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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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alexgash

Connecticut

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

12 oz. bottle.

Significantly dark maple syrup amber. Pinkie finger of creamy, light khaki head. Very nice lacing up the glass. Not a lot of retention though. Subdued nose of light roasted malts, toast, a hint of chocolate, and slightly herbal hops.

Toasted, slightly astringent malts up front. Mild herbal, vegetal bitterness comes in. Biscuit and light caramel malt sweetness. Flashes of cocoa, nuts, and tobacco near the finish. Moderate body with a slightly oily feel. Decently made and pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 00:30:17 | More by alexgash
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.78/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 20:22:12 | More by KarlHungus
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morimech

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 00:06:59 | More by morimech
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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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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev +7%

11-25-2011 01:09:46 | More by Exiled
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

01-17-2014 00:41:09 | More by mattmarka1
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Boto

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle: This one pours a very dark brown color. Some light manages to pass through it. There was very liottle head on my example. What was there was tan and died out quickly. The aroma is mainly that of chocolate. Some sweetness coming through also. The taste is a bit roasty, with a subdued sweetness. A hint of fruits in the tsate also. I’m sure that ther are hops in there, but they are overpowered by everything else. Decent.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2004 21:27:49 | More by Boto
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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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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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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was one of the first beers I tried from this brewery and have always had a fondness for it, although it may not be a classic example for the style, and not the best Schell's beer. The label has always appealed to me. Color is dark brown with reddish-amber hue in the light. Head is sufficient and darker in color. Aroma is light overall, mostly malt with light fruitiness and a bit of hops. Taste is fairly full, much more malt than hops and not particularly bitter. Finish is somewhat dry with a quality of hard water and slightly metalic taste. Nice medium mouthfeel, and some richness to the drink. A beer I'll continue to buy.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2002 21:00:29 | More by garymuchow
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ADR

Pennsylvania

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

I look forward to Alts but this one was a little dissappointing in its bold but undefined flavors...good but almost greasy mouthfeel, nice aroma and color...was looking for a little more hop and dryness...too dark and with a more highly defined chocolate tone than any other Alt I have had, and not really to style. Not bad to drink though...

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2002 12:29:07 | More by ADR
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brunette with ruby highlights, fairly deep. Brown head, moderately fast to dissipate, soapy retention, some lace. Coarse roasted malt, dry-unsweetened chocolate with a faint suggestion of hops. Inviting. The palate is most noticeably roasty, somewhat coarse, malty, dry, very little bitterness but very little sweetness too. Simple yet complex. Medium-body at best. Nice lingering dry maltiness, ideal carbonation, meandering finish… decent. This is a robust Alt beer, worth a try for any session beer needs.

Thanks feloniousmonk for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2003 12:27:24 | More by bditty187
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This reminds me of that movie, Gremlins 2: The New Batch. Back from it's nearly 2 year brewing hiatus, this is from my first sixer of the newly reintroduced Schmaltz' Alt.
Pours a nearly black, dark brown body that loks more like a porter than anything else. Pours with a nice creamy 1/2" of tan head that has very good retention. Smell is robust with roasted malt and a slight coffee scent. Taste and mouthfeel approach the porter/stout level of body and taste. Good coffee and bready malt flavors with mild acidity present. A truely great beer, and one that I am happy so see return to the Schell's lineup.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2005 21:22:21 | More by TastyTaste
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in trade from kittywamp. Thanks, Kathryn.

A-Pours a hazy medium brown with a thin tan head. Not much lacing.

S-Sweet caramel and roasted malt with a bit of figginess.

T-Roasted malt dominates the taste, with some sweet malt in the finish.

M-Medium bodied with a very nice creaminess.

D-A very nice sessionable dark beer from Schell.

HV

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 12:13:16 | More by sholland119
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Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.8%

04-23-2014 19:17:30 | More by Durandal_777
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -19.8%

02-27-2012 07:22:42 | More by RoryOMoore
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep dark brown color with auburn streaks and nice fluffy 2 finger tan head.lacing on side of glass..smell is roasted malts.toffee.raisins,and bread..taste follows the nose its a roasted hit of malts smoothed out by some caramel malts ..mouth feel is warm and medium + well carbonated... as it warms the palate with a wave of malt and some hops ,,the flavor is good but not robust..its a nice winter brew that went down fast and got better more flavorful as it warmed

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 01:41:07 | More by gatornation
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marc77

California

3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep garnet hue, with brilliant, cold conditioned clarity. Light tan, frothy head settles into a thin, muddled layer that manages loose lace. Caramel sweetness with a hint of roasted malt along with mildly herbal hops in aroma. Mellow, dryish waft of cocoa adds depth. Stately, caramel malt sweetness initially in flavor is immediately tapered by hop and roasted grain bitterness. Dominate malt character mirrors the aroma, being comprised of powered cocoa. Slight, raisiny fruitiness complements the mild roasted grain presence, adding complexity. Dry, well attenuated, perhaps overly so. Trace floral noble hop presence. Roasted grain bitterness grows progressively stronger and by the finish becomes lightly astringent. A crisp, well bittered alt akin to the Sticke style, but just a bit shy in malt character. A touch rough, but certainly quite drinkable. A welcome change of pace. Thanks to Feloniousmonk for the delivery.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2003 08:06:53 | More by marc77
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budgood1

Minnesota

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

looks like a porter without much head. the nose is restrained which could lead to a variety of perceived aromas if you think hard enough. this is also evident in the taste and mouthfeel. it's too restrained. the usual depth of coffee, chocolate, caramel, raisins, molasses, fruitcake, with the lightly hopped finish are their.....but it leaves you wanting more. nothing outrageous, nothing offending.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2002 00:42:46 | More by budgood1
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark brown with some ruby red. Moderate amount of bubbles and a big three finger light tan head which slowly fades into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A roasty and fairly sweet dark malt forward aroma with good hints of chocolate, caramel, and fruit. Upfront roasted malts with hints of biscuit, toasted bread, chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, grains, and yeast. Fruity hints of apple and pear along with dark fruit hints of raisin, fig, cherry, prune, and dates. Sweet hints of brown sugar as well as some licorice spicing. Subtle hints of earthy hops. A very solid malty aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a sweet and roasty dark malt driven taste with good notes of chocolate, sweet caramel, and fruits. Roasted bready malts with good notes of biscuit, toasted bread, chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee, yeast, nuts, and grains. Big mix of fruity notes with some apple and pear along with dark fruit notes of cherry, raisin, fig, dates, and prune. Sweet taste of brown sugar. Some subtle anise licorice spice as well. Light presence of hops in the background. A very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and slightly slick with a drying finish.

Overall: A very solid malty Alt. Good toasty biscuit malt notes with a very nice presence of fruits.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 08:46:37 | More by MattyG85
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 01:15:28 | More by hardy008
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tbeq00

California

4/5  rDev +7%

12-12-2011 18:25:23 | More by tbeq00
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into a Summit pint glass - seems inappropriate to drink Schell's from a Summit glass, oh well.

Appearance: Reddish-brown with persistent thin head; very little lacing.

Smell: Noble hops, metallic, dark fruits, smells good but a little faint.

Taste: Somewhat similar to smell. Reminds me of a roasty brown ale crossed with a Vienna Lager, but with a higher level of hops. Metallic bitterness, especially in the aftertaste, and the bitterness becomes more apparent after continued sipping.

Feel: This is the most interesting part of the beer. Smooth and clean like a lager, but creamier like many ales. Very little familiarity with Altbiers, but this makes sense as it is essentially a lagered ale. Medium bodied with a decent level of carbonation - almost spritzy. Ultimately, I am left with creamy but spritzy - very unique, a little strange, but mostly good.

Drinkability: Easy drinking but flavorful.

This will be worth revisiting every late winter.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 00:12:10 | More by bsp77
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad offering from Schell. Poured out to a very dark brown color with a think white head and some notes of lace. Medium level of carbonation. Aromas of malt, toffee and tamed hops were present. Nice. Flavor was nice but lighter that I expected. Flavors of roasted malts and hops, with wood overtones were very present. Slightly sweet finish. Mouthfeel was generally good, but nothing special. A decent level of drinkability. This is not what I would think of when someone mentions the Altbier style, but it is rather good nonetheless. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2005 23:07:44 | More by Frozensoul327
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7%

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