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

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BA SCORE
84
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157 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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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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leschkie

California

3/5  rDev -19.8%

01-24-2012 04:02:12 | More by leschkie
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dbossman

Nebraska

3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful dark brown with a slight reddish tint; head is thin--though foamy at first--but steady and lacing is gorgeous

S: Very bready with some faint dark fruits and toffee but mostly bread--some slightly burnt malts and a bit subdued but the bready aroma does get more complex as the drinking progresses

T: Roasted malts and quite bready--not as sweet as I imagined--it actually finishes surprisingly dry; some dark fruits, coffee, and toffee in end but mostly bread

F: A touch thin but still a decent amount of creamy texture

O: A nice interpretation of the style and a great bready beer that you can drink a few of

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 01:09:04 | More by dbossman
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this alliterative alt in the closest thing I have to a stange glass.

Appearance- This dark chocolate colored body has barely enough room to allow slim, ruby highlights through. The filmy, soapy head got to almost a finger in width and has decent retention. The foam is a sandy brown in color.

Smell- The buttery malt that comes through coincides with a faint grassy hop. There is even a sweet toffee and vanilla scent present. It may be soft, but the scents are very complimentary.

Taste- Something about this drink gives it a tangy tinge. The flavors are very malty and have hints of cherry, roasted malt, and some nuttiness.The finish has an earthy character and grassy hop feel.

Mouth feel- This medium bodied alt has great carbonation that allows the beer to just slide over the tongue. The creaminess factor is pretty impressive. I wish it stuck a little more to the cheeks and extended the flavor profiles.

Overall- This alt has a nice balance of sweet and roasted malts, that does not let either get too out of hand. The balance also allows for a tangy note to come through that adds a nice touch.

I think that this balance could also be interpreted as making the beer too muddled, and I do agree that some of these flavors could be more pronounced than they are. Schmaltz's Alt shows, once again, Schell's really knows how to craft solid beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 03:16:57 | More by Pintofbrown
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

01-15-2012 02:32:28 | More by acurtis
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stealth

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from dragomni (thanks!)

Nice dark amber with red-edges pour. Smells like toffee and malt, and tastes about the same. I really enjoyed the subtle caramel taste behind everything. Nothing outstanding overall, but I certainly wouldn't turn it down again.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 09:22:14 | More by stealth
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elec

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7%

01-05-2012 04:15:03 | More by elec
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ShwarzAl3r

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7%

01-04-2012 03:18:18 | More by ShwarzAl3r
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aliving1

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7%

01-03-2012 04:17:34 | More by aliving1
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dragomni

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

01-02-2012 23:35:19 | More by dragomni
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muddyh2oblues

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7%

12-31-2011 21:24:26 | More by muddyh2oblues
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cdwil

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

12-29-2011 21:38:51 | More by cdwil
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ponbon63

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -19.8%

12-22-2011 20:37:44 | More by ponbon63
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tbeq00

California

4/5  rDev +7%

12-12-2011 18:25:23 | More by tbeq00
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7%

12-12-2011 04:23:53 | More by zeledonia
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kdpark

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7%

12-06-2011 19:53:18 | More by kdpark
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jera1350

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The deepest shade of amber possible. Could call it brown. Nice little cap of tan colored foam on top with some sticky lacing.

The nose is a nice mix of grainy and caramel malt with some earthy and floral hops.

A nice lighter malt profile with some very light roasted grain notes and subtle caramel sweetness. Some light hopping in there also with earthiness. A hint of coffee and alcohol peeking out at the end.

A light-medium feel with some mildly abrasive carbonation and a dry finish.

This is a nice beer that could probably be sessionable. Really approachable and easy drinking. I would have no problem tipping several of these back. Makes a nice "lighter" winter brew than the typical crowd.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 02:44:46 | More by jera1350
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev +7%

11-25-2011 01:09:46 | More by Exiled
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7%

11-16-2011 12:49:51 | More by FreshmanPour77
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transcribed from my notebook.

I found a variety pack of Schell's brews at the store, thought I'd explore their offerings and take down some tasting notes while I'm at it... Pours out dark brown with reddish highlights at the fringes of the glass. There is a sand colored craggy single finger head, leaving behind decent lacing. Body is much lighter than I had expected from the darkness of the appearance, tastes and smells of heavy breadiness, malts, some minor roasted character than finishes bitter on the palate along with a light earthy hop tone. Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 19:10:19 | More by WastingFreetime
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kittywamp

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a copper color with a white head

S:floral like smell with malt that are sweet

T:roasted malts, a note of citrus with a hint of something i couldnt put my finger on.

M: smooth and wonderful

O: I had to drive all over town to find this beer. it is a great beer. needs nothing added or taken away.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 17:11:52 | More by kittywamp
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

August Schell Schmalt's Alt has a reddish brown body that is fairly translucent. The head is a tan color with pretty good retention. A few scraps of lacing are on the glass.

Lots of bread and malty sweetness in the aroma.

Lots of malt in flavor. A good bit of bread and substantial sweetness. Maybe a bit of toffee. The middle has a little bit of fruit from the yeast, and toward the finish a dash of hops bring a little bit of earthy flavor and bitterness. There is a hint of warmth that I can almost taste in the finish.

Lots of body on this one, with moderate carbonation and some warmth.

This is another solid beer from August Schell. For the price, this brewery makes some solid beers that hit their style pretty well.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2011 21:43:40 | More by Hojaminbag
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very clear copper amber with some small visible carbonation and a decent two finger high head of white fomay lace. Decent retention left behind some nice side glass lace and a decent film across the top. The aroma was really packed with tons of bready malts. Cereal grains taking over as it warms up with a decent musty sort of smell. Very much full of malt hear with a touch of barley.

Very sort of muted. A quick clean taste that really did not have much of a follow though to it. It really kinda was dominated by the cereal grains and earthy bread like malts that drown out anything else that might have been trying to make a run at coming forward. Very smooth with a crisp clean finish. Not a ton of carbnation and the body itself was very light Very nice actually as there was nothing really holding you back from having multiples of this. Low abv and a very smooth flavor with a crisp finish lend itself well tothis.

Overall this was a decent beer, nothing really spectaculat just a decent beer, I would go to it in a pinch for sure. But faced with other options I would probably not.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 01:28:32 | More by mikesgroove
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MinnesotaRIS

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with average body. Produces a thick two-fingers of light brown head that lingers for quite some time. Reduces to a decent top foam that is shimmering. Leaves plenty of lace. Plum brown dark appearance that needs lightening. Clear which is good.

Aroma of bittering hops and spec. malts. Malt aroma is pleasantly balanced in the nose. Touch of raisin

Taste - bittering hops are very well balanced . Sweet-ish but rounded. Could use a bit more malt flavor.

Finishes lower on body but very drinkable. This would pass by anyone who just drinks it. Not very complex but well worth it. This is a lagered ale so it is crisp and along the lines if a dunkel.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 01:44:00 | More by MinnesotaRIS
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tmcelvain

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Quite a dark beer with a small head. Smell is malty and just slightly sour.
My first sip of this was bland and boring, but as I drank it really opened up. Very malty, with a bit of roasty flavor and hints of caramel. a bit of spice comes through and finishes with some hop bitterness.
A fairly lively beer - very carbonated, but just too watery - it really lacks body.
Overall and average drinkability for this one. The flavors are a little too strong for a session, yet not bold enough just to keep drinking out of interest.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 21:37:36 | More by tmcelvain
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exonthebottle

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer at ed's I have to say this not a bad beer and certainly above average. black brown color no head or lacing

Ok bread malt smell not much to smell here somewhat roasted

wow this tastes way better than it smells good bitter malts nice creme texture and is not a bland beer

Bit to watery like most schell's beers but it is creamy enough since it has a nice filling body but still lager like

I would be happy to drink this at the bar But I would not seek it out unless I had few options although this is really drinkable

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2011 02:10:34 | More by exonthebottle
Schell's Schmaltz's Alt from August Schell Brewing Company
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