Grain Belt Nordeast - August Schell Brewing Company

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 414
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 13
Gots: 68 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of tone77
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big shout out to cpolking for sending this beer. Poured from a clear 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, caramel. Taste is very refreshing, crisp, bready, some malts and caramel, just a touch of hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer. (308 characters)

Photo of hodgsongreg
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (282 characters)

Photo of ermeis06
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (722 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.76/5  rDev +7.1%
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 (558 characters)

Photo of workingclassbrew
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can poured into a lager mug.

Beautiful dark amber, looks like last years Leinenkugel Oktoberfest., head is nice, dark cream lingers awhile. Just a nice looking beer.

Aroma, classic Grainbelt, but heavy floral, grain, sweet, very smooth on the nose.

Very easy drinkin, slick lager, sweetness is upfront with the malt. Hops if any gives you a bite, and disappears quickly. Leaves a little dryness. I like this brew. I first bought this a few years ago at a convenience store in Prescott, Wi. We took it to friends in Minnesota, they said they couldnt get it, it was selling out too fast. Taking a big quaff, and you get smooth, sweet, grain, dry all in that order. Dang this is good stuff. Right now a top 5 "go to beer". Too sweet for IPA lovers, but those still into lagers should appreciate this amber.

Left behind is a nice laced mug from top to bottom. Nice Minnesota beer! (888 characters)

Photo of sauron681
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
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???? (601 characters)

Photo of Slygato
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
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 (311 characters)

Photo of yamar68
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A much anticipated release from Schell's' newly acquired Grain Belt brand...

A - looks just as any amber should: amber.... thin head/lacing that doesn't wait around for you

S - smells metallic, very reminiscent of "primo" plus some extra umph... bit more malty

T - tastes decent for what it is... copper, oats, nothing too exciting really

M - feels spot-on, thin but appropriately carbonated

O - overall a decent brew for the price point, perhaps a step up from the run of the mill premium (494 characters)

Photo of bluto1998
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Classic MN beer. Glad to see a MN brewery picked it up. Good slightly sweet flavor. Nice amber color. Easy beer to bring to a party for all to enjoy without discussing the flavor notes etc. (189 characters)

Photo of theHoff77
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not really worth doing a full a review, but I'm just going say this is my preferred drinking beer. Being from Minnesota this is easily accessible and cheap, and my go to if I'm at the bar and not feeling adventurous or if you want a beer to give to guests without stooping to the bottom beers. Tastes decent and goes down easy, and if I had more then a couple I wouldn't feel bad about it. For what it is it's my ideal beer on a budget. (436 characters)

Photo of grannun
3.65/5  rDev +4%
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 (271 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (879 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (1,228 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (1,581 characters)

Photo of Merchant46
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
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! (1,279 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
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? (1,667 characters)

Photo of TTAmod
3.58/5  rDev +2%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After a long winter and a crappy spring Memorial Day 2011 brings hot and humid weather to bring on the summer. Garden work lead to the need for a lawn mower beer and this one fits the bill.
Damn clear glass bottles - slight skunky aroma with a yeast background and slightly sweet malt. No hops to speak of - maybe just a faint light grass aroma.
Very attractive in my pilsner glass. Dense off-white head settles slowly and covers a brilliantly clear amber body (brown/orange copper).
First time I drank this I didn't catch much adjunct, but it was a social situation and that contributed. More noticeable today, but not too heavy. It blends with the soft malt - that holds a tasty caramel flavor that is the touch of sweetness up front and moves through the drink later. Slight yeast quality. Very mild hop flavor and finishes with a kiss of bitterness, a little yeast and the tickling to sharper carbonation. Very soft feels from the bubbles - which are appropriately ample and filling (burp). There is a little body to this so it doesn't feel like water going down.
This is a good lawn mower beer. Hot day, in the sun, lighter drinker with some flavor. Drink cold though that adjunct begins to show with time. (1,211 characters)

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.51/5  rDev 0%
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. (747 characters)

Photo of Mdog
3.51/5  rDev 0%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from cpolking, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light copper color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, lager yeast, some honey, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out a little sweet with flavors of fruit and honey followed by some breadiness from the lager yeast and a thin malt character. The hops presence is mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while, but there are better beers in the style. (880 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap into pint glass

A dark shade of amber, head/lacing unimpressive. Smell is reminiscent of a red ale: sweet malt, apples, pine trees, and earthy grain. Taste is on the sweet side, lots of sweet malt and grain, with a slight touch of bitter almost medicinal hops. Mouthfeel is light, well carbonated, fuller feeling than regular GB.

It's OK. A lot of people love this beer, I just like it. (395 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had this on tap at the Sportsman Lodge near Baudette.

Served in a standard pint, the beer is nice amber with red highlights. There is an off-white head and lacing.

Beer has a smell of lightly toasted malts. Not a ton of aroma, but what there is, is nice.

Lightly roasted malts lead the taste. There is a hint of red apple and just a whisper of hops. Bready with crackers. No off or odd tastes. Everything hangs well together.

Decent mouth to style. It’s an easy beer to pair with food. I had three with the walleyes we caught that day.

One of those beers where the total is greater than the sum of the parts (hence the higher overall rating) (655 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of B_Faust
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Medium Dark Lager, SRM 12ish. Good Carbonation. Very clear, clean look. Large bubble, thin head.
S- Sulfur up front. Nice sweet maltiness. Spicy hops.
T- Sweet, toasty, malty, sulfur, dry finish. Well balanced. Clean and refreshing. Distinct.
M- Dry, Smooth, light, bubbly.
O- This is well brewed beer. Definitely a step up from the big boring American Light Lagers. Original comes to mind. Refreshing and not over-filling, easy drinking beer. I could and have kicked back several liters on a summer evening. (511 characters)

Grain Belt Nordeast from August Schell Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.