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

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173 Ratings
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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.7%
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: 173 | Reviews: 109
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4/5  rDev +7%
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 JamesMN
3.18/5  rDev -15%
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 happygnome
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
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

Photo of santoslhalper
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearence: Pours a really pretty almost black with a creamy, beige head.

Smell: The smell is very malt focused. There is a suprising woody quality to it, but nothing really stands out.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The flavor is of smoky, almost roasted meats with a huge malt focus to it. The balance is nice, but nothing about the flavor is anything special or stand-out. The mouthfeel is nice and rich though.

Drinkability and Overall: Not a bad beer, but suffers from the same problem most Shcell brews do - lack of anything special. It's nothing great, nothing to seek out, but still a decent, solid brew.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
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 CHSLBrew
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Dark brown beer, clear with ruby highlighting. Dark tan head, minimal retention.

S-Light aromas of roasted, bready malt, perhaps a hint of caramel. Clean and devoid of estery aromas.

T-Caramel and chocolate malts, followed by a slight roast. Hop bitterness is minimal but present, perhaps should have been slightly more assertive. Finishes dry, clean, crisp, showing off the clean alt characteristic.

M-Almost creamy with its medium-high carbonation. Body feels medium light, dry.

D-I've loved this beer for quite some time now. It's an interesting beer, very drinkable and very enjoyable.

Photo of afinepilsner
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of demcorhip
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of robbyc1
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of bigpoppa67
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of BeerAngel
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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 muddyh2oblues
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of mikerieder
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of mfl620ks
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of uwmgdman
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours very dark brown bordering on black with a deep garnet hue and a clingy tan head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma is medium-low malt; bready and grainy. The flavor is moderately malty, sweet, bready, and a little roasty. The beer finishes just a bit dry and hop bitterness is low, but combined with dry, subtly roasted flavors it is well balanced. The carbonation is moderate and body medium-full. Overall a well made, flavorful North German Alt that is quite drinkable.

Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bought a few bottles at odies big ten in lansing, michigan. ($1.49 each)
pours a deep mohogany with a nice beige head that fell into a sheet.
the aroma is rich, malty, figs, sweet.
the flavor is malty, carmelized malt, bit of chocolate, little hop flavor, dropping off with a little minerialness.
beer is awesome going to but a 6'er tomarrow.

Photo of dfried
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of aliving1
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of dragomni
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of koes0024
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It looks : Generous pillowy head with a rather dark, exotic cherry or mahogany wood colored body. The head leaves lots of lacing and is slow to recede.

It smells : woody, with fig and cherry notes, generous toasted barley malts, a little coriander and chocolate. Very rich, very exquisite smelling.

It tastes : there's a persistent chocolate note here, but it's surrounded by cherry, clove, toasted oat, black olive, and barley malt. The hop is also there but very faint, buried in the malts. I would say the most consistent flavors are the chocolate, fig/olive, and barley malt.

It feels : a bit watery at first, and a little smidge of carbonation comes in, with a creamy and still watery finish.

What I think : it's a decent beer and I'd have it again, but I can't exactly put a finger on what is going on with this beer. I mean it tastes like a beer, but I can't pinpoint the style, hence the "alt" categorization.

Photo of hanco005
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of umustdrink
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of brewdoc75
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of ChopsMeister
4/5  rDev +7%

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