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RATINGS: 279   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.5
truckie455 (42) - Derby, Connecticut, USA - MAY 25, 2001
Not bad. Had it on tap at the brewery. Clear, nice golden color. Comparable to Rolling-Rock but less expensive.

3.5
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!

3.5
9750sts (1) - Kelley, Iowa, USA - JAN 28, 2004 does not count
A definete midwest beer. the color is a little disturbing but once you get past that and sctualy taste the beer you relize why this has been a staple in the region for so long.

3.5
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.

3.5
Stine (1795) - 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.

3.5
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.

3.5
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.

3.5
shrubber85 (11574) - 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.

3.5
superspak (5883) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2017
Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce clear bottle into lager glass, bottled on 12/21/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear pale golden/straw color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of lemon, cracker, corn, and white bread; with light pear, apple, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance of pale malt, corn, and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. A bit fruity/estery, but not overwhelming. Taste of lemon, cracker, corn, and white bread; with light pear, apple, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, cracker, corn, white bread, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of pale malt, corn, and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Fairly clean on lager flavors; a bit fruity/yeasty, but not overwhelming. Medium carbonation and light body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, dry, grainy, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.6%. Overall this is a good Adjunct lager style. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt, corn, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. Absolutely no skunky flavors from the clear bottle; which was surprising, because this had a solid hop presence considering the style. A nicely enjoyable offering.


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