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Schwelmer Pils - Privatbrauerei Schwelm

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BA SCORE
80
good

92 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Schwelm visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 11-21-2003)
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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bit darker than i have ever seen for a pils. It is a light amber gold with a frothy white head that dissipates leaving some lace.
The aroma is very faint but has a touch of spicy hops.
The flavor is good for a pils as it begins with a spicy almost piney hop bitterness that segues into a bready malt flavor. The balance is broken by a further hop flavor that lingers in the finish slightly. The mouthfeel is a bit thin though it is not unpleasent.
This is a nicely drinkable beer and I enjoyed it as a different example of a pils.

RenoZymurgist, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of Tupperwolf
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A bit less of a loud crack than the last time I popped open a Schwelmer beer, but the wire-stop cork has done its job. The beer pours out a clear orange-honey color, and is very nicely carbonated, lazy but very large bubbles clinging to the botom of the glass for a couple of moments before rising, visibly disturbing the surface of the beer after the pillowy white 3-finger head disspates.

The scent is very light, offering up just a few whiffs of yeasty dough and honey, with a very slight lemon zest from the hops.

The taste is great, a very smooth and light biscuity with orange zest honey, and a very light hop intrusion that is noticed mostly by the lack of too much maltiness; The hops play the balancing role perfectly. The finish is crusty and peppy, sweet but definitely not cloying.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, with a relatively crisp finish, soft velvety carbonation keeping things lively. It fills the palate enough to be very satisfying for a pils.

Drinkability - If I could buy this locally, I think I'd stock up. Schwelmer is a really great value, and this is a very solid offering from the German brewery.

Tupperwolf, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love the pop wire cap bottle.
Pours a clear straw color with a half finger white head that melted quickly to thin lacing.
Aroma is malty but with a pleasant biscuit drying.
Taste is sweet malt, lager yeast, grainy crisp finish.
Not quite as dry as I expected but a little peppery finish and a nicely carbonated mouthfeel.
A very nice german Pils.
Perfect for this summer day.
Did I mention I love the bottle?

IntriqKen, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and very good sticky lacing. Nicely shaped short 11.2 ounce bottle.

The smell was very aromatic with a flowery and slightly citris hop aroma. A nice graininess in the background.

The taste was very well balanced. A nice hoppy sharpness countered with a good doughy backbone. Nice biscuity aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was light with good carbonation.

Overall a nice authenic German Pils. In my opinion, it ranks up there as one of the most flavorful.

plaid75, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of SethB2
2.7/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a nice transparent amber color with a nice head and a decent amount of lacing for a pils.

S - Noble hops covering a malty skunkiness. Not so good. Lots of metallic stuff going on here.

T - Average. A bit a spicey Noble hops and a malt profile that is very light. Skunk is there, but not as much as in the smell. Finishes a tad bitter, which actually helps.

M - Thin, even by pilsner standards.

D - OK. Would be a decent quencher, but it isn't great.

SethB2, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of Hibernator
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Schwelmer Pils
16.9 oz brown bottle w/ swing top. Great bottles.
Best before end date of 88 10 54 on back label

Pours a golden yellow. Litte, mini carbonation bubbles shoot to the top of the beer.

Clean, yet distinctive nose. Interesting fried dough and apple whiffs. A smell I often recogonize with German Pilsners.

Bready, doughy grain flavors with a tight, crisp finish. Decent mouthfeel overall with a slighte higher than average drinkability level.

Yet again, I remember why I like Czech Pilsners more. Not bad, but nothing worth looking for.

Hibernator, Jun 01, 2006
Photo of BeerRun13
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I like the swing top cap. I'll use this bottle for some homebrew.

Pours a nice clear light gold color with a nice white head that sticks around and leaves some good lace.
Smells clean. Light aroma of malt and hops.
Tastes good. Clean and crisp flavor.
Nice and gentle mouthfeel. Light bodied.
Great drinkability. Now the I've read the Bro's piece on "Session Beers," I can officially say I've found a good one.

BeerRun13, May 25, 2006
Photo of jarmby1711
2.58/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A slightly cloudy mid gold coloured beer, with a white scummy head,being maintained by a dull bubble.
This just doesnt look appealing.
There is a lot of bscuity malt sweetness on the nose which is not particularly exciting.
Blandness is the hallmark of this beer. The biscuity malt predominates all else and there is really not much else to it.
It is thick and oily orallyand very little carbonic tingle0Very middle of the road.
A somewhat disappointing beer this , as it is dull and offers no excitment at all .

jarmby1711, May 24, 2006
Photo of ElGordo
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the swing-top bottle into a Trumer Pils stange. Body is a pale golden color topped by a couple of inches of slightly sticky white head. Aroma of lighty, biscuity malt with a touch of sweetness, nice German pilsner yeast, and a hint of lightly spicy Saaz hops. Palate is a nice blend between light malt and tangy Euro hops. Notes of sweet biscuit and just a touch of citrus. Body is medium-light and well-carbonated. Easy drinking and great for nice spring weather.

ElGordo, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of jettjon
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Highs: None
Lows: Pretty average

You gotta love the pop from the swing-top bottle. Pours clear orange with some carbonation. Nice thick fluffy white head that unfortunately fades rapidly leaving some good lacing behind. Nose of malt, slightly musty. Taste is lightly bitter, malt, and nearly-cloyingly sweet. Fairly typical pils/lager. Mouth is wet and bubbly. Finish is malt; a little sweetness lingers on the end. Drinkability is pretty average.

Overall: Meh, there’s lot’s better out there. Not impressed.

jettjon, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Brauerei Schwelm is located in the region of the North Rhine - Westphalia, the Ruhr area, sometimes known as Germany's "rust belt". It's an industrial region built on coal and steel formerly shipped down the Ruhr to the Rhine.

Despite the pollution of it's former industry, Schwelm is cleaning itself up, and it's still surrounded by beautiful forest regions. It's also a fairly cultural area, due in great part to the high pay rates its employees once received. The area is growing once again, and it stradles the line between modern and traditional. The beers of the Brauerei Schwelm reflect that.

The Schwelmer Pils pours a clear golden body beneath a short head of thin but creamy bright white froth that holds well and leaves some nice lace about the glass.

Its nose is more impressive than its appearance with a decidedly malty character that's backed by floral and spicy hops. The malt appears first, doughy, bready, yeasty, and biscuity. Then the hops appear seemingly from nowhere, offering a breath of fresh summer air that balances the malt and rounds it out.

It's lightly crisp in the mouth with a delicate, fine-bubbled, and moderate carbonation that cuts through its medium-light body nicely. There's just enough to perk up the tastebuds and leave it refreshing.

The flavor delivers the same doughy and bready maltiness that the aroma suggests, but it's far from sweet as it's backed by a firm bitterness and solid spicy hop notes. It finishes calmly, with crust of bready malt and a swirl of hop flavors that fade to a lingering bitterness.

Overall it's quite nice; more refined, quaint, and "relaxed", "country-like", or "antique" than the bristling golden examples from Northern Germany.

NeroFiddled, Apr 21, 2006
Photo of Reidrover
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

nice bottle..love those swing tops. Pale golden colour lager, bubbly white head. a surprisingly malt orientated aroma,,malty/buiscuity..there is hops though. Again in taste this has a surprising amount of malt present, though the hops appear strongly at the end. Unusually bitter after taste. Typical german pils palate.. Overall not a bad Pils, more malt sided than most, but nothing very exciting. I would probably drink again if offered.

Reidrover, Apr 20, 2006
Photo of bignick
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kaimcm for giving me a sample of this to save me from a wine tasting at Wine Gallery in Brookline.

This is a nicely drinkable, although unremarkable pilsner. It has a grassy sweetness that is pleasant. A wino with whom I sampled this correctly said that it "smells like apple sauce." This is an easy beer that I think would pair nicely with pizza.

bignick, Apr 15, 2006
Photo of goodbyesoberday
2.7/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Head froths and goes. Aroma has sweet qualities with some noble charactiersitics but comes and goes. The flavour says that there was a harmonoius balance here once but I joined them at the end of the night where everyone is going home.

Sorry guys, this is a dud bottle of an old beer. It is still sweet and has no bad flavour, but it's lost all the right stuff. Would have been a lot better at the right time.

goodbyesoberday, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of kgotcher
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hinge top bottle. Pours a a big airy head with lots of lacing. Nicely blended aroma of malt and noble hops. Light to medium body with some decent cabonation. Taste is sweet but raw grainy malt. Nice smooth hop finish. I would say this is a nice drinkable German Pils, no surprise there.

kgotcher, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of atozymurgy
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an enticing deep straw color with a small but persistent head. Aroma mildly grassy and grainy, with subtle notes of noble hops. I would expect a bit more hop in the nose for this style, but what's there is nice. The taste, like the smell, is quite grainy, very dry, with little to no malt sweetness and very slight lemony zing. Again, subtle but pleasant noble hop flavor nicely balances these qualities with pleasant mild fruitiness. The body is on the lighter side, with delicate fizziness, but full enough to give this beer a lot of character. I suspect that previous reviewers' criticisms may come from the difference between German and Czech pilseners - the latter is much hoppier and sweeter (with the accompanying fuller body).

Just one complaint - the bottle. Like others, I can't decipher the date at all (88 10 57???). But I bought it refrigerated from a good store with fairly high turnover, so I wasn't too worried (I wonder if some of the complaints below come from old and/or abused bottles). The other bottle problem is common to a lot of small German brewers - why, oh why can't they put the upper strip label over the flip-top bail on every bottle? When spending over $3 on a beer you should at least be sure that it hasn't been opened, accidentally or otherwise.

Overall, this is a great example of the style, and (despite the complaints about the bottle) a bargain at $3.50 for a half liter. Just buy it from a good seller to be sure it's fresh.

atozymurgy, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of Byeast
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pured into a pilsner glass a nice golden yellow. Head was about 1/8 of an inch and well retained by the fast and constant rising carbonation. Smell was of clean bready odors and a slight grassy scent. Taste was also clean and bready/biscuit ,with a very light, grassy hop profile. Mouthfeel was smooth and lighly crisp. Overall a nice , tasty Pilsener.

Byeast, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of goschool
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle is a pretty cool 0.5 liter swing top, although the best before date is the totally incoherent- 88 10 50. The pour is a clear, sparkling gold with a small white head that soon disappeared. The nose is surprisingly fruity with bread and clean, hoppy aromas. This is refreshing, but it's lacking in the crisp and/or spicy hops that give pilsners their character and the bready, doughy malts, try as they might, can't make up for it. This doesn't have the biggest flavor profile, but pilsners can get away with that more then other styles.

goschool, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.65/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Medium amber with bleached blond edges. The eggshell white cap is so tight-bubbled that it looks like a sponge. I haven't seen much glass coverage yet since the head has barely fallen, but it doesn't look to be a lace monster... or even a lace mouse as it turns out.

Pils smells more like a Euro pale lager than it does a pils. There's a fair amount of stale, musty grain and very little noble hoppiness. In fact, if the beer tastes like it smells, the brewery has no business calling it a pilsener at all.

It's an EPL all right. Either I got an old bottle (I have no idea what a dating code of '88 10 50' means) or Brauerei Schwelm and I have vastly different ideas about what constitutes a pilsener. The beer is acceptably balanced between malt and hops, but that has more to do with a sweet-bitter balance than it does with malt and hop flavor per se.

Like the nose, the flavor profile consists of stale grain and stale hops. In fact, the beer is so flat and lifeless on the palate that it makes me think of something produced by a second-rate brewery in Romania or Bulgaria. A metallic flavor gains strength as I drink, rather than fading as is usually the case. I can't believe this is the same brewery that puts out such a good hefe weizen.

The mouthfeel is as lackluster as the flavor. Thin and bordering on watery, it's unable to sustain any flavor permanance. Come to think of it, that's a good thing. A lack of carbonation is entirely in keeping with rest of the beer's attributes, sorry to say.

Schwelmer Pils is, by far, my least favorite of the three Schwelmer beers that I've had to date. It's a Euro pale lager in pils clothing and isn't a very good one of those. Weizen is a keeper, Bernstein (a Vienna lager) is okay and this one is a dud.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 27, 2005
Photo of granger10
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a bright golden color with a small white head. Nice lacing around the glass. Aroma reminded me of sweet corn at first then more of a lemon, grassy character came in underneath. Taste begins with a generic malt flavor then seems to be more grainy. Herbal notes underneath along with some biscuity yeast flavor. A touch of grass in there. Finish is tea-like and lingers. This is a solid pils with a lean on the herbal flavors. But nothing here really makes me want to get this again.

granger10, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml swing top bottle. Pours out clear yellow with a white head. Carbonation appears lively, but the head dies quickly. Biscuity malt aroma with apples, lemon, and hops. Light and crisp pils flavor. Becomes quite lemony as it warms. The flavor is good, but the mouthfeel is too light. I like my pilsners much fuller bodied. Also, this beer would be more drinkable if there were more carbonation. Still, this has a nice flavor.

beveragecaptain, Aug 12, 2005
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: Rather cool looking Half-Litre [1 Pt 0.9 fl.oz.] brown glass bottle which has a vertical neck label covering the steel wire which holds the red & white plastic flip top in place. The back label says Best Before End “88 10 50”….hmmm……what does that mean I wonder!??!....oh shite, the Germans probably know that the World will be in such a mess that we shall have 88 days in October 2050 maybe…..

Appearance: Once the steel wire was pushed back and the flip top cracked open, a reassuringly solid “phrruuup” emitted some beery splash back. Lively on the pour, a massive milky white froth forms at high speed but this settles in good time to reveal a superbly clear golden body which sits underneath a thick white frothy mass which leaves some attractive lacing. Pertinent conditioning is finely dissolved and is just at the right levels.

Nose: Hmmm, much better than I expected, a clean but intriguing nose has lots of Pilsner malt grain, some white bread dough and a light grassy hint in the finish. Unfettered smooth lines.

Taste: Starts with a Pilsner malt beginning which rises in strength through the drink, yet as it does, the initial low strength character of the grassy hops seems to balance them point-for-point all the way. The malty biscuit character takes over as the temperature increases though, as such I preferred to drink this one chilled when its crispness and mild hoppy character is at its most distinct and balances the Pilsner malts perfectly. When first poured and at its coldest, it finishes with spritzy defined lemon grass tingle. Simplistic but nicely put together, as Pils should be.

Mouthfeel: The conditioning really adds to the thirst quenching ability of this crystal clear Pils. A little low on overall Mouthfeel but there are no real distractions here. The low end body somehow aids the resolution of the flavors and improves the Drinkability.

Drinkability: This turned out to be a very enjoyable Pils. Clean and very crisp (when chilled); the balance of the Pilsner malts, grain, dough and grassy hops was almost perfect. A Pils that is easily in the top 25% of the spectrum for Drinkability.

Overall: A decent Pils that was my first brew of the day after having worked at home for a few hours. Relaxing and easily supped, for the short time that it accompanied me, it was extremely enjoyable. Cost $2.69 at Hollingshead Delicatessen in Orange, CA. Not that bad at all, well worth picking up if you enjoy trying new brews, this one shouldn’t disappoint you…..just wish I could decipher the friggin’ Best Before Date…..

TheLongBeachBum, Aug 08, 2005
Photo of murrayswine
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying this beer in conjunction with a few other new finds, Three Floyds' Robert the Bruce and Gray's Rathskeller.

I dont know if it's because of the growler but the first whiff of the aroma was very concentrated and quite heady. A good amount of sour hops with a slight rice sweetness.

Pouring into my Delirium Tulip gives the Pils a initial soft, even head with a cotton like consistency. The smell is still strong and quite heady.

The taste slightly defies the smell wiht a caramel sweetness and a smooth and light hop bitterness. This beer has a descent mouthful and light body. The finish is long, though, almost to long for me leaving a bitter, sour taste in my mouth. All in all though this is a quite good beer, but it is a single evening event. Good for the occasion, but for only one round.

murrayswine, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of Zorro
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

.5 Liter Flip top Bottle.

Pours a gold colored beer with a fast dying head.

Smell is some sweetness, grain husk, and biscuit aroma. Some grassiness with lots of perfume from noble hops.

Taste is dry and sharply bitter in the first taste. After the first hit of the bitterness the herbal flavor of the hops comes through. Lots herbal flavor along with a faint rum flavor. This beer though is mostly strongly bitter for the style.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability? This is probably not a beer you would want to drink all night. It is sharply bitter and that would pair it well with spicy foods. This would also work well to clean the palette of food or beer flavors.

Zorro, Jul 03, 2005
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Swingtop bottle. Small head, disappears quickly. Light golden hue. Faint, grassy aroma. Thinner and not as tasty as the Herold I had before it. A decent, refreshing pils, but not up there with the best.Good balance, but seems almost watery. Cool bottle, but there are better pils readily available.

JohnnyDuvel, Jun 29, 2005
Schwelmer Pils from Privatbrauerei Schwelm
80 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.