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Schwelmer Weizen - Privatbrauerei Schwelm

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92 Ratings

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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 10-01-2004)
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Photo of mpyle


4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

App - Fairly pale gold color, cloudy, wiht a monster white head that is both creamy and long lasting. This beer has the look.

Aroma - classic hefeweizen aroma, with tons of clove. Sweet aroma from the malt and lack of hops

Taste - Malty sweet initially with a clove twist. This flavor profile maintains throughout, with no distinct break at the end. Hop levels appropriately low. Finishes with a gentle clove character - quite nice.

MF - light-medium body, moderately high carbonation. Carbonation is assertive, but not overpowering and doesn't create any problems.

D'ability - A fine example of the style, and goes down way too easily on a warm day. Maybe a bit more expensive than some of the more mainstream German imports, but not sure if it is significantly better.

06-28-2008 19:24:12 | More by mpyle
Photo of finepaws

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

Very yummy. Flip top cap popped with aroma fizz of wheat. Poured a beautiful hazy goldenrod. Great carbo head that settled to a gentle cloudy lacing. Lots of banana and lemon smells, with a background of spicey bread. Had a citrusy tart front taste, with a good creamy banana middle, and refreshing peppery clove spices towards the end with a well balanced malty bread over all. Slightly warming at the end.Has that familar bavarian taste that I enjoy so much. This hefe has everything I like in my hefes. Expiration date says best before end 881058. Now when is that exactly? I think it's pretty best right now.

08-27-2005 00:38:18 | More by finepaws
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Very murky yellowish brown. 2-3 fingers of head rise with decent retention but no lacing. I expected a tad more from a weizen head.

S - Wonderful full banana aroma. Some clove is present but more noticable is a soft lemony character from the wheat malt.

T - Extremely sweet banana is first on the palate with a little bit of sourness reminding me of an overripe banana. Sourness grows mid palate and the wheat takes over. The lemon flavors are in superb balance with the estery sweetness. Late palate there is the suggestion of some phenols. I don't quite pinpoint the flavor as clove but it isn't far off. More banana sweetness rounds things off.

M - On the light side of medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. A great vessel for the sweet/sour balance of this brew.

D - A great hefeweizen and one I could drink again and again. Perhaps not the most unique hefe I've had, but there is an elegant simplicity in it's balance.

01-07-2009 11:18:53 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of Nipitato


4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

Picked up a bottle at Downtown Wine & Spirits in Somerville, MA.

A: Dark straw hue. Thick long lasting white head that dissipates to less than a quarter of an inch. Cloudy. Visibly effervescent.

S: A wonderful banana, doughy/cake aroma. Underscored with some nice light cloves. Perfectly balanced.

T: Big bready sweet malt flavor. Some banana character coupled with tart citrus flavors. Finishes dry. Clove flavor pushes through at the end.

MF: Medium-light. Well carbonated - spritzy.

D: The payoff with this beer is in the fantastic aroma. Hefes are inherently drinkable and this one certainly is. The taste characteristics could have been a little more balanced - more spicy clove like phenols would have been a nice addition.

05-25-2007 12:49:27 | More by Nipitato
Photo of drpimento


4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

Inverted the bottle and swirled the goodness around before opening. Result is a very cloudy beer. Could smell the typical weisse aromas immediately from a couple feet away. Color is an unusual amber with brownish tan "lowlights". Sweet at first wtih those same typical weisse flavors but with lingering banana. Not too sweet. Refreshing finish. Great session beer.

09-03-2008 02:43:30 | More by drpimento
Photo of Hibernator


4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

Schwelmer Hefe Weizen
16.9 oz brown bottle w/ swing top. Great bottles.
Best before end date of 88 10 51 on back label

Pours a light yellow golden haze. Mini bubbles race to the top of the glass.

Awesome nose with strong whiffs of bubblegum, bananas, random fruit and cloves.

Zesty, pressured bubble sensation on the tongue. Light fruit flavors with a funky clove presence.

Very drinkable and thirst quenching on this hot, first day of June.

06-01-2006 22:29:27 | More by Hibernator
Photo of theopholis


4.18/5  rDev +5.3%

Appearance- Body is a fairly opaque apricot color. The head is huge, white, has decent retention. No lacing. Kots of sediment left in the bottom. Tried to get as much as I could into the glass, but that stuff is caked in hard.

Smell- Fairy wheaty, with strong banana in it. Fairly soft and mellow. Very inviting.

Taste- Good balance. Fairly wheaty, but it's not overwhelming. Good levels of a mild lemon and banana in the middle. No hops of course. Not as refreshing as other hefes, but delicious. Nice, mile lemon in the after-taste to.

Mouthfeel- Medium body (for style). Carbonation level may be a bit low, but it works with this beer.

Drinkability- Very drinkable. I like this stuff. Not the best wheat available, but easily in the top 10% overall, and top 5% for bottles.

02-01-2008 20:49:26 | More by theopholis
Photo of Sticket


4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

P- I have a thing for swing top bottles... the design is a wonderful choice to use for home brewing.

A- pours a great golden beige color with a classic cloudy appearance.

S- fruity (banana), typical of style.

T- fruity (banana) beginning with a spicy clove finish.

M- light and refreshing.

D- a great choice for those ready for winter to end and summer to start.

05-26-2008 03:06:56 | More by Sticket
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +4%

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a foamy head that retains reasonably well and provides some lace

Smell: More bubblegum than banana, but not overly sweet; some clove elements, too

Taste: Starts out with a bubblegum flavor that is joined by mashed bananas at mid-palate; a little tartness appears just before the swallow, and increases, thereafter through to the finish; cloves make an appearance as well; at the very end, the finish is very dry but there is a honey banana aftertaste that appears that is very pleasant

Mouthfeel: Creamy, with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Not a bad hefe at all; there are others with more flavor but this one is decent

08-17-2007 01:00:30 | More by brentk56
Photo of Byeast


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

Appearance: cloudy , pale honey/yellow with a bit of a light orange tinge. The head is big 3 inch , lasting white froth.

Smell: Nice and rich , wheaty nose on this one. Some citrus , lemon zest , banana, some coriander spice , and a hint of yeast.

Taste: Light but full of good flavor. Lightly citric , twangy / tart, full, and fresh wheat flavor , some clove and coriander , some very light hoppiness , and a bit of yeasty dryness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very light and refreshing , mildly creamy , with a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: A very tasty and drinkable Hefe Weizen. Very nice balance of flavors and refreshing qualities.

12-08-2006 01:05:07 | More by Byeast
Photo of DogFood11


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

Be careful with this baby on the pour. Foamy, loose head rises up quickly and maintains itself pretty much all the way down, sparse lacing. Light cloudy pale body.

Bananna is the theme here, but there is a slight spiceyness, maybe some clove or exotic type fruits. A bit of citrus, a sweet citrus, no rind to be found. Slightly bready in the aftertaste, almost angel food cake like, but it eases off the palate at a nice pace. Carbonation is quite zippy and helps along a rather sweet offering.

Notes: Overall I liked it alot, I've been on a hefe kick lately and have really begun to understand and appreciate this style much more than in past years. This is quite a refreshing offering. Comparatively speaking though I'd have to put this above average for sure. "most" american offerings don't touch this pup.

05-13-2006 21:25:08 | More by DogFood11
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours not very cloudy at all, instead a dark golden with a very good initial head that fades pretty quickly. Nice aromas of restrained banana, some cream, and bread. Not too heavy on the breadiness, but a nice yeasty fresh bread aroma. The taste has very pleasant tastes of bananas and cream, a bit like banana pudding, complete with the bready 'nilla wafer. Slightly sweet, but the dry, yeasty, breadiness is a restraint. Pretty soft in both flavor and in the mouth, but the touch of cream is nice and the flavor is delicious even if it is on the softer side. Not quite as cips as I like my hefes for session drinking, but I really like the different flavor of this one.

07-29-2008 07:15:45 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


4.05/5  rDev +2%

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 60”….wow, the previous Pils that I just had said, ’88 10 50’, the Germans have seemingly invented a new type of Calendar.

Appearance: A steamy loud bang was experienced once I pushed back the steel wire restraint and released the flip top. Murky hazed yellow golden body supports a massive pure white frothing head on the pour. Given time the cap is settled at 1” to 2” thick and creamy in nature. Below average carbonation and, surprisingly, minimal lacing.

Nose: Lots of cloves and bananas in this one, some freshly squeezed lemons and a hint of toasted malts with flashes of banana bread.

Taste: Smooth rich clove entrance with a banana boat middle. The cloves are at their highest in the rich finish when they mix with a creamy rich Banana Toffee taste and feel. Negligible yeast in the tastes I found, which I sort of liked. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth Hefe meets mashed bananas. I struggled with marking this one, 3.5 seemed low, 4.0 was too high, yet at the end of the Half-Litre I will go with the 3.5, purely because the 4.0 seems far higher than deserved, more like a 3.7 of sorts!!

Drinkability: On a hot afternoon this really did do the Biz. Immensely thirst quenching with a lovely rewarding Hefe- profile that satisfies. Goes down quickly.

Overall: Cost $2.69 at Hollingshead Delicatessen in Orange, CA. I enjoyed the earlier Schwelmer Pils which I tried an hour or so ago, but this one was a really nice surprise and not the usual Teutonic Hefe which I am used to. I would pick this one up again for sure!

Nicely Done. Prost!

08-08-2005 00:30:02 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of Drew966


4.05/5  rDev +2%

Schwelmer Weizen pours a cloudy light copper color with a nice head that filled the bulb of my weizen glass from a 16.9 ounce brown swing-top bottle. Definitely banana like aroma, wheat and maybe a little clove. Tastes great. Nice creamy mouthfeel, good spicy flavors. Definitely worth a try.

04-04-2006 21:28:42 | More by Drew966
Photo of Cruzin023


4.05/5  rDev +2%

Appearance is hazy light golden with a large head. Head had excellent retention. Banana and cloves dominated the smell. For the taste, banana and cloves were the biggest followed by orange/citrus and the beer itself is malty with a decent amount of carbonation. It goes down very smoothly and is a very good beer to drink and is a good refreshing drink for the summer.

11-27-2008 19:00:52 | More by Cruzin023
Photo of ppoitras


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

500ml swing-top bottle from a Xmas gift sampler from my friend Kris. Thanks!

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" white head above the cloudy golden brew. Frothy head holds strong, with average to good lacing. Aroma is hearty wheats, with a tinge of citrus. Taste follows the nose's lead, with a nice mouthful of wheat accented with light lemon. Mouthfeel and drinkability are nice, best offering I've had from Schwelmer to date.

05-05-2005 22:29:35 | More by ppoitras
Photo of RoyalT


4/5  rDev +0.8%

Appearance - I poured this one nice and easy as the big white head was coming on strong. The body is a nice, light yellowish-orange in color and hazy.

Smell – The big bananas sprang from my Weizen glass. There are some good orange and cherry notes as well. Of course, the natural yeasty backbone holds things together nicely.

Taste – The yeast from the nose carries over to the taste, which often is not the case with Hefe Weizen pretenders. The big banana and clove is accompanied, to a lesser extent, by some nice tangerine.

Mouthfeel – This is big for a Hefe, I’d say medium-bodied, with some light carbonation and a tangy mouthfeel from the yeast.

Drinkability – I would have liked to have seen a bit more carbonation here, but overall this is a solid entry in the Hefe Weizen category that is cluttered with half-hearted efforts from other breweries.

12-06-2004 20:08:44 | More by RoyalT
Photo of magictrokini


4/5  rDev +0.8%

A great German hefe. Pours cloudy gold with a foamy white head. Lots of banana and bubblegum/sugar in the aroma with some wheat and yeast. Taste is very smooth. More wheat than I expected, given the nose. Good balance of banana and sweetness towards the back. One of the best in this category.

12-05-2008 19:29:54 | More by magictrokini
Photo of cliff1066


4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-10-2012 02:50:56 | More by cliff1066
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.8%

A: Poured a cloudy, lemony-orange with a huge 3 finger creamy, eggshell white head that went the distance retention wise. When held up to the light you can see the strong vibrant nature of the drink.

S: a huge bundle of fresh banana aroma with light orange and spicy clove hints.

T: spicy cloves, fresh bananas for flavor as well fresh wheat grains. Lemon merrang, bright citrus, and fresh pears were also detected. Overall the flavor was sharp and very pronounced thanks in part to the aggressive carbonation that highlighted the yeasty nature of this beer.

M: lively providing a tingling sensation around the edges of the tongue while bringing out the yeasty and citric tones.

D: Drinkability was great making for a refreshing summer time quencher. A good example and worthy of seeking our per style.

05-25-2008 17:54:31 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of emerge077


4/5  rDev +0.8%

Into a Schwelmer Weizen glass, the beer pours a cloudy yellow-orange, opaque with the yeast swirled in. Several fingers of foam, looks good, pretty standard.

Smell is wheaty, slight banana/clove, but very subdued. There's a musty grain note that may be attributed to it's age.

Taste is slightly sweet at first, honeyish and doughy. Moderate mouthfeel carries notes of yeast and slight banana ester. A little phenolic maybe, but nothing out of place. Clove in the aftertaste, much stronger in a fresh sample. Seems like the carbonation thins out after awhile. Overall it's balanced and very drinkable.

Try to get it fresh if you can, it makes a difference.

01-05-2007 02:13:47 | More by emerge077
Photo of JohnGalt1


4/5  rDev +0.8%

1/2 ltr flip top picked up today at Tres Bonne Cuisine for $3.25. poured into my small weizen glass.

Nice pillowy head dies quickly leaving no lacing.. slightly hazy straw gold brew.

Aroma is more clove than banana.. fairly spicy with a good amount of wheat overtones.

Big complex hefe flavors.. plenty of wheat malt and middle of the road sweetness helps tie the bananas and cloves together very well... some lemony zing throughout. sorta creamy body with soft carbonation.. very drinkable and every bit as good as some of the bigger and more well known German hefes.

This is my first Schwelmer brew and won't be my last now that I know there is a local store that carries at least a few of them... Thanks to Barbara at Tres Bonne Cuisine.

01-27-2008 07:49:35 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of ColoradoBobs


4/5  rDev +0.8%

500 ml swing-top bottle as shown. Slow pour and swirl into a proper Hefeweizen glass yields 3 fingers of solid white meringue over a lovely opaque light amber body. Lots of carbonation. Head fades to a solid rid and leaves light lacing.

Smell is clove clove clove and banana with a solid apricot (!) presence. Cakey malt, grass, hay. Coriander is there, and a little bit of (weird, I know) salt.

Taste is clove and coriander, cake malt and light floral hops. Dry finish. Nice and refreshing. This would be great with roast pork, schnitzel or wurst.

Mouthfeel is crisp and bright, but the carbonation rounds things out.

Low-ish ABV makes it sessionable, and I'd have given it a 5 for drinkability excep that there is so much carbonation (which is fine in the mouth) it reduces the drinkability a little bit.

A real surprise. This is no Kulmbacher Kapuziner, but it's solid and refreshing. If you see some, get some.

11-01-2007 03:13:27 | More by ColoradoBobs
Photo of Homerbag


4/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured from the flippy with a thick, meringue like head that disappeared quickly. Nice cloudy golden color, no noticable yeast that is usually noticable in hefes. Very subtle notes of clove, banana, and I noticed some slight citrus in the begining before the head went away. Tastes like a pure German hefe, light with banana, good balance between the clove and fruit elements. Feels great on the tounge, leaves no after taste that that would keep you from enjoying more than one. ABV a little high to be a session beer but for people with a little higher tolerances, it very well could be.

09-19-2007 01:18:16 | More by Homerbag
Photo of t0rin0


4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-12-2012 01:54:14 | More by t0rin0
Schwelmer Weizen from Privatbrauerei Schwelm
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