What type of beer is Maisel’s Weisse Alkoholfrei?
Maisel’s Weisse is a German wheat beer.
German wheat beers don’t conform to the German purity laws are they need to contain 50% wheat (instead of just water, barley, hops and yeast) but as they are a regional speciality it is allowed. Their area of origin is Bavaria.
They are supposed to have banana and clove tastes.
As seen above, they contains more than the 4 ingredients allowed by the German purity laws due to being a regional specialty. Are they going to squeeze in any others?
Maisel’s Weisse Alkoholfrei includes…
- Wheat malt
- Barley malt
- Natural fermentation carbon dioxide
So basically they are just adding wheat, which is kind of expected in a wheat beer, no?! The carbon dioxide is to re carbonate the beer after some of the brewing techniques used to make it. It would have been there anyway naturally in an alcoholic beer.
Often these German wheat beers are a little higher in calories, carbs and added sugar. They are up in an “isotonic” range and are specifically marketed to that effect like Erdinger.
If you would like to know more about isotonic beers, then you can read my article on it here
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That is not the worst nutrition profile ever from a German wheat or Belgian beer. In fact the sugar level is about half that of say Erdinger.
There should be ample carbohydrate to create a big body and creamy mouthfeel that i would associate with this style of beer.
To read more about what isotonic is and how it affects beers, you can read about that here
A typical German wheat beer type label but not massively exciting
The beer itself is much more exciting! It pours out so thickly and produces an enormous head that means you have to pour carefully or get an ice cream cone head!
The colour is deep amber and unfiltered to make it look darker again.
You would think smelling it through that big old head would be difficult, but no.
This smells like the dictionary definition of a wheat beer. There is the biggest banana smell I’ve had from a wheat beer and you can pick up some cloves. Aside from that there is beautiful wheat freshness
Oh yes, that is fantastic. The taste backs up the smell, there is the biggest taste of banana I have had from a wheat beer as well. It is almost at the point you would think this is a banana fruit beer! Luckily I love a banana.
There is not a huge amount of bitter hops but you don’t buy a wheat beer for that do you.
In terms of the body, it is pretty big but I think just a slight level below, say, Schneider Weisse Tap3, as is the mouthfeel. Considering it is slightly higher in carbs and sugar this is a tiny negative for sure.
I do think this is a brilliant beer, in my top 5 wheat beers certainly, probably top 3 in fact but doesn’t quite topple Schneider Weisse
Beautiful German wheat beer. If you like a big hit of banana then this is for you.
9/10 – Big German alkoholfrei wheat beer that ticks nearly all the boxes
Find out where this beer ranks compared to all the beers i have reviewed on my updated “Best Non Alcoholic Beers” page
Where to buy?
You can try these at Wise Bartender as well, a brilliant non alcoholic retailer
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Is Maisel’s Weisse Alkoholfrei gluten free?
No, Maisel’s Weisse Alkoholfrei is not gluten free. Not very many of the German beers are
I have an entire article on non alcoholic beers and gluten if you want more information.
Is Maisel’s Weisse Alkoholfrei vegan?
Yes, it would appear that Maisel’s Weisse Alkoholfrei is vegan friendly.
For more on vegan beers see my article on the matter. Why beers may or may not be and how to check.
Big German alkoholfrei wheat beer that ticks nearly all the boxes