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

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

This beer is a deep deep copper color. Pretty dark for an alt. The slight beige head becomes only a colar in seconds. Lacing is negligible. A fairly distinct hoppy nose on this alt. The taste is very nice, but a little different than I'd expect from an alt. It doesn't have that nice mellow characteristic typical of cold lagered alts. What is does have is a nice blend of herbal hop notes and roasted malt tones. This is one of the more roasty alts I've had. Medium-full in body. Pretty tasty beer here.

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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 ovaltine
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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 jera1350
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Gusler
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As it sets in my glass a deep mahogany, almost an opaque brown, the head is commodious, the texture is creamy and light tan in color, as it erodes the lace formed is a thick and sticky sheet upon the glass. Lots of malt in the nose, sweet caramel, a tad peatish, fresh and appealing, the start sweet, and the top lean in its feel. Finish is stinging in its acidity, the hops pleasing to the palate, dry and lingering aftertaste, a quite quaffable beer at any rate.

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Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of KarlHungus
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
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 morimech
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color of very dark leathery brown nearly black with amber highlights, small but thickly loose tannish top that fades down and leaves minimal spotty lace. Smell is faint mild roasty malts, kinda woodish and wet dirt-like must. Taste is mild, somewhat subdued but present of roasted malts, maybe black malts as well, quite clean with a smokey softness, a bit of cocoa and a over all mineral like taste with a lingering dry finish thats a bit nutty. Feel is a light-medium body, quick thin start, quick thin finish. Nothing to overwhelming, its a very easy roasty calm beer that could be better in the taste but is still a good drinker, goes well with a grilled burger.

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Photo of Chucker17
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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

Very dark ruby in color. Probably the darkest altbier I've seen. Beige head is thin but tight and creamy.
Full malt aroma. Roasted carmel with faint chocolate. Slightly plummy. Little to no hops on the nose.
Taste is robust, with the toasted carmel leading the way. Chocolate and mocha hues are perceived. Some dark fruit sweetness (raisin and plum) make an appearance. Hops do just enough to balance the load. Needs further intergration (perhaps additional lagering) and give this one a boost in the hops dept. and it would be lovely. Still quite nice.
Medium-full bodied. Gets sticky and almost cloying at times, overwise very solid in the mouth.
A good stab at an alt, but not my favorite. I'd like to see more of these type of beers around

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Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.05/5  rDev +8%
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.

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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 alexgash
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jpuetz
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beginner2
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Listed on the "1001" and reviewed by Randy Mosher, I know I've Had this; but not found in recent years. Maybe I should become a trader ?

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Photo of gatornation
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Exiled
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Hendrick24
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fargrow
3/5  rDev -20%

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