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Grain Belt Premium - August Schell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 432
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 18.71%
Wants: 11
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Although the Grain Belt Premium recipe has changed hands over the years, one thing has remained the same–its legendary unique taste. And now that Premium is in the capable hands of a brewery with an even longer tradition than Grain Belt–the August Schell Brewery–may you rest assured that the flavor and heritage of Premium will live on forever.

(Beer added by: TastyTaste on 07-04-2003)
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2.99/5  rDev -8.3%

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a stange style glass.
Very pale yellow color, almost a washed out gold. 1 finger fluffy white head, left a decent amount of lacing left in the glass.
Smells of stale wet cardboard, corn and an underlying almost white wine smell.
Taste isn't terrible, it's just not good at all. A step above Coors Light, but a small step at that.
Super thin mouth feel, almost like water: no after taste at all, what is there is unappetizing.
Yeah this is just not good, unless you want to dump a macro-lager down your throat.
Not gonna finish this one, although I did drink more of this than their Nordeast.
Drain pour.

08-31-2014 17:58:28 | More by jhartley
Photo of Oakenshield53


3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

OK, by rights this is a 3, but I'm giving it another .5 because - hey, Grain Belt.

Crisp, clean - a good summer adjunct lager, but then there's the sweet kick at the finish. The much superior Grain Belt Nordeast has this as well, but Premium's is noticeable and a little surprising if you haven't had one before.

Going by appearances, you're ready for some Blatz, right on - just something to knock the dust down a little while you finish hanging that garage door, but then - there it is. A little bit like the after-taste of Corn Flakes, including the sugar.

That might not be everyone's idea of a good time, but I always have some Grain Belt standing by.

08-30-2014 13:58:34 | More by Oakenshield53
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3/5  rDev -8%

08-29-2014 16:19:57 | More by SlightlyGrey
Photo of Shruber0

4.52/5  rDev +38.7%

08-28-2014 01:14:47 | More by Shruber0
Photo of Foyle


4.5/5  rDev +38%

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a 2" sudsy white head that slowly falls with plenty of lacing left behind. Color is clear light golden with plenty of streaming carbonation.

Aroma: nice aroma of light barley, a bit of corn, some grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: light and crisp, slightly sticky, with a pleasant and refreshing finish.

Flavor: yeasty white bread, some corn sweetness, a bit of hop bite for balance.

Overall: well balanced and outstanding in the adjunct lager style. Perhaps the best I have had thus far.

08-25-2014 22:46:46 | More by Foyle
Photo of AlexBassBerger


2.96/5  rDev -9.2%

08-25-2014 05:50:39 | More by AlexBassBerger
Photo of Alextricity


2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

Grain Belt... because it's like being smacked in the face by a belt of corn syrup! (Or something to that effect...)

Seriously, man. This is a very sweet beer. Pretty thin, and one note -- corn. It tastes like creamed corn or something and that's about it. I'd liken it to Old Style in a way, but something about it (likely just misconstrued memory or a thing to that effect) makes this almost off-putting. I can see this being popular with people who like adjunct lagers that are on the sweeter side, but it's not for me. On the plus side, it's not skunky or metallic or anything like that, which is always a good thing. It's a better-than-average AAL, but it's still very "meh."

In short: You get what you pay for.

08-25-2014 04:09:51 | More by Alextricity
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New Mexico

2/5  rDev -38.7%

08-20-2014 15:30:04 | More by ONovoMexicano
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

08-18-2014 03:47:12 | More by pharmerdoc
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2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

08-16-2014 15:58:40 | More by jwenzel019
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2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

08-14-2014 16:26:31 | More by josephwa
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3/5  rDev -8%

08-13-2014 22:11:16 | More by Dicers
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3.2/5  rDev -1.8%

08-13-2014 03:33:46 | More by Knapp85
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

08-12-2014 17:01:32 | More by TGanyone
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2.89/5  rDev -11.3%

08-12-2014 00:44:24 | More by Ajmorriso1
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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

08-09-2014 18:39:06 | More by Wobbly
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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

08-06-2014 12:44:04 | More by Hopstrutter
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3/5  rDev -8%

08-06-2014 00:25:02 | More by Nickhagin
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3.85/5  rDev +18.1%

had one of these a few years back and still wish I could find it again. I will admit, I'm a fan of a number of AALs after all, that's what over 90% of beer drinkers probably start on. If they tell you different, they're probably lying. It bothers me, like I said in a forum, that these beer snobs rate all AALs low just because its not some overly
hopped crap. there's a ton of AALs, especially grain belt, that are (in my opinion) better than most craft beers. anyway, overall a great beer and staple of the Midwest.

08-04-2014 01:32:03 | More by flagbearer
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3/5  rDev -8%

08-03-2014 13:57:30 | More by kbaker91
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South Dakota

3.68/5  rDev +12.9%

Ah, I love a good Schell beer. Grain Belt is no exception. I haven't had this one for awhile so I'll review it with a fresh mind (and palate).

Appearance - as always, in bottle. I almost never pour. Average rating at 3.0.

Smell - cracking the cap...buttered and very lightly sugared popcorn; deep sweet smelling grain husks, fresh corn, salted and sweet malts. A lot like High Life. Enough smelling, I want to dive in.

Taste - Fantastic. Nice and sweet with a bit of bite that dissolves into a musty grain flavor. Very low bitterness but it's there. A hint of sour chemical at the end that I wish wasn't there so it gets docked half a point. A very easy drinker.

Mouthfeel - Carbonated right from the get go but still smooth.

Overall - This beer is a clear winner. It's got the right flavor in the right areas and keeps it simple. This beer is like High Life but better. Grain Belt is a beer I would recommend to friends for almost any occasion. The friendly beer!

08-03-2014 04:40:01 | More by The-Adjunct-Hippie
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2/5  rDev -38.7%

07-26-2014 01:52:03 | More by AlaskanYoung
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

07-25-2014 18:37:20 | More by Tyecko
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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

07-23-2014 04:45:54 | More by Troville1990
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2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

07-22-2014 21:06:56 | More by green_plastic
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Grain Belt Premium from August Schell Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.