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 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 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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Photo of Josholson666
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CincyScot
4.74/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

With all the IPAs out there today Grain Belt is probably one of the maltiest out there...what a relief!! Unique taste. Everytime I come to MN I have to have one!

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Photo of MikeKnauf
3.56/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good 'ole clear yellow in a clear bottle... looks actually kind of nice. This is a beer I drink right out of the bottle - It's not special enough to dirty a glass and it probably tastes better this way.

Smell is nothing great, nor is it offensive. Slightly sweet, malt/white bread kind of smell. Keep it in the bottle.

Taste is a twang of carbonation, almost like a hefe, then sweet then slightly sour in the finish. I get almost no bitterness from this beer. I'm not even sure I can detect a hop flavor. But still, it's tasty and refreshing.

Feel is not bad. A bit thin and really carbonated. Adds a lot of bite to the sip.

Overall it works. I wouldn't drink it every day but for an adjuct it's not half bad. I liked it before I started drinking worldly beers, and I still like it. Too bad it isn't available where I live.

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

Photo of jstigen
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

MN classic - easy-drinking AAL

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Photo of M1k3y
2.92/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.87/5  rDev -11.7%
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 nuebs
2.25/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of SeanMNCraftBeerLover
2.89/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Grain Belt Premium from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.25 out of 5 with 572 ratings
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