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Schwelmer Pils | Privatbrauerei Schwelm

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Schwelmer PilsSchwelmer Pils

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 aracauna
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very clear, and very pale gold body with a nice lacy head that fades a little quickly. The aroma is sweet and a little grassy. The grass is reinforced by the hay malt in the background. The flavor is sweeter than expected, with a sturdy bitterness in the back, but not really hoppy overall.

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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 ybnorml
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bright clean yellow beer with a small white head. Has a sweet grainey aroma with a hint of peppery spiceyness in the background. Has an assertive hop bitterness at the start with none of the usually grainey sweetness. The finish is clean and refreshing.

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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 rousee
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I see a datemark --Best before end: 88 10 50 --whatever this means.
Could this beer be 16 years past peak fresheness which 1988 would indicate? I can't tell cuz it is certainly not fresh, but I find it hard to believe it could be that old. It leaves a quick 1/2 finger cap on top of a gold-honey hue. It doesn't smell old. It has a nice malty grassy nose-metallic elements too.
Wet taste of malt and herby-grass-dry finish -a little sticky but not too strong. Has some woodiness and metal-like taste too. Not overpowering.The mouthfeel is very average and the drinkability is also.

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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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