Schwelmer Alt | Privatbrauerei Schwelm

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Schwelmer AltSchwelmer Alt

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Schwelm

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of DrainBamage
4.77/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brownish amber color with a nice lace of head. Smell has fruity and malty aromas. Taste is fruity but very complex also. It's lightly carbonated and goes down extra smooth with a slight bitterness towards the end. The hops and malts are perfectly balance. The is one fine brew and I can't imagine and Altbier getting much better than this.

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.55/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hey it's always a decent weekend when you score big on news brews. This Alt is new to me and yet it already seems like a longtime friend already after a couple of bottles. Talk about nice, dar reddish brown, nice sticky head, sweet malty backbone that is almost nutty , but certainly bready. It finishes nice with a pperfect mix of hops. The more I drink altbiers the more I like them, but this is definitely a great Alt that should be enjoyed by everyone.

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Photo of IceAce
4.55/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful swing-top bottle releases a brew with a copper body and two fingers of tightly knit light tan foam. Clarity is outstanding while lacing is minimal.

The nose arrives with a clean toffee note backed by a hint of floral hoppiness. Entry is sturdy while the midtaste highlights the best of the German Maltster's trade. the finish is beautifully threaded malty goodness...almost nutty in a way.

This beer simply blows me away and I'll be sure to revisit it next time pulled pork is on my entertainment menu...

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Photo of Dasa1044
4.53/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Duesseldorf style Alt-Bier has been my favorite Alt for years while living in Germany. In comparison to many other Alts this one is slightly sweeter and smoother than for example a Diebels Alt from Dusseldorf. Now in its new Flip-Top-Bottle this beer is real gem!

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Photo of Citadel82
4.51/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation 12 ounce bottle bought as a sixer at Half-time. Reissdorf .4 liter stange complimentary with my purchase.

What a delight to behold this dark copper brew with its pillowy off-white head that left thick lacing on the sides of the glass all the way till the end. Long lived head fueled biscuit and carmel aromas with the barest whisper of floral essence. Taste was subtle sweet caramel malt, some sourness and some toffee. Mouthfeel was at first slick and tingled the tongue. As it quenched my thirst following a late sunday walk on Sandy Hook.

This is my favorite altbier to date.

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Photo of Bookseeb
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep mohagany beer with a thin head and the aroma of rich malt and slight sweetness of molasses. Taste is rich but not overdone with the malt, having the right amount of hop and good carbonation to give it a clean bite. Having a medium mouthfeel, I got to say that I'm really enjoying this beer and wish I had another to chase it.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a treat. Started off well with a nice big pop when I let loose on the swing top. Pour looked just like root beer in color and head. In fact the cream colored head has lasted and left lace in my glass. Aroma is of typical German malt (read: brown bread). Taste is also very pleasant, small carbonation hits the tongue, the malt is low. Metallic notes and fruitiness in the towards the end, also some hop bitterness in the finish. Still pretty smooth, and at that abv, you can make a sesseion of them. Nice to see another German Alt available on our shores, keep 'em coming.

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Photo of beerkittycat
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
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 Pauly2X
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Reddish mahogany hue, one finger head left a nice wisp.

S- Sweet malty aroma underpinned by noble earthy hops.

T- Nicely complex, robust yet not overpowering. Its hard to tell whether the hops balance out the malt or the malt balances out the hops.

M- Rich and smooth despite a slightly thin finish.

D- I gotta go back and grab the 4 pack.

A great example of an often negleted style. Personally I think this is Schwelmer's best offering.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very clear dark garnet color with a ¼” head of tan bubbles on top. The head was active with quite a few bubbles rising, and fell pretty slowly. It was still a pretty assertive ring around the top of the beer a minute after the pour. There is some light lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: My initial impression was of dark caramel malts, but as the head falls, I get a noticeable floral hop presence. The dark caramel is pretty much the dominant aroma with a very subtle fruitiness that I think is more from the dark malts as anything from fermentation.

Taste: This beer is really light on the palate, but full of flavor. It comes across as a tad thin as you first sip it, but then this very bold sweet caramel thing starts up and carries through to the finish. There is some noticeable hoppyness in the aroma and a bit in the finish, but there is no dry bitterness. The malt is in charge all the way up to the end. The label says that it is a “hoppy” beer, but I beg to differ. The malt runs the show here. There are some hops, but there sure are a lot more hoppy Alts out there. There is no alcohol noticeable anywhere.

Opinion: I really like this beer, and am rather glad that it doesn’t have the hoppy bite that I thought it may from the label. This beer comes across a bit like a Dunkel, and I am hard pressed to pick up the Alt character. I am really enjoying this beer, and would certainly drink it any time that I get the chance. I would just not expect an Alt, but a well crafted dark beer.

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Photo of arguemaniac
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep mahogany with a creamy light tan head. Easygoing toffee aroma with toasted notes. The palate offers a superb toffee/caramel grain with some sweet bready malt. Mostly rounded grain and mild roasted coffee notes in the finish.

One of my favorites, probably my favorite session beer behind Anchor Steam Beer. All of the flavors are mellow and supremely well balanced, and the overall palate is exceedingly drinkable. This one is a classic…

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Photo of Bighuge
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear burgandy tone. Medium sized biege head. Retention is good as is the lace. Rings of droopy lace are left in moderate quantities. Not much carbonation noted from the appearance. Nice aroma of almonds, toffee and caramel. Nicely pronounced. Nice flavor. Walnuts and toffee. Nougat and caramel. Nice dry finish. Just a little buttery. Overall, good though. Mouthfeel is agreeable. Drinkability, quite good. This is a solid alt.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml flip top bottle. Pours out a very dark brown color with a huge, rocky head. Nutty toasted malt aroma. Flavor is very malty, with a little caramel and a tasty walnut flavor. The finish is metallic, with just a little hint of hopiness. Medium to full mouthfeel is just about perfect. Great drinkability too. I really enjoy this beer. The flavors are subtle, but work very well. If it were just a little hoppier, it would be the perfect alt.

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Photo of JohnY
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 'blast from the past' flip top bottle. Poured into a standard pint glass, it formed a nice 2 finger head that was light tan in color. The beer itself was a dark brown with traces of red when held to the light. Medium body. Not hoppy at all although it describes itself as hoppy on the label. Well balanced, bread like nose, with floral hints. Very easy to drink, not at all like traditional alts from Dusseldorf but still a very easy drinking brew. Highly recomended.

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Photo of Shaw
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a lovely deep brown in color with a nice foamy, brown head.

It smells of bread a faint roasted malts.

The flavors are good: malty with enough bitterness to balance it out. The roasted malts become apparent in the aftertaste. The brewery describes this as a hoppy beer. I must be spoiled by American hoppy beers, because "hoppy" is not how I would describe this beer. Yes, it does have some light hop flavors, but nothing like its American cousins. I'm not downgrading this beer at all because of that, however. For a German brew, this is probably pretty hoppy.

For the Altbier style, this is a good beer. It's very easy to drink and it's quite refreshing. This may be a bit too strong to be what the Bros. would define as a "session beer," but I would say it's as close to a great session beer as it comes.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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 Skidz
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stumpy 330mL bottle. 881052 on the back.

Pours out a lowly brown and sits a dark crimson-orange in the glass with a large off-white head, great lacings up and down, excellent head retention. Sharp as a tack and bright as the sun; looks great in a tuliped glass (what doesn't?).

Smells of wet malt in a cookie dough like build. Lightly toasted malt and faint herbal hopping with a dry wooden core.

Tastes of toasted malt with cherried, mildly sweet innards also displaying flavors of oxidized and overripe apples and grapeskins. Good hop balance, tea leaf-like flavors. Faint hints of doughy and yeasty flavors bubble out here and there. Nutty and wooden notes nearing the well-controled, lightly bitter finish.

Intensly smooth and creamy with a nicely balanced carbonation that simply carries the beer over your toungue.

Simply delicious and well-crafted. I found this most enjoyable and wouldn't mind keeping a couple at hand, it's just so easy to drink with its well balanced flavors and it just looks like a million bucks.

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Photo of cokes
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
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 fizzyfred
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice auburn color in the glass. Aroma is clean, noble hop aroma. Taste is dry with a slightly astringent finish. I love Alts that display the munich and vienna character. This one has a little to much hop bitterness. Medium body is very drinkable. A lover of the Alt style will have no problem with this beer.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
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 claytri
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very dark brown with a nice tan head. It's aroma is pretty basic just toasted malt and hints of hops. The taste is a nice mix of toasted malt, sweet malt, and hops. It starts with a light coffee taste up front, moves to an almost cherry sweetness in the middle, then finishes with a faint hop twist. The feel is pretty much down the middle, a bit of body and slightly dry. A very nice beer, with a pleasant blend of tastes that keep you interested, but not too much of any one thing.

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Photo of sbe1
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Altbier and it's a pretty damn good one. I bought this at Brighton Bazaar Market in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. (This place really should be in the beerspy list. It has a decent sized and interesting selection of Eastern European, German, and Asian beers.)

Appearance: Dark reddish brown, a perfect match for a cola color, but with sharper red highlights when held up to the light. Thick creamy tan head that last for several minutes, finally dissipating into a light lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Delicious bready, sweet malt, cream soda, light hop notes.

Taste: Creamy, malty, slight note of a brown sugar sweetness light hop tickle on the tongue. Wet yet smoky finish, with a nice feeling of alcohol warmth near the end.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, smooth, very little carbonation.

Drinkability: very good, great smooth taste and easy to drink. Would make a great session beer.

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Photo of Atlas1
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, this is a really cool bottle. Squat, flip top with a neat old German house design on the label. But the thing that really sold me on this beer, before I'd even tried it, was the phrase "The Unique Hoppy Altbier" on the label. Hoppy altbier... music to my ears.

Poured into a belgian snifter, the Schwelmer is a pretty brown color with a slightly off-white head that contains huge bubbles and thins out rather quickly. Held up to the light, it shows off hues of mahogany and brick-orange. A very pretty beer. The nose on this one is all over the place. Sweet malt, roasted coffee, vanilla, plum, faint orange peel, cherries. I could drink this in all day and keep finding new smells in there. The taste is a bit unexpected. Because, presumably, of the strong hop content here, all the sweet malts are rather muted. But it's done in a very distinguished manner. You still taste the mellow malt character of this beer, but you also get a great spicy hop balance. And then it finishes with a dry bitter kick. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky. It seemed a bit watery at first, but it really develops a nice character after it warms up to room temperature.

This is fine and delicate altbier. Do not expect the hop level in this guy to match an American double IPA or anything. Instead, approach this like you would a piece of antique furniture. The more you allow this one to grow on your palate, the more it appreciates in value. Would make a fantastic session beer in some dark, hidden-away German bar. Might go great with dumplings or struedel.

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Photo of bierme
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am a big fan of the style so I was happy to try it out. Overall, I found it to be a nice beer. Slightly smoky in smell. Balanced as the style is supposed to be. Crisp in my mouth and it leaves a pleasent lingering flavor. Easy to drink, I would buy it again.

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Photo of dgallina
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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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