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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

112 Reviews
THE BROS
80
good

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Reviews: 112
Hads: 181
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 11
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-05-2001

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.
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Reviews: 112 | Hads: 181
Photo of Greggy
4.6/5  rDev +22%
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. (797 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of c1377
4.45/5  rDev +18%
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! (341 characters)

Photo of steveh
4.34/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been quite a while since I've had some of this fresh -- a good choice for beer 500 in my BA portfolio.

Bottled on 06/05/15 -- not too shabby.

A -- Pours a very dark, clear ruby-brown with a firm, dense, long-lasting light tan head. Seems a bit dark for an Alt -- even if the Schell's site calls this a "double" Alt.

S -- Rich, dark bread crust aroma with light vanilla character. No real hops to note, but no off roastiness or strong fruit esters either. Very nice.

T -- Bready to light, bittersweet chocolate character that finishes clean with a light, balanced hop spiciness. There is the vaguest dark cherry character in the finish and aftertaste, but it's not so overwhelming as to be a fault. There's a light bitterness in the aftertaste that *could* be from roasted malt, or it could be from hops. Also a light nuttiness in the aftertaste, but malt is king with this beer.

F -- Medium bodied and very smooth.

O -- A terrific rendition of the style without becoming just another U.S. Brown Ale. I need to remember this beer whenever I'm in the Schell distribution radius, it's quite nice. (1,106 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of stoutman
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (364 characters)

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.26/5  rDev +13%
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". (656 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant chestnut under a rocky and clingy 2” cream colored foam collar that leaves thick lace.
S: A range of malt aromas and malt spice, some faint fruit.
T: Rich malts, attack has some sweetness, some hints of root beer, some more sweetness and then it dries out in the finish and then in the aftertaste it oscillates between malt and dry and finally it settles down to a mild lingering sweetness backed by a moderate chocolate bitter accent.
F: Medium body and medium to medium high carbonation.
O: I’ve been drinking this for 20 or 30 years and it has always been a great beer. (599 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled last night on 1/4/15 while watching NFL football. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a tulip glass.

This 'Altbier' (Old beer) style brew pours a very deep reddish-mahogany in color with a good 2-3 finger off-white foamy and creamy head that finally settled down to a good 3mm or so after a good bit. A good amount of ring-like lacing is seen as well as some sheets when sipped. The aroma is of dark malts with some hints of caramel, cocoa and biscuit. Bit more going on with the taste as there is some dark fruits (figs, cherries, plums) with some brown sugar also. Very tasty and smooth. A very light dry hoppy finish is noted but is very slight which actually added some character. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. Overall another very tasty brew from this brewery. (819 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (1,402 characters)

Photo of meathookjones
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of schellsbeer
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (885 characters)

Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of roadhouse
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (745 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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 (362 characters)

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (704 characters)

Photo of cagocubs
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of beerkittycat
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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 (760 characters)

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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! (365 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very clear copper amber with some small visible carbonation and a decent two finger high head of white fomay lace. Decent retention left behind some nice side glass lace and a decent film across the top. The aroma was really packed with tons of bready malts. Cereal grains taking over as it warms up with a decent musty sort of smell. Very much full of malt hear with a touch of barley.

Very sort of muted. A quick clean taste that really did not have much of a follow though to it. It really kinda was dominated by the cereal grains and earthy bread like malts that drown out anything else that might have been trying to make a run at coming forward. Very smooth with a crisp clean finish. Not a ton of carbnation and the body itself was very light Very nice actually as there was nothing really holding you back from having multiples of this. Low abv and a very smooth flavor with a crisp finish lend itself well tothis.

Overall this was a decent beer, nothing really spectaculat just a decent beer, I would go to it in a pinch for sure. But faced with other options I would probably not. (1,101 characters)

Photo of objectivemonkey
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours a nearly black dark brown with ruby tones, good off-white head and thick, sticky lacing. Aroma is malty and nutty, kind of some brown sugar, mild hops, and faint alcohol. Taste is a smooth, creamy walk of caramel malts, thickish nutty, roasted, chocolate malt tones, mild hop bittering for balance, and a cool but warming alcohol finish. Good body, good flavor... nothing fantastic, just an overall good beer. (434 characters)

Photo of Pintofbrown
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this alliterative alt in the closest thing I have to a stange glass.

Appearance- This dark chocolate colored body has barely enough room to allow slim, ruby highlights through. The filmy, soapy head got to almost a finger in width and has decent retention. The foam is a sandy brown in color.

Smell- The buttery malt that comes through coincides with a faint grassy hop. There is even a sweet toffee and vanilla scent present. It may be soft, but the scents are very complimentary.

Taste- Something about this drink gives it a tangy tinge. The flavors are very malty and have hints of cherry, roasted malt, and some nuttiness.The finish has an earthy character and grassy hop feel.

Mouth feel- This medium bodied alt has great carbonation that allows the beer to just slide over the tongue. The creaminess factor is pretty impressive. I wish it stuck a little more to the cheeks and extended the flavor profiles.

Overall- This alt has a nice balance of sweet and roasted malts, that does not let either get too out of hand. The balance also allows for a tangy note to come through that adds a nice touch.

I think that this balance could also be interpreted as making the beer too muddled, and I do agree that some of these flavors could be more pronounced than they are. Schmaltz's Alt shows, once again, Schell's really knows how to craft solid beers. (1,366 characters)

Photo of afinepilsner
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

Schmaltz's Alt was a dark red-brown color with a large light tan head. The head had good retention and left rings of lace in the glass. The aroma was sweet dark malt and a little roasty. The taste was dark malt with a light bitterness, chocolate, roasted grain, and a touch fruity with a dry finish. It was medium-full in body with nice carbonation and creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability was good. It's a good beer that I will definately have again. (466 characters)

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