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Third Coast Beer - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 621
Reviews: 330
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.16%

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-01-2002)
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Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
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
Photo of ThisWangsChung


2.74/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden color. There's a finger worth of white-colored head, as well. Retention is just average for the style, but there's something to be said about leaving a lot of lacing behind...and this one certainly does that.

S: Well, there's a promising salvo of hops on the nose. Nothing too extreme, but certainly existent. This naturally makes me assume this won't be some bland, middle-of-the-road blonde ale. There's also a strong crackery presence coming from the malts. I'm not blown away, but the promise is there...

T: Up front is the crackery, bready malt profile. Past that is where the hops come - sadly, they're kind of undefined, bringing only generic bitterness along with maybe a *twinge* of citrus. Sadly, the hops don't really add anything to the bready backbone, even creating a clash between the two elements.

M: Unusually full-bodied for the style. Sure, the creaminess is nice, but the thick texture does nothing for its drinkability. Some out there will like the low carbonation, though. Still, it's definitely not crisp or clean enough for the style.

O: As a hoppy blonde, this isn't turribly successful. There's way too much hop/malt clash for me. Having said that, this isn't something I'm going to drainpour - it's only kinda crappy instead of godawful. I don't need to have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 01:24:31 | More by ThisWangsChung
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3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, Straw colored with a loose white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, cloudy

S: not much, grassy, grain, biscuit

T: quite bitter and astringent, grapefruit peel without the citrus, finish is bitter pine

M: thinner but leaves a mouth coating of bitterness, makes cheeks pucker

O: one dimensional but drinkable, bitterness is refreshing but almost overdone

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 21:12:16 | More by M_C_Hampton
Photo of smakawhat


3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Gaffel Kolsch stange glass.

A deep dull and unfiltered looking apricot to tangerine orange body. Capped with a creamy top of white and meringue looking head about three fingers tall with clumpy retention. Quite unusual for a blonde ale (why do I get suckered into these), but very nice looking.

Fruity nose, with a soft yeast estery character. Hints of orange and mild sour tangerine, and faint hop indistinct light presence. Inviting, not bad not sure where this might lead.

A very unusual blonde. Large hop bitterness and acid on the finish, almost like an IPA. Light malted backbone and some chewy texture a bit, with some of the estery citrus character matching on the nose. Very noticeable hop front that hints at grapefruit quite a bit and bitter citrus rind. Large bitter punch and aftertaste on the finish. Dense with muted crispness. Lots of juicy citrus mouthfeel and quenching palate.

This is no ordinary blonde ale, and that's probably why I am enjoying it. Highly hop forward with a complimenting citrus angle of hop and yeast which works nicely.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 00:01:12 | More by smakawhat
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2.13/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Third Coast pours a gold color with a large head. There is an offensive aroma that is similar to cat pee. The taste has a cat pee flavoring, with a strong cereal flavor. The taste is very light, and rather offensive. Overall this is an avoidable beer. Not too much good can be said.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 01:13:05 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of arc3636


2.66/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - very pale golden, with a finger of thick white head

S - grainy, rice smell. Reminds me of mass produced lager.

T - very easy to drink, but not a lot of flavor.

M - descent thickness for such a Light beer. On the higher end of carbonation

O - true to the style, but I'm not a fan. Ended up dumping half the bottle. Was hoping more from bells, but that's more my high expectations talking (since the beer stayed within the style)

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 01:21:23 | More by arc3636
Photo of Mavigo


3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a short white head that dissipates quickly leaving small amounts of lacing.

S: Smells of wheat, citrus, grass, grains, malts, hops

T: Light, mellow flavor. Slightly sweet, tastes of yeast, wheat, grains, grassy, lemon and orange peels, fairly hoppy

M: Light bodied with medium amounts of carbonation, has quite a hoppy backlash, something I'd expect from an IPA, not a big fan of excessive hops

O: Overall, this was alright. I mistaked the third coast beer for the third coast ale. My bad. None the less, this is sort of a run of the mill blonde ale, it's probably great for a hot summer barberque but it's cold outside right now and I'm not really feeling it. Still, to each his own, try it if you like lighter ales.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 19:03:50 | More by Mavigo
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3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a wine glass

Cloudy look, standard head, good lacing, yadda yadda yadda... Smell is buttery, funky, and spicy. Not a fan of the nose here. Taste follows, a dusty, funky, well hopped ale. White pepper, lemon rind, and the barnyard funk of the nose.

Sometimes I'm lovin' this beer, other times it falls flat. Freshness probably has a great deal to do with it.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 07:13:12 | More by jimmah120
Photo of Beric


3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle poured into footed pilsener
Served: 6 July 2013

Appearance: Hazy golden color with a foamy white one-and-a-half finger head that slowly settles to something of about a half-finger. Nice carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good lacing. Looks somewhat like a hefeweizen due to the haziness.

Smell: Smells like light malts with some faint hop bitterness. You can certainly tell there were aroma hops used in the making of this beer, but they won't whack you across the face like Bell's hoppier options. Smells crisp and clean, with a touch of hoppy flare.

Taste: For the style, this is pretty darn good. It has a nice complexity to it- the light malts play well with the hops that you can faintly taste. This beer would be a marvelous session beer- it's light and tasty for being what it is. This beer finishes drier than I would have liked.

Mouthfeel: I think that this one could be improved via filtering. I feel that Bell's bottle conditioned these because without the yeast presence, the beer would feel somewhat thin. I think that the carbonation, however, did give the beer enough body.

Overall: This is obviously supposed to be an easily drinkable craft beer. Honestly, it is not immensely different from lighter colored lagers (though this is an ale), but does include a good depth of flavor for being 'restricted', in a sense, to the guidelines of a simple style. If this came in cans, it'd be a great, easily drinkable tailgate beer come football season.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 01:43:17 | More by Beric
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3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured this American Blonde Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear yellow color - produced a small white head, average retention and it left some lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of malted wheat, sweet grain- Light in body, there was a base of cereal grain, some hop bitterness. Easy to drink - good summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 03:27:59 | More by GossageBrewery
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 11/01/2012. Interested in trying this beer, haven't had a beer by Bell's in a while now.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours about a finger of sizzling fizzy white head on top of a bright yellow body with plenty of bubbles floating to the top and sediment swirling around. Thin ring of wispy lacing.

S - Fresh lemon peel. Fruity bubblegum wheat. Pale dusty malts. Grassy and earthy, as the lemon smell dissipates.

T - Surprisingly grainy, hoppy, and bitter. Fruity hops never become too dominant amidst the dry earthy malt flavors. Surprisingly well-balanced with flavor.

M - Slightly dry and bitter, yet smooth and creamy feeling at the same time.

Overall, this is a surprisingly tasty and balanced beer. Bit of carbonation, which is to be expected considering this beer's low 4.80% abv, but it is never too much. Lightly bodied, and low in abv, I can see this beer being an excellent sipper for hot summer days. A simple beer, not complex, but highly drinkable and enjoyable.

Bell's Third Coast Beer ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 03:04:00 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of brewtus


3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours clear, light yellow, the color of a basic domestic light beet, maybe a tiny bit darker. Small white head.

S- grainy, wheat. Some sweetness.

T/m- like a better quality bud light, a nice bitterness from the grain, easy drinking at 4.8%

O- this would be great for any outdoor summer day. Very easy to drink but still very quality. I really liked it. Like I said, it's like bud light for craft beer drinkers palates.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 16:54:59 | More by brewtus
Photo of tectactoe


3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 12:33:18 | More by tectactoe
Photo of AgentMunky


3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 bottle into a cervoise glass. Bottled 6 October 2011. That's my bad. I thought this was the Third Coast Old Ale and would keep.

A: Very little head. Clear, but full of sediment. Golden. Good lacing.

S: Crisp, sweet, and smooth.

T/M: Light and highly spicy; carbonated. The flavor is light and vaguely yeasty, with subtle floral accents. However, overall, it's somewhat subpar. The aftertaste is lingering, lagery, and pleasant.

O: I'm not sure age has ruined it. It's still tasty! Would have again. Super drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 04:13:51 | More by AgentMunky
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3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

4.80% ABV confirmed. Bottled 10/08/12. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a pilsner glass in me sister's gaff in low altitude Minneapolis, Minnesota. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery's reputation.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of fair cream and thickness, and good retention. Colour is a semitransparent somewhat hazy copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Pale malts, cream, minimal floral hopping, and hints of honey. An average strength aroma.

T: A pale malt foundation, honey, interesting barley, and crisp wheat-esque malts. Good balance. Decent build for the foundation. Not real complex or subtle. Nicely sweet.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good thickness and crispness. Good carbonation. Suits the flavours decently.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but nothing special or unique. I expect better from a brewery as renowned as Bell's. I'd try it on draught, but it's far from great.


Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 22:24:32 | More by kojevergas
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3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice to be back in Michigan for a wedding. Here's one I missed that I had recently:

Into a pint glass:

A: bright golden colored body that yields a small one finger foamy white head that quickly dissipates. Minimal slightly ringy lacing is left.

S: sweet malts up front, but not overbearing, just there with a pinch of hops slightly in the background.

T: some sweet lemon crispness combining the previously mentioned smells for a full flavor on the palate.

M: light with some prickly carbonation felt on the tongue (not bothered too much since its typical of the style).

O: well, I really liked it when I lived in Michigan before, but now maybe not as much. Its still a decent brew, but probably would seek out other blondes before this.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 17:01:20 | More by BeerKangaroo
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3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a dated 12 oz. bottle: the pour began bright and golden but became cloudy as the complete pour revealed the yeast sediment. The foamy white head quickly dissipated.

The aroma was tangy and sweet with a faint metallic odor wafting through.

The ale has bitter lemon flavors on the first sip with some faint cracker-like flavor on the palate. While the bitterness gives this ale refreshing crispness, it is quite bracing.

As is typical for this style, the body is rather thin. The carbonation is a bit overpowering, while the mouthfeel is a little abrasive and short-lived.

This is ideal for a hot weather day with its bitter, quenching properties but at times this one can be too harsh; still worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 22:58:25 | More by jkrich
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2.08/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Looks like someone put Corona into a snow globe. Clear and straw gold, it's full of little floaties. Up top is a nice sized, bright white head with good retention and a sloppy lace. Unfortunately, it looks little different than something I can purchase 18 of for 12 bucks.

Grainy, rice-like, slightly floral. Think macro.

Is this a Budweiser?

See above. It's mostly got a chalky, bitter feel. Grainy and sour. Nothing resembling 'craft beer.'

Epic fail.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 02:42:48 | More by RickS95
Photo of tigg924


3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 13:50:34 | More by tigg924
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Clear pale gold with a white cap. Aromas of fresh hops, orange slices, grains. Crisp mouthfeel with apparent carbonation. Easy drinking as it should be. Big bitter smack at each sip. I was not expecting that. Bitter, peppery, sweetness is short and fleeting. This was not the refreshing drink I was expecting it to be. This had some harshness to it, that I don't think belongs in this light simple style. When I want some bitterness, I'll reach for a IPA or hoppy PA. With a Blonde, I expect sweet flavors, light crisp feel, and an ease of drinkability. This was not that. Not my cup of tea. Pass.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 17:49:51 | More by Onenote81
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy yellow, carbonated, some sediment, one finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Lots of bread/toast notes, more towards the bread side and not much else.

T-Mainly bread/toast with more bread than toast. Tad bit of lemon and grass, not much though. Maybe some spice, but barely there.

M-Light, some carbonation and crisp.

O-An average boring beer. Nothing off-putting, nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 20:22:33 | More by rlee1390
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3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Is this unfiltered? Nose has some nice tones to it: citrus hits me at the start but seems to fade fairly soon into things. Carries more spicy hop tone to it than I would have expected. Pretty drinkable, though the hops do take it to a different place than most blondes are at. Not too shabby.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 00:06:31 | More by RblWthACoz
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3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 01:12:55 | More by wingman14
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Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Siciliano's, 12oz into a tulip. Bottled March 30, 2012.

Golden yellow with a couple fingers of fluffy white head. Good retention and sticky lace. Nose of grains, cracker, a bit of citrus and yeast. Taste is dry and toasty grains, bitter hopping, light citrus flavour and more yeast character. Medium light feel, a bit drying and moderately bitter finish. A good blonde, but fairly uninteresting.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 16:36:26 | More by liamt07
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3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Let’s start with a complaint: why give this beer the same name as the old ale? I can see this creating a lot of confusion among consumers. To me, Third Coast is Bells’ old ale, and I’d be upset to find this in my glass instead. But anyway...

This was enjoyed in a tiny snifter at Tops.

Golden wheat in color, almost perfectly clear. A thin head of wispy white remains for a while, becoming a thin ring.

Bright, floral, fruity nose. A touch of pear and apple blend perfectly with lilac and orange blossom. Soft and sweet.

Much drier flavor. It’s heavily grainy and bitter, with soft old wheat and apple in the front and an extremely dry finish and major side-of-the-tongue bitterness rounding things out.

Medium body with nice viscosity. High, painful carbonation breaks the brew into large bubbles. Clean though bitter.

This blonde’s very drinkable with a great nose, but it’s a little too bitter for the style. I could use more sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2012 01:53:23 | More by Phelps
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Third Coast Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 621 ratings.