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Third Coast Beer - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 737
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 21
Gots: 33 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Photo of baos
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. into my favorite Trappist glass!

A: Nice one finger head with good lacing. A splendid clear golden color.

S: Hoppy hoppy. Very fragrant hops and the smell of Amsterdam coffee shops.

T: Hoppy. Yum!

M: Nice kind of cream ale feeling bitter and dry but a very good bitter and dry.

D: I'll giver her a B+

Photo of brentk56
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a modest head that drops to a ringlet and leaves some shards of lace

Smell: Grainy with a DMS corn element

Taste: Starts out with a biscuity, lemony sweetness that is joined, mid-palate by a grainy bitterness; after the swallow, a floral element appears with an assetive grainy finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: Reading through the reviews, it appears that there has been some style drift; clearly not an APA and a blonde ale might be accurate but this could be a lager, too; whatever it is, it is just not my style

Photo of neenerzig
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my tumbler. This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden color. The head is only about 1/4 inch thick when poured and quickly settles to a thin surface layer with a decent ring lining the inside of the glass. Lacing is kind of spotty, but pretty decent overall. A fairly strong ho aroma is certainly present but not too much else really. Maybe a hint of malt too. Flavorwise this beer is dominated by hops along with some citrus and followed by a bit of sweet malt. Not a very complex taste, but pretty good. Good balance between the bitter hops and sweet malt though. More hoppy than most APA's I have had and not quite as hoppy as a lot of IPA's I have had. Has a medium bodied, crisp and smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Quite easy to drink. Overall a very enjoyable beer.


Photo of ndekke39
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 oz. bottle from batch number 7826, bottled on February 15, 2007. Pours a slightly cloudy yellow with a tall, white head. Nice, light flavors and smells of the hops. A little leafy and grassy. Light, crisp mouthfeel. Overall, a nice, clean pale ale. Perfect to drink cold on a summer evening. Another great offering from Bell's.

Photo of bruachan
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the head on this one wasn't too sincere. good lacing, though. pale gold

cascade hop aroma? otherwise not strong

dry brew with plenty of NW hop flavor. the malt character doesn't really assert itself but i can find it

standard APA. just not very interesting

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a very hazy yellow with lots of little floaties. Creamy off-white head with some light lacing.

Aroma is light hops with a tinge of metal.

The taste is light yet packing some bitterness with it.

Crisp, light-bodied, slick to the tongue and with good carbonation.

A very easy-to-drink pale ale from Bell's. It's good but not great.

Photo of Mdog
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky yellow with lots of particles, big rocky head.

Smell: Grassy, bready.

Taste: Citrus and grassy hop flavors. Very crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: Refreshing, good summer beer.

I did not know anything about this beer going in, I actually thought it was a lager before the pour. The taste and the haziness and particles in the glass I think this mostly reminds me of an unfiltered Victory Prima Pils. And since Prima Pils is one of my most favorite beers, I really enjoyed this beer.

Photo of xav33
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bell'sThird Coast Beer
12 oz bottle
Moderate pour in a shaker.
Packaged 01/07, unwrapped 05/07

Poured a lightly murky gold with a large mostly lasting frothy fluffy white head

Smelt of moderate cookie and light grassy hops.

Taste was upfront moderate bittersweet grass and cookie followed by a strong resin hops and slight orange sweetness on an average finish.

Palate was light bodied, slightly oily, lively carbonated and lightly astringent.

Overall, a pleasant pale ale offering from Bell's, more on the refreshing side.

Photo of bozebus17
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bubbly very light straw color. There is a thich foamy white head that thins out but has some staying power.

Scent is very grainy. There is grass, and a somewhat earthy aroma. There aren't really any hops in the nose.

Flavor is of slightly sweet malt with just a hint of bitterness at the end. There isn't nearly as much bitterness as I'd expect out of an APA. There is also a macro-like adjunct flavor and feeling to the body. Pretty light-bodied.

I must say that I am a bit let down by this offering. I didn't really know what to expect out of it as I hadn't previously read any reviews. It is light, refreshing, and very sessionable but those are pretty much its only highlights. Definitely not the best beer from Bells and one I won't try again unless it's given to me.

Photo of Reed415
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - the appearance is of dark cloudy lemonade, almost no head

S - Malty, zesty yeast dominates the nose

T - Yeast and zest in the front, finishes tart

M - is light bodied, and over carbonated, so carbonated it effects the flavor

D - Is average because of the carbonation

Photo of becktone
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Eye: Color is an extremely pale yellow. Head is egg white with pretty good retention and nice lacing.

Nose: Very clean, small floral notes reminiscent of noble hops. Malt aroma is light, aroma of this brew reminds me more of a lager, perhaps a dortmunder type. Overall it smells good.

Tongue: Right off the bat bitterness hits the tongue. Hop flavor is good- Light floral hop notes- all in all its a very clean flavor. Good malt backbone on this brew supports and compliments what the rest of the beer is about. Alcohol is in the background of the taste.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Light bodied with high carbonation sums up the body of this brew. Tends to finish dry.This brew is easy to drink and could be something one could drink all night. This one is so-so, nothing to brag about.

Photo of shadow1961
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up some Bell's Third Coast Beer and checked the bottle code against their
website and discovered that lot #6747 was put up in February 9, 2005- pretty
scary stuff when I noticed that their site also indicated that Third Coast only comes in at 4.8%
alcohol by volume. (This is not to be confused with the Third Coast Old Ale, which at 10%
can hang around for a while.)

My (old) bottle of Third Coast Beer poured out a nice fluffy head over a cloudy yellow brew with
considerable suspended particulates. The nose is ale yeast and a bit of malt. The flavor is malt
up front with a grassy hop finish. Since it's not as aromatic (or boozy) as their Two-Hearted I
supect the approximate style they are going for here is American Pale Ale. And they succeeded.
It seems not to have been overy affected by it's shelf aging. If the particulates are an issue with
you they can be easily avoided by a slow pour. I like swilling that last bit of beer around in the
bottle before pouring it out. Extra flavor, you know. I do wonder what a fresh one is like, though.

Photo of brdc
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking golden beer with a white head that has poor retention and multiple floating particles, hopefully yeast sediments.
Simple yet balanced nose, fruity hoppiness along with some malts and alcohol.
Light to medium-bodied, taste is mostly hoppy but also well balanced. Clean, dry, with a mild malty backbone.
Easy to drink, pleasant yet unremarkable beer.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, batch 7791. Slightly cloudy golden color, with lots of bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. Thick white rocky head holds together for nearly the entire life of the beer, and leaves some very nice patches of lace on the glass.

Aroma is of pale malt, floral, grassy, and hints of citrusy hops, although very soft. Seems just a bit musty.

Pale malt character seems to be slightly bready. A bit of crisp citrusy hop bitterness, and grassy flavors as well. A bit of the Bell's yeastyness at the end.

Well balanced, simple, and easy to drink. Not as crisp as I would like, but good.

Photo of PeatReek
4.45/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a straw yellow color, just a slight shade of haze, with a puffy, rocky white head. Smells a tad sulphury and very floral; the website claims they add generous portions of "American hops," but I'm definitely smelling some nice noble hops here. The first sip is cracking crisp and very dry, with a stiff bitterness. Definitely a hop-oriented taste, but not one you'd expect from a pale ale... an intriguing blend of floral and citrusy. The clean bitterness extends well into the aftertaste, washing each sip away nicely. At 5%, dry, and relatively light bodied, Third Coast Beer is like a crazy beer artist's interpretation of lawnmower beer - unique, delicious, and eminently drinkable. Wow.

Third Coast Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 737 ratings.