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Schell's Schmaltz's Alt - August Schell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
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159 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 11
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
One of Warren's favorite pastimes back in the 30's was a trip to the city dump to shoot rats–so much that it was a common date for him and his wife-to-be, Casey. The manager of the city dump was John Schmaltz–hence the nickname "Schmaltz" Marti. We hope you enjoy our Schmaltz's Alt, a creamy smooth dark alt brewed even better than before.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-05-2001)
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Reviews by ShwarzAl3r:
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4/5  rDev +7%

ShwarzAl3r, Jan 04, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I seemed to like this beer more than many others who also reviewed this beer,pours a nice medium/dark brown with a decent slightly off white head.Aroma is buttery with some light malty fruitiness,taste is very buttery with some big toffee notes and as it warmed it turned into a raisin like flavor.I think a real nice beer if drank at a good temp a nice find.

oberon, Mar 20, 2004
Photo of blackearth
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. Pours are dark black color with reddish hues in the bottom corners of the glass. Almost no head to speak of. Aroma is sweet and caramel. On the fuller side of medium bodied, this beer has a smooth, sweet taste with an understated hop aftertaste and a nutty finish. Good beer overall.

blackearth, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of skybluewater
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark ruby color. Smells of bubblegummy malt. Taste is malty, with a bit of juicy-fruit (I may be imagining that...). All in all, not an impressive beer here. It's tasty enough that I downed it in no time flat, but it's not one I'd buy on a regular basis. Just a decent brew, nothing more.

skybluewater, Jan 23, 2005
Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Deep tawny brown with reddish hues, thick and sticky light tan lace that foams up well and leaves a decent lace in its wake.

Smell: Clean dark malt aroma of unsweetened chocolate, caramel and a mild husk in the nose. Very little hop in the smell though some alcohol in noticeable.

Taste: Creamy and smooth on the palate, shows off lots of malt character right away. Full in body with a moderate carbonation. Big splashes of unsweetened chocolate and lightly roasted coffee take control of the flavour threshold. Hop bitterness is right on the cusp of keeping things balanced, nice chewy middle of malt sweetness, mellow alcohol and caramel. A bite both from the hops and dark malts jump out of the carbonation to bring on the finish. There is somewhat of a carob-like finish, quite clean and does not dry up that much at all.

Notes: One of the more robust altbiers out there, perhaps a bit too much in the roasted malt flavours. This could easily be confused with a brown porter. None the less a tasty brew that should be tried by all.

Jason, Nov 05, 2001
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to swalden28 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark, clear brown color with a tan head. The aroma, as expected, is very malty. I get a lot of bread and toffee, with not too much else going on. The flavor is also very malty. There is a lot of toffee and caramel, with a little bit of chocolate thrown in. There is also a touch of grass from the hops. Overall, the beer is very dry. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into a Summit pint glass - seems inappropriate to drink Schell's from a Summit glass, oh well.

Appearance: Reddish-brown with persistent thin head; very little lacing.

Smell: Noble hops, metallic, dark fruits, smells good but a little faint.

Taste: Somewhat similar to smell. Reminds me of a roasty brown ale crossed with a Vienna Lager, but with a higher level of hops. Metallic bitterness, especially in the aftertaste, and the bitterness becomes more apparent after continued sipping.

Feel: This is the most interesting part of the beer. Smooth and clean like a lager, but creamier like many ales. Very little familiarity with Altbiers, but this makes sense as it is essentially a lagered ale. Medium bodied with a decent level of carbonation - almost spritzy. Ultimately, I am left with creamy but spritzy - very unique, a little strange, but mostly good.

Drinkability: Easy drinking but flavorful.

This will be worth revisiting every late winter.

bsp77, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of jcdiflorio
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served into a nonic glass from a 12oz brown bottle crimped cap.

Chestnut brown,1" light tan head,staying to 1/2' throughout beer.
A complex malty nose that was carmelly,roasty,nutty,chocolaty.Spicy and a bit fruity.Chocolate aromas dominated as the beer warmed a very inviting aroma.
The taste was very malty and complex.Malty tastes of chocolate,carmell, nutty and roasty.The finish was clean,sharp with a spicy smooth bitterness,with a lingering chocolate taste.
A medium body with a light mouthfeel,slightly cloying,a bit of dryness,enough to make the mouth water.
Very drinkable,refreshing.tasty and enjoyable.Been drinking this beer for over 20 years,never disappointing,saying a lot anymore.

jcdiflorio, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of ryanocerus
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep ruby in color. Nice looking, but no head. The aroma was malt with a hint of spicy hops. The flavor was pretty simple, hopped/spicy malt. The mouthfeel was thin, with short lasting flavor. Because it is light, it is fairly drinkable. Not bad, but Schell makes better offerings.

ryanocerus, Oct 29, 2002
Photo of beerkittycat
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is clear brown with a frothy tan head. Aroma hits you with some bready malts along with some cocoa, raisins, toast, caramel, and faint flowery hop aroma. Flavor much the same as aroma but here I taste a little smoke in the background. Malts are fairly sweet but this beer is clean and well-attenuated. The higher carbonation scrubs your palate and leaves you thirsting for more. A nice dark lager that isn't heavy or sweet. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

beerkittycat, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark brown with some ruby red. Moderate amount of bubbles and a big three finger light tan head which slowly fades into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A roasty and fairly sweet dark malt forward aroma with good hints of chocolate, caramel, and fruit. Upfront roasted malts with hints of biscuit, toasted bread, chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, grains, and yeast. Fruity hints of apple and pear along with dark fruit hints of raisin, fig, cherry, prune, and dates. Sweet hints of brown sugar as well as some licorice spicing. Subtle hints of earthy hops. A very solid malty aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a sweet and roasty dark malt driven taste with good notes of chocolate, sweet caramel, and fruits. Roasted bready malts with good notes of biscuit, toasted bread, chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee, yeast, nuts, and grains. Big mix of fruity notes with some apple and pear along with dark fruit notes of cherry, raisin, fig, dates, and prune. Sweet taste of brown sugar. Some subtle anise licorice spice as well. Light presence of hops in the background. A very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and slightly slick with a drying finish.

Overall: A very solid malty Alt. Good toasty biscuit malt notes with a very nice presence of fruits.

MattyG85, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of ADR
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I look forward to Alts but this one was a little dissappointing in its bold but undefined flavors...good but almost greasy mouthfeel, nice aroma and color...was looking for a little more hop and dryness...too dark and with a more highly defined chocolate tone than any other Alt I have had, and not really to style. Not bad to drink though...

ADR, Feb 20, 2002
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's says on the label a dark German style ale, I was expecting a deep copper due to the alt style, but this one takes on a similar appearance as a Schwarzbier. deep ruby with a tan head leaves efficient lacing nice full rings at that. Aroma contains some fruity tones based from the malt but there is an astringent metallic offness in the background. Taste conists of darker roasts subtle fruit notes and a standoftish hop character, overall quite nice rolling toasted malts. Mouthfeel conists of soft chewy texture medium bodied ale not bad at all. Drinkability I am fine with just one nice beer but I prefer more pronounced flavors nothing from the August Schell Brewing is of Shock and Awe nature.

WVbeergeek, Sep 18, 2003
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-Light creamy white head sits on tops of a dark opaque body that lets a tint of light through.

S- caramel malt notes with a pretty clean smell

T- Light chocolate malt with some notes of caramel malt and a definite hint of dark burnt malt in the background. The hops finish is very light and a nice balance

M- this beer has a medium mouthfeel with no fizz or astringency

D-This sample was a bit smoother than last time but it still has a strange dark burnt malt to the taste. It taste much different that when I used to drink 10 plus years ago. I remember a very nice rounded malt but this one just doesn't have that character.

rhoadsrage, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of LXIXME
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Small to medium sized light tan head stays a bit at a quarter inch frothy layer covering a clear darker brown with some deep wine reddish hints colored beer.

Dark well roasted grain malts aroma that seem to have a earthy quality.

Earthy dark roasted malts taste, with traces of dark chocolates coming through. Seems like they might be a bit more prominent if the beer were to warm a bit, but I doubt that's going to happen.

A dryish almost chalky aftertaste, almost like the feel of a small taste of dark bakers chocolate, with a bit of the roasted malts tastes hanging around with this medium to medium full bodied beer.

Pretty decent tasting beer considering it's in the less than $10 six-pack range of beers.

LXIXME, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

acurtis, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of LordofTime25
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours so dark brown color that you can't see through. It has a thin quickly disappearing head.

Smells of dark rich malts and maybe a some chocolate in there.

This tastes of strong dark roasted malts and some chocalte.

Smooth and Creamy in the mouth! Very Nice!

Very drinkable, but I drank alot these and gave me a killer hangover like most dark beers!

LordofTime25, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of optimator705
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

optimator705, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of kittywamp
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a copper color with a white head

S:floral like smell with malt that are sweet

T:roasted malts, a note of citrus with a hint of something i couldnt put my finger on.

M: smooth and wonderful

O: I had to drive all over town to find this beer. it is a great beer. needs nothing added or taken away.

kittywamp, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark ruby in color. Probably the darkest altbier I've seen. Beige head is thin but tight and creamy.
Full malt aroma. Roasted carmel with faint chocolate. Slightly plummy. Little to no hops on the nose.
Taste is robust, with the toasted carmel leading the way. Chocolate and mocha hues are perceived. Some dark fruit sweetness (raisin and plum) make an appearance. Hops do just enough to balance the load. Needs further intergration (perhaps additional lagering) and give this one a boost in the hops dept. and it would be lovely. Still quite nice.
Medium-full bodied. Gets sticky and almost cloying at times, overwise very solid in the mouth.
A good stab at an alt, but not my favorite. I'd like to see more of these type of beers around

cokes, Jul 30, 2002
Photo of leschkie
3/5  rDev -19.8%

leschkie, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Code 051509, I'm guessing that a drink before date.

Pours a clear brown with a short off-white head. Smells of darkly toasted toasted bread. The hops come out in the aftertaste with a spicy blend of herb and citrus behind dry bready cocoa and nuts. Overall, very tasty and drinkable. Worth picking up for a different sort of alt.

tempest, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of dbossman
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful dark brown with a slight reddish tint; head is thin--though foamy at first--but steady and lacing is gorgeous

S: Very bready with some faint dark fruits and toffee but mostly bread--some slightly burnt malts and a bit subdued but the bready aroma does get more complex as the drinking progresses

T: Roasted malts and quite bready--not as sweet as I imagined--it actually finishes surprisingly dry; some dark fruits, coffee, and toffee in end but mostly bread

F: A touch thin but still a decent amount of creamy texture

O: A nice interpretation of the style and a great bready beer that you can drink a few of

dbossman, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown with garnet highlights, maybe too dark for this style. Kind of falls into the "dark beer" category, but then there's a surprising smoky quality, too. A taste of adjunct also appears to be involved. I guess Schell's is trying to stride that middle line between liquor stores and beer geeks (I got mine at an Iowa liquor store because the ones in Minnesota were closed for Sunday), so this comes off a little less than it could be.

DrunkMcDermott, Dec 12, 2003
Photo of russpowell
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cheers to mothman for this one, thanks Ben! I remember this beer from the mid 90s & thought I had it back then, but not sure if Schell was brewing it then...

Pours an effervescent ebony tinged chestnut with a pinky of tan head. Head drops away quickly
, zero head retention & lacing

S: Jammy fruit & a touch of herbal hops

T: Jammy fruit, a touch of molasses & leafy hops & dryness up front. More fruittyness & leafy hops as this warms. Apricot & raisin mingle in the finish along with some woody hops

MF: Light/medium bodied, moderate carbonation & okay balance

Drinks pretty easy, not a classic alt IMO, but sessionable enough

russpowell, Jul 10, 2009
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Schell's Schmaltz's Alt from August Schell Brewing Company
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