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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
averyblund (19) - Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2007
A real treasure in the class of beer that it is a member. Its no fancy flavourfull micro but it is very drinkable with a very sweet flavor which leaves an nice aftertaste of the palate. For the price it is availible at it competes with the Naty Ices, High Lifes, Hamms, and Milwalkees . Needless to say it bests that swill by a healthy margin. Not great but a real bargan and never undrinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1745) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2008 Crystal clear yellow. Biscuits and corn starch on the nose fleeting into warm wafts of stinking, old garlic and onion vegetal steam. Sweaty and ugly; lightly skunked. Flavor is much cleaner and simple to enjoy with crisp almond malts and minty hop bite; hints of lemon, wonderbread, and dry grass. Once past the gutter vomit of the aroma complaints are remarkably hard to make against this; no blatant chemicals or metallic flourishes are present even for a moment. Light bodied, very crisp, and smoothly finishing with lightly tart apple and honey sweetness; refreshing and leaving a sticky caramelized cashew and cotton candy skin in the mouth. Put this in a brown bottle and it might be the best made, most consistent and enjoyable of its style one could ask for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2008
One of the better lagers available in MN. Thick heavy body with plenty of grainy flavor. A similarly grainy aroma and a smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Best by 11SEP13 Thanks Jace Marti! Light, light yellow with a loose fitting cap of bone white foam. Absolute clarity. Smells super light, some grain, some maize, some grass clippings and a hint of bread. Taste is also really light with some light malt, a touch of cornbread with sweetness some slight bitterness and a overture of steel. Thin, real thin with moderate carb and an off dry finish. Could slam this all day on a hot one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
undsioux7 (871) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2006
Ringing in my 100th with a Grain Belt Premium. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love the unique sweet lemony corn taste that will not be confused with any other. Keep on Rockin on Premium.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wildfan (8) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2007 does not count
A MN institution. Kinda sweet, like liquid candy. But definitely a great standby for chilling in the summer, or out at the bars...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wlajwl (5500) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 20, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2011 Beery aroma and flavor with a hint of fruitiness. Not groundbreaking but very good for a pale lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5975) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2012
(Draught) clear amber, no bubbles. Nose is peppery, Belgian. Candi sugar, tinge metallic. Taste is peppery. Sweet caramel, Belgian, held up well. Bit of alcohol holding through.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2011
Ported from BA. I have been meaning to review this beer for a LONG time. It’s not my favorite beer in the world, but it’s a Minnesota staple. Appearance: Very little head, and the clearest golden yellow. Bubbles everywhere in there. It’s definitely a darker yellow than most AALs. Smell: Light with a very slight malt smell, which is really like most other beers of this style. And yet, there’s something else there. Almost a banana kind of scent. Taste: Lightly malty, and like the scent, just the slightest hint of banana. Very smooth, with no bitterness whatsoever Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel? Not much to speak of. Doesn’t coat the mouth... medium-high carbonation. Overall: As far as the American Adjunct Lager goes, this is the best I’ve had. It’s smooth, inexpensive, and actually tastes fairly decent. If you’re a BMC kind of guy that wants a real treat, I’d say check this one out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Enjoyed the heck out of this brew @ Matt’s, home of the Jucy Lucy!! Blows the doors off those bland mass produced macro-brews (you know who you are)!!

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