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

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BA SCORE
84
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157 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 157
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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frank4sail

New Jersey

2.38/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Slight smell of musty shoe leather. Slight pale tan head. Deep dark purple color. Flat plainish malt taste that is not interesting at all.. there is a slightly sour burnt kettle finish to the taste as well. Shockingly tranparent mouth as well. not one i think is very drinkable...

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2004 02:15:40 | More by frank4sail
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robbyc1

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

04-28-2012 22:25:12 | More by robbyc1
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2003 00:44:38 | More by WVbeergeek
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leschkie

California

3/5  rDev -19.8%

01-24-2012 04:02:12 | More by leschkie
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.8%

03-10-2013 00:48:53 | More by ejimhof
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Fargrow

Michigan

3/5  rDev -19.8%

06-11-2013 02:40:15 | More by Fargrow
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AnalogErik

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -19.8%

10-30-2013 15:19:32 | More by AnalogErik
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Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.8%

04-23-2014 19:17:30 | More by Durandal_777
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proc

Michigan

3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An interesting beer, but not very complex. Pours out to a amber, almost brown color. Somewhat sweet with a light hop presence on the finish. I honestly can say I liked it but wished it were a little more flavorful. The Schell Brewery is a nice thing for the folks in Minnesota and the Midwest to have around.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2002 12:00:38 | More by proc
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -19.8%

02-27-2012 07:22:42 | More by RoryOMoore
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ponbon63

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -19.8%

12-22-2011 20:37:44 | More by ponbon63
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The last time I had this was close to five years ago and I remember liking it even back then. My experience tonight is not so good. I get a definite fruity aroma, and sweet fruity taste with some chocolate tones. This in no-way compares to the Alaskan Alt I had a few weeks ago. I thought I may have a bad date but after checking the code thanks to a post on the forum it appears it is relatively fresh...Certainly not a horrible experience but I expected much more. One of my least favorite Schell's beers. I will try the rest and upgrade this review if it is warranted but right now this slightly above 3.0 rating may be a bit steep.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2002 02:14:18 | More by ZAP
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a deep brown color with an off-white head. Leaves a nice lace-work when sipped down. The nose is one of roasted malt. The taste is rich, malty, roasty, with hints of chocolate. The malt flavors are nicely balanced by the hop flavor and bitterness. Unfortunately in the bottle I tasted I detected a metallic flavor in the finish. This was a medium-full bodied beer, big and malty; overall a tastey beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2002 05:52:46 | More by BeerBuilder
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slightly murky hazelnut color with a frothy light brown head.

Aroma: Bready malt with hints of toffee. Some yeast but quite a clean aroma overall.

Taste: Starts with some bread and lots of caramel malt flavor. Real light on bitterness with no placeable hop flavor. Disappointed in the finish and aftertaste which give a really metallic tinge like sucking on a penny along with the flavor of blue cheese. It's unfortunate because the lead up to the finish is pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Just above medium in body which is quite an accomplishment for a 5.1% ABV beer. Low carbonation and a bit cloying in its dryness. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Definitely ruined by the aftertaste. I have a hard time believing there was anything wrong with the bottle though because the rest of the sixer was consumed by my friends who didn't seem to take issue with its flavor. Would I drink it again? Maybe, at the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 03:47:30 | More by JamesMN
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a huge, thick, rich, foamy, light tan, luscious, textured head and lots of lace. Odd aroma and flavor of Bavarian weisse beer. Otherwise pretty good beer.Opaque brownish black. Very soft flavors and body. Very good carbonation. Could be a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2007 03:55:18 | More by drpimento
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PieOhMy

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into imperial pint glass.

A Dark ruby. No transparency. Fat tan head. Fades quickly but a little foam and lacing remain on the surface.

S Just what they were going for - Malty. Sugar. Small hint of fruitiness, apple and pear.

T Sweet malts right up front. Chocolaty and toffee flavors that I do not pick up in the scent. A subdued bitterness hangs around slightly but no strong lasting aftertaste.

M It is a little chewy but more on the light side. Smooth watery finish.

O The initial flavor, the malty backbone and the sweetness is nice but there really isn't much holding this together. The flavor dies to quickly. I got this as part of variety pack, which is good because even though this is an OK beer, I would not by this in a six or twelve pack.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 02:19:46 | More by PieOhMy
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koes0024

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

01-27-2013 21:44:42 | More by koes0024
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

01-17-2014 00:41:09 | More by mattmarka1
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GringoKid

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

06-02-2012 22:56:30 | More by GringoKid
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condorsim

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

03-30-2014 22:07:01 | More by condorsim
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darky

South Dakota

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

02-20-2013 02:46:02 | More by darky
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Mdog

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark-brown, with a bit of red when held to the light.

Smell: Slight bread smell.

Taste: Roasted malt flavor to start, moves towards a bitter finish. Tastes like a porter to me.

Mouthfeel: Average, a little lighter than most porters (I haven't had many alts).

Drinkability: Again, average. Nothing really outstanding, but nothing bad either.

I picked this up as part of a mixed 6 pack in order to try another variety of Schell's. This was decent, but nothing special. I felt that this was very similar to a porter as evidenced from my comments above. Slightly above average.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2006 01:55:23 | More by Mdog
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marc77

California

3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep garnet hue, with brilliant, cold conditioned clarity. Light tan, frothy head settles into a thin, muddled layer that manages loose lace. Caramel sweetness with a hint of roasted malt along with mildly herbal hops in aroma. Mellow, dryish waft of cocoa adds depth. Stately, caramel malt sweetness initially in flavor is immediately tapered by hop and roasted grain bitterness. Dominate malt character mirrors the aroma, being comprised of powered cocoa. Slight, raisiny fruitiness complements the mild roasted grain presence, adding complexity. Dry, well attenuated, perhaps overly so. Trace floral noble hop presence. Roasted grain bitterness grows progressively stronger and by the finish becomes lightly astringent. A crisp, well bittered alt akin to the Sticke style, but just a bit shy in malt character. A touch rough, but certainly quite drinkable. A welcome change of pace. Thanks to Feloniousmonk for the delivery.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2003 08:06:53 | More by marc77
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2003 13:46:58 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 02:57:32 | More by russpowell
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Schell's Schmaltz's Alt from August Schell Brewing Company
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