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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 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 DenisKolkin
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served well chilled into a franziskaner hefe glass while touring in Lubeck, Germany.

Appearance - Vibrant orange color, with nearly three fingers of fluffy white head that settles into a coalescing half finger head after a while. Lots of spotty lacing interspersed with some spidery lacing on the glass.

Smell - fairly aromatic banana bread, and some very subtle hints of citrus. The usual wheat, banana, and clove dominate though. Traditional hefe fare, and well executed.

Taste - light orange peel and coriander with a tremendous banana burst up front then a dropping of into the flavours of wheat and banana with some clove mixed in. Some pepper in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - smooth, reasonably well carbonated, with a bit of a spritzy feel. Not quite as light as some of the true greats, but definitely not heavy either.

Overall - a vey fine hefe that's in the same class as some of its great German brethren.

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Photo of vtfan77
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Slightly hazy gold with about an inch of fizzy head. The head goes down faster than a... well, you can probably fill in the rest with your own dirty mind.

S- Big aroma of overripe bananas with that characteristic wheaty twang. Stronger than I was expecting and pretty nice.

T- In contrast to the smell the taste is quite mild. There's still that banana character and the wheaty twang, only dialed down a bit. There's also a slight vegetal hint on the finish and a bit of a chalky aftertaste. Not overly complex, but pleasant.

M- Light and bright thanks to an active carbonation. It's pretty much what a good wheat beer should be.

O- Not a bad hefeweizen at all. I wouldn't have minded a bit more complexity, but you could do worse than this on a hot summer day. I don't know that I'd seek it out, but I wouldn't mind drinking it occasionally.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.19/5  rDev -17.8%
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 zac16125
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle into a hefe glass
no bottling dates

A: Pours a rusty copper color, opaque even more so than is typical in the style. 3 fingers width of off white colored head builds then dissipats down fairly quickly to thin film. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

S: A bit of clove and some banana-y esters, pale malt, a bit of skunky aromas, wheat.

T: Wheat, some peppery spice, subtle clove and banana, pale malt. Ok but not hefe punch I got in the best of the style.

M/D: Lighter side of medium bodied, carbonation o the higher end which is appropriate, drinkability is average.

O: Overall, its ok. Better than some of the American hefe's but far from the best in the style.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Wurst in Calgary, served in an authentic Maisel weiss glass. A dark orange color with rather minimal white head, this wheat beer and classic contemporary example of the style delivers the expected banana and clove nose, decidedly weighted towards the banana part of the equation. This is a rather citric, near-sour take on the style, with some unripe bramble fruit discernible amongst the honey nut Cheerio, more assertive than on the nose clove, dried banana chip, tobacco, and faint butterscotch elements. Body seems a tad on the thin side and the carbonation is aggressive, although thankfully the flavors still pop nicely on the palate. Remains very tangy two-thirds of the way through a pint. Finish is faintly doughy, with some sour fruit and floral rose water. Very nice. This is a rather good beer fresh and on tap. I prefer some of the richer, sweeter, and clove-heavy takes on the style, but this exemplifies another approach that almost reminds me of many North American craft-brewed examples.

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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 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 augustgarage
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

Slightly cloudy orange/brown liquid with an active off-white head that dissipates quickly to a fragile but lasting collar. Thin lacing, poor retention

Banana and allspice in the nose - heavier on the phenols as the fruit takes a back-seat.

Cocoa-dusted plantains on the palate with a hint of vanilla and coconut. Distinctive yeast character is offset by the clean malty base and a brief but moderate bitterness. Medium-finish is dried out by the perception of further peppercorn and clove notes.

Prickly yet flaccid mouth-feel.

A good, quietly unique variation on the standard weizen.

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Photo of Ryan_Graham
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark yellow. Small head that fades quickly.

S: Wheaty and pungent.

T: Starts off wheaty and ends with a chocolaty aftertaste. Very smooth. Great balance. There's another flavor in there that I can't put my finger on. It almost tastes like bananas.

M: Not too much carbonation. Very smooth. Light on the tongue.

O: I'm a big fan of wheat beer and this is one of the better ones I've had. Very good balance and brings something different to the table. I liked it a lot.

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

look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Creamy straw color. Misty yeasty infusion coming to the bottom of the glass. Always a pleasure. Creamy head

Smell: Bananas mixed with an earthy tone. Rich and sweet Good representation.

Taste: Fruity banana mix up front with an assertion at the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel: Good mouthfeel with a back bone. Full rich and a good stout feel that goes down your throat not just to the end of your tongue.

Overall: Pretty good. MW is a bit of a belly button beer but for good reason. A nice summer sipper but I would take this on a raw German night any time. A good one and a memorable beer for a reason.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle 5,2% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Best Before: 19/10/2013

Appearance: Maisel’s Weisse pours a murky golden-orange colour, with a rough pour generating a large off white head. The head lasts acceptably well and leaves a few patches of lacing.

Smell: Mmmm, this actually smells quite nice. Big banana notes dominate the nose, with a little clove spicing, some sweet citrus, a little peach and some pale malt also present.

Taste: Sadly the flavor is quite a lot weaker than the nose and not quite as complex. Notes include: Banana, a little clove spicing, a touch of peach and some pale grain.

Mouthfeel: Weizens are one of the few styles in which I enjoy a high level of carbonation, so the high level here is just about right. Unfortunately the carbonation is nowhere near as it should be and is almost reminiscent of that in a pale lager! The body is light with a watery finish.

Overall: Maisel’s is a decent weizen, but not one I would buy again.

EDIT: I had this one again and the mouthfeel was a little better - enough to upgrade the score from a 2.75 to a 3.25.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks great with two fingers of head on a darker straw colored body, a few bubbles are visible.
The aroma is nice: grain and hay.
The taste is fairly malty with a moderate bitterness. A bit different for the style, but good.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation.
Enjoyable, but not a traditional hefeweizen.

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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 teromous
3.11/5  rDev -19.8%
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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Photo of vkv822
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

on-tap @ Belmont Station: tulip pint.
from notes.

Hazy, golden orange with a thick, billowy off white head.

Weizen yeast, faint clove and banana in both the nose and taste.

Medium body, with foamy carbonation.

An enjoyable Hefeweizen. Fairly standard, well done flavor profile, with an enjoyable body.

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Photo of mick303
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle with freshness date. What a pretty beer! Poured a slightly darker amber brown, strongly hazy, not the biggest head for a hefe, maybe a couple fingers of soft creamy head but really good retention and lacing. Yeast was incorporated.

Smell has a strong presence of pink bubblegum, right outta the wrapper. Sweet lemon and apple, slightly yeasty. A lot of wheat malt, mild banana not too noticeable. Some sweetness also.

Taste has upfront bubblegum, strongly present. Nice firm malty body with a softness to it. Banana comes through with a nice leafy note, and a nice yeasty spicy bite, banana bread sweetness on the finish. A touch of bitterness, clove spice, bit of wood. Finish is crisp, mildly spicy, and really solid. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, smooth carbonation. Light bodied and soft. Refreshing and true to style, finish is really crisp which I like. Some mild banana on finish. Really drinkable.

This is tasty beer. However I did find it swung a bit strongly toward the bubblegum end, this becomes marginally improved as it warms a bit, but it dominated the beer a bit I found. That said, there's quite a bit going on otherwise and a pretty nice drinkable character. Not as complex as some, and not my favourite of this style, but it is still a good hefe and I'd have it again.

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Photo of searsclone
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

clear yellow before I swirled the bottle and poured the yeast, then a cloudy dark yellow color with a thin white head

smells like bubble gum in the bottle, then sweet bread and spices once in the glass

taste is nicely balanced with spice up front, then sweet banana bread, bubblegum and finishes smokey.

mouth feel is crispy with a creamy, wet finish

overall, this is really good. I will look for it again

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Photo of Renzan0
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Always a place in my heart for my First Beer. Unfortunately, this being my first beer, I have a very hard time with Hefeweizens now (as most people have with Jack Daniels or Jäger, or anything they drank to excess in their youth). The pour was always perfect, great head retention. Amazing light gold color. Overall, almost 'too easy' to drink, flavorful beer. A beer that you and your friends will drink all of, forcing you to resort to Tucher to finish off the night.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a transparent light red with a nice white head that disappears all too quickly. Smells of wheat with hints of light fruit. Tastes of wheat and lots of fruit, with hints of banana and orange. Beer is light bodied and carbonated right with a good finish. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-amber colored with a 2 finger head thai fades rather quickly

S-banana and cloves just like you would expect

T-follows the smell closely with banana and cloves coming through nicely

M-good carbonation with an almost dry finish

O-not bad for a hefe

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Photo of FLima
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lots of head as expected for a weisse bier. Different colour, darker than usual, hazy cooperish tone. Predominantly banana aroma. Taste follows the aroma adding some cloves to it, and clear yeast. Starts zesty with some bitterness, and ends (very late) a little dry. Very refreshing.

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

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass.

Look - light amber color, clear, with about two fingers' worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - fruity, clove-like smell...generally with a typical hefe type of smell.

Taste - the taste is much like the smell, only the cloves are much more prevalent. It's got a darkish middle of the taste, which is hard to describe, but it just seems to warm up or mature in the middle.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced overall, not having too much of a creamy or watery tendency to it.

Overall - not a bad brew, and pretty indicative of the style.

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