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Grain Belt Nordeast - August Schell Brewing Company

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Reviews: 93
Hads: 427
Avg: 3.49
pDev: 33.52%
Wants: 13
Gots: 75 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jjanega08 on 04-07-2010

Grain Belt Nordeast is an American Amber lager and is the newest member to the Grain Belt Family. It has a light maltiness and hop aroma with a mild bitterness. Smooth taste with an excellent drinkability.
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Photo of Lauthaha
4.58/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Beer is a deep copper color with great carbonation. Head is foamy and rich-looking, with excellent retention and heavy lacing as it recedes.

Smell: Woody hops, sweet malt flavor, and an elusive fruity scent (is it berries or citrus or a little of both). Awesome.

Taste/Mouthfeel: This is simply beautiful. Beer is of a light- to medium-heaviness, but there's a great balance with the carbonation which fools you into thinking you've got a thick beer here. Bitterness up front, but as the bubbles form, there's a real apple-like tartness which is not unpleasant matched by a gentle ester vibe. Beer finishes mostly wet, and goes down smoothly.

Overall: A surprise winner! I got this from a neighbor who works at a distributor...he told me his favorite beer was Bud Light, and I was a bit concerned when he recommended the Grain Belt Nordeast...but man, I definitely trust him now!

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Photo of ANiklaus
4.55/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a glass. Nordeast isn't the best tasting beer in the market, but for the price it is very difficult to find beers that can compare in drinkability and refreshness. It's my go to beer both in the winter and summer and will continue to be my first choice for reasonable priced beer. Look is what one expects from amber lager. Smell is a good balance of malt and wheat and a sample of honey. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth. This beer can be drank all day and should be the go to beer for any trip to Minnesota; especially on a budget.

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Photo of deebo
4.41/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear with amber color and tan head with a thin lace that hangs on for the duration.
S-Malty aroma with a little alcohol bite.
T-This is where Nordeast shines-Great balance if you like slightly toasted malt, a little heavy on the malt but it works well. Just a kiss of the hops.
M-Medium body. Nice.
D-This is an easy drinker-keeps you wanting more.

Overall-Amazing how much better Nordeast is vs Grain Belt's premium lager. The few times I've had this on tap it's been a little better (Cleaner taste with more robust mouthfeel) than in the bottle. A great alternative to the large scale lagers.

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Photo of dorlandenator
4.4/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My old standby. Cheap but awesome. Almost no head even when poured hard, but what a robust, refreshing taste, and the color is something to admire. Almost as good room-temp from the bottle as it is cold from a glass.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.38/5  rDev +25.5%

Re-review 9/22/14.

Appearance (4) : Fluffy, billowy three finger head atop a honey-caramel body. Opacity is about 70%.

Smell (4.25) - Fresh barley, toasted grains and/or toasted bread, wheat, a little citrus spice. Overall a very toasty, baked bread smell.

Taste (4.5) - An easy drinker. No off notes, no bad flavors. Just a good, creamy amber beer. Heavy on the toasted grains, some wheat, and a hint of orange and tomato. This remains the king of ambers for me.

Mouthfeel (4) - Smooth, dry, and lightly carbonated. Ends brisk and crisp.

Overall (4.38) : If you haven't tried Nordeast, go and buy some. This is by far one of the smoothest ambers out there, and is my favorite by a nose or two. You can drink them fast and they have great flavor, time after time. It is by far in my top five for clean and easy drinking beers with exceptional flavor. It's not easy folks, but Nordeast nails it.

The quintessential amber beer.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.38/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A= pours a nice bright amber color completely translucent with a nice two finger eggshell white head that holds some everage retention. Nice rocky looking head on it with a little sticky lacing on the side of the glass.

S= Smells pretty average. Nice malty sweetness to it. little spicy hop notes built into it but nothing really exciting. Smells a little dirty I would say. Much more dirty than the Premium. I sort of like the dirty smell to it. More phenols and complexity built in while still keeping to to be an average easy sippin everyguy beer.

T= Tastes pretty nice. Sort of like a Premium with a little but more malty sweetness to it. Definitally a little more complexity which is odd to mention for this category. Hits the tip of you tongue with a little hop bite to it. Not really exciting just enough to let you know the hops are there. The hops are earthy and spicy not the typical citrus bombs you get with a lot of west coast strands. The hops quickly give way to a Premium like characteristic to it that is then hightened by a little malty sweetness to it. The finish is super clean with no lasting flavors.

M= Crisp and clean. One of the smoothest beers I've ever had.

D= Excellent brew. I think this is just a little step up from Premium without making it too much of a craft beer lovers only beer. This is a nice step from the ordinary. Nothing crazy or special just a good easy drinking Amber Lager for a hard working guy after the job is done; exactly what Grain Belt was trying to portrait. Excellent work.

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Photo of Greggy
4.3/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice 2 finger very light tan head with decent lacing over an amber body. The head has decent retention, staying around for a minute or two.

S- Very malty and bready. Almost in the ballpark of an octoberfest. Sweet breads, caramel, standard grainbelt sweetness note.

T- Starts out with bits of caramel biscuitiness with candied sweetness on the end. The more I think about this, it seems like an extremly light version of the now-discontinued caramel bock. The finish is smooth and clean with only residual caramel and breadiness remaining.

M- Just a bit of spritzy carbonation at the beginning and otherwise extremely malty.

D- Easily drinkable. Great brew.

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Photo of hardy008
4.3/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caramel color with a two finger head with decent retention. Smells is sweet and bready malts with some hops.

The taste is also sweet and bready malts with some hops. Starts mildly sweet, and there is a bit of bitter hops at the finish. Light to medium bodied, nicely carbonated, and a bit of a dry finish. Very drinkable, and very good.

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Photo of bullwinkle88
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Grain Belt Nordeast has been a popular seller in Minnesota and I am giving it a try here.

A- Cool amber color not unlike Negro Modelo with some pretty lacing in the bottle. Cool "Grain Belt" detailing on the glass bottle.

S- Clean smell, smells slightly astringent but nothing off putting. a tad of caramel.

T- Very clean and sweet but not too overdone. Grainy (duh) and a bit sweet with a nice aftertaste that doesnt dry out like many beers of this price point. Taste reminds me of a lighter Yuengling, which is not a bad thing.

M- Very juicy and satisfying. A nice level of carbonation.

O- Easily one of the best domestic beers of this style that I've ever had. This is not one of those craft beers so I see why people would not go nuts over something like this but at the same time I can see why it is so successful. Its a beer that can be enjoyed by all, no off putting flavors or bad aftertastes or anything like this. I've been told this is a beer that is indicative of the Schell lagers and if that is the case I will have to try some. This beer would satisfy most drinkers in my opinion but would be a real treat for someone like myself who typically drinks domestic beers like Miller or Yuengling. A terrific beer.

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Photo of budgood1
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out of the clear 12 oz. bottle a clear amber colour with a thin collar of foam. head reduces quickly and leaves just the most minimal of lace. sweet grainy aroma, some buttered toast and a hint of floral hopping. the taste is more of the same...sweet with some slightly toasted graininess...a bit of corn and a hint of green apple. a touch of flowery hoppiness in the flavour with an ever so slight yet assertive bitterness on the back end. tastes very nice and really is quite different from regular GB premium but shares some of the base qualities. lagerish type body with a slick yet crisp mouthfeel. this is where is differs from premium also in that this has a bit of bite on the tongue rather than the slippery slickness GBP. great drinkability. a full flavoured lager that is tasty and quenching with some quality characteristics.

definitely recommended. good stuff.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly clear amber body. Thin and bubbly beige head. Lacing comes in sporadic rings. Sweet malty aroma. Clean and crisp lagered flavor. Malty and smooth. Not too overly sweet. Caramel maltiness forms the base of this beer. And the substance. Medium full body. Actively carbonated. This'll be a nice drinker this summer.

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Photo of mynie
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sure is a classic looking brew, but the website says it's just done up in that style; it's actually really new, it only tastes and looks really old.

The bottle is awesome but the pour is even prettier. It's like a tangerine rind and the head is fluffy white wonderful.

Smells and tastes medium toasty, big biscuit and bread, with a surprising dose of floral hops. Basically, like an amber. Only the aftertaste is the same as regular Grain Belt, which is to say it is like baby aspirin, which is to say that it is amazing and really ties the beer together.

Probably the best of the new retro-themed beers, aside from maybe the new/old Schlitz. It's an amazing session and for its price I really don't think it can be beaten. It's like Yuengling only better.

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Photo of jdseltzer
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Will buy again. I forgot about Grain Belt, now I am going to try the regular Grain Belt. Innovate or die. The August Schell Brewing Company appears to be doing that since the beer has been around for 15 years.

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Photo of alexgash
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle.

Clear, clean, medium copper body. Pinkie finger of dirty off-white head. Some lacing. Sweetish honey malts mix with caramel and very mild grassy hops. Lightly toasted malts up front. Sweetish graham crackers and honeyed biscuit malts unfold. Doughy and clean, with a hint of adjunct-ness. Mostly clean finish with some residual sweetness. Moderate body with a crisp feel. Tasty and very easy drinking. I don't know if this beats the original though!

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Photo of PokerGod
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a seidel mug.

Color- dark reddish brown tint. color is beautiful, but leaves little to no head, which vanishes quickly. Also leaves absolutely none of that beautiful lacework around the glass like a love to see.

smell- not much impressive going on here. Some bready scents that are pleasing but not very strong. I really feel this beer is lacking in this department as I really do believe that half of the taste is in the smell.

taste- now this is where the Nordeast makes up some ground. Deliciously smooth beer, with a very sweet caramel finish to it. Almost like candy, it's so good. No real hop presence here, all malts and yeasts. But it is spot on.

Mouthfeel- Not an overly carbonated beer, leaves a light bite noted to the sides of the tongue.

Overall, this is without a doubt one of the easiest beers to pound one after the other. Also, very affordable. If I could give an award for the best taste for your money to a local Minnesota beer it would be Nordeast. It may not be as complex as some of it's competitors, but I think it's a great tasting beer, and really that's the most important factor of all.


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Photo of ZAP
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stuff is all the rage these days. Kudus to Schells for hitting big on this. A great crossover fad beer for the macro crowd and also one micro drinkers like me can enjoy.

Great looking burnt orange color...looks great in the bottle...drinks great out of the bottle too but for this I poured into a glass...big frothy white head of about 1/3 inch on top...perfect..

The aroma smells like Premium...whatever that floral hop/sweetish maltiness element that Premium has...also some hard water/minerally characteristics..

The taste has some Premium like notes to it too (floral) but also a very nice subtle caramel/worty maltiness...also for some reason I get some iced tea impressions.

Carbonation is about perfect....body is on the on the light side of medium or high side of light depending on how you look at it.

This is a good beer. As always with things the hype is probably bigger than the beer but I could see drinking a lot of this in the summer. The price point is very reasonable and like I mentioned before this is one of the few beers I think tastes just as good straight from the bottle.

A winner and great addition to the lineup.

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Photo of MinnesotaRIS
4.02/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Grain Belt Nordeast is a great beer from a company that is typically known for making beer on par with Budweiser and Miller. This beer is far more robust and flavorful and I enjoy it.

A - typical for a red amber lager

S - complex and not overpowering in too many of its characteristics. Hops are there.

T - Very pleasant and a bit watery but compared to its peers of amber lagers, it gives a bit more flavor and depth. Hops are apparent but not overwhelming. Aftertaste is pleasant.

M - No complaints. Average with a bit of bitterness.

D - Very drinkable. Smooth with just a touch of roughness

This is a substantial improvement over Grain Belt Premium because it has more flavor and character. It is not a craft beer so don't expect the crafted experience. My take is that if you want a routine "drinkin' beer", this is better than the rest.

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Photo of Oakenshield53
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Nordeast. Named after the neighborhood I live in, so I am a little predisposed to like it. Even accounting for bias, this is a winner.

This is a workhorse, a utility infielder. This brew fits a lot of different scenarios - I really like it in a food pairing situation, especially with a savory (but not actually spicy) dish like churrasco.

It's also good in a session scenario - fishing, having a couple while working in the yard, shooting the breeze on your deck.

To my taste, it's very similar to a Yuengling; smooth, some malt character up front that doesn't linger - perhaps a bit sweet on the finish.

For the price, a very solid beer and one that you can offer to more timid beer drinkers as a chance to have something with a bit of character. I know a couple guys who won't drink anything darker than lemonade who love this stuff.

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Photo of sheeley
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is my go-to beer, especially for the price. It is great all year round, but especially refreshing in the summertime. I love it paired with a good grillout/tailgate experience. It is not one of the best beers I have had, but is a tasty, reliable beer for your money.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 5/16/14, but had this one in the past.Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a flute glass.

Pours a pretty dark amber with a thin off-white head that leaves a good amount of sticky lacing when sipped. Not much of a smell actually, just some malt and floral. The taste is lightly sweet upfront but isn't over done at all with a little dry finish from the malt. Just the right amount of carbonation and a very easy drinking brew. Has a clean crisp taste that is very enjoyable! Really like this one.

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Photo of KBomb
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep bronze/amber colors a crystal clear body, capped by foamy white head that dissipates to some light, bubbly lacing. Smell has a little bit of grassiness and something just a tiny tiny bit skunky, but supported by a lot of sweet caramel malt smell. Taste is smooth and very sweet, a sweetness like pure cane sugar. Yet, its not overly sweet and has a clean enough finish that the beer still has a bit of refreshing taste. Medium body and weight, moderately smooth mouthfeel. Easy drinking, unique tasting lager that's slightly sweeter than a Vienna style.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 2.5 finger off white head with a very nice texture up top. Pretty clear deep golden amber with lots of active carbonation. Could be a little....redder? Head isn't sticking around very long though.

S: Smell isn't much different from a pale lager IMO. Little grainy, little sweet. Not terribly strong, which also means not terribly offensive. Not what I would consider pleasant, but alright for the style.

T: Again, grainy, but actually quite refreshing. I could see this becoming a summer favorite for after working. A craft drinkers lawnmower beer. There's notes of caramel, but I could use more. Maybe a slight bitterness, weather that's from hops or not I am unsure.

M: Lighter, but not Lite, good carbonation, very refreshing. Maybe a hair too light for an Amber Lager, but overall, very nice.

D: This is right up there with the most "drinkable" American Adjunct Lagers, even though as far as I know it's all malt. I would say to me it's quite a bit more drinkable, but even regular Joe Six-pack BMC drinker should find it so.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5-01-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Amber color, 2 fingers of foam but dissipated rather quick. Ok lacing ring with a fair amount of carbonation present

S - Caramel and malt notes, slight hops

T - Malty with a touch of caramel sweetness, lighter bodied brew

M/D - Another enjoyable brew from New Elm. Not quite a medium bodied brew, light and very easy to drink more than one. I recommend this brew if it is still around. I brought this brew to DarkLord day and had some good reviews from others outside of Minnesota

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Photo of jera1350
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a bar with a very limited selection for our fantasy football draft.

Caramel brown in color with a fair sized light tan head of foam.

Light caramel malt scent with some good sweetness.

Caramel malt is very abundant, but it has a light roast to it as well. Lightly crisp with a pretty good dose of sweetness.

Very smooth. I would call this medium bodied. Nicely carbonated.

Put down three of these with ease. A very nice session beer with a good amount of taste. If Premium and Schell's Dark had a child, this would be the outcome. Glad I finally tried it.

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Photo of katan
3.91/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a very clear, transparent brown color. Head formation is strong, 2-3mm, just short of bright white. Breaks down to a film. Carbonation appears light.

S - Light caramel malt note, lightly sweet. Hopping is non-existent. Malt forward.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, some caramel and nutty malt notes. Mid-stream gets bitter, but still with a malt lean. A yeast spicy note comes in towards the end, with a hair of grainy finish.

M - Light mouth feel, light body. Carbonation massages the tongue, giving the beer a stinging feel.

D - Easy drinking. ABV is very manageable. Light sweetness is present, smooth, not overwhelming. Avoiding bitter flavors will appeal to the masses.

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Grain Belt Nordeast from August Schell Brewing Company
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