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

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Brewed by:
Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
Germany | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-24-2002

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169
Ratings:
429
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
17.05%
 
 
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Photo of caveman
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
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 theboozecruise
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
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 ElGordo
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-amber with an enormous foamy head. Nice, classic weissbier aroma of yeast, light malt, and light spices (allspice and clove). Light on the palate, with a hint of hops, some more light malt, and wonderful yeast. Body is kind of thin, even for a weiss. A nice, light, summery beer, almost perfect for an 80-degree night on the back porch.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found this in a convenience store at the Doral Building on Michigan Avenue, tucked behind the Coors Light tallboys. Tasted it on the train home, since the rush hour schedule wouldn't let me stop over at Flossmoor Station. Drank this from the bottle, so I couldn't tell the color well. But drinking from the bottle did kick up a nice foamy head inside, and there was a fine coating of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Presented a nice wheaty nose when I opened the bottle. The usual clove and banana tastes only became apparent after the first few sips. Between that was a nice malty sweetness balanced unobtrusively by German hops. Further down the bottle, the lemony taste becomes evident, which builds to a nice tartness as it warms up. All in all, a good, tasty beer to find.

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Photo of Sheldon
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of this hefeweizen is of a deep hazy orange-brown color, a little darker than others of this style. Somewhat of a creamy off white head that doesn't last long produces a descent lace. Malt, wheat and a touch of citrus is how I perceived the light aroma. The taste is spicy with a bit of cloves and a banana background. The mouthfeel is good, a medium body with a pretty good taste towards the end. The drinkability is also good, even with a price of $9.75 a case I will seldom buy it and will most likely frequent Schofferhofer, Franziskaner, and Andechs.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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 Nerudamann
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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 Stubbie1
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This weissen beer pours darker than the others I have had. The color of this beer is a dark/blood orange. The thick off white head quickly builds toward the top of the glass and slowly fades to a thin lace to the end of the glass. The aroma is like most weissen beers, cloves bananas and yeast. The taste matched the aroma to a “T”. The yeast left a slight bitter taste in the end. Overall, a nice weissen beer that is refreshing on a hot summer day. Like all, it is easy to drink.

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Photo of vancurly
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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 wordemupg
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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 911CROFT
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a tall weizen glass. Paid £2.25 for a single bottle.

Pours a hazy, dark, golden-orange body with plenty of visible streaming carbonation. A tall, foamy, three-finger in height, bone-white coloured head with excellent retention slowly reduces to dense cap, leaving behind small amounts of spotty lace.

The subtle nose consists primarily of light malted wheat and faint citrusy sweetness. Some gentle clove spice becomes perceptible towards the back end, but the banana and bubblegum esters typical of the style remain absent. Taste roughly follows suit. Tangy, tart notes of bready wheat and lightly sweet grains lead the flavour profile upfront. Mid palate, a mild fruity lemon peel-like character develops, while faint clove phenols build towards the finish. In the mouth, a light to medium body and ample amounts of lively carbonation give a vaguely smooth and creamy feel, but on the whole, the texture is a little too thin and fizzy. On the end, hints of clove and light malt sweetness linger shortly before finishing with refreshing dry tartness.

Overall this is a decent beer. It’s tart, tangy, dry and refreshing, but its flavour profile is predominantly wheat driven, neglecting in turn the yeast presence I enjoy in the style. As there are a number of more balanced/ flavourful/ estery Hefeweizen’s available to me at a similar price point, I can’t see myself picking up another bottle any time soon.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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 goblue3509
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orangish golden color with a two finger white head. The aroma is of breadiness and banana with a hint of clove at the end. The taste has a wheat and breadiness backbone with a nice banana and slight citrus note in the middle. The end finishes with a floral clove flavor. The mouthfeel is moderate carbonation. Overall it is a solid hef but not best in class.

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Photo of FLima
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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 zac16125
3.6/5  rDev -7%
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 augustgarage
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
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 KajII
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Weizen glass]

Poured dark murky orange with an average sized white creamy head that had fair lacing. The aroma was heavy with yeast, mild grain malt, a light citus hop with notes of banana, coriander and cloves. It tasted light, sweet and quite yeasty at first and finished with this light sweet-bitter acidic yeasty flavor with hints of citrus, spices and a touch of banana with the flavor lasting an average amount of time. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a soft carbonation. Overall a nice light full flavored Hefeweizen.

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Photo of Darkale
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange and cloudy in appearance, with an nice pocked and popping head that slowly faded to slight lacing. Pungent, hoppy aroma, spicy (cinnamon). I am not a frequent Weisse fan; to me, this beer tasted Belgian, dry and crisp, spicy and hoppy.

I hesitate to say that the aftertaste of this beer tasted like bacon, but it did. I cannot find a better way to describe it. It was not bad -- it just tasted like bacon.

Of course, I'd had a couple of strong beers before that, and perhaps my tastebuds were flooded!

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Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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 DaveHS
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours cloudy golden/orange with nearly an inch of fluffy off white head. Reduces slowly, leaving soapy lacing.

S-Heavy clove and banana aromas. Soft wheat/earthy notes.

T/M-Soft and light. Carbonation isn't as prickly as the average German hefe. The earthy wheat notes indicated in the nose are not as prominent in the flavor profile. Thin mouthfeel and a crisp finish.

O-Okay.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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 fsimcox
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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 TheMistler
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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 ncvbc
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty nice example of what a hefe has to offer. An off-orange color with the usual thick, white head. I don't pick up as much in terms of smell as I do with others that I've enjoyed. Cloves, some fruit, wheat. It's all hard to trace. The taste is also more tamed. I notice some fruit in the background but more spices come through in this one. A consistent mouthfeel that is a little on the lighter side. Not the greatest ever but I could come back for more of this in the future.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
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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Maisel's Weisse Original from Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
3.87 out of 5 based on 429 ratings.
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