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Maisel’s Weisse Dunkel

Rating: 3.35

This one will be my second Maisel’s Weisse beer, it follows on from their standard hefeweizen version that I’ve tried a number of times over the last couple years both on-tap and by the bottle, having initially reviewed it year back in June 2012. The flagship hefeweizen version is the only one of the brewery’s beers that I’ve spotted in the UK but on my recent trip to German I managed to try this one a couple of times, both in Berlin and in Hamburg. I’m usually a fan of dunkelweizen beers, mainly because they are fairly hard to come by in the UK but this one just wasn’t as good as the normal Maisel’s Weisse in my book, although it was still an nice enough beer and one that I wouldn’t complain about having to drink again.

Maisel’s Weisse Dunkel

Appearance (4/5): Medium brown and slightly cloudy in appearance with a foamy white head on top that is about a centimetre tall, smaller than I was expecting but it managed to hold very well indeed.
Aroma (7/10): Some wheat and clove come through initially, as does some citrus but not as much as in the hefeweizen version of the beer. I detected some bubblegum along with some lighter malts and hints of yeast too; not a bad start with some fruits lingering in the background too.
Taste (6/10): Wheat and light malts start things off, there is some faint caramel and cloves that aren’t long behind before some spice and touches of water come through around the middle. There was some banana in there as well but this was slightly weaker than I would have liked.
Palate (3/5): A very smooth and easy going beer with some sweetness but I was disappointed to discover that it was slightly watery in places making it seem a touch bland. Some spice and decent carbonation offset this for the most part but it was noticeable in areas sadly.

Overall (13/20): This one from Maisel’s Weisse was a pleasant beer and one that was easy to enjoy without really exciting. There was a nice hefeweizen like taste with some sweetness throughout but it was bland in areas too and whilst it started promising it’s not likely to be a beer I’d be on the lookout for again, I’ll stick to their hefeweizen version in future most likely.

Brewed In: Bayreuth, Germany
Brewery: Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
First Brewed: Brewery since 1887
Type: Dunkelweizen
Abv: 5.2%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Habana, Berlin, Germany
Price: €3.50 (approx. £2.78)

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