drinkability probably deserves a higher ranking but should be penalized for flavor. Yes, it's wrong for me to say that, but true.

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3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance is a sort of amber wheat color, with a head that dies fast.
the smell...what smell.. i dont detect a strong smell from this beer at all. there was some before i poured it into the glass but the minute i did so it went away, what is thre is some yeats and wheat maybe some fruit. taste is ok, by no means the beast hefe weizen. its a clean flavor that isnt very in depth, but is not offensive at all. this beer is around average, with each sip i waver between whats this beer doing and, this is somewhat refreshing. its not something I would get again, but its not a "bad" beer, if your a huge hefe fan, its worth a try to see if its an interpretation you enjoy.

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Photo of rec
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There really isn't a lot to say about this if you've enjoyed a fine and wide selection of hefe's.

The pour is probably the most enjoyable part, with an amber body and creamy white sticky head that laces a little too well. Brilliant.

I've got a bit of a cold at the moment, so the aroma was hard to pick, but there's definitely a yeasty undertone with some mild fruit overtones. I wish I was in a healthier. Typical of a hefe from the region.

The taste again is quite typical of a German hefe, although less stand-out than my preferred brews being the Shoffer Hefe and the Paulaner Hefe. Banana, spice, yeast - definitely enjoyable, but unfortunately not stand-out... there are better options as far as flavour goes.

The mouth feel is appropriate, moderate carbonation with no nasty aftertaste transcending from the up-front flavour.

Drinkability like many of this style is great - somewhat of a session beer, but also one that could be enjoyed whole-heartedly as a single.

Something that I'd recommend picking up at the right price, but not something I'd go out of my way to find with superior hefe options available.

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3.19/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Redlight Redlight. Color a little dark. Rich creamy head. Good aroma. Taste’s too sweet, almost cloying as it warmed. The balance of banana to clove was good, but too much sweetness detracted from the refreshing quality of this style. Body was medium heavy. Good carbonation. A good hefe but just a little too heavy.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Cost was 0.79 euro plus a 0.08 euro pfand (deposit) for a .5L bottle at a Kaufland hypermarket in Berlin.

BOTTLE: Half a litre. Brown glass. Blue and white colour motif. Branded pry-off crown cap. Best before: 19.11.16.

5.20% ABV.

APPEARANCE: Classic hazy orange hefeweizen body. Off-white cap of fair froth and good (~6 minute retention). Leaves no lacing as it recedes. No yeast is visible within the body.

It's a decent look for a hefeweizen, ticking all the conventional boxes. But it isn't all that vibrant. Head could be softer and more robust.

Appears well-carbonated.

AROMA: Soft clove and yeasty spice. Banana. Wheat. I don't get any orange peel, unfortunately. It's a classic hefeweizen aroma, but each note lacks the vividness and expressiveness you'd find in a superior example of the style. Leans a bit too heavy on the banana ester, in my opinion. Wheat bill could come off more fresh.

Aromatic intensity is average. I detect no booze or off-notes. Suggests an unbalanced hefeweizen with limited depth of flavour but a pleasant taste.

TASTE & TEXTURE: The softness of the mouthfeel is wonderful; I don't know if that's just German water or if the brewers really know their water chemistry, but damn it's well-executed. Carbonation is near perfect, if a biteen low. Smooth, wet, refreshing, aptly medium-bodied. It's a nice texture for a hefeweizen, but unfortunately there just aren't that many deep or vivid flavours to accentuate.

It does lean heavy on the banana esters from the yeast, drowning out any spicy clove that might inject more balance into this already simplistic brew. The hefeweizen is often simple - that's fine - but the best ones often have so much balance and subtlety to what few notes they're working with that it's artful. This one fails to achieve that; it's heavy handed with its reliance on banana, and lacks the notes of spicy clove and orange peel that you'd find in style paragons. The result is not a bland beer, but certainly a wanting one - especially in terms of depth of flavour. Frankly, it's a bit "one-note."

Flavour duration and intensity are average. It's cohesive enough, but doesn't drink like a gestalt whole.

OVERALL: The mouthfeel exceeds the taste in terms of quality. This doesn't come close to competing with Bavarian entries like Ayinger, Franziskaner, or even Erdinger. That said,at under 1 euro a half litre it's well worth trying (though price points are never a factor in my ratings). Highly drinkable, if a bit plain for a hefeweizen. I'd like to see them retain this mouthfeel whilst adding more flavour and reducing simplicity. It does hide its ABV well, and I could easily finish 3+ bottles in a sitting, but why bother buying this again when Ayinger, Weihenstephaner, Franziskaner, et al. can be had for right around the same price?

High C+ (3.23) / WORTH A TRY

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.24/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of this in Asheville a couple of days back. I've never heard of this beer or this brewery, but at $2.79 for a 500ml bottle, I couldn't pass it up.

Pouring a clear, golden orange with yellow gold highlights, there's a dense, off-white head that recedes to a ring, leaving no lace. The nose is decent. Mildly fruity, mildly metallic, mildly solvent-like and with some caramel, this is OK. That metallic/solvent character is distracting. As it breathes, it does die off a little bit, allowing some clove and banana to come through. Not particularly expressive.

The palate is significantly better. Spiced bananas drizzled with honey, this is decent. Of course, there's clove, but this also has a little holiday spice. Very slick on the palate, this has plenty of wheat-like dextrins, coating the palate without being sweet. Not particularly yeasty, there's a touch of metallic character on the finish. Mildly sweet and mildly fruity, this is decent. While medium-light, this really coats the palate. Carbonation is medium-low, which is also rather unconventional. Decent.

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Maisel's Weisse Original from Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
Beer rating: 72.1% out of 100 with 455 ratings
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