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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

161 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.72%
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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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

robbyc1, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of BeerAngel
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

BeerAngel, Jul 12, 2003
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

mfl620ks, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

plaztikjezuz, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of dfried
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

dfried, Mar 23, 2007
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

bigpoppa67, Apr 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

muddyh2oblues, Dec 31, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

uwmgdman, Jan 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

aliving1, Jan 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

dragomni, Jan 02, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

koes0024, Jan 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

mikerieder, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of hanco005
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

hanco005, Jun 09, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

ovaltine, Jul 22, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

brewdoc75, May 31, 2008
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3.75/5  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.

umustdrink, May 14, 2007
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

ChopsMeister, Aug 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

optimator705, Jun 26, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours light brown but darkens as glass fills. The brown hue is complimented by a 1.5 finger ivory/bone white head that retains nicely and also laces.

S: Roasted malt, some strong bread scent, and some sweet caramel/dark fruit tones.

T: The roasted malt and dark fruit sweetness are present. The taste has lasting effect. Some roasted sweetness make this an interesting drink.

M: Wet throughout the sip but it gives way for some nice drying. Aftertaste is pleasant.

cagocubs, Feb 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

AnthemOfTheSun, May 03, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle in a 12 oz pint glass

A: Foamy, bready head that leaves a pretty decent lace at intervals. Beautiful dark brown/mahogany color.

S: Alcohol smell noticeable. Raisins, caramel, and sweet malt syrup.

T: Smooth. No harsh notes at any point in the tasting. Hops seem to round everything out rather than assert themselves. Slight bitter. Sweet caramel malts with hints of prune and liquer.

M: Fills the entire mouth with an explosion of YUM!

D: Great. I am not versed in this style so I may not see the deviation like other may, but I really like this beer. One of the finest from the "Second-Oldest family owned brewery in the United States".

ForWhatAlesYou, Dec 20, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Ragnarok88, Jun 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Tjvan2, Apr 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

themorninglark, Oct 15, 2014
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1.8/5  rDev -51.7%

BigAl18, Sep 30, 2014
Schell's Schmaltz's Alt from August Schell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.