Grain Belt Premium - August Schell Brewing Company
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 411 | Reviews: 167 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Phatz:
3.63/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-29-2007 06:35:20 | More by Phatz
More User Reviews:
3.65/5 rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
Not going to lie, I'm a homer and this is the home town beer. Well, GBP and EPA are THE home town beers, but this is the original. It's a corny lager, not my favourite, but probably my second favourite. It's sort of sweet, which is my only complaint, but it's a nice sweetness. We like sweet here. Give me a Jucy Lucy and a Premo and some fries and I'm in fucking heaven. GBP is liquid history, a regional brand that somehow didn't get sucked into the multinational brewing conglomeration, a fucking time capsule. Your grandfather drank this beer. And so do his grand kids. I'm grateful for that and I'm proud that Pennsylvania and Minnesota somehow managed to keep the wolves at bay and retain their regional brewers (Schells in Mn's case, who keep the GB torch alight). A far from useful, but from the heart drunken review. You are welcome.
Serving type: can
06-20-2014 07:54:35 | More by mjryan
Grain Belt Premium from August Schell Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.