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RATINGS: 307   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.6   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - AUG 8, 2003
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!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
DrnkMcDermott (2921) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2003
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).

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2003
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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
duece (103) - Waterford, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2003
This is the swill that gives swill a bad name. It was so bad I could not finish it and that has only happened a few times.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
SlamminScott (40) - USA - JUL 8, 2003
Tasted very sweet...maybe it's just the labeling on the outside that skewed my judgement, but this beer was cheap and nasty...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
HotKarl33 (10) - Wahkon, Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2003
Satisfying sweet refreshing taste,easy to consume mass quantities. If you're from MN and you drink Budweiser you should be ashamed!

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2003 Standard American lager. Light yellow, a little sweet. Lots of adjuncts with a dry finish. This beer is almost tolerable. Would like to see more good beer coming out of MN.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kyzr (1168) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - APR 22, 2003
Nice looking pour from the bottle with average head. Very sweet flavor, much more than I remeber from my high school days of drinking the premium. Crisp clean finish, a classic American standard, thanks to Schells for keeping it alive!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
celogan (202) - Oroville, California, USA - MAR 4, 2003
This beer looked nice, and had adequate carbonation,thoughthe head dissappaited rapidly. That was about it. Very watery mouth feel. What little taste was there was pleasant, but not a strong enough taste to warrant buying again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
JK (5124) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2003 Bottle. Golden color. Scent of sweet hops. Lots of carbonation. Sweeter than most beers of this style. After trying several other American standards and coming back to Grain Belt, it really is much better than everything else in this class. This beer has some good flavor if it is not ice cold as served at most bars. Seems to be best from a bottle. This beer is outstanding for the style, and is certainly better than Leinenkugel's.

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