Grain Belt Nordeast - August Schell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 379
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 10
Gots: 41 | 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:
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 ermeis06
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber/light brown color. Light head with some lacing (more would be a plus).

S: Malty, sweet with some earthy notes. Not anything overpowering.

T: Extremely smooth and drinkable. Not a strong hop presence, but it has a nice balance between the flavors from the yeast, malt and hops. Some earthy undertones in there as well.

M: Smooth, good carbonation, almost has a crisp/lightly bitter finish. Medium body which fits the beer.

Overall I enjoy this beer. I've had Grain Belt Premium and I think it tastes like blueberries, which grosses me out about halfway through my 2nd bottle. This however has a great balance of flavor, has just the right body for the heavier malt/yeast flavor. I recommend at least trying it.

Photo of ewurm
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.

Photo of PokerGod
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Prosit!

Photo of drpimento
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.

Photo of Duff27
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Half inch white head. The beer itself is an amber/light red color. A few dozen streams of effervescence. Unexpected patches of lacing...a plus.

S- Smells on the sweet side with some grassy notes.

T- Taste follows the smell. Sweet, almost artifically tasting aftertaste...not too bad or cloyingly though. Grassy.

M- Smooth in the mouth area. Adequate carbonation.

D/O- I liked this one overall. Very easy drinking and smooth. May have liked it a tad more than Grain Belt Premium, slightly more flavorful. Would be a great one to share with a BMC person

Photo of beachscrat
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Clear bottle, living dangerous. Direct lupulin contact with death rays.

Smells like a warm bowl of corn flakes sittin' on the door step of an ethanol plant.

Rebelliously quaffed straight from the bottle. What you gonna do 'bout it fool!!?? Ridiculously smooth, well balanced slightly sweet cereal with a toasty caramel malt back-handed sucker-punch.

These go down nice and smooth and easy. Leave the Negro Modelo to collect dust on the shelf. Chase yer burrito with this instead. Sans lime.

Photo of keeganfrank
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a thin head that sticks around for less than a minute. Almost no discernible odor, what I can pick up is grassy or vegetable-like. The taste of toasted malts and sweet caramel is very pleasant...and very prominent, considering that it doesn't smell like anything. Nordeast seems thick for its style, it's not something I would feel like drinking quickly- it's more like a beer one would nurse.

Photo of deebo
4.47/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear with amber color and tan head with a thin lace that hangs on for the duration.
S-Malty aroma with a little alcohol bite.
T-This is where Nordeast shines-Great balance if you like slightly toasted malt, a little heavy on the malt but it works well. Just a kiss of the hops.
M-Medium body. Nice.
D-This is an easy drinker-keeps you wanting more.

Overall-Amazing how much better Nordeast is vs Grain Belt's premium lager. The few times I've had this on tap it's been a little better (Cleaner taste with more robust mouthfeel) than in the bottle. A great alternative to the large scale lagers.

Photo of grannun
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Again, difficult to review this beer like craft beers, but I'll try.

A - Nice, light amber

S - Malty, and grainy

T - Malty, sweet, and a little bit of hops

M - Nice carbonation, light

D - Very drinkable, expected at this alcohol content

Overall, better than premium

Photo of sauron681
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thank God for originally being from Minnesota, and my mother still living there. I got a 12 pack of this, and heard from many that it is very difficult to get a hold of.

Pours a ruby amber color, with good head and average lacing throughout in a pint glass. Carbonation is present throughout the session. Very small amount of malty aroma.
Smooth and very light, what else would you expect? Very very light in the mouth
Hints of caramel sweetness and perhaps some crystal as well.
Not a whole lot else going on with this beer, but more appreciative than a beer from the big 3. or is it big 2 now????

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At last a bottle of Grain Belt Nordeast to call my very own! Rarer than unicorn droppings, harder to find than a leprechaun's taint. At long last, it is mine.

Now, to drink! But, first, to open...

Clear, rich amber color, very thin, tight head, just a lean ring of whitish foam round the edges.

Aroma: sweet and malty, caramel tone, thoroughly pleasant. Nuff said.

Taste: more of the same. No complexity, none expected, exactly as advertised, a clean, slightly sweet, malty lager. There's flavor, and it rolls around the mouth, and exits politely. Drinks like crazy. Only offended parties should be those who insist on their beers being yellow, glum, and harshly fizzy. This ain't none of that. It lacks body, but I don't think anyone expected it to be big-boned. Nordeast is what it is and does what it does.

I'll give it high praise from a Minnesotan: "Not bad!"

Photo of mothman
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into glass mug.

Pours an amber bronze color. About 1/2 finger of khaki head.

Aroma/Taste: Pretty similar to each other. Pretty much all malts. Some caramel and bready flavors. There isn't a whole lot here. It is pretty simple, but in a way I don't mind.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing. Light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends somewhat clean.

Overall, there isn't a lot to say about this beer, but I kind of like it. It is really easy to drink and something I wouldn't mind having a few of in an evening.

Photo of pmccallum86
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a small white head.

Smell is of light malts, not much else.

Taste is very light, small malts and a light crisp hop finish. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation, pretty good.

Good drinkability, solid beer. Nothing special at all, but pretty solid.

Photo of zeff80
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bottle at the hotel bar. The bartender said they don't list it on their menu because it was always selling out.

A - Poured a clear amber color with red highlights. It had a small, khaki-colored head of thin foam that left no lace.

S - It smelled malty sweet. Mild floral notes. Not much else. Fairly typical for an amber lager - never big aromas.

T - Sweet maltiness and caramel. Very slight bitterness.

M - It was light bodied, fizzy and crisp which is to be expected for the style.

D - This is an okay lager. I understand the historical love/nostalgia for Grain Belt and the Nordeast neighborhood of the TC, but this isn't something I'll be stocking up on during my annual trips to MN.

Photo of gatornation
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- from a 12 oz clear bottle it poured a light brown/copper color with an adequate head it was mostly clear with a 1 finger head

S-hops ,malt, and grain

T- taste was that of an adjunct..it had malts and caramel followed by some hops

M- was medium carbonated wit a malty taste that stayed in the back of my mouth

D-its drinkable with a lower ABV..its great to knock back some of these while bowling in the winter..its really just average

Photo of MinnesotaRIS
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Grain Belt Nordeast is a great beer from a company that is typically known for making beer on par with Budweiser and Miller. This beer is far more robust and flavorful and I enjoy it.

A - typical for a red amber lager

S - complex and not overpowering in too many of its characteristics. Hops are there.

T - Very pleasant and a bit watery but compared to its peers of amber lagers, it gives a bit more flavor and depth. Hops are apparent but not overwhelming. Aftertaste is pleasant.

M - No complaints. Average with a bit of bitterness.

D - Very drinkable. Smooth with just a touch of roughness

This is a substantial improvement over Grain Belt Premium because it has more flavor and character. It is not a craft beer so don't expect the crafted experience. My take is that if you want a routine "drinkin' beer", this is better than the rest.

Photo of plfahey
2.93/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance-Amber in color, brilliantly clear. Moderate white head with fine bubbles and poor retention.

Aroma-Light caramel malt complements the grainy aromas typical of lighter american lagers. Very light hops here, and also a low buttery (almost diacetyl) aroma. Somewhat sweet, with not much else going on.

Flavor-Mmmm, adjuncts. Light corny sweetness with a hint of caramel. Barely perceptible grassy hop flavor and low hop bitterness. Aftertaste has a little bit of buttery diacetyl, but just light enough to be perceptible, not a terrible butter-bomb by any stretch of the imagination. That said, it's still not very good.

Mouthfeel-Thin, light body with moderately high carbonation. It's not my idea of a good mouthfeel, but it is appropriate for the style.

I never understood why this beer is popular, though I suppose I'll drink it in preference to other, shittier macro lagers. The low flavor, light body, and high carbonation make it easy to drink, but I have to knock it a bit on drinkability for that buttery aroma/aftertaste-it certainly does not make me want to drink more of it.

Photo of alexgash
4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of John_M
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.

Photo of mrpoizun
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a six pack which fell onto its side on the way home. Every bottle leaked. I contacted Grain Belt and supplied them with all the information on the bottles and carton. Received no response. So right off the bat I have to report that this beer is very poorly bottled, which might have something to do with some of the poor reviews.


However, I did drink one right away, just so I'd have an idea what a (semi?) fresh one might taste like. Frankly, I liked it. A nice American lager with a bit more malt to it. Very refreshing.


But given the substandard bottling and the lack of response from Grain Belt about it, I will not be buying it again.

Photo of adrock7309
2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Grainbelt Nordeast was surprisingly good for sucha mainstream brew.

A = bit murky amber kind of like dirty dishwater. Light white head fills the top of my pint glass.

S = a bit stale aroma of must and malt.

T = very average. Didnt care for the cakiness and moldy bread flavors coming through.

Overall drinkability was fine. A decent beer to drink at a tailgating party but nothing I would seek out or probably drink again.

Photo of Slygato
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance- Dark amber beer, with a little head

Smell- Very little smell to the beer, has a light caramel smell to it

Taste- Has a sweet taste to it with a light caramel taste

Mouthfeel- Has a light mouthfeel goes down smooth

Drinkability- Very drinkable would drink this again, and is relatively inexpensive

Photo of bsp77
3.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from tap into Pint glass.

Appearance: Burnished amber with just a light head and not much lacing.

Smell: Light caramel malts - not much else.

Taste: Just barely sweet caramel grainy malts are the highlight, with a very, very light hop finish. Not much complexity, but appreciate the lower sweetness.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, surprisingly ample smooth body for a low abv lager.

Drinkability: Maybe not much going on, but it is well constructed and easy to kick back. Better than the standard Grain Belt.

Photo of jera1350
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a bar with a very limited selection for our fantasy football draft.

Caramel brown in color with a fair sized light tan head of foam.

Light caramel malt scent with some good sweetness.

Caramel malt is very abundant, but it has a light roast to it as well. Lightly crisp with a pretty good dose of sweetness.

Very smooth. I would call this medium bodied. Nicely carbonated.

Put down three of these with ease. A very nice session beer with a good amount of taste. If Premium and Schell's Dark had a child, this would be the outcome. Glad I finally tried it.

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.

Grain Belt Nordeast from August Schell Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 379 ratings.