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

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Schell's Schmaltz's AltSchell's Schmaltz's Alt

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

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.

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Reviews: 116 | Ratings: 194
Photo of Fatduck
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a straight walled glass, provides a big tan head that fades very rapidly, before I can take my first sip the head is down to just a layer, nice lace.

Something strange in the smell, I can't place it, but its good, complex. Something dark and roasted.

Taste is very good, but again, I cant place it. These crazy german lagers, I just can't discribe them very well.

Here's the deal. This is one of the better Schell's beers. Its great. Dark and roasted, but light and easy to drink.

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Photo of ryanocerus
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep ruby in color. Nice looking, but no head. The aroma was malt with a hint of spicy hops. The flavor was pretty simple, hopped/spicy malt. The mouthfeel was thin, with short lasting flavor. Because it is light, it is fairly drinkable. Not bad, but Schell makes better offerings.

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Photo of LordofTime25
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours so dark brown color that you can't see through. It has a thin quickly disappearing head.

Smells of dark rich malts and maybe a some chocolate in there.

This tastes of strong dark roasted malts and some chocalte.

Smooth and Creamy in the mouth! Very Nice!

Very drinkable, but I drank alot these and gave me a killer hangover like most dark beers!

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Photo of beerkittycat
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is clear brown with a frothy tan head. Aroma hits you with some bready malts along with some cocoa, raisins, toast, caramel, and faint flowery hop aroma. Flavor much the same as aroma but here I taste a little smoke in the background. Malts are fairly sweet but this beer is clean and well-attenuated. The higher carbonation scrubs your palate and leaves you thirsting for more. A nice dark lager that isn't heavy or sweet. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of tmcelvain
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Quite a dark beer with a small head. Smell is malty and just slightly sour.
My first sip of this was bland and boring, but as I drank it really opened up. Very malty, with a bit of roasty flavor and hints of caramel. a bit of spice comes through and finishes with some hop bitterness.
A fairly lively beer - very carbonated, but just too watery - it really lacks body.
Overall and average drinkability for this one. The flavors are a little too strong for a session, yet not bold enough just to keep drinking out of interest.

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Photo of jlb307
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

A: Pours a deep brown with a reddish hue. Frothy tan head that retained for a long time and left decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Malty and smokey. Slightly hoppy and fruity.

T: Dark caramel flavor with a dark chocolate aftertaste. Tons and tons of malt.

M: A bit thinner than I was expecting, but still pretty creamy. Medium bodied.

D: Very good beer. Lighter than one would expect, so it can be enjoyed all night.

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Photo of brewdub17
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dense brown with burgundy hues in lit areas. A dark beige head rests atop and leaves good lacing.

Smell: Fruity notes with a mixture of sweet bread-like characteristics. Malty/creamy overall, not overpowering nor bland.

Taste: Sweet biscuit/bread flavors up front with small amounts of subtle roastyness towards the back the end finally with a dry/very subtle bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Covers well and is complementary to most taste buds. Small amounts of a watery feel are noticed towards the back, overall has a decently appealing mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Good amount of characteristics to become appealing to a wide variety of people and not necessarily off-putting in any sense.

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Photo of MinnesotaRIS
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with average body. Produces a thick two-fingers of light brown head that lingers for quite some time. Reduces to a decent top foam that is shimmering. Leaves plenty of lace. Plum brown dark appearance that needs lightening. Clear which is good.

Aroma of bittering hops and spec. malts. Malt aroma is pleasantly balanced in the nose. Touch of raisin

Taste - bittering hops are very well balanced . Sweet-ish but rounded. Could use a bit more malt flavor.

Finishes lower on body but very drinkable. This would pass by anyone who just drinks it. Not very complex but well worth it. This is a lagered ale so it is crisp and along the lines if a dunkel.

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Photo of Timmah11
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of Weli
3.45/5  rDev -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 disastermouse
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my third Altbier, and of the three, this is the most complex. Best By date of 05/15/09.

A - Beautiful brown - like a light porter. Off-white to light brown head, a ring of which stays with it all the way down.

S - Strong smell of roast malt. Distinct caramel and faint chocolate. Very faint alcohol smell.

T - I think that maybe this is what a beer of this style is supposed to taste like. It's definitely more flavorful than the other two. A dry malty taste hits first after the carbonation fades. The bitter hops is subdued, there at the back - but it's totally dominated by the dry malt flavor. The two intermingle in such a way that they are hard to distinguish until the end, as the hops outlast the malt at the finish and in the aftertaste.

MF - Kind of thin - but I think it's normal for the style. This one has a stronger flavor but a watery mouthfeel like the other two altbiers I've tried. If you like a full body, skip this beer - it's the Kate Moss of beer styles.

D - Personally, I could drink it all day, but I like the style. This would make an excellent camping beer and the caramelly malt would go great with baked beans and roasted brats.

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Photo of Serick507
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a bottle into a silo glass

A: Deep ruby red (when held to light), touch above black (when not), small cream head, moderate amount of streaming bubbles, nice lacing

S: Faint, clean choc and caramel malts

T: Jumps out at you, very malt forward, bready, roasted chocolate, coffee and caramel malts, grassy/ hops at on the finish.

M: Medium with just the right amount of carbonation for me (medium carbonation)

O: Love the Schell's style of malt forward, this one doesn't disappoint, bold, deep, interesting but simple, flavors, brewed the old style way. Done right. Great for cold nights. Very Good Altbier!

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Photo of blackthistle
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with a creamy, brownish head and a light Brussels lace that cascades down the side of the glass. This alt has a roasted, phenolic aroma. This medium-bodied beer posseses a smooth, rich, malty flavor balanced with just the right amount of bitterness in the finish. Very crisp and clean with a dry, thirst-quenching finish.

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Photo of bakeller
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A: dark brown with a reddish hue when held up to the light. Pours with a half finger light brown head that disappears quickly.

N: Not very aromatic. All I really get is faint roasted malt and an earthy smell.

T: Roasted malt with a slight caramel character. Has a hoppy finish

M: Light and crisp, goes down smooth. Perfect amount of carbonation.

D: While there is not much to the taste, you could drink this all night because of the light body and crisp, smooth mouth-feel.

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Photo of kittywamp
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a copper color with a white head

S:floral like smell with malt that are sweet

T:roasted malts, a note of citrus with a hint of something i couldnt put my finger on.

M: smooth and wonderful

O: I had to drive all over town to find this beer. it is a great beer. needs nothing added or taken away.

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Photo of c1377
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

dark burnt amber

toasted malt

slightly foamy

not quite creamy

bready, toasted malt; just a nip of CO2; slight warmth; a hint of toffe; and ever so subtle hop

This brew simply avoids bitterness, and compensates with extra malt character. Like eating crackers when you were a kid... sometimes simple is tasty!

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