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Grain Belt Nordeast - August Schell Brewing Company

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340 Ratings
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Ratings: 340
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 10
Gots: 24 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

03-04-2014 00:57:57 | More by beerguy23
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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

12-28-2012 17:19:45 | More by imthaschmidt
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie

South Dakota

4.2/5  rDev +20.7%

Appearance (4) - beautiful head that stays. Sticky lacing.

Smell (3.25) - toasted grains, barley malt, musty day-old citrus. A little bit of corn. The weak point of this brew.

Taste (4) - Flavorful and smooth. Great aftertaste. Really nice beer. Has notes of wheat, tangerine, vanilla cream, and barley. A little bit of kidney bean. Again, aftertaste and finish is great.

Mouthfeel (4) - just as it should be. A moderate bite with a smooth underbelly. Finishes dry.

Overall (4.2) - This beer is one of my favorites and absolutely without a doubt my favorite red beer. Beats Killian's Red, Flat Tire (heh heh), and even Schell's Dark. Those are three highly regarded beers around the area and Nordeast slays them all with an axe and a fire-breathing dragon. Normally I'd give the overall an average of all 4 scores, which would be roughly 3.8 or so. But I am more likely to try a new beer if it is in the "good" category or above. You need to try this beer. So I upped the rating - I gave it a "4.5". Why? Because the beer is better than "okay". It's damn good. Plus, it's readily available. Give it a try.

08-15-2014 12:11:39 | More by The-Adjunct-Hippie
Photo of bullwinkle88

Isle of Man

4.15/5  rDev +19.3%

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.

01-15-2014 01:01:07 | More by bullwinkle88
Photo of budgood1


4.15/5  rDev +19.3%

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.

05-19-2010 23:38:42 | More by budgood1
Photo of Bighuge


4.15/5  rDev +19.3%

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.

06-25-2010 04:16:32 | More by Bighuge
Photo of mynie


4.13/5  rDev +18.7%

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.

08-17-2010 02:24:45 | More by mynie
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4.1/5  rDev +17.8%

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.


04-09-2011 03:18:19 | More by PokerGod
Photo of alexgash


4.08/5  rDev +17.2%

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!

12-22-2010 02:48:07 | More by alexgash
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4.04/5  rDev +16.1%

08-28-2014 01:15:14 | More by Shruber0
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4.03/5  rDev +15.8%

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.

05-27-2010 04:11:45 | More by ZAP
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4.01/5  rDev +15.2%

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.

08-04-2014 00:33:12 | More by sheeley
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

03-17-2012 01:32:28 | More by Timmuh
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

07-11-2014 07:18:40 | More by German584
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

01-24-2012 16:40:04 | More by sgttibbs
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

12-03-2011 19:36:52 | More by kristenrae8
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

11-14-2011 18:25:23 | More by Yulles
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

06-02-2014 01:12:04 | More by GreatRobo
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

07-13-2012 03:14:21 | More by MN_Beerticker
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North Dakota

4/5  rDev +14.9%

11-15-2011 02:00:36 | More by dizztracted
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

06-13-2010 00:34:39 | More by mdwalsh
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

06-09-2014 19:32:33 | More by kalebharris
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North Dakota

4/5  rDev +14.9%

02-16-2012 03:34:55 | More by Cramerican
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

02-29-2012 13:13:26 | More by BarrelAgedBarry
Grain Belt Nordeast from August Schell Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.