Grain Belt Nordeast
August Schell Brewing Company

Grain Belt NordeastGrain Belt Nordeast
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American Amber / Red Lager
Ranked #95
Ranked #46,001
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.
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Photo of cyclonece09
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.

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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin, Feb 09, 2020
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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.

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zuker21 from Ontario (Canada), Feb 09, 2020
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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.

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stevoj from Idaho, Nov 29, 2019
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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.

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vette2006c5r from Minnesota, Nov 11, 2019
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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.

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Photo of SB2017
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.

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SB2017 from Iowa, Jul 14, 2019
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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.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
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.

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Photo of cardfan212
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.

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cardfan212 from Minnesota, Jul 08, 2018
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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.

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Photo of dav2080
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!

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dav2080 from Wisconsin, Jun 30, 2018
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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

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pat61 from Minnesota, Aug 27, 2017
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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.

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Photo of jamphanatic
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.

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jamphanatic from Illinois, Oct 16, 2016
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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.

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cuttlery from Minnesota, Jul 07, 2016
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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.

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Squire from Mississippi, May 24, 2016
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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.

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Photo of AleMan66
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

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AleMan66 from Minnesota, Jan 23, 2016
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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.

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jdseltzer from Illinois, Nov 04, 2015
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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.


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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana, Aug 25, 2015
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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.

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jwc215 from Arizona, May 15, 2015
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3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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bluto1998 from Minnesota, Apr 28, 2015
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3.64/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has a clear amber color, with quite a bit of visible carbonation. Poured a moderate side head, with a foamy appearance.

Smells of malt and herbal tones.

Taste is subtle, with sweet floral undertones. But the malt still dominates. Mouthfeel is dry, with relatively low carbonation.

This is a simple beer alright, but it is a beer which manages to be very satisfying nontheless. It's one of those beers which definitely emphasizes smoothness, yet is able to sneak in a, I would argue, optimal level of nuance for a cheap amber ale.

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Wer34truh from Minnesota, Dec 06, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My old standby. Cheap but awesome. Almost no head even when poured hard, but what a robust, refreshing taste, and the color is something to admire. Almost as good room-temp from the bottle as it is cold from a glass.

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dorlandenator from Minnesota, Sep 19, 2014
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2.6/5  rDev -25.1%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a 1"+ off white head that slowly falls leaving some nice lacing on the glass. Color is a clear amber with mild streaming carbonation.

Aroma: toasted barley malt dominates the aroma, other than that, it is fairly mild.

Mouthfeel: light and frothy with a somewhat dry finish.

Flavor: toasted bread crust, some corn, raisin, maybe a hint of hops in the finish.

Overall: decent but pedestrian.

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Foyle from North Carolina, Sep 13, 2014
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Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 496 ratings