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Grain Belt Premium - August Schell Brewing Company

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Reviews: 185
Hads: 514
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 17.4%
Wants: 21
Gots: 62 | 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:
Beer added by: TastyTaste on 07-04-2003

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.
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Reviews: 185 | Hads: 514
Photo of evanackerman
3.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Beer pours yellow with fizzy foam head - quickly receding to nothing. appearance is average for the style, reminds me of High Life. Aroma is a surprise, there is the typical grain/corn thing from adjunct lagers but there is also a very apparent floral hop aroma that is above average for the style, nothing crazy, but better than most.

Taste is unremarkable - on par for style, mostly standard adjunct flavors, tastes like corn as opposed to rice, again kind of similar to High Life. Thin mouthfeel but appropriate for the style.

Overall, clean, crisp, refreshing, cheap (got a 12 pack of tall boys for $12), a bit above-average for the style. It is what it is and hits the spot after too many IPAs or Imperial Stouts, it helps to cleanse the palate. (753 characters)

Photo of davey101
3.27/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can into a pint glass. Thanks Bennett! This one pours a crystal clear yellow with a finger of awkward white foam. Excellent lacing and retention. Smell is cereal grains, sweet corn, and some chemical smelling fruit. Not a great aroma. Taste is spot on though. Great balance between the grainy malts and sweet corn with an underlying hop fruitiness. Clean and crisp this drinks very easily with no real aftertaste of any kind. Not overly carbonated or too thin. Just a damn solid adjunct lager. (499 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
3.01/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pours a clear, light amber color with only a slight head. The aroma is mild with a fair amount of grains in the mix. Lots of flavorful grains in the taste that actually make this somewhat pleasant to drink. Reminds me of Miller Genuine Draft on steroids. (259 characters)

Photo of cervezango
2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Premium is kind of become a hipstery beer here in wisconsin, because you can't find it everywhere here, mostly just Minnesota, or wisconsin city near the border. Its a better than some of the other big macro brews, but not really better than high life , old milwaukee, or PBR in my opinion. Fun novelty beer in the sense that its not everywhere. (345 characters)

Photo of Averwo
2.82/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

For an American Adjunct Lager it is miles a head of the Bud/Coors/Miller products.
I drank it out of a bottle but appearance wise it is a pale yellow.
Smell is a cereal grain with a slight wheat tone to it.
Taste is like you would expect. Pretty much the same as a Miller High Life. Cereal grains with a sweet after taste. Nice light mouth feel. Almost a sour after taste. It's not offensive or over powering skunkiness like most cheap lagers that come in clear bottles. If you are in some small midwestern town bar and are looking to get drunk. I think this is the best you are going to find. (595 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Best by 11SEP13

Thanks Jace Marti!

Light, light yellow with a loose fitting cap of bone white foam. Absolute clarity. Smells super light, some grain, some maize, some grass clippings and a hint of bread. Taste is also really light with some light malt, a touch of cornbread with sweetness some slight bitterness and a overture of steel. Thin, real thin with moderate carb and an off dry finish. Could slam this all day on a hot one. (434 characters)

Photo of Ilafan
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Maybe I'm biased because I am from Minnesota, but I have always liked this beer. What I really like is the balance of the taste. The initial flavor is sweeter and somewhat fruitier than most American Lagers. But the after taste is a bit malty and grain-filled. I like that. It also has a fullness to the mouthful that I enjoy. The coloring is a beautiful gold, and although the smell is faint, it is inviting (especially on warm days). (435 characters)

Photo of MikeAAL
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a pretty average beer.

Light, pale, straw color. Fizzy. Quite a bit of carbonation. Average head.

I smell some grains, corn and a hint of malts.

It tastes like a lot of corn, with more corn, some grains and a tiny bit of malt at the end. A lot of bitters.

Very carbonated and goes down a little rough.

Overall, it's okay. Nothing special. (351 characters)

Photo of jsisko01
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a clear golden color with a centimeter thick head that dissipates instantly. Has nice lacing.

Smell - Malty with wheat and grains.

Taste - Very malty, semi-sweet, grains, and wheat. Has a slight bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall - This beer is delicious. Simple but delicious. I love the malts. (368 characters)

Photo of soju6
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light yellow color with a fair head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of grain, mild malt sweetness and clean.

T: Mild taste of malt sweetness with a crisp bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body, crisp and refreshing.

O: Decent beer for the style. Goes down easy on a hot summer day and can't beat the price. (331 characters)

Photo of rfbenavi80
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought home from Iowa by a friend. Known in my group of friends simply as "The Belt".
Bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A- Pours an amazingly clear, bright yellow color with 3 fingers of fizzy white head that's not hanging around very long, and is leaving mild lacing on the glass.

S- Very grainy, with a mild sourness to it. Sweet maltiness in the back. Smells clean. Not too much to write about here.

T- Again, not too much to talk about here, but the taste is different than your widely available macro lagers. It tastes like there isn't as much adjuncts in there. Finishes clean and crisp.

M- Easy drinker here. Light body, fizzy carbonation. Refreshing on hot days.

O- Well..."The Belt" passes muster in my group of friends. We would rather drink this than other widely available macro lagers.
An cheap, easy drinker. (837 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from MilwaukeeCrusher, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, lager yeast, grain and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain, lager yeast and adjuncts. Then some light malt sweetness follows. The hops presence is very mild but decent for the style. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent poundable beer if you’re looking for a better version of a macro. (844 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.74/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

16oz can - "The Big Friendly"

Enjoyed out of a can but I'm familiar with this beer enough to know it's a pale piss-yellow with a thin, sudsy head. Looks like the average adjunct. Smell is sweet malt, skunk, and a tiny bit of hop in the background. Weak smell but not offensive. A little bite at first, some corn at the end, otherwise it's sweet malt all the way. Suprisingly creamy for how thin it feels.

Maybe my favorite lager, definitely one of my go to session brews. I like keeping a couple Big Friendlies around in case of emergency. (541 characters)

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving type: 16-ounce “Big Friendly” can. No freshness date.

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is clean and clear straw. Three fingers of thick, eggshell-colored head dissipated slowly to leave a rocky cap and trails of foam along the glass.

Smell: Cereal grain and very sweet green apples. It smells a lot like the green Jolly Rancher, and also the watermelon one mixed in.

Taste: Very sweet and fruity with a touch of light cereal grain. The green Jolly Rancher has been replaced with salon hairspray, which is a staple of lighter Schell brews.

Drinkability: It is decent enough, but the sweetness is very off-putting for a lawn mower lager. I’ll drink it regardless. (702 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
3.06/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very light and clear sunny gold color. Big, puffy, light, pillowy, bright white head. Good retention with a sticky layer of lace.

S - Very grainy and slightly sweet. A faint mineral aroma too. That's about it. Nothing really exciting.

T - Similar to the nose. Very grainy, not really heavy corn or vegetable graininess though. A subtle sweetness but not a bready sweetness I expected. Touch of apple on the finish. Not much else.

M - Light body with average carbonation. Thin, crisp, and watery. The usual.

D - Goes down easy without much aftertaste. Really just goes down easy and is refreshing but nothing special.

Notes: Grab a 16 oz can for a dollar figuring it was worth a try. It's really what I expected. Light, crisp, refreshing but mostly devoid of any complex flavor. It has it's time and place, but it's nothing special (even for the style). (861 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.34/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A buddy brought a 12pck of cans back with him from a recent trip to Minnesota. Beer poured a golden clear with thin white head. The smell and taste were a nice balance of malt, grain, and hop. The mouthfeel was light in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a good beer. (276 characters)

Photo of mjwoolley33
4/5  rDev +18%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of Lauthaha
3.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Beer is a dull (but completely transparent) golden color, with very ample carbonation. Head is initially somewhat frothy, but as it recedes, it leaves a half-assed meringue lacing on the edges of the glass. I know it's an adjunct...but it just looks a little thin to call it "good."

Smell: Ever kissed a girl who's just smoked a half-pack of Marlboros and guzzled down a six-pack of Green Apple wine coolers? It's not nearly as bad as that. Just a touch of apple or pear sourness, some gentle grains and a mellow smoothness. Medium level of bitterness to the nose, although it's not all pleasant.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer has a good body! Actually very creamy, the carbonation is evenly balanced. After the beer warms on the tongue, then (and only then) can you taste the corn-husk flavor. Sour malt, rough hops, but somewhat watered down flavor. Aftertaste is...not great.

Overall: Above average in its category, but definitely in the bottom 10% of my favorite beers ever. (1,033 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear golden. Head is thick and foamy. Fades quickly, but there is something left after a while, so compared to most in the style, good work.
S- Smell is relatively clean with some slight adjuncty character. About as good as most of the style, but there's nothing particularly appealing.
T- A bit more adjuncty than the nose indicated. Slightly sweet, but other than the light adjunct flavor, there's not much.
M- Light body, fizzy, but less so than most in style.
O- It's not that good of a beer, but you know what? There's something enjoyable about these. Maybe it's just that it's an Adjunct Lager that is slightly better than some of the pack. Has worth at the baseball game. (690 characters)

Photo of DaCheesehead
2.37/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a pale yellow with a light head that faded to lace quickly. Aroma was slightly sweet and was of malts and grains - slighltly fruity as well. Taste was unique - malt and corn with an interesting finish of light hoppiness. Tasted like High Life with an extra dash of corn just for good measure. That said, it was pleasantly different than other mass produced lagers in that corn flavor was not as bitter and unpleasant as many of them. Palate was acceptable but nothing special. Overall, not too bad for a cheaper pale lager. (530 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A clear, yellow colored beer with a lot of foam that coated the sides of the plastic cup. Had some decent retention, basically about what you would expect from an adjunct lager.

S - Smell is of sweet grainy malts and adjuncts, corn, bready malts and grainy malts.

T - The beer has a sweet corn syrup taste that is a little bit grainy. It is quite smooth and unoffensive, although the flavor itself seems watered down. No complaints, it's fairly unnoticable.

M - Superisingly creamy with nice carbonation for this beer.

O - It's good as far as adjuncts go, I'd prefer it over most BMC stuff. Can drink all day, it's smooth and light. (641 characters)

Photo of mdwalsh
4.3/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very light and pours a bright white head. In the glass, the beer is a very light yellow, brilliant clarity. The head stays an explosively bubbly white. Great active carbonation as well. Hmm, with a little bit of motion, the head falls apart pretty easily.

S: Aroma is very mild, but not displeasing. Malty/grainy but not at all bitter. No hops. Pretty dry as well, I don't get much for the sweetness found in some adjunct lagers.

T: Again, a very mild taste, similar to the aroma but not as dry. There's very little to describe, but that's a good thing here, there's no off flavors.

M: Maybe a little under carbed? For the style, but good for me!

D: Extremely drinkable, but the taste might get a little bland after a while. (745 characters)

Photo of KJay1408
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm reviewing this for what it is, a crappy Beer.

A: Pours a nice light yellow with about a half a finger worth of head.

S: Not a whole lot going on here, some malt and grain aromas and what I think may be corn. Thank the good Lord on that account I'll take corn over rice as an adjunct any day.

T: It starts with a bit of malt, that is followed by a sweet grain flavor. The flavor lingers for a moment and is followed by a nice crispness that keeps it from being painfully smooth. Something I actually appreciate in an adjunct lager

M: It's a crappy beer, so the feel is rather thin and watery. It is worth noting that the feel of grain is evident after you let it warm up for a bit.

O: When I'm in the mood for crappy beer this is a personal favorite, it has a fair amount of taste and aroma for an adjunct lager. Far from a great beer, but it's not terrible either. It's a good beer for when you're in the mood for crappy. To quote a co-worker of mine "It's like Budweiser, but good." (992 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to woodychandler for yet another canned beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, some corn, slightly sweet. Taste is crisp, malty, a touch of sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good beer to have on a hot day. (290 characters)

Photo of seeswo
3.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can poured into my Capital Brewery tulip, just cuz. Pours a clear, light straw yellow with a nice big white head. Looked very classically like BEER. The nose is very bland, just a touch of sweetness and maybe the slightest suggestion of exposure to a hop or two. The taste is really nice for the style, drinks crisp with just the tinniest hint of blueberry, which really works for me. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, leaving just a bit of sweetness in the mouth. Overall, this is one of my preferred options for the AAL style. Can't call it a fantastic beer in any capacity, but that little hint of blueberry helps a ton. (621 characters)

Grain Belt Premium from August Schell Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.