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

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BA SCORE
84
good

159 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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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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Photo of frank4sail
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...

frank4sail, Jan 15, 2004
Photo of robbyc1
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

robbyc1, Apr 28, 2012
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 leschkie
3/5  rDev -19.8%

leschkie, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -19.8%

ejimhof, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Fargrow
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Fargrow, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of AnalogErik
3/5  rDev -19.8%

AnalogErik, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of Durandal_777
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Durandal_777, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of proc
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.

proc, Dec 07, 2002
Photo of RoryOMoore
3/5  rDev -19.8%

RoryOMoore, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of ponbon63
3/5  rDev -19.8%

ponbon63, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of ZAP
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.

ZAP, Feb 21, 2002
Photo of BeerBuilder
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.

BeerBuilder, Nov 26, 2002
Photo of JamesMN
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.

JamesMN, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of drpimento
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.

drpimento, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of PieOhMy
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.

PieOhMy, May 18, 2013
Photo of koes0024
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

koes0024, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of mattmarka1
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

mattmarka1, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of GringoKid
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

GringoKid, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of condorsim
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

condorsim, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of darky
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

darky, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of Mdog
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.

Mdog, May 21, 2006
Photo of marc77
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.

marc77, Apr 20, 2003
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
84 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.