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

Maisel's Weisse OriginalMaisel's Weisse Original
BA SCORE
3.89/5
457 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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-24-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,690
Reviews:
178
Ratings:
457
pDev:
10.54%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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36
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Photo of doktorhops
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

What’s this?!? A Weizen I haven’t reviewed yet! How can this be possible!?! Etc, etc… So yeah, without acknowledging the fact that there are probably thousands of different Hefeweizens from Germany alone that I haven’t reviewed, it still comes as somewhat of a shock when I come across a new Weizen I’ve yet to quench my thirst with given my passion for the style. So what we know about Maisel’s Weisse? Apparently someone named Maisel liked Hefeweizens and they started a brewery in Bavaria and brewed Weizens… that’s about it really. Can it beat my all-time favourite Hefeweizen: Weihenstephaner? Only time will tell, mere minutes in fact.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Weizen glass.

A: Cloudy amber/orange (could easily be mistaken for a glass of fresh orange juice if not for the head and carbonation) body with a cream-coloured fluffy 2 centimetre head that stands up OK, could be denser IMO. 7/10.

S: Really top-notch Hefeweizen aroma of ripe banana with prominent overripened pear and a light hint of clove spice… possibly the most pear ester driven Weizen I’ve ever laid my nose on - this would suggest a fairly sweet Weizen, but then again my nose has be fooled on many an occasion. 9/10.

T: Starts with pear, middle pear, and finishes with pear… oh and there’s ripe banana with a hint of clove and a dash of caramel sweetness too. Finish is slightly on the dry side which definitely adds to drinkability in this style. Quite surprised by how well balanced this one is actually, given how I’ve never seen it before now. Hints of herbal astringency come out as well when the glass drains down a little. 9/10.

M: Medium bodied, as all great Hefes should be, with soft water and good texture from medium/creamy carbonation - this is up there with the best mouthfeel I’ve experienced in any Weizen, or ANY beer FTM (For That Matter)! 10/10.

D: This is one top-notch Weizen that deserves to be in my personal German Hefe pantheon along with the likes of: Weihenstephaner, Franziskaner, Schneider Weisse and König Ludwig. The only thing where Weihenstephaner consistently defeats this (and many of the other Hefeweizens in the pantheon) is on price; at around $8 a bottle it’s hard not to choose Weihenstephan’s $6 a bottle pricing, other than that I say “A Maisel a day keeps the blues away (and your Gastroenterologist happy when your liver eventually fails)”, prost! 8/10.

Food match: This is a somewhat more versatile Hefe than most and would easily match anything from German cuisine/BBQ to pizza/salad.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sigmund
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, bought in Germany. ABV is 5.4%. Hazy amber colour, large slightly off-white head. "Absolutely fabulous" aroma, orgasmic in its abundancy of fruitiness and spiciness. Notes of leather too. Flavour is bit more restrained, still very nice with all the traditional hefe characteristics, wheaty and yeasty with cloves but also some caramel and brown bread. Aftertaste is, like with most wheat beers, very moderate but nice. Can you expect a hefeweizen to be much better than this?

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Photo of Ela
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerManDan
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Took a chance on this beer at Trader Joe's for $4.99 a six pack and WOW was I surprised. The color was a hazy golden wheat with an orange hue and poured sort of thick. The aroma was of cloves and the flavor was just great. It was the normal smooth wheat and clove taste with just a hint of bitterness at the end. This was a well balanced weisse beer.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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 BeTheBall
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy bronze color with a pillowy head and some lacing in the glass. Had that classic German Weiss aroma of banana and cloves from the yeast. Taste was the same, with some tempered sweetness. Delicious and a joy to drink, especially with food. Mouthfeel was full, with rich carbonation; very refreshing. Drinkability is good, as the taste is excellent.

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Photo of marc77
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light copper / orange in hue, covered by an animated, off white head w/ soft peaks. Lively carbonation. Wheat tartness upfront in aroma is immediately ensued by mild clove phenols, and subtle banana esters. Caramel and toasty Munich notes provide a pleasant contrast to the somewhat refined yeast derived estery and musty aroma. Trace bubblegum. Flavorwise, this beer exhibits a fine balance of a toasty, somewhat buttery continental malt backbone, wheat tartness and a relatively subdued banana ester and clove profile for style. A touch thin in body and not quite proteinaceous enough in mouthfeel to support the above average malt character. Finishes with a snap of caramel giving way to lingering, but pleasant grainy wheat tartness. If it weren't for the lack in body, Maisel's Weisse would be outstanding. Regardless, the drinkability is excellent.

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Photo of SimplySinister
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A tad darker than the typical hefe's sunny straw color. More of a honey sunset color. Poured with a nice two finger head into a cylinder. Minimal lacing and mild to moderate carbonation.

S - Smells like the typical hefe, a little clove/banana action going on. It's not at all overpowering though.

T - Not nearly as sweet as the typical hefe. I'm really, really liking this one. Tastes very balanced. Clove and banana notes exist but are definitely muted.

M - Much cleaner and more crisp than the typical hefe with little to no lingering flavor.

D - Fantastic. I'm not too sure that I'd ever session any wheat but if I did it would be this beer. Very easy and pleasurable drinkability. All in all, I am pretty much astonished at the simplicity and awesomeness of this beer. I would definitely have this beer again with zero hesitation. If you like hefe beers but dislike them being too sweet, banana bombish, or too clove tasting give this one a try.

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Photo of ZachT
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of czfreeman
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super traditional Weizen Beer from the Bayreuth region of Bavaria.
Pours a super murky orange, tan unfiltered apple cider color. The light tan thick foamy crown is really beautiful to behold. Picture Perfect Hefeweisse.
Smells of apple, nutmeg, brown sugar, caramel, a heavy hand of banana ( a key point for me), nutmeg, raisin, vanilla,cider tartness comes out and becomes more prevalent as the beer warms, cutting through the original sweet impression. Grains, musty wheat, tart citrus come into play as well. Overall a really good to great Hefe nose, touching in the upper echelons of Weihenstephan or Ayinger. after living in Munich for a year and studying brewing, it tends to set high standard.
Onto the first sip--wow-first reaction. Banana,clove,pepper, cider,apple,fermented pear, tingling fresh black pepper, light vanilla, bread, maltiness akin to molasses, orange,wheat comes into play. Flavor is one of the best Ive ever had.
Mouthfeel is medium, thick and tart and refreshing all in one. Thick, creamy, fruity, yet tart, refreshing and biting-the perfect Hefe.This small Brewery from Bayreuth has made a Hefe on par with the bigger and more famous Weihenstephaner and Schneider Weisse. A truly great Hefe--great brew, hence my high rating

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Photo of smanders
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd seen this beer a million times and passed it over for more recognizable brands. I was really surprised today when I opened the first .5 liter bottle.

Appearance - this is actually one of the darkest (non-dunkel) hefes that I've found. The beautiful orange color is something of an anomaly. The head is extra bulbous and lasts a good while.

Smell - cloves, banana, and a bit of citrus.

Taste - why did I wait so long to try this hefe? It's every bit as good as any other easily found hefe on the market. Very fresh, crisp.

Mouthfeel - highly carbonated.

Drinkability - hefeweizwen's aren't really highly drinkable as a style since they are a tad heavier than most other styles. With that said, I could easily enjoy 1.5 liters in one sitting.
If you see this brand at your local beer seller, give it a try...it's a great example of the style.

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Photo of searsclone
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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 The_Kriek_Freak
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Frankfurt airport. Lovely burnt orange color hazy and with a head of insane retention. Aroma full of banana and clove. Some bubblegum. Taste sweet but overall balanced and with a very smooth texture. A very enjoyable hefe.

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Photo of igl
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a small pilsner glass. Not the best choice, but you work with what you have available.

Pours a cloudy orange after a stirring of the yeast, with a short-lived fluffy white head.

Nose is juicy - lemon zest and wheat, light vanilla and banana, earthy yeast providing just a bit of doughy sourness.

Taste is a bit citrusy, zesty, light vanilla, crisp, smooth wheat, fairly bright. Finish is doughy, just a bit earthy, more citrus zest. Clean.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and clean for a hefe - creamy body is full bodied but deceptively light, nice exhale that sticks with you a long time.

Drinkability is fantastic. Clean, flavorful, perfectly authentic, and just begging for another sip. Very well executed.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Marvicsin
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Maisel's Weisse Original from Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 457 ratings
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