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Grain Belt Premium - August Schell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 458
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 18.65%
Wants: 11
Gots: 36 | 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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1.5/5  rDev -54.1%

Jimboe, Oct 03, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -54.1%

RevCraig, Jan 27, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -54.1%

dheldman, Nov 18, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -54.1%

mrjbrown27, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of Oxymoron
1.75/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Is there a grain belt buckle? Pours a clear lemony yellow color with great clarity. Needed help with the pour but still left with a large bubbly head that quickly dissipated to nothing. No retention, no lacing, no carbonation.

The nose is limited but what aromas you could get were off. Noticeable canned corn mixed with butyric/sewer smells. Some lighter bread notes that was boarder line cereal and boarder line grainy. Feint yeast notes as well.

The taste is on par with the nose. Or well below par in this case. A almost sickly sweetness with strong notes of corn and butter. No real malt notes at all. No hop notes either to balance. To me this is more along the lines of a malt liquor than macro lager. Some minor sewage notes in the end but not as bad as the nose indicated.

The body is closer to light than moderate. Next to no carbonation and a offsetting finish leaves a filmy finish. Overall not recommended. Not recommended at all.

Oxymoron, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
1.85/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Draft, Minneapolis. Had this after washing the taste of a Labatt's Blue out of my mouth, but it was only a slight improvement. Since this really is my father's beer (that and Hamm's), and because it has such a generic name, it's a little hard to approach without preconceptions. What I find is the usual pale American Standard color, not much head. I did get a hint of lager yeast taste, but not too much else. When we had to leave, I didn't really want to stay and finish this. Schell's keeps this going because of nostalgia and name recognition as this area's standard cheap beer, but they'd really do well to push more of their own brand.

DrunkMcDermott, Aug 04, 2003
Photo of jdhilt
1.88/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a 12oz bottle at the Doolittle American Grill ($3.50) Alexandria, Mn. Pours with two finger white head that goes slowly leaving a good lace. Clear pale amber color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Wet stainless steel nose. Starts with a hoppy citrusy flavor but weak, finish is clean since there is not much here. Good lawn mower beer.

jdhilt, Jun 14, 2006
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.

grynder33, Apr 04, 2004
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2/5  rDev -38.8%

Turbo, Nov 03, 2014
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2/5  rDev -38.8%

SuomiHobbit, Dec 12, 2013
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2/5  rDev -38.8%

RDW, Mar 04, 2012
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2/5  rDev -38.8%

ONovoMexicano, Aug 20, 2014
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2/5  rDev -38.8%

zjbordeau, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of crobinso
2/5  rDev -38.8%

crobinso, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of moulefrite
2/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Comes in a clear bottle that showcases its extremely pale staw color. In fact, I can see right through the darn thing! More like an Italian chardonnay in color than a beer. Sports a modest white head throughout-to its one credit I guess?! Aromas hint straight off of adjunct-lots of corn here folks! The beer actually tastes like a can of "light" cream corn-if there is such a thing. The mouth feel is redolent of water, and as the beer warms in the glass it loses its carbonation with the quickness of a cat, and actually, almost passes for water! Grain belt finishes with a lingering "frito corn chip" flavor! If you like em corny and flat this one is for you brave drinker!!

moulefrite, Oct 03, 2003
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2/5  rDev -38.8%

JRdaSconnie, Jun 24, 2012
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2/5  rDev -38.8%

mpbrady320, Mar 25, 2013
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2/5  rDev -38.8%

mmulebarn, Nov 23, 2013
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2/5  rDev -38.8%

AlaskanYoung, Jul 26, 2014
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2/5  rDev -38.8%

HRamz3, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of Mardukk
2.08/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this from the clear bottle.

A: Looks like the typical macro straw color with no little to no head and no lacing.

S: A sweet corn type smell. Not much of a smell really

T: Hits your mouth without much fanfare...but when it hits the back of your mouth the corn/malt liquor taste makes a strong statement. A sweet metallic taste hits your tongue and leaves an unpleasant filmy sweet taste lingering.

M: Medium to light mouthfeel

D: I guess you could drink a few of these if you love malt liquor. The taste and filmy aftertaste would prevent this from being a very satisfying session beer.

The more I drink this the more it reminds me of a low alcohol malt liquor. Avoid this beer.

Mardukk, Jul 26, 2008
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2.08/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Another local gem furnished by my very gracious and good natured hosts.

Yes, well, this one pours a pretty solid gold color, showing considerable carbonation, and fairly decent head retention and lacing. On the nose, this is really a pretty bad beer (the light version is every bit as "good" IMHO). I get considerable sweet, creamed corn and seltzer water. It's really not working for me guys. The flavor profile replicates the nose very closely, but on the palate the sweet creamed corn flavor actually works pretty well. However, there's some odd flavor on the finish that I can't quite put my finger on, except to say it ain't real attractive. It's something of a sweet corn meets tin metal flavor. Otherwise, the seltzer water flavor really dominates in this beer, and the CO2 gas really seems to dominate the more I drink of this crap. Mouthfeel is all light, watery, weakly sour macro swill, though it doesn't finish too badly. Drinkability would normally be OK I guess, except the flavor profile is so poor, I can't imagine ever wanting to drink more than a single serving.

Bottom line... there's little to commend in this basically light, watery, oddly flavored swill. Sure, there are worse beers out there (I'm looking at you Inbev-AB), but that's hardly an excuse for this crap. Given a choice, I'd probably save myself the calories and drink the equally swill like premium light. This is pretty bad...

John_M, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of TexIndy
2.23/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Got as the Bad(ass) in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly BIF from Scoobydank - thanks! Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass. There was a date on the bottom of the can but didn't specify if canned date or best by date. It was a clear light good color with some carb streams. No lacing. It had a finger of fizzy white head that quickly evaporated into a thin collar.

The aroma was corn, malt and a touch of sweetness in the back. Very weak aroma overall and it really faded as it warmed. The taste was decent. It goes down easy but really no flavor to it. Feels like drinking a BMC. Mouthfeel was watery.

Overall, it was a below average beer in par with the BMC's. Not one that I'd buy but glad I got to try since it's a Minnesota legend.

TexIndy, Sep 10, 2008
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2.25/5  rDev -31.2%

kgeijer, May 07, 2012
Photo of G_Mad
2.25/5  rDev -31.2%

watery, very little taste.

G_Mad, Oct 24, 2014
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Grain Belt Premium from August Schell Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 458 ratings.