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Schwelmer Bernstein - Privatbrauerei Schwelm

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BA SCORE
81
good

81 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.9%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Schwelm visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 11-21-2003)
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Photo of MTNboy
2.7/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was a little light for me.

Appearance: A golden amber as with a lot of beers I have tried lately there was not much for head but some OK lace.

Smell: It had an average lager aroma a little hoppy and floral. There were definately some yeast tones too.

Mouthfeel: Watery and flat.

Drinkability: This beer is nothing special for the price but it does go down easy and has cool bottle.

MTNboy, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of jeffjfindley
1.25/5  rDev -64.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Headless Horseman. Color, and smell are coppery, like a penny. Looks kinda like carbonated iced tea. Taste is better, until the aftertaste, which is metallic and unpleasant. If I were in one of my moods I would crucify this beer... Thing is, the taste is pretty good until the aftertaste, but the aftertaste is among the worst I've ever experienced. If this were a high gravity beer I would probably drain it to spare my sobriety, but, dammit.... I don't know what else to say. This beer is almost good, but it sucks, and my teeth hurt. Tastes like fillings and flat cola. Yeah! That's it... reminds me of getting fillings, which from my standpoint tends to detract from a beer's drinkability. Yeah, this is garbage. Worst beer I've had since that stupid root beer Jim Koch pissed out last year. Ugh.

jeffjfindley, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of KenOnBass
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good looking beer, not very fizzy. Has some cajones, the beer sticks to the glass. The packaging is great and it's fun every time you open one up. The smell is nice and light not overwhelming.

It's a great tasting fruity, flavorful beer. This is full and lite, similar to a flavor explosion. Good full feeling that goes down smooth. Only lacking in that it is almost sort of flat. This is very smooth summertime beer. Good alternative to the German Hefeweizen.

KenOnBass, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. flip-top bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a very light sunset burnt orange with a nice two finger white head that quickly dies down to a tiny layer. Stickiness is non-existant but this seems to be the case for lagers. Smell is a buttery yeast, some caramel malt, sweet honey, and the tiniest bit of noble hops. Taste is a clean/crisp bready malt with a hint of bitterness midway through. Aftertaste is a honey sweetness with a bit of salty butter. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a fair amount of carbonation that leaves an unexpected dry mouth. Pretty good beer that goes down quite easily. I first tried this one at the BA German Beer Fest a few weeks ago and had to pick up a bottle. Good, solid, lager. Give it a try for sure.

BeerTruth, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of Amalak
4.65/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

App: Bottle has a swing top. Dull, golden color, with a foam head. Mildly opaque.

Smell: Rich, malt smell.

Taste: I think because of the way it bottled with the swing top, I have never had an unfresh tasting Schwelmer. Smooth, yet bold malt taste. Sort of caramelly, I love it.

Mouthfeel: Slightly bubbly in the mouth.Sits easy.

Drinkability: Rich flavor that goes down wonderfully.

This is one of my favorites in a bottle. Has a rich taste, that has always been as fresh tasting as any bottled beer I have had. Definite must to try.

Amalak, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of Absumaster
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An orange, amber beer, clear with a thin head.

Smell is dominated by a big maltiness and a slight 'German' clean yeast profile.

Taste is malty and the beer has some bitterness which is nicely balanced. The beer has some dextrinous characteristics, which give the beer a sweet and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Body is medium and drinkability is good.

Absumaster, May 27, 2007
Photo of brentk56
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a modest head that drops to a ringlet and leaves and occasional band of lace on the pint glass

Smell: Just a bucketload of diacetyl and a touch of noble hops

Starts out with a base of caramel and diacetyl that builds, mid-palate; after the swallow, the husky grain flavors take over, along with a touch of noble hops; lemony finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Just too flawed by the diacetyl for me to recommend this

brentk56, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Plain-ish German lager with some caramel grains. It reminds me of a Euro pale lager with slightly darker grains, like a dumbed down amber ale. There isn't much of a hops profile and the malt isn't too special. It's still smooth and somewhat tasty. Not to bad.

tempest, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Steve's on University here in Madison. Gotta love those flip-tops.

Pour: light honey-amber, completely transparent, under a cm of off-white head that fizzles to nothing.

Nose: grainy, grassy malts, a little vegetal, some vanilla and a mild citric hop presence.

Taste: dusty, crackery grain, caramel/toffee malts, light fruit, hint of vegetable, light hops tingle.

Feel: smooth, slick and velvety carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: A nice, malty, fairly tasty little Vienna. Nothing outstanding, but entirely drinkable and smooth going down.

Golden2wenty1, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, "Best before 88 10 79" whatever that means...

Pours light copper with some small bubbles that pop and disappear. No head retention (No head period).

The smell is of mild grain with som caramelish notes. Something of a wet cardboard (over-oxidation?) smell.

The taste is of seltzery graininess. Some caramelish maltiness. A bit husky. Carbonation is a bit brash. Rather bland.

Failry easy enough to drink, but boring.

jwc215, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of Gmann
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear light amber color with an average off-white head that left some light lacing as it dissipated. The smell is not very distinct, it has a light pilsner hop smell, peppery. No real hop in the taste, has some smooth caramel maltiness to it. The feel is light and dry and finishes bitter. Not a bad offering, worth a sampling, not sure if would venture out for it.

Gmann, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle date coded 88 1073 opens with a good swish. Pours honey/bronze color with 4 fingers+ of eggshell colored head. No lacing or head retention

S: Light breadyness

T: Slight maltyness & some herbal hops up front. Grainyness follows. Finshes with honey malt & grainyness & aslight hoppy (herbal bitternss

MF: Medium bodied with good carbonation & fair balance

Drinks alright a very basic vienna, nothing to get worked up about

russpowell, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of Byeast
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured an amber gold , with a half inch of eggshell head. The aroma is of mild husky , and vaguely toasty malt and a slight herbal hop. The taste is of grainy , husky , bisquity , and slightly musty malt qualities , with some more herbal , mildly grassy and bitter hop flavor too balance. Its a very well balanced and easy drinking brew , and the flavors are quite pleasant ; but they are just a tad bit underwhelming or fleeting. Definatly a decent brew to quaff , i can think of much worse beer to be imbibing on this night.

Byeast, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of adammills
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this half liter flip top bottle into a glass beer mug. I pours a clean straw yellow very crist with a two fingered head. This is my first Vienna Lager and I like it. Its smell is sweet and hoppy very clean, it is chased with moderate bitterness. This mouthful is light with moderate carbonation. Overall this is a very drinkable beer, and may purchase it again.

adammills, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of johnniemarg
2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice 500 ml brown swingtop bottle. This bottle will soon be filled my homebrew. The back label say "Best before end: 88 10 73". Is this a misprint? I have no idea what that's supposed to mean.

Pours a clear straw color with just a tinge of amber down the middle. 3-finger light yellow head that stays for a while. Label says this is a one of a kind amber beer, but it barely looks amber at all. Very few bubbles rise through the beer.

Rich, malty nose. Butterscotch is the smell that comes to mind. Has that unmistakeable German malt smell. A little hop spice.

The taste perplexes me a bit. Malty as expected, but there is a distinct metalic flavor that I don't understand. This thing has a ceramic flip top, so it can't be from the cap. Although this is a brown bottle, could this be poor handling causing this or is this just the way this tastes?

Mouthfeel is thin, especially for how malty this smells.

I can't recommend this.

johnniemarg, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a stale looking deep amber with little bubbles and a small head that lasts for only two sips. The smell is of bland and watery sweet malts. The taste is a btter reflection of the aroma. Some light brown sugar and toasted mlats with a hint of a quick roast to the malt at the end. A little dry on the palate, but still a little cleansing to the palate.

scruffwhor, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of paterlodie
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BB 13-08-06. White head and amberbrownand clear beer. Nose is very full of caramel but clean in esters. Missing maltyness of good marzen or vienna and is bit whee sweet in nose IMO. Missing fullnes/maltsweetness in taste also and also poorly hopped. Watery mouthfeel and drinkable.

paterlodie, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of plaid75
2.58/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a deep muddy copper hue with a half finger head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell was doughy and sweet. No detectable hop presence.

The flavor was sweet and biscuity - strong malt backbone.

The mouthfeel was average. Dry finish.

Overall nothing much of interest. An average malty lager.

plaid75, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of JohnY
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a classic style flip top bottle into a rastal pilsner glass. Beautiful white head that formed 2 fingers at the top of the glass. Great malty nose that reminded me of standing in the middle of a brewery. Well balanced, there is a slight hop presence but not "hoppy" at all. Slightly sweet with caramel and toffy notes. Golden color which surprised me since the outside of the bottle says " One of a kind AMBER beer sensation". Overall very refeshing.

JohnY, Jun 17, 2006
Photo of supercolter
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

My father gave me this bottle... poured in a pilsner glass

A- pours a golden, amber. very clean and clear looking, but looks heavy. two fingers of head, a lot of lacing
S-decent nose, the first thing that hits you is the malt (distinct red smell) and there is a bit of spice
T- good taste to it, very malty full flavor with that slight spice bite to follow
M- heavier than a macro lager, still had some bubbles left
D- felt a little sick about half way through, not full sick just wasn't sitting quite right

supercolter, May 28, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Bernstein is my favorite of all the Schwelm beers, delivering a distinct maltiness that's really well-balanced and never cloying.

It pours a clear golden-orange with a light brown cast beneath a short and creamy head of white foam. The head retention is fairly good, and it leaves some nice spots of lace about the glass.

The nose delivers a distinctly caramelish and toasty malt along with a smear of lightly floral hops.

The flavor offers the same toasty and caramelish maltiness the nose suggests, but it's fuller and a bit sweeter than might be expected. The floral and spicy hops are more pronounced as well, and although it has a distinct maltiness it's remarkably well-balanced; finishing dry with some residual malt that easily gives way to a slate-like bitterness and gently lingering hop spiciness.

Quite nice!

NeroFiddled, May 18, 2006
Photo of RedBaron
4.4/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice brew from a new German brewer (to me, at least). Thought it was a stein beer, but it's really a Vienna-style lager.

Appearance: Nice illustrious bronze hue. Great carbonation througout.
Smell: Subtle, but nice, hop aroma. Pleasant maltiness too.
Taste: Caramel-ly, malty complex. Sweet in the middle, finishes with a spice, almost mineral-ly component.
Mouthfeel: Very well-rounded. Although it's definitely a malt-man's brew, there's enough other components to the beer (non-hop spices, perhaps), that makes this an interesting and refreshing German brew.
Drinkability: High. Could've had a few more of these fellas.

RedBaron, May 08, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A well made German Lager. Pours out to a medium golden orange color with a nice 1/2 inch head of fome. Some lace. Medium low levels of carbonation. Aromas of bread and dough cross the nose, with some maltiness and grain notes. Even a touch of honey. Nice. Taste is straightforward and direct. No hidden or overly complex flavors here, folks. Malts, wood, grain, husk, a note of bread and dough. Again, quite nice. The mouthfeel is uneventful, with little carbonation making it to the tongue. A step above water, otherwise. Drinkability is ok; this is a good beer, but I can't see myself drinking it in quantity. Worth a try.

Frozensoul327, Mar 21, 2006
Photo of Drew966
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a nice head from a half liter brown swingtop bottle. Aroma seems a little fruity. The taste is on the malty side, there seems to be a moment of metallic taste in it (by no means overpowering though). I like this beer, it's very drinkable. Worth a try.

Drew966, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of ggaughan
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in bottle. I have enjoyed their Alt before and thought this would also be good to try. The beer poured a clear golden color with a minimal white head with some carbonation. The smell of the beer is a pleasing caramel, malty aroma with some citrus notes in the background. The taste is a good balance of the caramel malts that I noted in the aroma but there is also some nutty notes in the taste that is enjoyable. This, as the Alt from Schwelmer are easy to drink and give you a nice taste that lingers for a bit.

ggaughan, Feb 19, 2006
Schwelmer Bernstein from Privatbrauerei Schwelm
81 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.