I used to drink this a lot…

…but then discovered local craft beer. Chance are good that if you’re a Minnesotan, you know this beer. It’s our version of PBR, Iron City, Blatz, etc., etc. The beer pours pale yellow in color, with a light white head. The aroma is light and sweet, not hoppy or overly malty, but definitely more flavorful than your typical American pale lager. The old timers will tell you that they could detect a flavor change (water?) when this beer moved to New Ulm… me, I couldn’t tell… Not my favorite, but definitely one of my favorites for this style of beer.

Premium Brew

Great MN beer.  One of the first beers I started drinking until I was introduced to other styles of beer and Micro brews.  Premium has a lot of flavor for a lighter lager and yields a hint of blueberries.  Standard staple at many weekend gatherings with friends.  I’d recommend trying one if you haven’t.  But seriously, who hasn’t had a Grain Belt Premium?

its like Die Hard, the movie; but beer, the drink

I love really good movies: the ones defined by their directed, written, and acted by characteristics and qualities.  Then I also love Die Hard.

So, craft beer by technicality no; gonna drink it all night and still love it in the AM, yes.  Still deserves some stars.

Thank you Schell’s for letting this beer live on.

BTW; don’t order a primo in New Ulm, you will get a Premium Light.  Just saying, not that there is anything wrong with that.

State Fair beer

Let me be the first to not give this beer 5 stars.  I guess it might be because I taste this beer with my tastebuds and not my heart, but Grain Belt is sub-average in the taste department at best.  Although I agree that it is a good beer for binge drinking, I see little value to it other than that it is always the cheapest beer available at the State Fair.  I do, however, prefer a Grain Belt any time the other choices are Bud, Bud Light, Mich Golden, Miller Lite, and Coors Light, which is often the case at bars back in my little hometown.  Not being a hater here, just my opinion.

Simply Lovely

Oh Primo how we do love thee. This beer pours a very transparent golden color. Has moderate head that settles rather rapidly. Very simple scent of malt and almost a sweet citrus. Mouthfeel is very light and smooth. Tastes like a slightly malty lager with an almost tart after taste. Good flavor but very simple. This is a great easy drinking beer, particularly on a nice hot day. If your into simple lagers this is a good one to go for. Beyond that its always nice to enjoy a flavorful cold local beer that is reasonably inexpensive and very drinkable. Truly a premium beer.

My Go-To Brew

I spent most of the winter working in the Grain Belt Studios in the old bottling house next to the brewery and it seemed downright weird to drink anything but Primo while we were there. Now, when I’m feeling overwhelmed at Surdyk’s and can’t think what to buy, I fall back on the Grain Belt. It’s perfect for summer – light, refreshing, tasty. It’s not too tasty, though. Not distinctive enough to get sick of. Best of all, you can get twelve bottles for less than ten bucks. Great for nights on the porch, barbeques, and yard work.


Grainbelt Premium has long been a favorite summer drink-a-lot-in-a-row beer. So I think it’s fitting that we celebrate this Minnesota classic during hump week, our Brew52 half way point. As you sit back and chug one after another, I ask that you think about all of your good memories involving Grainbelt. For me the top two have to be playing bean bag toss on the fourth of July and bungie jumping off of the Grainbelt billboard. Ok, the second one hasn’t actually happened…yet.