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Third Coast Beer - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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339 Reviews
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Reviews: 339
Hads: 781
Avg: 3.49
pDev: 20.92%
Wants: 24
Gots: 54 | FT: 2
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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Reviews: 339 | Hads: 781
Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
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.


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Photo of jkrich
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of RickS95
2.1/5  rDev -39.8%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.02/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.63/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of wingman14
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of Phelps
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of isualum12
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Third coast beer

We don't get this here in Boise. I got this a trade so it was a special treat tosee bells in the box.

Look standard golden yellow.
Smell not a lot there. Honestly smells a little like a bud light.
Taste a hoppy light beer that doesn't overwhelm. I saved for aware day. Glad I did
Feel high in co2. Not to bad though
Like it enough. Wouldn't go shopping for it but really glad I had it.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
2.06/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Hazy light amber. Like every other beer ever.
S: Little to no smell. The slightest hints of floral.
T: Taste very watery with few flavors. A little bit of hops in there but really nothing to it.
M: Sits like water with a little too much carbonation.

Overall a really poor showing from Bells here. I think I see what they're getting at which is an easy drinking beer for the masses. They have succeeded at this but have sacrificed a lot in the process.

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Photo of 33nickadams
3.09/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

When I was in college at Western, I drank this almost as much as Two Hearted. Its been about 12 years since I've had one!

Translucent golden yellow, with tons of sediment. Nice sticky lacing and a head that lasts. Smells sharp, pungent and bready. Almost meaty? Not much hop character in the nose to speak of. The smell is almost enough to turn you off. The taste is almost the opposite. Slightly sweet, bready and a nice citrus hop bitterness towards the end. As the beer warms, the tastes seem to blend and it gets better. I love when a beer does that. Mouthfeel is light and nicely carbonated. This is a good session beer if you can get past the nose. I think my tastes have changed since college!

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Photo of srandycarter
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Murky straw. White head leaves fast to ring. LOTS of cling. Pretty enough beer.

S - Acrid, sharp nose, barn follows it up. Malt a distant feel.

T - Crisp, light and pleasant.

M - Light bodied, good carb, pretty clean finish.

D - Ok, low abv, not a palate killer. I think this could be a nice session.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Papago into standard pint glass.
Nice golden color with no head and no lacing, but it still looks crisp.
Smells of fresh hops and malts.
Nice crisp hop and refreshing balance of malts.
Overall, refreshing and simple but very satisfying. Nice session brew.

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Photo of bnes09
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark urine yellow and cloudy. Good head with nice sticky film and attractive lacing.

Bright and fresh lemon, citrus aroma and fresh cut grass.

Fresh and citrusy hop bitterness. Leafy notes. Malt is smooth with a wheat-like flavor. Finish is crisp with lingering hop flavors. Well balanced.

Medium body. Drying from the hops. Lower carbonation than expected. Crisp feel overall.

Really good stuff. A tasty, refreshing, balanced and hop-forward blonde ale. Could almost call this a pale ale. Well done.

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Photo of cvm4
3.21/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - nice golden body and a thick, frothy head. Good amount of lacing.

S - A clean, malty smell.

T - Tasted very clean. A nice hop bite with a citrus (lemon) taste.

M - An easy drinking beer. This session beer has perfect carbonation.

O - I could easily kill a 6 pack of these during the summer. It's not a mind blowing beer by any means. But, is miles ahead of the BMC light beers.

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Photo of OleJohnnieAle
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- a light clear yellow with fluffy white head that left minimal lacing.

S- Large malt scent....minimal hops

T- Very malty almost brown aleish not quite the roastiness though.

M- well balanced medium body good carbonation.

O decent malty beer, would try again nothing too special though.

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Photo of tykees88
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- The clearest yellow gold colored beer I have ever seen. It's amazing really. A beautiful pillow of white rocky frothy head with lacing still in the glass 30 minutes after i drank it.

S- It has that lager smell. I think many lagers all have that same unmistakable unnamable scent. I can't describe it other than a little corney. A sweet malt smell and light hop aroma arise.

T-Taste is well balanced between earthy hops and a pilsen malt.

M-Super drinkable. A 6 pack of this in the summer on a hot day with a buddy by the lake... fo sho.

O-Pretty nice offering from bell's

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Photo of secondtooth
3.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This cloudy, golden ale pours with some sediment, but the crisp, lagery aroma is appealing enough.

Taste is full, hinting at grains (barley, wheat) and just enough of a hop bite to make this a formidable and ideal session ale. Nothing truly outstanding, but overall quite an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of soju6
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a small head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of pine with a bit of citrus and fresh grain.

T: Taste of fresh grain with a mild sweetness and bit of citrus. Has a nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly light body, crisp smooth and refreshing. Nice balance.

O: Easy drinker. This has too much flavor and character to be a blonde ale. This probably closer to a pale ale.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is cloudy golden yellow. Light head that lasts with some lacing.

Nose is fresh hops, orange zest, light malt, and a mild nuttiness.

Taste is mild hops and lemon candy with a medium nuttiness.

Mouthfeel is very refreshing. Very smooth and the hops provide just enough of a bite to give it a soda-like kick.

Overall, the beer's traits all work very well together. This is an excellent American beer.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Bottle dated 8.08.2011 A

A - Pours a golden yellow iwwth a one finger near-white head. Good retention and light lacing is left on the glass.

S - Light malts, bread, or almost dough like.

T - Light hoppiness, light malts, sweet corn comes to mind.

D - Light and refreshing, average carbonation and light body.

O - Light and refreshing.

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Photo of langm12
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A - Cloudy golden color. With a two finger fluffy white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Great lacing.

S - Earthy floral hops. Grains. Bit of citrus.

T - beady malts followed by spicy floral hops.

M - Light to medium. Quite a bit of carbonation. Very drinkable.

O - Definitely enjoyable. Great session beer, but not one I would go looking for.

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Photo of
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pale yellow with a very nice and long-lived head. There is a very fine sediment in suspension, though, which is kind of strange.

Smell - Floral hops and citrus dominate with a curious-but-pleasant candy malt note that reminds me of jelly beans. I don't know if it is the house yeast or what, but it bears a striking similarity to Bells' Pale Ale and Amber Ale.

Taste - That odd jelly bean flavour returns with citrus as well.

Very drinkable. The sweet character I describe does not make the beer too sweet.

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Third Coast Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.