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
Ranking:
#45,842
Reviews:
208
Ratings:
581
pDev:
19.08%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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29
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Photo of megamick
2.25/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of chippo33
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of holder1422
2.93/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of imbibehour
3.46/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Schlitz74
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is neither good or bad, just an average macro lager, that isn't available to most of the country. It is better than most of the familiar macro lagers.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MykeJ
3.02/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of jfettig
3.19/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of stratusjeans
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rollmeaway2loadout
2.67/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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

Photo of Beginner2
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JanelleBernstrom
4.68/5  rDev +44%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PMarcy78
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dhannes
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Perfect Pint--nice golden color, but smell of corn syrup. Moderate flavor that was more sweet than dry--reminded me of a hard cider, with low maltiness and little flavor from hops. Modest body and low carbonation, but too thick to be a session beer. I probably would try again if offered to me, but not likely to buy.

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Photo of Ebmahoney
3.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KurtE
3.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

great session or lawn mower

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Photo of hegg4345
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of tjlee22
4.1/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.43/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ugly beer colored yellow in a clear bottle. Aroma was stale grain.

Taste had some corn sweetness but was otherwise run of the mill adjunct lager stuff. Lots of carbonation, some grittiness. Can't believe the hipsters haven't pushed this more. Its the same vein as PBR or whatnot.

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Photo of BLarson31
3.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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 say...at 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 Evilyak
3.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Typical Minnesotans. It's not very good, but it's from Minnesota so we have to support it anyway.

The taste gets to me. That blueberry note just seems odd for this beer.

Unless there's nothing else, I'd still take pass on this one.

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Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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