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

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very good

161 Ratings

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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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3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Deep copper color with good clarity, thin off-white head with good lacing

S-Slight corn DMS, munich malt

T-Hit of malt upfront, but brief, then hit of smooth hop bitterness and roasted/toasted barley, slight astringency, dry finish

M-Medium to light bodied and dry

O-Decent Alt, but a perhaps a bit to bitter and dark, could use more malt aroma.

Weli, Mar 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

DominoDoug, Feb 08, 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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3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark brown with red highlights. Small frothy light brown head. Some lacing.
Smell: Faint bready malt. A little sweet; not quite toffee or caramel; maybe coffee (not cinnamon) cake?
Taste: Follows the smell - bready malt. Toasted bread. Touch of sweetness. Some caramel and chocolate in the background. Slight bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel: (4.0) On the lighter side which is a bit of surprise if you judge by the color. Creamy and smooth.
Overall: The best way I can describe it is a brown ale meets a German Dunkel. Qualities of both; True to style. A nice take.

Timmah11, Jan 28, 2014
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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
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Schell's Schmaltz's Alt from August Schell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.