Schwelmer Pils | Privatbrauerei Schwelm

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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
Reviews by John:
Photo of John
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0.33L (11.2oz.) squatty bottle. Pale straw color. 1 1/2 inch pearly white foam head. Smells like a fresh loaf of bread, maybe sourdough and leafy hops. The first sip is pleasantly hoppy, and with a crisp bite. Nice. A creamy lightly toasted grain backing follows. The hops seem to snap back at the finish with a peppery spice note like a quality noble variety. A lingering bitterness allows you to enjoy long after. I'm diggin this brew. A fairly hoppy pils but otherwise spot on for the style. Light bodied and extremely drinkable. Solid across the board. The understated complexities of this beer lie in it's simplicity. Prosit!

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More User Reviews:
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 Jason
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 16.9 oz brown swing top bottle with a “Best Before End” freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Thin white lacing off of a heavy pour, good retention though. Clear golden straw hue.

Smell: Almost doughy … biscuity as well. Clean nose.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Semi-crisp with a moderate body, uniform malty palate of snappy grain with a biscuity finish. Hops are a tad mild yet balance the dry character that this brews shows off.

Drinkability & Notes: Not as peppy as I though it would have been, the lack of crispness leads the mouth to a wet … almost flat feel. Flavorful none the less.

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Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 4 pack, comes in a nice card board box. 4 heavy swingtop .5 ltr bottles.They get points for classy packaging/bottles. Best before dating of " 88 10 50 " help!! what does that mean? Anyway this one pours the, true to style , very light straw color hoped for. Nose is faintly citrus and spicy hops. The moderate head is white as snow and it leaves just faint and light lacing. This is a pleasingly light and crisp pils. Spiceyness obtained, no doubt from the classic noble hops employed. Citrus, spice, herbal, floral notes. Coarse and quite dry in the finish. Tasty, crisp and refreshing pils. Nicely done and well worth a try. Give it a try with some salad, cheese, nuts and bread and enjoy!

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Photo of Weizenmensch
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Comes in an awesome stumpy flip-top 330mL bottle a lot shorter than the one pictured. I really dig this type of bottle, it improves my expectations for the beer inside. I hope the rubber washer seal has kept things airtight inside...

A: Gold body with practically no head save for a few bubbles around the glass. Fairly large bubbles in the body of the beer but low-moderate carbonation. Looks promising - deserves a good mark for the bottle design, I'm anticipating a pleasing Westphalian brew.

S: Nice bitterness, hops are not too skunky, perhaps the flip-top bottle actually seals the beer better than a crown seal? Thick dark brown glass helps too I suppose. Fresh grassy and bitter German hops, with a faint aroma of grape. Makes me feel like I'm enjoying it in Schwelm itself!

T: I'm so happy this beer wasn't spoiled by the trip over. It's nice and bitter and very authentic-tasting. You don't get too many Pilseners like this in Australia, ours tend to be milder and more thirst-quenching, but Schwelmer Pils is quite tart and is very satisfying for a beer of its kind. I'm a fan, I'll be drinking it again - and keeping the bottle!

M: No complaints - the carbonation is stronger than I realised, and you can feel the bubbles on the tongue.

D: A very drinkable beer, and not excessively expensive considering it's a German import. I don't know if I'd be buying a case in Australia (depends on the price), but I'd definitely do so in Germany. There is nothing cloying about the beer, and it's got a flavour that every beer drinker would enjoy. I don't know anyone that wouldn't like this beer - and if I offered it to someone and they turned up their nose at it, that person is not a beer aficionado.

Overall: This is one of the best German Pilseners I've had. It's rich in flavour straight out of the bottle - it tastes like it's just been poured for me vom Faß in a quiet cafe in Wuppertal. I'll remember the name.

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Photo of BMackWrldClsBev
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Consumed from the 11.2 ounce swing top bottle -

The appearance is slightly darker than I would have expected with a pretty distinct amber characteristic. The head is pretty lacking which is a mild disappointment

Aroma is solid with plenty of pils malt in evidence.

It tastes quite noticably of pils malt and I am slightly disappointed at a relative lack of hops. It's quite tasty with a terrific pils malt character, but it would have been better with a little more Noble hop character.

The mouthfeel is also missing a bit of carbonation that I would have expected.

Overall, this is a solid Pils and I wouldn't shy away from it in the future. My two thoughts on making it a tad better would be increase the hops somewhat and the carbonation as well.

I read another review where it mentioned tasting like a Munich Helles and I think that thought is pretty dead on, though the pils malt character is even more pronounced here. More carbonation might do the trick and a touch more hops would be welcome also.

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Photo of Byeast
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pured into a pilsner glass a nice golden yellow. Head was about 1/8 of an inch and well retained by the fast and constant rising carbonation. Smell was of clean bready odors and a slight grassy scent. Taste was also clean and bready/biscuit ,with a very light, grassy hop profile. Mouthfeel was smooth and lighly crisp. Overall a nice , tasty Pilsener.

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Photo of ADR
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big swing top bottle...medium bright yellow appearance, transparent in character. Head is average in height and not particularly long-lasting. Laces in thin strings on the glass. Aroma is bready, slight bit of nuttiness that reminds me distantly of the Bernstein. Body is close to skeletal, floating with medium carbonation and getting slightly lost. Starts with some dryness, white bread and with a little bit of granularity, picks up some lemon notes as it more thoroughly progresses. Finishes thinly with a slightly sugary aftertaste. Not too bad,veers away from a clean sharpness at the end, and the hops leave me guessing overall.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love the pop wire cap bottle.
Pours a clear straw color with a half finger white head that melted quickly to thin lacing.
Aroma is malty but with a pleasant biscuit drying.
Taste is sweet malt, lager yeast, grainy crisp finish.
Not quite as dry as I expected but a little peppery finish and a nicely carbonated mouthfeel.
A very nice german Pils.
Perfect for this summer day.
Did I mention I love the bottle?

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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 cokes
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly lucid golden with streams of fat bubbles crashing against a sticky white cap.
Dry, white bread aroma with lemongrass accentuations.
Begins pale and mostly dry. Somewhere between sltine crackers and white bread. Tiny glimmers of pear- or apple-like fruitiness. Cleanses with a turbulent water, lagered notion. Ends with a herbal, lightly citric (lemongrass, likely Saaz derived) hop bitterness...which leans more floral and rose-like as it warms.. A lingering green tea sense grows after the swallow.
Light bodied...almost too light even for a pils. This stays brisk with its carbonation and vastly drinkable. But for as downable as this is, I prefer a pils with a little more crispness, a little more snap.
For the most part, though, I can't complain, except to wish I had more than this mere 500mL.

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Photo of Sammy
3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

German malt and saaz hop aroma. A soapy head with lace on light to medium yellow. Taste is smooth but it is the enigma of saaz hops that is hard on my mouthfeel. A bit light mouthfeel though not watery. Passable pils but still not the one to chase after.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Brauerei Schwelm is located in the region of the North Rhine - Westphalia, the Ruhr area, sometimes known as Germany's "rust belt". It's an industrial region built on coal and steel formerly shipped down the Ruhr to the Rhine.

Despite the pollution of it's former industry, Schwelm is cleaning itself up, and it's still surrounded by beautiful forest regions. It's also a fairly cultural area, due in great part to the high pay rates its employees once received. The area is growing once again, and it stradles the line between modern and traditional. The beers of the Brauerei Schwelm reflect that.

The Schwelmer Pils pours a clear golden body beneath a short head of thin but creamy bright white froth that holds well and leaves some nice lace about the glass.

Its nose is more impressive than its appearance with a decidedly malty character that's backed by floral and spicy hops. The malt appears first, doughy, bready, yeasty, and biscuity. Then the hops appear seemingly from nowhere, offering a breath of fresh summer air that balances the malt and rounds it out.

It's lightly crisp in the mouth with a delicate, fine-bubbled, and moderate carbonation that cuts through its medium-light body nicely. There's just enough to perk up the tastebuds and leave it refreshing.

The flavor delivers the same doughy and bready maltiness that the aroma suggests, but it's far from sweet as it's backed by a firm bitterness and solid spicy hop notes. It finishes calmly, with crust of bready malt and a swirl of hop flavors that fade to a lingering bitterness.

Overall it's quite nice; more refined, quaint, and "relaxed", "country-like", or "antique" than the bristling golden examples from Northern Germany.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the swing-top bottle into a Trumer Pils stange. Body is a pale golden color topped by a couple of inches of slightly sticky white head. Aroma of lighty, biscuity malt with a touch of sweetness, nice German pilsner yeast, and a hint of lightly spicy Saaz hops. Palate is a nice blend between light malt and tangy Euro hops. Notes of sweet biscuit and just a touch of citrus. Body is medium-light and well-carbonated. Easy drinking and great for nice spring weather.

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Photo of tempest
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking and easy drinking, but this beer is just too simple. It basically tastes and smells of pilsner malts with no hint of hops. The IBUs on this sucker have to be around 2 or something. Still, it could possibly be a gateway beer and its still pleasant and entirely unoffensive. Oh yeah, and the bottle is way sweet.

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Photo of goodbyesoberday
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Head froths and goes. Aroma has sweet qualities with some noble charactiersitics but comes and goes. The flavour says that there was a harmonoius balance here once but I joined them at the end of the night where everyone is going home.

Sorry guys, this is a dud bottle of an old beer. It is still sweet and has no bad flavour, but it's lost all the right stuff. Would have been a lot better at the right time.

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Photo of mrgrandefromage
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very pale straw colored beer with a medium head. Not much in the way of aroma, just a hint of biscuit and tin. The taste, however... the czechs better watch out! This is one fine pils. Extreme crispness. Malt and hops living together in near perfect harmony, like some cheesy '70's love song gone terribly right. This is one of the most drinkable beers I've had. Ever.

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Photo of Gmann
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear golden color, average white head with no lacing. This Pils is a bit darker than most. The smell is typical pils, slightly zesty . The taste is a bit peppery, a touch of malt sweetness. The feel is light and is rather dry, finishes a little bitter. As a pils its rather easy to drink, though a little dry for my liking. Worth a try. #100

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a really nice swingtop bottle with authentice German label. I was not sure what to think cause I had never seen this selection before but was very curious and turned out to be very pleased.

It had a nice head that slowly withered leaving a nice thin lacing. Smell of malt and light hops. Taste was straight forward toasty grain and mellow hops. Had a slightly sweet malt finish that was pleasant. Very drinkable and on the lighter side of some other good German Plis. You could drink a ton of these cause thay are tasty and go down very easy.

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

A: Poured a clear, golden color with a foamy 2 finger eggshell white head that clung to the sides of the glass leaving a slight spiderweb lacing. Visible carbonation was light with a few steady jet streams of co2.

S: fresh corn and grains with a light herbal hopping.

T: fresh, sweet buttered corn grains with a touch of herbal hopping. There was some fresh hay hints as well. Overall the flavor was buttery sweet and very clean making for a tasty pils that highlighted the clean german malt brewing techniques.

M: light, buttery slick with a soft carbonation. A soft herbal hop fade is also detected.

D: A sweet buttery tasting pils and by all means worthy of a try.

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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 Boilermaker88
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Made a run out to Liquorama today and found this pilsner along with the Brauerei Schwelm hefeweizen and altbier. Came in a 500ml bottle with a swing top at the cost of $2.99 a bottle.
Poured into a pilsner glass, Schwelmer Pils had a clear yellow color, produced a dense bright white head kept alive by the ample carbonation, and left streaky lacing.
The smell had a hayfield aroma with a nice mix of biscuity malts and a snappy hops note. Some light fruit notes but more herbal than anything once I got past the malt.
Light-bodied, clean and crisp; the crackery malt flavor starts in right away before easing back in favor of the spicy hops. The snap of the hops and steady carbonation give the tongue a prickly feel. The herbal tone of the hops carries on long after each pull,
Overall, I was pretty happy with this German pilsner. Refreshing, with a good blend of grainy malt and spicy hops bite. It's worth giving a try.

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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 scooter231
2.56/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Looks like a pilsener, golden and clear. Nose is a bit... off. A bit of an old sneaker thing going on underneath a hoppy scent. Taste is pungent... almost a rubbing alcohol flavor. Sour. Mouthfeel is thin, watery, and not very pleasant. I guess I can see others liking this, but I don't dig it. Everything about it, save appearance, is off.

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