Grain Belt Premium Light | August Schell Brewing Company

Grain Belt Premium LightGrain Belt Premium Light
42 Ratings
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.

Added by garymuchow on 06-27-2004

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2.29/5  rDev -8.4%
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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2.59/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.55/5  rDev +2%
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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3/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.75/5  rDev +10%
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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1.55/5  rDev -38%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Can drink all day and feel nothing

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2.83/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.5/5  rDev 0%

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2.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.73/5  rDev +9.2%
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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2.5/5  rDev 0%

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3/5  rDev +20%
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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2/5  rDev -20%

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1.25/5  rDev -50%

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2.25/5  rDev -10%

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2.5/5  rDev 0%

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2/5  rDev -20%

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1.75/5  rDev -30%

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Grain Belt Premium Light from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.5 out of 5 with 42 ratings
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