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

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BA SCORE
84
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170 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 11
Gots: 3 | 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:
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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Photo of umustdrink
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black, completely opaque color. When held to light it shows a deep dark mahogany around the edges. Head is dark white and settles to a thick film. Lacing is above average.

S - Rich caramel aroma dominates the nose. Bready and creamy toasted malts and hints of vanilla and honey.

T - Taste is bitter and sweet. Mostly toasted malts and with slightly less caramel flavor than in the smell. Finish is a sweet, creamy malt.

M - Consistency is in between thin and medium, carbonation is slightly higher than I would have liked.

D - Pretty great tasting beer and smells nice too. One of the best I've tasted from Schell's.

Photo of drpimento
3.17/5  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.

Photo of dfried
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite dark, not quite see through, some red and brown at the edges. Thin tan head. Dark cherries in the aroma, roasted malts, earthy hops. The taste has some creamy roasted malt, milk chocolatey, a little black licorice. The hops are there but not too strong, they give some tangy and citrusy hints, but also stay a bit earthy and grassy.

Verdict: one of my favorites from Schells, a very sessionable yet dark and creamy beer. A bit dark for an alt, but thats a good spin on it for Schells.

Photo of afinepilsner
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five finger, light brown head that fades to a shallow layer leaving traces of lace. Deep mahogeny color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Strong malty nose. Starts as sweet molasses becoming balanced at finish, slight burnt molasses aftertaste. New label has ABV at 5.1%. $1.29 for a 12oz bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, IA.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of meathookjones
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Schmaltz's Alt pours out a dark brown color topped with a small head. The aroma is chocolatey. The flavor is not what I expected, but still somewhat nice: chocolatey, buttery, and a bit acidic. Some fruity flavors appear at the middle, most notably apple and plum. There is a very light hoppiness. Not as sweet as some alts. Mouthfeel is creamy, just as the label claims. Overall, a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of hanco005
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with 05342 and 00018616 on the neck, poured into my Schmaltz’s Alt pint glass that I purchased from the brewery a few years ago.

A—pours a dark brownish ruby , almost solid, with a ½ inch fizzy tan sand colored head, fizzes away into a thin sheet in a few minutes, just a few specks of lacing are produced

S—sweet and fruity, mild hops in there, too, some sugary and maple sweetness come out as well

T—nutty and chocolaty, some “dirty” flavors, the hops are hardly noticeable, but they contribute to the dry finish

M—smooth, full bodied, moderate carbonation

D—it’s not bad and very drinkable. Probably no more than three, but a nice one to sip for sure.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of Mdog
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad offering from Schell. Poured out to a very dark brown color with a think white head and some notes of lace. Medium level of carbonation. Aromas of malt, toffee and tamed hops were present. Nice. Flavor was nice but lighter that I expected. Flavors of roasted malts and hops, with wood overtones were very present. Slightly sweet finish. Mouthfeel was generally good, but nothing special. A decent level of drinkability. This is not what I would think of when someone mentions the Altbier style, but it is rather good nonetheless. Recommended.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of blackthistle
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of santoslhalper
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of skybluewater
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.48/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Tballz420
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of frank4sail
2.38/5  rDev -36.2%
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...

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.93/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

Schell's Schmaltz's Alt from August Schell Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.