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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

111 Reviews
THE BROS
80
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Reviews: 111
Hads: 179
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 11
Gots: 8 | 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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Photo of beerkittycat
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is clear brown with a frothy tan head. Aroma hits you with some bready malts along with some cocoa, raisins, toast, caramel, and faint flowery hop aroma. Flavor much the same as aroma but here I taste a little smoke in the background. Malts are fairly sweet but this beer is clean and well-attenuated. The higher carbonation scrubs your palate and leaves you thirsting for more. A nice dark lager that isn't heavy or sweet. Very drinkable and enjoyable. (464 characters)

Photo of Buebie
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip. 2 fingers of off white head, leave decent thin rings of lace. A nice little cap of retention sits atop the beer.
Darker in color, glowing a redish mahogony when held to light.

Purfumy dark fruit aroma with a touch of red grapes, chocoalte and alot of malt. Faint wiff of alcahol at the nose, and a little bit of dryed hay like aroma.

Smooth carbonated mouthfeel.
This starts out with a brown sugery sweetness, becoming more dry at the swallow, with almost a candy sugar likeness, dry and crisp with a clean finish.
Flavors of chocolate grains, bready carmalised sugar flavors, hints of rye. Quite the malt bomb.
This is a great sessionable beer. (694 characters)

Photo of KeefD
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish brown color with a decent tan colored head that falls slowly leaving some good, chunky lacing. Nuttiness and cocoa in the aroma with just a hint of citrusy hops in the background. Flavor is of some toasted malts, lightly bready, and the slightest hints of nuts, fruit and cocoa powder. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but it's light on the carbonation and goes down super smooth. This is a nice alt, but there are many other great ones out there. It's very easy to drink and a very good dark(er) session beer for the winter into spring time, although spring is far away from us here in MN. (606 characters)

Photo of LordofTime25
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours so dark brown color that you can't see through. It has a thin quickly disappearing head.

Smells of dark rich malts and maybe a some chocolate in there.

This tastes of strong dark roasted malts and some chocalte.

Smooth and Creamy in the mouth! Very Nice!

Very drinkable, but I drank alot these and gave me a killer hangover like most dark beers! (360 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Code 051509, I'm guessing that a drink before date.

Pours a clear brown with a short off-white head. Smells of darkly toasted toasted bread. The hops come out in the aftertaste with a spicy blend of herb and citrus behind dry bready cocoa and nuts. Overall, very tasty and drinkable. Worth picking up for a different sort of alt. (337 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is a dark mocha brown. Thin light tan head the fizzles down quickly.

Smell is of dry roasted malts and slight hints of chocolate. Taste is very similiar, very malty. Hints of dark chocolate also.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Goes down nice.

This is an easy to drink beer for it being dark. Also, it only has 5.1% so you can enjoy a few of these. (358 characters)

Photo of schellsbeer
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I love you Schmaltz's Alt.

Creamy....Smooth....Dark....Think....Delicious...

Are you a Stout? Are you a Porter? Are you my best friend? Maybe.

This is one of the best beers that Schell's makes. Fantastic. I just wish it was brewed all year long and it came in 12 packs.

It reminds me of what a good old grandpa would drink. Maybe that's why I like the picture on the bottle. If there was a beer that I would like to share with my grandfather who has long since left this earth, this is the beer that I would choose. It is a beer that is done right.

Meant for those long cold nights on the lake fishing for panfish and perch on the the pontoon (sp). Grandpa would always take us out in the early evening and we would return when it was pitch black....just like this beer.

Thanks Schells for bringing this wonderful beer back. I really appreciate it. Great style and great beer. (885 characters)

Photo of demcorhip
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up earlier this year and finally getting around to reviewing a bottle. Almost looks like a porter or schwarzbier, it is a very dark brown that only lets some light through the edges. A half finger pale tan head formed on the pour then dissipated.

A rich malty aroma rises to greet my nose with some clean, earthy and mildly floral hop notes. Hazelnuts and treacle are the main malt aromas.

Hazelnut, toffee and treacle are the main flavours as well, a slight metallic twinge appears and fits in nicely before the mildly bitter, earthy and floral hops show up.

Almost medium bodied, quite smooth and slightly creamy. Nicely balanced between the malt and hops.

This is a very tasty and drinkable brew. Recommended for fans of the style as well as english brown ales. Schell's is impressing me with their good beer which sells for a great price. Sessionable, and would be nice to have a few on cool summer's eve or a typical fall evening. Will be revisint this brew as well as sampling other offerings from this brewery. (1,033 characters)

Photo of Greggy
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a thick 2+ finger head that is very fluffy and very slowly recedes. Nice lacing is present. The body is a very dark brown with amber hues. Light sedimentation is present.

S- Big notes of gooey carmamel and toasted sweetbreads. Also some nice floral notes that meld with the bready sweetness brilliantly. There is, deep down, also some very light toasted grains and biscuit which is almost dark chocolate like.

T- Notes of dark fruits (raisin, prune) and some nice caramel notes as well as dark chocolates and a solid biscuit note. The beer finishes dry with residual notes of hop oil and biscuit.

M- Velvety smooth mouthfeel and a great finish. The carbonation is light and works great.

D- What a great beer and at 5.1%, I'd be crazy to not call this sessionable. Great job Schells. (797 characters)

Photo of brewdoc75
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've never had an alt before. Time to give one a try for a solid local brewery.

Pours a beautiful dark mahogany color in my glass. A creamy off white head sits atop. As the light shines through you see shades of ruby. The aroma was pleasant but not overly powerful. Some malty sweetness, toffee, caramel and a slight fruitiness. The flavor is definitely in favor of the malts with some mild sweetness. Toasy breadiness in the end. There was a strong caramel presence and some slight fruitiness. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy, so very nice.

Overall a pretty good beer. Not exactly what I was in the mood for. I may pick this up in doppelbock season. It seemed kind of bockish, but not quite as powerful. This beer didn't make me want to seek an alt out, but I'd give one a try if I saw it. (797 characters)

Photo of happygnome
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pours a nice very dark black color reminiscent of a stout but it does show dark mahogany colors when held to the light, the head is about a half inch high but it comes down fairly quickly leaving a good amound of lacing
s: nice toasty caramel malts with sweet notes like reminiscent of honey also there is a certain breadiness to this that makes it a little more inviting because the sweetness is not overwhelming
t: toasted caramle malts followed by a little bitterness, maybe citrusy sweet bitter taste and then the finish is creamy and a little sweet
m: medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this brew and may buy it again in the future (684 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark brown, almost black in color. After being poured it leaves a two finger foamy head which stays and leaves a nice lace on the side of the glass.

Smell - Malt and caramel with chocolate.

Taste - Caramel and malt with coffee and bitter chocolate, quite good.

Mouthfeel - Smooth medium bodied and creamy.

Drinkablity - very drinkable. It would be easy to drink several bottles of this. Well made. (414 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toasted pecan brown with orange accents. When backlit with bright sunshine, the beer is dark garnet with scarlet highlights. The chocolate milkshake colored head is whipped frothy and is sticky enough to grace the glass with quite a bit of sudsy lace. Schmaltz's (is a good looking) Alt.

Unfortuanately, the aroma is metallic more than anything else. Patience is rewarded with a hint of cocoa powder and a certain earthiness. Here's hoping the flavor is better or this will be a long 12 ounces. Note: a significant improvement by the bottom of the glass has been duly rewarded.

Nice comeback on the taste buds. As far as I can determine (given my less than abundant altbier experience) Schmaltz's Alt fits the style guidelines to a 'T'. It tastes like a brown ale in some respects, yet it has a certain altbier quality that I'm at a loss to nail down precisely.

Cocoa and less-than-sweet caramel lead the way, with overripe apples and figs following close behind. I'm surprised at the fruitiness and not a bit surprised at the earthy-herbal hoppiness. This is pretty good beer, but it doesn't quite deserve the next highest flavor score. It's very close, though.

Although the mouthfeel is no more than light-medium in heft, it's impressively, expansively creamy. What more could one ask for in a relatively low gravity ale?

It's great that August Schell decided to bring back Schmaltz's Alt as part of their Brewer's Select series because it's one of their best beers. Too bad more craft brewers don't try their hand at this style. A sixer every winter isn't out of the question at all. (1,591 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown color. The head is light tan in color, creamy, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of caramel, cream, vanilla, and a mild spicy hop note. The taste is maltier than the aroma, and the hops aren't noticable. Th mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice beer. I could easily drink this again. (366 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a substantial off-white head that slowly recedes to a thin cap. Thick lacing is left down the glass.

The first thing I noticed in the smell was the roasted malt but as it warmed a thick caramel and fruity aroma dominated.

The taste is surprisingly sweet. The caramel and dark fruit are upfront being backed up by a roasted, slightly smokey malt flavor. I would of prefered the malt to be more pronounced and the sweetness cut back. But it still is a very nice tasting beer. No hint of alcohol. It has a medium body and a creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is slightly out of whack by being heavily carbonated for the style. I would buy this again. (668 characters)

Photo of kimcgolf
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle to an opaque dark brown with medium tan head that lingers well and leaves okay lacing. Nose is malty roasted nuts with hints of smoked wood, and the mouthfeel of this medium bodied beer is full and sweet. Flavor accentuates the sweet malty roasted nuts of the nose, and the finish of medium duration and slightly warming.

Alcohol could have been a tad higher for a winter warmer, but an oll round decent beer. (433 characters)

Photo of umustdrink
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (638 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.17/5  rDev -15.7%
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. (264 characters)

Photo of dfried
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of afinepilsner
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (342 characters)

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (704 characters)

Photo of meathookjones
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of hanco005
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (692 characters)

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