Grain Belt Nordeast
August Schell Brewing Company

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August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
American Amber / Red Lager
Ranked #49
Ranked #28,614
3.46 | pDev: 15.32%
Nov 18, 2022
Apr 07, 2010
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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Reviewed by Brumaster77 from North Carolina

3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Pours gold in color not much amber with a tall white head. Smells rich of corn typical of a light beer, bits of sweet grain. High carbonation and light bodied. The beer is overall smooth and crisp easy to drink.
Nov 18, 2022
Rated: 3.61 by LunchMoney from Minnesota

Jul 30, 2022
Rated: 3.92 by adosen01 from Minnesota

Jul 29, 2022
Rated: 3.92 by _Adam_ from Maryland

Jul 16, 2022
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Reviewed by MNAle from Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a ~44°F refrigerator.

Tall white head, thick and creamy looking, with excellent retention, leaving a pock-marked surface as it does recede with thick lacing. Clear golden-amber body with good carbonation visible.

Sweet caramel and malty, slightly roasted aroma.

Plenty of flavor for a budget-priced beer. Caramel and toasty. Barley malt backbone.

The initial flavor is somewhat sweet, balanced with a crispness. Some hops bittering, and a touch of hay in the middle, leading to a slightly bitter, slightly sweet finish. The aftertaste is pleasant and sweet, but with a bit of a crisp, lightly bitter character lingering in my mouth, inviting another sip. As the beer warms, it develops a tartness in the finish.

The body is on the thin side, but not at all “watery”. Feel is bitter-sweet tending toward (but not quite reaching) crisp, with moderate carbonation.

As I finish the beer, I am left with a very attractively laced glass from top to bottom.

This is quite good, for a cheap amber lager. Good flavor and enjoyable on a summer day. While it won’t be a regular in my refrigerator, I certainly would pick this out happily from an AAL-filled cooler.
Jul 10, 2022
Rated: 3.8 by alexvhrk from Wisconsin

May 10, 2022
Rated: 3.55 by lemmy187 from Missouri

Feb 26, 2022
Rated: 3.68 by cbcrunch from Wyoming

Oct 28, 2021
Rated: 3.54 by BrendanStoehr96 from Wisconsin

Jun 29, 2021
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Reviewed by IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

2.81/5  rDev -18.8%
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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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev +13.9%
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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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

3.77/5  rDev +9%
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
Rated: 3.27 by Bear1964 from Nebraska

Feb 03, 2021
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.94/5  rDev +13.9%
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
Rated: 2.84 by tonkabrews from Minnesota

Oct 29, 2020
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Rated by Poops from Minnesota

3.01/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Had from a bottle three times. Somewhat flat, very light for an amber. Watered down amber might describe it well.
Oct 23, 2020
Rated: 3.27 by tristanrussell36 from Illinois

Jun 15, 2020
Rated: 2.52 by wmnaylor from New York

Mar 04, 2020
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Reviewed by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Reviewed by zuker21 from Canada (ON)

4.11/5  rDev +18.8%
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
Rated: 3.77 by SargeC from California

Dec 01, 2019
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3/5  rDev -13.3%
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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Reviewed by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

2.94/5  rDev -15%
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
Rated: 3.5 by craigbelly from Iowa

Oct 08, 2019
Rated: 4.15 by superwho24 from Arkansas

Sep 29, 2019
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Reviewed by mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

4.68/5  rDev +35.3%
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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Reviewed by SB2017 from Iowa

3.64/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Reviewed by detgfrsh from Texas

3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
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
Rated: 3.35 by callmewalsh from Minnesota

Jul 10, 2019
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Reviewed by GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
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
Rated: 3.61 by corywalston from North Dakota

Dec 31, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by SaintTent from Minnesota

Sep 23, 2018
Rated: 3.89 by ragnar81 from Wyoming

Aug 26, 2018
Rated: 3.67 by NorthernLightsMN from Minnesota

Aug 20, 2018
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Reviewed by cardfan212 from Minnesota

3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
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
Rated: 3.04 by Bolio from Minnesota

Jul 05, 2018
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
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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Reviewed by dav2080 from Wisconsin

4.02/5  rDev +16.2%
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
Rated: 3.56 by beerholder98 from Minnesota

Jun 22, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by jewellrunner from Missouri

Apr 17, 2018
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