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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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Swing top pint from Liquid Solutions. Nice peachy colour and delightful wheat and yeast fuity aroma, an orange julep fragrance. Somewhat creamy weizen, great with supper. Some spices in taste, carbonation is apparent. Very enjoyable though not the best I have had of this style.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a Schwelmer Weizen glass, the beer pours a cloudy yellow-orange, opaque with the yeast swirled in. Several fingers of foam, looks good, pretty standard.

Smell is wheaty, slight banana/clove, but very subdued. There's a musty grain note that may be attributed to it's age.

Taste is slightly sweet at first, honeyish and doughy. Moderate mouthfeel carries notes of yeast and slight banana ester. A little phenolic maybe, but nothing out of place. Clove in the aftertaste, much stronger in a fresh sample. Seems like the carbonation thins out after awhile. Overall it's balanced and very drinkable.

Try to get it fresh if you can, it makes a difference.

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Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a foamy head that retains reasonably well and provides some lace

Smell: More bubblegum than banana, but not overly sweet; some clove elements, too

Taste: Starts out with a bubblegum flavor that is joined by mashed bananas at mid-palate; a little tartness appears just before the swallow, and increases, thereafter through to the finish; cloves make an appearance as well; at the very end, the finish is very dry but there is a honey banana aftertaste that appears that is very pleasant

Mouthfeel: Creamy, with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Not a bad hefe at all; there are others with more flavor but this one is decent

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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 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 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 BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hugely murky dark gold. The beer is almost brown in the center of the glass and is brighter amber at the edges. The massive, cream colored cap is tight-bubbled and looks to be sticky. Unfortunately, there isn't much lace. I love the chock full o' hefe look though.

The nose is a keeper as well. Banana and clove are present and accounted for, especially the latter. I appreciate the fact that the nose is impressively aromatic and that I don't need to risk dipping my nose in order to appreciate its charms.

Schwelmer Weizen is one of the more flavorful hefes that I've had in many a month. The rock solid wheat malt base favors firm over soft and tangy over sweet. Given the yeast storm visible in the glass, it isn't surprising that the banana esters and the ground clove are on the aggressive side. Good, I like aggressive beer. This one scores a 4.0/5.0 on my hefe weizen banan-o-meter.

The finish is long, with sweet overtaking sour and clove outlasting banana. In sum, this beer possesses a kaleidoscopic flavor profile. The mouthfeel is in the vicinity of medium for the style. The lightly sticky finish makes it feel a fraction more full and the abundant carbonation makes it feel a fraction more light.

This is my first beer from Brauerei Schwelm and I have to say that I'm impressed. Any hefe weizen that loads up my glass with this much yeast is well on its way to making a favorable impression. I haven't heard Schwelmer Weizen mentioned when the roll call of the best German hefes is announced, but it deserves an honorable mention at the very least.

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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 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 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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Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger plus foamy white head, which leaves lots of nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, yeasty, nice touch of spices. The taste follows the nose. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty Hefe, recommended.

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Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy golden with a thick, bubbly head that quickly descends to a thin cover.

The smell is of banana/clove and wheat dough.

The taste is of banana/clove and wheat bread. Sweet finish.

Appropriately light-bodied and refreshing, this is a classic example of a HW (that could use better head retention).

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pssshht! And the swing top opens...vanilla, bananas & clove waft out of the bottle, I pour into a tall weizen-style glass...hazy pale yellow appearance, fierce carbonation, a flotilla bubbling forth from the bottom, and bedecked by a large, fluffy white head. An appropriate weizen appearance.
Nose is dominated by banana and citrus, creamy, with light spices...a bit muted, actually, and mild.
Taste: smooth, zesty, ...a quenching quaffer. soft and delicate, a no-nonsense easy-pleaser, just drifts deliciously off the palate. Yeast, and citric character are lightly played here, but duly noted...a vanilla-banana cream cookie on the tongue. Light bodied, with a peaceable lemony finish.
Nice, if uncluttered by complexity.

much thanks to the Beerguy for this gift!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours not very cloudy at all, instead a dark golden with a very good initial head that fades pretty quickly. Nice aromas of restrained banana, some cream, and bread. Not too heavy on the breadiness, but a nice yeasty fresh bread aroma. The taste has very pleasant tastes of bananas and cream, a bit like banana pudding, complete with the bready 'nilla wafer. Slightly sweet, but the dry, yeasty, breadiness is a restraint. Pretty soft in both flavor and in the mouth, but the touch of cream is nice and the flavor is delicious even if it is on the softer side. Not quite as cips as I like my hefes for session drinking, but I really like the different flavor of this one.

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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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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 JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/2 ltr flip top picked up today at Tres Bonne Cuisine for $3.25. poured into my small weizen glass.

Nice pillowy head dies quickly leaving no lacing.. slightly hazy straw gold brew.

Aroma is more clove than banana.. fairly spicy with a good amount of wheat overtones.

Big complex hefe flavors.. plenty of wheat malt and middle of the road sweetness helps tie the bananas and cloves together very well... some lemony zing throughout. sorta creamy body with soft carbonation.. very drinkable and every bit as good as some of the bigger and more well known German hefes.

This is my first Schwelmer brew and won't be my last now that I know there is a local store that carries at least a few of them... Thanks to Barbara at Tres Bonne Cuisine.

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

A: Poured a cloudy, lemony-orange with a huge 3 finger creamy, eggshell white head that went the distance retention wise. When held up to the light you can see the strong vibrant nature of the drink.

S: a huge bundle of fresh banana aroma with light orange and spicy clove hints.

T: spicy cloves, fresh bananas for flavor as well fresh wheat grains. Lemon merrang, bright citrus, and fresh pears were also detected. Overall the flavor was sharp and very pronounced thanks in part to the aggressive carbonation that highlighted the yeasty nature of this beer.

M: lively providing a tingling sensation around the edges of the tongue while bringing out the yeasty and citric tones.

D: Drinkability was great making for a refreshing summer time quencher. A good example and worthy of seeking our per style.

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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 ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml swing-top bottle from a Xmas gift sampler from my friend Kris. Thanks!

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" white head above the cloudy golden brew. Frothy head holds strong, with average to good lacing. Aroma is hearty wheats, with a tinge of citrus. Taste follows the nose's lead, with a nice mouthful of wheat accented with light lemon. Mouthfeel and drinkability are nice, best offering I've had from Schwelmer to date.

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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 drpimento
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Inverted the bottle and swirled the goodness around before opening. Result is a very cloudy beer. Could smell the typical weisse aromas immediately from a couple feet away. Color is an unusual amber with brownish tan "lowlights". Sweet at first wtih those same typical weisse flavors but with lingering banana. Not too sweet. Refreshing finish. Great session beer.

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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 Gmann
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright cloudy golden brown color with a small pure white head that dissipated into a nice sudsy cap. The smell is of sharp wheat malt, apples, some banana and clove. The taste is a tad light but rather smooth. It has flavors of banana cream pie and is slightly grainy. I thought it would have a crisp wheat edge but it doesn't. The feel is moderate with soft carbonation. The finish is quite smooth. Not the best tasting hefe, almost subdued in many ways. However the feel is great and I find this to be an extremely drinkable brew as it doesn't have that dry crisp wheat malt bite.

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