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Grain Belt Nordeast - August Schell Brewing Company

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80
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321 Ratings
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Ratings: 321
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 9
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
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:
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.

(Beer added by: jjanega08 on 04-07-2010)
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jim_carignan

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

11-19-2013 05:47:36 | More by jim_carignan
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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

03-12-2014 09:50:07 | More by plumcrazyfx
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brewcrew12


3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

07-15-2012 19:03:58 | More by brewcrew12
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

03-03-2012 05:53:26 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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bscalt

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

09-04-2012 23:58:24 | More by bscalt
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dragomni

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

01-02-2012 23:34:15 | More by dragomni
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Kenai4

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

05-19-2014 22:13:19 | More by Kenai4
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vobr0002

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

02-08-2013 01:39:55 | More by vobr0002
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Chudem

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

07-19-2014 00:51:35 | More by Chudem
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dmadsen

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

05-04-2012 03:24:51 | More by dmadsen
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Ragnarok88

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

06-19-2013 15:25:37 | More by Ragnarok88
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beachscrat

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Clear bottle, living dangerous. Direct lupulin contact with death rays.

Smells like a warm bowl of corn flakes sittin' on the door step of an ethanol plant.

Rebelliously quaffed straight from the bottle. What you gonna do 'bout it fool!!?? Ridiculously smooth, well balanced slightly sweet cereal with a toasty caramel malt back-handed sucker-punch.

These go down nice and smooth and easy. Leave the Negro Modelo to collect dust on the shelf. Chase yer burrito with this instead. Sans lime.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 02:55:38 | More by beachscrat
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zeff80

Missouri

3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bottle at the hotel bar. The bartender said they don't list it on their menu because it was always selling out.

A - Poured a clear amber color with red highlights. It had a small, khaki-colored head of thin foam that left no lace.

S - It smelled malty sweet. Mild floral notes. Not much else. Fairly typical for an amber lager - never big aromas.

T - Sweet maltiness and caramel. Very slight bitterness.

M - It was light bodied, fizzy and crisp which is to be expected for the style.

D - This is an okay lager. I understand the historical love/nostalgia for Grain Belt and the Nordeast neighborhood of the TC, but this isn't something I'll be stocking up on during my annual trips to MN.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 15:58:11 | More by zeff80
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B_Faust

Minnesota

3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Medium Dark Lager, SRM 12ish. Good Carbonation. Very clear, clean look. Large bubble, thin head.
S- Sulfur up front. Nice sweet maltiness. Spicy hops.
T- Sweet, toasty, malty, sulfur, dry finish. Well balanced. Clean and refreshing. Distinct.
M- Dry, Smooth, light, bubbly.
O- This is well brewed beer. Definitely a step up from the big boring American Light Lagers. Original comes to mind. Refreshing and not over-filling, easy drinking beer. I could and have kicked back several liters on a summer evening.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 02:47:05 | More by B_Faust
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At last a bottle of Grain Belt Nordeast to call my very own! Rarer than unicorn droppings, harder to find than a leprechaun's taint. At long last, it is mine.

Now, to drink! But, first, to open...

Clear, rich amber color, very thin, tight head, just a lean ring of whitish foam round the edges.

Aroma: sweet and malty, caramel tone, thoroughly pleasant. Nuff said.

Taste: more of the same. No complexity, none expected, exactly as advertised, a clean, slightly sweet, malty lager. There's flavor, and it rolls around the mouth, and exits politely. Drinks like crazy. Only offended parties should be those who insist on their beers being yellow, glum, and harshly fizzy. This ain't none of that. It lacks body, but I don't think anyone expected it to be big-boned. Nordeast is what it is and does what it does.

I'll give it high praise from a Minnesotan: "Not bad!"

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 06:18:39 | More by feloniousmonk
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Buebie

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer this afternoon for $5.

Poured from a clear 12oz bottle into a pub glass. A building 1'' fizzy off white head forms, quickly receding to leave a thin cap of retention. Some very light wisps of lace.
Color is a darker amber with hints at red, completely transparent.

Aroma is bready with a decent malt backing. Some mild grassy hops. Aroma does exist, and is semi sweet with bread and malt.

Taste is light upfront with building malt and sweet flavors. Good amount of cereal grains here, as well as mild bittering into the finish. Mostly floral leafy hops flavors with a hay like comparison from smell transferring into taste. Just a touch of bitterness, as well as a hint at lime zest.
Finishing ith mild bitters and tangy bread flavors.
Following the style well, definatly not somthing I would seek out, but glad I tried it.
A good lawnmower beer. Painting the garage today, so it works perfectly for what I will be doing. Drinkability is pretty high, as the abv is low.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 21:09:01 | More by Buebie
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mrpoizun

South Dakota

3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a six pack which fell onto its side on the way home. Every bottle leaked. I contacted Grain Belt and supplied them with all the information on the bottles and carton. Received no response. So right off the bat I have to report that this beer is very poorly bottled, which might have something to do with some of the poor reviews.


However, I did drink one right away, just so I'd have an idea what a (semi?) fresh one might taste like. Frankly, I liked it. A nice American lager with a bit more malt to it. Very refreshing.


But given the substandard bottling and the lack of response from Grain Belt about it, I will not be buying it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 01:55:53 | More by mrpoizun
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into glass mug.

Pours an amber bronze color. About 1/2 finger of khaki head.

Aroma/Taste: Pretty similar to each other. Pretty much all malts. Some caramel and bready flavors. There isn't a whole lot here. It is pretty simple, but in a way I don't mind.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing. Light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends somewhat clean.

Overall, there isn't a lot to say about this beer, but I kind of like it. It is really easy to drink and something I wouldn't mind having a few of in an evening.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 16:05:16 | More by mothman
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.34/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from tap into Pint glass.

Appearance: Burnished amber with just a light head and not much lacing.

Smell: Light caramel malts - not much else.

Taste: Just barely sweet caramel grainy malts are the highlight, with a very, very light hop finish. Not much complexity, but appreciate the lower sweetness.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, surprisingly ample smooth body for a low abv lager.

Drinkability: Maybe not much going on, but it is well constructed and easy to kick back. Better than the standard Grain Belt.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2010 18:33:06 | More by bsp77
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BeerNutz324

Iowa

3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Ap- this beer actually looks pretty damn good sititing in the glass. A light amber color with nice head (inch or so) that holds on to retention fairly well. Leaves good lacing on the glass too.

Ar- the beer starts to go downhill from here. Smells of malt and lager yeast. Smells sweet and grainy.

T- sweet roasted like malts hit you up front and then the lager yeast towards the end. Not the best finish to a beer.

M- thin and watery and lots of carbonation

O- Depends on how you look at it. It isn't even close to as good as most craft brews. But when you compare it to the BMCs of the world, it ain't so bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 19:37:24 | More by BeerNutz324
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pmccallum86

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a small white head.

Smell is of light malts, not much else.

Taste is very light, small malts and a light crisp hop finish. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation, pretty good.

Good drinkability, solid beer. Nothing special at all, but pretty solid.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 04:13:26 | More by pmccallum86
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bcpriess

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

<B>Like a maltier PBR. </B>

I had this last night at Elsie's Bowling in NE MPLS on tap, in a pitcher. My overall impression was that it is different from Premium, in that the corn flavor is a little less pronounced, and definitely maltier. This addition to the Grain Belt family retains its lager roots. I don't think I would rate it as better or worse...just different, although I think I would still generally prefer Premium. Compared to the PBR (on tap) that it evokes, I think my personal preference would be the PBR, which to my palate has a more balanced flavor.

A: This beer has a semi cloudy dark amber appearance, much like Negra Modelo or XX Amber Lager. It pours with a thick foamy cream colored head, which slowly settles down to maybe 1/8 in. Not a lot of lacing.

S: Faint, slightly sweet bready odor. Nothing special.

T: As I describe above, much like PBR on tap, but maltier. It isn't sickeningly sweet - but the malt is definitely there. This seems to compound with repeated pours.

M: Average. The carbonation feels a little low for my liking - it lacks that bite. I think the added malt does give it a slightly thicker feel.

D: I had several pours from the pitcher, and this beer did not begin to feel heavy. The sweetness of the malt did however compound somewhat with each drink, making later pours a little sweeter than I'd like.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2010 20:40:14 | More by bcpriess
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- from a 12 oz clear bottle it poured a light brown/copper color with an adequate head it was mostly clear with a 1 finger head

S-hops ,malt, and grain

T- taste was that of an adjunct..it had malts and caramel followed by some hops

M- was medium carbonated wit a malty taste that stayed in the back of my mouth

D-its drinkable with a lower ABV..its great to knock back some of these while bowling in the winter..its really just average

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 21:41:00 | More by gatornation
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Translucent brown/caramel color.

Aroma: Almost no smell detectable. Just a tiny bit of malt. It gets marked down for this only because there is nothing to grade it on in this department. There are no bad smells either.

Taste: A little bready, a little malty. No hop presence. Basically no bitterness. However, it is real easy to swig down with no bad flavors to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Exceptional. Great carbonation level and one of the easiest drinking beers I've ever had. It could use a little more body but overall not much to complain about.

Final Thoughts: I've had this beer before and didn't really think much of it. It's one of those beers that you have on hand once in a while but doesn't deserve to be on a regular rotation in your fridge. However, for the novice beer drinker Nordeast is a good starting point if you want to get into darker beers but fear that they might be overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 00:34:37 | More by JamesMN
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JackieTH

Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've had my fair share of Grain Belt Premium at our local ballparks, so I was more than little excited to see the Nordeast on the shelves.

Appearance was as appearances go, perfectly adequate. Head was just right, color was an inviting amber hue. It looked tasty. Smell was...not that great, just a hint skunky or metallic?

On the palate the beer was quenching, carbonation was just right, and the initial slightly off-putting nose was quickly forgotten. This is a drinking beer for summer afternoons.

The good folks in New Ulm definitely took the 'belt of grain' out of this Grain Belt Nordeast release. Eventually another six pack of bottles will find their way into my fridge, after I get over the sticker shock, that is.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 19:08:37 | More by JackieTH
Grain Belt Nordeast from August Schell Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 321 ratings.