Schwelmer Weizen | Privatbrauerei Schwelm

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Privatbrauerei Schwelm

Style: German Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 10-01-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of medic3616
4.8/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

tried this beer on a whim,excellent taste and drinkability, very nice body with a delicate fruity flavour, not at all heavy, it did not leave the normal full almost bloated feeling from similar beers, balanced very well with steak and potato did not overpower the flavor of meal. overall a very good beer/

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Photo of MrWiggles
4.78/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I went out to buy wine for my wife at a local beer and wine store when a bottle of Schwelmer Weizen caught my eyes. I confess that I only bought it because of the swing top (I wanted the bottle since I brew my own beer) and that I found a very nice beer to add to my favorite list.

A: very nice looking, naturally cloudy, beer with a whitish/opaque yellow color that looked like a lava lamp when looking through the glass against the light. Huge creamy head that stayed throughout the pleasant experience.

S: Strong sweet (fruity/clovy) scent with some citric aspects.

T: Fresh sweet malt with light flowery hop that made it taste just right. Smooth and pleasent aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied. deliciously creamy and a bit tart. Not much carbonation.

D: refreshing that went down like it was nothing. I was regretful that I didn't purchase at least another bottle to keep it going.

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Photo of Zorro
4.73/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nifty .5 liter that is going in to my bottles for home brewing and GASP! I get BEER in the deal too!

Pours a very heavily clouded golden brew with a strong white head.

Smell is just as it should be lots of bubblegum, banana and clove scents. Fairly sweet smelling.

Taste is mild sweetness and tartness with a nice melded Hefe flavor. This is a Hefe Weizen that mixes ALL the standard flavors from the style without letting anyone of them dominate. Every taste is a bit different. Banana, clove, bubblegum, orange circus peanut, and even faint Band-Aid this brew shows off all the possible flavors. VERY complex for a Hefe Weizen.

Mouthfeel is good and full, even bready.

Exceedingly PLEASANT experience to drink. Mild enough to convert you non-beer geeks, yet complex enough to hold the attention of a Hefe Weizen connoisseur. I can recommend this brew, not super expensive either $2.50 for the .5 liter bottle.

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Photo of bessanutz
4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After returning from the BADE-BADEN area of germany I had a hankering or more of a loss of true German Hefe Weiss Bier. Alas I found it in the Scwelmer Braueri
1. Great Foamy White Head 3 fingers thick.
2. That classic Banana, Clove Sweet smell.
3. And the taste brought me back to the little town of Guglingen where most of my german relatives live.

I can't wait to go and find another 4-pack. On that note too bad they only come in 4-packs Unless someone can find me a case of theses rare beauties.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into mini-heffe glass at 08 Long Island Micro brew festival. The gent pouring told me Schwelmer has some assoication with the Brooklyn Brewery and Garrett Fitzgerald. Appeareance was cloudy yeasty yellow with a minor head to cap but good lacing throughout. Smell has very promimennt bananas and cloves. Taste is absolutely smashing! If you thought you smells bananas, just wait till your mouth touches this spectacular hefeewiezen. Mouthfeel is even better than the aroma or taste if you can believe it quafers. The carbonation level was balances perfectly to add some tang even with the heavy sweetness and creamyness of the bananas. This is one of the best beers beyond Austria's Edele Weiss. My new top 5 Hefe's.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clody golden body and creamy bright white cap. Good retention. Excellent lacing.
Small: Bready sweet with notes of clove and bananas.
Taste: Taste follows aroma, as usual. Limited phenolics of bubblegum and clove. Sweetish. Lots of wheat malt. Mild balancing bitterness. Slightly grassy and floral hops. Finishes with a very slight hint of sulphur and grassy hops amidst candyish sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and quite crisp with a standard elevated carbonation for weizen.
Drinkability: Quite nice. More flavor than quite a few. Very nicely done.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden orange/ yellow color, with a huge white head that hangs around. Smells of sweet wheat and citrus. The citrus wheat taste in this beer isn't like any other I've had before. It's so much smooth and more natural tasting. Definitely some orange and maybe some peach flavors. One of the smoothest beers I've ever had as well. The texture is like cream. It goes down so easy. Ill get this whenever I can. Try it!

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Photo of laxxx47
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clouded gold straw with some white head. Nose is a strong mix of wheat, yeast, and fruit. A good touch of banana Laffy Taffy type fragrance on there. Okay. More than a touch. A lot. Flavor is fairly subdued and stronger with banana than I expected. As it warms it seems to be more appropriate. Feel is good. Nice level of carbonation that coats the tongue. As time went on I appreciated this one more and more. Pretty good actually.

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Photo of Jason
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: .5 liter swing top brown bottle with a “best before end” freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Cloudy golden beige hue, thin lacing yet stays for the duration.

Smell: Ripe banana soaking in lemons and clove with a yellow cake maltiness in the back.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Very smooth with a creamy back in the mouth feel. Huge fermented wheat flavor, it screams fresh malt all over. Rounded spicy clove is the only savior to help balance the mild tartness, banana fruitiness and dough maltiness.

Drinkability & Notes: Wow! One of the most impressive German hefe-weizens I have had this year. A simple smoke turkey sausage on a wheat hoagie roll with some slaw was a perfect pairing.

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Photo of farrago
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Luminescent yellow color with a tinge of orange, can't get much cloudier than this, fully opaque, pours a thick froth which swiftly releases. Banana, clove, gingerbread, apricot paste, vanilla pudding, a bit intense in the sweetness of the scents but if you dig it, you'll really dig it. Lower yet persistent carbonation helps churn up the sweetness of the same array, banana, apricot, cinnamon, nutmeg, fresh whipped cream, even if in the end all that wins. Grapey too, a fruity styled beer. Long, full finish. Not a refreshing hefeweizen, a satisfying one.

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Photo of Skidz
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out golden straw and sits a cloudy gold in the glass with a large soapy white head. Initial burst of violent carbonation subsides to a gentle flow. Without the swing top firmly attached to the bottle, I would surely have been blinded by the hard plastic cap. Head fades to a light skim on the surface leaving few lacings.

Smells fruity, filled with bananas, tangerines and ripe pears on all sides. Creamy, dough-like yeastiness thickens up the aroma. Buttermilk-like feel, and some light biscuit aromas.

Tastes mildly sweet, big banana presence. Mild sourness, on the line of an orange, balances out the sweetness along with a solid line of hop bitterness. Paper-like bitterness dries the toungue and mellows out the entire flavor. Canned pears in syrupy juices run down the sides. Finish is well bittered and long lasting. Yeasty remnants linger on for ages.

Soft and refreshing mouthfeel, nice and solid carbonation. Sits at about a medium body; a hearty Hefe.

Nice taste, interesting appearance. Solid by all means, and thus, an easy to enjoy Hefe.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Half-liter swingtop bottle, best before 881075, whatever the hell that means. It pours an opaque peach/grapefruit juice color, with medium carbonation and a fluffy, white, three-finger head that leaves light lacing. The aroma is decadent, with loads of fresh bananas, lemon zest, a clove spiciness, tart wheat, yeast, grassy and floral hops, vanilla and perhaps pears. It tastes quite similar, with banana pudding and nilla wafers, cloves, lemon, yeast, and spicy/grassy/noble hops that impart a mild bitterness. The body is light/medium, fairly carbonated (almost tingly), yet smooth body that delivers a medium finish. Overall a very complex, yet traditional hefeweizen that is packed with flavor and aroma.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Ayinger weizen glass.

Best before code: 881085 - (huh?).

Liquid is a cloudy light-gold/sunglow with a thin white head which recedes into a gently lacing ring surrounding an archipelago of carbonation.

Aromatics are very characteristic of the style, with prominent banana esters with hints of (in diminishing order) vanilla and honey, bubble-gum, clove and cardamom. A light wheat aroma is present as well but very subdued.

Palate is wheat, malt, a hint of citrus, more banana, wheat again, yeast, light spice. The flavors are well balanced and intermingle. Slightly sweet, then tart, then spicy, with a somewhat dry bready finish. Few if any hops. Excellent and perfectly refreshing.

Fairly creamy, though not as effervescent as hoped. Carbonation is OK, but could be higher.

A little more balance or intensity would improve things ever so slightly, but this remains an outstanding summer beer.

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Photo of russpowell
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before end date: 881075??

Pours a hazy honey color with a 3 fingers deep eggshell head. Stays hazy, minimal lacing & head retention

S: Big-time banana & cloves

T: Big time banana & cloves up front; peppery spice follows with hint of lemon & bandaids. Juicy fruit quenching wetness follows up. Finishses quenching, fruitty with banana dominating the taste profiles.

MF: Light/medium bodied with low carbonation & juicyness

Drinks pretty easy, very refreshing, hefe purists will love this. I couldn't do more than 2 at a sitting, the strong flavors are not to my wheelhouse

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Photo of DrunkPagan
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been trying to determine what the spicy aftertaste is. My girlfriend thinks it's nutmeg.

Anyway, good color, about right for a weizen. Good taste, not too wheaty, not heavy, nice and light. You can taste the hint of spices. Very drinkable, since it's light and easy on the stomach.

This has to be one of the better hefeweizens out there. Bonus points for the grolsh style bottle, perfect for homebrewers like myself who are concerned with caps.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A cool swing top pops open with a puff, revealing the murky, hazy straw yellow brew inside. It puffs up one of the best heads I have ever seen on a hefe(or any beer style for that matter). Three fingers high of pure white fluff that is very dense and creamy. It retains until the beer is gone, uncrusting my glass with streams of lace. I rarely give 5's for appearance, this beer get's one for sure.

The aromas are strong and sweet, lulling me in from several feet away. Ripe bananas, sweet clove, cinnamon, yeast, strong wheaty notes, and a meadow of floral hops. Heady and complex nose for a hefe.

The flavor follows suit with mashed ripe bananas spiked with cloves and baking spices. Slick wheat flavors meld with yeast, citrus notes, lemon, and perfectly balanced floral hop notes.

Medium/light body with a great slick wheaty character, creamy mouthfeel and active, but soft carbonation. So drinkable it's ridiculous. Right up there with Brau-Weiss, Weihenstephaner, or Schneider. I will certainly be seeking more of this out.

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Photo of matsputis
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - My first swingtop bottle I've ever opened. The cork-type "pop" got me excited to try this. It poured an extremely cloudy peach similar to some wits I've had. It almost glows in my glass. The head erupted up and died down later. I didn't get too much lacing.
S - I got the standard Bavarian Hefe banana and clove smell which I love.
T - The taste was a tad different. It had the banana/clove up front, but had a sour/tart aftertaste which was more noticeable as I drank it (lemon-like sour). It adds complexity by dulling the yeast flavor at the end.
M - has a solid body. Creamy yet tart with the wheat. Good stuff.
D - The sourness was a very nice addition in the beginning, but towards the end it overpowered a little. Overall it was a solid Hefe.

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Photo of nocheinsbitte
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this bier from a 1/2 litre flip-top bottle.

A: A nice golden yellow, not as hazy looking as other weizens, more of a pilsner look only with more carbonation. Nice run-on sentence.
S: Bananas, bananas, and more bananas. A very inviting odor.
T: A wonderful taste, follows the smell in that is is fruity, refreshing, with no after taste. Mild carbonation compliments the fruity flavor and makes this a great taste. Not as smooth and milky as hacker-pschorr, but close.
M: No problems here.
D: Overall, this is a wonderful weizen bier. I could have this all day long.

Do yourself a favor and get a few, you will not be disappointed. Prosit!

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 fl oz bottle served in a weisse glass.

L - cloudy, deep golden yellow with a big white head that stayed as a layer. Carbonation bubbles rose from the bottom of the glass all the way through.

S - earthy sweet wheat.

T - sweet wheat malt and citrus taste, well balanced.

F - medium bodied, crisp and refreshing.

D - a very drinkable hefe.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 500ml bottle adorned with a swing-top lid. Poured into my beloved Paulaner weissbier glass.
Appearance: cloudy apricot color. Copious carbonation charging headlong to the bottom of a fluffy white head. Head display admirable durability and left sticky patches of lace behind.
Smell: Redolent of bananas and bready malt. Nice dusty, yeasty aroma along with lesser degrees of clove and apple.
Taste: immediate banana bread flavor. Banana taste pretty strong but the bready malt holds up well. Good spicy finish.
Feel: fuller than a lot of other weizens. Real dry finish and lively on the tongue.
Drinkability: man, I could drink a boatload of this! Nicely quaffable and refreshing. A quality hefeweizen worth grabbing up if you spot it at the local liquor mart.

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Photo of Amalak
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Love the Schwelmer swing top. Looks cool. Very pale but with a gorgeous head, but it dissipates quickly.

S: Has that delightful smell.

T: Tremendous wheat flavor. There are slightly better Hefe's, but this is very high quality.

M: A little bit tart. But still a high quality Hefe.

D: Just goes down so nicely. Has a tremendous aftertaste.

One of the best Hefe Weizens. Schwelmer beers, of all kinds, are always fresh tasting. Big fan.

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Photo of ZAP
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my type of Hefe-Weizen....big on the sweeter banana like aroma and flavors...also some bubble gum, along with a slight sugared lemon flavor...body is medium...creamy texture..

Overall a nice surpise as I had no idea what to expect from this. Just below my favorite hefes but certainly very good and worth drinking.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 Pint, 0.9 fl oz swing-top bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Appearance was great - pours a very hazy, cloudy, murky, off-yellow, straw-color with a gigantic foamy and frothy head that exhibited impressive staying power before slowly dissipating and leaving behind a fine layer of lacing around the edge of the glass...
Strong aroma rendolent of wheat, yeast, ripe fruits, pineapple, and citrus...
Taste strongly paid homage to the aroma - this is the real deal in terms of an outstanding, true-to-the-style representation... Taste was very rich, thick, and creamy, bursing with ripe pears, sweet fruits, creamy cotton candy, and sugars...
Creamy, rich mouthfeel with a very good level of drinkability to match...
Highly recommended...

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Photo of mpyle
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App - Fairly pale gold color, cloudy, wiht a monster white head that is both creamy and long lasting. This beer has the look.

Aroma - classic hefeweizen aroma, with tons of clove. Sweet aroma from the malt and lack of hops

Taste - Malty sweet initially with a clove twist. This flavor profile maintains throughout, with no distinct break at the end. Hop levels appropriately low. Finishes with a gentle clove character - quite nice.

MF - light-medium body, moderately high carbonation. Carbonation is assertive, but not overpowering and doesn't create any problems.

D'ability - A fine example of the style, and goes down way too easily on a warm day. Maybe a bit more expensive than some of the more mainstream German imports, but not sure if it is significantly better.

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Schwelmer Weizen from Privatbrauerei Schwelm
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 92 ratings