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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98
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448
Avg:
3.49
pDev:
15.76%
 
 
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Photo of alexgash
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle.

Clear, clean, medium copper body. Pinkie finger of dirty off-white head. Some lacing. Sweetish honey malts mix with caramel and very mild grassy hops. Lightly toasted malts up front. Sweetish graham crackers and honeyed biscuit malts unfold. Doughy and clean, with a hint of adjunct-ness. Mostly clean finish with some residual sweetness. Moderate body with a crisp feel. Tasty and very easy drinking. I don't know if this beats the original though!

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Photo of garymuchow
3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After a long winter and a crappy spring Memorial Day 2011 brings hot and humid weather to bring on the summer. Garden work lead to the need for a lawn mower beer and this one fits the bill.
Damn clear glass bottles - slight skunky aroma with a yeast background and slightly sweet malt. No hops to speak of - maybe just a faint light grass aroma.
Very attractive in my pilsner glass. Dense off-white head settles slowly and covers a brilliantly clear amber body (brown/orange copper).
First time I drank this I didn't catch much adjunct, but it was a social situation and that contributed. More noticeable today, but not too heavy. It blends with the soft malt - that holds a tasty caramel flavor that is the touch of sweetness up front and moves through the drink later. Slight yeast quality. Very mild hop flavor and finishes with a kiss of bitterness, a little yeast and the tickling to sharper carbonation. Very soft feels from the bubbles - which are appropriately ample and filling (burp). There is a little body to this so it doesn't feel like water going down.
This is a good lawn mower beer. Hot day, in the sun, lighter drinker with some flavor. Drink cold though that adjunct begins to show with time.

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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 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 wagenvolks
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz clear bottle into a SA Perfect Pint. Nice extra, ballz50401!

With a name like Grain Belt, I could feel my collar turning blue the second this beer was poured. Thankfully, the liquid's color remained true to its style--bright copper with a glowing orange core. It's clear, but I can detect a hint of yeasty haze. Above, a paper-white head builds impressively, but retreats to a ring of dense foam within minutes. The aroma isn't great, but it's par for the course given the style. A hint of skunky hops here, some pale malt and amber sweetness there that suggests caramel and toasted cereal grains.

Nordeast brings a nice dose of hops and a grainy fizziness that suggests toffee candy and bubblegum for a millisecond before the flavor dissipates into near-nothingness. Some might say that's a plus, and I tend to agree: I've had many lagers whose aftertaste is bordering on putrid (lookin' at you, Natty Light!). Mouthfeel is crisp and medium-thin. Big bubbles of carbonation roll across the tongue and crackle with each sip. If this were twice as sweet, I could see myself confusing it with a soda. Albeit a good soda, but that's not what we're all here for...

Still, Nordeast is at least worth a try. I'd have it again.

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Photo of jsprain1
3/5  rDev -14%
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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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 herman77
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear carmel color with a little bit off off white foam head that dissipates after a minute or two. Lots of carbonation bubbles.

S: Sweet grains and bread. The slightest touch of toasted malt. Its got that classic Grain Belt smell to it, but with more malt.

T: Sweet breadyness and sweet grains with a slight tinge of bitter malt near the end. A little to much sweetness for my liking.

M/D: Thin and light mouthfeel, carbonated pretty well. Pretty straightforward, feels like a beer. Drink is okay, goes down easily, not sure if I would want to have multiples in a row though.

Nothing special, not bad at all though. Haven't had regular Grain Belt in awhile, so I'm not sure if I prefer this to the original.

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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 hardy008
4.3/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caramel color with a two finger head with decent retention. Smells is sweet and bready malts with some hops.

The taste is also sweet and bready malts with some hops. Starts mildly sweet, and there is a bit of bitter hops at the finish. Light to medium bodied, nicely carbonated, and a bit of a dry finish. Very drinkable, and very good.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a completely transparent standard amber color with a foam collar and no lacing. At first the aroma was strictly metallic, but as it warmed up it changed into a grassy hopping on top of raw grain aroma. Tastes of mostly raw grains (and a bit of wheat chaff) as well, the moniker "grain belt" was definitely well-chosen. The grassy hopping rises up and settles down without a fuss in the light bodied finish that definitely refreshes like a lawnmower beer. Not bad, not great.

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Photo of budgood1
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out of the clear 12 oz. bottle a clear amber colour with a thin collar of foam. head reduces quickly and leaves just the most minimal of lace. sweet grainy aroma, some buttered toast and a hint of floral hopping. the taste is more of the same...sweet with some slightly toasted graininess...a bit of corn and a hint of green apple. a touch of flowery hoppiness in the flavour with an ever so slight yet assertive bitterness on the back end. tastes very nice and really is quite different from regular GB premium but shares some of the base qualities. lagerish type body with a slick yet crisp mouthfeel. this is where is differs from premium also in that this has a bit of bite on the tongue rather than the slippery slickness GBP. great drinkability. a full flavoured lager that is tasty and quenching with some quality characteristics.

definitely recommended. good stuff.

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

Appearance: Clear amber, good head.

Smell: Mild caramel, light grass.

Taste: Light breadiness, a little sweet caramel, but not too sweet.

Drinkability: Very sessionable, could have several in a sitting.

I wasn't quite sure what to expect from Nordeast, but it is an easy drinking beer that I prefer over the standard Grain Belt. GB is a little too sweet/malt liquor tasting to me, Nordeast reminds me more of Sam Adams Light. Not super flavorful, but an easy drinker and good session beer.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Re-review 9/22/14.

Appearance (4) : Fluffy, billowy three finger head atop a honey-caramel body. Opacity is about 70%.

Smell (4) - Fresh barley, toasted grains and/or toasted bread, wheat, a little citrus spice. Overall a very toasty, baked bread smell.

Taste (4.25) - An easy drinker. No off notes, no bad flavors. Just a good, creamy amber beer. Heavy on the toasted grains, some wheat, and a hint of orange and tomato. This remains the king of ambers for me.

Mouthfeel (3.75) - Smooth, dry, and lightly carbonated. Ends brisk and crisp.

Overall : If you haven't tried Nordeast, go and buy some. This is by far one of the smoothest ambers out there, and is my favorite by a nose or two. You can drink them fast and they have great flavor, time after time. It is by far in my top five for clean and easy drinking beers with exceptional flavor. It's not easy folks, but Nordeast nails it.

The quintessential amber beer.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 5/16/14, but had this one in the past.Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a flute glass.

Pours a pretty dark amber with a thin off-white head that leaves a good amount of sticky lacing when sipped. Not much of a smell actually, just some malt and floral. The taste is lightly sweet upfront but isn't over done at all with a little dry finish from the malt. Just the right amount of carbonation and a very easy drinking brew. Has a clean crisp taste that is very enjoyable! Really like this one.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5-01-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Amber color, 2 fingers of foam but dissipated rather quick. Ok lacing ring with a fair amount of carbonation present

S - Caramel and malt notes, slight hops

T - Malty with a touch of caramel sweetness, lighter bodied brew

M/D - Another enjoyable brew from New Elm. Not quite a medium bodied brew, light and very easy to drink more than one. I recommend this brew if it is still around. I brought this brew to DarkLord day and had some good reviews from others outside of Minnesota

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Photo of jjanega08
4.38/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A= pours a nice bright amber color completely translucent with a nice two finger eggshell white head that holds some everage retention. Nice rocky looking head on it with a little sticky lacing on the side of the glass.

S= Smells pretty average. Nice malty sweetness to it. little spicy hop notes built into it but nothing really exciting. Smells a little dirty I would say. Much more dirty than the Premium. I sort of like the dirty smell to it. More phenols and complexity built in while still keeping to to be an average easy sippin everyguy beer.

T= Tastes pretty nice. Sort of like a Premium with a little but more malty sweetness to it. Definitally a little more complexity which is odd to mention for this category. Hits the tip of you tongue with a little hop bite to it. Not really exciting just enough to let you know the hops are there. The hops are earthy and spicy not the typical citrus bombs you get with a lot of west coast strands. The hops quickly give way to a Premium like characteristic to it that is then hightened by a little malty sweetness to it. The finish is super clean with no lasting flavors.

M= Crisp and clean. One of the smoothest beers I've ever had.

D= Excellent brew. I think this is just a little step up from Premium without making it too much of a craft beer lovers only beer. This is a nice step from the ordinary. Nothing crazy or special just a good easy drinking Amber Lager for a hard working guy after the job is done; exactly what Grain Belt was trying to portrait. Excellent work.

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Photo of katan
3.91/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a very clear, transparent brown color. Head formation is strong, 2-3mm, just short of bright white. Breaks down to a film. Carbonation appears light.

S - Light caramel malt note, lightly sweet. Hopping is non-existent. Malt forward.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, some caramel and nutty malt notes. Mid-stream gets bitter, but still with a malt lean. A yeast spicy note comes in towards the end, with a hair of grainy finish.

M - Light mouth feel, light body. Carbonation massages the tongue, giving the beer a stinging feel.

D - Easy drinking. ABV is very manageable. Light sweetness is present, smooth, not overwhelming. Avoiding bitter flavors will appeal to the masses.

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Photo of deebo
4.41/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear with amber color and tan head with a thin lace that hangs on for the duration.
S-Malty aroma with a little alcohol bite.
T-This is where Nordeast shines-Great balance if you like slightly toasted malt, a little heavy on the malt but it works well. Just a kiss of the hops.
M-Medium body. Nice.
D-This is an easy drinker-keeps you wanting more.

Overall-Amazing how much better Nordeast is vs Grain Belt's premium lager. The few times I've had this on tap it's been a little better (Cleaner taste with more robust mouthfeel) than in the bottle. A great alternative to the large scale lagers.

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Photo of jhartley
2.25/5  rDev -35.5%

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a stange glass.
Dark amber colored body. 1 finger white head. Left no lacing.
Not picking up too much on the aroma, what is there isn't really enticing.
Tastes like a low abv lager, with not much of a body; very easy to drink - definitely a picnic or beach beer.
Nothing really great or good with this beer other than it's ease of drink-ability.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has a clear amber color, with quite a bit of visible carbonation. Poured a moderate side head, with a foamy appearance.

Smells of malt and herbal tones.

Taste is subtle, with sweet floral undertones. But the malt still dominates. Mouthfeel is dry, with relatively low carbonation.

This is a simple beer alright, but it is a beer which manages to be very satisfying nontheless. It's one of those beers which definitely emphasizes smoothness, yet is able to sneak in a, I would argue, optimal level of nuance for a cheap amber ale.

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Photo of KeefD
2.52/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Great amber orange color with a trillion miniature carbonation bubbles zipping forever upward, no lacing, but surprisingly decent head retention. Ugh, this smell is awful. Smells like a dirty old penny, very metallic, with a touch of grainy notes in the background. Taste is incredibly light, barely anything going on there. There are some very soft flavors of caramel and bread, but not much, metallic, and the hops are non-existent. How dare they put the Grain Belt name on this beer?! Sorry Schell's, but this is not very good at all.

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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 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 Czequershuus
3.02/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

This beer pours a golden-copper color with a decent head. The aroma offers up biscuity malt and spicy/earthy hops. The flavor is fairly clean, giving toasty biscuity flavors, and a touch of sweet creaminess, with hint of something vaguely floral. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and creamy. Overall it is a nice beer for the price, but there is too much sweetness for the style to make it truly enjoyable.

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Grain Belt Nordeast from August Schell Brewing Company
3.49 out of 5 based on 448 ratings.
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