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Third Coast Beer - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
78
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694 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 694
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 21
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-01-2002)
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Reviews by wingman14:
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wingman14

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours a semi dark yellow with a frothy white head. Smell is grainy, subtle hops, hint of sweet as well. Bitter up front that goes all the way through, it covers some of the flavor at first. After it has a nice malt flavor, the hops is there with some sweetness at the end. The bitterness stays through the aftertaste. A medium mouthfeel, nice and smooth, nice balance after the first few sips, the bitterness doesn't fit well in the beer overall. A good beer, nice flavors, not something I would get all the time, but a good beer nonetheless.

08-02-2012 01:12:55 | More by wingman14
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oberon

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +11.3%

Pours a medium gold color with a rather thick fluffy head,a real malty toastey aroma not much hop to it.The taste is really malty and bread-like some nice fruitiness as well,there is some hop dryness and herbalness in there but its very faint.A decent brew but I dont rate it with some of the others from Kalamazoo.

08-10-2003 23:24:38 | More by oberon
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DanGeo

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

05-28-2013 00:47:04 | More by DanGeo
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.38/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours a perfect straw color, mostly opaque and hazy all around with a fluffy white head thanks to the generous amount of carbonation in the drink. The aroma has a slightly metallic base to it, upon which a little bit of straw and wheat sweetness surfaces, along with generous amounts of fruit; lemon zest, orange peel, apple skins, and some citrus. The taste includes most of these same fruits on the tongue, alongside a tiny bite from the carbonation. No metal on the tongue, but the slight amount in the aroma may have you thinking otherwise. Hops are there, but they're relatively low and outdone, making it hard to even pinpoint a profile to them. A slightly bitter hit comes around near the latter half of the beer, but it's still relatively low in the IBU department. The aftertaste lingers out with this tiny bit of bitterness as well as a touch of yeast and wheat that slowly decrescendo into nothing. Thin body, crisp and refreshing.

This is a beer for taking out on the lake for a hot afternoon of fishing. Refreshing and it goes down like a champ. Not the most flavorful thing on the planet, but it gets the job done.

12-10-2012 12:33:18 | More by tectactoe
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brownbeer

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev +11.3%

I can barely stand the way this beer looks. It looks like someone unloaded a pepper shaker into a golden beer. Not appetizing.

Decent aroma of peppery and piney hops. Hop forward for sure.

The taste is better. The American hops bring a nice, drying bitterness forth. Piney and an unsuprising touch of yeast, being that it's floating around everywhere like fish food in the glass. A little heavy on the carbonation, but it makes for a solid BBQ beer.

04-09-2010 03:55:09 | More by brownbeer
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +20.1%

Pours from the bottle a quite nice cloudy sunshine yellow with a half inch head of creamy foam on top. A dusting of yeast specks on the bottom of the glass. Aromas of sweet pale malts and a slight lemon tone. Herbal citrusy hops are quite pronounced in the background and bring the aroma together nicely!

First sip brings a nice wave of sweet malty flavors, lemony and crisp as it rolls over the tongue. A loving blast of green, herbal spicy citric hop bitterness hits on the back of the palate and slightly lingers. Bready yeastiness throughout. Probably the best all malt lager I have had the opportunity to sample.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and refreshing. Perfect carbonation as it flows down the gullet. A wonderfully drinkable lager that could easily stand up to hot weather. The hop presence really adds to my enjoyment of this one. A great one to keep around in the warmer months.

06-21-2005 02:18:12 | More by orbitalr0x
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chOAKbarrell

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev +2.6%

This is a pretty tasty one. Bell's seems to specialize in making "big" beers, and that touch showed through in the other lighter-colored beer I had from them, "Oberon." This one is no different - very big taste & flavor. I'd say this is hoppier than your usual APA. Very close to an ipa, really. The mouthfeel is interesting - almost a champagne-like feel. Very lively. Pleasantly bitter aftertaste. I'm suprised this doesnt have a higher overall average score. I'd drink it again.

09-08-2006 23:17:25 | More by chOAKbarrell
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

08-15-2012 03:46:00 | More by danthehopslamman
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev +4.7%

12 oz bottle, batch 7182 (12/14/05). Older, but this was bought in MI last month. It pours a dirty yellow with lots of suspended yeasties. It has a frothy white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is musty, soapy, bready, and fruity hops.

The flavor is bread and melons/lemon initially with a musty, fairly bitter hop finish that has a long lingering bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full with a nice amount of carbonation.

Overall, a decent Pale Ale - pretty different from most APAs. The flavors are OK, and the aftertaste is a bit much.

10-15-2006 06:06:38 | More by Beaver13
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.58/5  rDev +4.1%

pale color with a off color. Cloudy with a slight head that dissipates to the side of the glass.

Pale and crystal malts in the aroma with a slight nutty and citrus notes

This is a full pale ale. the taste is full of pale malts. The carbonation is upfront and builds. Crystal malts make an appearance and finishes with slight hop citrus and bitterness.

12-19-2010 23:53:23 | More by bishopdc0
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VernonKell

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

11-15-2012 22:41:39 | More by VernonKell
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Billolick

New York

3.98/5  rDev +15.7%

I enjoyed 2 bottles of this light ale over dinner. Poured light straw in color, very clear, untill the final pour which added sediment and haze. Grainy hop nose, white head which left alot of lacing. This is a crisp, quite bitter brew. Citric/lemony in the middle and more sharply bitter in the finish. Refreshing and tasty. Decent everyday brew.

02-19-2005 12:57:19 | More by Billolick
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +8.4%

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, high carbonation, light-gold in color, hazy

Smell: almost dark wheat, grass, and a touch of toffee

Taste: grass dominates with toffee and a touch of wheat

Mouthfeel: light body, sweet with underlying bitterness, very high carbonation

Overall: Solid but not great sessionable ale that would work well on a hot day. Typical Bells being very clean. I would not go out of my way for this, but a fine example of the style.

08-27-2012 13:50:34 | More by tigg924
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev +2.6%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into a tall glass.

Appearance: Very light gold with bubbly white head and active bubble action.

Smell: Orange, apple, metal and spice.

Taste: Lightly sweet and sour malts with some citrus, apple and lemon. Ends on a spicy, metallic, and just barely bitter note, but the sweetness remains and leaves an off-taste in my mouth.

Feel: High carbonation, light body, somewhat crisp finish. Very lager-like.

Drinkability: Light, easy drinking but not really worth returning to, especially because of the lingering aftertaste.

03-23-2010 21:46:02 | More by bsp77
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Kraken

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +9%

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 8/6/09

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a water glass. Firm pour yields a quarter inch of white head. Very nice lace. Head falls quickly. Color is a cloudy pale lemon yellow.

Nose- Very nice muted lemon citrus. Some sweetness comes through in the nose.

Pallate- Very nice session beer. Pleasant lemon citrus hops slightly sweet, and tart very good.

Mouthfeel- Active, tart.

Drinkability- Fantastic

09-23-2009 00:22:51 | More by Kraken
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +16.3%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with lots of bubbles. Solid two finger white head with good retention and a light amount of lacing.

Smell: Grains and caramel malts with a solid presence of earthy, floral hops. Hints of citrus and lemon peel. Aroma is fairly light overall, but the floral hops are very noticeable.

Taste: A bready flavor up front from the grains and malts is followed by a decent bitter bite from the floral, herbal like hops. Hints of lemon zest. Good balance between sweetness and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Feels light in the body but the floral hop flavor is high. Very smooth.

Overall: A very tasty and interesting brew. It has a surprisingly high hop presence for a lighter bodied beer. Its like a light version of a pale ale. A good option for summer when you want an easy drinking beer with a good hop presence. This bottle was a few weeks past its recommended date yet it still tastes fresh.

08-02-2011 05:59:59 | More by MattyG85
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

08-01-2013 01:47:04 | More by Cynic-ale
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elBecko

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

01-15-2013 15:19:22 | More by elBecko
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.3/5  rDev -4.1%

WTF? Bell's? Pale straw yellow. Aroma has something fruity to it in a nuanced way.

Taste, not bad for a blonde ale, but lacking the typical Bell's qualities I've come to enjoy (i.e. hops? where'd they go?). I mean, this is a stretch to drink in 90+% humidity on the third coast. Great label, average beer. Mouthfeel, its just the same beer throughout. Reminiscient of Grolsch Summerblonde.

Drinkability, easy to drink, but at 10$ a 6er, ugh. Half a point extra for the awesome label.

03-23-2010 22:14:42 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev +0.3%

Hazy golden color, lots of suspended particles. Medium head, white and about 1/4 inch in height. Yeasty pizza dough aromas with a slight hop prickle to the nose hairs. Hoppiness dominates the flavor profile and the overall impression -- while there is enough of a brown sugar and cardamon sense to the malt to lend a creamy and balanced mouthfeel, the finish and memory is citrusy hoppy and bitter oily, overall. Somewhat astringent beer, could use a little more complexity in my opinion...

02-27-2003 07:43:40 | More by ADR
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.35/5  rDev -2.6%

Picked up the Bell's Sampler last night, what a deal includes 4 of each the Two Hearted, Pale, Porter, K-zoo Stout, Amber, and the Third Coast beer. Anyway I think that's a Pittsburgh thing that they package especially for Tony Knipling of Vecenie's. Appearance: Cloudy, white cranberry with an orangish yellow haze over it. Forms a nice white fluffy head with the yeast visible in the final pour leaves some evenly strung lacing. Aroma: Candi sweetness sugar tone wrapped in hop bitterness yeast character gives this brew the characteristic ringwood spiced breadiness, yum. Taste: Upfront bitterness not much balance touch of sweetness is there but mainly a dry mix of biscuit malts and spicy hops. Mouthfeel: Medium body loads of yeast suspension easy carbonation. Drinkability: Nothing great leaves a lasting bitterness on the tongue, but still pretty drinkable.

06-09-2004 13:41:34 | More by WVbeergeek
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tallfellapgh

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

02-18-2014 04:26:38 | More by tallfellapgh
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Mango

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +9%

09-03-2012 02:28:30 | More by Mango
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JIMTRK16

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +9%

02-26-2014 17:36:42 | More by JIMTRK16
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -1.2%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a straw yellow body with a thin film of white foam and a gentle carbonation.

S- The smell of dry pale malt is very soft and fades into a green hop hint in the background.

T- The taste of light pale malt is crisp and smooth with a hop bite in the finish that hangs on the breath. There are notes of grapefruit in the hops that become more pronounced as it warms a bit.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a slightly dry finish.

D- This is a very smooth and light beer and it would be nice to have a bit more flavor or depth in the malt and the hops both. It might be a nice thirst quencher on a hot summer day.

08-15-2006 19:30:18 | More by rhoadsrage
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Third Coast Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 694 ratings.