Schwelmer Alt | Privatbrauerei Schwelm

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Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Schwelm

Style: German Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 07-13-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by beerthulhu:
Photo of beerthulhu
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark ruby red with a thin, macro-bubbly off white head that almost immediately dissipated. Visible carbonation was very light.

S: ripe fruit (prunes, plums), sweet dark caramel, and light licorice notes.

T: sweet dark roasted caramel and licorice. There was some spicy ripe fruit (plums, prunes, raisins) and light sugary notes. The hopping was hard to detect with the sweet caramel and spicy ripe fruit but there was some earthiness that was attributed.

M: light, with a thin syrupy viscosity and full of ripe fruit leaving a nice residual coating behind. The carbonation was very soft.

D: Overall a good drinking and hoppy alt with rich ripe fruit makes this and enjoyable experience that was rich and fruity and smooth going down.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one is dark in color but clear with a nice Altbierish brown body. The big, foamy off-white head left some nice lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell – The caramel sweetness here mixes well with the simple but satisfying toasty notes.

Taste – The toasty malt turned breadish at the taste, but the caramel sweetness really takes over. There’s also a troublesome grainy aftertaste that I didn’t care for.

Mouthfeel – This is light to medium-bodied. It felt good in the mouth but there was an unpleasant bitterness that persisted on the back of my tongue.

Drinkability – This clumsy effort wasn’t all that bad but I certainly wouldn’t recommend it.

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Photo of Jason
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: The frothy sea foam like head leaves a thick trail of lace on the glass, deep wood stained brown shows some clarity.

Smell: Toasted malt, vaguely sweet … ghost like fruitiness with a hint of hops.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Exceptionally smooth with a moderate carbonation and creamy malty body. A twang of fermented malt with in the toasted grain character, hops are modest yet show a good balance. The finish is a jumbled complex mess; nutty, smoke?, yeasty.

Drinkability & Notes: Quite the enjoyable brew, have not quaffed an Alt like this for some while. Seemed to go great with some Teriyaki Chicken and Crab Rangoon.

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Photo of Billolick
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

stubby,11.2 ounce, Belgian style bottle, "best before end" date is not ledgible on bottle. Pours chocolaty brown, with an of white head that initially was rocky and puffy, then dissolved to a medium thickness film and leaving nicely developed and well scattered lacing. Nose is thinly of malt. the mouthfeel is disappointingly thin and unsatisfying. Notes of chocolate, bananas, caramel, fair Alt, but too lacking in body, malty character and mouthfeel for my liking.

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Photo of Byeast
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: very dark brown cola with some reddish hues , a small head of tan froth sits atop.

Smell: malt aroma is toasty with a bit of a slight root beer sweetness , and just a bit of dark fruit hint.

Taste: a nice medium bodied, toasty maltiness , also some slightly sweet caramel flavor , some light fruityness , hop flavors only balance , just a touch of diacetly near the finish.

Mouthfeel : creamy malt , finishes fairly dry.

Drinkability: A very drinkable brew for sure. The flavors are very mellow, but interesting and tasty.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark copper with a medium tan head. Lots of caramel and bread in the aroma. Flavor was dense with caramel and malt, with a bitter end. No hops, mostly sour apple. Some fruitiness, with a heavier than expected mouthfeel. Its okay, but not worth doing again.

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Photo of beerkittycat
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is crystal clear, deep chocolate brown with ruby red highlights and a rocky off-white head that lingers for only a moment or two to settle in a thin layer. Aroma has bready malts with notes of milk chocolate and bread dough along with some faint flowery noble hops. The taste is very complex and it took me nearly the whole glass to nail down all the flavors. Up front I'm hit with sweet chocolate and bread dough. Through the middle I taste those flowery noble hops and hazelnut. Then in the finish is a distinct sherry-like note. Medium to medium low mouthfeel makes this highly drinkable and the restrained carbonation compared to most other German lagers I think really helped bring out the robust flavors. I really enjoyed this beer a lot and I'm upset I didn't pick up more bottles. Oh well, I guess I'll have to buy more!

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with a thick two finger head of creamy craggy bubbles that melts to sticky lacing for a very, very long time.
Aroma is a little toasty, a little coffee, a little nutty.
Taste is toasted dry malts, light nuts, slight hop finish...well balanced.
Aftertaste is drying with a tiny bit of hops.
Mouthfeel is rich and creamy without every getting sticky.
Good Alt...well done.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Schwelmer Alt

Appearance- Dark ruby red/ brown with a huge thcik creamy head. Heavy lacing down the glass. A very good looking beer.
Smell- A little tough to get a good bouquet going. A touch of caramel malt and lemon. Slight earthy hops.
Taste- Caramel malt up front followed with a dose of sweet lemons and sunflower seeds.
Mouthfeel- Dry throughout with a sweet finish. Low carbonation.

Overall- A tasty beer! $3 for a 1/2 liter bottle, definitely worth it!

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Photo of tastybeer
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear mahogany color and light tan head. Nice lasting retention but sparse lace. Smell is dry, woody and a little metallic. Nuts, slight chocolate, and sweet raison. Taste is earthy, nutty, dry with leafy hops, and lightly burnt malts. Once again very woody feel to it. Mouthfeel is slick, very slightly gritty, and body may be a bit thin. Although a little metallic, it doesn't affect my drinkability.

Worth a try but not the best Alt beer I've had.

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Photo of cokes
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Darkish cherrywood with a large-pocked beige lace.
Caramelized cherries and tree bark aroma.
Begins with a steadfast, toasted caramel maltiness that splinters into walnut skin and red grape. Underlying sweet apple notions, which seems to be a common thread in the Schwelmer beers. Gains heft in the midesection with a bready sense that suggests pumpernickel. Clean and briskly lagered later on. Hops have a good deal of bitterness in the steely, herbal pangs.
Roughly medium in body, if slightly less. Moderate carbonation. A drinker, for certain.
This is a good rendition. Although not quite Uerige or Moosejaw good, but along those same lines.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darkish brown, with mild yeasty and malty aroma. Taste like a subdued barleywine,a bit of a season, and an understated maudite.Nuttiness, herbal, and creamy carmel. Easy drinking. Nothing bold and exciting, but a fine brew. Well carbonated with no significant head.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep mahogony brew that is deep crimson and purple in the light. A two finger head quickly recedes to a thin cap of tan cream, and some nice sticky lace coats the glass.

S - Rich caramel and toffee aromas mix with some nice roasty notes. I smell toast, caramel, burning leaves, and some grapes.

T - Starts off with a big acidic twang of rye-like snappyness. Then vinous grape tones sweep over the tongue before toffee and caramel come into play with a tiny bit of bitter dark chocolate. This is a very salty and strange tasting beer, but I really like it!

M - Light bodied, smooth, and quite acidic with a very low level of carbonation.

D - Great! Very similar to a brown or nut-brown ale but with some very odd qualities. Smooth and easy-drinking.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schwelmer's Alt pours an almost black body that reveals it's true deep-ruby stained mahogany color when held to the light. The creamy khaki-colored head drops shortly but leaves some nice lace in its wake.

Sweet malt with a darkly caramelish and roasty edge resides in the nose along with a whisp of floral hops.

The flavor is much as the nose suggests, with a very well-balanced, but straightforward maltiness. There's a touch of dark malt acidity, some welcome nuttiness, and some sublime leafy hop flavors, but nothing else. It fades from the pallet just as easily as it entered, leaving behind a mild trace of nuts, smoke (residue from the roastiness), and floral and grassy hops.

The body is medium with dextrinous malt, and its gentle carbonation leaves it remarkably smooth across the palate.

Interestingly, as Schwelm was once a mining center, this beer is quite similar in many ways to the dark milds of northern England where miners enjoyed a darker, but not necessarily fuller beer at the end of the day. It's not what you'd expect of a Dusseldorfer alt at all, but it's still quite enjoyable.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty garnet color topped by a half-inch of tan head. Aroma of sweet, bready malt with notes of stone fruit (plum, maybe?). Palate is nice, sweet, and a bit fruity. Bready, biscuity caramel malt is complemented by some light fruity hops and a hint of German lager yeast. Medium body and good carbonation carry the flavor well. A nice, flavorful offering, and perhaps the first true German alt I've had.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of russpowell
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle coded 88 10 69, what ever that means opens with a pop

Pours caramel/brown with 3 fingers of sand-colred head. Very good lacing & above averag head retention

S: Sweet malt & iron

T: Dryness & caramel up front. Iron & a hint of nuttyness. Caramel & a slight herbal hop bite shows up as this warms. Finishes with a little toasted malt, oaky dryness & a little more iron

MF: Light/medium body with above average carbonation. Good, not great balance

Drinks fairly easy, but like my alts a little more beefier on the malt & hops side. Give me a Diebels any day. So far this brewery ain't really floating my boat

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Photo of dgallina
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5 liter brown bottle with best-before date of 881057 (whatever that means).

Pours a clouded reddish-brown with a chunky head that dissipates quickly, leaving little lace. Smells of sweet, strongly toasted malts with an undercurrent of bananas and fruits. Grainy, chewy, and well-carbonated in the mouth. Tastes toasty and grainy initially, but develops a long and juicy banana fruitiness before finishing with a clean and nutty hop dryness.

A very pleasant and satisfying Alt.

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Photo of Gmann
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The alt poured a cola like brown color with a tan head. The head was decent, nothing special, but left very nice lacing. It has a malt sweetness to it, caramel & toasted. The taste is of caramel malts, a bit nutty, a bit dark fruit. A nice fizzy mouthfeel, crisp. A very drinkable brew. I am not very familar with the style but I like it.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5L Swing top to a tall glass mug, the liquid is dark dark copper brown with ok carbonation. The head in 2 fingers tan is leaves very little lace.

The smell is very good, dark rosted maly and a bit of alcohol.

The taste is good some what sweet and carmely. Nice soft bitter hops are good.

The mouth feel is thin and lacks good carbonation.

The drinkability is good and easy, just don't expect a lot of body. Prosit MK

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.97/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Plucier: Poured a clear deep brown color alt with a small foamy head with limited retention. Aroma of light roasted malt with some light toffee. Taste is also dominated by some light roasted toffee notes. Body is really average with some medium carbonation. I’m not sure I am totally getting the style since I don’t encounter it often enough but I thought this example was generally boring.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into nonic.

Deep brown hue with plenty of ruby along the edges. A thick cap results from a one finger off white head.

Very light aroma with toasty grains and a little bit of caramel.

A mix of roasted grains and sweet brown sugar. A touch of creaminess is in there as well. Full bodied with good carbonation. The malts linger for a bit after each sip.

This is a pretty delicate beer, with light flavors and aromas, but it's pretty good. There is something to be appreciated about that. Very recommended.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark root beer color with a frothy whitish head. Nice durability on the head with etchings of sheet lace left behind. No kidding, it looks like a root beer.
Smell: lots of toasted malt and caramel sugars; not much in the way of hops aromas.
Taste: sweetly malty initially with mild fruitiness. More toasty malt and a touch of earthiness than anything else. Herbal hops bittering rises as each pull is swallowed. Finishes with an off-putting metallic bite at the back of the roof of the mouth.
Feel: medium and prickly with a thinning, almost watery ending.
Drinkability: overall, I found this alt to be a bit of a let-down after my positive experiences with Schwelm's hefeweizen and pils. The metallic taste still hasn't left my mouth and that's a deal-killer for me. I'll pass on this one from now on.

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Photo of theopholis
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Body is a very clear, light-to-medium brown/amber with a thick, creamy tan head that slowly falls s to a lasting thin cover. Some broken rings of lacing stick to the glass.

Smell- The smell is earthy/woody, slightly nutty. A sweet, grainy aroma with just enough bittering hops.

Taste- A so-so blend of malt, malt sweetness and bittering hops. Some graininess in there. Also getting some earth, woody flavors in the background. Somebody else mentioned impressions of a moss-covered wood. I would have to agree. A vaguely harsh hop taste in the very end.

Mouthfeel- Medium body (for style). Good CO2 level. Again, for style.

Drinkability- Worth a try, but it ain't great.

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Photo of wedge
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cranberry red color with a creamy, off-white head. Smells very interesting, not really altbier like per-se - rich malts and sweetened dark berries. Malty as expected, bready and nutty. Smooth, medium-light and pretty refreshing actually. Leaves the tongue a little dry. Enjoyable.

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Schwelmer Alt from Privatbrauerei Schwelm
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 116 ratings