Schwelmer Weizen | Privatbrauerei Schwelm

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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

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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 Ragingbull
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy and dark gold in color with trickles of of white and green light coming through that made me think it resembled a wit bier. No head. Banana and clove nose. Fresh and clean attack. Mild flavor of banana and clove. Surprisingly simple and quite good. Not overdone. Traditional wheat beer qualities in and understated fashion. Different due to its straightforward simplicity. Very enjoyable and I must admit I wasn't expecting this as recently I seem to be finding disappointment with imports.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Popping open that bottle top, it sounded as if I'd just released something sinister. A violent force. Gasps & shrieks echo & then die. All is still once again.

The head rises without restraint. Three, maybe four ounces of beer is all it takes to get the weizen glass to start mushrooming. Foggy & dreary to the core, but without any noticeable sediment left in the glass. The Jenga tower collapses so quickly though, that there's hardly any lacing leftover. BB: 881086 err... vwhaat?

The intensity of the cloves scald my brain. There's some green apple in there if you really want to play Where's Waldo. Besides that, it's just plain big up front with artificial Runts candy. The stuff that always gets piled on during Halloween these day. It's more prevalent then even candy corn. The random grape candy in the package is decent, but c'mon. What's all this plastic fruit? Where are all the Snickers? At least give me some Bottle Caps lady.

What you don't trick-or-treat anymore? Where's your spirit? Shame on you.

Taste is thankfully a lot less medicinal. A sweet tropical fruit punch greets you immediately. More then just the typical banana. Pineapple & even kiwi if you dare to imagine for a little bit. White grapefruit to give it some bite, & just enough clove to keep it all from washing away too quickly.

Mouthfeel is inline with the style, with a slighty less carbonation then I'm use to. Not sticky or overly dry on the finish, it washes right down.

Satisfying. :)

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Photo of GRPunk
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.5 liter flip-top bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A- It had huge 3+ finger off-white head that left fluffy sticky spots on the glass. The body was a hazy and bubbly, light golden-orange.

S- It had the classic banana (as if it's been candied) and spicy clove aroma. It's a great example of the style.

T- It had more banana and spice. It was a little lighter in flavor, but it made it even more refreshing.

M- It was nice and grainy, but a little more bubbly and a bit thinner than expected.

D- It's refreshing and an easy drinker.

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Photo of jettjon
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Highs: Taste, head
Lows: None

I love the Champaign “pop” out of the swing-top bottle. Pours yellow-orange with minimal yeast. A lovely creamy, pillowy, fluffy white head caps it off, slowly fading, leaving a heavy covering of foam behind. Nice head. Nose is wheat, yeast, and spice, perhaps clove, but too hard to tell. Good hefe nose. Flavor is well balanced, leaning toward sweet at first but working into wheat and light cloves. Some people describe the hefe style as tasting like bananas, but I don’t get that at all here. More like apple juice, though watery and subdued. Mouth is watery and bubbly; finish is more wheat and yeast. It's easy to drink quite a few of these.

Overall: A very good hefe, though sweeter than many but great for me.

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Photo of MarkSCCOT
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 0.5l bottle with a "Best before end" date of 881071 (?) into my faithful Miasel's Weisse weizen glass.

A. Nice cloudy amber straw color. Swirling the last ounce really brought out the yeast, an essential in a Hefe. Small quickly dissipating head with some lacing.

S. Very classic banana clove smell. Quite typical of a German Hefe.

T. Again, typical but high end Hefe taste. Very reminiscent of Pinkus.

M. Here it was dissapointing. I enjoy the higher carbonation of this class as a rule. This beer was poorly carbonated. I am not sure if I got a bad bottle, so I will try it again in the future.

D. As for this whole class, this is a highly drinkable hot weather beer. Could definitely down a few of these.

In summary this is a solid German Hefe. There are a few better in the class, but if this were on of my few choices, I would definitely go with it.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I wanted a good weizen to drink during the Italy and Germany game, and this one didn't disappoint. Overall a good "lighter" beer, as in that it didn't weigh you down or fill you up too much. Kept it's crisp taste for a while, and also had a little hint of smokiness in it. The citrus was light enough, but still had a presence in the taste. Not much to really complain or rave about in this beer, as it didn't suprise me, nor make me wish I had a different one.

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

500 ml. flip-top bottle
Ingredients: Water, malt, hops, yeast
Served in my special weizen glass.

A - Hazy opaque, dark yellow, light orange color. Head is brilliant white, starts off big and thick and settles to a quarter inch. Lacing is average.

S - Sweet, sugary banana and a dark earthiness.

T - Taste is also sweet and sugary bananas but slightly toned down. Finish is a slightly spicy hop kick.

M - Consistency is slightly thin, carbonation is slightly elevated.

D - Overall it's not a terribly outstanding Hefeweizen but for a guy who loves the style, it definitely gets the job done.

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

A great German hefe. Pours cloudy gold with a foamy white head. Lots of banana and bubblegum/sugar in the aroma with some wheat and yeast. Taste is very smooth. More wheat than I expected, given the nose. Good balance of banana and sweetness towards the back. One of the best in this category.

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Photo of cliff1066
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

500 ml swing-top bottle as shown. Slow pour and swirl into a proper Hefeweizen glass yields 3 fingers of solid white meringue over a lovely opaque light amber body. Lots of carbonation. Head fades to a solid rid and leaves light lacing.

Smell is clove clove clove and banana with a solid apricot (!) presence. Cakey malt, grass, hay. Coriander is there, and a little bit of (weird, I know) salt.

Taste is clove and coriander, cake malt and light floral hops. Dry finish. Nice and refreshing. This would be great with roast pork, schnitzel or wurst.

Mouthfeel is crisp and bright, but the carbonation rounds things out.

Low-ish ABV makes it sessionable, and I'd have given it a 5 for drinkability excep that there is so much carbonation (which is fine in the mouth) it reduces the drinkability a little bit.

A real surprise. This is no Kulmbacher Kapuziner, but it's solid and refreshing. If you see some, get some.

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

Poured from the flippy with a thick, meringue like head that disappeared quickly. Nice cloudy golden color, no noticable yeast that is usually noticable in hefes. Very subtle notes of clove, banana, and I noticed some slight citrus in the begining before the head went away. Tastes like a pure German hefe, light with banana, good balance between the clove and fruit elements. Feels great on the tounge, leaves no after taste that that would keep you from enjoying more than one. ABV a little high to be a session beer but for people with a little higher tolerances, it very well could be.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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