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RATINGS: 316   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.62/5   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!

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
lagerman99 (66) - USA - JAN 15, 2002
Adjuncts, but quality adjuncts (or is that oxymoronic?). Light and sweet without being obnoxius.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
felsenpils (156) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 28, 2016
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear, light gold with ample white head. The aroma is sweet and slightly fruity. The taste is also quite sweet, but clean and refreshing. This is a very nice example of an American adjunct lager with lots of corn character. Good carbonation and very refreshing when served chilled. I have also noted that unlike many of the domestic "headache" lagers, this one leaves you feeling fine the next morning. I am a strong believer in rating beer within its respective categories, not across the board. If you are looking for a quality domestic lager, this is a very fine example and much better than the rest.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Drake (11937) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2016
Minnesota Trip Beer #17. Bottle at Scuzzy’s, 5/7/16. Clear very pale golden. Aroma of corn and grain. The taste is grain, corn, grassy ops. Thin bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
tmongoose (2229) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 6, 2016
16oz can to pint glass. poured bright clear yellow with a white head with plenty of carbonation. aroma is corn and semi sweet malts light to medium body. pretty typical of an American lager. the flavor holds true to style no faults there. this is just your typical American lager with the ability to drink many of them if you so choose overall its decent holds to style and that’s all.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
CardsPackHawks (173) - South Elgin, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2016
Camping in Minnesota, so I thought I would try this and drink local. 12 pack of 16 oz cans. I figured it would be a traditional American lager and I am correct. However, I would have to say that this "Friendly Beer" is pretty good for the style. Glad I picked this up and will enjoy it around the camp fire.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ozzy70 (855) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 26, 2016
Single 12 oz. bottle purchased in the Amana Colony’s. Consumed while camping in Rock Island. From the bottle. Clear yellow appearance. Aroma was sweet grain, corn. Taste was sweet, actually not to bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Andrew196 (1470) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2016
Pissy yellow, weak head. Just a sweet corn tasting beer, easy to drink in excess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (6090) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2016
Can: Clear, yellow-gold with a thick and frothy white head. Aroma is slightly fruity...barley malt.... Taste is creamy, barley malt....I’m struck by the taste and aroma, which reminds me of strawberries and cream...... Really a standout....different....but extremely tasty....an absolute pleasure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (10760) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 27, 2016
Can. Milky barley malt and straw aroma. Golden yellow with moderate head. Mildly sweet barley malt and mildly bitter straw flavor. Nice body. A great pale lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drpimento (3181) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Pale lager minus hops & heavy on corn. Slight bitterness in the finish. Liked it more when I was younger.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jackl (7069) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2015
Can @ Lyndale Tap House. Gold pour with a prominent white head. Strongly sweet nose. Heavy notes of artificial apple and white bread. Sugar and honey. Very sweet flavor. Drinks a bit bigger than its modest ABV. A flabby, sugary mess that unfortunately lacks the drinkability of the best in this style. Disappointing.

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