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Grain Belt Premium | August Schell Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

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.

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Ratings: 594 |  Reviews: 215
Reviews by DrCDPriest:
Photo of DrCDPriest
3.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not a bad beer for a traditional American beer by a great company with a low price-point. Usually I would rant and rave over anything from August Schell Brewing, great history, great people, great location, wonderful products. And I use to love Grain Belt before it sold to ASB.

The Grain Belt Premium has a nice, although very pale yellow, color, more like corm than other grains, good aroma, smells like dad's Miller Highlife 40 years ago, taste has a bit more of a sour than bitter flavor, starts sour/bitter but has a good semi-sweet grainy follow through, hint of corn maybe (?), highly carbonated, bubbles like a ginger ale, still, great beer with pizza, nachos, or hanging out at a local bar watching the Super Bowl.

At home I pour a 12 0z bottle into a pint glass, out, draft is usually pretty tasty.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of pontiuspalette
2.94/5  rDev -9.8%
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 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 SD-Alefan
3.42/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Being a native Minnesotan, I've had more of these over they years than I wish to admit. Figured it was time to review this midwest classic.
Clear straw color and it would have probably a moderate head if poured into a glass but this is Grain Belt, dammit. Drink it out of the bottle. Or can.
Aroma is sweet and grainy with, perhaps, a hint of hops hiding in there somewhere. And, thanks to the clear bottle, there's also the piquant bouquet of odeur de skunk lurking beneath the sweetness.
Taste is sweet and malty and there is a hint of bitterness in there from the hops as well. Finishes clean and refreshing. The slight skunkiness in the nose isn't really showing up in the taste. A hint of sweet fruit as well, almost berry-like.
Mouthfeel is light and bubbly.
Hey, it is what it is. A well-done AAL. Crisp and refreshing and about perfect for a hot summer day. Seems to be it tastes better than it did, say, 30 years ago...

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Photo of superspak
3.56/5  rDev +9.2%
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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Photo of Oakenshield53
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

OK, by rights this is a 3, but I'm giving it another .5 because - hey, Grain Belt.

Crisp, clean - a good summer adjunct lager, but then there's the sweet kick at the finish. The much superior Grain Belt Nordeast has this as well, but Premium's is noticeable and a little surprising if you haven't had one before.

Going by appearances, you're ready for some Blatz, right on - just something to knock the dust down a little while you finish hanging that garage door, but then - there it is. A little bit like the after-taste of Corn Flakes, including the sugar.

That might not be everyone's idea of a good time, but I always have some Grain Belt standing by.

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Photo of SweetwaterTuonker
3.84/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of evanackerman
3.11/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of SellaBro1
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jokelahoma
4.18/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Old Chicago in Eden Prarie, Minnesota.

Poured a nice, perfectly clear golden yellow, with a surprisingly large and long lasting head.

Aroma is grainy, as would be expected. It's clean on the nose, though , with no hints of corn-like DMS or nasty sweetness that can plague beers of this style. Smells pretty good to be honest.

Taste is remarkably clean, with good 6-row barley grainy flavors. Hop bittering is just sufficient to keep this from being overly sweet, but the hops make their presence known in no other way. Exactly as it should be. There's just a touch of sweetness here. This one also doesn't suffer the carbonic "bite" of an overcarbonated macro. As stated before, it's clean.

This is an American style lager, so one expects a thin mouthfeel. It comes through there, too. Not watered down, but insubstantial enough to stay out of its own way.

This is a surprising beer. If you pop a cap expecting a BMC, you'll be shocked. Real flavor exists here. Try it, and see what American lagers can be.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of pdb
3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mynie
3.49/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Never had the old stuff, but I have seen the neon signs and that has to count for something.

Light macro yellow pour is saved by a very nice head that sticks around forever.

Nice sweet grain smell. Like high life taken up a notch. Uber American Pilsner.

Tastes very much like it smells. Nothing fancy, but its as solid as an old fashioned macro can get.

Hats off to Schell for making this wonderfully drinkable affordably priced brew.

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Photo of sgttibbs
4.5/5  rDev +38%

Photo of BobbersDown
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A go to beer for a Minnesota native. Consider it skewed if you like, but considering the price point, it's tough to beat. Taste is light, and perhaps on the sweet side, but not in an unpleasant way. Just an easy beer to reach for if you want something that goes down smooth on either a hot day or spending some time in the ice shack. If you have a chance, try it...it may not be your favorite, and it isn't mine, but it does hit the spot.

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Photo of zjungleist
2.53/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this one night on my recent trip to the twin cities. Light yellow in color with a white head. As for taste and smell, there is not much you can say about this beer that you couldnt say about PBR or Hamm's. However, I would say that Grain Belt wins by a nose. There was a little bit of canned corn in the smell, and a slightly metalic taste. The mouthfeel was wet and bubbly. I think that freshness played a factor in it's moderate drinkability. I woudln't really got for this stuff after it had been shipped 2 or 3 states away. This beer served it's purpose, and I can't really complain about that.

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Photo of BlackDrongo
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Beer-vortex
3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Qualifier; this is a lawn-mower beer, not Heady Topper.

16oz can.

After very good smoke it pours a light yellow with a persistent 2 finger head that slowly dissipates. Smells of wheat and a grainy grassiness. The aroma is actually pretty decent.

The taste mirrors the nose; wheat, grainy-grassiness. This is a standard adjunct lager. I catch no alcohol and I shouldn’t at just 4.6% ABV. Lots of carbonation but that’s to be expected. Poor lacing.

This is a very good lawn mower beer; nothing more, nothing less. It is not a high-end DIPA! However, on a hot Summer day I find myself still drawn to this beer, and it remains a decent offering. I’d much rather have this than almost ALL of the other macro-brews. I will purchase this beer again for a lawn-mower beer.

The can had a best before date on the bottom. It doesn't say "BEST BEFORE", it just has the date, which in this case, was 11-11-15.

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Photo of icefisherman
4.05/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

this beer is a little hard to find in bars but fairly easy to get at booze stores all over the city it looks like beer always a plus in my book it smells like any other mass produced beer but with a small difference not sure what it is but i like it taste like beer once again a plus still it is sweeter then most other beers and it is verry drinkable i could drink it all day long

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Photo of hinemk76
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

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 hero27
2.3/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Macro color, macro taste..but I'll try to keep an open mind on the much talked-about "Grain-Belt". Let's go with the facts..it is a straw-yellow color...no head, no lace. The aroma is nothing but rice..grainy, grassy herbal smell with a hint of corn thrown in there. The taste comes down to a combination of very mild grainy malts and possibly good dishwater. Thin mouthfeel. Slides down as easy as corn-flavored water...remarkably, that's what I found out this is. Thank god this was the "Premium" grain belt..I'd hate to taste what the sub-par grain belt tastes like.

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Photo of yoyogopants
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of castortroy89
2.74/5  rDev -16%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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Grain Belt Premium from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.26 out of 5 with 594 ratings