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Grain Belt Nordeast - August Schell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
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395 Ratings
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Ratings: 395
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 12
Gots: 54 | 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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Ratings: 395 | Reviews: 93
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Poured from a 16 oz. can into a stange glass.
Dark amber colored body. 1 finger white head. Left no lacing.
Not picking up too much on the aroma, what is there isn't really enticing.
Tastes like a low abv lager, with not much of a body; very easy to drink - definitely a picnic or beach beer.
Nothing really great or good with this beer other than it's ease of drink-ability.

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Served in a clear glass bottle. Sin #1.

Appearance- This beer appears to be a malty lager with a tan/red/brown. Upon uncapping a small head forms and remains.

Smell- Not much going on here. A hint of malt.

Taste- It tastes like it smells. It has a hint of malt. Basically like an American lager with a touch of malt. Cheap lager aftertaste. I've had beers that were less expensive with better flavor, even at $1.00 a bottle retail. It is drinkable, but not impressive.

Mouthfeel- It's a fairly smooth drink.

Overall- The quality of this beer does not match the local hype. While it is significantly better and differentiated from Grain Belt Premium, this is not much of a step up. The flavor is not present enough to call this a craft beer. It's a pseudo-craft beer. While it isn't something that need be poured down the drain, I would not recommend it to those who are looking for premium craft beer quality. Then again, it isn't sold at a craft beer price.

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Was in town for Thanksgiving. Not being a local, I guess I don't understand the appeal with this basically crappy beer.

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Great amber orange color with a trillion miniature carbonation bubbles zipping forever upward, no lacing, but surprisingly decent head retention. Ugh, this smell is awful. Smells like a dirty old penny, very metallic, with a touch of grainy notes in the background. Taste is incredibly light, barely anything going on there. There are some very soft flavors of caramel and bread, but not much, metallic, and the hops are non-existent. How dare they put the Grain Belt name on this beer?! Sorry Schell's, but this is not very good at all.

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Appearance: pours a 1"+ off white head that slowly falls leaving some nice lacing on the glass. Color is a clear amber with mild streaming carbonation.

Aroma: toasted barley malt dominates the aroma, other than that, it is fairly mild.

Mouthfeel: light and frothy with a somewhat dry finish.

Flavor: toasted bread crust, some corn, raisin, maybe a hint of hops in the finish.

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look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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Grain Belt Nordeast from August Schell Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 395 ratings.