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Third Coast Beer - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Reviews: 336
Hads: 774
Avg: 3.49
pDev: 20.92%
Wants: 23
Gots: 50 | 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: 336 | Hads: 774
Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with lots of bubbles. Solid two finger white head with good retention and a light amount of lacing.

Smell: Grains and caramel malts with a solid presence of earthy, floral hops. Hints of citrus and lemon peel. Aroma is fairly light overall, but the floral hops are very noticeable.

Taste: A bready flavor up front from the grains and malts is followed by a decent bitter bite from the floral, herbal like hops. Hints of lemon zest. Good balance between sweetness and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Feels light in the body but the floral hop flavor is high. Very smooth.

Overall: A very tasty and interesting brew. It has a surprisingly high hop presence for a lighter bodied beer. Its like a light version of a pale ale. A good option for summer when you want an easy drinking beer with a good hop presence. This bottle was a few weeks past its recommended date yet it still tastes fresh.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.04/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz into a Bell's tulip. Bottled June 20, reviewed July 27.

Golden and clear, with a fantastic head and great lacing, but with some floating sediment.

Smell is heavy bready malts and a weird, pear-like mustiness.

Taste is strong bready malts mostly, with some noble hops. There's also still some weird musty funk vibe. I don't know if something weird happened to this bottle in my drive from Kalamazoo to New York, but this is a bit strange, if still rather drinkable.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, smooth and a bit creamy.

I guess I haven't had many American Blond ales. This one is light enough to drink easily but the flavors aren't great, in my opinion. The first Bell's beer I haven't liked too much.

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Photo of cagocubs
4.12/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice golden with a white head that quickly recedes. Leaves nice lacing.

S: fourth of july bottlerockets? Good hops, little citrus, and nice smell.

T: Hops come through with a nice wheat. Has a taste similar to anchor liberty at the beginning. Aftertaste is left with bubblegum and light fruit. Very good.

M: Very smooth, crisp, and refreshing.

D: High. Light crisp and easy to drink

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jeff for sending me this one.

A: The pour on this is a pale straw color with a finger of white head.

S: Not too much going on here. Some corn and biscuit malts giving the beer sweetness. Light hop notes, mostly floral and grass, with a little bit of yeast.

T: Light bitterness with floral, grassy, and slightly herbal hops. Sweetness from bready malts and a bit of biscuit malt. There is a slight astringency to it, maybe grain husks?

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: I was expecting a bit more from Bell's, but I suppose I shouldn't have got my hopes up for a blonde ale.

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Photo of MadTown1000
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Yellow, little bit fizzy, not a lot of head, a little bit cloudy. Not too impressive.

S - Not much there. Some hops?

T - A lot of hops for a beer like this. Well balanced with the malt though - tastes like wheat? Would be good with spicy food, it could stand up to a lot of heat.

M - A little bit grainy, but seems appropriate for this beer. Pretty substantial.

Overall - I like this beer better than the sum of its parts. Don't think it would be an every day beer, but it's a tasty change up.

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Photo of HockeytownBrew
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a deep golden yellow with a slight orange tint and a bit of haze. Two finger width head that sticks around for a while. Good amount of lacing.

S: Grainy with hints of malts and hops. A nice amount of breadieness and floral notes.

T: A slight spicy citrus with decent hop bitterness in the finish. Good floral notes, nice and clean. This is a nice blonde ale.

M: Light bodied, very crisp. Plenty of carbonation abundant in this brew, finishes smooth.

D: Nice drinkability. A couple of these can be enjoyed with no problem.

This is a good session beer. Nice for it's style.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
2.76/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured beer not knowing what it was....

Appearance-Yellow/Orange body, pretty clear. Small bubbly 1 inch head with pretty good retention and little lacing.

Smell-Lots of grain and light earthy hops. Not too inviting, kind of funky.

Taste-Bitter, not want I exactly want in a blonde ale. Light citrus and sweetness.

Mouthfeel-Light bodied with lots of carbonation.

Overall-Not really want I was hoping for. I have yet to try a Bells beer I haven't liked, until now. Will not seek out this beer again.

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Photo of cdrogers
3.91/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

Appearance: Nice golden color with an off-white creamy head. Head creates a nice lace on the way down.

Smell: Hints of spice and citrus.

Taste: Semi-sweet, spicy notes. Slight bitterness on the way down and does linger on the tough a bit.

Mouthfeel: Nice creaminess to it and very smooth, slight bitterness hangs around.

Overall this is a good beer. IBUs aren't that bad, but it does have that hoppy bitterness to it.

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Photo of lstokes
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange, lacy, hazy, beautiful, but smells grainy with a bit of floral hop--what is an American blonde ale? I'm not sure I've ever had one before. It's basically reminiscent of a light European lager, very crisp, a little bit sweet like a pear, grainy, enough citrus/floral hops to stay interesting but overall soft and clean on the palate. It's a great lager, and so top points from me, but I guess I expect more interest from Bell's.

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Photo of ccrida
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my Schell's shaker pint, Third Coast is cloudy yellow with a white head leaving decent lace.

Smell is grainy, sweet, on the mild side.

Taste is pretty good, a simple, clean. A bit soapy, some graininess.

Mouthfeel is light, a bit slick.

Drinkability pretty good. It's a boring beer, but inoffensive.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Third Coast Beer (not to be confused with Third Coast Old ale) pours a fairly yellow pale golden color with an attractive beige head. The head is whipped and frothy looking and has some seriously raunchy looking lace with great staying power. The only hindrance to this brew’s appearance is the cloudy nature from the yeast at the bottom of the bottle, but to me that is a good sign.

The aroma is understated while still being hoppy. It has a clean bready malt character that is a slightly grainy. There is a decent amount of herbal hop character and a fair amount of lemon zest is present as well.

The flavor is just as clean as the aroma with crisp bready and cracker malt sweetness that plays off just enough bitterness and a bit of a minerally character. The hops are very grassy with a definite “noble” sort of flare to them.

The body of this beer is on the lighter side of medium with lively carbonation. It finishes quite dry, with plenty of grassy and zesty hop flavor lingering on the palate.

This beer is far different than most in the Bell’s portfolio, but I find it to be quite tasty. It is not the best of its kind, but it is an interesting take on an easy drinking lager. I will definitely consider picking this beer up for a summer BBQ.

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Photo of bobhits
3.21/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dirty, highly carbonated, cloudy, pale light colored lager. Tall white head, pretty ok lacing. Smells an odd sweet yet a hint of sour and plenty of odd hops. The taste is much like the smell. There's some fruity funky mix though not going to lambic route. Apples or pears and a hop character I don't see often in beers.

I can't find words that work well to make this beer sound good, but it is pretty darn good. Certainly not great, but it's good.

Very drinkable and easy to go down.

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Photo of heebes
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.
Batch 9888.

Pours into a mug a clear light yellow with quite a large white fluffy head, and surprisingly floaties which detract a bit from the quality of it's appearance - perhaps this is too old, batch was brewed a long while ago. Nice sticky lacing provides some saving grace.
Nose is grain, pale wheat, slight malt: smells like a macro lager.
Taste is actually pretty decent - a step above any macro American Blonde Ale. Much more dominant malt profile shows up, backed by an even tiny hop bite that makes for quite a refreshing beer. Still feel like the flavour is lacking a bit from age at this point. Also a grainy/grass taste reminiscent of macros. Mouthfeel is light to medium, crisp and dry. Overall, I was a bit let down by the first two categories but the taste made up for it. Obviously quality ingrediants are used for this beer which set it apart from similiarly styled mass produced BMC types. Decent beer with a good sessionable abv.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Yellow beer with a clear body that had a small white head.

S - Some apple smell, a bit malty. Some farmhouse grass in there as well.

T - It's sweet, has a bit of a bazooka joe taste too it. Some slight hop bitterness mixed with a touch of yeast.

M - Medium bodied, crizp, medium to high carbonation.

O - Not a bad beer, really easy to get down.

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Photo of gdrydenc
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very light straw with lots a settlement speckling the glass. A finger of white head disappears very quickly.

S - Smells very lemony. I can certainly smell a noble type hop in there. It's not an overwhelming smell, but it's a nice subtle smell.

T - Much like the smell. The lemon is there, but there's also a good hop kick to it. The finish is clean and crisp, thanks to a good portion of malts.

M - Very light on the tongue. The carbonation fits this beer well.

Overall, a good, light beer. This is something that I could see myself sessioning in the right situation.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow. A good amount of head with good retention. Smells light citrus and lemon. a hint of yeast and some slight hints of a sweet malt background. Mostly the lemon and citrus stand out. Very light... the taste is subtle and not exciting. Lemon and yeast, a tough of wheat. Well carbonated but a bit thin. There is some bite to it that hurts the drinkability a bit.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden Crystal. Thick Chunky Head. Sticky Sticky Lacing.
Apples, pears and grassy grains on the aroma.
Flavors are light spicy hops and creamy doughy textures and notes.
Simple enjoyable beer. Thrist Quencher. Lawnmover. Summer time. Make it happen.

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Photo of hardy008
2.58/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy lemon with a one finger foamy white head with decent retention. Smells like lemons, yeast, grain, and light pale malts.

This beer tastes just like it smells. Lemon, yeast, grain, and light pale malt. Also tastes like there is biscuit malt present.

Light bodied, plenty of carbonation, and has an unpleasant, bitter aftertaste. It does not seem like this fits any one style very well. I don't care much for this beer.

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Photo of websherpa
4.31/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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Photo of mrmuskie
3.34/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden hay color with lots of sediment and a this 2 finger head the disapated quickly.
The smell was very grainy with a nice hop aromma.

Taste was kind of kin to a german pils with a sweet twist,it started with a sharp hoppy character followed by some tasty fuity notes finishing dry and hoppy.

I found this beer very drinkable/sessonable and would be great for a hot summers day of fishinng.

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Photo of emerge077
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampling this following the "Lager of the Lakes".

Pours turbid with swirling particulates in suspension. Thick fluffy foam, stained tan from the yeast sediment poured in after a final swirl. Sticky ring adheres inside the glass, leaving a broken skim and floating convex island of foam in the center. Murky orangish gold color.

Clean noble hop aroma, grassy, a touch sweet with floral hop traces of wildflowers or weeds.

Moderately bitter hop bite, lagery feel, though a Blonde Ale. Grainy, grassy, herbal, wet hay, floral notes. Dry finish, lightly bitter. Simple and clean, the focus seems to be on the floral American hops. Drinkable and quenching, though a bit simple and one-note. Lager of the Lakes was more enjoyable to me personally.

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

Clear light yellow body with a small white head. Nice appearance.

Yeasty, bready aroma with a hint of grape or apple. Inviting.

Tasty flavor that starts out with some light bitter hops. The bready yeast flavor blends with just a little sweet malt to balance.

Highly drinkable. Great brew.

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Photo of TheKtulu7
4.02/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear pale golden color with quite a bit of floating particles. Pure white head and a little lacing.

Smell: Appetizing. Malty and a bit like apples. Maybe green apples if my mind isn't trying to be more aware than it really is. Straw or hay, too.

Taste: Dry, malty, and good.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry, but with a slightly grainy texture.

Drinkability: Very easy. Beer all gone in less than 15 minutes, including forcing myself to take breaks

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Photo of cudmud
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A clear pale orange color with little head and lacing.

Smell: A malty, hoppy, and yeasty delight. I detect some apple-like aromas in the smell.

Tatse: This one has a sweet bubble gum flavor that's balanced by some nice hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full-body and crisp.

Drinkability: A tasty, thirst quenching brew that can be drunk all night long.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.34/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yellow and hazy with obvious fine "floaties" that definitely detract from the appearance. Not too much head but pretty decent lacing.

Definitely a grainy, wheaty smell to it. A touch of lemon.

Tastes lightly malted with grains and white pepper peeking through. Much like a wheat beer but somewhat dryer.

Peppy and tangy, pretty dry and light bodied.

Drinks alright but I'm not anxious to rush out and get a sixer of it.

A rather nice beer considering it didn't look like much in the glass.

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Third Coast Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.