Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2003
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Appearance is as good as it is going to get for this style, light yellow, decent, quite long lasting head, good lacing. Aroma is light, with just a hint of corn flakes. Mmmm, breakfast. Taste had a bit of corn, and a definite sweetness, but just enough hops to keep it from being cloying. Good palate. Really a quite decent example of the style. Thanks wawood!
SavMan (10) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. I wish I could like this more, as it's a local legend and I want to support in-state industry. However, I've never been able to get a hang for this beer. It's heavier than most ASs, with a corny taste to it. Definitely sweeter than you'd expect. Maybe as I grow a better palate I will like this more, but until then, my roommates can support Schells Brewery for me.
JPDIPSO (5597) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark straw color with a foamy white head. Light malt, grain, and floral hops aroma. thinner feel with a bit of effervescence. Light malt and grain flavors.
chuckt (6) - aurora, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2003 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I tried this beer last summer in MN. I was very surprised. The flavor was very malty and sweet and it was heavy beer, you can not drink this all day long. But I did load up my car to take home, I have only found one place in DENVER that carrys this, but they recently quit. If anybody knows of a place in CO, please email me. You will not go wrong trying this beer one of the best American regional beers.
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 9, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Corny, slightly papery and thin. It was easier on the palate than the more chemical tasting American Macros, but also doesn't have the hip swagger of a Pabst Blue Ribbon.
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2003
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Grain Belt? Never heard of it until we stopped at a antique store in La Crosse and I saw a ton of these old cans there to be bought for $1.00. Imagine that! Anyways we stopped in some town named Blue Earth and I had time to try one. Reminds me of a Huber. And that is not a good start. Too bad Schells doen't change the recipe. The oldtimer in the bar laughed when I ordered one, guess that should have tipped me off.
BeerBilly (2) - DULUTH, Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2003 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Glad to see that Schell's is keeping the recipe & name alive. This is my staple draft at the "Pole" after a good workout. Nice head, good aroma, and an excellent sweet taste to quench my thirst. More body that most American pils.
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - AUG 8, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2005 I’ve been wanting to try this legendary midwest brew for a long time but for one reason or another never got around to it. The appearance was average for the style, and it had a clean and malty aroma lightly hopped. The flavor was sweet, malty and smooth all the way through, with a clear as a bell finish, just a nip of bitterness. Bingo!
DrnkMcDermott (3003) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2003
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2003 Draft, Minneapolis. Had this after washing the taste of a Labatt's Blue out of my mouth, but it was only a slight improvement. Since this really is my father's beer (that and Hamm's), and because it has such a generic name, it's a little hard to approach without preconceptions. What I find is the usual pale American Standard color, not much head. I did get a hint of lager yeast taste, but not too much else. When we had to leave, I didn't really want to stay and finish this. Schell's keeps this going because of nostalgia and name recognition as this area's standard cheap beer, but they'd really do well to push more of their own brand (currently #4 on the "Best American Standards" list to your right).
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2003
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Grain Belt is another beer most of the guys I went to high school drank because they thought it was cool. Years later I can tell you nothing about this will ever make you cool. Nothing but Swill.