August Schell Brewing Company
Grain Belt Nordeast
August Schell Brewing Company Grain Belt Nordeast (4.7% alcohol by volume) is an International Amber Lager. Its best by date was a week ago. Popping the cap releases a faint sulfur smell and a hint of skunk but swirling the glass drives these aromas off. It smells of faint corn, light grain, bread dough and very light bread crust. It pours brilliant gold. Streams of rapidly rising bubles feed a 1" white foam colar with fair to poor retention. The flavors are lightly sweet, starting with light fruit, bread dough, and a hint of bread crust. A very mild bitterness arrives mid-palate finishing slightly drier with a touch of tartness from the carbonation. Nordeast is malt forward but not by much. It has a medium light body and medium high carbonation. This is a drinkable beer with slightly more flavor and character than an American lager, but not much. I rate it 75.
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