Schwelmer Pils | Privatbrauerei Schwelm

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Schwelmer PilsSchwelmer Pils

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Schwelm

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 11-21-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 88
Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Noelito76
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of dgherm
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of corby112
1.27/5  rDev -64.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a clear golden range color with yellow hues and a two finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a thin, lasting ring. Spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy aroma with grassy hops along with some oak and buttery diacetyl presence which is really unpleasant. Lots of pale malts underneath with hints of light fruit.

Medium bodied with a very unpleasant combination of flavors. There's some faint grassy hops and a very strong cider/apple flavor that is extremely unpleasant. The dacetyl presence from the aroma is also prominent with some of the oak character as well. There's a lot going on here and none of it is good. Drain pour.

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Photo of KenC
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very pale yellow with a solid three fingers of very white head, that stayed with it to the end. The lacing is OK.

S- One of the best parts, the smell is bready light malt and spicy clove hop. Right on the mark for a pils.

T- Taste is very well balanced with the taste mirroring the aroma. No funky aftertaste at all.

M- Medium feel, light body with slightly above average carbonation.

O- Drinkability is good. It went well with a white pizza that was heavy on the garlic. I would drink this one again.

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Photo of Kulrak
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw color with a minimum of head, but what is there seems to be clinging to the sides. Smells of yeast, citrus and noble hops, very pleasant. The taste is very yeasty and woody, with a mild amount of hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is fairly thin and a little fizzy, it's almost like a hefe. It works though. Overall, it's very drinkable and I wouldn't hesitate to get it again.

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Photo of madvoice
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured an opaque golden yellow in colour with a creamy head that left some lacing on the glass
S - fruity, citrussy with a hint of yeast and hops
T - Very citrus/lemon with an aftertaste of banana flavours
M - light and a little fizzy but clean and easy to drink
D - If I can find this when I get back to the NT I'll be drinking it again for sure.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at a friends the other night, apparently the last of his 6 pack and since NY isn't able to get Schwelmers anymore...its a dying beer.

Poured a pale yellow with an inch and a half of fluffy head. Head retention is patchy, and lacing is mild.

Smells of light malt and spicy hop, fairly mild.

Taste is pretty clean and average. Light bready malt is blended with a sharp hop.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, average carbonation.

Drinkability is good. It's fairly average for a pilsner but its easy to drink a few without any cloying.

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Photo of boston2bburg
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a stubby flip-top glass into a tall skinny pilsner flute. Modest white fluff that dissipates to a thin wisp with a bit of lacing. It's kind of a lackluster pale yellow with a touch of amber. Lots of large flecks of yeast float in the glass.

Bready and yeasty nose with some herbal/vegetable hop character on the nose, somewhat metallic. Herbal hops and light crusty bread flavor, somewhat sweet and full-bodied for a German Pils, and again a metallic twinge. No lack of flavor or aroma.

Could stand a bit more carbonation, and a more brilliant color. May be the product of an older bottle from a shop notorious for that. There is "Best Before End:" notes on the bottle but nothing printed after it. Oops.

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Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad. Little sweeter and maltier than most pils. Gives it a little outside the box character, but on the other hand, maybe not really in the right direction. Poured from the little swing top bottle that foamed over when opened with a medium white head and a tiny bit of lace. Color is a light to medium amber. Aroma is grainy, malty, hint of hop, and honey sweet. Flavor is the same but more intense. Body is decent. Interestingly, bitterness comes out more in the finish

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Photo of matt20102
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type: 11.2oz Grolsch bottle into glass. Served at refrigerator temperature. Bottle opened with a loud, entertaining 'pop'.

Appearance: Golden, dark straw. Little head present but this head remains for several minutes after initial pour.

Aroma: Very faint- almost no aroma at all. Closer inspection reveals faint smell of rich malt. No discernible floral (hop) aroma.

Taste: Very sweet and malty for the style. Dominant tastes: malt sugar and caramel. Thin mouthfeel contributes to a lack of any cloying sensation.

Mouthfeel: Dissipates from rich to nothing within a few seconds. With a flavor as malty as this is, more of a lingering mouthfeel would be expected and welcome. Pleasantly carbonated with very fine bubbles (Champagne-sized).

Drinkability: This beer would match very well with a hamburger or steak, unless paired with a starchy side dish such as french fries or mashed potatoes (just too much sugar to make that pairing work). By itself, this beer is reasonably underwhelming although never offensive.

Oweing much to the wonderful Grolsch bottle, I would purchase this beer again.

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Photo of Stavage
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Typical yellowy straw amber colour of the style. Very clear. Pours with a decent head but it's hard not to in a proper pilsner glass. Very thin bubbly head. Average retention above average lacing.

Grassy malt smell, floral hops with a metallic edge. Metallic in a steel keg kind of way, not in the tinny kind of way. Not bad.

Taste had an almost sweet maltiness which fades quickly into a bitter spicy hops. To my tastes was a bit overbalanced on the side of bitterness but left a very pleasing malty aftertaste in the mouth.

Lightbodied and relatively well carbonated. It's crisp but not particularly crisp for the style. Leaves a wet finish. Normally I'd expect a pilsener to be a lot drier.

Refreshing enough and light. I find the bitterness is a bit out of balance. I want a spicier bite and something drier. But the pleasing malt aftertaste makes up for it.

Wouldn't go out of my way for it but certainly would drink it if it was around. Suffers from good average foreign beer with huge boutique price syndrome where I am.

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Photo of brewbasterd
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Being a homebrewer, I love that this bottle has a swing top, which is perfect for bottling my latest concoction. The short, fat bottle with the simple old school label is appealing and tells me this has the potential to be a good true to style pils.

The appearance has a very clear, light golden hue that pours a thin white foamy head that dissapates pretty quickly and leaves a thin ring around the glass.

The nose is very yeasty with lots of sweet malts, smells are remeniscent of bread dough.

The sweet malts and light grains mix together with a hint of bitter hops, and nice undertones of yeast add to the flavor and round it out perfectly.Lots of bread flavors that coat the mouth and linger nicely.

The lightness of the body makes this a very drinkable beer with a ton of bready taste. When someone said quite some time ago that beer is liquid bread, I have to think they very well could've been drinking this beer. A great pils I could definately drink quite a few of, and after the long day at work I just had, I plan to!

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Photo of SleepyMonk
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of those breweries that stick with the swing top lid which is always impressive, well to some at least.

Pours clean with a decent amount of head that quickly retreats back into the body of the beer. Held up to the light this Pilsner maintains a deep amber he that could best be described as a honey color.

Very soft aroma on the nose and very little if any sent of alcohol. The taste is clean with a malt finish which I think diminishes the crispy feel you would possibly expect. Definitely suited to accompany a meal of schnitzel or bavarian sausage or a new twist on the refreshing end of the day beer.

Whilst its not going to make anyone jump up and down or change lives, it does bring a refreshingly different take on the usual Pilsner beer.

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Photo of nocheinsbitte
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this from a flip-top 11.2 oz bottle.

A: pour a nice golden hue with mild carbonation bubbles. Decent head that lasts a good time and has moderate residual lacing.
S: Nothing remarkable here. Nothing bad, nothing inviting either. non-descript.
T: A little watery, no after taste, not as crisp as a Pilsner Urquell, but still good.
M: A good bier to drink, no bad after taste, so it is a pleasure to drink.
D: Could have many of these on a hot summer day. The medium alcohol content makes this a good bier to session.

Overall, not a bad bier but not a great bier. I will buy this again. Do yourself a favor and try one...Prosit.

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Photo of LauraAlberts
4.87/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Beautiful Golden Amber color

Smell: Honey / Maple Syrup / Malt / Almond / Light Fruit

Taste: Wheat, Light Citrus, Honey, Almond

Mouthfeel: Soft / Fluid

Drinkability: Session Beer, or sipper. It's definately one of those beers to savor after a hot day working in the yard. It's refreshing and wonderful - This should be the standard of the big guys like Miller/Bud/Bullshit - in a perfect world.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of a flip-top bottle found near Las Guardia airport, NY this beer was a slightly hazy straw color. The white head faded quickly and left weak lacing. The aroma was of sweet pale malt and typical pilsner malt. The flavors were at first of that sweet malt but then it went very dry and grainy. There was a slightly stale and musty element to the flavor profile. The finish was crisp and acidic. The mouthfeel was slightly watery, the body light and the carbonation light but not under-carbonated.

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Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a yellowish-brown color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy head and some OK lacing.

S: Not an overwhelming smell, but had strong traces of malt.

T: An odd taste for a pilsener. Malt, some hops, grain, and a strange smoky, woody quality. One of those things I'm not sure I like.

M: Fairly well-carbonated with a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

D: This is an OK beer with some decent qualities. The taste is a little on the weird side, but this is an easy to drink beer.

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Photo of farrago
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Basic yellow-orange color, minimal visible bubbles but huge froth on the pour, very thick. Baked bread, tea leaf, leans towards the malt in the nose, grain and straw, compact and concise, perhaps abbreviated. Full-bodied, especially for a pilsner, almost heavy and flat-footed. Bread, grain, corn, not overly carbonated. Tightens up some as it starts to finish but too little too late, it has kind of lost your interest by then. Needs more spring to its step and more dedication to a chosen flavor profile.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.25/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 9/5/08. Bottle. Pours a light yellow with a small foamy white head. Aroma of wheat and light spices (pepper). Flavor of stale wheat and cardboard. This isn't very good. It just doesn't have any flavor.
Aroma: 6/10
Appearance: 3/5
Flavor: 3/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 9/20

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured pale yellow with a two finger white head. It had lite carbonation and was crystal clear.

It had a faint malt scent with a touch of hops. A bit of astringent alcohol smell was present.

It tasted very smooth with malt and a touch of hops. It was medium bodied and had a slightly bitter moment in the finish.

It's very good. A great example of a Pilsner. Very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of tjkurz
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from a pick a six pack. Split into tasting glass. Decent head tight - not soapy - yellow gold clear decent carbonation from bottom - beautiful. Smell - not much there - strong enough wiff and you can smell some hops. Taste malt roasted corn - lots of flavor for pils, bitter hop finish - let it hit back of the throat - grapefruit. Mouthfeel warm and a little heavier body for a pilsner - nice. I can see drinking a couple of these with pizza.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into nonic.

Crystal clear golden hue with a two finger off white frothy head that slowly settles to a thin, even cap. The settling head leaves behind a solid wall of lacing. Webby lacing along the glass from the descending beer.

Bready malts with some light and sweet hop aromas that lend a touch of bitterness.

The malts are very clean and cracker-like. The hops provide a mild bitterness, along with a little bit of fruity flavor. Medium bodied with good carbonation. It's slick, but not flat. Clean finish with maybe a touch of lingering hops.

Another great refreshing German Pilsner. Great summer beer. Recommended.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured the Schwelmer Pils on a hot day in Portland. It was an autumn color a few months before it comes and had virtually no head with very little lacing.

The aroma was of caramel and it was sweet. The taste was malty with a soft bittering on the finish. It was crisp and had moderate carbonation. Overall one of the better Pils but could have used a stronger hop profile.

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Schwelmer Pils from Privatbrauerei Schwelm
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 92 ratings