Dismiss Notice
Curious about recent updates to the site and app? Check the Announcements forum for updates.
Dismiss Notice
Love Belgian Beer?

Join us Sep 17 in Portland, Maine for Return of the Belgian Beer Fest, featuring hundreds of authentic Belgian beers and Belgian-inspired offerings.

Tickets + more: beeradvocate.com/belgian

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

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
87
very good
167 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Maisel's Weisse OriginalMaisel's Weisse Original
BEER INFO

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

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-24-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
167
Ratings:
428
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
17.05%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
68
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 167 | Ratings: 428
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

 665 characters

Photo of avalon07
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

 415 characters

Photo of DefenCorps
3.24/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of this in Asheville a couple of days back. I've never heard of this beer or this brewery, but at $2.79 for a 500ml bottle, I couldn't pass it up.

Pouring a clear, golden orange with yellow gold highlights, there's a dense, off-white head that recedes to a ring, leaving no lace. The nose is decent. Mildly fruity, mildly metallic, mildly solvent-like and with some caramel, this is OK. That metallic/solvent character is distracting. As it breathes, it does die off a little bit, allowing some clove and banana to come through. Not particularly expressive.

The palate is significantly better. Spiced bananas drizzled with honey, this is decent. Of course, there's clove, but this also has a little holiday spice. Very slick on the palate, this has plenty of wheat-like dextrins, coating the palate without being sweet. Not particularly yeasty, there's a touch of metallic character on the finish. Mildly sweet and mildly fruity, this is decent. While medium-light, this really coats the palate. Carbonation is medium-low, which is also rather unconventional. Decent.

 1,090 characters

Photo of RBorsato
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold-copperish (amber tones) with a low ivory head but good carbonation kept the low head consistent. Wheaty malt aroma with a trace of fruitiness but very low aroma for style. More of a soft malty, nutty, toffee flavor for a hefeweizen. Light bodied, creamy, and effervescent.

Much different than most hefeweizens and not what I think of for a Bavarian Hefeweizen. Don't get me wrong, it's not bad.

 407 characters

Photo of drpimento
4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

 208 characters

Photo of Gusler
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer separates from the 355ml brown bottle a beclouded amber with a generous white head that is spumous in texture and as it fades away, the lace forms a tight skirt to surround the glass. Nose has a nice hint of yeast, over ripe bananas and a it has a crisp freshness, start is sweet with a nice grain profile, top is light to medium in feel. Finish is pleasantly acidic, the hops personable in their spiciness, desert dry and long lasting aftertaste, a fine beer for a hot Arizona day.

 491 characters

Photo of Suds
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very cloudy, light colored beer – almost milky or silt-like. The aroma is lightly yeasty and estery. The head is large with big bubbles. Malt sweetness is nicely balanced with tartness and a dry finish. On the whole, it’s a great beer, but its best characteristics seem understated.

 300 characters

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.

 283 characters

Photo of Fatehunter
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

 318 characters

Photo of laituegonflable
2.91/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very good, cloudy, light-brown colour, quite hefeweizeny. Good foamy defiant head, with a bit of carbonation. Looks nice.

Nose is pleasant enough but a bit underwhelming. Slightly sour grass aroma, with a hint of spicy yeast but not much. Very European, but not very good.

Taste is not bad, watery on the front palate, then descends slowly - a little too slowly perhaps - into an underwhelmingly rich, drinkable and slightly bitter palate. Finish is quite crisp and clean for a hefe. Lingering flavour is slightly herby, while mouthfeel is a little puckering and dry.

Okay flavours, but they're not dominant enough for me to really enjoy it.

 652 characters

Photo of blackie
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour produces a huge, fluffy off white head that slowly falls back. A nice layer remains throughout. The beer is a hazy orange-amber in color.

smell: Wheat malt and yeasty aromas upfront with accompanying notes of moderate banana and slight clove. Just a touch of lemon aroma. There is a light noble hop aroma. The aroma is well balanced and pleasing.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the lighter side of the high range. The body is between light and medium.

taste: Crisp wheat flavors with yeasty flavors of light banana and clove. There is also just a hint of lemon. After the swallow a light bitterness provides some balance. Well made and very balanced, but I would like some more fruity banana on the tongue...it seems supressed.

drinkabiliy: Easy to drink and very refreshing.

 810 characters

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.

 1,005 characters

Photo of canucklehead
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great to see such a selection of German hefes in BC and this ranks among the best. The colour is darker than some and the nose is complex with a dark wheat note almost like a dunkelweizen. I liked the way the beer took the usual hefe flavours and married it with a maltier base much like Schneider-weisse. Incredibly easy drinking with good complexity this is a top shelf example of the style.

 393 characters

Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pint .9 oz bottle served into a half liter Kapuziner weiss glass, this pours a cloudy honey amber body with a large almond hued head. Good retention and lots of clingy patch lace on the glass. Aroma is mostly citrusy lemon and yeast, with notes of coriander and overripe banana in the background. Mouthfeel is creamy and well carbonated, with a solid medium body. Excellent mouthfeel for the style. Taste features bready sweet wheat, lemony citrus, understated spicy clove and coriander, overripe banana, and a strong yeast presence. Very tasty Hefe. A nice rendition of the classic German style that is very drinkable and refreshing.

 636 characters

Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a hazy, light coppery colour... Slightly off white head poured big and foamy and a nice thickish layer lasted until near the end...

Aroma - Typical Hefe smells... strong cloves, banana and hints of vanilla, floral, bubblegum, spicy, light sweet malts...

Taste – Nice creamy maltiness, floral, definite cloves and banana, some honey, citrusy, some spiciness...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy. Light body. Extremely drinkable...

Overall - An excellent beer.... Recommended...

 543 characters

Photo of JayQue
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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!!

 599 characters

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - clear golden, thumb of head dissipated quickly to a few random islands
S - strong banana and wheat, light cloves, and alight earthy note
T - similar to the nose but cracker grainy flavours are more dominant, yeasty esters through the finish
M - very big carbonation to the point of domination, finishes lightly spicy
O - had the general expected flavour profile and is enjoyable, just a little heavy on the carbonation for my preference of sytle

 449 characters

Photo of matjack85
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a dozen bottles of various hefeweizens today at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL. so I could compare the different versions. This Maisel's Original came in a 1 pint 0.9oz brown bottle with no freshness date for $3.29 a bottle.

The beer poured a cloudy dark apricot color with 2-fingers worth of foamy white head that lasted about a minute. Lacing was minimal.

The beer smells like wheat bread with a lot of spices in it. A faint banana smell can be picked up in the background.

The beer has an apple/banana fruit flavor to it along with plenty of wheaty yeast taste. Clove and other spices round out the flavor.

Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall I liked this, but prefer hefes with a more pronounced banana flavor and sweeter mouthfeel.

 769 characters

Photo of flyingpig
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange coloured here with cloudy look and a huge foamy white head with great retention as expected. Some carbonation evidence from bubbles too.

Clove coriander and banana. It’s not as strong as I’d have liked but acceptable for the style with some fruity spice. There is also a little bubblegum aroma at the end too.

Some banana, clove and pepper with touches of spice and coriander. I enjoyed it but much better hefeweizen out there within a similar price range.

Smooth with tonnes of carbonation and a sweet fruity tang with touches of spice. Medium body and well balanced if a little weak.

Average for a hefeweizen but it was nice and had good flavour. It could have been stronger in taste along with the smell and nothing really struck me for it as being overly exciting.

1001 Beers Blog: http://abarwithnoname.wordpress.com

 842 characters

Photo of Offa
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good, but not great, hefeweizen.

Pale hazy amber (golden), with big pale tan head steadily shrinking to foamy ring and a few wisps of lace.

Aroma is very hefeweizen character of banana, moist bread, bread crust.

Taste is soft grain with bubblegum, crisp mineral, light zestiness. It is lightly sweet. It’s good, very much a hefeweizen, but not great or complex, fairly one-dimensional, even if the character is firm and holds up well.

 454 characters

Photo of ordybill
4.99/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500 M bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- A fantastic aroma of wheat, fruit and spices Appearance- Pours a murky orange/gold color with a thick, off-white head. Taste- Outstanding, what a hefeweizen should taste like. Great wheat and fruit mix. Palate- A medium to heavy beer with moderate carbonation. Has a creamy texture. Overall- A fantastic beer, a must try.

 374 characters

Photo of Absumaster
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a murky, orange/brown color with a thick, stabile head.

Smell is spicy with some clove. A yeasty smell with some wheat notes. I also get some faint chocolate notes.

Taste is malty and spicy of the yeast, with some wheat taste. From appearance and taste I get the feeling there is some caramel and/or chocolate malt in here. I can taste some unsweetened chocolate. The yeast character isn't as outspoken and fresh as some other Weizen I have tried.
Mouthfeel is grainy leaves a dry and tart taste.

 519 characters

Photo of Globetrotter
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in the German standard tall brown half liter bottle with a blue, gold and white label featuring words and wheat stalks. Purity law, of course. Best before 3/1/04, I opened it on 5/25/04.

Pours an intriguing cloudy darkish copper-orange under a two finger off white head with marvelous contour and good staying power. The lacing is a bit spotty, but still substantial. The nose is subdued, with a touch of lemon and coriander. The mouth is prickly, but not overly so, and slightly heavy with an interesting fruitiness. There's a touch of lemon tartness in the opening, accompanied by substantial amounts of yeast and a hint of delicate spice. Just a hint of hops bite accents the finish, while the aftertaste is sweet and yeasty. A tasty rendition..

 757 characters

Photo of Dentist666
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy dark amber beer with enormous off-white head, retention is as long as life of an elf. Smell is excellent, round, to a good extent spicy, banana, wheat malts, a bit stale, like from cellar and even smoky.
Taste is classic for hefeweizens, round, balanced. One of the best weissbiers out there.

 305 characters

Photo of stephens101
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

 763 characters

Maisel's Weisse Original from Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
87 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe