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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 Herrbrokt
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From swing top into weizen

Cloudy golden yellow with a fluffball white head. nice lacing

Smells of typical banana clove and yeast. malt background. mmm

Banana, clove, dough wheat. hmmmm... It finishes a little funny.
I either have an old bottle or the clove is HUGE. If you have ever put a clove in your mouth, the beer has that same bite to it.

Nice texture overall.


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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 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 Drew966
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Schwelmer Weizen pours a cloudy light copper color with a nice head that filled the bulb of my weizen glass from a 16.9 ounce brown swing-top bottle. Definitely banana like aroma, wheat and maybe a little clove. Tastes great. Nice creamy mouthfeel, good spicy flavors. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Cruzin023
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is hazy light golden with a large head. Head had excellent retention. Banana and cloves dominated the smell. For the taste, banana and cloves were the biggest followed by orange/citrus and the beer itself is malty with a decent amount of carbonation. It goes down very smoothly and is a very good beer to drink and is a good refreshing drink for the summer.

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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 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 Byeast
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: cloudy , pale honey/yellow with a bit of a light orange tinge. The head is big 3 inch , lasting white froth.

Smell: Nice and rich , wheaty nose on this one. Some citrus , lemon zest , banana, some coriander spice , and a hint of yeast.

Taste: Light but full of good flavor. Lightly citric , twangy / tart, full, and fresh wheat flavor , some clove and coriander , some very light hoppiness , and a bit of yeasty dryness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very light and refreshing , mildly creamy , with a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: A very tasty and drinkable Hefe Weizen. Very nice balance of flavors and refreshing qualities.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Be careful with this baby on the pour. Foamy, loose head rises up quickly and maintains itself pretty much all the way down, sparse lacing. Light cloudy pale body.

Bananna is the theme here, but there is a slight spiceyness, maybe some clove or exotic type fruits. A bit of citrus, a sweet citrus, no rind to be found. Slightly bready in the aftertaste, almost angel food cake like, but it eases off the palate at a nice pace. Carbonation is quite zippy and helps along a rather sweet offering.

Notes: Overall I liked it alot, I've been on a hefe kick lately and have really begun to understand and appreciate this style much more than in past years. This is quite a refreshing offering. Comparatively speaking though I'd have to put this above average for sure. "most" american offerings don't touch this pup.

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Photo of theopholis
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Body is a fairly opaque apricot color. The head is huge, white, has decent retention. No lacing. Kots of sediment left in the bottom. Tried to get as much as I could into the glass, but that stuff is caked in hard.

Smell- Fairy wheaty, with strong banana in it. Fairly soft and mellow. Very inviting.

Taste- Good balance. Fairly wheaty, but it's not overwhelming. Good levels of a mild lemon and banana in the middle. No hops of course. Not as refreshing as other hefes, but delicious. Nice, mile lemon in the after-taste to.

Mouthfeel- Medium body (for style). Carbonation level may be a bit low, but it works with this beer.

Drinkability- Very drinkable. I like this stuff. Not the best wheat available, but easily in the top 10% overall, and top 5% for bottles.

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Photo of Sticket
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P- I have a thing for swing top bottles... the design is a wonderful choice to use for home brewing.

A- pours a great golden beige color with a classic cloudy appearance.

S- fruity (banana), typical of style.

T- fruity (banana) beginning with a spicy clove finish.

M- light and refreshing.

D- a great choice for those ready for winter to end and summer to start.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Very murky yellowish brown. 2-3 fingers of head rise with decent retention but no lacing. I expected a tad more from a weizen head.

S - Wonderful full banana aroma. Some clove is present but more noticable is a soft lemony character from the wheat malt.

T - Extremely sweet banana is first on the palate with a little bit of sourness reminding me of an overripe banana. Sourness grows mid palate and the wheat takes over. The lemon flavors are in superb balance with the estery sweetness. Late palate there is the suggestion of some phenols. I don't quite pinpoint the flavor as clove but it isn't far off. More banana sweetness rounds things off.

M - On the light side of medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. A great vessel for the sweet/sour balance of this brew.

D - A great hefeweizen and one I could drink again and again. Perhaps not the most unique hefe I've had, but there is an elegant simplicity in it's balance.

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

Schwelmer Hefe Weizen
16.9 oz brown bottle w/ swing top. Great bottles.
Best before end date of 88 10 51 on back label

Pours a light yellow golden haze. Mini bubbles race to the top of the glass.

Awesome nose with strong whiffs of bubblegum, bananas, random fruit and cloves.

Zesty, pressured bubble sensation on the tongue. Light fruit flavors with a funky clove presence.

Very drinkable and thirst quenching on this hot, first day of June.

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Photo of Nipitato
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Downtown Wine & Spirits in Somerville, MA.

A: Dark straw hue. Thick long lasting white head that dissipates to less than a quarter of an inch. Cloudy. Visibly effervescent.

S: A wonderful banana, doughy/cake aroma. Underscored with some nice light cloves. Perfectly balanced.

T: Big bready sweet malt flavor. Some banana character coupled with tart citrus flavors. Finishes dry. Clove flavor pushes through at the end.

MF: Medium-light. Well carbonated - spritzy.

D: The payoff with this beer is in the fantastic aroma. Hefes are inherently drinkable and this one certainly is. The taste characteristics could have been a little more balanced - more spicy clove like phenols would have been a nice addition.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I beleive this may be one of the more under appreciated beers in the database.

Poured a murky brown in color. Sturdy white head that quickly dissolved to a thinner scuzzy film. Nose is full of wheat and with just some slight hints of banana and clove.

Flavor is solid and true hefe. Rich and sweet wheat provides a solid backbone. I can pick out some solid yeast breadiness. Citrus gives a bit of a bite. Cloves have a nice herbal presence. Banana provides some hints of fruit. Even picked out some honey-like sweetness. Full mouthfeel that is perhaps a bit watery but I have noticed that is fairly common for German hefe offerings. Great, slow drinking evening beer.

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