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Grain Belt Nordeast - August Schell Brewing Company

Grain Belt NordeastGrain Belt Nordeast

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BA SCORE
80
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287 Ratings
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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 16%


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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workingclassbrew

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

Serving type: can

03-08-2014 07:04:41 | More by workingclassbrew
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 02:00:36 | More by wagenvolks
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Slygato

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 22:13:54 | More by Slygato
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grannun

California

3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 04:27:45 | More by grannun
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Merchant46

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 22:22:10 | More by Merchant46
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 02:03:16 | More by BeerFMAndy
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yamar68

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 04:47:17 | More by yamar68
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TTAmod

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 00:09:27 | More by TTAmod
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theHoff77

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 17:32:43 | More by theHoff77
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 17:33:56 | More by tavernjef
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
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?

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 12:08:43 | More by BuckeyeNation
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 21:54:04 | More by garymuchow
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Mdog

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 17:06:58 | More by Mdog
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 06:10:58 | More by WYVYRN527
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 00:57:19 | More by TheManiacalOne
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2012 10:34:44 | More by jimmah120
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Redrover

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev 0%
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)

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2013 00:15:42 | More by Redrover
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zeff80

Missouri

3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 15:58:11 | More by zeff80
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beachscrat

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 02:55:38 | More by beachscrat
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B_Faust

Minnesota

3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 02:47:05 | More by B_Faust
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -2%
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!"

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 06:18:39 | More by feloniousmonk
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Buebie

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer this afternoon for $5.

Poured from a clear 12oz bottle into a pub glass. A building 1'' fizzy off white head forms, quickly receding to leave a thin cap of retention. Some very light wisps of lace.
Color is a darker amber with hints at red, completely transparent.

Aroma is bready with a decent malt backing. Some mild grassy hops. Aroma does exist, and is semi sweet with bread and malt.

Taste is light upfront with building malt and sweet flavors. Good amount of cereal grains here, as well as mild bittering into the finish. Mostly floral leafy hops flavors with a hay like comparison from smell transferring into taste. Just a touch of bitterness, as well as a hint at lime zest.
Finishing ith mild bitters and tangy bread flavors.
Following the style well, definatly not somthing I would seek out, but glad I tried it.
A good lawnmower beer. Painting the garage today, so it works perfectly for what I will be doing. Drinkability is pretty high, as the abv is low.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 21:09:01 | More by Buebie
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mrpoizun

South Dakota

3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 01:55:53 | More by mrpoizun
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 16:05:16 | More by mothman
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.34/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2010 18:33:06 | More by bsp77
Grain Belt Nordeast from August Schell Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.