Grain Belt Premium Light | August Schell Brewing Company

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Grain Belt Premium LightGrain Belt Premium Light

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.90%

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.

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Photo of ZAP
2.29/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

L-Light straw color

S-Faint grainy notes.

T-Very lightly flavored even for a light beer. Lacks the malt characteristics of several other American Adjunct Light Beers. I had a Coors Light right after this and the Coors Light had a much bigger malt flavor (never imagined I'd be touting Coors Light strong malt notes).

F-Very watery and thin.

O-I love all things Schell except for this. Was hoping for some resemblance to regular Premo but not finding any similarities..Not bad or cheap tasting just not much "to taste". I have no knowledge of the history of this beer and when it was introduced and if this is even the same recipe but whatever the case this lacks flavor...any flavor...My guess is it may have come out when Minnesota Brewing had the label and probably not a lot went into developing it. Like I said not sure if it is the same recipe but it could use a revisit by the experts at Schells.

Actually tastes and drinks similar to Miller 64 or Mich Ultra.

As always scores are per style.

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Photo of Mdog
2.55/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Extremely pale yellow, ok head.

Smell: More aroma than many light beers, mild sweetness and fruitiness are detected.

Taste: The smell carries over into the taste, mild fruitiness and sweetness. Definitely tastes like a lighter version of regular Grain Belt. Much lighter in feel than Premo.

Overall: I wanted to try GB Premo light so I bought a 12 pack. I'm not a big fan of premo, this light version is slightly preferable in my book. Not offensive, easy to drink, has a little bit of flavor--hits the mark for a light beer.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Grain Belt Premium Light has a thin, white head, a clear, fairly bubbly, straw appearance, and minimal lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, mild malt, and the flavor is the same, with almost no bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Premium Light finishes crisp and refreshing.


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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Last time I was at the doc my numbers were up a bit. One of the ideas is to switch to a lower calorie beer, at least on a nightly basis, or just have less. Now Grain Belt is one of my favorites so I'm hoping this won't let me down. At 95 calories and $11/12 pack, I thought it was worth a shot.

Appearance - in the bottle. Not going to bother pouring this one out. A very clear yellow color.

Smell (2) - Smells a lot like regular Grain Belt with a little salt maybe. Wet, musty grains. Field corn. Wet towel. Sour dough. Not a bad smell really, but not particularly interesting either.

Taste (2.5) - Here's what it boils down to. Compared to Grain Belt it's got more of a club soda flavor to it and less robustness. Almost a "diet" Grain Belt if you will. Salt is coming back for some reason. Yet it's not salty. Like a tasteless salt. Still more seltzer. Sour bread. Rotten corn. The flavor isn't terrible, but it has a very light feel to it. Drinkability is its strong suit for sure.

Mouthfeel (2.5) - Seltzer feel like Bud 55, but has an uncommonly dry finish which knocks it up a notch. Nothing to write home about but it is what it is.

Overall (2.36) - If you mixed Grain Belt Premium and Club Soda together you would have a close representation of this beer. With that being said it still retains a hint of the Grain Belt goodness and the flavors actually come out more as the beer starts to warm. My favorite light beer is Michelob Golden Draft Light which this doesn't even touch. I won't be buying it again and next time I'll opt for more flavor and less beers with regular Grain Belt. I wouldn't recommend ever buying this beer over Grain Belt unless you absolutely had to have 6 or more a night and wanted to cut calories. Most of the macro lagers are comparable to this although it has a certain "rebel" attitude to it. Definitely a worthy try but Grain Belt regular is for sure better.

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Photo of EZ054098
3/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a really good light beer. It is better than the macro-brewery light beers for sure. I don't think the point of drinking light beer is necessary for deep, fulfilling taste experience. Light beer to me is a refreshing drink at a BBQ or after a pickup basketball game. Or, in my case, when I want a beer that isn't going to get in the way of a tasty burger. This beer doesn't have the yeasty taste of the big boys, yet is light(I think the entire point) and refreshing.

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Photo of mynie
2.17/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Umm... bizarre. Usually if a beer is bad, it gets worse as it warms up and you keep sipping it. At first it's decent, you convince yourself that hey, this ain't that bad, I can finish this, and then three sips later you pour it into your sister's sockdrawer.

This is kind of the opposite. It's pale and odorless, like a light beer, but then the first sip tastes awful, like a wet dog. I opened another bottle and poured it into another, freshly washed glass. Same deal. Had someone else taste it, same deal.

So I'm thinking crap, there's no way I can finish this. But I took a few more sips, and the canine nodes became replaced with the the baby aspirin of regular Grain Belt. Then, a few sips later, it tastes like a watered down version of regular Premium, which is pretty much what I hoped it would be.

Umm... it's borderline drinkable, after a while?

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.49/5  rDev +6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

nice light golden color and a smooth, even carbonation level I could see through the crystal clear glass. Decently done. Unfortunatly that is where the fun ended as light corn, musky wet hay and just a mess took over from there. Not cool at all. Too light and way overcarbonated, the cold only served to mask what was a near putrid flavor. Wet corn and grass, week old clippings and a mess of grain. Just nothing redeeming here at all.

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Photo of Kahalo
5/5  rDev +112.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hey, I like a 'good' light beer and this one is a cut above the rest as light beer goes. (Just my opinion though, ATMO).

This light beer pours a light gold color, with considerable carbonation, fairly hoppy aroma.
Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, good drink-ability on a hot summer day while out on the boat.

Serving type: Bottle

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Photo of DaCheesehead
1.72/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear light golden straw brew with a thin and fast dissolving white head. Maybe just a thin white ring after the dissipation. Aroma of light white bread malt, grassy hops, a touch of sweet corn and a slight dead fish. Taste is light bodied, well carbonated with a light bread malt and grassy/vegetable hop flavor. Finish is watery, some light corn grits at first and then a clean cut and crisp aftertaste with no bitterness. As light as they come, it’s a watered down diet beer.

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Photo of beachscrat
3.7/5  rDev +57.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Okay, so this beer is rated for the style. Not against some Westy ale I had to fly to belgium to obtain and then sit in line for the monks to start the bidding. Seriously dudes, it's a light american lager, rate it as such!

Dangerously clear bottle. Your purveyor better have high turnover. White gold with zero foam.

Smells like a frat party.

Pasty pale white cereals and carbonated water. Stark white, David Bowie white. But between tap water and Premium Light, Premium Light wins.

Liter worthy drinkability. No problem, no aftertaste, no cardboard skunk.

Seriously, against any other American Light Lager, this one without a doubt reigns victorious. Drinkability is supreme.

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Photo of mdcrouser
1.68/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was in the New Ulm, Minn. area for business, and wanted to take home a couple of new beers for my trouble. On the way out of town, dropping into a bar that also sold six packs, this is one they recommended.

Light gold, with a simple white ring of bubbles at the edge of the bottom - transitions the same to the glass.

Grainy, watery on the nose - redeeming in that there are no off smells.

Tastes much like a Miller Lite - if you like such beers, but want to purchase from an American brewery, this is the beer for you. Grainy, but little else.

Carbonation pops the tongue a bit more than many other BMCs - doesn't help the beer though.

I'm not a light beer drinker - my fault for not doing my research in advance to find a local liquor store that might have more drinkable offerings.

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Photo of John_M
1.99/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Am here for the Thanksgiving weekend in the Twin Cities (dont cha know), and so my gracious hosts have provided me with some of the area's finest.

And so here we go...

This fine beer pours a light gold color, showcasing considerable carbonation, fair lacing, and minimal head retention. Folks at AB would be green with envy if they could get bud select 55 to look this good. The nose is pretty much as bad as you'd expect. I get considerable corn, seltzer, and... and.... did I mention I get a lot of sweet corn on the nose with this one? Hoooboy... on the palate... well yes, this is a bad beer, but you know.... for a crappy light beer it ain't all that bad. There is light honey and sweet corn, with the expected seltzer water dominating the flavor profile. Still, the beer finishes very well, and is actually pretty smooth on the palate (despite the considerable, prickly carbonation). Mouthfeel is watery of course, but there's some flavor in this beer, and it doesn't finish all that badly. Drinkability isn't all that bad, in an all day mowing the lawn kind of way. The beer is lousy of course, but in comparison to bud lite, miller light, and mich ultra, this is like drinking Rochefort 10.

Another lousy american light lager, on that we can all agree, but if you feel the need to drink some swill from this particular genre, you could do worse than GB premium light.

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Photo of bnietz
3.66/5  rDev +55.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Since I classify myself as a beer "nerd" and not a beer "geek", I find myself reviewing this beer not as a comparison to say, a nice belgian, but comparing it to other light beers.

Grain Belt Premium Light is a very drinkable beer, and I always look for it when buying light beer for the "crowd". The name is certainly misleading because the light version of this Premium tastes nothing like the very tasty regular Grain Belt Premium.

If you live in the upper midwest and have to buy a 12 pack for the crew, pick this one, you'll be glad you did!

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Photo of mothman
2.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass with no freshness date on the bottle.

This is definitely one of the lightest beers I have had. Like the regular version, it doesn't have much color at all and the head isn't to exciting.

Aroma and taste are very similar. Very bland. Some corn, grain, and light grassy hops show.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a light body. Higher carbonation. Ends dry.

I wouldn't recommend this one, unless you like tasteless beer or plan on having a lot (very drinkable as it is extremely light).

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Photo of alexgash
1.89/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale, urine straw with a fizzy white head. Nose is ginger ale but with corn instead of ginger. Sweeter smelling than other light lagers. Faint hop aroma. Flavor is scarce. What I can taste is best described as corn chex with a dash of sugar. Mineral watery bitterness in the finish (read: no hop presence/flavor). Light bodied, watery lager that I'll only have again if it's hot, I'm thirsty, and there's no other choice.

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Photo of StupidYoungster
2.87/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have heard such great things about this beer from my friends. I recently bought some and wasnt impressed. The flavor wasn't anything to write home about. The only thing about this beer that was good, was the price and how smooth it is. It would be good beer to go with your Burger King while watching a football game.

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Photo of TastyTaste
1.58/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured an extremely light straw color, that was closer to water in appearance than it was beer. Smelled lightly of corn and some slightly skunky malt. Taste was hopelessly hopless, menacingly maltless. Just some corn and carbonation. Just take the extra 10 calories a beer and buy grain belt premium proper. This stuff is worthless compared to it's history-rich older brother (this is the younger little sister, crying with a skinned knee).

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Photo of garymuchow
2.23/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Man when they said light they meant it.
This is one of the nearest beers to water that I've ever had.
Looks fine. Water clear pale gold. Head was rather small and moved to a ring only quickly.
Aroma was almost non-existant. A hint of sweetness initially but that left leaving nothing.
The taste is only a little more present. Just a very light bitterness start to finish, with hints of adjucts on occassion.
Very thin, with some fullness from more than average carbonation.
Taste is nothing to object to, because there is so little. I'm sure it'll go down quickly when hot and thirsty.

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Grain Belt Premium Light from August Schell Brewing Company
2.35 out of 5 based on 42 ratings.
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