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Grain Belt Nordeast - August Schell Brewing Company

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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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3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

JamesMN, Jul 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

MN_Beerticker, Jul 13, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's impossible to get this beer around these parts. My friend Brian was in MN and picked me up a 12 pack. Thanks a lot, Brian!

A: Orange/amber clear with a pretty thick white head.

S: Slightly hoppier and maltier than a typical macro lager.

T: Taste steps it up a bit more. It has a clean malty and hoppy taste. There's a nice caramel maltiness, grass, and a nice bit of fruit. It ends pleasantly bitter.

M: Good mouthfeel. Extremely smooth and easy to drink.

O: Yum. Love this beer. Every time one of my friends to MN, I always tell them to get me some of this. It's in the same league as other macros, but the taste is far superior.

TTAmod, Jul 05, 2012
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3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Nonic Pint. Best by 7-31-12.
Brought back by a friend that went on a trip to Iowa.

Known simply as "The Belt" in my circle of friends, Grain Belt has proven to be a cheap easy drinker most of us enjoy when we can get our hands on it.

A- Pours a clear burnt orange color with 1 finger of sudsy off white head that dissipates rather quickly to a thin cap on top and leaving no lacing on the glass.

S- Not too much there to smell, faint scents of caramelized malts, almost no hop aroma.

T- A tad sweet. The major flavor here is a toasted grain taste.

M- Light Medium body. Medium amount of carbonation.

O- Like I said before, "The Belt" is an easy drinking, cheap alternative to all the macro choices out there. This is one for people who don't want to be like every body else. By far, not the best beer out there, but definitely worth a try sometime.

rfbenavi80, Jun 24, 2012
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3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Serving type: 16-ounce can. There are smudged batch codes printed on the bottom of the can but no discernable freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a becker glass. The color is dirty amber. Two fingers of dense, fluffy, eggshell-colored head dissipated slowly, leaving trails along the glass, a thin lacing, and a ring of buttery foam.

Smell: Like Minnesota. (It reminds me of a trip to the Twin Cities in January.) Or at least like a Schell lager. Caramel covered apple, musty grain, a little toffee, and that distinct Schell hairspray. It smells like it wants to be an ale but is still coming to terms with the fact it is just lager. It is a beer that needs some talk therapy.

Taste: Like Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge. Toasted caramel and toasted grains. Honey, toffee, a little hop bitterness (it is like a beefed up macro with taste). It has a mouthfeel much like Coca-Cola, covering my teeth in some kind of dentist contrived corn syrup conspiracy.

Drinkability: You know… I, um… Probably won’t be buying this again unless I find myself at one of those frozen lake fishing contests where a handful of people fish and everyone else gets drunk. I love Minnesota, but Schell lagers are just not my thing.

TheQuietMan22, Jun 08, 2012
Grain Belt Nordeast from August Schell Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.