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RATINGS: 308   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.6/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
JK (5624) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2002
Shitload of bubbles!!! decent lace. Lots of lightly toasted barley, floral hop nose. clean, crisp and refreshing, but maybe because we got the pitcher after the 6 hour drive to Minneapolis. Not bad for a parched traveller, I suppose. Citrus and floral notes followed by a sweet finish. Good creamy mouthfeel compared to the way it looks. A little thin, but pretty good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dialabeer99 (2) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 15, 2002 does not count
One of the best cheap crap beers out there. Why buy bud when you can drink better crap for a lot less?

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Northernbrewer (151) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2002
Schells may be the third brewry to brew this one, and I have to say I think it is improved over MN Brewing just a tad. Is it a little less sweet? Hard to remember. Top of the line for the American Standard style with a fine bright white and creamy head on draft. Clean flavor, light but not too light, clean and ballanced bitterness. All the right stuff for a style that will never break a 3 in my book.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tomer99 (2) - Maple Plain, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2002 does not count
Ahh, Grain Belt, the midwestern college student’s (unless he or she is a trust fund baby) beer of choice. Having moved to SoCal, I really miss this beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
whiterabbit81 (244) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2003 Ahh grain belt. I absolutely love to buy local beers, and grain belt is on the top of that list. Has sort of a sweet flavor which can be off-putting until one gets used to it. I can't believe there are people from Minnesota that buy Bud/miller/coors over this great beer. If you are from MN, buy this beer. Cheap, delicious, and you have to love the generic-looking bottle!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GrandMasterSexay (26) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2004 Tastes a little different now that its made in New Ulm. Not quite as good as it used to be, but still a great beer. I still have friends that don't like any other kind of beer but this one. If you're going to drink a low price beer, make it this one!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumberjack99 (14) - Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2002
This is a good solid working class beer, good malty flavor, a beer you can’t go wrong with if you’re looking for a cheap regional brew. Unfortunately it’s next to impossible to find outside of the Midwest.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2003 A nice light aroma with a slight maltyness to it.clean finish ,but prefer the golden to this.I might be crazy but this brew seems to be all i can get from the Grainbelt people now but after being mostly in love with there golden i have to change and this brew is getting better and better as i drink more.I'm not ashamed to say it but i really like this swill,which is no swill at all IMO.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
butrain (14) - USA - NOV 7, 2002
Thoroughly enjoyable; beautiful golden color. Tastes malty. Light enough to drink a lot, but heavy enough to not feel like a light beer. Nice to see it back; thanks Schell’s!

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