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Schwelmer Weizen - Privatbrauerei Schwelm

Not Rated.
Schwelmer WeizenSchwelmer Weizen

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very good

89 Reviews

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Reviews: 89
Hads: 92
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 9
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Schwelm visit their website

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 10-01-2004

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Reviews: 89 | Hads: 92
Photo of thequeen711
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A better than average HefeWeisen. Beer poured a murky straw colour that created such a frothy head...maybe 4 fingers! Head stayed alive for quite some time, then disappeared to lace. Aroma of bananas was strong,with hints of citrus fruits. I noticed a very yeasty aftertaste...I think that was the only drawback. Other than the aftertaste, it was clean and crisp!

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Photo of GClarkage
3.49/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

06/05/08- Purchased at Whole Foods in Redwood City, CA.

Presentation- 16.9oz swingtop bottle with a best by code stamped on the bottom of the back label. Poured into my Ayinger weizen glass.

Appearance- Traditional golden colored cloudy pour with a nice one inch frothy white head. Leaves nice patchy and streaky lace markings.

Smell- Mostly yeast and some powdered sugar. Really not much in the banana-clove area.

Taste- Has all the flavors of a quality hefe, but it doesn't assert itself as much as it should. Flavors are a bit muted. Has the bubble gum, banana, clove, confectioniers sugar and yeast flavors, but none are strong enough to really pull the beer together and make it top notch.

Mouthfeel- Good high carbonation level with a nice sweet aftertaste.

Drinkability- Above average hefe, but not up there with the big boys. Worth a try for sure though...and I wouldn't turn down one if offered. It is still quenching.

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Photo of drewmprs
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A fine hefeweizen with a dry bananna finish. So yeasty that you can't even make out light on the other side when held up to the bottle. Bananna flavor was average, not overwhelming. Had a bit of a burnt wheat flavor, pleasant aftertaste. An above average Hefe, not an allstar though. Some stronger phenolic character would be advised. 2.69 at Hollingshead

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Photo of cbl2
3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$8.29 4 pack (.5 liter bottles) 5.20% Best before end: 881071?!?


Pours an opaque cloudy banana yellow with hints of orange at the core. Tight white pillow foam an inch deep sits on top and settles slowly.


Bready with intense spicy black pepper, sharp and pungent.


Peppery and tingling on the tongue. Some banana notes seep in by midsip but there is no sweetness. Finishes dry and spicy with notes of a belgian triple. Love the flip top cap, perhaps even more than the beer. Not the best hefeweizen out there, but I would drink this again if offered it.

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Photo of phisig137
3.36/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated best before 881060.... whatever the hell that is supposed to mean. Pours a light hazy golden color, with a two finger head which quickly falls. Good amount of lacing.

Aroma smells yeasty and bready, but no real typical hefe esters.

Flavor is crisp, and slightly sour. Wheat character is abundant. I personally would like to see some more banana and clove flavors, but there are none here.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, with lively carbonation towards the end. Drinkability is good.

Not one of the better german hefe's that I've had, but still a damn fine beer. I could drink this all day long during a hot summer day on the balcony.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out to a yellow hazy color with a light head of white foam billowing at about 1/2 inch. Aromas of bananas and clove, just like any other hefe. Taste is very light bodied to the point that it takes away from the enjoyment of the flavor. Light bananas, malt, light spice and a drop of light floral hops. Mouthfeel was zesty and bubbly, but didn't make up for what it lacked in flavor. Drinkability is average. I'd have this again, if it were offered. There are better German hefe's out there.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.24/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A – Cider colored body wit a nice white head. Low retention and lace.

S – Sweet bready notes, molasses, and orange ice-tea.

T – Tangy orange over a big, malty base. Apple buter middle into a crisp, acidic, bready finish.

M – Low carbonation, especially for the style. Medium/full body.

O – Nice malt character but not as bright or carbonated as I’d like for the style.

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Photo of WMBierguy
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a yellow-amber color. It had the pure white head of every hefeweizen. There was little to no yeast sediment. It was the typical hefeweizen in every way except for taste. The alcohol taste was in the forefront more than in the typical hefeweizen, providing a little balance to the otherwise sweet and malty flavor of the beer. I'd love to try this fresh.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
3.19/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good presentation; An easy way to win my heart is with a classy pop-top cork. This one releases with a loud crack and pours a very thick, cheerful snow-white head over a thin, straw-colored, only slightly cloudy body.

Smell is average; More wheaty than fruity, with only subtle whiffs of cloves and bread.

Taste also quite average; This hefe didn't live up to my standards. It is an okay wheatbeer, but it didn't shout the sweet fruit aromas and flavors that I've come to love from a good weissen.

Mouthfeel crisp and bubbly, but thin. It didn't excite my entire palate as I'd hoped.

Drinkability - I could drink several of these, but honestly, I wouldn't really want to. My final opinion of this beer is that it it's beer - nothing more. This re-asserts my belief that you get what you pay for.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.07/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A large white head that fades quickly leaving isolated flecks of lacing sits atop a very cloudy, nearly opaque golden beer with a tint of orange brown.

S - Smells a little of a lambic funk - like lemon and horse blanket. A bit like apricot as well. I generally like that smell, but it is odd for a hefeweizen. A bit of honey is present as well, over some faint cloves.

T - A mild flavor overall, mirrors the aroma only faintly. It is a little sweet of dilute honey. There is a bit of bread flavor and a faint hint of sour apricot and a touch of horse blanket in the finish.

M - Carbonation is high with a medium body, pretty refreshing at first, but turns into an astringent parching augmented by the numbing carbonation, gums in my throat a bit. Hefeweizens generally have awesome mouthfeels, this one is pretty bad though.

D - Not that bad, the mouthfeel sucks, but the flavor is mild and the abv low. It would be easy to throw back several of these in a night. Pleasant enough that it would be worthwhile as well. It is an interesting hefe at least. I might have again - but mostly because I want more Grolsch-style bottles . . .

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this beer into a mug from the flip top bottle. It pours a murky golden color. It has a light wheat nose that has a light floral overtone. It has very little head that quickly dissipates and some lacing. It has a slightly flat and medium mouthfeel. It has a smooth hefe-weizen taste that also hints at an "Alt-like" taste in its malty notes. This beer is a little too expensive to be standard of mine but it is a very drinkable beer. I have other hefe-weizen's that I like better but this one is not bad and I would drink one again given the opportunity.

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Photo of unionturf
2.92/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 4-pack from Brawleys' in Charlotte for around $11. This beer poured a cloudy, pale to golden yellow wit a HUGE head. When I started pouring in a hefe glass it was all head at the start.

Smell was all bananas for me and the taste matched. I couldn't taste any hops and it was too sweet for my normal likeing. While it's a drinkable beer I would not buy again due to the banana taste and sweetness.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
2.85/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy brownish orange color whit a soft white head that fades leaving spotted lacing around the glass.

Smell is of banana, yeast, some orange

Taste is similar to the smell with wheat and biscuit notes. Lots of banana toward the end. Finish is slightly sweet and smooth. Very little carbonation and that's why I gave it a lower rating on the mouthfeel. This one has almost no carbonation and I prefer a little more. Tasty beer and I would drink it again.

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Photo of ChazMania
2.77/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My wife likes Hefes, so Im on a quest to get her beer she likes. This is a good/sour one.
A) citrus ripe like.
A) bright and hints of apricot.
F) Crisp, sour and unrefined. Very apricot and yeast like.
P) Tart but full.
O) My wife likes it, I think it's good. We'd have it again.

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Schwelmer Weizen from Privatbrauerei Schwelm
89 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.