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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
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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 ryanocerus
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

ryanocerus, Oct 29, 2002
Photo of Bighuge
3.98/5  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.

Bighuge, Oct 14, 2002
Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +7%
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

cokes, Jul 29, 2002
Photo of garymuchow
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

garymuchow, Jul 03, 2002
Photo of stoutman
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

stoutman, May 29, 2002
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 ADR
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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...

ADR, Feb 20, 2002
Photo of budgood1
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

budgood1, Feb 18, 2002
Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Jason, Nov 05, 2001
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Schell's Schmaltz's Alt from August Schell Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.