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Third Coast Beer - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
80
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334 Reviews
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Reviews: 334
Hads: 770
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 23
Gots: 46 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-01-2002

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Reviews: 334 | Hads: 770
Photo of marc77
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant clear golden hue until the poured yeast sediment provides a uniform turbidity. Fluffy, well retained pure white head leaves coarse lace. Floral hop nose, with soft doughy malt and hints of butterscotch. Subdued, pleasant green apple. Enticing aroma. Quick snap of bready sweetness on the palate is washed by a surge of sharp hop bitterness that's initially non descript. Hop character becomes herbal mid palate, surfacing along with a grainy dextrin malt pseudosweetness and mellow diacetyl. Moderate in body, and both proteinaceous and amply dextrinous in mouthfeel. Creamy. Finishes with a brief resurgence of maltose, but otherwise dry and pleasantly bitter. Certainly a quirky brew and quite flavorful at that. Not overly lager like. Remincescent of a Paulaner Munich Lager / Anchor Liberty ale hybrid with a drop of diacetyl. Uniquely tasty. Thanks to Feloniousmonk for sending this bottle! (905 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Somewhat sour aroma,but not so strong as to be unpleasant, then a sweet pale malt backing. Huge, somewhat fluffly, white head. Pale gold mildly cloudy from setiment in the bottom of the bottle. Some lacing. Mix of mild malt with a sour flavor that moves to drynesss that leaves a long after taste (that is sometimes too bitter). Appropriately medium to thin, with just a little too little of body. Dissappointing considering the caliber of the brewery. Too sour with not enough balancing. (488 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.12/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'd only had this beer once before, and it was a mistake. I thought that I was buying Third Coast Old Ale, but, no, this was Third Coast BEER, which means "lager". Quite another thing, to say the least. I was put off by the appearance, never, ever, having encountered an unfiltered lager before and was discomfitted by, of all the damned things in the world, a Bell's Lager. Good Lord! Choke! Why, in the name of all that's holy?!?!
In this present day and time, I've become ever so wiser. I don't mind a cloudy lager, not when I know that it contains that delicious Bell's yeast strain, and, no, they're not stealing any sales from Crudweiser, but who is, without Super Bowl commercials?
Hazy yellow color, darker at the top, nearly clear at the bottom, with various and sundry floating things wending their way about, under a thick and fluffy white head.
Aroma is sweet, buttery, floral, perfumey, yeasty...never, ever, have I detected yeast in a lager aroma before! Bold hop presence on the palate, fresh and sparkling. Is it like a true pilsener? No, I'm convinced that they are in their own bag, and you've just got to dig it, baby!
A most unusual lager, you never, ever find this much flavor in a lager! Bold, bright, beautiful, tasty, zippy, zingy, clean, fresh, refreshing, with an unusually fruity finish, and without being troubled by darker flavors or too much body. It belongs in a class by itself! (1,415 characters)

Photo of ADR
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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... (490 characters)

Photo of stoutman
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy cinnamon brown/orange with yeast particles. Was a clear color before the bottom of the bottle was poured (when lit from behind it was a clear amber with a red tinge, minus the yeast). Thick light tan head with big bubble. Gradually subsided and left a small amount of lacing. Rich malty aroma with caramel, alcohol, and a light floral hoppiness. Flavor dominated at first by a rich, malty sweetness that was balanced by a hop bitterness. Aftertaste dominated by hops but had some caramel flavors. Slightly acidic and astringent. Full mouthfeel and a dry finish. Moderate carbonation. Not bad. (606 characters)

Photo of BitteBier
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful pour--golden yellow with a lava lamp effect created by rising carbonation cutting through suspended yeast sediment. A couple fingers worth of foamy, cream-colored head that reduces to a nice cake with minimal lacing. Sweet, floral smell complemented by light bready notes. Given the wonderful look and nose of this beer as well as the general strength of Kzoo brews, the taste is something of a downer. Bitterness rules the day from the start to the afternotes. Other flavors (sweetness, citrus, and yeast, most notably) are overtaken but are nonetheless detectable. This beer seems to cling quite a bit, which is probably more noticeable because of the persistent bitterness. It is more than adequately drinkable, but there are better choices both in this style and from Kzoo Brewing. (797 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.17/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A pretty average offering from Bell's...cloudy yellow in color...big fizzy white head....nose is of herbal hops and some breadiness....flavor is dominated by the hops...I expected more malt backbone than what is offered here..I dig the hops....a little citrucy but not as good in this aspect as other pale ales...bitter, dry finish....I've had many Pale Ale's better....dissapointing effort from one of my favorite brewers... (425 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.62/5  rDev +31.3%
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. (933 characters)

Photo of Wildman
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, this is a light, clear yellow color. Slight aroma, with a slight tangy taste too it. Lighter then most pales I enjoy. Bell's as whole in their lighter ales/lagers really haven't appealed to me so far. (210 characters)

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Third Coast Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.