Third Coast Beer - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
4.13/5 rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Lightly orangish goldenrod with an impressive static storm of fine yeast. I wish all breweries would bottle-condition their beer. The antique white crown has an attractive texture and is starting to lay down quite a bit of lace in small chunks and squiggles. This blonde is a looker!
The nose reminds me of summertime. It's simple, clean and brightly hoppy. Nothing but pale malt ensures that hops have the run of the aroma. A hint of lemon zest, along with a spicy, herbal vibe, makes me think Saaz at least. Maybe Hallertau as well, it's hard to say.
Third Coast Beer strikes me as a Czech pilsener more than an American blonde ale. The rear label calls it simply 'a golden beer'. Again, the malt bill contains nothing darker than pale (with some amount of pils malt, I'm guessing). Most blonde ales are sweeter than this, with an almost honey-like character, not crisp and clean and European hoppy like this one.
I love the fact that the beer is balanced, even though hops are clearly in control. I also love the fact that the flavor profile is straightforward and... here comes that word again... clean. Are we sure this isn't a lager. Drinkability is high and should be insanely high during the hottest months of the year.
The mouthfeel is appropriately light, while maintaining an underlying suppleness that keeps things from falling apart on the finish. I don't usually like a whole lot of carbonation, but a few more bubbles might be advisable in this case.
I've seen Third Coast Beer any number of times during trips back to Ohio, but it has always been past its prime. That is, old Third Coast ale, not Third Coast Old Ale. This time I got lucky and found a relatively fresh bottle. Why doesn't this stuff get more love?
Serving type: bottle
09-21-2007 20:50:49 | More by BuckeyeNation
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3.7/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Third Coast Beer reminds me of those first few rays of summer morning sun that peek through the curtains; it has a gentle radiance - nothing blinding - but is awash with golden brightness. Its head looks no thicker than a dryer sheet but leaves a wicked mess of lacing.
Somewhere a baker is turning green with envy; this beer tastes remarkably like a fresh-baked country loaf. Even the inside of ovens can't offer a perfume with this much sweet, wholesome breadiness. Each sip is like biting into the soft, warm, white, airy center of the loaf, while the aftertaste has subtle hints of toasted, lightly caramelized crust.
It's apparent that Bells has used the finest quality malts - a wise move for a recipe that showcases them so plain and abundantly. It's not all about grain however; hops are relatively significant for a blonde ale aimed at mainstream drinkers. None of the bitterness is perceived, but gently floral and fruity undertones are noted every step of the way.
Between the toothsome, biscuity sweetness and soft, rose-like hoppiness, even those who typically reject 'plain' ales will have a hard time not enjoying this. An offering this wholesome and tasteful endorses the virtues of craft beer perfectly: it's not always about being extreme or different, it's about making great, better quality beer.
Bells is a brewery with integrity and nothing proves that better than Third Coast Beer: it is a clean, flavourful, well-malted, tastefully hopped ale that has far more character than commercial, industrial brewed beers but is still every bit as approachable and easy-going. Anyone who remotely likes beer should find this a delight.
Serving type: bottle
02-02-2014 23:02:11 | More by biegaman
Third Coast Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 603 ratings.