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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
465
Reviews:
100
Avg:
3.49
pDev:
15.47%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
103
For Trade:
2
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of bpkrippner
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Figured I would give this one a try with all of the hype it has had the last few weeks. 12 oz. clear bottle.
The beer pours a clear amber hue with a thick white head that settles quickly. Carbonation consists of large bubbles.
Smell is a bit sweet, almost cloying with some bready malt notes, but mainly corn and sugar shine through. There are some hop aromas, but nothing enough to pick out. Taste is a bit better. Caramel and some fruity hints make up the malt backbone, while hops balance out the flavor with some mild bitterness and floral tones.
Light to medium bodied, has some lingering flavor. It's a drinkable beer, and good for a hot summer day while mowing the lawn. Not something I would drink on a daily basis, but overall decent.

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Photo of Mistofminn
2.71/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this one last week while landscaping at my girlfriends parents house.

Poured into a pint glass. It looks like you would expect it to, clear and brown, only reddish when held into the sun. A soft, half finger of off white colored head sits on top with terrible retention and leaves behind no lacing. A lively carbonation keeps things moving.

The aroma is...Grain Belt? I swear, in a blind smelling test I don't know if I could tell the difference. Ok, maybe this one is slightly more malty, and slightly sweeter? I was expecting some more hops or something, but meh.

The taste is the same as Grain Belt also. I get corn and other adjuncts. Sweet and malty, just a little maltier than Grain Belt.

Mouthfeel is thin and crisp, with a high carbonation. Drinkability is probably it's best quality, as this was rather refreshing and easy drinking on a hot, spring day filled with lots of heavy lifting and manual labor.

Was expecting something a little different at first, but the more I thought about it, this is pretty much what I should have expected. Not bad, but nothing special.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of OgreSanchez
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of cardinals22
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of JamesMN
3.21/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Translucent brown/caramel color.

Aroma: Almost no smell detectable. Just a tiny bit of malt. It gets marked down for this only because there is nothing to grade it on in this department. There are no bad smells either.

Taste: A little bready, a little malty. No hop presence. Basically no bitterness. However, it is real easy to swig down with no bad flavors to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Exceptional. Great carbonation level and one of the easiest drinking beers I've ever had. It could use a little more body but overall not much to complain about.

Final Thoughts: I've had this beer before and didn't really think much of it. It's one of those beers that you have on hand once in a while but doesn't deserve to be on a regular rotation in your fridge. However, for the novice beer drinker Nordeast is a good starting point if you want to get into darker beers but fear that they might be overwhelming.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of nheinzie57
2.25/5  rDev -35.5%

Photo of shadow1961
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

August Schell Grain Belt Nordeast pours a finger of creamy foam over a clear deep amber brew. Carbonation is strong and steady, and the nose is adjunct lager all the way- sweet corn, lager yeast, maybe a little fruitiness. Flavor is more of that corn sweetness, that fruit note again (apple skin maybe), and just a little bit of some kind of herbal hops off the back. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. This actually seems a lot like a darker version of another Schell product, their Lakemaid beer. They're both corn lagers with a taste of real hops, something like training wheels, almost...

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Photo of Pug
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of billhelm
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Greggy
4.3/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice 2 finger very light tan head with decent lacing over an amber body. The head has decent retention, staying around for a minute or two.

S- Very malty and bready. Almost in the ballpark of an octoberfest. Sweet breads, caramel, standard grainbelt sweetness note.

T- Starts out with bits of caramel biscuitiness with candied sweetness on the end. The more I think about this, it seems like an extremly light version of the now-discontinued caramel bock. The finish is smooth and clean with only residual caramel and breadiness remaining.

M- Just a bit of spritzy carbonation at the beginning and otherwise extremely malty.

D- Easily drinkable. Great brew.

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3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of ryancl
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of ta_hagen
4.53/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mdwalsh
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 2.5 finger off white head with a very nice texture up top. Pretty clear deep golden amber with lots of active carbonation. Could be a little....redder? Head isn't sticking around very long though.

S: Smell isn't much different from a pale lager IMO. Little grainy, little sweet. Not terribly strong, which also means not terribly offensive. Not what I would consider pleasant, but alright for the style.

T: Again, grainy, but actually quite refreshing. I could see this becoming a summer favorite for after working. A craft drinkers lawnmower beer. There's notes of caramel, but I could use more. Maybe a slight bitterness, weather that's from hops or not I am unsure.

M: Lighter, but not Lite, good carbonation, very refreshing. Maybe a hair too light for an Amber Lager, but overall, very nice.

D: This is right up there with the most "drinkable" American Adjunct Lagers, even though as far as I know it's all malt. I would say to me it's quite a bit more drinkable, but even regular Joe Six-pack BMC drinker should find it so.

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3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Serving type: 16-ounce can. There are smudged batch codes printed on the bottom of the can but no discernable freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a becker glass. The color is dirty amber. Two fingers of dense, fluffy, eggshell-colored head dissipated slowly, leaving trails along the glass, a thin lacing, and a ring of buttery foam.

Smell: Like Minnesota. (It reminds me of a trip to the Twin Cities in January.) Or at least like a Schell lager. Caramel covered apple, musty grain, a little toffee, and that distinct Schell hairspray. It smells like it wants to be an ale but is still coming to terms with the fact it is just lager. It is a beer that needs some talk therapy.

Taste: Like Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge. Toasted caramel and toasted grains. Honey, toffee, a little hop bitterness (it is like a beefed up macro with taste). It has a mouthfeel much like Coca-Cola, covering my teeth in some kind of dentist contrived corn syrup conspiracy.

Drinkability: You know… I, um… Probably won’t be buying this again unless I find myself at one of those frozen lake fishing contests where a handful of people fish and everyone else gets drunk. I love Minnesota, but Schell lagers are just not my thing.

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2.88/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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3/5  rDev -14%

Grain Belt Nordeast from August Schell Brewing Company
3.49 out of 5 based on 465 ratings.
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