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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28
Gots:
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Photo of CawlidgeHawkey
3.76/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thorkelson
2.59/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.42/5  rDev +4.3%
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 castortroy89
2.74/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beer-vortex
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
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 Inglewood
3.34/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Grain Belt Premium Beer has a very thick, frothy, spongy, white head (somewhat like whipped cream, at the crown), a mostly clear, straw appearance, but with noticeably more white sediment chunks than what one will see with macro-lagers. Lacing is pretty heavy. Aroma is of surprisingly strong northwest hops, and the flavor is of white bread, white bread crust, mainline hop bitterness, and a touch of sweetness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Grain Belt Premium Beer finishes crisp and refreshing.

RJT

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Photo of JMN44
4.37/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jpuetz
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BobbersDown
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
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 pdb
3.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mojohawk21
2.42/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of dnodgaard
1/5  rDev -69.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of Ssippisam
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Covocali
2.13/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Easy drinking light summer beer

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

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 Kark
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DucksFan16
2.94/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of twb0392
2.77/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of MattMorin
5/5  rDev +52.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I just have to have it

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jpwobbles
2.88/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Tastes like a typical adjunct lager.

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Photo of B-Stad
4.24/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My go to beer when I'm out at the bar, or really anywhere for that matter. This is my answer to a domestic boring American lager. Price point matches your Buds, Coors, & Millers. The taste blows said beers out of the water. This is one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had. I've been drinking GBP for 10 years, and it's my overall favorite beer. It's definitely sessionable, as I know all too well. If you're looking for an affordable beer that isn't too sophisticated yet actually tastes like beer, you've found your match with Grain Belt Premium.

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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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