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

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BA SCORE
83
good

161 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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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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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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.

Frozensoul327, Oct 27, 2005
Photo of spointon
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

spointon, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of falloutsnow
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer from Brix in Omaha, NE
"042012" stamped on bottle - best by April 2012?
Poured into an Ayinger willi glass

With Schmaltz's Alt, Schell's has produced a solid version of the style that makes an interesting blend of toasted and roasted malt characters with some modest hop contributions. While I enjoyed the beer overall, I thought its aroma and taste could be more pronounced and still not do the beer any harm.

Able to pour a fairly tall, ~4cm head of light tan, small and dense bubbles; this creates a very fluffy-looking and pillowy mass of foam. Head descends gradually, leaving spots of lacing with it, and ultimately fading to a 0.2cm cap atop the body. Body is a dark brown when out of light, holding it up to light reveals a deep ruby-mahogany color.

Aroma has some bread character mixed with fairly sweet, moderately dark malt. Not detecting nuttiness, yeastiness, or estery ale notes, and the scents I do pick up are a bit muted. I feel this area could be improved upon, at least in my bottle.

Taste is a mix of a brown ale meets porter: mild char, cocoa, burnt sugars, and tanginess from roasted malt flavors meet equally mild caramel and toasted malt flavors. Slight metallic notes, nuttiness, and some hops must be contributing to the mild tangy, spicy taste. An altogether noticeable and pleasant taste profile, but still a bit too subtle for me.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with a medium-level of carbonation that is still quite soft on the palate. The resultant mouthfeel is generally smooth and creamy, well-flowing. Finish is dry, making you want another sip.

falloutsnow, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of herman77
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

herman77, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of bismarksays
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

bismarksays, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +7.2%

FreshmanPour77, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of ckeegan04
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark ruby brown with bright highlights when held up to light. Very clean appaerance. Big creamy light brown head with excellent retention. Leaves sheets of lace behind.

S - Lightly roasted malt aroma. Little bits of chocolate and a little huskiness. Very muted aroma.

T - Roasted malts, chocoalte, and just a touch of coffee open this beer up. A surprisingly sweet chocoaltiness comes through mid drink before the roasted coffee and roasted malt taste really comes back through. A light spiciness at the finish that lingers along with a lasting roastiness. Very different from the other alts I have tried. Almost porter like here.

M/D - Medium bodied, a touch on the creamy side. Crisp carbonation which seems a little out of place. Very easy drinking.

ckeegan04, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of Mdog
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark-brown, with a bit of red when held to the light.

Smell: Slight bread smell.

Taste: Roasted malt flavor to start, moves towards a bitter finish. Tastes like a porter to me.

Mouthfeel: Average, a little lighter than most porters (I haven't had many alts).

Drinkability: Again, average. Nothing really outstanding, but nothing bad either.

I picked this up as part of a mixed 6 pack in order to try another variety of Schell's. This was decent, but nothing special. I felt that this was very similar to a porter as evidenced from my comments above. Slightly above average.

Mdog, May 21, 2006
Photo of HoistinBrews
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

HoistinBrews, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of Cramerican
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Cramerican, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of kimcgolf
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

kimcgolf, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

plumcrazyfx, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transcribed from my notebook.

I found a variety pack of Schell's brews at the store, thought I'd explore their offerings and take down some tasting notes while I'm at it... Pours out dark brown with reddish highlights at the fringes of the glass. There is a sand colored craggy single finger head, leaving behind decent lacing. Body is much lighter than I had expected from the darkness of the appearance, tastes and smells of heavy breadiness, malts, some minor roasted character than finishes bitter on the palate along with a light earthy hop tone. Pretty good.

WastingFreetime, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of MN_Beerticker
4/5  rDev +7.2%

MN_Beerticker, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of roadhouse
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a clear deep brown color with lots of rising carbonation that forms a once inch off-white head on top. Moderate lacing left on the glass.

Aroma is very malty, lots of caramel, dark fruits - raisins and cherries, a slight roasted character. Very much like a bock. I like it.

Taste is sweet and caramelly up front with light dark fruit coming out in the middle again, raisins come to mind. Some bready malt then towards the finish there are some herbal hops and a bit of a toffee flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very smooth and creamy as the label claims. Great feel and drinkable to boot.

My second beer from Schell's and I am impressed again. Very sessionable beer that I wish was available to me.

roadhouse, May 17, 2009
Photo of maxpower
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown color with a nice frothy head ,roasty malty caremel aroma, , taste of chocolate and caremel, a very balanced Alt, not bad, very good for the style, at $5.99 a sixer I would buy this one agian, great price for a decent beer.

maxpower, Dec 24, 2002
Photo of Fargrow
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Fargrow, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of KeefD
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

KeefD, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of meathookjones
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

meathookjones, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of jimmah120
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no date. had the 6-pack sampler, which is really cool. more breweries should do it.

look is darkish, with a lot of sudsy foam. smell is cooked corn, grain, barnyard. taste is toasted grain, sweet amber malt.

good for what it is, a very malty brew with light herbal hops.

jimmah120, May 27, 2013
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a deep brown beer with a huge head that required several minutes to subside.

The aroma was of rich roasted malts, some coffee overtones. No hop notes to speak of, which I would have expected from an altbier.

The taste was of roasted malts and coffee. Again, without the hop bite I expected.

I would have rated this higher if I was rating in general terms, but versus others in the style it just didn't have the hops. I think it would have been better classified as a brown ale or almost a porter.

connecticutpoet, Jul 17, 2004
Photo of dbossman
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful dark brown with a slight reddish tint; head is thin--though foamy at first--but steady and lacing is gorgeous

S: Very bready with some faint dark fruits and toffee but mostly bread--some slightly burnt malts and a bit subdued but the bready aroma does get more complex as the drinking progresses

T: Roasted malts and quite bready--not as sweet as I imagined--it actually finishes surprisingly dry; some dark fruits, coffee, and toffee in end but mostly bread

F: A touch thin but still a decent amount of creamy texture

O: A nice interpretation of the style and a great bready beer that you can drink a few of

dbossman, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of Tballz420
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew is a black colored liquid, some red hues when held to light, with a small tan head on top. The scent is dank chocolate malts. The taste of this guy is roasted/chocolate malt,soome fruit tones, nice bitter hop bite, medium mouthfeel, creamy. I would have almost thought this was a stout if it had a thicker feel to it. Good beer.

Tballz420, Apr 06, 2004
Photo of Buebie
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Buebie, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of objectivemonkey
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours a nearly black dark brown with ruby tones, good off-white head and thick, sticky lacing. Aroma is malty and nutty, kind of some brown sugar, mild hops, and faint alcohol. Taste is a smooth, creamy walk of caramel malts, thickish nutty, roasted, chocolate malt tones, mild hop bittering for balance, and a cool but warming alcohol finish. Good body, good flavor... nothing fantastic, just an overall good beer.

objectivemonkey, Jun 06, 2006
Schell's Schmaltz's Alt from August Schell Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.