Grain Belt Premium
August Schell Brewing Company

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American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #14
Ranked #47,755
3.27 | pDev: 18.96%
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
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Notes: 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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Photo of CalebSipeMN
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

This beer pours as a very light yellowish body with a thin white foam.

The smell is mediocrity. It is the smell that makes people say, I don’t think I like beer.

The taste is surprisingly decent. It is a very standard wheaty taste. Not too many additional notes, unless you use your imagination.

This beer is one that you can pound at tailgates.

This beer goes down pretty good.

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Photo of AlieLagerkolschbock
5/5  rDev +52.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just superb: Not only the best lager ('adjunct' or otherwise), but the best beer of any sort. When I die, submerge my corpse in a keg of GRAIN BELT, baby!

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Photo of bbtkd
3.22/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grain Belt Premium, 4.6% ABV. Real pale yellow, drank from the bottle so no head. Nose is sweetness and corn. Taste is mostly watery, some sweetness. Light carbonation, OK mouthfeel. Overall OKish. Another beer I had in the past before I got into craft, but never reviewed it. I recall the 1970's vintage having more flavor.

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bbtkd from South Dakota, Aug 18, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light yellow, clear, frothy head. Many brewery tours with free pitchers at the original Nordeast Mpls site 50 yrs ago. Similar, but drier than the original regular Grainbelt. Schells is a good custodian for the recipe.

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rickyfinn from Minnesota, Aug 03, 2019
Photo of defunksta
3.62/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, light lemon-water color with a golden-hue and a stronger white head.
Aroma: Very strong aromas of sweet honey, biscuit, corn, and malt liquor. A little grassy skunk. Can almost smell from across the room of honey and malt liquor.
Flavor: Strong honey, raw grain, yeast, corn, rice and malt liquor. Similar to the nose, but more grains and yeast. Less honey, malt liquor. Still a lot of adjunct flavor and reminds me of Saki. Yet, still some what which is pleasant. Finishes clean and crisp, slightly sweetened corn on the tongue
Feel: Clean, crisp. Just enough yeast to give it a nice crisp finish. Lighter bodied as expected. Decent carbonation.

Overall: An okay adjunct lager. Tons of flavor, but comes at the expense of adjunct flavor over the flaked grain. A little sweeter corn and malt liquor, but also has more grain and yeast to clean it off. More flavor overall, and I'd rate it very well for the style.

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defunksta from Illinois, Jul 20, 2019
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3.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a can. Golden color with fluffy white head. Sweet grain smell. Light feel with good carbonation. Sweet malt flavor with some corn in the background. Drank plenty of this in college! It's no craft beer but the taste is a bit cleaner than the big macro lagers.

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Photo of Buckeye55
3/5  rDev -8.3%
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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Buckeye55 from North Carolina, Jan 24, 2019
Photo of dav2080
3.69/5  rDev +12.8%
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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dav2080 from Wisconsin, Jan 13, 2019
Photo of superwho24
4.32/5  rDev +32.1%
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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superwho24 from Arkansas, Jan 13, 2019
Photo of Col
3.07/5  rDev -6.1%
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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Col from Washington, Oct 05, 2018
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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
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 +12.8%
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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Squire from Mississippi, Aug 30, 2018
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3.72/5  rDev +13.8%
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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cardfan212 from Minnesota, Jul 07, 2018
Photo of mngermanshepherd
3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Edit: they must have changed something, the sweetness is there but the corn really shines. Much better!

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Photo of wl2bill
3.46/5  rDev +5.8%
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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wl2bill from Wisconsin, May 13, 2018
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3.42/5  rDev +4.6%
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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NRajtarski from Minnesota, May 06, 2018
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3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | 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 +5.8%
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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SB2017 from Iowa, Mar 28, 2018
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2.71/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance = Meh, Ok | Very clear looking beer when poured, it almost looks like a light cider in appearance. Slight golden hue leaving a little bit to be desired; Smell = Meh, Ok | It doesn't have much of a smell to it. I can smell hints of salted butter and a little fruit(?), yet can be described as a clean smell; Taste = Good/Feel = Meh, Ok/Overall = Good | It comes off a little flat when warm, but when served cold it moves up in tastability. It has a carbonated and salty taste like most more affordable lagers. It is a bit thin, but is desirable when wanting a lawn mowing beer. It is an Ok beer at a great price. I do not like lagers much, but if I must drink an ok lager, I'll come back to this for sure.

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iesousG2k from Minnesota, Sep 14, 2017
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2.94/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Most all beer is GMO and im sure this is no exception. That said, I quite enjoy this beer for the price. Its an easy drinking, unique tasting beer. I wont complain at 9.50 for 12 16oz.

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Photo of krowman2652
1.31/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

People actually drink this GMO corn lousy beer? I will not ever again. Years ago it was a well crafted beer from an old Minneapolis brewery. Now, it is just a mass market liquid with no real backbone. The formula has totally changed obviously.

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krowman2652 from Minnesota, Jun 14, 2017
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3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Review taken from notes dated 5-18-17

Pale yellow body; respectable thin yet lasting white head. Little aroma. Light, toasted grain flavor; corn; Captain Crunch-like sweetness. Medium body; warm and sweet.

Decebt, low-cost brew...

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beergoot from Colorado, May 29, 2017
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3.56/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce clear bottle into lager glass, bottled on 12/21/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear pale golden/straw color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of lemon, cracker, corn, and white bread; with light pear, apple, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance of pale malt, corn, and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. A bit fruity/estery, but not overwhelming. Taste of lemon, cracker, corn, and white bread; with light pear, apple, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, cracker, corn, white bread, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of pale malt, corn, and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Fairly clean on lager flavors; a bit fruity/yeasty, but not overwhelming. Medium carbonation and light body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, dry, grainy, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.6%. Overall this is a good Adjunct lager style. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt, corn, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. Absolutely no skunky flavors from the clear bottle; which was surprising, because this had a solid hop presence considering the style. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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superspak from Michigan, Mar 11, 2017
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3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this beer was quite good. It is a lighter beer that is more of a thirst quencher. On bros night it fits in just like a bud light but you never are compromising taste for price. It is much better than most, if not all, of the bigger macro brews you'll find. Definitely my go-to thirst quencher.

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Carter__ND from North Dakota, Feb 20, 2017
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3.46/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a shaker pint at Matt's Bar in Minneapolis.

Presented with a golden straw body color, a bit of cola carbonation, and a faint fleeting bleach white head with a very small collar. Decent looking for an AAL, but not that great either.

Aroma is a bit better than the average bear. Small sense of corn sweet character, but with tinges of honey a bit as well if ever so slightly. Good crispness to match.

Palate makes a solid impression for what it is. Soft grain feel, but also a bit of hinting buttery slickness, perhaps a touch of diacetyl but not very large at least. Sweet mix of popcorn like quality. Even an interesting possibly fruity ester like finish that makes the beer quite interesting in the aftertaste.

A very different AAL in the vein out there. Certainly memorable too and drinkable.

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Smakawhat from Maryland, Oct 18, 2016
Grain Belt Premium from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 74 out of 100 with 613 ratings