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Third Coast Beer - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 705
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 21
Gots: 27 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-01-2002)
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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decided that I was going to go on a fridge cleaning for the next week before I need to take a break for a while. Went with this mixed sixer last night in an attempt to clean out some lighter fare. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this was consumed on 11/03/2010.

This had to be one of the easiest drinking offerings I have ever come across. Pours out a light amber color with loads of carbonation and a full two finger head that subsides rather nicely and leaves behind a well balanced look with lots of lacing.

Aroma is a touch light with hints of lemon, light grains and bready notes, but nothing really sticking out as exemplary. But the moment you take a sip it goes down like water. Super crisp, light, and clean with spot on carbonation. Light touches of citrus, pears, light grains, and a hint of corn all blend together very nicely and leave a clean aftertaste that just begs you to go back and take another sip.

Overall outstanding session ale here. I would not mind throwing back a half dozen of these any day, it just really seems to work quite nicely. Spot on.

mikesgroove, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. 4.8% ABV, Batch #9636 (Bottled March 18, 2010).

A - Pale straw yellow in color, its crystal clear with strong carbonation. A two-finger head provides a fully white topping to the beer. Moderate retention but stellar lace left on the glass.

S - Squirts of lemon citrus lightly spice the grainy straw aroma. A touch of grassy hops adds a light floral note but it's just lacking. I understand the point of the beer but it's grainy backing isn't appealing. There's a subtle corn huskiness going on too.

T - Third Coast Beer has a harsh grainy pale malts with an astringent bite to the finish while notes of dry straw blend with hops after the swallow. A lightly floral, grassy flavor with a hint of lemon citrus is a decent hop character but again, the lack of a good malt profile and prominent graininess isn't appealing.

M - Light-bodied and very crisp from carbonation, Third Coast feels a little thin and finishes out with a dry and lightly bitter feel. The bitterness leans more to the astringent side of things.

D - I wouldn't really call it 'a truly quaffable beer'. It seems like a step above generic BMC stuff. It just feels watered down. I needs a little balancing pale/pils malt to sweeten it up just a touch and give it a little more body. Not bad, but not something I'd reach for again.

BeerFMAndy, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of NODAK
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma here is of a fairly clean lemon and hoppiness, but more on the lemon side.

A bit floral with some citrus in the forefront....fading into a finish that features a medium citrus peel bitterness that isn't all that powerful at the time of the swallow, but definitely and surprisingly seems to linger a while into the aftertaste. There's some citrus and soft grain present in the aftertaste.

It's a very "clean" beer....pretty drinkable as well. It isn't going to "wow" many people but if this is meant to be a refreshing beer, particularly for hot weather, I'd say it's a fine choice.

NODAK, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of dpnelson1978
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$1.50 / ea.

A: Hazy yellow body with a small loose head that quickly dissipates leaving moderate lacing and a wispy cover.

S: Honey and lemon citrus with hints of grass. Very interesting and appetizing from the start.

T: Bready malt, light sweetness, and hints of freshly cut grass. Tasty beer, but nothing special overall. Hop character is light, and leaves no bitter aftertaste. Would like to see more fruit character, and less grass.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth and rounded with only a slight carbonic bite, and clean finish.

D: Very sessionable beer with a light body, clean finish, and approachable flavor.

O: Versatile, but not overly interesting.

dpnelson1978, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The one beer that foiled me during the Bell's taste-off at the end of the trivia challenge during Stub and Herb's Fermented Eclipse event in June 2010. Naturally, I had to become more familiar with it.

Pours a pale honey color with a two finger white head and a bit of lacing. Nose consists of slightly sweet dough and hints of light floral and citrus notes. Taste is the same with a grain and bread interplay. Somewhat grassy. Mouthfeel is nice with good carbonation and a heavy enough body. Drinks fairly well and would be a solid introductory beer.

Thorpe429, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

This is why I like mixed sixers. It pours a clear lemonade with a bunch o' particulate matter floatin' about in there. A nice finger of steadfast white froth sits on top. The nose comprises lemon zest, mandarin orange flesh, flowers, and a tiny hint o' funky sour. The taste is similar, though the lemon brings some of its rind along for the ride, creating some extra bitterness toward the end. The body is light, with a light carbonation and a rather smooth feel. Overall, an okay brew, but nothing I would necessarily aim at getting again.

TMoney2591, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of buschbeer
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured into a pint glass to an inch of white head that was gone in no time. This beer is yellow in color and has suspended yeast particles in it. The aroma is sweet bready malt. The taste is sweet malt and is replaced by a metallic bitterness. It reminds me of a European beer. The mouthfeel is medium and has a slight grittiness to it. This is not my favorite style so the drinkability will take a hit.

buschbeer, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of harpus
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - pours a medium dark golden straw colour with a big white head. the body has a bit more orange than a real straw colour.

S - slightly hoppy with a light malt backing. not really much to say here.

T - the taste, if anything was quite generic. it really tasted like a hopped up pbr, or bud. not many compliments for this brew.

MF&D - quite carbonated, and easy to drink. the only problem is that one could do it for a lot cheaper with a big block of pbr.

harpus, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of damndirtyape
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle (batch 9636) poured into a shaker pint glass. No other dates on the bottle. The label is a map of MI showing the Saginaw Bay area where I used to live for awhile...so from this nostalgia I decided to pick up a bottle.

Appearance: Hazy light golden yellow color with a persistent thin white foam across the top. The foam poured chunky and thick (1/2" thick) but died down to a thinner layer. Strands of lacing here and there noted.

Smell: Citrus/lemony zing with a malty smell and a musty dry finish.

Taste: A very crisp beer with a solid bitter finish. There is no sweetness to this beer at all, but is not mouth-puckeringly bitter either. It's a nice crisp bitterness with a solid lemon/citrus-like tang/tartness aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is good. The beer is thicker than water and goes down really easy with only a little bit of lingering on the teeth.

Drinkability: I view this as an all around good beer, but, I can't see myself having more than one in a sitting by itself. This is really a beer to have with a meal. That crispness and bitter finish suggests something best paired with a meal...I don't know what yet, but something to counteract another strong flavor. Fish maybe? Again, good beer, but even with it's nice ABV I can't see this as sessionable for me anyway.

damndirtyape, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of ribby
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This decants to a nice, clear yellow beer. As another review noticed, this is bottle conditioned beer, as are most Bell's brews. Usually, a less careful pour results in a cloudy beer, but from this batch yields many 'floaties'.

The smell is mild, and not overpowering. The taste is rather more hoppy than I expected, and the hop flavor is definitely stronger than the mild malt flavor.

The mouthfeel solid, and the carbonation level complements the hoppiness.

On the whole, this almost seems like a light ipa to me. Batch 9722.

ribby, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of beergod1
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't know what to tell you....something about this beer is amiss. Clear golden color, with what I thought was carbonation bubbles, but 5 min. or so later and it was just suspended floaties, is this beer bottle conditioned? "A golden beer brewed with pale malts. Large American hop additions contribute a crisp refreshing bitterness. A tribute to the Great Lakes, T.C.B. is a truly quaffable beer". Or so the brewery says .I'm not so sure, maybe I got a bad bottle. Bells is 1 of my top 5 breweries in America, this is not what I see in the reviews or the beer. I will try again another time, and review.

beergod1, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of jsanford
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 9722 poured into my New Belgium Globe

A - Hazy golden yellow with a small creamy white head

S - Mild pine hops, apple, citrus, biscuit malt

T - Initial bitter citrus hops leads to some apple and citrus. Biscuit malt in the finish.

M - Very crisp with a pleasant amount of bitterness. Carb is spot on.

D - Great BBQ/Lawnmower beer, exactly what I look for on a hot day. Touch too expensive, won't necessarily keep it stocked at all times, but a nice treat.

jsanford, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of Spiekerbox
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden yellow with a big white head, average lacing

S- citrus hops with a light malty-bready base

T- Sweet-ish light malts, with a definite herbal hop presence nothing extraordinary but overall a good beer, the metallic flavor that others speak of is there but nothing to be bothered over

M- Lots of carbonation, nice body, finishes clean and smooth

D- Easy beer to drink, would be nice to have a few but the price is a little high in my opinion, extra points for having one of the most original labels in Michigan

Spiekerbox, May 26, 2010
Photo of dstc
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gold color with a big foamy off-white head. Head falls fairly quick. Average lace.

Mild sweet and flowery aroma with subtle hops.

Oily, herbal hops are the prominent flavor. Very mild malt background. Ends in lingering bitterness.

Slick and medium bodied on the tongue. Average carbonation.

Pleasant, easy drinking beer. Nothing extraordinary but a good, solid brew.

dstc, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of KI9A
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pale to meduim yellow, shit ton of floaties, and decent head.

S: lemon, metal, bready

T: slightly sour lemon, crackers, metallic.

M: the horrid metallic aftertaste kills this. The aftertaste lingers for a long time.

D: Even with the metal taste, its a decent drinker.

KI9A, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can barely stand the way this beer looks. It looks like someone unloaded a pepper shaker into a golden beer. Not appetizing.

Decent aroma of peppery and piney hops. Hop forward for sure.

The taste is better. The American hops bring a nice, drying bitterness forth. Piney and an unsuprising touch of yeast, being that it's floating around everywhere like fish food in the glass. A little heavy on the carbonation, but it makes for a solid BBQ beer.

brownbeer, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of thedrewski86
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, left a half finger white head with minimal lacing. Lots of suspended yeast sediment which I like. Beautiful floral scent with lots of American hops. Very crisp and bitter taste, little biscuit in the malt. This makes me think of an American ESB. Very nice and drinkable, I may try to brew something like this!

thedrewski86, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

WTF? Bell's? Pale straw yellow. Aroma has something fruity to it in a nuanced way.

Taste, not bad for a blonde ale, but lacking the typical Bell's qualities I've come to enjoy (i.e. hops? where'd they go?). I mean, this is a stretch to drink in 90+% humidity on the third coast. Great label, average beer. Mouthfeel, its just the same beer throughout. Reminiscient of Grolsch Summerblonde.

Drinkability, easy to drink, but at 10$ a 6er, ugh. Half a point extra for the awesome label.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of bsp77
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into a tall glass.

Appearance: Very light gold with bubbly white head and active bubble action.

Smell: Orange, apple, metal and spice.

Taste: Lightly sweet and sour malts with some citrus, apple and lemon. Ends on a spicy, metallic, and just barely bitter note, but the sweetness remains and leaves an off-taste in my mouth.

Feel: High carbonation, light body, somewhat crisp finish. Very lager-like.

Drinkability: Light, easy drinking but not really worth returning to, especially because of the lingering aftertaste.

bsp77, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of techfed87
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle is of batch number 9,293. It was bottled on August 6th, 2009.

Pours a thick, strong head, very white in color.

Color is a pale blonde in color, a thin level of particulate hanging loosely suspended.

First sip has a sour malty taste to it. Hops are light in the aftertaste, but still present nonetheless.

A light, snappy beer. I'd recommend it wholeheartedly over anything from a major brewery any day.

techfed87, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of Evocatus
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow, not too translucent though. Head was white and fluffy. Armoa had a mix of lightly sweet malts. Taste was slightly sweet and grainy. Bitterness of the hops was there as well. Not too thick or thin. Decent beer that I had with my salmon burger.

Evocatus, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a hazy golden yellow color, lots of particles floating around and some serious bubble action taking place. There a creamy white head that has decent retention especially for a blonde and leaves big lacing on the glass.

S-the nose is brings a fair amount of smell and starts with a light caramel malt, much more pale malt, medicinal phenols, and grass clippings.

T-the taste follows the nose, touch of caramel, lots of pale malt, some phenol taste, a hint of grass clippings from the hops, and a crisp bitter finish

M-light bodied, well carbonated, very crisp.

D-this isn't a bad session beer, not a lot of good flavors, pretty standard lager type beer.


cpetrone84, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of inxy
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

A - No head, looks like applejuice after the initial pour settles. Tiny little collection of bubbles in the corners, and no carbonation movement in the body. Golden faded yellow in color, tons of wheat floating around which I rather enjoy watching. If it weren't for the unfiltered floaties, this wouldn't be much to look at.

S - Nothing really. Standard wheatey grainey lager smell.

T - It's higher in quality than I expected, but very simple. Light hops and grain, no palatable alcohol, and an interesting unexpected salt and pepper finish. It isn't bad by any means, but doesn't blow me away at all which is mostly typical coming from Bell's.

M - Pretty thin and light. It's crisp in carbonation. Definitely cant feel the floaters on my tongue or my teeth.

D/Overall - Refreshing, crisp and light. Being that Bell's is popping up in grocery stores and gas stations more and more, I'd definitely pick this up over most other brews you'd find in those locations. I'd pass this up while at a specialty store however.

inxy, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of teovaldi
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy pale yellow, with a massive 3 finger head that dissipates quickly leaving a nice cap and lacing.

The nose on this one is malt based and sweet with a bit of grassy hops. Nothing really impressive.

The taste is grassy hops to start which are nicely balanced off by the malts with a nice clean finish. Hops are definitely in control but I love its balance. Quite nice and refreshing.

The mouthfeel on this is light while still maintaining its hold on your tongue.

Very drinkable. Third Coast Beer will become a regular in my fridge and I will attempt to convert my BMC friends with this. TCB should get more love, quite surprised that there was only 240 reviews.

teovaldi, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of BDLbrewster
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a sediment rich, hazy, light apricot color with a small head that is gone instantly.

The smell is faint at best here. What I do get is a sort of dusty, old aroma along with some sweet grainy notes and not a whole ton else.

The taste is very subdued as well here, again with the dusty flavor. Some semi-sweet malty notes mark the highlight of the taste, and a crisp salty? finish that somehow remains extremely smooth keep you sipping. The flavors are fairly subdued, I guess you could call this a delicate beer.

The mouthfeel is smooth and even, crisp and on the thin side.

Overall this is a good brew, light and refreshing. Unoffensive flavors and nice low ABV, great session brew.

BDLbrewster, Jan 21, 2010
Third Coast Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 705 ratings.