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

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172 Ratings
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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 11
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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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Ratings: 172 | Reviews: 109
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.

Photo of tavernjef
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of BeerAngel
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of kbub6f
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of marc77
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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

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.

Photo of Gusler
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bditty187
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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!

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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

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.

Photo of proc
3/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of ryanocerus
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Bighuge
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark ruby in color. Probably the darkest altbier I've seen. Beige head is thin but tight and creamy.
Full malt aroma. Roasted carmel with faint chocolate. Slightly plummy. Little to no hops on the nose.
Taste is robust, with the toasted carmel leading the way. Chocolate and mocha hues are perceived. Some dark fruit sweetness (raisin and plum) make an appearance. Hops do just enough to balance the load. Needs further intergration (perhaps additional lagering) and give this one a boost in the hops dept. and it would be lovely. Still quite nice.
Medium-full bodied. Gets sticky and almost cloying at times, overwise very solid in the mouth.
A good stab at an alt, but not my favorite. I'd like to see more of these type of beers around

Photo of garymuchow
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was one of the first beers I tried from this brewery and have always had a fondness for it, although it may not be a classic example for the style, and not the best Schell's beer. The label has always appealed to me. Color is dark brown with reddish-amber hue in the light. Head is sufficient and darker in color. Aroma is light overall, mostly malt with light fruitiness and a bit of hops. Taste is fairly full, much more malt than hops and not particularly bitter. Finish is somewhat dry with a quality of hard water and slightly metalic taste. Nice medium mouthfeel, and some richness to the drink. A beer I'll continue to buy.

Photo of stoutman
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Put a little Schmaltz in your life. This altbier is darker and maltier than the average alt and is in many ways more of a porter than an altbier. Has a very deep dark reddish brown color, pleasant light roasted malt aroma featuring faint licorice and chocolate notes. The wonderfully rich roasted malt flavor is very tasty with a good body, and long creamy finish.

Photo of ZAP
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Photo of ADR
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I look forward to Alts but this one was a little dissappointing in its bold but undefined flavors...good but almost greasy mouthfeel, nice aroma and color...was looking for a little more hop and dryness...too dark and with a more highly defined chocolate tone than any other Alt I have had, and not really to style. Not bad to drink though...

Photo of budgood1
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

looks like a porter without much head. the nose is restrained which could lead to a variety of perceived aromas if you think hard enough. this is also evident in the taste and mouthfeel. it's too restrained. the usual depth of coffee, chocolate, caramel, raisins, molasses, fruitcake, with the lightly hopped finish are their.....but it leaves you wanting more. nothing outrageous, nothing offending.

Photo of Jason
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Deep tawny brown with reddish hues, thick and sticky light tan lace that foams up well and leaves a decent lace in its wake.

Smell: Clean dark malt aroma of unsweetened chocolate, caramel and a mild husk in the nose. Very little hop in the smell though some alcohol in noticeable.

Taste: Creamy and smooth on the palate, shows off lots of malt character right away. Full in body with a moderate carbonation. Big splashes of unsweetened chocolate and lightly roasted coffee take control of the flavour threshold. Hop bitterness is right on the cusp of keeping things balanced, nice chewy middle of malt sweetness, mellow alcohol and caramel. A bite both from the hops and dark malts jump out of the carbonation to bring on the finish. There is somewhat of a carob-like finish, quite clean and does not dry up that much at all.

Notes: One of the more robust altbiers out there, perhaps a bit too much in the roasted malt flavours. This could easily be confused with a brown porter. None the less a tasty brew that should be tried by all.

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