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Third Coast Beer - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
78
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678 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 678
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 19
Gots: 20 | 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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buchko

Illinois

5/5  rDev +45.3%

04-23-2014 14:23:04 | More by buchko
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KC9LDB

Illinois

5/5  rDev +45.3%

11-21-2011 23:49:48 | More by KC9LDB
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Pvangeld


4.75/5  rDev +38.1%

07-20-2014 00:21:03 | More by Pvangeld
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Bighuge

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2002 21:33:37 | More by Bighuge
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Gump

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2003 02:10:12 | More by Gump
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poogas

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

12-12-2011 01:11:22 | More by poogas
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Slay40

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

05-10-2013 21:30:38 | More by Slay40
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blazinworm

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

03-14-2014 22:29:29 | More by blazinworm
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a6ladd


4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

10-05-2012 20:51:38 | More by a6ladd
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PeatReek

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 01:08:28 | More by PeatReek
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tavernjef

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2003 14:12:10 | More by tavernjef
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GruvisHops

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 01:27:12 | More by GruvisHops
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 00:04:32 | More by NeroFiddled
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ALESwhatCURESya

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2004 00:02:48 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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websherpa

Montana

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 23:32:24 | More by websherpa
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jspruit

Denmark

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.

Appearance
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.

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

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

Mouthfeel
Easy and light with plenty of flavor on the tongue.

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

This is definitely in my top 10 beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 14:07:02 | More by jspruit
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

11-11-2012 20:54:37 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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QuadriderMX

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

07-05-2014 17:51:43 | More by QuadriderMX
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rbmjr1

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

02-05-2012 11:52:18 | More by rbmjr1
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zerk

California

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2004 19:07:39 | More by zerk
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Hoppyman49


4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

12-25-2012 16:47:17 | More by Hoppyman49
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ShreddedThumb

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

06-04-2013 00:24:05 | More by ShreddedThumb
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PatYoda

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2005 01:27:05 | More by PatYoda
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ngandhi

Illinois

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.
ng

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2003 00:35:38 | More by ngandhi
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2005 02:42:59 | More by kmpitz2
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Third Coast Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 678 ratings.