Incel-Brauerei Swimmers Saison Beer Review

About Incel-Brauerei

Insel-Brauerei brew their beers on Rügen island in Germany. Insel actually means island . Their stated aim is to produce rare beers in part with unique brewing and in part due to bottle conditioning, where the beer is carbonated in the bottle with live yeast, developing flavour whilst it does.

To aid the flavour build up, Incel beers are wrapped in paper which keeps out the sunlight.

For their non alcoholic range, they use vacuum distillation to extract the alcohol and the result is they win multiple awards at the World Beer Awards

What type of beer is Incel Swimmers?

Incel Swimmers is a Saison.

A saison beer comes under the umbrella of a farmhouse ale. They tend to be fruity and spicy along with a decent level of carbonation. They are often bottle aged which Incel is keen on as a technique.

Farmhouse and Saison beers were brewed on farms, originally in the French speaking area of Belgium. They were made seasonally (saison) with whatever ingredients are at hand and conditioned in the bottle for leaner times.

The Ingredients

I have drank and reviewed a number of Incel beers so i know they like to keep the ingredients to a minimum, especially in a lager along with the lines of the German Purity Laws. However, you need a few more ingredients for a saison.

Incel Swimmers includes…

  • Water
  • Malted barley
  • Malted wheat
  • Hops
  • Yeast
  • Spices

Well they haven’t gone mental with the ingredients. Just 2 grains but the “spices” is difficult to quantify. It might really be 10 different extra ingredients but i guess they are a proprietary mix so we are unlikely to find out unless you are a fantastic taster.

The Nutrition

Along with knowing what Incel beers tend to be made of, they have an unerring ability to create them all with exactly the same nutrition. Is this one any different?

Values per 100ml or 100g
Calories 32kcal
Incel Swimmers Nutrition Stats

Yep, there we go. How do they create such diverse beers with exactly the same nutrition stats?

32kcal is pretty high and 6.4g of carbs is also on the high side. In other Incel beers they have more than compensated with the high nutrition with spectacular beers, i hope they continue with Swimmers.

The Look

The iconic Incel paper wrapping has a female swimmer, fixing her swimming cap before setting off.

The beer itself is a dark orange like the setting sun. There is surprisingly little head compared to the other Incel beers.

The Aroma

The smell from this one is certainly different. I can pick up a fruity aroma, mostly orange along with some sort of spices. Imagine a clove studded orange at Christmas. There is also something quite earthy about it, it is hard to put your finger (or nose) on.

The Taste

This certainly has a distinctive taste, the saison flavour has been dialled up.

It tastes very fruity indeed. I get oranges and a bit of grapefruit but it isn’t overly citrusy. 

The fruit flavour is mellowed out with a decent malt forward, bread taste.

The spices are spicy but more warming like cloves and cinnamon.

I am finding this a difficult beer to describe. The flavours are strong but it think the body and mouthfeel is slightly down compared to the other Incel beers I have tried.

The strong fruity, yeasty taste is putting me off a bit towards the end of the beer and I don’t think it is one I would immediately reach for again.

The Verdict

Not my favourite from Incel but far from a terrible beer. If you like a fruity, yeast forward type beer then you will like it.

The Score

7/10 – There is a nice beer in there but there are too many issues for my palate. On another day, I can see someone else scoring this very highly indeed.

Find out where this beer ranks compared to all the beers i have reviewed on my updated “Best Non Alcoholic Beers” page

Where to buy?

You can try these at Wise Bartender as well, a brilliant non alcoholic retailer

You can buy this at Sober Sauce and get 5% off with code OPENINGTHEBOTTLE

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Is Incel Swimmers gluten free? 

Incel Swimmers is not gluten free

I have an entire article on non alcoholic beers and gluten if you want more information.

Is Incel Swimmers vegan?

Im afraid Swimmers is not vegan friendly either.

For more on vegan beers see my article on the matter. Why beers may or may not be and how to check.

Review Overview

There is a nice beer in there but there are too many issues for my palate. On another day, I can see someone else scoring this very highly indeed.


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