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

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Schell's Schmaltz's AltSchell's Schmaltz's Alt

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157 Ratings

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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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Photo of rhoadsrage


3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-Light creamy white head sits on tops of a dark opaque body that lets a tint of light through.

S- caramel malt notes with a pretty clean smell

T- Light chocolate malt with some notes of caramel malt and a definite hint of dark burnt malt in the background. The hops finish is very light and a nice balance

M- this beer has a medium mouthfeel with no fizz or astringency

D-This sample was a bit smoother than last time but it still has a strange dark burnt malt to the taste. It taste much different that when I used to drink 10 plus years ago. I remember a very nice rounded malt but this one just doesn't have that character.

07-16-2005 18:50:22 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of blackthistle


3.7/5  rDev -1.1%

Dark brown in color with a creamy, brownish head and a light Brussels lace that cascades down the side of the glass. This alt has a roasted, phenolic aroma. This medium-bodied beer posseses a smooth, rich, malty flavor balanced with just the right amount of bitterness in the finish. Very crisp and clean with a dry, thirst-quenching finish.

07-08-2005 16:27:31 | More by blackthistle
Photo of santoslhalper


3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Appearence: Pours a really pretty almost black with a creamy, beige head.

Smell: The smell is very malt focused. There is a suprising woody quality to it, but nothing really stands out.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The flavor is of smoky, almost roasted meats with a huge malt focus to it. The balance is nice, but nothing about the flavor is anything special or stand-out. The mouthfeel is nice and rich though.

Drinkability and Overall: Not a bad beer, but suffers from the same problem most Shcell brews do - lack of anything special. It's nothing great, nothing to seek out, but still a decent, solid brew.

03-14-2005 02:10:34 | More by santoslhalper
Photo of skybluewater


3.53/5  rDev -5.6%

Pours a very dark ruby color. Smells of bubblegummy malt. Taste is malty, with a bit of juicy-fruit (I may be imagining that...). All in all, not an impressive beer here. It's tasty enough that I downed it in no time flat, but it's not one I'd buy on a regular basis. Just a decent brew, nothing more.

01-23-2005 05:26:08 | More by skybluewater
Photo of TastyTaste


4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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.

01-20-2005 21:22:21 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of Boto


3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

12 oz. bottle: This one pours a very dark brown color. Some light manages to pass through it. There was very liottle head on my example. What was there was tan and died out quickly. The aroma is mainly that of chocolate. Some sweetness coming through also. The taste is a bit roasty, with a subdued sweetness. A hint of fruits in the tsate also. I’m sure that ther are hops in there, but they are overpowered by everything else. Decent.

08-08-2004 21:27:49 | More by Boto
Photo of connecticutpoet


3.63/5  rDev -2.9%

This was a deep brown beer with a huge head that required several minutes to subside.

The aroma was of rich roasted malts, some coffee overtones. No hop notes to speak of, which I would have expected from an altbier.

The taste was of roasted malts and coffee. Again, without the hop bite I expected.

I would have rated this higher if I was rating in general terms, but versus others in the style it just didn't have the hops. I think it would have been better classified as a brown ale or almost a porter.

07-17-2004 04:44:25 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of Tballz420


3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

This brew is a black colored liquid, some red hues when held to light, with a small tan head on top. The scent is dank chocolate malts. The taste of this guy is roasted/chocolate malt,soome fruit tones, nice bitter hop bite, medium mouthfeel, creamy. I would have almost thought this was a stout if it had a thicker feel to it. Good beer.

04-06-2004 21:40:47 | More by Tballz420
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

I seemed to like this beer more than many others who also reviewed this beer,pours a nice medium/dark brown with a decent slightly off white head.Aroma is buttery with some light malty fruitiness,taste is very buttery with some big toffee notes and as it warmed it turned into a raisin like flavor.I think a real nice beer if drank at a good temp a nice find.

03-20-2004 20:08:16 | More by oberon
Photo of frank4sail

New Jersey

2.38/5  rDev -36.4%

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...

01-15-2004 02:15:40 | More by frank4sail
Photo of DrunkMcDermott


3.38/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

12-12-2003 13:46:58 | More by DrunkMcDermott
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.95/5  rDev -21.1%

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.

09-18-2003 00:44:38 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of tavernjef


3.65/5  rDev -2.4%

Color of very dark leathery brown nearly black with amber highlights, small but thickly loose tannish top that fades down and leaves minimal spotty lace. Smell is faint mild roasty malts, kinda woodish and wet dirt-like must. Taste is mild, somewhat subdued but present of roasted malts, maybe black malts as well, quite clean with a smokey softness, a bit of cocoa and a over all mineral like taste with a lingering dry finish thats a bit nutty. Feel is a light-medium body, quick thin start, quick thin finish. Nothing to overwhelming, its a very easy roasty calm beer that could be better in the taste but is still a good drinker, goes well with a grilled burger.

07-25-2003 01:02:45 | More by tavernjef
Photo of BeerAngel


3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours a clear very dark coca-cola color with a very nice dense tan head. The smell is earthy and grassy malt aroma. The taste has a hint of smoke, roasted malts with a burnt aftertaste, mild hops, and hints of chocolate. It is full bodied with a rich taste and finishes with a lightly dry bitter end. This is a pretty tasty beverage IMO. Thanks to budgood1 for this! Cheers!

07-12-2003 20:30:41 | More by BeerAngel
Photo of kbub6f

New York

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

A big, dense, tan head is noisy, but slow. There's some spotty lacing. The beer is dark coffee brown. The toffee in the nose is slathered with butter and sugar. Toffee in the front, with some coffee and a bit of chocolate. The thick, fruity, malty, toffee middle turns dark for the bitter chocolate finish. That butter from the nose comes back in the aftertaste, where some fruit shows up again. Excellent. Thanks to feloniousmonk for sharing.

07-03-2003 08:20:26 | More by kbub6f
Photo of marc77


3.35/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

04-20-2003 08:06:53 | More by marc77
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

I've enjoyed this brew many times over the years, but never truly stopped to consider it. There's something irresistible about the rhymy name and the label photo of sour Old Schmaltz sitting on a keg, stein in hand.
Color is a dark brown, almost black, with a fine, 1" creamy tan head. Aroma is largely clean and airy, but there are traces of cocoa and nuts. Hops are there, too, but laying low. On the palate, though, they reveal themselves in all their might. Big burst of fruitiness (bananas,and citrus, primarily!), that soon smooths out bigtime. The malt contingent is firm and swiftly becomes large and in charge. That doesn't stop an overriding fruitiness to continue to ride throughout the flavor and the finish. The rest of the drink is a well-rounded, and fruity flavor, with a slightly coppery edge. I'm no expert on alts, but I know what I like, and this is that.

04-18-2003 01:57:00 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of Gusler


3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

As it sets in my glass a deep mahogany, almost an opaque brown, the head is commodious, the texture is creamy and light tan in color, as it erodes the lace formed is a thick and sticky sheet upon the glass. Lots of malt in the nose, sweet caramel, a tad peatish, fresh and appealing, the start sweet, and the top lean in its feel. Finish is stinging in its acidity, the hops pleasing to the palate, dry and lingering aftertaste, a quite quaffable beer at any rate.

04-15-2003 16:54:22 | More by Gusler
Photo of bditty187


3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

Dark brunette with ruby highlights, fairly deep. Brown head, moderately fast to dissipate, soapy retention, some lace. Coarse roasted malt, dry-unsweetened chocolate with a faint suggestion of hops. Inviting. The palate is most noticeably roasty, somewhat coarse, malty, dry, very little bitterness but very little sweetness too. Simple yet complex. Medium-body at best. Nice lingering dry maltiness, ideal carbonation, meandering finish… decent. This is a robust Alt beer, worth a try for any session beer needs.

Thanks feloniousmonk for the bottle!

04-15-2003 12:27:24 | More by bditty187
Photo of GeoffRizzo


4/5  rDev +7%

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!

03-31-2003 18:55:27 | More by GeoffRizzo
Photo of maxpower


3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

Brown color with a nice frothy head ,roasty malty caremel aroma, , taste of chocolate and caremel, a very balanced Alt, not bad, very good for the style, at $5.99 a sixer I would buy this one agian, great price for a decent beer.

12-24-2002 18:46:05 | More by maxpower
Photo of proc


3/5  rDev -19.8%

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.

12-07-2002 12:00:38 | More by proc
Photo of BeerBuilder


3.13/5  rDev -16.3%

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.

11-26-2002 05:52:46 | More by BeerBuilder
Photo of ryanocerus


3.73/5  rDev -0.3%

Deep ruby in color. Nice looking, but no head. The aroma was malt with a hint of spicy hops. The flavor was pretty simple, hopped/spicy malt. The mouthfeel was thin, with short lasting flavor. Because it is light, it is fairly drinkable. Not bad, but Schell makes better offerings.

10-29-2002 11:07:00 | More by ryanocerus
Photo of Bighuge


3.98/5  rDev +6.4%

This beer is a deep deep copper color. Pretty dark for an alt. The slight beige head becomes only a colar in seconds. Lacing is negligible. A fairly distinct hoppy nose on this alt. The taste is very nice, but a little different than I'd expect from an alt. It doesn't have that nice mellow characteristic typical of cold lagered alts. What is does have is a nice blend of herbal hop notes and roasted malt tones. This is one of the more roasty alts I've had. Medium-full in body. Pretty tasty beer here.

10-14-2002 21:41:47 | More by Bighuge
Schell's Schmaltz's Alt from August Schell Brewing Company
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