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Grain Belt Nordeast | August Schell Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
schellsbrewery.com

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

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.

Added by jjanega08 on 04-07-2010

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Ranking:
#41,556
Reviews:
101
Ratings:
468
pDev:
15.61%
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Photo of plab
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of 701beer
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of emerge077
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, it has a coppery color with bright clarity, completely transparent, with saturated color. A finger or two of foam rises and falls, leaving an ample skim and irregular lacing on the opposite side of the glass.

Sweet malty smell, maple syrup and caramel, a touch grainy and sugary. Flavors are similar, sweet and malty, caramel and husky toasted grains blend with an odd fruity "Hawaiian Punch" note. Not too far off from cereals like Froot Loops or Fruity Pebbles, for what it's worth. Watery but fairly malty, it's merely average. Not terrible, sort of a macro version of a craft lager. Something I wouldn't refuse if offered, but probably wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of BigAl18
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ElGallo
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of gatornation
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
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

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear light amber color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes into nice lacing. The aroma is of spicy hops with a solid caramel backbone. This beer smells a lot hoppier than I thought it would, and I like that. The taste is similar to the aroma. There are some nice hops up front than a bit of caramel and even toffee on the back end. The flavor disappears very quickly though leaving absolutely no aftertaste. The mouthfeel is also disappointing thin, and a little too highly carbonated. Overall, there are a number of good things going on in this beer. Unfortunately, there are a few bad things going on too, and they stand in the way of the good things becoming really good things. Such as shame. If only the taste and mouthfeel stood up to the aroma I would really be impressed. As is I'd rather be drinking Grain Belt Premium.

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Photo of HopliteMpls612
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerNutz324
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Ap- this beer actually looks pretty damn good sititing in the glass. A light amber color with nice head (inch or so) that holds on to retention fairly well. Leaves good lacing on the glass too.

Ar- the beer starts to go downhill from here. Smells of malt and lager yeast. Smells sweet and grainy.

T- sweet roasted like malts hit you up front and then the lager yeast towards the end. Not the best finish to a beer.

M- thin and watery and lots of carbonation

O- Depends on how you look at it. It isn't even close to as good as most craft brews. But when you compare it to the BMCs of the world, it ain't so bad.

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Photo of bcpriess
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

<B>Like a maltier PBR. </B>

I had this last night at Elsie's Bowling in NE MPLS on tap, in a pitcher. My overall impression was that it is different from Premium, in that the corn flavor is a little less pronounced, and definitely maltier. This addition to the Grain Belt family retains its lager roots. I don't think I would rate it as better or worse...just different, although I think I would still generally prefer Premium. Compared to the PBR (on tap) that it evokes, I think my personal preference would be the PBR, which to my palate has a more balanced flavor.

A: This beer has a semi cloudy dark amber appearance, much like Negra Modelo or XX Amber Lager. It pours with a thick foamy cream colored head, which slowly settles down to maybe 1/8 in. Not a lot of lacing.

S: Faint, slightly sweet bready odor. Nothing special.

T: As I describe above, much like PBR on tap, but maltier. It isn't sickeningly sweet - but the malt is definitely there. This seems to compound with repeated pours.

M: Average. The carbonation feels a little low for my liking - it lacks that bite. I think the added malt does give it a slightly thicker feel.

D: I had several pours from the pitcher, and this beer did not begin to feel heavy. The sweetness of the malt did however compound somewhat with each drink, making later pours a little sweeter than I'd like.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JMacho
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bsp77
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of pmccallum86
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a small white head.

Smell is of light malts, not much else.

Taste is very light, small malts and a light crisp hop finish. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation, pretty good.

Good drinkability, solid beer. Nothing special at all, but pretty solid.

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Photo of WMbeer
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of mrpoizun
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a six pack which fell onto its side on the way home. Every bottle leaked. I contacted Grain Belt and supplied them with all the information on the bottles and carton. Received no response. So right off the bat I have to report that this beer is very poorly bottled, which might have something to do with some of the poor reviews.


However, I did drink one right away, just so I'd have an idea what a (semi?) fresh one might taste like. Frankly, I liked it. A nice American lager with a bit more malt to it. Very refreshing.


But given the substandard bottling and the lack of response from Grain Belt about it, I will not be buying it again.

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Photo of Jstarr2517
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bpkrippner
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mothman
3.37/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into glass mug.

Pours an amber bronze color. About 1/2 finger of khaki head.

Aroma/Taste: Pretty similar to each other. Pretty much all malts. Some caramel and bready flavors. There isn't a whole lot here. It is pretty simple, but in a way I don't mind.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing. Light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends somewhat clean.

Overall, there isn't a lot to say about this beer, but I kind of like it. It is really easy to drink and something I wouldn't mind having a few of in an evening.

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Photo of Danielr26
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BrewNoob1
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Koebele
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of beachscrat
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Clear bottle, living dangerous. Direct lupulin contact with death rays.

Smells like a warm bowl of corn flakes sittin' on the door step of an ethanol plant.

Rebelliously quaffed straight from the bottle. What you gonna do 'bout it fool!!?? Ridiculously smooth, well balanced slightly sweet cereal with a toasty caramel malt back-handed sucker-punch.

These go down nice and smooth and easy. Leave the Negro Modelo to collect dust on the shelf. Chase yer burrito with this instead. Sans lime.

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Photo of Metalsnota
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Texasfan549
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grain Belt Nordeast from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 468 ratings
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