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

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Maisel's Weisse OriginalMaisel's Weisse Original

Brewed by:
Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.

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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Reviews: 170 | Ratings: 431
Photo of haningj2
3.14/5  rDev -19.1%
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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Photo of colts9016
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy orange with a thin white head.
Nose: Wheat, malt, oranges, pear, apples, lemons and a hint of floral.
Taste A nice wheat malt complex that laces orange citrus, fruit and a touch of hops on the end.
Overall: This was a very good Hefe and I enjoyed. The finish is slightly sweet. A very good summer beer.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Bert's Bier Huis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into my Weizen glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a big white thick fluffy head. A deep opaque golden orange-brown. Darker and more orange than the standard weizen. No carbonation evident. Some immediate lacing. Nice looking.

SMELL: Wheat malt, clove, and a bit of sour lemon hop in the nose. Nice.

TASTE: Wheat malt and a slight bit of bread in the finish. The bready aftertaste is mild and relatively nice, but the initial taste is lacking somewhat. Not as strong or complex as it could be, A bit of lemon comes through as it warms. Average taste profile, unfortunately.

PALATE: Medium body and an appropriate amount of carbonation. Goes down smooth and relatively creamy with no bite. Finishes relatively dry for a weizen. Feels good.

OVERALL: A good brew, drinkable for sure. The nose is slightly more impressive than the taste, but the look is very nice. This one was actually my staple for a while when I lived in Hamburg. One worth re-visiting.

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

Purchased at Chips in Nags Head. Very enjoyable. Poured a CLEAR gold, somewhat darker than the typical hefe. I was surprised to see a clear beer, maybe I should have swirled it or something. Typical hefe big bubbly white head.

Smell was pronounced and good. Wheat, astringency, signs of good things to come. Tasted very good. Astringent, hint of bubble gum, some citrus and wheat beer smoothness. Not as spicy as some hefes with cloves etc. and not as astringent as hefes like Koenig Ludwig but a good solid flavor.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp. Drinkability is excellent. One of the better hefes!!

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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 theboozecruise
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one from a bottle into a typical pint glass.

It's got a reddish-golden color with an inchish head, quick to dissipate with very little lacing.

The aroma is weak, but slightly fruity and you can tell you're about to dive into a wheat beer. The taste is more of the same... it's good, but not great. A slight bitterness to it, but mostly an easy to drink wheat beer. Not overpowering at all.

I'd recommend this one to someone trying to transition from light beers to better stuff, but it's nothing special.

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

Poured into a weizen glass from a .5L bottle purchased at the Crazy Cafe bar in Budapest. The bottle had a euro-style Best By date indicating May 2, 2009, well in the future. I'm glad to see that, of course, but I am beginning to become suspicious of just how far in the future some of the dates I've seen on beers in Eastern Europe are.

Poured an orange-y, light brown with a hazy storm of sedimentation and carbonation, which resulted in an appropriately nice, puffy, top-of-the-clouds head that displayed good retention.

Banana, as expected, on the nose, but subdued. I guess I could say that I detected the banana as part of an overall, slightly-spicy banana bread vibe I got. Rather than grapefruit I detected more of a plain orange quality with accompanying granny smith apple notes. A nice, rich nose - I hope the taste is as well developed.

Hmm. Maybe I should not have wished that. With a thicker mouthfeel than I anticipated (juice, a word used by many other reviewers, is apt, but I wish it had been cut more CO2), the heavy and full taste (more fruity than I anticipated from the well-rounded nose) leaves this weizen being less refreshing than I'd like, though it isn't bad. A very full and well crafted wheat beer, but just not entirely my cup of tea.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a weizen glass. The beer poured a dark golden color with a nice light white head, like any good hefe should. The aroma was sweet and bready. The taste was very good. Nice wheat/bready flavor with hint of fruit, but not that sweet. This made the beer Highly drinkable and a very good session beer. Excellent beer.

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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 cvstrickland
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

50 cl bottle poured into a weizen glass yields a warm golden body crowned with a hand's width of creamy pearlescent foam with stubborn retention at a thick finger that leaves creamy bands of lacing.

Smell is rich and fruity with a dash of clove and a savory, malty, bready wheat note.

Taste is nutty with wheat and lightly fruity with notes of ripe pear and a whiff of mellow freckled banana.

Light-bodied, fresh and juicy with a soft, dry finish, this beer is really very drinkable and highly refreshing.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.51/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - A shade darker than most hefes, a bit orange/amber. Hazy, with a nice 3 finger head with decent retention but settles into nothing; no collar or cap. No lacing. Less than I expected from a hefe.

S - Wonderful, and a little different than some hefes. The banana is still there, along with faint clove notes, but there's something very sweet, maybe apple, with a lot of bread and nuts as well. More complex and less phenolic than most hefes.

T - Starts off with some overripe banana, with a suggestion of apple, peach, or other stone fruit. Very interesting. Mid palate some light wheat malt takes over, but the barley comes through as well making itself known much more than most hefes. Late palate is slightly phenolic but much less so than others of the style. Aftertaste is slightly citric, but not sour.

M - Highly carbonated and medium bodied, great for the style.

D - A great hefe, and a great beer at that, to kick back with. A little pricey, but worth it.

I love this hefeweizen, even if it does deviate somewhat from others. I feel Maisel's is a more functional "interpretation" than most. The sweeter, apple-like esters prevailing over sour wheat malt and clove/phenolic flavors make this one hell of a beer for me. It's gotta be the yeast.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfect orange yellow, huge white head that melds with the last drops of yeast-saturated beer. Crazy as the yeast seems to actualy layer and blend between the orangish top and the yellowish bottom of the full weiss glass.

Freaking huge aroma of weisenstephan yeast strain, my favorite. Pinapple, banana, clove and fresh hallertau hops all very present. An incredible and thick flavor of fresh hefeweiss smacks your taste buds with all that a hefeweiss should be. Carbonation is high rendering this beer very refreshing and palate cleansing. On the downside, it fills you up awful fast, making this a nice summer quencher but hardly a session ale.

Try it fresh when in Germany!

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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 TheSarge
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an odd beer for me. The appearance of this brew was average with a fair amount of light white head, and a gold and hazy body. The aroma was a bit off with a vinegar and peppery smell. The taste, however, was a bit of a surprise. I detected hints of clove and banana, which are typical, but it was nicely balanced. Drinkability wise it is all there, very thirst quenching and enjoyable.

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was poured into a weizen glass from the 12oz bottle.

The beer poured with a hazy straw colored body and a white fluffy head. The head does not hold as well as you would expect from this style and does not lace as much either. The smell is a typical wheat and bready smell. The taste is similar, and had the characteristics of a good weizen, but is just a bit on the weak side. The mouthfeel is also a bit thinner than the best ones out there. This is a nice beer, just not in the same league as the best out there.

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Photo of avalon07
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty solid hefe I picked up at random at a local bar for lack of anything else. The appearance was typical of this style of beer: amber, somewhat opaque. It had a nice, barley smell, with a hint of some other fruits I couldn't pinpoint. The taste was very pleasing, refreshing and not overpowering, but not something you'd want to give up your favorite beer over. Overall, it's a pretty satisfying brew.

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

11.2 oz. bottle with some code on the bottom of the label. The beer is an opaque amber, with high carbonation and a finger of tan head that leaves light lacing - a bit dark for the style, but still nice. Smells of malted wheat and sweet malts, with almost overripe bananas, spicy hops, and some fruitiness and yeast. Tangy, tart, and nutty wheat on the palate, with spicy yeast, subdued phenolics (hints of cloves and banana), some fruity esters, spicy/salty hops that impart a mild bitterness, and perhaps a bit of chocolate. The body is very dry, medium, with medium carbonation and finish. Overall it's a well-constructed beer, with lots of wheat flavor and tastes a bit like a cross between a hefe and dunkel weizen.

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Photo of Onslow
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought for xmas eve '07..Smells very old world, of banana, cloves, dust, and an old maid ... very dark in colour, of orange amber bread crust ... glides down the throat, but has a very strange aftertaste that weirds it all up.... lacing is like james stewart in a wonderful life... a pin point above average Hefe but the queer aftertaste kills the overall enjoyment of this beer, but it has its place...probably..

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Photo of rec
3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
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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Photo of skeetermoses
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First beer I had tonight, overall it reminded me of so many belgian beers, it really did not stand out as a favorite of mine although it is a beer I can see myself getting in the future, overall it went well with white chedder and wheat crackers, all in all I also finished it off with a very good beer cheese fondue. I tend to wish I would have drank the Samual Smiths India Ale with the fondue.

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Photo of AlexLMS
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one just after an Erdinger and the Maisel’s is so much superior that Erdinger seemed a bore.

Appearance: hazy with a pale orange colour. The head is off-white, huge, and moussy. It has good head retention but not so much lacing when it finally fades.
Aroma: very fruity nose. A mixture of bananas, cloves and other spices. Very pleasant.
Taste: great taste of sweet malts, bananas and spices.
Mouthfeel: smooth and silky, strong carbonation, right alcoholic strength and a full body.
Finish: lingering light fruity aftertaste.

Overall: a great beer. Very refreshing and complex. All I could expect from a Weissbier. I hope I could find another bottle soon.

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Photo of vancurly
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a) Dense frothy head, heavy lace. Dark orange / apricot hue, hazy, bubbly.
s) Typical Weizen.. banana, clove, wheat.... appealing balance
f) As with aroma, but with a more dominant wheat character.
m) Kinda light, slightly thin. Fades quickly. Needs more body and length.
d) Very quaffable

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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 saintwarrick
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden wheat color that is murky with a nice head that whittles down a tad, but stays with you for the duration. Nice banana bread and brown sugar aroma with a refreshing, fruity banana taste. Not in the same league with Weihenstephan, my favorite, but this is a very solid example of the hefe style.

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Photo of Redwood21
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
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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Maisel's Weisse Original from Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
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