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Grain Belt Nordeast - August Schell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 9
Gots: 27 | 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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Photo of mynie
4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

mynie, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of katan
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a very clear, transparent brown color. Head formation is strong, 2-3mm, just short of bright white. Breaks down to a film. Carbonation appears light.

S - Light caramel malt note, lightly sweet. Hopping is non-existent. Malt forward.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, some caramel and nutty malt notes. Mid-stream gets bitter, but still with a malt lean. A yeast spicy note comes in towards the end, with a hair of grainy finish.

M - Light mouth feel, light body. Carbonation massages the tongue, giving the beer a stinging feel.

D - Easy drinking. ABV is very manageable. Light sweetness is present, smooth, not overwhelming. Avoiding bitter flavors will appeal to the masses.

katan, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of tempest
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a few bottles with friends and I have to say, this isn't much more that Grain Belt Amber. It had the same sweet roasted corn taste and grainy background, but with a touch more caramel malt and a little more hop bitterness. I guess it's still an improvement over Grain Belt (which isn't that bad), but for a cold and simple lager I'll stick to Full Sail Session.

tempest, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of JackieTH
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

JackieTH, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of KBomb
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep bronze/amber colors a crystal clear body, capped by foamy white head that dissipates to some light, bubbly lacing. Smell has a little bit of grassiness and something just a tiny tiny bit skunky, but supported by a lot of sweet caramel malt smell. Taste is smooth and very sweet, a sweetness like pure cane sugar. Yet, its not overly sweet and has a clean enough finish that the beer still has a bit of refreshing taste. Medium body and weight, moderately smooth mouthfeel. Easy drinking, unique tasting lager that's slightly sweeter than a Vienna style.

KBomb, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of wagenvolks
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz clear bottle into a SA Perfect Pint. Nice extra, ballz50401!

With a name like Grain Belt, I could feel my collar turning blue the second this beer was poured. Thankfully, the liquid's color remained true to its style--bright copper with a glowing orange core. It's clear, but I can detect a hint of yeasty haze. Above, a paper-white head builds impressively, but retreats to a ring of dense foam within minutes. The aroma isn't great, but it's par for the course given the style. A hint of skunky hops here, some pale malt and amber sweetness there that suggests caramel and toasted cereal grains.

Nordeast brings a nice dose of hops and a grainy fizziness that suggests toffee candy and bubblegum for a millisecond before the flavor dissipates into near-nothingness. Some might say that's a plus, and I tend to agree: I've had many lagers whose aftertaste is bordering on putrid (lookin' at you, Natty Light!). Mouthfeel is crisp and medium-thin. Big bubbles of carbonation roll across the tongue and crackle with each sip. If this were twice as sweet, I could see myself confusing it with a soda. Albeit a good soda, but that's not what we're all here for...

Still, Nordeast is at least worth a try. I'd have it again.

wagenvolks, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of KarlHungus
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear light amber color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes into nice lacing. The aroma is of spicy hops with a solid caramel backbone. This beer smells a lot hoppier than I thought it would, and I like that. The taste is similar to the aroma. There are some nice hops up front than a bit of caramel and even toffee on the back end. The flavor disappears very quickly though leaving absolutely no aftertaste. The mouthfeel is also disappointing thin, and a little too highly carbonated. Overall, there are a number of good things going on in this beer. Unfortunately, there are a few bad things going on too, and they stand in the way of the good things becoming really good things. Such as shame. If only the taste and mouthfeel stood up to the aroma I would really be impressed. As is I'd rather be drinking Grain Belt Premium.

KarlHungus, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. 092910 on the neck.

Thanks to bnieman for giving me this bottle at his place last night.

A - Clear and bronzy brown, Grain Belt has a frothy off-white head with moderate retention and light clingy lacing.

S - Slightly toasted grains have a hint of toffee and caramel but otherwise smell fairly husky. No real hop aroma is noticeable. Crisp and light but rather plain.

T - Much better tasting than smelling, Nordeast has a crisp and clean malt flavor of pale and caramel that is off-set decently by light hops that don't really come though in the flavor so much as balance it.

M - Medium-light bodied and smooth with a crisp and refreshing body that finishes a touch dry with a little carbonation tickle.

D - Very drinkable and refreshing for an amber beer. It goes down very well and refreshing. A solid late summer, early fall brew.

BeerFMAndy, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of Bighuge
4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Bighuge, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of mdwalsh
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

mdwalsh, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of Merchant46
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 1-finger white head that dissipates at a fairly rapid pace. Moderate bubbles. Color: light amber, much like many EPA's or IPA's.

S: Very faint, malty aroma. Not much in the way of hops signature. Smells like a typical American Lager.

T: A considerable amount of solid, standard-tasting hops flavor, considerably more than the aroma would tip you off to. The malt adds a good degree of sweetness, but short of the same extreme degree of Grain Belt Premium. Minimal aftertaste. What there is, is more sweet than hoppy.

M: Very similar to most beers like it, but a little smoother. Thicker than the average domestic lager, thinner than something like Killian's Red.

D: Very sessionable.

How much you like this beer really depends on context. If you're expecting a unique flavor experience, this won't deliver that. Compared to most domestic lagers at its price point, however, it offers more and better flavor, is refreshing, and very drinkable. As a guy who used to work in Nordeast Mpls and still drives by the old Grain Belt sign every day on the way home from work, it's good to see that August Schells has done the old neighborhood right by this beer.

To answer the ultimate question, "Do I want to have second one?" Absolutely!

Merchant46, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of ZAP
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ZAP, May 27, 2010
Photo of budgood1
4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

budgood1, May 20, 2010
Photo of herman77
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear carmel color with a little bit off off white foam head that dissipates after a minute or two. Lots of carbonation bubbles.

S: Sweet grains and bread. The slightest touch of toasted malt. Its got that classic Grain Belt smell to it, but with more malt.

T: Sweet breadyness and sweet grains with a slight tinge of bitter malt near the end. A little to much sweetness for my liking.

M/D: Thin and light mouthfeel, carbonated pretty well. Pretty straightforward, feels like a beer. Drink is okay, goes down easily, not sure if I would want to have multiples in a row though.

Nothing special, not bad at all though. Haven't had regular Grain Belt in awhile, so I'm not sure if I prefer this to the original.

herman77, May 19, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Named after the hardworking neighborhood where the original Grain Belt Brewery established its roots back in 1893. 'Nordeast' is an endearing term which comes from the Northern and Eastern European immigrants and their language, which helped shape Northeast Minneapolis."

--August Schell website

Tangerine orange with honey hued edges... which can be appreciated on the store shelf thanks to the clear glass bottle. The head is small and is midway between eggshell and ecru. Lace is scarce, though I suspect that most of these will never see a glass.

The nose is actually pretty good. It has a mildly toasted-earthy quality and a decent amount of floral hoppiness. Here's hoping the flavor profile is a pleasant surprise too.

Nordeast may not be craft beer heaven, but it's a pretty good example of how old school and new school can come together to produce something tasty and drinkable. This might have been how some beer was brewed back in the day. Still, I suspect most of it wasn't this toasted malty or this hoppy.

Flavors include well-toasted bread, iced tea and more fruitiness than should be present in a lager. Sweetness and bitterness, both at a low ebb, balance one another beautifully. The finish is clean, crisp and refreshing. This stuff is growing on me with each passing ounce.

The mouthfeel is at least medium for the ABV and maybe even a fraction bigger. The bubbles feel slightly too large and harsh, at least initially, but it works well in the end.

Grain Belt Nordeast is surprisingly good. In fact, I'd choose it over every pale or amber lager of the old school sort... except for the outstanding Schlitz Gusto. When's the next cookout?

BuckeyeNation, May 18, 2010
Photo of WYVYRN527
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Figured I would give this one a try with all of the hype it has had the last few weeks. 12 oz. clear bottle.
The beer pours a clear amber hue with a thick white head that settles quickly. Carbonation consists of large bubbles.
Smell is a bit sweet, almost cloying with some bready malt notes, but mainly corn and sugar shine through. There are some hop aromas, but nothing enough to pick out. Taste is a bit better. Caramel and some fruity hints make up the malt backbone, while hops balance out the flavor with some mild bitterness and floral tones.
Light to medium bodied, has some lingering flavor. It's a drinkable beer, and good for a hot summer day while mowing the lawn. Not something I would drink on a daily basis, but overall decent.

WYVYRN527, May 18, 2010
Photo of hardy008
4.33/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caramel color with a two finger head with decent retention. Smells is sweet and bready malts with some hops.

The taste is also sweet and bready malts with some hops. Starts mildly sweet, and there is a bit of bitter hops at the finish. Light to medium bodied, nicely carbonated, and a bit of a dry finish. Very drinkable, and very good.

hardy008, May 16, 2010
Photo of shadow1961
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

August Schell Grain Belt Nordeast pours a finger of creamy foam over a clear deep amber brew. Carbonation is strong and steady, and the nose is adjunct lager all the way- sweet corn, lager yeast, maybe a little fruitiness. Flavor is more of that corn sweetness, that fruit note again (apple skin maybe), and just a little bit of some kind of herbal hops off the back. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. This actually seems a lot like a darker version of another Schell product, their Lakemaid beer. They're both corn lagers with a taste of real hops, something like training wheels, almost...

shadow1961, May 06, 2010
Photo of Mdog
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear amber, good head.

Smell: Mild caramel, light grass.

Taste: Light breadiness, a little sweet caramel, but not too sweet.

Drinkability: Very sessionable, could have several in a sitting.

I wasn't quite sure what to expect from Nordeast, but it is an easy drinking beer that I prefer over the standard Grain Belt. GB is a little too sweet/malt liquor tasting to me, Nordeast reminds me more of Sam Adams Light. Not super flavorful, but an easy drinker and good session beer.

Mdog, May 02, 2010
Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5-01-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Amber color, 2 fingers of foam but dissipated rather quick. Ok lacing ring with a fair amount of carbonation present

S - Caramel and malt notes, slight hops

T - Malty with a touch of caramel sweetness, lighter bodied brew

M/D - Another enjoyable brew from New Elm. Not quite a medium bodied brew, light and very easy to drink more than one. I recommend this brew if it is still around. I brought this brew to DarkLord day and had some good reviews from others outside of Minnesota

FreshmanPour77, May 02, 2010
Photo of KeefD
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
Photo of Mistofminn
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
Photo of hodgsongreg
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have you ever thought Grain Belt was too sweet to enjoy, but you like everything else? This is your beer. Please forgive the short review. I'll review Grain Belt another time. When I do, just add "not as sweet as Premium" to the review, and you'll have my brilliant review for this.

hodgsongreg, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of tavernjef
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The color reflects the highlights of brown beer bottle orange when held up to a strong light. But looks like a light rusty brown in most light. Clear in body with some slight carb bubbles moderately active. Small dusty bone white cap of foam stands on top briefly before escaping to a solid skim and collar with nicely etched lacing branched across in tree-like strings.

Dull if not nonexistent clean aroma of soggy cereal grains that faintly resembles some kind of grainy/bready sweetness. With that it does come across with a more natural scent then some adjunct macro as the breadyness it does carry on the nose is pleasing, just light.

Taste is firm and super smooth of a simple malt profile that simplifies a nice tender sweetened breadyness, somewhat doughy, slight tinge of heavier cooked caramel and a super small pinch of grassy hops allowed to add some interest in the finish. Stays mostly malty with the bready grain flavors and is smoothly settling to swim down the Ol' gullet.

Delicate light/medium body of super clean, semi crisp, malty smoothness that has a simple yet fulfillingly rich roundness to it that's quite acceptable to the palate and even more so to its drinkability, which is nearly exceptional to the point of only needing a bit more body and likeness of complexity in its flavor profile to up its overall character for me to perhaps enjoy it more.

As is, this is one heck of a sessionable brew to have a bunch of when in the need of a good outside/grilling, BBQing, lawn mowing, fishing, yard working, sit back and enjoy the day away kind of beer.

tavernjef, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of Greggy
4.33/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice 2 finger very light tan head with decent lacing over an amber body. The head has decent retention, staying around for a minute or two.

S- Very malty and bready. Almost in the ballpark of an octoberfest. Sweet breads, caramel, standard grainbelt sweetness note.

T- Starts out with bits of caramel biscuitiness with candied sweetness on the end. The more I think about this, it seems like an extremly light version of the now-discontinued caramel bock. The finish is smooth and clean with only residual caramel and breadiness remaining.

M- Just a bit of spritzy carbonation at the beginning and otherwise extremely malty.

D- Easily drinkable. Great brew.

Greggy, Apr 12, 2010
Grain Belt Nordeast from August Schell Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.