Total Score: 8.8/10
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.