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

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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 88
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 Dasa1044
4.51/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Schwelmers Pilsner is a great example for Beer brewed in Westfalen. An area of great Beer tradition. I really find that this Microbrewery knows what is important in a good Pilsner. Great flavor, smell and texture! Also in their new Flip-Top Bottle. A "must try" for all visitors the the region.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was pretty happy with this one. The other Schwelmers I've reviewed up till now are decent, but not quite world class as far as I'm concerned...aka, I didn't go WOW when I drank them. This pils gets a Wow from me...everything is pretty much spot on, and if I had more at my fingertips right now, I'd keep drinking them. But on to the beer, Sunny, and a bit darker than straw colored, with extremely fine carbonation rising in the glass. Head was about 2 inches thick when I poured it, although now it's just a thin shell on top of the beer. Aroma is pleasant and yeasty/bready..more whole wheat than say dark pumpernickel. Mouthfeel is medium, not a ton of carbonation, but I am not missing it in this one. Solid but delicate malt in the body, the finish is slightly tart and reminiscent of lemon. I can happily say I detected no metallic notes...hurray! Would get again as an everyday pilsner no problem.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The swingtop bottle unleashes an earthy, rootsy, and somewhat raw malty fragrance that’s quite appealing. The body is sunny straw color with enthused carbonation and a casual, sudsy white head. The taste is everything a good pils ought to be: crisp and flavorful, solid yet lean.

An elegant expression of the style embodying its full potential.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5 litre swing-top brown bottle from Florian's. Crystal-clear straw-yellow body with a quarter inch of white head. Smells awesome - European hops and biscuit malt, very sweet. Biscuit and caramel malt are balanced by European hops. Definitely sweet with slight toastiness. Light crisp body with slightly less carbonation than expected. Very drinkable though, one sip definitely invites another and before I realized, the bottle was gone. The best pils I've had to date.

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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 righlander
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OK, so i bought 2 4-packs of this to use the bottles for my home brew. half liter swivel top bottles. great bottle. had a nice gold pilsener look to it...maybe a slight bit deeper gold than most pilseners. it smells crisp and clean. slight detection of grains. almost toasty smell. it has a lot of cool lacing for a pilsener. its really crisp and clean tasting, like REALLY clean tasting. it's good really good. really awesome session beer. i could pound down a bunch of these. would be a good beer to drink on the beach. probably my favorite pils i have tried so far.

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

Pours a crystal clear pale straw gold, topped with a two finger puffy stark white head, leaves webs of lacing, a very nice classic pils appearance.
Light malt, grassy, grainy aroma, flowers and dough.
Grass, lemon zest, grainy taste, pepper, nice citrus zesty, perfumy/floral bitterness.
Light bodied and very crisp, goes very well with some sharp old cheddar and wheat crackers.

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

Pours out nearly crystal clear, a tinge of straw, and sits a bright, crisp and clear, light golden yellow in the glass. Large white head holding on tight, leaving a good thick skim, but can't quite hold onto the sides of the glass.

Smells big and fruity, nice malt character, gives off hints of fresh raspberries, apples and peaches. Faint aromas of spicy grass, honey and club crackers.

Tastes light on every side. Fruity core provides apples, pears and grapes. Light crackery flavors bounce of the sides. Nice, balancing bitterness steps up above the fruity sweetness and evens out the score. Finishes with a few fruity flavors and adds a bit of herbal hop spiciness.

Crisp and refreshing in the mouth with good carbonation in a fairly light body. Perhaps a bit watery feeling, but not bad.

Absolutely no complaints about this beer. Tasty all the way to the bank. An afternoon loafer, or a midnight refresher. Half-liter is demolished within minutes

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Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and very good sticky lacing. Nicely shaped short 11.2 ounce bottle.

The smell was very aromatic with a flowery and slightly citris hop aroma. A nice graininess in the background.

The taste was very well balanced. A nice hoppy sharpness countered with a good doughy backbone. Nice biscuity aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was light with good carbonation.

Overall a nice authenic German Pils. In my opinion, it ranks up there as one of the most flavorful.

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Photo of Bookseeb
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a light golden with a thin head that dissapates quickly. Smell and taste of honey, sweet malt and a hint of dough. mouthfeel is light - medium with good body that is crisp and easy to drink. The more that I try the better I like. A very good solid pils from Germany.

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

A nice offering from Schwelmer, light bodied and very smooth. Smell has a touch of honey and tea, along with the usual suspects one would find in a pilsner. Taste is nice, round, perfect blast of Saaz at the finish. Speaking of finish, tight, crisp. Mouthfeel is creamier than expected, and very nice. Another nice one from Der Schwelmer.

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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 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 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 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 Frozensoul327
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Crisp, clear, rich gold color with a nice fluffy head of white foam. No lacing, and a medium level of carbonation.

S: Fresh malty aroma mixed with cut and dried grains. Some bubblegum notes and a light floral note. Nice.

T: Medium bodied, flavors of buttery malts, sweet grain and wheat, with a bitter herbal character. Nice. Not overly complex, but wonderfully fulfilling.

M: Light and crisp, with a slightly dry finish. Mild carbonation tickles the tongue and keeps this one from being to bland or flat.

D: Good. I look forward to having this one again. One of the better German Pilsners i've had.

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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 BeerRun13
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I like the swing top cap. I'll use this bottle for some homebrew.

Pours a nice clear light gold color with a nice white head that sticks around and leaves some good lace.
Smells clean. Light aroma of malt and hops.
Tastes good. Clean and crisp flavor.
Nice and gentle mouthfeel. Light bodied.
Great drinkability. Now the I've read the Bro's piece on "Session Beers," I can officially say I've found a good one.

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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
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