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Grain Belt Premium Light - August Schell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 2.46
pDev: 30.49%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  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: garymuchow on 06-27-2004)
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2.17/5  rDev -11.8%

Umm... bizarre. Usually if a beer is bad, it gets worse as it warms up and you keep sipping it. At first it's decent, you convince yourself that hey, this ain't that bad, I can finish this, and then three sips later you pour it into your sister's sockdrawer.

This is kind of the opposite. It's pale and odorless, like a light beer, but then the first sip tastes awful, like a wet dog. I opened another bottle and poured it into another, freshly washed glass. Same deal. Had someone else taste it, same deal.

So I'm thinking crap, there's no way I can finish this. But I took a few more sips, and the canine nodes became replaced with the the baby aspirin of regular Grain Belt. Then, a few sips later, it tastes like a watered down version of regular Premium, which is pretty much what I hoped it would be.

Umm... it's borderline drinkable, after a while?

12-24-2011 01:22:13 | More by mynie
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South Dakota

2.2/5  rDev -10.6%

Last time I was at the doc my numbers were up a bit. One of the ideas is to switch to a lower calorie beer, at least on a nightly basis, or just have less. Now Grain Belt is one of my favorites so I'm hoping this won't let me down. At 95 calories and $11/12 pack, I thought it was worth a shot.

Appearance - in the bottle. Not going to bother pouring this one out. A very clear yellow color.

Smell (2) - Smells a lot like regular Grain Belt with a little salt maybe. Wet, musty grains. Field corn. Wet towel. Sour dough. Not a bad smell really, but not particularly interesting either.

Taste (2.5) - Here's what it boils down to. Compared to Grain Belt it's got more of a club soda flavor to it and less robustness. Almost a "diet" Grain Belt if you will. Salt is coming back for some reason. Yet it's not salty. Like a tasteless salt. Still more seltzer. Sour bread. Rotten corn. The flavor sucks, but it sure goes down smooth. I'm confused because taste is gross but still has character. My palate doesn't know what to think, honestly.

Mouthfeel (2) - Seltzer feel like Bud 55, but has an uncommonly dry finish which knocks it up a notch. Nothing to write home about but it is what it is.

Overall (2.2) - If you mixed Grain Belt Premium and Club Soda together you would have a close representation of this beer. With that being said it still retains a hint of the Grain Belt goodness and the flavors actually come out more as the beer starts to warm. My favorite light beer is Michelob Golden Draft which this doesn't even touch. I won't be buying it again and next time I'll opt for more flavor and less beers with regular Grain Belt. I wouldn't recommend ever buying this beer unless you absolutely had to have 6 or more a night and wanted to cut calories.

08-08-2014 04:21:17 | More by The-Adjunct-Hippie
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2.5/5  rDev +1.6%

05-10-2014 08:01:43 | More by zestar
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3.01/5  rDev +22.4%

This is a really good light beer. It is better than the macro-brewery light beers for sure. I don't think the point of drinking light beer is necessary for deep, fulfilling taste experience. Light beer to me is a refreshing drink at a BBQ or after a pickup basketball game. Or, in my case, when I want a beer that isn't going to get in the way of a tasty burger. This beer doesn't have the yeasty taste of the big boys, yet is light(I think the entire point) and refreshing.

03-30-2014 03:25:04 | More by EZ054098
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2/5  rDev -18.7%

11-03-2013 21:43:34 | More by bscalt
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1.25/5  rDev -49.2%

10-30-2013 15:21:02 | More by AnalogErik
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2.25/5  rDev -8.5%

09-22-2013 15:16:49 | More by IchLiebeBierZu
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2.5/5  rDev +1.6%

03-25-2013 03:56:53 | More by bigbeers84
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2/5  rDev -18.7%

11-22-2012 15:41:28 | More by TheKOshow
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1.75/5  rDev -28.9%

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11-21-2012 04:28:27 | More by
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2.25/5  rDev -8.5%

09-17-2012 22:15:20 | More by NilocRellim
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2.25/5  rDev -8.5%

08-05-2012 03:18:37 | More by Doyle
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3/5  rDev +22%

05-21-2012 00:35:18 | More by pisomojado8
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North Dakota

2.5/5  rDev +1.6%

02-16-2012 03:35:52 | More by Cramerican
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3/5  rDev +22%

01-02-2012 23:34:20 | More by dragomni
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3/5  rDev +22%

12-14-2011 21:33:15 | More by bigben94
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3/5  rDev +22%

12-12-2011 18:24:22 | More by tbeq00
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South Carolina

2.48/5  rDev +0.8%

nice light golden color and a smooth, even carbonation level I could see through the crystal clear glass. Decently done. Unfortunatly that is where the fun ended as light corn, musky wet hay and just a mess took over from there. Not cool at all. Too light and way overcarbonated, the cold only served to mask what was a near putrid flavor. Wet corn and grass, week old clippings and a mess of grain. Just nothing redeeming here at all.

12-04-2011 06:13:45 | More by mikesgroove
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2/5  rDev -18.7%

11-16-2011 04:58:53 | More by doucmehu
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5/5  rDev +103.3%

Hey, I like a 'good' light beer and this one is a cut above the rest as light beer goes. (Just my opinion though, ATMO).

This light beer pours a light gold color, with considerable carbonation, fairly hoppy aroma.
Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, good drink-ability on a hot summer day while out on the boat.

Serving type: Bottle

09-29-2011 02:06:46 | More by Kahalo
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1.7/5  rDev -30.9%

Pours a clear light golden straw brew with a thin and fast dissolving white head. Maybe just a thin white ring after the dissipation. Aroma of light white bread malt, grassy hops, a touch of sweet corn and a slight dead fish. Taste is light bodied, well carbonated with a light bread malt and grassy/vegetable hop flavor. Finish is watery, some light corn grits at first and then a clean cut and crisp aftertaste with no bitterness. As light as they come, it’s a watered down diet beer.

08-16-2011 21:15:41 | More by DaCheesehead
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3.75/5  rDev +52.4%

Okay, so this beer is rated for the style. Not against some Westy ale I had to fly to belgium to obtain and then sit in line for the monks to start the bidding. Seriously dudes, it's a light american lager, rate it as such!

Dangerously clear bottle. Your purveyor better have high turnover. White gold with zero foam.

Smells like a frat party.

Pasty pale white cereals and carbonated water. Stark white, David Bowie white. But between tap water and Premium Light, Premium Light wins.

Liter worthy drinkability. No problem, no aftertaste, no cardboard skunk.

Seriously, against any other American Light Lager, this one without a doubt reigns victorious. Drinkability is supreme.

03-06-2011 03:33:28 | More by beachscrat
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1.68/5  rDev -31.7%

I was in the New Ulm, Minn. area for business, and wanted to take home a couple of new beers for my trouble. On the way out of town, dropping into a bar that also sold six packs, this is one they recommended.

Light gold, with a simple white ring of bubbles at the edge of the bottom - transitions the same to the glass.

Grainy, watery on the nose - redeeming in that there are no off smells.

Tastes much like a Miller Lite - if you like such beers, but want to purchase from an American brewery, this is the beer for you. Grainy, but little else.

Carbonation pops the tongue a bit more than many other BMCs - doesn't help the beer though.

I'm not a light beer drinker - my fault for not doing my research in advance to find a local liquor store that might have more drinkable offerings.

12-06-2010 01:50:34 | More by mdcrouser
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2/5  rDev -18.7%

Am here for the Thanksgiving weekend in the Twin Cities (dont cha know), and so my gracious hosts have provided me with some of the area's finest.

And so here we go...

This fine beer pours a light gold color, showcasing considerable carbonation, fair lacing, and minimal head retention. Folks at AB would be green with envy if they could get bud select 55 to look this good. The nose is pretty much as bad as you'd expect. I get considerable corn, seltzer, and... and.... did I mention I get a lot of sweet corn on the nose with this one? Hoooboy... on the palate... well yes, this is a bad beer, but you know.... for a crappy light beer it ain't all that bad. There is light honey and sweet corn, with the expected seltzer water dominating the flavor profile. Still, the beer finishes very well, and is actually pretty smooth on the palate (despite the considerable, prickly carbonation). Mouthfeel is watery of course, but there's some flavor in this beer, and it doesn't finish all that badly. Drinkability isn't all that bad, in an all day mowing the lawn kind of way. The beer is lousy of course, but in comparison to bud lite, miller light, and mich ultra, this is like drinking Rochefort 10.

Another lousy american light lager, on that we can all agree, but if you feel the need to drink some swill from this particular genre, you could do worse than GB premium light.

11-26-2010 03:24:02 | More by John_M
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3.7/5  rDev +50.4%

Since I classify myself as a beer "nerd" and not a beer "geek", I find myself reviewing this beer not as a comparison to say, a nice belgian, but comparing it to other light beers.

Grain Belt Premium Light is a very drinkable beer, and I always look for it when buying light beer for the "crowd". The name is certainly misleading because the light version of this Premium tastes nothing like the very tasty regular Grain Belt Premium.

If you live in the upper midwest and have to buy a 12 pack for the crew, pick this one, you'll be glad you did!

07-14-2009 02:16:25 | More by bnietz
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Grain Belt Premium Light from August Schell Brewing Company
65 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.