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

.5 liter bottle. Pours out hazy yellow with a very creamy looking head. The aroma is banana with some lemon and vanilla. Creamy banana flavor. Sweet vanilla flavor too. Not much spice or hop flavor. Some lemon. Mouthfeel is very creamy. It could be a little more crisp. Dinkability is good. This beer is very refreshing and pretty tasty.

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Photo of finepaws
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very yummy. Flip top cap popped with aroma fizz of wheat. Poured a beautiful hazy goldenrod. Great carbo head that settled to a gentle cloudy lacing. Lots of banana and lemon smells, with a background of spicey bread. Had a citrusy tart front taste, with a good creamy banana middle, and refreshing peppery clove spices towards the end with a well balanced malty bread over all. Slightly warming at the end.Has that familar bavarian taste that I enjoy so much. This hefe has everything I like in my hefes. Expiration date says best before end 881058. Now when is that exactly? I think it's pretty best right now.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Rather cool looking Half-Litre [1 Pt 0.9 fl.oz.] brown glass bottle which has a vertical neck label covering the steel wire which holds the red & white plastic flip top in place. The back label says Best Before End “88 10 60”….wow, the previous Pils that I just had said, ’88 10 50’, the Germans have seemingly invented a new type of Calendar.

Appearance: A steamy loud bang was experienced once I pushed back the steel wire restraint and released the flip top. Murky hazed yellow golden body supports a massive pure white frothing head on the pour. Given time the cap is settled at 1” to 2” thick and creamy in nature. Below average carbonation and, surprisingly, minimal lacing.

Nose: Lots of cloves and bananas in this one, some freshly squeezed lemons and a hint of toasted malts with flashes of banana bread.

Taste: Smooth rich clove entrance with a banana boat middle. The cloves are at their highest in the rich finish when they mix with a creamy rich Banana Toffee taste and feel. Negligible yeast in the tastes I found, which I sort of liked. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth Hefe meets mashed bananas. I struggled with marking this one, 3.5 seemed low, 4.0 was too high, yet at the end of the Half-Litre I will go with the 3.5, purely because the 4.0 seems far higher than deserved, more like a 3.7 of sorts!!

Drinkability: On a hot afternoon this really did do the Biz. Immensely thirst quenching with a lovely rewarding Hefe- profile that satisfies. Goes down quickly.

Overall: Cost $2.69 at Hollingshead Delicatessen in Orange, CA. I enjoyed the earlier Schwelmer Pils which I tried an hour or so ago, but this one was a really nice surprise and not the usual Teutonic Hefe which I am used to. I would pick this one up again for sure!

Nicely Done. Prost!

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

Large swing top bottle...nicely hazy straw yellow appearance, very white head rises to well over 1/2 an inch to start, maintains itself for less than a minute. Laces are thick but very scant in coverage. Good aroma, a sense of pineapple and cotton candy. Mouthfeel is a little too light, carbonation less than average. Flavor is right for style, sweetened banana, a little bit of juicy brightness (again, pineapple) and a full rounded finish that continues the estery impression. A little cinnamon and lemon in the aftertaste. Well-done rendition in most important aspects of a 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 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 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 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 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 allengarvin
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Extremely cloudy color, which is nice, but the fine white head dissipates mere moments after the pour.

Aroma: Fruity, ripe apple-like aroma.

Flavor: Lots of wheat flavor, moreso than usual, good fruitiness that seems banana-like, and a slight dry pepperiness at the end.

Body: Powdery texture, slightly watery. Carbonation definitely on the low side for the style.

Quite decent, except the weak mouthfeel really lessens the enjoyment of what would otherwise be a very good hefeweizen.

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

Appearance - I poured this one nice and easy as the big white head was coming on strong. The body is a nice, light yellowish-orange in color and hazy.

Smell – The big bananas sprang from my Weizen glass. There are some good orange and cherry notes as well. Of course, the natural yeasty backbone holds things together nicely.

Taste – The yeast from the nose carries over to the taste, which often is not the case with Hefe Weizen pretenders. The big banana and clove is accompanied, to a lesser extent, by some nice tangerine.

Mouthfeel – This is big for a Hefe, I’d say medium-bodied, with some light carbonation and a tangy mouthfeel from the yeast.

Drinkability – I would have liked to have seen a bit more carbonation here, but overall this is a solid entry in the Hefe Weizen category that is cluttered with half-hearted efforts from other breweries.

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