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

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BA SCORE
84
good

170 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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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 mattmarka1
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of LXIXME
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Small to medium sized light tan head stays a bit at a quarter inch frothy layer covering a clear darker brown with some deep wine reddish hints colored beer.

Dark well roasted grain malts aroma that seem to have a earthy quality.

Earthy dark roasted malts taste, with traces of dark chocolates coming through. Seems like they might be a bit more prominent if the beer were to warm a bit, but I doubt that's going to happen.

A dryish almost chalky aftertaste, almost like the feel of a small taste of dark bakers chocolate, with a bit of the roasted malts tastes hanging around with this medium to medium full bodied beer.

Pretty decent tasting beer considering it's in the less than $10 six-pack range of beers.

Photo of AnalogErik
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Beer4Mike
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of ChopsMeister
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of tom79mp
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mfl620ks
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of optimator705
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Ragnarok88
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of heytomcat
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Fargrow
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of jimmah120
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no date. had the 6-pack sampler, which is really cool. more breweries should do it.

look is darkish, with a lot of sudsy foam. smell is cooked corn, grain, barnyard. taste is toasted grain, sweet amber malt.

good for what it is, a very malty brew with light herbal hops.

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of PieOhMy
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of HoistinBrews
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Tjvan2
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of PingBob
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of JamesMN
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Photo of bismarksays
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of darky
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Serick507
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a bottle into a silo glass

A: Deep ruby red (when held to light), touch above black (when not), small cream head, moderate amount of streaming bubbles, nice lacing

S: Faint, clean choc and caramel malts

T: Jumps out at you, very malt forward, bready, roasted chocolate, coffee and caramel malts, grassy/ hops at on the finish.

M: Medium with just the right amount of carbonation for me (medium carbonation)

O: Love the Schell's style of malt forward, this one doesn't disappoint, bold, deep, interesting but simple, flavors, brewed the old style way. Done right. Great for cold nights. Very Good Altbier!

Photo of herman77
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of koes0024
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of MN_Beerticker
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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