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

BA SCORE
84
good
194 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Schell's Schmaltz's AltSchell's Schmaltz's Alt
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
schellsbrewery.com

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

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.

Added by kbub6f on 11-05-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
194
Reviews:
116
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
10.93%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
13
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 194 |  Reviews: 116
Photo of BigAl18
1.8/5  rDev -52%

Photo of frank4sail
2.38/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Slight smell of musty shoe leather. Slight pale tan head. Deep dark purple color. Flat plainish malt taste that is not interesting at all.. there is a slightly sour burnt kettle finish to the taste as well. Shockingly tranparent mouth as well. not one i think is very drinkable...

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Photo of robbyc1
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's says on the label a dark German style ale, I was expecting a deep copper due to the alt style, but this one takes on a similar appearance as a Schwarzbier. deep ruby with a tan head leaves efficient lacing nice full rings at that. Aroma contains some fruity tones based from the malt but there is an astringent metallic offness in the background. Taste conists of darker roasts subtle fruit notes and a standoftish hop character, overall quite nice rolling toasted malts. Mouthfeel conists of soft chewy texture medium bodied ale not bad at all. Drinkability I am fine with just one nice beer but I prefer more pronounced flavors nothing from the August Schell Brewing is of Shock and Awe nature.

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Photo of fiveiron
2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of leschkie
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Fargrow
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of themorninglark
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of AnalogErik
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Durandal_777
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of proc
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An interesting beer, but not very complex. Pours out to a amber, almost brown color. Somewhat sweet with a light hop presence on the finish. I honestly can say I liked it but wished it were a little more flavorful. The Schell Brewery is a nice thing for the folks in Minnesota and the Midwest to have around.

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Photo of RoryOMoore
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of ponbon63
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of ZAP
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The last time I had this was close to five years ago and I remember liking it even back then. My experience tonight is not so good. I get a definite fruity aroma, and sweet fruity taste with some chocolate tones. This in no-way compares to the Alaskan Alt I had a few weeks ago. I thought I may have a bad date but after checking the code thanks to a post on the forum it appears it is relatively fresh...Certainly not a horrible experience but I expected much more. One of my least favorite Schell's beers. I will try the rest and upgrade this review if it is warranted but right now this slightly above 3.0 rating may be a bit steep.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a deep brown color with an off-white head. Leaves a nice lace-work when sipped down. The nose is one of roasted malt. The taste is rich, malty, roasty, with hints of chocolate. The malt flavors are nicely balanced by the hop flavor and bitterness. Unfortunately in the bottle I tasted I detected a metallic flavor in the finish. This was a medium-full bodied beer, big and malty; overall a tastey beer.

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Photo of drpimento
3.17/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a huge, thick, rich, foamy, light tan, luscious, textured head and lots of lace. Odd aroma and flavor of Bavarian weisse beer. Otherwise pretty good beer.Opaque brownish black. Very soft flavors and body. Very good carbonation. Could be a session beer.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of koes0024
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of mattmarka1
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of GringoKid
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of condorsim
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of darky
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of PieOhMy
3.26/5  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.

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Schell's Schmaltz's Alt from August Schell Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 194 ratings.
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