I have to agree with Joe Lunchpail on this one. Premo always has a place in my “heart” but I don’t go searching for it. Some of the northern MN bars don’t carry much else so it’s nice that it’s always a standby when I’m up visiting the folks, but I’m not in love with the lighter, cheaper taste.
Oh Primo how we do love thee. This beer pours a very transparent golden color. Has moderate head that settles rather rapidly. Very simple scent of malt and almost a sweet citrus. Mouthfeel is very light and smooth. Tastes like a slightly malty lager with an almost tart after taste. Good flavor but very simple. This is a great easy drinking beer, particularly on a nice hot day. If your into simple lagers this is a good one to go for. Beyond that its always nice to enjoy a flavorful cold local beer that is reasonably inexpensive and very drinkable. Truly a premium beer.
I spent most of the winter working in the Grain Belt Studios in the old bottling house next to the brewery and it seemed downright weird to drink anything but Primo while we were there. Now, when I’m feeling overwhelmed at Surdyk’s and can’t think what to buy, I fall back on the Grain Belt. It’s perfect for summer – light, refreshing, tasty. It’s not too tasty, though. Not distinctive enough to get sick of. Best of all, you can get twelve bottles for less than ten bucks. Great for nights on the porch, barbeques, and yard work.
Schell’s Pils is the kind of beer that’s fine if you’re just drinking it. I could see myself grabbing one out of a tub of ice at a house party, swigging it, and thinking it was a pretty good beverage.
But if you stop swigging and start “tasting,” you quickly realize it’s not so hot. It’s kind of sour as opposed to bitter — not a flavor I’m fond of in a beer. My advice is to buy it in the sampler 12-pack where you only have to suffer through 2 bottles of it. Drink the Caramel Bock first, then move on to the other stuff when you’re too buzzed to care. Keep the 2 bottles of rancid SnowStorm in the back of your fridge for when your brother-in-law visits.
Man this stuff is cheap. Not bad, wish I has just just finished mowing the lawn, and sucked a few of these down, to truly appreciate this beer in its element. Maybe I could crack open a hole in the lake, stick a pole down, pretend to fish, and get drunk off this stuff. It is what you expect and maybe better, but if you expect this to be “beer enthusiest good”, might as well get the heck out of the fridge section where this stuff lives, it keeps some scary company. Hey Fat Cat used to be a MN brewed beer, and that is truly CRAP !
Really, I don’t want to be too mean because every brewmaster probably has their baby, and I’m sure this beer is someone’s… but I think they need to spend a little more time figuring out how to make this a ‘real beer’ – not beer-flavored water.
I’m giving it 2 stars because it’s not as bad as the cheap beers – but what else is there? I caught a faint whiff of honey, but otherwise it just tasted like a beer trying to move out of cheap status.
A two star beer for me is something I would drink socially but never buy myself. My initial reaction, after I had taken my first taste out of the can, was that this beer is a two. But after pouring it in a glass, drinking a little more, and perhaps thinking a little too much about it I decided that the taste, low cost, and the Ram on the Can bump this beer up to a three.
That said with 23 cans of this stuff left, a new beer to drink next week, and plenty of home brew in the cellar I need to invite some friends over this weekend!
Well, it has a pretty color and it is cheap. But, it tastes gross and is getting worse as it gets warm. The smell is alright, but it is sort of offensive in my mouth. It just doesn’t taste good. I like my cheap beers to taste more like nothing, but this has a strong taste. It also has an aftertaste, which a cheap beer should never have.
But, if I’m going to be honest, this is significantly better than I thought it would be. I thought it would taste like honey piss, but I can’t even taste the honey.
I know I’m not being specific, but there is something I just don’t like. It tastes wrong.