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Schwelmer Weizen - Privatbrauerei Schwelm

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BA SCORE
88
very good

92 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Schwelm visit their website
Germany

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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cokes

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smoggy straw with a modest white head that recedes to a collar after a minute or so.
Clove dominated aroma, backed with lemon juice and varying impressions of other citrus fruits.
Begins with a fleeting breadiness that suggests something along the lines of lemon poppyseed muffins. The lemon hue lingers as this turns notably sour. Blood orange pulp and lime juice. Clove is next, with a belgian wit-esque coriander note (coupling with the orangey flavor to reach this impression). Rides out with lingering tartness and a gradual fade-to-black on everything.
Very light bodied, with rapid, tiny carbonation. The utter thinness of this brew-weak even by wheat beer standards-precludes this from any sort of memorability or cohesion in its flavors. A shame really, because this has some likeable, different tastes for a weizen and, of course, a solid drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2004 04:40:09 | More by cokes
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 02:43:30 | More by drpimento
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Gmann

New York

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright cloudy golden brown color with a small pure white head that dissipated into a nice sudsy cap. The smell is of sharp wheat malt, apples, some banana and clove. The taste is a tad light but rather smooth. It has flavors of banana cream pie and is slightly grainy. I thought it would have a crisp wheat edge but it doesn't. The feel is moderate with soft carbonation. The finish is quite smooth. Not the best tasting hefe, almost subdued in many ways. However the feel is great and I find this to be an extremely drinkable brew as it doesn't have that dry crisp wheat malt bite.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 03:40:46 | More by Gmann
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 fl oz bottle served in a weisse glass.

L - cloudy, deep golden yellow with a big white head that stayed as a layer. Carbonation bubbles rose from the bottom of the glass all the way through.

S - earthy sweet wheat.

T - sweet wheat malt and citrus taste, well balanced.

F - medium bodied, crisp and refreshing.

D - a very drinkable hefe.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 21:37:38 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 Pint, 0.9 fl oz swing-top bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Appearance was great - pours a very hazy, cloudy, murky, off-yellow, straw-color with a gigantic foamy and frothy head that exhibited impressive staying power before slowly dissipating and leaving behind a fine layer of lacing around the edge of the glass...
Strong aroma rendolent of wheat, yeast, ripe fruits, pineapple, and citrus...
Taste strongly paid homage to the aroma - this is the real deal in terms of an outstanding, true-to-the-style representation... Taste was very rich, thick, and creamy, bursing with ripe pears, sweet fruits, creamy cotton candy, and sugars...
Creamy, rich mouthfeel with a very good level of drinkability to match...
Highly recommended...

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 21:23:40 | More by dsa7783
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large swing top bottle...nicely hazy straw yellow appearance, very white head rises to well over 1/2 an inch to start, maintains itself for less than a minute. Laces are thick but very scant in coverage. Good aroma, a sense of pineapple and cotton candy. Mouthfeel is a little too light, carbonation less than average. Flavor is right for style, sweetened banana, a little bit of juicy brightness (again, pineapple) and a full rounded finish that continues the estery impression. A little cinnamon and lemon in the aftertaste. Well-done rendition in most important aspects of a Hefe.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2005 22:35:07 | More by ADR
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allengarvin

Texas

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Extremely cloudy color, which is nice, but the fine white head dissipates mere moments after the pour.

Aroma: Fruity, ripe apple-like aroma.

Flavor: Lots of wheat flavor, moreso than usual, good fruitiness that seems banana-like, and a slight dry pepperiness at the end.

Body: Powdery texture, slightly watery. Carbonation definitely on the low side for the style.

Quite decent, except the weak mouthfeel really lessens the enjoyment of what would otherwise be a very good hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2005 04:56:20 | More by allengarvin
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cliff1066

Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-10-2012 02:50:56 | More by cliff1066
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DogFood11

California

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2006 21:25:08 | More by DogFood11
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up near the brewery and I think it is a fresh one. Appearance is murky, golden yellow with a firm head which is thick and stable.

Smell of banana and a light clovey smell. The wheat is present and is fresh and spicy.

Taste is light banana and a little clove, not as much as other weizens I had. The beer is spicy and still phenolic, despite the absence of the banana and clove, with the wheat being very grainy and somewhat husky. There is a bitterness which is a little out of place and must have something to do with the freshness of the beer. Body is quite thin.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2007 17:52:03 | More by Absumaster
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Amalak

New York

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Love the Schwelmer swing top. Looks cool. Very pale but with a gorgeous head, but it dissipates quickly.

S: Has that delightful smell.

T: Tremendous wheat flavor. There are slightly better Hefe's, but this is very high quality.

M: A little bit tart. But still a high quality Hefe.

D: Just goes down so nicely. Has a tremendous aftertaste.

One of the best Hefe Weizens. Schwelmer beers, of all kinds, are always fresh tasting. Big fan.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 03:06:02 | More by Amalak
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Drew966

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2006 21:28:42 | More by Drew966
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magictrokini

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 19:29:54 | More by magictrokini
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Schwelmer Hefe Weizen Naturtrub"

Pours a cloudy (go little yeasties!) straw color with a good, tight head that is slow to dissapate, leaving little lace.
Smell is citrus (orange & grapefruit), malty, a light spiciness (clove & pepper), yeast and a hint of vanilla. My nose loves this.
Taste is sweet, lightly fruity, hoppy, spicy. A good balance but quite subdued flavor.
Mouthfeel is smooth, lightly effervescent with a good body.
Drinkability is quite high but I would really have liked more flavor out of this. Would have scored much better if there was something there to taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2004 17:01:08 | More by PorterLambic
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augustgarage

California

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Ayinger weizen glass.

Best before code: 881085 - (huh?).

Liquid is a cloudy light-gold/sunglow with a thin white head which recedes into a gently lacing ring surrounding an archipelago of carbonation.

Aromatics are very characteristic of the style, with prominent banana esters with hints of (in diminishing order) vanilla and honey, bubble-gum, clove and cardamom. A light wheat aroma is present as well but very subdued.

Palate is wheat, malt, a hint of citrus, more banana, wheat again, yeast, light spice. The flavors are well balanced and intermingle. Slightly sweet, then tart, then spicy, with a somewhat dry bready finish. Few if any hops. Excellent and perfectly refreshing.

Fairly creamy, though not as effervescent as hoped. Carbonation is OK, but could be higher.

A little more balance or intensity would improve things ever so slightly, but this remains an outstanding summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 01:27:58 | More by augustgarage
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 02:16:19 | More by Frozensoul327
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JISurfer

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I wanted a good weizen to drink during the Italy and Germany game, and this one didn't disappoint. Overall a good "lighter" beer, as in that it didn't weigh you down or fill you up too much. Kept it's crisp taste for a while, and also had a little hint of smokiness in it. The citrus was light enough, but still had a presence in the taste. Not much to really complain or rave about in this beer, as it didn't suprise me, nor make me wish I had a different one.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2006 02:55:35 | More by JISurfer
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I beleive this may be one of the more under appreciated beers in the database.

Poured a murky brown in color. Sturdy white head that quickly dissolved to a thinner scuzzy film. Nose is full of wheat and with just some slight hints of banana and clove.

Flavor is solid and true hefe. Rich and sweet wheat provides a solid backbone. I can pick out some solid yeast breadiness. Citrus gives a bit of a bite. Cloves have a nice herbal presence. Banana provides some hints of fruit. Even picked out some honey-like sweetness. Full mouthfeel that is perhaps a bit watery but I have noticed that is fairly common for German hefe offerings. Great, slow drinking evening beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2007 00:37:34 | More by MuddyFeet
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farrago

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Luminescent yellow color with a tinge of orange, can't get much cloudier than this, fully opaque, pours a thick froth which swiftly releases. Banana, clove, gingerbread, apricot paste, vanilla pudding, a bit intense in the sweetness of the scents but if you dig it, you'll really dig it. Lower yet persistent carbonation helps churn up the sweetness of the same array, banana, apricot, cinnamon, nutmeg, fresh whipped cream, even if in the end all that wins. Grapey too, a fruity styled beer. Long, full finish. Not a refreshing hefeweizen, a satisfying one.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 00:21:36 | More by farrago
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2006 22:29:27 | More by Hibernator
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AlexJ

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A cool swing top pops open with a puff, revealing the murky, hazy straw yellow brew inside. It puffs up one of the best heads I have ever seen on a hefe(or any beer style for that matter). Three fingers high of pure white fluff that is very dense and creamy. It retains until the beer is gone, uncrusting my glass with streams of lace. I rarely give 5's for appearance, this beer get's one for sure.

The aromas are strong and sweet, lulling me in from several feet away. Ripe bananas, sweet clove, cinnamon, yeast, strong wheaty notes, and a meadow of floral hops. Heady and complex nose for a hefe.

The flavor follows suit with mashed ripe bananas spiked with cloves and baking spices. Slick wheat flavors meld with yeast, citrus notes, lemon, and perfectly balanced floral hop notes.

Medium/light body with a great slick wheaty character, creamy mouthfeel and active, but soft carbonation. So drinkable it's ridiculous. Right up there with Brau-Weiss, Weihenstephaner, or Schneider. I will certainly be seeking more of this out.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2005 20:57:16 | More by AlexJ
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Half-liter swingtop bottle, best before 881075, whatever the hell that means. It pours an opaque peach/grapefruit juice color, with medium carbonation and a fluffy, white, three-finger head that leaves light lacing. The aroma is decadent, with loads of fresh bananas, lemon zest, a clove spiciness, tart wheat, yeast, grassy and floral hops, vanilla and perhaps pears. It tastes quite similar, with banana pudding and nilla wafers, cloves, lemon, yeast, and spicy/grassy/noble hops that impart a mild bitterness. The body is light/medium, fairly carbonated (almost tingly), yet smooth body that delivers a medium finish. Overall a very complex, yet traditional hefeweizen that is packed with flavor and aroma.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 17:02:34 | More by mmmbeer
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Boilermaker88

California

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 500ml bottle adorned with a swing-top lid. Poured into my beloved Paulaner weissbier glass.
Appearance: cloudy apricot color. Copious carbonation charging headlong to the bottom of a fluffy white head. Head display admirable durability and left sticky patches of lace behind.
Smell: Redolent of bananas and bready malt. Nice dusty, yeasty aroma along with lesser degrees of clove and apple.
Taste: immediate banana bread flavor. Banana taste pretty strong but the bready malt holds up well. Good spicy finish.
Feel: fuller than a lot of other weizens. Real dry finish and lively on the tongue.
Drinkability: man, I could drink a boatload of this! Nicely quaffable and refreshing. A quality hefeweizen worth grabbing up if you spot it at the local liquor mart.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2005 03:37:04 | More by Boilermaker88
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
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 . . .

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 06:09:20 | More by mrasskicktastic
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cbl2

New York

3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
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?!?

Appearance:

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.

Aroma:

Bready with intense spicy black pepper, sharp and pungent.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 17:10:20 | More by cbl2
Schwelmer Weizen from Privatbrauerei Schwelm
88 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.