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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 2.14/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.22   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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Local legends aren’t just born, they’re brewed. And no beer in the Midwest has a grander brewing tradition than Grain Belt. For over 100 years, Grain Belt has been the beer that fathers have passed on to sons and friends have passed amongst each other at local bars and watering holes. It is a beer with tradition that spans generations. Which is why it has become legendary–both here and across the country.

In the 1940s, around the same time Grain Belt built its famous bottle cap sign overlooking the Mississippi River in Northeast Minneapolis, they introduced a “Beer of Exceptional Quality”–Premium. With its crisp, unique flavor, Premium quickly became the flagship of the Grain Belt brand. And still is to this day.

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.

So as a local legendary beer, we raise a glass to all the people, places and things that make the Midwest such a rich and unique place to live. Here’s to you!


2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2007
12 oz. can, coded freshness date on the bottom, sampled ice cold in a lager glass. Poured a very pale golden yellow, crystal clear, frothy white head, decent retention, minimal amount of sticking, if the color wasn’t so pale I would have given it a higher score. Like a lot of macro light beers, not much of a nose, musty, grassy grains dominate, faint traces of corn and cereal. Crisp, dry light bodied mouthfeel, faint tasting malts, sweet cereal grains, halting touches of sweet corn "fruitiness," there is a mild, soft hop spiciness at the end that has an cleansing effect in the palate. Bland and boring overall, I have to agree with a few other reviewers that the regular Grain Belt Premium packs a lot more flavor, but as far as light beers go, you could do worst, a passable light beer.

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   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
averyblund (19) - Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2007
It is definately a light beer. As such it isn’t the best but it is faithfull to the flavour of the original and has an attractive label. If you are a light drinker and a Minnesota/Wisconsin resident this is a good budget choice.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
LibraryBrewer (50) - Goodridge, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2006
Grainbelt seems to make the same brew over and over again and just changes labels IMO.Golden color,small white head.Aroma of corn and grain.Tastes weak grain and cerealish with some corn and very weak hops.Hmmmm.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
oldrtybastrd (3225) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Pours a light golden yellow. Aromas of minor hops, corn, grains. Flavor is light, crisp, watery with a little hop and not much else.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 22, 2005
Light yellow with lazy bubbles in the lager glass. A thin white head. The aroma is grassy with some light flower notes. The taste is corn flakes and some grass. Not much character, but that isn’t a surprise. Nothing bad, though.

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   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 2, 2005
In the clear 12 oz. bottle. First of all, this was NOT skunked! I’m not sure what chemical they put in a beer in a clear glass bottle to prevent it from being photosensitized, but whatever it is, it works. I just hope that the additive is not carcinogenic. Very light yellow color with a big-bubble foamy head when shaken up and sprayed on your wife. Aroma of corn is very slight, mostly no aroma. The first sip was downright pleasant for a second or two, then the grainy flavor kicks in and the beer just finishes with a metallic flavor. Almost like you’ve been licking a rusty pipe. Not as good as regular Grain Belt Premium.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2004
Sliks Favorite Beer....poor Bastage... Well I’ll give it this...NOT the worst light beer I’ve ever had... and Schell’s could make it alot worse...so for Minnesota swill...I’m THERE!

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2004
ewwwwww. a thin grainbelt premium -- without the flavor! at least they don’t call it ’low carb grainbelt premium’....

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   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
JK (4350) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2004
Not much to this beer. Flavors of corn and chemicals. Yellow. A light with slightly more body than most others.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 6/20
ElGaucho (2189) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 4, 2004
Can. American light lager aroma. Large, fine bubble white head. Pale, gold body with bountiful carbonation and decent lace. Smooth, easy-drinking pale lager but unfortunately, none of the distinctive sweet Grain Belt Premium flavor. Coors Light is one of the few light beers that has been able to maintain some of its regular counterpart’s distinctive flavor. Sam Adams Light was unable to do so and neither is GBPL. Nevertheless, despite this shortcoming, the macros have nothing on GBPL. With the same marketing muscle, GBPL would be outselling them all. No flaws, just not all that flavorful. However, it is a light beer, so you can’t really expect much in that category.


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