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
Reviews:
173
Ratings:
440
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
10.57%
 
 
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Photo of Absumaster
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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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 Globetrotter
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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..

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Photo of goblue3509
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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 marc77
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
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 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 draheim
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle (code 14.F 14:16) into a weizen glass. Pours a beautiful coppery amber color w/ a 1-finger white head, explosive carbonation. Lovely.

On the nose I get a nice blend of pear, apple, banana and spice. Really a surprisingly powerful aroma. Very nice.

Taste follows nose. Lots of sweet fruit, wheat malt, lemon and clean water. A touch of mellow banana/vanilla in there too.

Mouthfeel is just right. Smooth and thirst-quenching w/ a sharp crisp bite on the finish.

Overall I was impressed by this one. Didn't expect much (picked it up on a whim) and was pleasantly surprised. Always the best kind of beer experience when it happens.

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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 stumac
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a copper/tangerine color with a nice, frothy white head. the nose is a little bit of banana, orange citrus, very flora, yeasty. the taste is the same as the nose also with apparent wheat. medium to light bodied, low natural carbo, sweet finish §

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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 ElGordo
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
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 falloutsnow
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Binny's in Schaumburg, IL.
No clear bottled on date.
Poured into a US pint glass.

Pours a tall, fluffy head of off-white bubbles of medium and small size, creating a sponge-like head that slowly decreases to a thin cap atop the beer. Body is a cloudy orange-copper away from the light, orange-yellow when held to one. Carbonation is visible, along with some yeast that gradually floats to the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is pleasantly sweet and light from wheat malt, alongside banana, yeast, and light vanilla, orange peel, and clove scents.

Taste opens with sweetish wheat malt, then combines fair amounts of yeast with sweet wheat malt and banana esters. This perpetuates into the mid-palate, which also brings in, in the background, clove-like phenols, a bit of bubblegum, and very mild continental hops. Aftertaste of sweet bananas and yeastiness.

Body is medium, slightly lighter around the edges. Carbonation is in high enough amounts to be felt, but not caustic or getting in the way of being able to taste. The result is a relatively smooth mouthfeel with a fairly dry finish.

Overall, a very solid and good-tasting German-style hefeweizen. Should rank in the top members of the style that are available in the US, and one to add to the collection of those "good enough to get again."

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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 John_Beeryman
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not the greatest hefeweizen, but it absolutely nails that iconic German wheat and barley taste. Could use more banana and clove flavor. Good head and head retention.

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Photo of colts9016
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy orange with a thin white head.
Nose: Wheat, malt, oranges, pear, apples, lemons and a hint of floral.
Taste A nice wheat malt complex that laces orange citrus, fruit and a touch of hops on the end.
Overall: This was a very good Hefe and I enjoyed. The finish is slightly sweet. A very good summer beer.

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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 cvstrickland
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

50 cl bottle poured into a weizen glass yields a warm golden body crowned with a hand's width of creamy pearlescent foam with stubborn retention at a thick finger that leaves creamy bands of lacing.

Smell is rich and fruity with a dash of clove and a savory, malty, bready wheat note.

Taste is nutty with wheat and lightly fruity with notes of ripe pear and a whiff of mellow freckled banana.

Light-bodied, fresh and juicy with a soft, dry finish, this beer is really very drinkable and highly refreshing.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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 drmeto
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L:
-pours a cloudy bronze with a small,creamy, white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
S:
-herbal,faint tart,clove,wheaty,lemon
T:
-banana,caramel,bready,wheaty,lemon,nutty
F:
-high carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
Another great Hefeweizen

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Photo of TexIndy
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a weizen glass. No dating info. Was cloudy honey color with a few stray carb bubbles. No lacing. It had a large white head especially after swirling the bottle to stir up the sediment. Settled into a thin bubbly color with some film.

I had this one years ago in Hilton Head and memory has it with much more aroma and flavor. Not sure if tastes have just changed over the years or if it might be off a little. Hard to tell with no dating info and the place I got it from have several out of date beers. The review is for this one but will need to try again. Anyway, the aroma was very weak. Too some hard sniffs to get it. What is there is very good though. Classic hefe aromas of wheat, over-ripe banana and clove plus some apple as well. Great smell but just too weak. The taste came thru more than the aroma so a higher score. Again, classic hefe taste with banana and apple coming thru. Very refreshing and easy drinker. Easily could drink several of these especially the way I remember it from before.

Overall, a really good hefe that is possibly a great one depending on my next try (maybe a quality issue on this one). Highly recommend. Not available here but would be a big player in the hefe/wit rotation.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle with some code on the bottom of the label. The beer is an opaque amber, with high carbonation and a finger of tan head that leaves light lacing - a bit dark for the style, but still nice. Smells of malted wheat and sweet malts, with almost overripe bananas, spicy hops, and some fruitiness and yeast. Tangy, tart, and nutty wheat on the palate, with spicy yeast, subdued phenolics (hints of cloves and banana), some fruity esters, spicy/salty hops that impart a mild bitterness, and perhaps a bit of chocolate. The body is very dry, medium, with medium carbonation and finish. Overall it's a well-constructed beer, with lots of wheat flavor and tastes a bit like a cross between a hefe and dunkel weizen.

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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 Dave1999
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy light yellow with a fluffy white head which died down quickly.

Smells sweet, banana, lemons and wheat.

Tastes of wheat with a little citrus and spices.

Has a medium mouth feel with medium carbonation.

A decent enough hefeweizen just a bit too sweet.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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 JohnQVegas
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
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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Maisel's Weisse Original from Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
3.88 out of 5 based on 440 ratings.
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