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Grain Belt Nordeast - August Schell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
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351 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 351
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 9
Gots: 26 | 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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1.25/5  rDev -64.1%

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1.75/5  rDev -49.7%

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1.75/5  rDev -49.7%

BierVogel, Jul 16, 2013
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2/5  rDev -42.5%

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, Nov 21, 2012
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2/5  rDev -42.5%

troymiller1984, Jan 03, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -35.3%

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.

jhartley, Aug 24, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -35.3%

nheinzie57, May 30, 2012
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2.35/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

ewurm, Apr 23, 2011
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2.38/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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

The beer pours an amber gold color with fairly good head retention and lacing. The nose is OK, showcasing some light honey and brown sugar. On the palate, one is quickly reminded that this is macro swill, no matter where it's made. Although the flavors replicate the nose, what there is in this case is very light and weak. Mouthfeel is light and watery, with a light, slightly sour, flavorless finish. Drinkability is OK in a macro swill kind of way, but this is really a pretty weak effort. Anyone have a lawnmower handy?

There are worse adjunct lagers out there, but regardless, this is a pretty unimpressive effort. Seeing a BA score of B for this beer gives me a much better understanding of the score Masala Mama gets on BA as well.

John_M, Nov 26, 2010
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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

shizzy77, May 26, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Burkbom23, Nov 09, 2013
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2.51/5  rDev -27.9%

Ajmorriso1, Aug 12, 2014
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2.53/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

KeefD, Apr 25, 2010
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2.58/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I looked at the website description before sampling. It was served with a nice cream colored to very light tan, fine head, that slowly subsided to a ring around the top, a tiny bit of lace, some bubble streams. Color was a nice clear medium amber. Aroma was beery and a bit of malt. Flavor was mainly sweet with a little malt thrown in. Body and carbonation were ok. Finish was like flavor. Fairly shallow overall. The darker color, I think, predisposes one to think there's more malt in here than there is. Didn't really pick up on the advertised bitterness. Not planning on having more.

drpimento, Apr 06, 2011
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2.6/5  rDev -25.3%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

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.

Overall: decent but pedestrian.

Foyle, Sep 13, 2014
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2.7/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this one last week while landscaping at my girlfriends parents house.

Poured into a pint glass. It looks like you would expect it to, clear and brown, only reddish when held into the sun. A soft, half finger of off white colored head sits on top with terrible retention and leaves behind no lacing. A lively carbonation keeps things moving.

The aroma is...Grain Belt? I swear, in a blind smelling test I don't know if I could tell the difference. Ok, maybe this one is slightly more malty, and slightly sweeter? I was expecting some more hops or something, but meh.

The taste is the same as Grain Belt also. I get corn and other adjuncts. Sweet and malty, just a little maltier than Grain Belt.

Mouthfeel is thin and crisp, with a high carbonation. Drinkability is probably it's best quality, as this was rather refreshing and easy drinking on a hot, spring day filled with lots of heavy lifting and manual labor.

Was expecting something a little different at first, but the more I thought about it, this is pretty much what I should have expected. Not bad, but nothing special.

Mistofminn, Apr 20, 2010
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2.73/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear darkish copper with a thin eggshell head. Aroma is cereal grain, light grassy and spicy hops, toast and a hint of corn sweetness, some caramel notes come out as it warms a bit. Flavor is cereal, a little toast, more corny sweetness, hay, some spicy hops and a touch of corn sileage. Palate is thin and has a neutral, watery feel throughout with a fairly heavy carbonation. Better than I expected, honestly.

DaCheesehead, Aug 16, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -21%

jjunit, Jul 23, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -21%

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2.75/5  rDev -21%

nowhere_native, Jun 23, 2014
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Grain Belt Nordeast from August Schell Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.