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Grain Belt Premium | August Schell Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
schellsbrewery.com

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

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 STATS
Ranking:
#44,799
Reviews:
216
Ratings:
595
pDev:
19.02%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
111
Trade:
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Ratings: 595 |  Reviews: 216
Photo of MrJesseACohn
2.35/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of aatazebeats
2.2/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Buckeye55
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank a fair amount of this when I was working in the Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin area after college 30 years ago. Based off the name, I was expecting very little. I was pleasantly surprised by this old classic. Rank it a 3 for being a good average beer.

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Photo of YYYY
4.01/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A lot better then I thought it would be

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Photo of dav2080
3.69/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I drink this on tap at a local watering hole with some of my chord bustin friends. It is a very drinkable beer. A nice light flavor of grain and sweetness but not too much. Golden straw color. Good clean mouthfeel. Very refreshing. This is a "local" beer for me. Glad to have it available.

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Photo of superwho24
4.32/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer goes fantastic with blue cheese. Probably the best beer in the world to pair with blue cheese. Also, matches really well with salted peanuts in a shell. No blue cheese no peanuts? No problem. This beer alone by itself is still a good beer. Good not great.

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Photo of tylerstravis
3.77/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jakecattleco
3.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Col
3.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A- aggressive pour to 12 oz bottle to spiegelau glass dates best by 11-24-18. Heavy carbonation produced 1.5 inch head that dissipates instantly but leaves bubbly carbon bubbles on the glass forever.

S- Average aal smells with pale malts and corn

T- sweet sugar pale malts follow the nose with the adjunct corn or rice flavors. The beerfreshing quality keep it tasty and quaffable without any heaviness. Like alco pop thirst quencher

M- Heavy carbonation makes it go down easy. Easy drinker that's meant for late nights that call for mass consumption and affordable price.

O- a decent aal that's not widely available. Whenever I'm in the great states of Minnesota I gotta given it up to the big friendly! It's a good regional macro lager I wish I could find in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of SaintTent
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Azdirtmover
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Discovered this while working in Minnesota in 2002.Found this to be my go to brew,while suffering the guffaws of the locals.I found it to be quite worthwhile amongst the average beers.

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Photo of Squire
3.69/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light yellow color with large white cap and lasting lacing.

Aroma of mild grain and spicy hops.

Taste is traditional American Lager with a little more oomph. Grain emerges more in the taste than was present in the scent. There is some sweetness but not intrusively so. I also get an emerging malty nuttiness at the finish.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

My overall impression is sort of an Old School American Lager that's both food and company friendly.

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Photo of NorthernLightsMN
3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cwb14
4.1/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cardfan212
3.72/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a 16 ounce can. Scores are based on the style.

Look - The can looks great. The red and yellow color scheme is nice, and the diamond pattern is quite classy. A good looking can.

Smell - Sweet grains on the forefront with corn taking a backseat. A weird bit of earthy meatiness at the end though.

Taste - That typical "beer" taste. Nice and balanced, pretty neutral, doesn't stick around too long.

Feel - Medium-thin body with an appropriate level of carbonation. Easy to drink.

Overall - A real good simple beer. Great to slam down and get rowdy with your boys.

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Photo of corywalston
2.96/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mngermanshepherd
3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Ok beer, wayyy too sweet. Not sure how the old Grain Belt tasted but this is a syrupy concotion. Kudos to Ted Marti though for saving the brand and the beer, bringing it back (with it's vintage labeling). Worth a try, if nothing else for the nostalgia of the state.

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Photo of wl2bill
3.46/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow gold in color. It has a sweet smell and taste. There is a fair amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is good for the style. Grain Belt is a nostalgic favorite I enjoy every time I visit family in Minnesota.

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Photo of NRajtarski
3.42/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from a bottle into a glass. The beer is a golden yellow with a lot of foamy head. The smell is somewhat sweet and has notes of corn. The taste is tad sweet with hints of corn and a bit of grain/barley. The feel is more carbonated than most beers I drink, but thats ok, it still an enjoyable beer. Overall this beer is great for after a lawn mowing or hanging out on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Classic for me and a local favorite.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.12/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden star with a two-finger, soapy white head. Leaves plenty of lacing.
Not much smell.
Taste is some sweet grain hop and enough taste to make this better than most aal's. Very crisp and refreshing! Good cheap option. Right there with Moosehead and PBR.

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Photo of SB2017
3.46/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Oooooo it's a classic. Picked it cause it reminded me of my dad, kept drinking it cause it reminded me of college. It's like a less mellowed out Hamm's. It's got that corn but with a bit more funk. Light and super drinkable. Nothing offensive about it yet enough flavor to make me want it for more than just the percentage. Excellent choice for a simple beer at the end of a long day.

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Photo of HopliteMpls612
3.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
3.01/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of TCOlson
3.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Holdon5600
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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Grain Belt Premium from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.26 out of 5 with 595 ratings