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Grain Belt Nordeast - August Schell Brewing Company

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308 Ratings
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Ratings: 308
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 9
Gots: 18 | 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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mynie

Indiana

4.13/5  rDev +18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 02:24:45 | More by mynie
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mhaugo

California

3/5  rDev -14.3%

12-04-2011 17:40:30 | More by mhaugo
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morimech

Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a clear bottle. Clear amber color with one inch of white head that has very good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Quite a bit of lacing is left on the glass. Smells like a grain mill. Slightly musty and spoilled grain aroma. Also pick up some grass and mint. Just not crazy about the flavor. Too grainy for me. Some earthy and grassy hop flavor. Bitterness is very low. Much more substantial body than most lagers. Definately more than adjunct lagers which is the point. Not as drinkable as regular Grain Belt and combined with a flavor I was not crazy about, keeps drinkability around average.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 18:11:31 | More by morimech
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

01-17-2014 00:36:54 | More by mattmarka1
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

10-02-2012 16:44:12 | More by Whiskeydeez
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

05-06-2013 17:58:12 | More by ZEB89
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 03:25:28 | More by jera1350
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birchstick

Colorado

3/5  rDev -14.3%

05-01-2012 04:03:11 | More by birchstick
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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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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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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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CoryR

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev 0%

07-04-2013 21:30:47 | More by CoryR
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Adamostella

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

06-13-2013 22:41:29 | More by Adamostella
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -14.3%

07-17-2013 22:40:16 | More by Tucquan
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Amber, quite clear. Head is thin and white. Retention is mediocre.
S- Very mild, but toast, earth, a bit of caramel.
T- Not much to it. Earthy, toast, a faint bit of caramel. Pretty clean.
M- Fairly light but that's to be expected. Carbonation is overly harsh.
O- Merely mediocre. It's Grian Belt Premium plus a bit of flavor minus a bit of nostalgia.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 01:56:38 | More by jsprain1
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 21:41:00 | More by gatornation
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budgood1

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 23:38:42 | More by budgood1
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Herky21

Iowa

2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

03-13-2013 14:02:09 | More by Herky21
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GilGarp

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served cold in a clear glass bottle.

Lightly redish brown color with good clarity and head.

Aroma is malty sweet, a little nutty, no hops.

Flavor reminds me of New Castle with similar sweetness, caramel brown ale base with very little bitterness. Nuts and forces with a little roasty malt character.

Mouthfeel is smooth but would be better with lower carbonation, maybe on tap.

Overall a solid dark lager and a nice easy- drinking Minnesota throw-back beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 19:03:04 | More by GilGarp
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richkrull

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -14.3%

11-26-2013 16:51:31 | More by richkrull
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MattyG85

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber reddish brown with a tint of orange and lots of bubbles. Solid two and a half finger off white head with very good retention and moderate lacing.

Smell: Sweet aroma of grains and caramel malts with a bit of corn. Light hints of earthy hops lingering. Mostly malts.

Taste: Big kick of sweet caramel malts that have a toasty quality. Good amount of grains throughout with a light hint of hop bitterness in the end. Starts very sweet but balances out towards the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very crisp and smooth. Creamy.

Overall: A solid and easy drinking red lager. Sweet and fairly balanced.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 01:07:00 | More by MattyG85
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tbeq00

California

4/5  rDev +14.3%

12-12-2011 18:24:07 | More by tbeq00
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 01:31:46 | More by hardy008
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

06-04-2012 02:43:50 | More by bigbeers84
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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 308 ratings.