Grain Belt Nordeast
August Schell Brewing Company

Grain Belt NordeastGrain Belt Nordeast
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Lager - American Amber / Red
Ranked #101
Ranked #48,165
3.47 | pDev: 15.56%
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Grain Belt NordeastGrain Belt Nordeast
Notes: 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.
Reviews: 119 | Ratings: 505 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

2.81/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours golden amber in color with a tall white head. Smells rich of corn, not much else, little bit of sweet grain. Taste follows the nose, mainly corn. High carbonation, light bodied, smooth, crisp, crushable… Nice beer to session.

Jun 02, 2021
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LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can best before date Sept 7, 2021 into a 16oz pint glass.
L: Pours clean bronze/amber with an off-white 1" med-fluffy head. Well carbonated. Head dissipates to thin. Minimal lacing.
S: Malty and a bit earthy. Not much fragrance or aroma. Rather simple.
T: Hop snap, light caramel corn, not too sweet, a good malt wave, a hint of bread dough. Very evenly spaced and balanced flavors. Dry and tart at the finish. Soft caramel is the ghost in this machine.
F: It has a bright, snappy medium light-bodied mouth feel with a malty halo and is well carbonated with a fairly dry finish. Very refreshing and accessible flavors. It drinks quite easily for the 4.7%ABV. The price is unbeatable for the quality and drinkability of this beer. Brilliant!!

May 26, 2021
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jkblr from Indiana

3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can stamped 07/29/21 poured into mug at fridge temp, no ABV listed on can. The beer pours bright amber in color with off white head. The head recedes to a thin ring and single layer of bubbles. Good lacing. The aroma is grainy, with earthy & toasted malt notes. The taste is barely tart with toasted malt, corn and a quick, clean barely bitter finish. The mouthfeel is thin bodied with average carbonation and a dry finish. Very clean. Overall, good. Very bright and refreshing red lager.

Apr 25, 2021
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, mix between a deep orange and light amber color. Mostly deep orange though with a rather thick white head. (4.00)

Aroma: Moderate aromas of smooth red fruit and cream sweetness. (3.75)

Flavor: Flavor follows with more red fruit, cherry, red apple, plum with a bit of pie, whip cream, and cream ale sweetness. Yet, it finishes dry which is impressive due to the lighter body. (4.00)

Feel: Body is light. Carbonation is moderate. Finishes rather dry for the red cream flavor. Leaves you wanting another sip on the palate. (4.00)

Compared to Bad Weather Windvane Red IPA 11/2/20: Pours a lighter color. More malty aromas/flavors. More red and amber too. Yet, it's lighter, dryer, and much cleaner.

Compared to Castle Cream Ale 11/2/20: Pours a slightly darker color. More dry redfruit aromas/flavors. Less sweet cream. Lighter bodied and dryer, yet more ruby red.

Overall: Great red fruit and creamy flavors while maintaining quite a dry and easy-drinking beer. This drinks like an Amber lager. This is what I would picture drinking during the cold autumn when you want to pound a beer, but don't want the volume of a sweet and darkened beer. Sort of like an Amber version of a Guinness. This one has an impressive flavor given the light body. (Final Rating: 3.94)

Nov 03, 2020
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours amber red with a fluffy white head. Smells of caramelized grain. Tastes of caramelized grain with slight fruitiness. Beer is light bodied and very easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, an above average beer.

Feb 09, 2020
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zuker21 from Canada (ON)

4.11/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Strong midwestern lager and has a very traditional toasted malt colour and flavour. Low hops, great finish and a crisp mouthfeel cool you down in the summer and warm you up in the winter. A classic beer born of tradition, there’s no better place than The Nook to grab a Jucy Lucy, a Grain Belt And bowl a few games.

Feb 09, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft at Hotel. I had no idea Grain Belt was still existence. Medium clear amber, small creamy cap fades into a ring. Caramelly aroma and taste, straight up Vienna. Feels full, but finishes lightning quick.

Nov 29, 2019
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

2.94/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nordest pours a clear reddish/brownish color, with no head. Weak but grainy aroma. Flavor is same, its weak, but grainy, some notes of butter. Flat. Overall, its not a horrid beer, boring and light, but drinkable.

Nov 11, 2019
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mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

4.68/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Apparently I have never written a review for one of my favorite beers!!!

Pours a nice caramel colour, some bitterness at the finish, but it is actually welcomed after a malty taste. This is a perfect summer beer, from softball to lawn mowing.

Aug 22, 2019
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SB2017 from Iowa

3.64/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber color, solid head, and a clean, grassy odor. Decently flavorful, with a calm, dry, seltzerlike finish. Not great, but refreshing. A good, cheap, summer beer.

Jul 14, 2019
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle. Clear amber color with white foamy head. Sweet malt smell. Lighter feel with high carbonation. Sweet malt flavors with mild hop bitterness. Nice easy-drinking beer.

Jul 14, 2019
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a dark, golden straw with a one finger, Whitehead. Plenty of carbonation.
Smells of grain and Amber malt.
Taste dominated by a clear, grain taste in an ice malt backing. Slight hop, yet focus on grain and malt.
Crisp feel with smooth finish.
Overall a nice, mass produced lager.

Jan 27, 2019
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cardfan212 from Minnesota

3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Drank from a 16 ounce can.

Look - Green, yellow, and red blend nicely for a good mix of color. The diagonal stripes also make it look extra nice.

Smell - Inviting hits of mild sweet malt. Smells like a decent and relaxing beer.

Taste - Sweet and slightly sour malt. Tiny bit of peppery piney hops bitterness to round it out on the end.

Feel - Very strong carbonation, on the verge of too much but still bearable.

Overall - An all-around decent beer. Good alternative to some AALs if you want an easy to handle drink for beer newcomers.

Jul 08, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16oz can into glass. Stamped on bottom of can is '100318'.
Clear, medium amber colored body. Two finger white head settles to thick, creamy cap. Leaves behind spots and small strings of lacing.
Aroma of sweet malts, similar to green apple.
Taste is sweet and bready malts, and a little green apple fruit. Sweet, mild hops. Very little bitterness.
Medium, creamy mouth feel. Leaves a little lager bite at the end. Good carbonation, with lots of rising bubbles to feed the head.
Very easy drinking lager, with quite a bit of bite in the taste. Quite refreshing.

Jul 02, 2018
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dav2080 from Wisconsin

4.02/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass, A darkish copper color, nice head that settled quickly. I smelled the mellow malts when pouring. Nice clean, kind of sweet malt taste with little bitterness. Clean mouthfeel as I would expect for this type of beer. This is a great beer for this weekend in WI. Hot and steamy with an ice cold Grain Belt Nordeast. Cheers!

Jun 30, 2018
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pat61 from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: A brilliant gold pour releases streams of bubbles rushing to refresh a 1" white cap with fair to poor retention.

S: It smells of faint corn, light grain, bread dough and very light bread crust

T: lightly sweet, starting with light fruit, bread dough, and a hint of bread crust. A very mild bitterness arrives mid-palate finishing slightly drier with a touch of tartness from the carbonation

F: medium light body and medium high carbonation

O; a drinkable beer with slightly more flavor and character than an American lager, but not much

Aug 27, 2017
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LooseGasCap from Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very easy drinking beer with a crusty finish of bread, corn and malt. The maltiness gives it an easygoing, everyday kind of appeal. It the brew to have on hand for a Thursday. Any Thursday.

Nov 24, 2016
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jamphanatic from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Solid lawnmower beer, a refreshing lager with a rich amber color and a smooth malty flavor. A uniquely good value at at $11 for 12 pack, the Yuengling of the midwest... but better.

Oct 16, 2016
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cuttlery from Minnesota

3.19/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a darker amber with a large frothy head. Bit of a sweet flavor and malty. Not a bad brew for the price point. It is a decent tweener beer for those looking for something in between a summer shandy type beer and something a little heavier.

Jul 07, 2016
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Squire from Mississippi

3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber gold color with white cap and excellent lacing.

Aroma of toasty malt and spicy slightly herbal hops.

Taste is grain forward with more roast presence than I caught in the scent. A mild caramely sweetness appears mid palate and hops are waving their hands for attention by the finish. Aftertaste is a good blend of all those flavors.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

Very acceptable version of an Amber Lager.

May 24, 2016
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice amber colored when poured. There's minimal head. The nose is hard to describe, but it is pleasing. The taste is fairly bold. It is the best beer from the Grain Belt brand.

Apr 11, 2016
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AleMan66 from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: very nice golden color, clear, inviting
Smell: surprisingly very little smell as far as beer goes, but a good smell
Taste: bitter, malty
Feel: heavy, just short of chewy; above average carbonation
Overall: I really like this beer, especially for the price

Jan 23, 2016
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jdseltzer from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Will buy again. I forgot about Grain Belt, now I am going to try the regular Grain Belt. Innovate or die. The August Schell Brewing Company appears to be doing that since the beer has been around for 15 years.

Nov 04, 2015
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Grain Belt Nordeast has a very thick, frothy, spongy, off-white head, a mostly clear, bubbly, gold-amber appearance, with a higher-than-average amount of suspended powdery sediment throughout, and a fairly heavy lacing left behind. Aroma is of sourish, citrus, grain and malt, and the flavor is of those elements, alongside bread crust, white bread, some sweetness, and very low level hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Grain Belt Nordeast finishes crisp and easy drinking.


Aug 25, 2015
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.14/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 03/06/15:

Pours caramel-colored, as seen through the clear bottle. A foamy white head hangs around for most of the drink, leaving a bit of lacing.

The smell is of slightly toasted grain.

The taste is sweet-leaning - some balancing taste and a subtle hop touch. Sweetened tea-like finish.

It is pretty watery and thin.

A rather bland brew, but easy enough to drink. A basic sweet-leaning amber lager.

May 15, 2015
Grain Belt Nordeast from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 505 ratings