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Third Coast Beer - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 702
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-01-2002)
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Photo of KarlHungus
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours cloudy blonde color with a lot of visible yeast floating around. The aroma has some mild caramel notes, but is mostly of sweet bread. The taste is of pine resin, with a lingering bitterness in the finish. The hop profile is firm without being overpowering. This is a very bitter beer for a blonde ale. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice blone ale. It has character, which is something most blondes lack. I'm not a huge fan of this style, but I can surely see myself drinking this beer again on a hot summer day.

KarlHungus, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a clear straw/pale gold in color, creamy snow white head and lacing. grassy, vegetal hops dominate the nose along with biscuity malts. smells like a good pilsener. taste is lightly sweet malts and a smooth, moderate hop bitterness. light-bodied, with a crisp, effervescent carbonation. a good summer beer.

MrMcGibblets, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch# 7242, cheers to BARLEYWINEO

Pours a semi-hazed apricot color with 3+ fingers of pearl white meringue head with floaties. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Peppery & lemon hops, plus grainyness

T: Bready & lemony notes up front. Slight metallic notes, grapefruit hops, fruittyness with grainyness white & black pepper & a touch of dryness as this warms. Finishes juicy with apricots & a bit of strawberry

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, blonde with a tinge of wit to it

russpowell, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge frothy head with good retention. Pale, somewhat cloudy in appearance.

Smell is of pale malts witha slight lemony/citrusy twang. Somewhat grassy.

Taste is grassy and citrusy. Hop bitterness is citrusy and is mildy aggressive. Malt bill is of simple pale malts.

Crisp mouthfeel. Pretty nice.

Not a bad golden ale. I like the hoppiness of the beer, but I'm not a huge fan of it.

Thanks to MuenchnerKindl for the sample.

jasonjlewis, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of joepais
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks MuenchenerKindl for opportunity to sample this wonderful elixir

The 12 oz bottle poured a clear golden yellow with some suspended particles with two fingers of white fluffy head

Aromas of bread dough grass and hops fill your nose

This is great blond ale. Flavors of pale malts and bread dough with a nice hop finish

Medium to light body light carbonation on the tongue

Very easy to drink could down a six of these easily

joepais, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of twbrewer
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a golden straw color.Has a 1" white creamy head with lots of bubbles and some sediment floating in the glass.Nice lacing.

S-First smell is a funky citrus,then I can smell some bread and malts and a hint of butter and yeast.

T-Similar to the smell,nice hop bitterness.Musty,malty and earthy tastes as well.

M-Smooth creamy but dry feel.Lighter bodied with good carbonation.

D-This is a very easy drinking beer(good for a game or two)Good session beer.

twbrewer, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = bright greenish, yellow with a brilliant white head about 1 to 2 fingers made up of medium sized bubbles, leaves good lacing on sides of glass. Quite a bit of particulate matter floating around in it giving it a somewhat hazy aspect, but ones of my dogs tripped me up as I was bringing this up from my beer fridge, so I don't feel it would be proper to count off for that.

S = Very interesting smells of various things that will not sound appetizing but the total effect is okay. Here goes, I smell wet dog, wet cardboard, dried fruits, overripe fruits, slight yeastiness.

T = Here the overwhelming taste I get is of wet cardboard (a lot like Miller High Life, frankly), then as I swish around my mouth and finally swallow I do get a fair hops bite though the finish is not that long and bitter, there is a nice bitter hoppiness in the taste.

M = Light to medium body, a little too much carbonation that stings the tongue a bit, only fair mouthcoating.

D = I rate this slightly above average only because the hops do make it interesting. It is low enough ABV to session and would be better than your average American lager for that purpose, but I am not sure I would seek it out just to have one, though maybe it would be good on a hot day after being outside for awhile.

Traquairlover, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of GRPunk
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (Batch ID 8161) poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- There was a 2 finger fluffy white head that left nice lace rings atop a hazy golden yellow beer with lots of carbonation.

S- It smelled of doughy/biscuit malt with fruity tones and floral hops.

T- It tasted much as the aroma would suggest. It had good dough-like malts and a clean hoppy finish.

M- It was a bit on the chewy side. Being bottle conditioned, it was a little grainy, but pleasant.

D- It's a very easy drinker.

Overall- It's a really nice beer on the lighter end of the spectrum.

GRPunk, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of berserker256
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of pale, hazy, and yellowy. Nice dense white head. No huge presence of aromas. Maybe some hoppy characteristics. The flavor indicates more of a presence of hops. It's got the bitter ale flavor with a minute amount of citrus. Not too overpowering, but then again, it's not an IPA. Pretty smooth and easy to drink.

berserker256, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of jeffmonarch
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Really light yellow with a thin white head. There is also a nice amount of sediment floating around.

S - Some citrus, there's more there but it's so faint i can't make them out.

T - Starts with a slight bitterness that turns into a slight sweet taste and finishes with a medium bitterness.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - This beer is ok. It has a descent amount of hops. It doesn't really stand out as anything special.

jeffmonarch, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of lightindarkness
4.18/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy golden yellow with a fair amount of sediment. About 3/8" head, settling down to a thin layer of patchy foam, leaving some pretty good lace around the glass.

The initial smell is somewhat passive, with a bready aroma, some soft fruits like apricot, and a hint of the hops to come.

This beer's taste is a timeline of various flavors, beginning with a bready fullness, followed by some sweet pear, then interrupted by strong hops and bitterness, settling back down to some apricot at the finish, ending finally with a bready, soft yeast aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good, with noticeable carbonation, refreshing body and flavor, and a fair amount of bitterness. Though the sediment is not detectable while drinking, the unfiltered nature of this beer leaves the sensation of a bready fullness, despite the otherwise light quality of this beer.

I think this beer is very drinkable, and satisfies a number of different personal cravings due to its complexity. The carbonation, overall taste, and particularly the aftertaste are very palatable in my opinion.

lightindarkness, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle, bottle code 8106, web site is was not working when I looked it up.

a: Yellow gold body packed with suspended material with just a sliver of white head.

s: A mild, bready, citrus aroma.

t: Pale malt upfront, some citrus and yeast notes with a light hop bitterness in the finish.

m: Plenty of carbonation, light body, crisp, clean finish that leaves little on the tongue.

d: A sessionable brew thanks to a light flavor and mouthfeel. Its enjoyable, but nothing special. Bells has set the bar pretty damn high, this beer is one of their weaker offerings.

BradLikesBrew, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of PhageLab
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my Hobgoblin nonic.

A - Very cloudy yellow color with lots of sediment hanging around. Produced a very small head yet displayed excellent retention and some spotted lacing.

S - Big citrus nose here, mostly fresh apricots, and yet a slight hop tinge is also present, though muted.

T - This is probably the hoppiest blonde I've ever had before. Some pale malts and citrus flavors also show through, but are mostly drowned out. Not bad, but terribly unbalanced. Near the end a tiny bit of yeast shows through.

M - Light bodied, great smooth feel, low carbonation level, and a very dry finish.

D - Pretty good, taste profile is a bit odd, but it is quite drinkable. Sessionable, and definitely worth a try, but this is probably my least favorite offering from Bell's.

PhageLab, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is clear gold with good carbonation. The head is a full 2 fingers, white and leaves some lace.

The smell is bready with a nice mild citrus hop aroma.

The taste is good very bready with a bitter citrus hop. kind of like an ale answer to the MiaBock.

The mouthfeel is good medium body and a great hopy carbonated bite.

The drinkability is good. Not a great style, but a fine brew for it. MK

MuenchenerKindl, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy gold with a one inch head. Plenty of visible carbonation and good retention and lacing. Aroma is not interesting , smells like American hops. I don’t have the ability to detect micro-aromas so I asked my bloodhound wife. She said all she smells is hops. It has an interesting bitter flavor and good mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. Another reviewer referred to light prickly carbonation, that describes it perfectly. I enjoyed this beer and would drink it again.

CDBeerDisappear, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of pwoods
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a pint. Packaged on 4/16/07.

A: Pours a straw yellow with a 2 finger white head that is very rocky. Head takes it's time dieing, ending a a small pillow. Patchy lacing.

S: Very lazy graining smell. A touch of hops add a crisp, grassy/earthy pitch to it.

T/M: A dab of hop bitterness at the start with just a zip of citrus.. lime rind? Mostly grainy and bread-y malts with some yeast notes. Body is a bit bolder than I expected but not bad at all.

D: Not a style that really wows me but was a good brew nonetheless. Easily drinkable.

pwoods, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of malcontent
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I don't remember reviewing this, but as fate would have it, it's been almost a year to the day.

Pours a cloudy, sediment-filled mess of a deep gold. Spotty head teamed with the appearance makes for a homebrew-looking beer.

Bright citrus hops mingle with a powdery yeast nose. A massive improvement upon the appearance.

This screams session! Bracing bitterness of the pine-y variety stands out against minimal malt content. Still, for all its hop character it never devolves into oiliness or cloying sweetness. Ultra clean finish is a huge plus.

There is an unacceptable watery quality on the finish. However, the overall lightness in body mixed with a full flavor make a wonderful (if wildly uneven) session brew.

Thanks to kryptic for the taste.

malcontent, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of DrainBamage
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with light carbonation and a thin lace of head. The bottle had some floaties in it also. Smell is sweet with some fruitiness to it. Taste is almost identical to the flavor just a light more pronounced. Mouthfeel is smooth, but has a bitterness that seems to linger in the back of the throat. Normally I don't care for bitter aftertaste, but being a blonde ale it's quite pleasing. This is the first time reviewing this beer, but second time having it. If it wasn't for the floaties this would be an excellent beer all around. This still is an good beer that is one of the better blonde ales I've had.

DrainBamage, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 8106. Light orange hue with a thin white head that disappaited leaving a faint ring, very lazy carbonation. Not quite clear, more hazy, transluscent. Smells of tangerine, pomegranite, hops. Lively hopped taste and mouthfeel, thin body, some sharpness in the finish. A swirl produces some fizziness and the modest ring and lacing persists. Aftertaste is bitter and dry. Overall, quite enjoyable, like all Bell's products that I've sampled recently.

ThatWineGuy, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of Upgrayedd
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a great session beer! I haven't figured out whether they use ale or lager yeast for this one, but it definately has a clean finish. The hop aroma and flavor are right on for this style. Did I detect a bit of Munich malt? Anyhow, this is a highly drinkable and straightforward brew.

Upgrayedd, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of Matthew
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours into my pint glass a very a nice clear golden color with a 1/2 inch of solid white head. The head settles to leave a small covering of bubbles in top of the beer.
The only real aroma characteristic i detect is of slightly toasted malts and maybe a tinge of honey. Barely any hop aroma apparent at all, just a faint super light floral presence. Certainly not unpleasant, just not really offering up too much.
The taste consists of light toasted pale malts with a bit of hop bitterness playing a roll as the beer approaches a dry semi crisp finish. If this beer had a bit more american or german hop bitterness and aroma going on I could certainly see this beer being a bit more refreshing and flavorful.
The body is light and has a perfect amount of light prickly carbonation for the style. This is easy drinking and could certainly see this being either alot better super super fresh, or being an easy drinking beer for the middle of summer.

Matthew, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of TheBierBand
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass. The head was a 1/2" off-white. The beer was somewhat cloudy with tiny yeast floaters (I LOVE THAT!). The color was that of a light honey.

The aroma was barely detectable... a slight malty, buttery nose.

The taste: Hmmm... lots going on here.... first a woodsy/piney taste, then a buttery smoothness... and then a sour/hoppy bite to finish it off. I wouldn't call this one "balanced".

Mouthfeel: A bit too fizzy for my taste.... yes a "Blonde" is supposed to be refreshing.... but this one just has too much bite for my preference.

Drinkability: I wouldn't turn one down... but there are many other American Blondes that I would prefer.

TheBierBand, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of morimech
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An attractive gold color with a large pillowy head that leaves moderate lacing. Some particulate floating around also. I guess that comes from bottle conditioning. I wish they would let a consumer know this before they pour a bunch of spent yeast into their beer. I was careful on the second bottle.

The smell is very bready and yeasty with hints of citrus.

There is not much taste up front. Get the hop bitterness after swallowing. Not too impressive. It is light bodied like you would expect and carbonated very well.

morimech, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of flowerysong
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pale cloudy body with a sticky white head.

Smell: Floral and citrusy hops dominate.

Taste: Hops from the nose once again in the forefront, but a nice background of pale malts, a hint of yeastiness, and a light sweetness to offset the bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Light, clean, and crisp.

Drinkability: Very refreshing, very drinkable. Good beer for the summer.

flowerysong, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly orangish goldenrod with an impressive static storm of fine yeast. I wish all breweries would bottle-condition their beer. The antique white crown has an attractive texture and is starting to lay down quite a bit of lace in small chunks and squiggles. This blonde is a looker!

The nose reminds me of summertime. It's simple, clean and brightly hoppy. Nothing but pale malt ensures that hops have the run of the aroma. A hint of lemon zest, along with a spicy, herbal vibe, makes me think Saaz at least. Maybe Hallertau as well, it's hard to say.

Third Coast Beer strikes me as a Czech pilsener more than an American blonde ale. The rear label calls it simply 'a golden beer'. Again, the malt bill contains nothing darker than pale (with some amount of pils malt, I'm guessing). Most blonde ales are sweeter than this, with an almost honey-like character, not crisp and clean and European hoppy like this one.

I love the fact that the beer is balanced, even though hops are clearly in control. I also love the fact that the flavor profile is straightforward and... here comes that word again... clean. Are we sure this isn't a lager. Drinkability is high and should be insanely high during the hottest months of the year.

The mouthfeel is appropriately light, while maintaining an underlying suppleness that keeps things from falling apart on the finish. I don't usually like a whole lot of carbonation, but a few more bubbles might be advisable in this case.

I've seen Third Coast Beer any number of times during trips back to Ohio, but it has always been past its prime. That is, old Third Coast ale, not Third Coast Old Ale. This time I got lucky and found a relatively fresh bottle. Why doesn't this stuff get more love?

BuckeyeNation, Sep 21, 2007
Third Coast Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 702 ratings.