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Third Coast Beer - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 714
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 21
Gots: 28 | 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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5/5  rDev +45.3%

buchko, Apr 23, 2014
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5/5  rDev +45.3%

KC9LDB, Nov 21, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +38.1%

Pvangeld, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Bighuge
4.6/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a hazy light golden. (Looks like your typical wit.) Yeast particles are in suspension. A thin head that actually retains nicely and provides some nice lace patterns on the glass walls. Oh what a great smell. It's a sweet bready yeast aroma mixed in with a seemingly orange dreamsicle shade of sweetness. This beer really appeals to my taste buds. The beer is pretty heavy on the bready yeastiness. There also seems to be some acidity and tartness present. Even though it has some properities of a pale ale present (like a really nice bitterness), this brew has the smoothness of a lager. Reminds me a bit of my favorite lager, Capital's Winter Skal of 2001-2002. A little more spicy and hoppy though.

This beer is classified as an APA, but I'm not so sure. When I purchased this today, I was talking to one of the Beer Men in the store (who is actually a BA) and he told me this beer used a lager yeast.

Bighuge, Jul 18, 2002
Photo of Gump
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy and light golden, with small chunks of sediment which I swirled from the bottom of the bottle. The head is very thick, and dense. It forms virtual clouds atop my brew.
The sweet aroma draws me in. I know this will be a good one. I detect sweet pine.
the flavor is terrific. Sweet, sour apple. A crisp clean taste.
There is a definate bitter aftertaste, in a good way. The lacing is very thick.
I love it. Very drinkable, if you can appreciate the hoppy bitterness.

Gump, Nov 30, 2003
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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

poogas, Dec 12, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

Slay40, May 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

blazinworm, Mar 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

a6ladd, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of PeatReek
4.45/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a straw yellow color, just a slight shade of haze, with a puffy, rocky white head. Smells a tad sulphury and very floral; the website claims they add generous portions of "American hops," but I'm definitely smelling some nice noble hops here. The first sip is cracking crisp and very dry, with a stiff bitterness. Definitely a hop-oriented taste, but not one you'd expect from a pale ale... an intriguing blend of floral and citrusy. The clean bitterness extends well into the aftertaste, washing each sip away nicely. At 5%, dry, and relatively light bodied, Third Coast Beer is like a crazy beer artist's interpretation of lawnmower beer - unique, delicious, and eminently drinkable. Wow.

PeatReek, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of tavernjef
4.45/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Named after what in Michigan thinks of Lake Huron as being its third coast of the Great Lakes, first and second are Lk.Superior and Lk.Michigan.
Nice looking lager, soft hazy yellow, more orange at the top with a big luscious, pillowy head of stark whiteness that faded somewhat fast but always leaves a solid thin skim of foam the whole glass through, lacing is in stringy patches. Aroma is all malts, very biscuity, and bread doughish, with a slight soft touch of apple and citrus. Taste is darn nice, layered and fairly complex malts, soft and appealing, slight breadish quality with subdued yeast and hops that lend a bit earthy, nice mellowing bitterness and dryness follows through and lingers longly into the back of the throat and tongue. Very well balanced. Feel is a lighter medium body, pretty full too, with a bizaar light creamyness in the middle and giving way to a slight tingly dryness into the finish. This was a surprise to say the least, wasn't expecting it to be this good after reading so many mixed reviews. I figured its a Bell's it can't be all bad. And its not. One heck of a easy, well balanced little brew.

tavernjef, Jun 04, 2003
Photo of GruvisHops
4.35/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 12 oz. brown bottle. Heavy particulate floating in the golden body. 1/2" off white cap sits on top and leaves beautiful lace patterns. Very active carbonation.

S: Pale malt, citrus (lemon?), and grassy hops.

T: Grassy hops from the get go, but perfectly balanced by the malt bill with a very clean, dry finish. My feelings toward the flavor is bordering on love at this point.

M: Light-Medium.

D: Dangerously sessionable.

GruvisHops, May 29, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle-conditioned T.C.B. pours a hazy golden body beneath a short head of creamy white foam that holds well and leaves sheets of thin lace about the glass. The nose is mainly hoppy with a grassy, floral, and gently citrusy edge over a soft maltiness that's straightforwardly grainy - and the flavor is basically the same. The malt and hop flavors work well together with one supporting the other, and it's nicely balanced by a bold bitterness that leaves it refreshingly raspy-dry in the finish. It lingers... spicy, grassy, bitter... similar to a fresh German lager. It's basic, fresh, hoppy beer as I'd imagine beer was prior to the Volstead act of 1919.

NeroFiddled, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hand it to Bell's on another great brew. The head on this was bigger than an elephant and there was a perfect citrus and hop aroma. There was a wonderful hoppy explosion that got sweeter as it warmed up in my mouth. This beer reminds me so much of SN Pale, but with a huge upgrade. Even my fiance that doesn't like beer enjoyed this one. I really think this one should have a higher rating than its current.

ALESwhatCURESya, Feb 12, 2004
Photo of websherpa
4.3/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks ChadQuest for the extra!

Appearnance: The beer looks wonderful. Sometimes light beers don't seem to have much character but this is a rich golden yellow color. It's got considerable amount of clouding and a lot of suspended sediment. The head is just gorgerous on this. 2 finger pour with the lightest fluffiest head that stuck around for a while. Even if the beer sucks I don't care this looks beautiful.

Smell: Somewhat typical grain forward "light" beer. It smells refined, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Taste: What a great blonde. It's clean and refreshing. It's has a little citrus in it. It's not bitter though, this is more like a spritz of lemon zest rather than bitting into a lemon wedge.

Mouthfeel: Light, thin, and lots of carbonation which seems to work for it. Everything to be expected done very well.

Drinkability: I'll have another please... Seriously, at 4.8% and with how light and refreshing this is, a 6er in a night wouldn't be out of the question at all. I wish I had access to this in the summer after a fun day on the river. I know it's not a favorite style because it's not huge, but this beer deserves some praise.

websherpa, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of jspruit
4.3/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This sat in Ireland for almost two years before I drank it, so I didnt really know what to expect as far as quality.

Poured a bit cloudy with some flakes, probably from sitting around for so long here without being refrigerated. Looks nice when settled though with a slight head.

Smells nice, not too strong with a bit of hoppiness.

A bit musty (again probably from sitting around so long) with some citrus and hops. Went down nice and easy though.

Easy and light with plenty of flavor on the tongue.

Could drink this all night as it has plenty of taste, but not overwhelming.

This is definitely in my top 10 beers.

jspruit, Jan 28, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

leprechaunandfatman, Nov 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

QuadriderMX, Jul 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

rbmjr1, Feb 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy light gold with a persistent white head that leaves sheets of lace. Aroma is a mixture of bread and toasted malt notes, and some earthy and citrusy hops. Flavor begins slightly malty, some toasted cracker and yeast, with a large hop presence... earthy and citric hops add a lingering bitterness that is quite nice. Body is light and carbonation is medium, making this a very nice session ale for hopheads!

zerk, Mar 16, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

Hoppyman49, Dec 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

ShreddedThumb, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of PatYoda
4.22/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Relatively cloudy gold even with a very careful pour. Head doesn't hold up too long. Smell is nice. Flowery, grassy hops and some biscuity bready malt. Taste is more of the same. Not quite as clean of a taste as I expect from a lager, a little muddled. But this example is 8 months old so that might be affecting it. Other than that the flavor was excellent though and the mouthfeel is nice and crisp. Bitter aftertaste is done just right as well, with some strong spiciness on the finish. Good example of the style.

PatYoda, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of ngandhi
4.22/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderfully cloudy; it's about time some pale ales came with this much yeast! And it's not just there for effect.

On the nose, it adds a light banana note to what can otherwise be described as typically pale ale. Just a touch phenolic, but appropriate. There's no overpowering aroma hop in this beer -- no flashy Sierra Nevada-esque first impression. I've never been to Germany and haven't even, unfortunately, had many German ales, yet the smell of Third Coast Beer makes me long for the Rhineland.

Why, oh why has the Gestapo tortured this beer with its reviews? There is a three-fold balance here of medium body and character from the malts, sweetness and creaminess from the yeast (tons!), and lemon pepper from the hops. Though a tribute to Michigan and the Great Lakes, this tastes so very European and authentic. The finish is pleasantly bitter, long, but calm. Is that Saaz I'm tasting?!

Pale Ale is becoming an American tradition and, with such flavorful and charismatic hops as those on the West Coast, it's easy to forget what beer has been spiced with for so long. Some brewers use their hops to define their beer; I have long respected Bell's for being able to make just about any style of beer as good as anyone else while defining themselves with quality ingredients and thoughtful recipes (I think they're STILL working on the formula for the Brown Ale) instead of an overuse of any one, albeit delicious, thing.

Third Coast is a majestically balanced mix of sweet fruit, citrus, and spice -- everything I expect from this wonderful brewery.

Go Midwest, son. Go Midwest.

Relax, relax.

ngandhi, Sep 26, 2003
Photo of kmpitz2
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale yellow color wtih a finger of head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is nice, with a spicey slightly sweet hop over a semi-orange seet malt. The flavor is nice as well. The hop is not something I can place, but I really like the crisp spiceyness it brings. There is a slight orangey sweetness. I like it. The feel is moderate with a lively carbonation. This is a very exciting APA for me. I really really do like it.

kmpitz2, Mar 11, 2005
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Third Coast Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 714 ratings.