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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
453
Reviews:
177
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
10.57%
 
 
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36
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87
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Photo of AlexAfonin
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 911CROFT
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
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 SSGCujo
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wontonst
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drpimento
4.51/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Yummm! Outstanding traditional Hefeweizen beer. Aroma and flavor have that traditional spicy clove, banana, malt, sweet-tart, thirst quenching thang. Wish it was distributed around La Crosse, Wisconsin again.

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Photo of erk0607
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of windowside
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Foley67
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beginner2
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks like a semi-clear hefe. Smells a typical hefe, too (although I prefer more yeasty banana emanating.)
Tastes very balanced; spices and wheat and barley all play nice. Feel is very soft with modest bubbles.
OA: A very pleasant beer by itself or, next time, with a selection of harder cheeses.
Listed on the "1001" , Maisel's Original probably deserves this because it was marketed so well to the rest of Germany so they could enjoy hefe-s.
MJ's 1999 "Guide" gave it 2.5 stars of 4 and said it has "a big fluffy body."

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Photo of mastema
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Tastes more like a dubbel than a weissbier. Considering many hefes taste very similar to one another, this one is outside that pack.

Deep hazy orange/dehydrated urine color when poured, thick porous head as to be expected from any good hefeweizen. Smell is very muted, mostly cloves are all thats detectable. The taste, as I wrote in my first sentence is very much like a belgian strong ale or dubbel. If you like those beers and haven't had a hefeweizen you've enjoyed yet, this one is what you should be drinking.
Personally I'll stick with the more banana ester-type weissbier, those by Schneider or Weihenstephaner or Andechs (which is more a yeast-bomb and looks like butterscotch beer!) This isn't something I'll be returning to even though I respected the end result as a well-made beer, it's just not my taste.

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

Photo of Poloplaya
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Robertas
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Smullyan
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Macain
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of km0508
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of killcore
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Azpittil57
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Zythophile
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date: sometime in 2015
Palate Contaminants: sweets

Appearance is translucent gold. The head doesn't hang around.

Smell is nothing special, slightly sweet grain.

Taste blows everything up, though. I guess maybe the flavors don't get lost in volatilization. The sweetness is like a fresh grain of wheat, and that followed by a very mellow maltiness. There's a little bit of lemon, and something close to vanilla that I can't quite place.

Even though it doesn't appear too carbonated, the feel is moderately carbonated, with a moderate creaminess.

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Photo of RomzesBrewer
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TomMahan
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of risenz
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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