Schwelmer Weizen | Privatbrauerei Schwelm

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Schwelmer WeizenSchwelmer Weizen

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Privatbrauerei Schwelm

Style: 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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Photo of ChazMania
2.77/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My wife likes Hefes, so Im on a quest to get her beer she likes. This is a good/sour one.
A) citrus ripe like.
A) bright and hints of apricot.
F) Crisp, sour and unrefined. Very apricot and yeast like.
P) Tart but full.
O) My wife likes it, I think it's good. We'd have it again.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
2.85/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy brownish orange color whit a soft white head that fades leaving spotted lacing around the glass.

Smell is of banana, yeast, some orange

Taste is similar to the smell with wheat and biscuit notes. Lots of banana toward the end. Finish is slightly sweet and smooth. Very little carbonation and that's why I gave it a lower rating on the mouthfeel. This one has almost no carbonation and I prefer a little more. Tasty beer and I would drink it again.

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Photo of unionturf
2.92/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 4-pack from Brawleys' in Charlotte for around $11. This beer poured a cloudy, pale to golden yellow wit a HUGE head. When I started pouring in a hefe glass it was all head at the start.

Smell was all bananas for me and the taste matched. I couldn't taste any hops and it was too sweet for my normal likeing. While it's a drinkable beer I would not buy again due to the banana taste and sweetness.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this beer into a mug from the flip top bottle. It pours a murky golden color. It has a light wheat nose that has a light floral overtone. It has very little head that quickly dissipates and some lacing. It has a slightly flat and medium mouthfeel. It has a smooth hefe-weizen taste that also hints at an "Alt-like" taste in its malty notes. This beer is a little too expensive to be standard of mine but it is a very drinkable beer. I have other hefe-weizen's that I like better but this one is not bad and I would drink one again given the opportunity.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.07/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A large white head that fades quickly leaving isolated flecks of lacing sits atop a very cloudy, nearly opaque golden beer with a tint of orange brown.

S - Smells a little of a lambic funk - like lemon and horse blanket. A bit like apricot as well. I generally like that smell, but it is odd for a hefeweizen. A bit of honey is present as well, over some faint cloves.

T - A mild flavor overall, mirrors the aroma only faintly. It is a little sweet of dilute honey. There is a bit of bread flavor and a faint hint of sour apricot and a touch of horse blanket in the finish.

M - Carbonation is high with a medium body, pretty refreshing at first, but turns into an astringent parching augmented by the numbing carbonation, gums in my throat a bit. Hefeweizens generally have awesome mouthfeels, this one is pretty bad though.

D - Not that bad, the mouthfeel sucks, but the flavor is mild and the abv low. It would be easy to throw back several of these in a night. Pleasant enough that it would be worthwhile as well. It is an interesting hefe at least. I might have again - but mostly because I want more Grolsch-style bottles . . .

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Photo of Tupperwolf
3.19/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good presentation; An easy way to win my heart is with a classy pop-top cork. This one releases with a loud crack and pours a very thick, cheerful snow-white head over a thin, straw-colored, only slightly cloudy body.

Smell is average; More wheaty than fruity, with only subtle whiffs of cloves and bread.

Taste also quite average; This hefe didn't live up to my standards. It is an okay wheatbeer, but it didn't shout the sweet fruit aromas and flavors that I've come to love from a good weissen.

Mouthfeel crisp and bubbly, but thin. It didn't excite my entire palate as I'd hoped.

Drinkability - I could drink several of these, but honestly, I wouldn't really want to. My final opinion of this beer is that it it's beer - nothing more. This re-asserts my belief that you get what you pay for.

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Photo of WMBierguy
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a yellow-amber color. It had the pure white head of every hefeweizen. There was little to no yeast sediment. It was the typical hefeweizen in every way except for taste. The alcohol taste was in the forefront more than in the typical hefeweizen, providing a little balance to the otherwise sweet and malty flavor of the beer. I'd love to try this fresh.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.24/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A – Cider colored body wit a nice white head. Low retention and lace.

S – Sweet bready notes, molasses, and orange ice-tea.

T – Tangy orange over a big, malty base. Apple buter middle into a crisp, acidic, bready finish.

M – Low carbonation, especially for the style. Medium/full body.

O – Nice malt character but not as bright or carbonated as I’d like for the style.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out to a yellow hazy color with a light head of white foam billowing at about 1/2 inch. Aromas of bananas and clove, just like any other hefe. Taste is very light bodied to the point that it takes away from the enjoyment of the flavor. Light bananas, malt, light spice and a drop of light floral hops. Mouthfeel was zesty and bubbly, but didn't make up for what it lacked in flavor. Drinkability is average. I'd have this again, if it were offered. There are better German hefe's out there.

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Photo of phisig137
3.36/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated best before 881060.... whatever the hell that is supposed to mean. Pours a light hazy golden color, with a two finger head which quickly falls. Good amount of lacing.

Aroma smells yeasty and bready, but no real typical hefe esters.

Flavor is crisp, and slightly sour. Wheat character is abundant. I personally would like to see some more banana and clove flavors, but there are none here.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, with lively carbonation towards the end. Drinkability is good.

Not one of the better german hefe's that I've had, but still a damn fine beer. I could drink this all day long during a hot summer day on the balcony.

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Photo of cbl2
3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$8.29 4 pack (.5 liter bottles) 5.20% Best before end: 881071?!?


Pours an opaque cloudy banana yellow with hints of orange at the core. Tight white pillow foam an inch deep sits on top and settles slowly.


Bready with intense spicy black pepper, sharp and pungent.


Peppery and tingling on the tongue. Some banana notes seep in by midsip but there is no sweetness. Finishes dry and spicy with notes of a belgian triple. Love the flip top cap, perhaps even more than the beer. Not the best hefeweizen out there, but I would drink this again if offered it.

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Photo of drewmprs
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A fine hefeweizen with a dry bananna finish. So yeasty that you can't even make out light on the other side when held up to the bottle. Bananna flavor was average, not overwhelming. Had a bit of a burnt wheat flavor, pleasant aftertaste. An above average Hefe, not an allstar though. Some stronger phenolic character would be advised. 2.69 at Hollingshead

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Photo of GClarkage
3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

06/05/08- Purchased at Whole Foods in Redwood City, CA.

Presentation- 16.9oz swingtop bottle with a best by code stamped on the bottom of the back label. Poured into my Ayinger weizen glass.

Appearance- Traditional golden colored cloudy pour with a nice one inch frothy white head. Leaves nice patchy and streaky lace markings.

Smell- Mostly yeast and some powdered sugar. Really not much in the banana-clove area.

Taste- Has all the flavors of a quality hefe, but it doesn't assert itself as much as it should. Flavors are a bit muted. Has the bubble gum, banana, clove, confectioniers sugar and yeast flavors, but none are strong enough to really pull the beer together and make it top notch.

Mouthfeel- Good high carbonation level with a nice sweet aftertaste.

Drinkability- Above average hefe, but not up there with the big boys. Worth a try for sure though...and I wouldn't turn down one if offered. It is still quenching.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great bottle, with a flip top that can be resealed. Pours a hazy fizzy yellow, with a 1/2 inch white head very little lace remains around the glass....and lots of bubbly visible.
S- Slightly musky but with the expected banana, clove , plantain in the undertone.
T/M/D- Slightly chewy for a hefe,but overall still refreshing... light hops, medium body...Banana and well as hints of some other tropical-ness.
Decent beer but overall it makes me want summer.

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Photo of thequeen711
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A better than average HefeWeisen. Beer poured a murky straw colour that created such a frothy head...maybe 4 fingers! Head stayed alive for quite some time, then disappeared to lace. Aroma of bananas was strong,with hints of citrus fruits. I noticed a very yeasty aftertaste...I think that was the only drawback. Other than the aftertaste, it was clean and crisp!

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Their alt is exceptional so when I came across this one I had to give a try. Not bad, it’s a pretty straight-forward, though somewhat subdued hefe. Pours a nice hazy hay color with a weak head (for a wheat beer). A light, citrusy lemon aroma. The flavor is a bit milder than most of the style, but it’s still go that refreshing citrus spice and mellow grain malt character, along with a nice sweetness. A somewhat thin, grainy finish.

Not blow away by this one; while it was a solid, refreshing hefe, it was just a tad on the thin side. Still, give it a try.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five finger white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace, thick layer of yeast left in bottle. Cloudy light amber color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Piney nose. Starts with a sweet piney flavor, can't taste the yeast, nice wheat. $2.75 for a 500ml bottle from John's Market Tigard, Or. And the worthless drivel on the bottle - best before end 88 10 58. ???

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Photo of cokes
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smoggy straw with a modest white head that recedes to a collar after a minute or so.
Clove dominated aroma, backed with lemon juice and varying impressions of other citrus fruits.
Begins with a fleeting breadiness that suggests something along the lines of lemon poppyseed muffins. The lemon hue lingers as this turns notably sour. Blood orange pulp and lime juice. Clove is next, with a belgian wit-esque coriander note (coupling with the orangey flavor to reach this impression). Rides out with lingering tartness and a gradual fade-to-black on everything.
Very light bodied, with rapid, tiny carbonation. The utter thinness of this brew-weak even by wheat beer standards-precludes this from any sort of memorability or cohesion in its flavors. A shame really, because this has some likeable, different tastes for a weizen and, of course, a solid drinkability.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Schwelmer Hefe Weizen Naturtrub"

Pours a cloudy (go little yeasties!) straw color with a good, tight head that is slow to dissapate, leaving little lace.
Smell is citrus (orange & grapefruit), malty, a light spiciness (clove & pepper), yeast and a hint of vanilla. My nose loves this.
Taste is sweet, lightly fruity, hoppy, spicy. A good balance but quite subdued flavor.
Mouthfeel is smooth, lightly effervescent with a good body.
Drinkability is quite high but I would really have liked more flavor out of this. Would have scored much better if there was something there to taste.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is strong and wheaty with a "rubbery" undertone. Color is a somewhat cloudy straw yellow, and the white head does not hang around for long. Flavor is mouth-filling, richly wheaty with a hint of citrus. Texture is very smooth and pleasant. Not complex, but refreshing and summery.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice two finger frothy head atop a hazy bright yellow.

S- Very soft mellow floral/banana aroma.

T- Good balance, mild lemon and banana flavor

M- A tad light otherwise good.

D- Tis certainly refreshing.

A good example of the style, but nothing great. I homebrew so i just love the bottles.

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Photo of livingregret
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 1 pt .9fl oz

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden colour w/ a light head that faded a bit quickly

Smell: Bubblegum...banana? Not super sweet, some malts/hops today

Taste: Bubblegum at the beginning and ends what I can best describe as banana's. You get a slight tartness flavour when you begin to taste the banana's but in no way is it overpowering. Adds a nice finish to the drink

Mouthfeel: Pretty light body that lingers slighty on the sides of your mouth. The tartness stays present toward the back of your throat

Drinkability: This is my first time trying a Hefeweizen and I am pretty happy w/ the outcome. It is not overly sweet(which I do not like) nor is it overly tart(which I also do not like) the end it makes a nice happy medium which many people might rather enjoy.

My only complaint is this...I wish the head was present a little longer. It might increase what you smell or help w/ the smoothness. Overall a good drink though

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Photo of paleoplant
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a decent hefe weizen but a little bit flat in the flavor department. The color was a light, straw colored ale with a light foam. The smell was strong and pleasant and the best part of the beer, The taste had a mild sweet flavor that was slightly fruity, but flat otherwise. The mouthfeel was good, but the overall drinkability was decent.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up near the brewery and I think it is a fresh one. Appearance is murky, golden yellow with a firm head which is thick and stable.

Smell of banana and a light clovey smell. The wheat is present and is fresh and spicy.

Taste is light banana and a little clove, not as much as other weizens I had. The beer is spicy and still phenolic, despite the absence of the banana and clove, with the wheat being very grainy and somewhat husky. There is a bitterness which is a little out of place and must have something to do with the freshness of the beer. Body is quite thin.

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Photo of WesWes
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick creamy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a fruity wheat scent with lots of banana and cloves as well as a nice yeasty aroma. The taste is decent. It has a slightly watery wheat flavor with a fruity yeast finish that is dry and creamy. It goes down easy, but seems a bit thin. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking hefe. It lacks a little body, but otherwise this is a quality brew.

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