Schwelmer Pils | Privatbrauerei Schwelm

Schwelmer PilsSchwelmer Pils
92 Ratings
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 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 BuckeyeNation
2.68/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Medium amber with bleached blond edges. The eggshell white cap is so tight-bubbled that it looks like a sponge. I haven't seen much glass coverage yet since the head has barely fallen, but it doesn't look to be a lace monster... or even a lace mouse as it turns out.

Pils smells more like a Euro pale lager than it does a pils. There's a fair amount of stale, musty grain and very little noble hoppiness. In fact, if the beer tastes like it smells, the brewery has no business calling it a pilsener at all.

It's an EPL all right. Either I got an old bottle (I have no idea what a dating code of '88 10 50' means) or Brauerei Schwelm and I have vastly different ideas about what constitutes a pilsener. The beer is acceptably balanced between malt and hops, but that has more to do with a sweet-bitter balance than it does with malt and hop flavor per se.

Like the nose, the flavor profile consists of stale grain and stale hops. In fact, the beer is so flat and lifeless on the palate that it makes me think of something produced by a second-rate brewery in Romania or Bulgaria. A metallic flavor gains strength as I drink, rather than fading as is usually the case. I can't believe this is the same brewery that puts out such a good hefe weizen.

The mouthfeel is as lackluster as the flavor. Thin and bordering on watery, it's unable to sustain any flavor permanance. Come to think of it, that's a good thing. A lack of carbonation is entirely in keeping with rest of the beer's attributes, sorry to say.

Schwelmer Pils is, by far, my least favorite of the three Schwelmer beers that I've had to date. It's a Euro pale lager in pils clothing and isn't a very good one of those. Weizen is a keeper, Bernstein (a Vienna lager) is okay and this one is a dud.

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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 Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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 RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold with a slight amber touch. Nose is caramel and sweet with a strong malty edge. Flavor is a bit smoky with a thick mature sweet tone. Feel is bordering on a slightly syrupy side. Low carbonation. Drinakble, yeah. But the low carbonation and the syrupy feel kind of kill it. I didn’t appreciate it that much in the long run.

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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 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 WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale yellow color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a grainy pale malt scent with bitter hops and dry yeast finish. The taste is average. It has a very bitter pale malt flavor with a dry finish. It is crisp and clean with a very bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent pilsner. It has a very bitter flavor and aroma; a good drinker.

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Photo of Zorro
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

.5 Liter Flip top Bottle.

Pours a gold colored beer with a fast dying head.

Smell is some sweetness, grain husk, and biscuit aroma. Some grassiness with lots of perfume from noble hops.

Taste is dry and sharply bitter in the first taste. After the first hit of the bitterness the herbal flavor of the hops comes through. Lots herbal flavor along with a faint rum flavor. This beer though is mostly strongly bitter for the style.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability? This is probably not a beer you would want to drink all night. It is sharply bitter and that would pair it well with spicy foods. This would also work well to clean the palette of food or beer flavors.

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

Presentation: Rather cool looking Half-Litre [1 Pt 0.9 fl.oz.] brown glass bottle which has a vertical neck label covering the steel wire which holds the red & white plastic flip top in place. The back label says Best Before End “88 10 50”….hmmm……what does that mean I wonder!??!....oh shite, the Germans probably know that the World will be in such a mess that we shall have 88 days in October 2050 maybe…..

Appearance: Once the steel wire was pushed back and the flip top cracked open, a reassuringly solid “phrruuup” emitted some beery splash back. Lively on the pour, a massive milky white froth forms at high speed but this settles in good time to reveal a superbly clear golden body which sits underneath a thick white frothy mass which leaves some attractive lacing. Pertinent conditioning is finely dissolved and is just at the right levels.

Nose: Hmmm, much better than I expected, a clean but intriguing nose has lots of Pilsner malt grain, some white bread dough and a light grassy hint in the finish. Unfettered smooth lines.

Taste: Starts with a Pilsner malt beginning which rises in strength through the drink, yet as it does, the initial low strength character of the grassy hops seems to balance them point-for-point all the way. The malty biscuit character takes over as the temperature increases though, as such I preferred to drink this one chilled when its crispness and mild hoppy character is at its most distinct and balances the Pilsner malts perfectly. When first poured and at its coldest, it finishes with spritzy defined lemon grass tingle. Simplistic but nicely put together, as Pils should be.

Mouthfeel: The conditioning really adds to the thirst quenching ability of this crystal clear Pils. A little low on overall Mouthfeel but there are no real distractions here. The low end body somehow aids the resolution of the flavors and improves the Drinkability.

Drinkability: This turned out to be a very enjoyable Pils. Clean and very crisp (when chilled); the balance of the Pilsner malts, grain, dough and grassy hops was almost perfect. A Pils that is easily in the top 25% of the spectrum for Drinkability.

Overall: A decent Pils that was my first brew of the day after having worked at home for a few hours. Relaxing and easily supped, for the short time that it accompanied me, it was extremely enjoyable. Cost $2.69 at Hollingshead Delicatessen in Orange, CA. Not that bad at all, well worth picking up if you enjoy trying new brews, this one shouldn’t disappoint you…..just wish I could decipher the friggin’ Best Before Date…..

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Photo of Reidrover
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

nice those swing tops. Pale golden colour lager, bubbly white head. a surprisingly malt orientated aroma,,malty/buiscuity..there is hops though. Again in taste this has a surprising amount of malt present, though the hops appear strongly at the end. Unusually bitter after taste. Typical german pils palate.. Overall not a bad Pils, more malt sided than most, but nothing very exciting. I would probably drink again if offered.

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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 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 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 Noelito76
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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