Schwelmer Weizen | Privatbrauerei Schwelm

very good
92 Ratings
Schwelmer WeizenSchwelmer Weizen

Brewed by:
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 cbl2
3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
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 PatrickJR
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
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 jettjon
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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 beveragecaptain
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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 Skidz
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
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 PEBKAC
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
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 phisig137
3.36/5  rDev -16.4%
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 ColoradoBobs
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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 theopholis
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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 arguemaniac
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
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 mpyle
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Pauly2X
3.66/5  rDev -9%
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 Nipitato
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
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 paleoplant
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
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 Ragingbull
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
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 umustdrink
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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 Brianmerrilyn
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into mini-heffe glass at 08 Long Island Micro brew festival. The gent pouring told me Schwelmer has some assoication with the Brooklyn Brewery and Garrett Fitzgerald. Appeareance was cloudy yeasty yellow with a minor head to cap but good lacing throughout. Smell has very promimennt bananas and cloves. Taste is absolutely smashing! If you thought you smells bananas, just wait till your mouth touches this spectacular hefeewiezen. Mouthfeel is even better than the aroma or taste if you can believe it quafers. The carbonation level was balances perfectly to add some tang even with the heavy sweetness and creamyness of the bananas. This is one of the best beers beyond Austria's Edele Weiss. My new top 5 Hefe's.

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Photo of Byeast
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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 Tupperwolf
3.19/5  rDev -20.6%
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 nrpellegrini
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden orange/ yellow color, with a huge white head that hangs around. Smells of sweet wheat and citrus. The citrus wheat taste in this beer isn't like any other I've had before. It's so much smooth and more natural tasting. Definitely some orange and maybe some peach flavors. One of the smoothest beers I've ever had as well. The texture is like cream. It goes down so easy. Ill get this whenever I can. Try it!

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
2.85/5  rDev -29.1%
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 thequeen711
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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 jameaterblues
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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 TheEclecticGent
3/5  rDev -25.4%
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 MarkSCCOT
3.9/5  rDev -3%
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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Schwelmer Weizen from Privatbrauerei Schwelm
4.02 out of 5 based on 92 ratings.
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