RATINGS: 276   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 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
DrnkMcDermott (3108) - 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).

Atom (2486) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2017
12oz bottle pours a clear pale golden with a large white head. Sweet corn malt aroma. Very sweet corn grain malt becoming less sweet and bland on the finish with a light hop presence. My friends in college were always excited when I arrived back to Michigan with cases of this, way better then the bud or miller we usually drank. Still highly drinkable, and a preferred choice when options are limited.

superspak (5694) - 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.

rosenbergh (11613) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 25, 2016
Draught at the Playoffs, Minneapolis, MN.
Clear golden color with a small white head. Sweet malty aroma. Dry grainy malt and mild staleness in the flavor. Lager. Yes.

felsenpils (178) - 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.

Drake (13954) - 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.

tmongoose (2504) - 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.

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.

ozzy70 (1170) - 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.

Andrew196 (1922) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2016
Pissy yellow, weak head. Just a sweet corn tasting beer, easy to drink in excess.

Patrickctenchi (6631) - 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.

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