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

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3.74/5
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195 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#24,018
Reviews:
117
Ratings:
195
pDev:
10.96%
Bros Score:
3.54
 
 
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Photo of sgttibbs
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jefph
4.82/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very good beer. Very approachable, good malt

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Photo of jwc215
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Three Cellars, Franklin, WI:

Pours dark brown with a ruby hue. A thin tan head leaves some lacing.

The smell is of toffee/caramel with dark-ish fruits.

The taste is of dark caramel/toffee notes - towards a hint of chocolate with a restrained dark fruit character in the back. Alcohol is very well hidden. Finish doesn't linger long.

Very creamy and smooth, making this an enjoyable malty brew!

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Photo of CCutch
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It looks : Generous pillowy head with a rather dark, exotic cherry or mahogany wood colored body. The head leaves lots of lacing and is slow to recede.

It smells : woody, with fig and cherry notes, generous toasted barley malts, a little coriander and chocolate. Very rich, very exquisite smelling.

It tastes : there's a persistent chocolate note here, but it's surrounded by cherry, clove, toasted oat, black olive, and barley malt. The hop is also there but very faint, buried in the malts. I would say the most consistent flavors are the chocolate, fig/olive, and barley malt.

It feels : a bit watery at first, and a little smidge of carbonation comes in, with a creamy and still watery finish.

What I think : it's a decent beer and I'd have it again, but I can't exactly put a finger on what is going on with this beer. I mean it tastes like a beer, but I can't pinpoint the style, hence the "alt" categorization.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of twb0392
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled last night on 1/4/15 while watching NFL football. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a tulip glass.

This 'Altbier' (Old beer) style brew pours a very deep reddish-mahogany in color with a good 2-3 finger off-white foamy and creamy head that finally settled down to a good 3mm or so after a good bit. A good amount of ring-like lacing is seen as well as some sheets when sipped. The aroma is of dark malts with some hints of caramel, cocoa and biscuit. Bit more going on with the taste as there is some dark fruits (figs, cherries, plums) with some brown sugar also. Very tasty and smooth. A very light dry hoppy finish is noted but is very slight which actually added some character. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. Overall another very tasty brew from this brewery.

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of BigAl18
1.8/5  rDev -51.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mikerieder
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of ovaltine
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of kguard
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of AnthemOfTheSun
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of bigpoppa67
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Durandal_777
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of condorsim
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of Weli
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Deep copper color with good clarity, thin off-white head with good lacing

S-Slight corn DMS, munich malt

T-Hit of malt upfront, but brief, then hit of smooth hop bitterness and roasted/toasted barley, slight astringency, dry finish

M-Medium to light bodied and dry

O-Decent Alt, but a perhaps a bit to bitter and dark, could use more malt aroma.

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Photo of DominoDoug
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of MattyG85
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.

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Photo of Timmah11
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark brown with red highlights. Small frothy light brown head. Some lacing.
Smell: Faint bready malt. A little sweet; not quite toffee or caramel; maybe coffee (not cinnamon) cake?
Taste: Follows the smell - bready malt. Toasted bread. Touch of sweetness. Some caramel and chocolate in the background. Slight bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel: (4.0) On the lighter side which is a bit of surprise if you judge by the color. Creamy and smooth.
Overall: The best way I can describe it is a brown ale meets a German Dunkel. Qualities of both; True to style. A nice take.

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Schell's Schmaltz's Alt from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 195 ratings
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