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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-24-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
171
Ratings:
433
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
17.01%
 
 
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Reviews: 171 | Ratings: 433
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky honey orange with a 2 inch foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, spice, yeast, banana, and some slight caramel aromas. Taste is of wheat, spice, and yeast up front with a slight banana aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great aroma that is quite easy to drink.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - clear golden, thumb of head dissipated quickly to a few random islands
S - strong banana and wheat, light cloves, and alight earthy note
T - similar to the nose but cracker grainy flavours are more dominant, yeasty esters through the finish
M - very big carbonation to the point of domination, finishes lightly spicy
O - had the general expected flavour profile and is enjoyable, just a little heavy on the carbonation for my preference of sytle

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 12/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a cloudy orange amber with a moderate white head and lacing. A sweet wheat aroma. Pleasant slightly sweet wheat and light fruit flavor finishing smoothly, almost as if the flavor disappears, but leaves a very pleasant light wheat and light sweet malt finish. Very mellow and well balanced. Light to medium bodied. A pleasure to drink.

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Photo of matjack85
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a dozen bottles of various hefeweizens today at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL. so I could compare the different versions. This Maisel's Original came in a 1 pint 0.9oz brown bottle with no freshness date for $3.29 a bottle.

The beer poured a cloudy dark apricot color with 2-fingers worth of foamy white head that lasted about a minute. Lacing was minimal.

The beer smells like wheat bread with a lot of spices in it. A faint banana smell can be picked up in the background.

The beer has an apple/banana fruit flavor to it along with plenty of wheaty yeast taste. Clove and other spices round out the flavor.

Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall I liked this, but prefer hefes with a more pronounced banana flavor and sweeter mouthfeel.

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Photo of TheDinger
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Nice medium amber pour with 2 fingers of pillow off white head. Smell is of typical hefe characteristics, fruity, cloves, apple and banana. Not overpowering but adequate. Taste follows the nose with a pretty big hit of apple on the front that mellows into banana bread and phenos. Good blend of fruity and earthy wheat. Feel is heavy carbonation and dry on the tongue. A bit too dry for the style. Overall- A pretty solid Hefe that had an interesting take with the heavy apple/cider quality. A bit too dry on the back end as well. I like the take on the style and will be back for another-

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Photo of canucklehead
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great to see such a selection of German hefes in BC and this ranks among the best. The colour is darker than some and the nose is complex with a dark wheat note almost like a dunkelweizen. I liked the way the beer took the usual hefe flavours and married it with a maltier base much like Schneider-weisse. Incredibly easy drinking with good complexity this is a top shelf example of the style.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm warm and rather sweaty. This is what a Bavarian hefeweizen is for. Coming in the usual 500 ml bottle, on to the beer:

Is this a helles or dunkel? Probably closer to helles, but it is quite dark for one. Toasted orange color is dominant with dark yellow hues. The foam is semi-frothy, drops and retains a small bit of itself. A few spots of lace stick to the glass, but they don't last for long. Pleasant nose and balanced. There's banana, esters, even some apple, and banana bread.

There's little argument over the taste. Despite some strong carbonation, this beer is good. A rather fruity and phenolic flavor, eventually a kiss of the alcohol makes itself noticed. Some clove works into the profile. The carbonation acts as the balancing device to keep the beer from getting overly crazy with the fruit and spice. Maisel's Weisse is just one of many reasons to try a German hefeweizen.

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Photo of caveman
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at collins bar in Seattle. Poured into correct Maisel's Weisse glass. Good head, great appearance, very good aroma. Served a little too cold, flavor was average for a German Weisse . Good balance of banana, clove and back end bubble gum. It just seemed to need a little umpgh.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange coloured here with cloudy look and a huge foamy white head with great retention as expected. Some carbonation evidence from bubbles too.

Clove coriander and banana. It’s not as strong as I’d have liked but acceptable for the style with some fruity spice. There is also a little bubblegum aroma at the end too.

Some banana, clove and pepper with touches of spice and coriander. I enjoyed it but much better hefeweizen out there within a similar price range.

Smooth with tonnes of carbonation and a sweet fruity tang with touches of spice. Medium body and well balanced if a little weak.

Average for a hefeweizen but it was nice and had good flavour. It could have been stronger in taste along with the smell and nothing really struck me for it as being overly exciting.

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Photo of Converge
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a 22.3oz weizen glass.

A - Pours with a monstrous head of foam like a good hefe should. A slightly off white foam sitting atop a golden-amber brew with ample haze. A little darker in general than hefes I'm used to. Head retention and lacing are pretty poor for the style though; a shame.

S - Tons of bready and yeast goodness. Crisp wheat, banana, clove and pear. Lots of spice for a hefe. Just a delicious aroma all around. Simple and fitting aroma for the style, but so good.

T - A perfect continuation. A ridiculously drinkable mixture of doughy bread, hefe yeast, cloves, lots of spice, and mild fruitiness. The usual crisp fruity character expected from hefes takes a bit of a backseat here for more spicy esters. Some sweetness comes through in the form of light caramel malt with hints of vanilla.

M - The body could use some work. The carbonation feels too distant from the smooth, medium body. The carbonation is done well, and so is the viscosity, but they just don't seem to meld together like they should.

D - Overall a damn drinkable hefe with a slight twist to it. An easy style to enjoy, especially this time of year. I definitely see myself drinking this again in the near future. Good stuff!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle - $2.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a cloudy, very dark gold body with a creamyish, off-white head that settles down at a quick rate.

Smell: Wheat bread dough marked by a soft, subtle spiciness, hints of caramelly sweetness, and a gently fruity addition of chopped bananas and orchard fruit.

Taste: Bready, doughy, moderately tangy wheat malt with a fair amount of overall sweetness and low taste of caramel. Quick dash of cider. Yes, you've got your banana esters and clove bud accents, but it's not nearly as forceful as some hefes can be. Light hop character, bitterness. Small pinch of ground mace for spicy, sweetish, crispish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Very lightly creamy.

Overall: I thought it was quite nice, actually. One of those beers where each sip demands another and, in short time, it's gone.

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Photo of draheim
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle (code 14.F 14:16) into a weizen glass. Pours a beautiful coppery amber color w/ a 1-finger white head, explosive carbonation. Lovely.

On the nose I get a nice blend of pear, apple, banana and spice. Really a surprisingly powerful aroma. Very nice.

Taste follows nose. Lots of sweet fruit, wheat malt, lemon and clean water. A touch of mellow banana/vanilla in there too.

Mouthfeel is just right. Smooth and thirst-quenching w/ a sharp crisp bite on the finish.

Overall I was impressed by this one. Didn't expect much (picked it up on a whim) and was pleasantly surprised. Always the best kind of beer experience when it happens.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

A real nice solid good pour, brings the creamy off white head with good staying power. Body hues a nice text book amber, hints of orange and deep yellow towards the bottom.

Nose is highly clove sense, with a sweet malt and wheat density. Lemon juicy smelling, VERY nice, I like where this seems to be going.

Big banana finish on this beer in the aftertaste. Body is just a tad wet, seems to be balanced nicely in carbonation. Sweetness doesn't become apparent in the mid palate, but there's a nice fruit peach quality to this. Extra tasty bits and foam when adding the last bit does seem to bring out the vanilla.

Overall not too bad, just wish it had a bigger profile and flavor, but certainly a decent beer.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy light yellow with a fluffy white head which died down quickly.

Smells sweet, banana, lemons and wheat.

Tastes of wheat with a little citrus and spices.

Has a medium mouth feel with medium carbonation.

A decent enough hefeweizen just a bit too sweet.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label design: Lovely typo logo. Looks very distinguished on the shelf amongst the other beers.

S: Almost no aroma.

A: Beautiful almost amber colour. Opaque. Head is slightly yellow but vanishes without a trace after a couple of minutes.

T: Refeshingly no banana, okay maybe just a tad. Maybe peach and something else. Very summery. I get barley, like in those Lucozade glucose drinks. Quite fizzy but it suits the flavour. Very, very subtle hint of cat piss in the aftertaste.

O: It could probably work a bit harder but it's slightly unique and very summery.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into pint glass 3/2/12

A hazy peachy orange with some massive bubbles stuck around the glass, the foam is large but short lived leaving the surface looking like a boiling pot

S fruity gum and dry cereal with just a little spice

T much like the smell but with just a little citrus and faint banana, the flavor and smell are good but a little faint

M light and fluffy from the bubbles, I think I get more intense flavors after I swallow it

O decent stuff but need to be pumped up a notch, everything's there but in small quantities

there's better hefe's for the same price here in Alberta I might not be thinking of this one when summer hits

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Photo of Shadman
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recent addition to the beer stable @ Trackside in Medicine Hat.

Certainly looks like a Weisse with the cloudy aprocot colour( although this beer is slightly darker than say Weihenstephaner). Nice thick head, good retention.

Classic Weisse aromas..caramel, banana, clove, and a slight tinge of pepper. Nice balance as no single aroma dominates.

Solid in the taste department as well. Bit watery initailly, but then the malt and banana yeast kick in. Clove and pepper spice follow up and linger into the dry finish.

Decent feel once the very brief watery period at the beginning is over.

Solid example of the style. Good summer thirst killer.

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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 zaphodchak
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Green Dragon in Portland, OR.

A finger of white head. Deep yellow body, some lace.

Bubblegum banana nose, very sweet.

Slight crispness up front, but then it's a banana-wheat smoothie. Nice.

Not too thick, sparse, bright carb.

Nice-a weisse! Get it? Because, you know.. it rhymes... It's a decent heff, but it's definitely on the sweet side, which works fine for me.

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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 fsimcox
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, off-orange color. White foamy head dissipates quickly to a thin white layer. No lacing.

Smells of sweet malt and licorice, hints of ripe banana, and some orange peel. Some hints of bubblegum, and cloves.

Tastes of citrus and banana, with some tart sour notes in the finish. Carbonation in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is tart, with some creaminess in the middle. Carbonation in the finish.

A nice example of the style.

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Photo of ticklechicken
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured my Maisel's Weisse Originial from a bottle into a mug with a dark tangerine colour with a 1cm of head that left no lacing. The scent was of banana, cloves and bubblegum. In terms of taste and mouthfeel, a prickly spice hit me first, then bubblegum with a less prominent wheat taste. I'm a huge hefewiezen fan, and I really enjoyed this one, so I'll definitely be drinking it again.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a half-liter weizen glass. I did an awful job on the pour, and it showed with a complete lack of head. A finger of light, white foam developed and dissipated quickly. The color, though, is pretty solid. (I could not mess that up.) It is cloudy gold/amber.

Smell: Exactly what I want from the style. The nose is hit by lots of fruit — apple, banana, and maybe strawberries — which are balanced with a perfect amount of bready yeast and clove and pepper spice. There is bubblegum in there, too.

Taste: The mouthfeel is light but also bready and quenching; it coats the mouth with a lot of sweetness. The flavor mostly mirror the smell: apple, banana, strawberry, yeast, clove, pepper, and bubblegum. The spices, though, are more prominent than the fruits, which I like.

Drinkability: This is a solid Bavarian hefe. Nothing spectacular or orgasmic, but it is very thirst quenching. I really wish I had poured it better.

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Photo of Zorro
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
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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Photo of Halcyondays
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a dark hazy goldenrod with a fizzy white head. Poor retention for the style no lace.

S: Bubblegum esters, a hint of iron, and wheat.

T: Strong yeasty banana taste especially in the finish. Good complexity. Light notes of apple as well. Nice flavours.

M: Medium-bodied, nice structure. Biting, crisp carbonation.

O: A solid weissebier, easy drinking and refreshing. I've been wanting to try this for a while after seeing it in one of Michael Jackson's books, good stuff, glad it's finally in America.

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Maisel's Weisse Original from Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
3.88 out of 5 based on 433 ratings.
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