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Grain Belt Premium - August Schell Brewing Company

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466 Ratings
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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 18.96%
Wants: 12
Gots: 38 | FT: 2
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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Photo of Phatz
3.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks much to DarkerTheBetter for hooking me up with this Minnesota beer. I may not have had the opportunity to try this one. Thank you my friend.

Appearance: Pours a perfectly transparent pale yellow. a big white soapy head 3 fingers high rises quickly and fades slowly in my glass. It leaves behind a sticky ring of lace and as the beer drops several new rings of lace are formed. The carbonation bubbles stand out in the clarity of the body and seem to fuel and sustain the white cap that last the duration of the beer.

Smell: It is a light aroma. Which I expect from an American Macro Lager. A sweetness and an indistinct rice water and grain aroma, but pleasantly fresh with out the distracting stale bitterness in many of this style.

Taste: It starts with soft grains and a pale cracker malt base with some sweetness that is not quite fruity followed by a distinctly floral attribute. The bitterness is low although there is a touch of hops [Saaz maybe] and a nice dryness in the finish. It then has a somewhat perfumey sweetness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light in the mouth and soft. The mouthfeel is nothing special but for the style it is above average. There is a smoothness with the light touch of dry that is worlds above others.

Drinkability: There is little flavor in any beer in this style but at least this one seems fresh and there are no offensive or annoying cling to you flavors that limit drinkability. This is a beer for sessioning and if I were going to drink a fizzy yellow lager, I would choose this over many others any day of the week.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Oakenshield53
3.5/5  rDev +7%

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.

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2/5  rDev -38.8%

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4/5  rDev +22.3%

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2/5  rDev -38.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -31.2%

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of grynder33
1.95/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear light gold color, small head, terrible old corn aroma, very light corn taste, just a touch of malt sweetness. I guess you can tell its not a light, but I would take any Miller product over this. The third worst beer I've ever tasted. From the past reviews I'll assume its better when its fresher.

Photo of mjwoolley33
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Couldn't resist throwing in my 2-cents on this one. Grain Belt has become my go to grilling, boating, America-loving, hot-day beer. Strong but smooth carbonation balanced with a light and corn-driven taste. Pours with a big, 1/2 - 1 inch head but goes down smoother straight from the bottle.

Is it fantastic? Not really. It's cheap, tastes decent, and really beats the heat. Thumbs up.

Photo of ryancl
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of bsp77
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into water glass while at work. Yea!

Appearance: Very clear golden yellow but head does not last. Nice bubbles.

Smell: Grainy, sweet and some corn.

Taste: Clean and crisp with corn flavored grains and very slight hops at end. Aftertaste is mostly corn.

Feel: More moderate carbonation than some for the style, which are often way too fizzy.

Drinkability: Easy to drink but I am not a fan of corn in my beer. Of course, I would be happy to drink this in the right situations.

This is considered a local favorite in the category, but I just don't like the corn.

Photo of NilocRellim
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of MattyG85
3.95/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Pale golden yellow with lots of bubbles. Decent white head and good retention. Decent lacing.

Smell: Sweet corn and grain up front followed by a hint of lemon. Slight hint of hops in the background.

Taste: Sweet grains and wheat followed by a hint of lemon zest. Finishes with a slight hint of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Very crisp.

Overall: A very tasty beer for an adjunct lager. By far my favorite for the style and a great tradition here in Minnesota.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.4/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Wizz colored yellow, like you've been working out heavily or smoking 2 packs a day. Good head, large bubbles. Aroma was of a grain belt or elevator, or maybe I'm just projecting that out of the name. Smelled kinda like old beer.

Taste, pretty bland, mild sweetness, almost nonexistant hopping or malt character. Fractional bitterness. When I think 'grain' I don't think corn, but that seems what its all about. Mild, inoffensive.

I think a lot of people just dig this beer for the old school, retroness of it, its like PBR, but for the working man who doesn't smell and dress like hipster shit. My homie from MN swore by this stuff in school. Wasn't bad. Wouldn't be buying it anytime soon other, but it does belong in that cool class of adjunct beer like Blatz, Schlitz, Rhinelander etc. . .

Photo of ADR
2.68/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In order to better evaluate how Schell is brewing the Grain Belt formula, and to give a lighter Lager its due, I poured this side by side with the new Pig's Eye Pilsner -- another brand re-born...

Clear pale straw, decent head of short duration, but a left over ring laces the glass. Slighly metallic but sweet aroma, light corn syrup malt indications. The taste is similar, fairly corn husk in nature. Decent body, sturdier than Pig's Eye, but with flavor demonstrating less fruit. Slighly less carbonated late in the profile than the Minnesota Brewing version to my tongue. Hops are a little disappointing and sort of Miller High Life typical. A decent macro for those who like to support local economies but won't stray from American Lager. Thanks to Schell for preserving the brand, it meets a need...

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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Photo of LordofTime25
4.43/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have had it in a can, bottle, and on tap.

Has a light amber almost straw apperance with a white foamy head that will last for a few drinks.

Smell is fruity with a hint corn.

Has a sweet fruity finish with a tangy corn taste.

Very light taste in your mouth with a full flavor.

I would drink this often. One of the beers I keep on hand. Found that women who like a casual beer like this.

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Grain Belt Premium from August Schell Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.