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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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 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 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 beermebeerman
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinking a bottle now in a close-to-style weizen glass. I need to get some pils glasses...

Appearance: You can be a little aggressive with the pour as the head doesn't readily jump out of the beer. Nice straw-yellow color with about a 2 finger head that dies fairly quickly down to 1/8 inch. Lacing is beautiful; nice thick rings all the way down the glass.

Smell: Maybe its my imagination but it smells of sulfates, allthough after reviewing bjcp that is normal for this style. I really don't like it though. Spicy (what smells like)saaz hops come through. No apparent malt.

Taste: Slight hops at the beginning, slight malty, medium dry finish. High carbonation

Mouthfeel: Higher carbonation and medium body, but slightly watery. Good, not great IMO.

Overall a highly drinkable beer. I really could go for another one now...

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Photo of SirSaranac
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had never tried this pilsner before, so I decided to give it a try...

A- Poured a clear golden blonde... 1 finger head... lot of carbonation... poor lacing. Great looking bottle though.

S- Malty... yeast... light light hops. Eh... light nose.

T- Malty, but not strong malt... slightly spicy... Hops pop in for a brief cameo. Overall rather watered down flavor.

M- Crisp... light light body

D- I drank a 6'er... buuuut, at no point did i really look forward to the next one. It's no Victory Prima Pils

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm such a tool for cool gimmicks like a resealable bottle. This beer poured a golden copper color with light half-finger head. The smell is pretty sweet with some definite honey characteristics along with malts. The taste is fairly dynamic and starts off sweet and ends with a decent amount of hoppiness and a fairly clean palate with a bit of lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is kind of watery with decent carbonation, and makes for a reasonably drinkable beer.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bright golden beer with a thin head and little visible carbonation.

Smell is very malty with biscuit and straw notes and some sulfur. There is a light hoppiness.

Taste is medium bitter with a nice hoppy taste. The malt is light sulfuric and has biscuity and green notes. Aftertaste is dry and lingering bitter. Drinkability is good.

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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 Pauly2X
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- One finger head atop a rich golden color.

S- Rich floral hops, crisp pale malty aroma.

T- Crisp somewhat astringent, good balance.

M- Kinda thin even for the style.

D- Goes dwon easy, quite refreshing.

Not too shaby, but I did expect a little more out of this brewery.

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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 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 brendan13
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium gold colour with an inch or so of white head that falls away to a thin whisp quite quickly.
S - Sweet biscuit malts with some slight spice/earthy hoppiness.
T - Very much along the same lines as the smell but with a bit of a bitter finish to balance the sweet maltiness.
M - Smooth mouthfeel with medium carbonation.
D - Good beer that would make a nice sessioner. This is actually available at my local fish 'n' chip shop and it goes great with some grilled fish.

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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 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 jvdineen
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a thin pilsener glass with no head. It pours in a light straw yellow without a ton of carbonation. Very plain cracker taste with obvious hop taste. Looking at it you would think PBR, MGD or some other macro. Very refresing, very summery, without being fruity as the fashion for summer appropriate is now. I wish they sold four packs.

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

This is what I think Scrimshaw tries to be but this brewer hits it dead on.
There's a malty sweetness in here but manages to dry up and not cloy what-so-ever. This doesn't have the hops bite of pilsners that I prefer but there is an adequate supply of hops in here. Easy drinking and quite smooth, this is what a true German style pilsner is. So while I prefer Czech pilsners, if one wants something truly German, and can get a fresh sample, this is the fellow to go for.

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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 MrVisegrips
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a nice golden straw color with a light head that recedes quickly. Aroma is flowers and light was just a hint of hops. Flavors are nicely balanced offering a nice lightly roasted grain with a finish of citrus hops. Mouthfeel is light and very drinkable. Overall, a nice enjoyable Pilsner brew which is compounded coming from a less enthusiastic pils drinker.

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

Poured a nice golden straw color. Produced a nice although short lived head. The flavor has the basic Pilsner taste qualities but could use more flavor "muscle", or rather more definition. As is I say it's a "soft" flavor. By "soft" I mean that the hops character could be more prominent, the yeast flavor while mild comes through producing a slight earthy "tone" but it too could use more prominence and the same with the malt profile.

Nevertheless the beer has a fine mouthfeel and drinkability. It seemed as if I emptied by glass too soon and that my larder had been emptied of the Schwelmer Pils.

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Photo of micro108
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant golden color. Wet grain, clay, and bread dough aromas. A round entry leads to a frothy medium-to-full-bodied, toasted pale malt palate with strong grain and mild, candied citrus peel flavors. Finishes with a light touch of citrusy hops. An interesting pilsner profile. This beer is excellent with pot pie, excellent with food.

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Photo of vancurly
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 23 06 07.

Pours a light amber/honey colour. Nice rocky white head, leaving good lace.

Nice aromas of malts & grains.... a subtle, spicy note, not unlike a meat pie. Sounds strange, but that's what I pick, and it works OK.

Very malt-driven beer, more like a Northern German lager than a Pils. Nutty, dough-like. Herbal aftertaste, and a medium bitterness.

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Schwelmer Pils from Privatbrauerei Schwelm
3.6 out of 5 based on 92 ratings.
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