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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

161 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.72%
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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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

devonnaire, Mar 12, 2012
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4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a thick 2+ finger head that is very fluffy and very slowly recedes. Nice lacing is present. The body is a very dark brown with amber hues. Light sedimentation is present.

S- Big notes of gooey carmamel and toasted sweetbreads. Also some nice floral notes that meld with the bready sweetness brilliantly. There is, deep down, also some very light toasted grains and biscuit which is almost dark chocolate like.

T- Notes of dark fruits (raisin, prune) and some nice caramel notes as well as dark chocolates and a solid biscuit note. The beer finishes dry with residual notes of hop oil and biscuit.

M- Velvety smooth mouthfeel and a great finish. The carbonation is light and works great.

D- What a great beer and at 5.1%, I'd be crazy to not call this sessionable. Great job Schells.

Greggy, Aug 02, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This reminds me of that movie, Gremlins 2: The New Batch. Back from it's nearly 2 year brewing hiatus, this is from my first sixer of the newly reintroduced Schmaltz' Alt.
Pours a nearly black, dark brown body that loks more like a porter than anything else. Pours with a nice creamy 1/2" of tan head that has very good retention. Smell is robust with roasted malt and a slight coffee scent. Taste and mouthfeel approach the porter/stout level of body and taste. Good coffee and bready malt flavors with mild acidity present. A truely great beer, and one that I am happy so see return to the Schell's lineup.

TastyTaste, Jan 20, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

pisomojado8, May 21, 2012
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4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

EYE
dark burnt amber

NOSE
toasted malt

BUBBLE
slightly foamy

MOUTH
not quite creamy

TASTE
bready, toasted malt; just a nip of CO2; slight warmth; a hint of toffe; and ever so subtle hop

This brew simply avoids bitterness, and compensates with extra malt character. Like eating crackers when you were a kid... sometimes simple is tasty!

c1377, Jan 24, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Put a little Schmaltz in your life. This altbier is darker and maltier than the average alt and is in many ways more of a porter than an altbier. Has a very deep dark reddish brown color, pleasant light roasted malt aroma featuring faint licorice and chocolate notes. The wonderfully rich roasted malt flavor is very tasty with a good body, and long creamy finish.

stoutman, May 29, 2002
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4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark brown, almost black in color. After being poured it leaves a two finger foamy head which stays and leaves a nice lace on the side of the glass.

Smell - Malt and caramel with chocolate.

Taste - Caramel and malt with coffee and bitter chocolate, quite good.

Mouthfeel - Smooth medium bodied and creamy.

Drinkablity - very drinkable. It would be easy to drink several bottles of this. Well made.

hardy008, Mar 10, 2008
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4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle in a 12 oz pint glass

A: Foamy, bready head that leaves a pretty decent lace at intervals. Beautiful dark brown/mahogany color.

S: Alcohol smell noticeable. Raisins, caramel, and sweet malt syrup.

T: Smooth. No harsh notes at any point in the tasting. Hops seem to round everything out rather than assert themselves. Slight bitter. Sweet caramel malts with hints of prune and liquer.

M: Fills the entire mouth with an explosion of YUM!

D: Great. I am not versed in this style so I may not see the deviation like other may, but I really like this beer. One of the finest from the "Second-Oldest family owned brewery in the United States".

ForWhatAlesYou, Dec 20, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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Beer4Mike, Aug 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

AnthemOfTheSun, May 03, 2014
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4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
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
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4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears dark brown with a tan foamy head that left some light speckling of lace as it was consumed. Aroma is sweet with ripe fruits and caramel. Some nuttiness comes out after it warmed a bit as well. The flavor starts with some sweet caramel over fruit and light grains. Notes of light bitterness and nuts come through before the sweet fruit finish. Creamy smooth body makes this go down very easily. A solid very drinkable version of the style that I could see myself drinking more of.

meathookjones, Sep 15, 2006
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4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I love you Schmaltz's Alt.

Creamy....Smooth....Dark....Think....Delicious...

Are you a Stout? Are you a Porter? Are you my best friend? Maybe.

This is one of the best beers that Schell's makes. Fantastic. I just wish it was brewed all year long and it came in 12 packs.

It reminds me of what a good old grandpa would drink. Maybe that's why I like the picture on the bottle. If there was a beer that I would like to share with my grandfather who has long since left this earth, this is the beer that I would choose. It is a beer that is done right.

Meant for those long cold nights on the lake fishing for panfish and perch on the the pontoon (sp). Grandpa would always take us out in the early evening and we would return when it was pitch black....just like this beer.

Thanks Schells for bringing this wonderful beer back. I really appreciate it. Great style and great beer.

schellsbeer, Nov 02, 2008
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4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bought a few bottles at odies big ten in lansing, michigan. ($1.49 each)
pours a deep mohogany with a nice beige head that fell into a sheet.
the aroma is rich, malty, figs, sweet.
the flavor is malty, carmelized malt, bit of chocolate, little hop flavor, dropping off with a little minerialness.
beer is awesome going to but a 6'er tomarrow.

plaztikjezuz, Apr 01, 2006
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4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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
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4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was one of the first beers I tried from this brewery and have always had a fondness for it, although it may not be a classic example for the style, and not the best Schell's beer. The label has always appealed to me. Color is dark brown with reddish-amber hue in the light. Head is sufficient and darker in color. Aroma is light overall, mostly malt with light fruitiness and a bit of hops. Taste is fairly full, much more malt than hops and not particularly bitter. Finish is somewhat dry with a quality of hard water and slightly metalic taste. Nice medium mouthfeel, and some richness to the drink. A beer I'll continue to buy.

garymuchow, Jul 03, 2002
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4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a clear deep brown color with lots of rising carbonation that forms a once inch off-white head on top. Moderate lacing left on the glass.

Aroma is very malty, lots of caramel, dark fruits - raisins and cherries, a slight roasted character. Very much like a bock. I like it.

Taste is sweet and caramelly up front with light dark fruit coming out in the middle again, raisins come to mind. Some bready malt then towards the finish there are some herbal hops and a bit of a toffee flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very smooth and creamy as the label claims. Great feel and drinkable to boot.

My second beer from Schell's and I am impressed again. Very sessionable beer that I wish was available to me.

roadhouse, May 17, 2009
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4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in trade from kittywamp. Thanks, Kathryn.

A-Pours a hazy medium brown with a thin tan head. Not much lacing.

S-Sweet caramel and roasted malt with a bit of figginess.

T-Roasted malt dominates the taste, with some sweet malt in the finish.

M-Medium bodied with a very nice creaminess.

D-A very nice sessionable dark beer from Schell.

HV

sholland119, Mar 23, 2009
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4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a bottle into a silo glass

A: Deep ruby red (when held to light), touch above black (when not), small cream head, moderate amount of streaming bubbles, nice lacing

S: Faint, clean choc and caramel malts

T: Jumps out at you, very malt forward, bready, roasted chocolate, coffee and caramel malts, grassy/ hops at on the finish.

M: Medium with just the right amount of carbonation for me (medium carbonation)

O: Love the Schell's style of malt forward, this one doesn't disappoint, bold, deep, interesting but simple, flavors, brewed the old style way. Done right. Great for cold nights. Very Good Altbier!

Serick507, Feb 16, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours light brown but darkens as glass fills. The brown hue is complimented by a 1.5 finger ivory/bone white head that retains nicely and also laces.

S: Roasted malt, some strong bread scent, and some sweet caramel/dark fruit tones.

T: The roasted malt and dark fruit sweetness are present. The taste has lasting effect. Some roasted sweetness make this an interesting drink.

M: Wet throughout the sip but it gives way for some nice drying. Aftertaste is pleasant.

cagocubs, Feb 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.2%
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
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4/5  rDev +7.2%
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
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4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light brown color with a large and thick head which maintains nicely throughout. A nice aroma of roasted malts, some light hops are slightly noticed. The taste of caramel and black barley malts are followed by a nice light, yet sweet taste of chocolate, the hops are tasted towards the finish. Medium bodied, but full flavor, a great alt, a great beer!

GeoffRizzo, Mar 31, 2003
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

ShwarzAl3r, Jan 04, 2012
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Schell's Schmaltz's Alt from August Schell Brewing Company
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