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Grain Belt Nordeast | August Schell Brewing Company

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Grain Belt NordeastGrain Belt Nordeast

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from cpolking, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light copper color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, lager yeast, some honey, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out a little sweet with flavors of fruit and honey followed by some breadiness from the lager yeast and a thin malt character. The hops presence is mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while, but there are better beers in the style.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap into pint glass

A dark shade of amber, head/lacing unimpressive. Smell is reminiscent of a red ale: sweet malt, apples, pine trees, and earthy grain. Taste is on the sweet side, lots of sweet malt and grain, with a slight touch of bitter almost medicinal hops. Mouthfeel is light, well carbonated, fuller feeling than regular GB.

It's OK. A lot of people love this beer, I just like it.

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Photo of Redrover
3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had this on tap at the Sportsman Lodge near Baudette.

Served in a standard pint, the beer is nice amber with red highlights. There is an off-white head and lacing.

Beer has a smell of lightly toasted malts. Not a ton of aroma, but what there is, is nice.

Lightly roasted malts lead the taste. There is a hint of red apple and just a whisper of hops. Bready with crackers. No off or odd tastes. Everything hangs well together.

Decent mouth to style. It’s an easy beer to pair with food. I had three with the walleyes we caught that day.

One of those beers where the total is greater than the sum of the parts (hence the higher overall rating)

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Photo of zeff80
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bottle at the hotel bar. The bartender said they don't list it on their menu because it was always selling out.

A - Poured a clear amber color with red highlights. It had a small, khaki-colored head of thin foam that left no lace.

S - It smelled malty sweet. Mild floral notes. Not much else. Fairly typical for an amber lager - never big aromas.

T - Sweet maltiness and caramel. Very slight bitterness.

M - It was light bodied, fizzy and crisp which is to be expected for the style.

D - This is an okay lager. I understand the historical love/nostalgia for Grain Belt and the Nordeast neighborhood of the TC, but this isn't something I'll be stocking up on during my annual trips to MN.

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Photo of B_Faust
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Medium Dark Lager, SRM 12ish. Good Carbonation. Very clear, clean look. Large bubble, thin head.
S- Sulfur up front. Nice sweet maltiness. Spicy hops.
T- Sweet, toasty, malty, sulfur, dry finish. Well balanced. Clean and refreshing. Distinct.
M- Dry, Smooth, light, bubbly.
O- This is well brewed beer. Definitely a step up from the big boring American Light Lagers. Original comes to mind. Refreshing and not over-filling, easy drinking beer. I could and have kicked back several liters on a summer evening.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At last a bottle of Grain Belt Nordeast to call my very own! Rarer than unicorn droppings, harder to find than a leprechaun's taint. At long last, it is mine.

Now, to drink! But, first, to open...

Clear, rich amber color, very thin, tight head, just a lean ring of whitish foam round the edges.

Aroma: sweet and malty, caramel tone, thoroughly pleasant. Nuff said.

Taste: more of the same. No complexity, none expected, exactly as advertised, a clean, slightly sweet, malty lager. There's flavor, and it rolls around the mouth, and exits politely. Drinks like crazy. Only offended parties should be those who insist on their beers being yellow, glum, and harshly fizzy. This ain't none of that. It lacks body, but I don't think anyone expected it to be big-boned. Nordeast is what it is and does what it does.

I'll give it high praise from a Minnesotan: "Not bad!"

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Photo of Buebie
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer this afternoon for $5.

Poured from a clear 12oz bottle into a pub glass. A building 1'' fizzy off white head forms, quickly receding to leave a thin cap of retention. Some very light wisps of lace.
Color is a darker amber with hints at red, completely transparent.

Aroma is bready with a decent malt backing. Some mild grassy hops. Aroma does exist, and is semi sweet with bread and malt.

Taste is light upfront with building malt and sweet flavors. Good amount of cereal grains here, as well as mild bittering into the finish. Mostly floral leafy hops flavors with a hay like comparison from smell transferring into taste. Just a touch of bitterness, as well as a hint at lime zest.
Finishing ith mild bitters and tangy bread flavors.
Following the style well, definatly not somthing I would seek out, but glad I tried it.
A good lawnmower beer. Painting the garage today, so it works perfectly for what I will be doing. Drinkability is pretty high, as the abv is low.

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Photo of beachscrat
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
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 mothman
3.37/5  rDev -3.4%
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 mrpoizun
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
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 bsp77
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
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 -4.6%
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 BeerNutz324
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
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 -5.2%
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 gatornation
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
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 -5.4%
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 emerge077
3.28/5  rDev -6%
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 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 JackieTH
3.24/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've had my fair share of Grain Belt Premium at our local ballparks, so I was more than little excited to see the Nordeast on the shelves.

Appearance was as appearances go, perfectly adequate. Head was just right, color was an inviting amber hue. It looked tasty. Smell was...not that great, just a hint skunky or metallic?

On the palate the beer was quenching, carbonation was just right, and the initial slightly off-putting nose was quickly forgotten. This is a drinking beer for summer afternoons.

The good folks in New Ulm definitely took the 'belt of grain' out of this Grain Belt Nordeast release. Eventually another six pack of bottles will find their way into my fridge, after I get over the sticker shock, that is.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served cold in a clear glass bottle.

Lightly redish brown color with good clarity and head.

Aroma is malty sweet, a little nutty, no hops.

Flavor reminds me of New Castle with similar sweetness, caramel brown ale base with very little bitterness. Nuts and forces with a little roasty malt character.

Mouthfeel is smooth but would be better with lower carbonation, maybe on tap.

Overall a solid dark lager and a nice easy- drinking Minnesota throw-back beer.

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Photo of morimech
3.21/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a clear bottle. Clear amber color with one inch of white head that has very good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Quite a bit of lacing is left on the glass. Smells like a grain mill. Slightly musty and spoilled grain aroma. Also pick up some grass and mint. Just not crazy about the flavor. Too grainy for me. Some earthy and grassy hop flavor. Bitterness is very low. Much more substantial body than most lagers. Definately more than adjunct lagers which is the point. Not as drinkable as regular Grain Belt and combined with a flavor I was not crazy about, keeps drinkability around average.

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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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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed a 12-pack at Surdyk's today (4/7/2010), the first day this beer was released in Northeast Minneapolis only (will be everywhere else soon).

Poured from clear bottle into standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice clear deep amber color with a two-finger beige foamy head. Left some nice sticky lacing behind as it receded. Recdeded quickly to a frothy cap.

Smell: Not much to the smell but subtle sweet malts and just a faint hint of hops behind all the malt. Smells like a mild and maltier Adjunct Lager.

Taste: Better than it smells, more flavor than a Grain Belt Premium. This one hits you up front with sweet malts and just a hint of subtle bitterness, followed by a smooth finish with a faint taste of hops. Low ABV (4.7) and very little alcohol in the taste. This one is better cold and starts to taste a little medicinal as it warms, so keep it cold and drink it cold!

Mouth Feel: Crisp and a good carbonation to it. I liked it better with less carbonation out of a glass than I did when I drank it straight from the bottle.

Drinkability: A good simple American Amber beer that will appeal to the casual beer drinker and to some craft beer drinkers as well. It probably won't win many awards (other than clever targeted marketing), but it's a decent beer that is a nice homage to my little NE Minneapolis neighborhood. I know I will probably be drinking plenty more of this in the future at local watering holes.

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Photo of cuttlery
3.19/5  rDev -8.6%
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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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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Grain Belt Nordeast from August Schell Brewing Company
3.49 out of 5 based on 450 ratings.
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