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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
brokensail (14045) - San Leandro, California, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Bottle @ Presidential Suite. Pale straw colored beer with a short lived white head. Lots of skunk and sulfur. Sweet corn and grain. A bit of seltzer, too. Really bland flavor other than the skunk. A sweet sulfur, corn, and grain profile. Lots of seltzer and a touch of grass and soap bitterness.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
adnielsen (10199) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Bottle @ peteing zoo. Pours a bit hazy yellow appearance with a white head. Lemon, cotton candy, bready nose. A touch of butter in the aroma. Watery, dull grainy flavor. Little to nothing offered.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BVery (8692) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2014 Tap at Town Hall Lanes. Super pale yellow pour with a white head. Cleanly brewed but not a lot of character. Fine for what it is

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Skyview (5360) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Customer accidentally dropped a 12-pack of Grain Belt Premium Light in liquor store. Seven broken bottles but there were a few surviving bottles to try and rate this light lager. 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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
JK (5331) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
heemer77 (5211) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
wlajwl (4935) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 20, 2011
Grainy and beery in the aroma, the appearance is almost translucent gold. The flavor is crisp and grainy. Not horrible but something to seek out again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GenDV138 (4123) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2014
Bottle during RBSG 2014. Clear yellow with off-white head. Aromas of corn, wheat, bready notes. Tastes of corn, wheat, skunk. Light body and dry.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CanIHave4Beers (3684) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 13, 2014
Crushed with Jakebra
Pours a pale straw color, perfectly clear with a very small but well retained head.

The aroma is odd, all sorts of stuff going on... floral sweetness, light fruity notes, corn, husky grain, a little tire.

The flavor reminds me a whole lot off Rhinelander Export, the weird sweetness, the odd flavors you can’t put your finger on, the corn, the inexplicably enjoyable experience all around... It’s got some yeasty doughiness, and some light hop zip.

It’s not "good" but I could’t hate on it if I wanted to.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Frank (3605) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2014
This is an incredibly light beer, I wil say that much. It is pale and clear and has just a hint of crackery malt and lemon hops. I prefer my American lagers more for flavored but this isn’t bad.

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