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.

Added by TastyTaste on 07-04-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
571
Reviews:
202
Avg:
3.28
pDev:
19.21%
 
 
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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.87/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

even as an adjunct lager, this isnt all that great, despite the devoted loyalty of the folks who live where its made, which is apparently now wisconsin? anyway, the folks of the twin cities insisted i put a few of these back before i went off on a craft beer diversion, so i obliged them. clear bottle is never a good sign, but its got a nice bone white head on it, and obviously a lot of carbonation, i have no problem with anything so far really. the nose is sweet for what it is, corny and rich, oddly stale, and a little beany and off putting. smells almost fruity, like warmer fermented than it should have been, but this is a lager, so i dont get it. the flavor is straight fake blueberry. its way out of place, and a definite off flavor in a beer like this, but for whatever reason, i dont hate it. its better than metallic, its better than skunked, and its a lot better than flavorless. i see the appeal i suppose, but it sits weird in the gut and is still cheap swill by any standard. interesting this is made by schell, i had no idea they did this kind of thing. i thought those heady berliners were their only game. looks like this is a lot like ac golden inside of coors, maybe they have a craft division or something, but the schell berliner beers are landmarks in experimenting with the style, and i absolutely love them all. this is a let down, even more so in that context, but i suppose with some pond hockey i could knock back a few of these...

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Photo of Knapp85
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of emerge077
3.76/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at Captain Mike's in Kenosha, WI.

Pours a clear gold, with steady streams of visible carbonation. About one finger of white foam, that settles to a thin ring.

Aroma didn't grab me, it was a little bland and adjuncty. Raw grains, corn, a touch of sulfur that blows off after a minute.

Surprisingly tasty flavors of apple and bready malt, with a little honey on the back end. A dry and clean aftertaste is what sets it apart from other lawnmower beers. Carbonation is steady and even, and gives it a light feeling. The clean finish makes it palatable and easy to session, no doubt.

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Photo of zeff80
3.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a pale gold color with a one-finger head. Highly carbonated and leaves no lacing.

S - It smelled of corn and grains.

T - It tastes of corn. It also has a bready quality and some hints of clove. Somewhat sweet, too.

M - It is crisp and dry. A light-bodied beer.

D - It doesn't look very good but the taste is just good. Also, the classic look is great.

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Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of superspak
3.56/5  rDev +8.5%
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 mothman
3.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. No freshness date.

This beer is very popular from where I live, so I figured I would give it a chance.

Pours a fizzy head that doesn't last too long. Color is a clear straw yellow.

It is definitely a light beer that doesn't pour much of a head. There really is no presence of hops. Just a big grain flavor with some corn.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a lighter bodied. Higher amount of carbonation.

Overall this beer doesn't have much going on, but it is a local favorite. It doesn't cost that much which is nice and you can drink a few without filling up.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from MilwaukeeCrusher, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, lager yeast, grain and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain, lager yeast and adjuncts. Then some light malt sweetness follows. The hops presence is very mild but decent for the style. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent poundable beer if you’re looking for a better version of a macro.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of russpowell
2.78/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The very 1st beer I had in N. Dakota at a bar at the cedar inn (cavaleir (SP??))

Pours light yellow with some head, a little head retention & no lacing

Smell Corny

Taste: Grainy, sweet & slightly fruitty. Finishes grainy slighlty sweet

MF: Thin & astringent

Easy to drink one, if you drink fast, otherwise, be warned! run o the mill macroswill from a regional brewer

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sun-faded straw with colorless accents at the edges of the glass. This is one of the palest beers that I've seen in quite some time. The brilliant white head is chock full of character. It's semi-stiff with a geological surface and is sticky enough so that fingers of foam maintain contact with the glass as it falls. Nice lace display too.

I have to stop approaching some styles of beer with preconceived notions. I expected Grain Belt Premium to smell like hundreds of other macro lagers, but it's considerably better. There's an enjoyable untoasted graininess that's complemented by a (gasp!) floral hoppiness. Not floral in the Saaz, et al sense, but floral nevertheless.

This is good beer in a 'let's not get carried away' kind of way. The fact that it has easily exceeded my expectations probably accounts for most of my enthusiasm. The flavor profile obediently follows the nose. It's still pleasantly grain-like (so it's aptly named) with an unmistakable hop flavor, yet almost no bitterness.

It's also on the sweet side, which almost makes it taste like a scaled down version of a malt liquor; which I tend to like more than macro lagers anyway. Call me crazy, but I can even pick up some lightly sweetened banana notes. Even though complexity isn't a word that comes to mind, my interest is still high as I approach the final few ounces. Try that with just about any other macro lager in the known world.

The mouthfeel is somewhere between light and medium and has an expansive softness that is its defining characteristic. The finish is brief and contributes to an easy drinkability. I have to bump the appearance score up a half point since my glass is virtually covered with lace, the most I've ever seen for a beer of this style.

Grain Belt has two strikes against it right off the bat: the name and the clear glass bottle. Ultimately, though, they matter not. I do like the label and the cap; they ooze old school cool. This is one of the better (microbrewed) macro lagers in existence. Like anything else, it has its time and its place. I could see myself buying at least a few sixers every summer if it ever makes its way this far south.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this one as part of a trade and honestly thought it was a joke, but I had never ad it so that was enough for me to give it a whirl. Served as cold as possible and poured into a pint glass this one was consumed on 10/20/2009.
 
The pour was bout what I would have expected, bright golden hey colored with a huge white fizzy head on top that quickly faded leaving behind nearly nothing in its wake. Aroma of grain, light notes of corn and bready malts then proceeded to take over. Not terrible really, did not have that musky and cardboard like aroma I have come to see from a few. Crisp and clean flavor for sure, I actually found myself enjoying a touch of this one. Clean taste of grain and bready malts. Light corn aftertaste and only the slightest bit of hops coming through enough to dry off the palate and ready it for the next go round.
 
Overall I actually really liked this, for the style I thought it held up quite well and I would not mind having it again.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.11/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The CANQuest (TM) has wanted to glug this one off for a while. I CANnot tell you why I became fascinated by Grain Belt, but I was excited to try some on both occasions that I was in Minneapolis, but both times, it was in bottle form. CAN you dig it?

My pour produced two fingers' worth of rocky, bone-white head with decent retention which also produced a good bit of lacing as it fell. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Liquid sunshine in a glass! Nose was the standard for the style - a slight lager sweetness upstaged by odd scents, in this case including a grapiness. Mouthfeel was medium and it was not as bad in the mouth as I was girding myself for. It was a typical AAL with the usual lager sweetness accompanied by cereal flavors. Finish was likewise passable, but somehow my fascination may have also passed.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.34/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A buddy brought a 12pck of cans back with him from a recent trip to Minnesota. Beer poured a golden clear with thin white head. The smell and taste were a nice balance of malt, grain, and hop. The mouthfeel was light in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a good beer.

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Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of chippo33
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of smakawhat
3.46/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of PA-Michigander
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of jwc215
3.34/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw yellow as seen through the glass. A fizzy white head leaves lacing.

The smell is clean. Smells like a typical adjunct lager - perhaps even a bit cleaner.

The taste is clean overall...there is a hint of blueberry for some reason. Finishes crisp and clean.

An easy-drinking, inexpensive "lawn mower" beer.

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Photo of SadMachine
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Duff27
3.72/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours light golden with a one inch white head in my pint glass. Many carbonation bubbles streaming up from the pint floor. Some lacing present.

S- Grain, straw. Slight lemon zest.

T- See above. Add a speck of honey. Normally with this style of beer the after taste is just "off-putting" to me but this one isn't bad at all.

M- Carbonation is spot on.

D/O- My first experience with this beer was last night after hearing from a couple friends from MN how great of a drinkable beer it was. I'd have to agree. Drinkability is top notch. Perhaps the best adjunct lager I've ever had.

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Grain Belt Premium from August Schell Brewing Company
3.28 out of 5 based on 571 ratings.
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