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 MattyG85
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (738 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 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 gatornation
3.3/5  rDev -6%
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 (441 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3/5  rDev -14.5%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
3.23/5  rDev -8%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
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. (337 characters)

Photo of budgood1
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
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. (881 characters)

Photo of herman77
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (723 characters)

Photo of bsp77
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a completely transparent standard amber color with a foam collar and no lacing. At first the aroma was strictly metallic, but as it warmed up it changed into a grassy hopping on top of raw grain aroma. Tastes of mostly raw grains (and a bit of wheat chaff) as well, the moniker "grain belt" was definitely well-chosen. The grassy hopping rises up and settles down without a fuss in the light bodied finish that definitely refreshes like a lawnmower beer. Not bad, not great. (506 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 FreshmanPour77
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
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 (547 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
4.38/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A= pours a nice bright amber color completely translucent with a nice two finger eggshell white head that holds some everage retention. Nice rocky looking head on it with a little sticky lacing on the side of the glass.

S= Smells pretty average. Nice malty sweetness to it. little spicy hop notes built into it but nothing really exciting. Smells a little dirty I would say. Much more dirty than the Premium. I sort of like the dirty smell to it. More phenols and complexity built in while still keeping to to be an average easy sippin everyguy beer.

T= Tastes pretty nice. Sort of like a Premium with a little but more malty sweetness to it. Definitally a little more complexity which is odd to mention for this category. Hits the tip of you tongue with a little hop bite to it. Not really exciting just enough to let you know the hops are there. The hops are earthy and spicy not the typical citrus bombs you get with a lot of west coast strands. The hops quickly give way to a Premium like characteristic to it that is then hightened by a little malty sweetness to it. The finish is super clean with no lasting flavors.

M= Crisp and clean. One of the smoothest beers I've ever had.

D= Excellent brew. I think this is just a little step up from Premium without making it too much of a craft beer lovers only beer. This is a nice step from the ordinary. Nothing crazy or special just a good easy drinking Amber Lager for a hard working guy after the job is done; exactly what Grain Belt was trying to portrait. Excellent work. (1,539 characters)

Photo of katan
3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (705 characters)

Photo of KeefD
2.52/5  rDev -28.2%
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. (537 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 deebo
4.41/5  rDev +25.6%
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. (598 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (728 characters)

Photo of Buebie
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (994 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 5/16/14, but had this one in the past.Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a flute glass.

Pours a pretty dark amber with a thin off-white head that leaves a good amount of sticky lacing when sipped. Not much of a smell actually, just some malt and floral. The taste is lightly sweet upfront but isn't over done at all with a little dry finish from the malt. Just the right amount of carbonation and a very easy drinking brew. Has a clean crisp taste that is very enjoyable! Really like this one. (551 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 jhartley
2.25/5  rDev -35.9%

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a stange glass.
Dark amber colored body. 1 finger white head. Left no lacing.
Not picking up too much on the aroma, what is there isn't really enticing.
Tastes like a low abv lager, with not much of a body; very easy to drink - definitely a picnic or beach beer.
Nothing really great or good with this beer other than it's ease of drink-ability. (376 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 Mistofminn
2.71/5  rDev -22.8%
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. (1,089 characters)

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