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.

Added by TastyTaste on 07-04-2003

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Photo of dnodgaard
1/5  rDev -69.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of krowman2652
1.31/5  rDev -59.7%
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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Photo of Jimboe
1.5/5  rDev -53.8%

Photo of RevCraig
1.5/5  rDev -53.8%

Photo of Mebuzzard
1.5/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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1.5/5  rDev -53.8%

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1.5/5  rDev -53.8%

Photo of Cristoph
1.61/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Oxymoron
1.73/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Is there a grain belt buckle? Pours a clear lemony yellow color with great clarity. Needed help with the pour but still left with a large bubbly head that quickly dissipated to nothing. No retention, no lacing, no carbonation.

The nose is limited but what aromas you could get were off. Noticeable canned corn mixed with butyric/sewer smells. Some lighter bread notes that was boarder line cereal and boarder line grainy. Feint yeast notes as well.

The taste is on par with the nose. Or well below par in this case. A almost sickly sweetness with strong notes of corn and butter. No real malt notes at all. No hop notes either to balance. To me this is more along the lines of a malt liquor than macro lager. Some minor sewage notes in the end but not as bad as the nose indicated.

The body is closer to light than moderate. Next to no carbonation and a offsetting finish leaves a filmy finish. Overall not recommended. Not recommended at all.

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Photo of Raime
1.87/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Grain Belt Premium

So this is what all the cool kids in the grain belt drink huh?. Single bottle left at my house. I mean...the name even sounds as boring as can be. Adjuncts in general really aren't as bad as most people least some of them aren't. Anyway, cooking a frozen Za and reading newbie reviews bashing advocates for being too snobbish. Lets do it.

Look - From the twist off sixteen ounce bottle into a random sixteen ounce glass I grabbed out of my cabinet. This brew pours a Crystal clear straw golden hue with a two finger head that dies as quickly as it makes its appearance like a lowly paid rockstar who only needed enough for the next crack rock. Carbonation appears to be dead as a door nail.

Smell - Alcohol. Wow it is truly sad when a beer of such a lowly calibre can't even hide the alcohol content. Literally smells like corn alcohol the hillbillies would drink. Corn and alcohol, incase I didn't already get my point across.

Taste - Almost sickly sweet with the aforementioned alcohol and corn along side of weird generic syrupy flavor that doesn't fit at all. Even as far as adjuncts go, this is not a good one. Whewwww. Nothing else to say here.

Feel - The feel on this beer is actually somehow moderate with an exceptional level of carbonation. Flavors retain the same with more of that syrup like aspect coming through as it sits around.

Overall - And this is considered a GOOD adjunct? I could walk into a run down liquor store in the bad part of town, throw a rock and find you a better adjunct than this. Reminded me of Bud Light to be quite honest. Maybe a bad batch? Maybe sad out for too long? Thus stuff sucks harder than a Chinese whore.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
1.88/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Draft, Minneapolis. Had this after washing the taste of a Labatt's Blue out of my mouth, but it was only a slight improvement. Since this really is my father's beer (that and Hamm's), and because it has such a generic name, it's a little hard to approach without preconceptions. What I find is the usual pale American Standard color, not much head. I did get a hint of lager yeast taste, but not too much else. When we had to leave, I didn't really want to stay and finish this. Schell's keeps this going because of nostalgia and name recognition as this area's standard cheap beer, but they'd really do well to push more of their own brand.

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Photo of jgfagerberg
1.9/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

I still love this beer forever. A Minneapolis icon.

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Photo of jdhilt
1.91/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a 12oz bottle at the Doolittle American Grill ($3.50) Alexandria, Mn. Pours with two finger white head that goes slowly leaving a good lace. Clear pale amber color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Wet stainless steel nose. Starts with a hoppy citrusy flavor but weak, finish is clean since there is not much here. Good lawn mower beer.

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Photo of grynder33
1.93/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear light gold color, small head, terrible old corn aroma, very light corn taste, just a touch of malt sweetness. I guess you can tell its not a light, but I would take any Miller product over this. The third worst beer I've ever tasted. From the past reviews I'll assume its better when its fresher.

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2/5  rDev -38.5%

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2/5  rDev -38.5%

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2/5  rDev -38.5%

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2/5  rDev -38.5%

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2/5  rDev -38.5%

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2/5  rDev -38.5%

Photo of moulefrite
2/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Comes in a clear bottle that showcases its extremely pale staw color. In fact, I can see right through the darn thing! More like an Italian chardonnay in color than a beer. Sports a modest white head throughout-to its one credit I guess?! Aromas hint straight off of adjunct-lots of corn here folks! The beer actually tastes like a can of "light" cream corn-if there is such a thing. The mouth feel is redolent of water, and as the beer warms in the glass it loses its carbonation with the quickness of a cat, and actually, almost passes for water! Grain belt finishes with a lingering "frito corn chip" flavor! If you like em corny and flat this one is for you brave drinker!!

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2/5  rDev -38.5%

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2/5  rDev -38.5%

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2/5  rDev -38.5%

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2/5  rDev -38.5%

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Grain Belt Premium from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.25 out of 5 with 581 ratings