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Schwelmer Alt | Privatbrauerei Schwelm

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Schwelmer AltSchwelmer Alt

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Privatbrauerei Schwelm

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 07-13-2003

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown chestnut color with a firm offwhite head that leaves a decent lace. Aromas consist of carmelized sugars, toffee, and a slight nutty bread like tone. Initial flavors start off quite malty with tones of toffees and caramels along with a slight bready quality to it. There is a slight metallic taste in this brew, I'm not sure if it comes from the water or something else but it does take away from the overall flavor. The finish is bright and sweet, with a nice bready and caramel flavor to it with a decent bitterness. Overall a decent alt but there are way better out there..

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Photo of Suds
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This sure isn’t a bad looking beer. Poured from a half-liter swing-top bottle, it’s a deep, dark brown color with a towering rocky head. Lots of lace from this one. The aroma is serious caramel, slightly malty, and a little hops. Taste is grainy and a little bready. Initially there’s a moderate sweetness, but the beer starts to dry out in the mid-taste. Medium body and fairly drinkable. There’s a nicely balanced hop finish as well. Overall, it’s a fairly good Alt.

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Photo of John
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

0.33L (11.2 oz.) stubby bottle. Schwelmer Alt pours a crystal clear ruby/brown. Head is tan in color, creamy and dense with moderate lacing. Aroma is caramelized grains and toasted nuts along with an odd semi-metallic, hard water-like note. Flavors are of soft sweet wort, caramel, multi-grain bread and subdued spicy, earthy hops. Metallic notes soften but the body also weakens as it warms. Not a bad brew but probably not something I'll go back to. Of the Schwelmer Alt, Bernstein and Pils, the Pils is the clear standout.

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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 ppoitras
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz swing-top bottle from Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" beige head above the dark copper brew. Good foamy bits of lacing from a head that just isn't moving. Aroma is light, of caramel malts and slight hops notes. Taste is initially of full caramel malts, fading to a slight fruit tang, and then ends with a mess of somewhat metallic bitterness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are are affected by the end of each mouthful, unfortunately, since it was nice until then. Potential, yes. Follow-through, no.

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Photo of Skidz
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
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 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 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 aracauna
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Oddly, I think I prefer the pils over this one. Very dark brown, but perfectly clear. The head builds easily and is slow to fade. Nutty, slightly hoppy aroma is followed by a flavor full of nuts, wood and a bit of cherry. This would be quite tasty except that the bitterness at the end is a bit awkward and mixes with a slightly sour aftertaste that keeps it from being as enjoyable as it could be.

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Photo of claytri
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
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 WesWes
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades. The aroma is good. It has a dry, yet malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with some hops as well; excelllent balance. The taste is decent. It has a weak and watery flavor that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with bitter hops and a dry finish. It goes down easy and finishes with hops in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. It has a watery feel that takes away from the mouthfeel. This is a good drinking alt. . It has good aroma and decent flavor.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color is a very dark amber with avery nice foamy beige head. There is a distinct carmel aroma, but nothing else. A watery mouthfeel. None ot the carmel promised in the aroma. Only a light non descript sweetness followed by an easy bitterness with a dry finish.

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Photo of yen157
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tawny port brown, topped by a fairly chunky, creamy head. Aroma is of malt, pretty big on the Munich. There is a hint of milk chocolate and some dark fruitiness. Considering the aroma it is relatively light in flavor in the mouth. Big, toasty malt flavor comes across as a little oxidized. Hopping is nice, slight vegetal flavor and lingering bitterness. Aftertaste is a little nutty, but this is neutralized by a metallic, hard water flavor that is pervasive throughout this brew. Also, there is a slightly tart quality that seems to come out as it warms. Body is pretty light, and carbonation is fine but intense.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
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 Dasa1044
4.53/5  rDev +24.1%
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 fattychubs
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was brought back from Germany from a good friend.

Beer pours a medium brown with amber highlights and a full frothy tan head. Has a nutty brown aroma slightly sweet, but also a lot of bitter hop on the nose. Taste starts with burnt malt, a slight sweetness then turns very hoppy. The end is bitter with a very slight acidic metal taste. Body is slightly thin on the overall taste.

Pretty enjoyable overall, glad I got to try it.

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Schwelmer Alt from Privatbrauerei Schwelm
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