Grain Belt Nordeast | August Schell Brewing Company

Grain Belt NordeastGrain Belt Nordeast
BA SCORE
3.46/5
467 Ratings
Grain Belt NordeastGrain Belt Nordeast
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,140
Reviews:
101
Ratings:
467
pDev:
15.61%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
105
Trade:
1
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Photo of plfahey
2.94/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance-Amber in color, brilliantly clear. Moderate white head with fine bubbles and poor retention.

Aroma-Light caramel malt complements the grainy aromas typical of lighter american lagers. Very light hops here, and also a low buttery (almost diacetyl) aroma. Somewhat sweet, with not much else going on.

Flavor-Mmmm, adjuncts. Light corny sweetness with a hint of caramel. Barely perceptible grassy hop flavor and low hop bitterness. Aftertaste has a little bit of buttery diacetyl, but just light enough to be perceptible, not a terrible butter-bomb by any stretch of the imagination. That said, it's still not very good.

Mouthfeel-Thin, light body with moderately high carbonation. It's not my idea of a good mouthfeel, but it is appropriate for the style.

I never understood why this beer is popular, though I suppose I'll drink it in preference to other, shittier macro lagers. The low flavor, light body, and high carbonation make it easy to drink, but I have to knock it a bit on drinkability for that buttery aroma/aftertaste-it certainly does not make me want to drink more of it.

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Photo of keeganfrank
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a thin head that sticks around for less than a minute. Almost no discernible odor, what I can pick up is grassy or vegetable-like. The taste of toasted malts and sweet caramel is very pleasant...and very prominent, considering that it doesn't smell like anything. Nordeast seems thick for its style, it's not something I would feel like drinking quickly- it's more like a beer one would nurse.

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Photo of adrock7309
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Grainbelt Nordeast was surprisingly good for sucha mainstream brew.

A = bit murky amber kind of like dirty dishwater. Light white head fills the top of my pint glass.

S = a bit stale aroma of must and malt.

T = very average. Didnt care for the cakiness and moldy bread flavors coming through.

Overall drinkability was fine. A decent beer to drink at a tailgating party but nothing I would seek out or probably drink again.

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Photo of Ridgeback
2.99/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A - Really nice clear amber color with a nice white head. Note that the head doesn't last long but ample carbonation remains

S - A bit too bready. You do get that stale slightly sweet aroma that comes with a beer that is produced in larger quantities. No hop aroma whatsoever. This is the low point for Nordeast. It isn't pleasing to smell but it isn't completely repulsive either.

T - Very easy drinking. There is no hops bite at all so it is easy to drink down quickly. The taste is pretty non-descript but the carbonation is excellent. There is a mild maltiness and slight sweetness but nothing overpowering. A nice thirst quencher on a hot day.

F - This beer finishes clean with a slight bready after taste. It isn't unpleasant but there isn't any wow factor either

Overall - This is an excellent "have a couple beers in your neighbors garage" type beer. Showing up with a six of Nordeast shows that you aren't going to go "beer snob" on a bunch of regular guys used to drinking mass produced beer but at the same time shows that you aren't sharing any old beer with a bunch of random people.

Note - I chuckled as I poured this into a glass. This is one of those beers where it is perfectly fine to drink out of bottle (*gasp*)

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Photo of boinknet
2.99/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kgeijer
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to swalden28 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma doesn't have much going on other than a heavy dose of grain and sweet malt. The flavor is very similar, with grain and a little bit of fruit, which I can't really identify. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Fairly straightforward and not offensive, but something I cared too much for.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Fr0stb1te
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of danfix99
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of aswaller
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of zjbordeau
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of tfidler
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of olmane
3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of MCImes
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of doucmehu
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of jsprain1
3/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Grain Belt Nordeast from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 467 ratings
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