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

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BA SCORE
84
good

157 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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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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BeerAngel

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2003 20:30:41 | More by BeerAngel
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plaztikjezuz

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2006 04:32:32 | More by plaztikjezuz
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dfried

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2007 03:09:20 | More by dfried
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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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koes0024

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

01-27-2013 21:44:42 | More by koes0024
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mfl620ks

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

07-09-2013 21:57:24 | More by mfl620ks
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uwmgdman

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 20:03:48 | More by uwmgdman
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aliving1

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7%

01-03-2012 04:17:34 | More by aliving1
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hanco005

Minnesota

3.75/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2006 02:47:27 | More by hanco005
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bigpoppa67

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +7%

04-25-2014 23:21:04 | More by bigpoppa67
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muddyh2oblues

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7%

12-31-2011 21:24:26 | More by muddyh2oblues
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brewdoc75

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 15:41:21 | More by brewdoc75
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umustdrink

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2007 03:16:19 | More by umustdrink
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cagocubs

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 23:26:30 | More by cagocubs
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ChopsMeister

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7%

08-24-2013 22:30:04 | More by ChopsMeister
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optimator705

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

06-25-2013 23:29:59 | More by optimator705
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ForWhatAlesYou

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +15%
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".

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 02:19:55 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
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AnthemOfTheSun

South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

05-03-2014 07:45:06 | More by AnthemOfTheSun
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Ragnarok88

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

06-19-2013 15:27:12 | More by Ragnarok88
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Tjvan2

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

04-21-2013 21:55:46 | More by Tjvan2
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blackearth

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. Pours are dark black color with reddish hues in the bottom corners of the glass. Almost no head to speak of. Aroma is sweet and caramel. On the fuller side of medium bodied, this beer has a smooth, sweet taste with an understated hop aftertaste and a nutty finish. Good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 02:06:52 | More by blackearth
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PieOhMy

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 02:19:46 | More by PieOhMy
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Beer4Mike

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

08-30-2013 20:40:26 | More by Beer4Mike
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pisomojado8

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

05-21-2012 00:41:06 | More by pisomojado8
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GringoKid

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

06-02-2012 22:56:30 | More by GringoKid
Schell's Schmaltz's Alt from August Schell Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.