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Grain Belt Premium - August Schell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 18.9%

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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Reviews by PatYoda:
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3.05/5  rDev -7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A friend of mine brought this back from Minnesota. Apparently it's a popular macro up there. This certainly isn't bad for what it is.

Pours yellow with a small white head. Smell is some sweet malts, maybe some corn, and surprisingly some Earthy floral hops as well. Taste mimics the smell pretty well. There is a nice refreshing bitterness. The mouthfeel is watery, as expected, but it has a small amount of body. Nothing here inhibits drinkability in any way. I would take this over the big three any day.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2006 18:03:43 | More by PatYoda
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5/5  rDev +52.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say. This is the greatest beer in the world for the price. Where else can you get a case of tasty suds for so little. I know you beer snobs will turn your noses up at this awesome Midwest treat that's been passed from father to son for over a hundred years. Clean,smooth and sweet. I love it goes great at the ball game,deer camp,or avoiding the wife. Take my recomendation and pick up a six pack of this you won't regret it. All hail to the big friendly!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 03:21:05 | More by Kww900l
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North Carolina

3.51/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

After trying several local beers, this was one of only a few craft, local brews on the menu. First one went down very fast and I enjoyed the second. Very lite, or pale in color, not very appealing by appearance. Smell was slightly malty with a touch of grain scent.
Enjoyed this beer and would definitely purchase as a workhorse in the fridge if I lived local. See why it is very populer in the college town of Eau Claire.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 17:41:43 | More by OMBeer
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

03-08-2014 00:14:39 | More by SadMachine
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2.25/5  rDev -31.4%

03-06-2014 16:49:02 | More by Zallen16
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3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Grainbelt what can I say? Actually a lot. The 1st time I bought GB was when buddies of mine, and myself took 5 cases of Blatz returnables and changed them in, no Blatz, but I saw a familiar emblem that brought back a childhood memory from tavern stools in my moms hometown. It was the GB diamond label.

Cracked open a 16oz can ( " The Big Friendly" ), into a mug, hazy yellow, yes hazy, I usually buy GB bottles, and its clear as glass, whats with this?

Smell, sweet grass a little skunky.

GB has a taste that separates itself from big brand American macros. HighLife does this too. Sweet, but not over the top, slightly sour which sounds disgusting to me, but with the slight hop finish in the end it goes well. Easy drinking, light on all points malt, hops, sweetness, and carbonation.

This is my "Up North" brew, in the taverns as well as the cabin. I love seeing the old Grain Belt signs in the small towns in north western Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Its great to see the neon Premium signs, and places still serving it on tap. The name Grain Belt, how working class, no nonsense can you get? Love it!

Serving type: can

03-05-2014 05:12:39 | More by workingclassbrew
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev +22%

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.19/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Solid, Commercial style beer.

A: Light golden, very clear....very much the standard looking American Adjunct Lager.

S: Very light aroma of grains, corn and sweatness.

T: again, light flavor but sweet, grainy flavors. Malty but crisp.

M: watery feel in mouth but bubbly and a slight bitter bite in the back of the mouth for an after taste.

Well, this is a commercial beer that Schell's bought out some years ago so it is no suprise that it is a lot like other commercial American Lagers. However, I think this one is a cut above and makes for a great brew on hot day.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 17:04:21 | More by mcrow24
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

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3.71/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can has 020814 on the bottom. Guessing that's best by 8 February 2014. Tasted 3 February 2014.

Pours very pale golden yellow. Crystal clear, with a thin column of bubbles rising. Half-finger of white head, okay retention and lacing. Fine, for an adjunct lager.

Smell is thin, lightly sweet. Lager yeast busting through. Light and clean. Pretty good.

Taste is pretty good (again, for an adjunct lager). It's moderately sweet, a clean golden sweet. Could use a bit more crisp, and a bit more bite, but it's well balanced and smooth. One of the better adjunct lagers I've had.

Feel is really nice. Light-bodied, carbonation right where I want it, though it drops off a second before I want it to. A little expansive, like a bubble inflating just a touch in my mouth.

A flavorful, clean, crisp lager. I wanted to dislike it, but I don't. Sweetness is almost too much, but it backs off right when I want it to. It's close to being really really good, with a few little things not quite measuring up. But overall, I dig it.

Serving type: can

02-04-2014 03:47:26 | More by zeledonia
Photo of DrCDPriest


3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not a bad beer for a traditional American beer by a great company with a low price-point. Usually I would rant and rave over anything from August Schell Brewing, great history, great people, great location, wonderful products. And I use to love Grain Belt before it sold to ASB.

The Grain Belt Premium has a nice, although very pale yellow, color, more like corm than other grains, good aroma, smells like dad's Miller Highlife 40 years ago, taste has a bit more of a sour than bitter flavor, starts sour/bitter but has a good semi-sweet grainy follow through, hint of corn maybe (?), highly carbonated, bubbles like a ginger ale, still, great beer with pizza, nachos, or hanging out at a local bar watching the Super Bowl.

At home I pour a 12 0z bottle into a pint glass, out, draft is usually pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 01:44:06 | More by DrCDPriest
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Grain Belt Premium from August Schell Brewing Company
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