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

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453
Reviews:
177
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
10.57%
 
 
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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 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 t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear dark yellow in color with some hints of amber and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are strong aromas of bananas in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is filled with flavors of bananas and also has some notes of wheat and hints of clove.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is a little fruitier (with lots of bananas) compared to other German hefeweizens but is still easy to drink.

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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 kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
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 emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 chinchill
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%

11.2 oz bottle. Deep amber body with a durable, creamy head and excellent lacing. Flavorful, with moderate levels of banana and yeast/spice over a good wheat base.

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

Wow this is the most traditional wheat I have had.Great clovey/tart flavor.Much darker than expected wich is fine.Will try the other Maisel,was very impressed.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy, orange-amber body is capped by a full head of rocky white foam that slowly drops (no doubt buoyed by the teeming effervescence beneath) to a thin, creamy surface covering that holds throughout the entire glass but surprisingly leaves only spotty lace. The nose offers a light note of apple-like tartness, some soft vanilla and caramel, and a sprinkling of delicate spice. The body is light and it's crisp in the mouth with a very fine and effervescent, natural carbonation. The flavor reveals a wheatish malt that's nicely caramel-tinged with just the slightest touch of tartness and a sublime bitterness that acts only to balance. This weizen is more fruity and caramelish than the atypical banana-clove-phenolic Bavarian versions, and it makes a refreshing change of pace!

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a moderately clear dark golden yellow in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation slowing rising from the bottom of the glass and some amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy dense foamy head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of banana with lighter aromas of clove and wheat

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of wheat followed by stronger flavors of banana and light flavors of clove.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth.

O: Stronger in bananas than other beers in the style but still a good representation of the style. Easy to drink and refreshing, pairs excellently with some sausages off the grill. Definitely one to get again.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of dcmchew
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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 atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of vfgccp
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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

So I chilled out at Greens the other week and decided to stock up on a bunch of German beers that I had never tried. Amazingly this turned out to be one of. I was actually shocked myself when I checked my stats and saw that I had never reviewed it. I was sure it had been there before. So anyway I have it, I new I would like it and I decided to go forth with it..

A - Poured a nice deep hazy yellow, lots of suspension visible. A big two inch plus head formed immediatly. Well actually it was probably more like four or five inches, but that is neither here nor there. Excellent rretention as it hung around for a good long while. Nice carbonation was visible straing up and some decent side glass lace.

S - Aroma was of lots of wheat which you would expect and a decent amount of yeast. Great earthy grain smell and a nice lively light presense. I felt like it was summer when I smlled this. Very light.

T - Classic hefe, light with a ton of carbonation, lots of wheat and yeast flavors and a hint at some light fruit. Maybe soem lemon in there, something else I could just not put my finger on but nice taste,

M - Light, crisp, clean. Lots of carbontion really tickled the nose alot. Goof feel, went down real smooth and did not linger long. Had a really good full body.

D - Fantastic as most hefes tend to be. This was truly a good summer drinker, could have had this one all night long to be honest. Just a solid low ABV drinkers beer.

Overall quite nice hefe. Above average for sure and a staple for the style something I will definatly go back to in the future. Definatly worth picking up if you see it, quality brew for sure.

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

A: The pour is the typically hazy golden orange color with a couple fingers of white head.

S: Nice sweet banana bread aroma. Cloves give it a pleasant spice note which works very well with the banana and sweet malts. The base is the bready malt character, and there is just a touch of sweet apple.

T: Sweet apple, bread, and banana make up the bulk of the flavor. A nice wheat note to it with a hint of floral honey. The clove is more in the background but gives that familiar spice flavor to the beer.

M: Medium in body with a smooth, creamy carbonation.

O: Really a fantastic hefeweizen. Perhaps I should have picked up another one...

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from tap in a Maisel's weizen glass at Firkin.

I vaguely remember having tried this a couple years ago, but it never hurts to revisit a German hef, right? It pours a cloudy tawny-brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises banana, clove, and mild flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a healthy dose of orange zest. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a damn solid hef, not quite up to Wiehenstephaner or even Hofbrau standards, but more than tasty enough to readily reach for another.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy orange godlden copper tone for the body with a very fluffy highly carbonated orange tinted cream hue for the head leaves speckled lacing not bad. Aroma: Some ripened apple notes along with the sharp spritzy malted wheat sweetness, very pleasant I am feeling a vibe with the apple note. Taste: Creamy sweetness very nice slight chalkiness blended with a suprising bitterness of hoppage not bad. Overall a bit bready but the sweet tones prevail making this a very flavorful Weiss, not bad at all. Mouthfeel: Creamy and high carbonation I like the combonation this wheat presents. Drinkability: I'm not too keen on this style of a weizen for pure drinkability but I do find it interesting.

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Maisel's Weisse Original from Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
3.88 out of 5 based on 453 ratings.
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