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Third Coast Beer - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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678 Ratings
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Ratings: 678
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 19
Gots: 20 | 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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alexgash

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slight haze, light golden orange with a wispy, soft-white head. Aroma of light bready malts, Bell’s yeast, and a crisp hop aroma. Clean, slightly grainy malt. Sharp, citric hops dominate. Lime and grapefruit. Tart, crisp, acidic. Not bad at all. Light to medium bodied. Refreshing carbonation. I continue to be impressed by Bell's. Maybe it's the yeast?

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2006 17:48:17 | More by alexgash
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maxpower

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a cloudy golden orange with particles of yeast floating through out, aromas of yeasty clove and apricots. Fruity and bready flavors, medium bodied with a very nice creamy mouthfeel, bitter and dry finish. I like this unfiltered lager.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2006 18:50:30 | More by maxpower
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nlmartin

Ohio

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

Poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy hazy yellow. The head was a thin off white coloration. Small streaks of lacing on the glass.

Smell: The beer has a very bready sour dough yeasty smell. There is a nice malty base.

Taste: The beer is as it smells. There is that bells signature yeast taste slieghtly tinny and high pitched.

Mouthfeel: The beer is medium to light bodied. Very clean dry finish.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable brew. Perfect for lawn mower beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2006 13:13:35 | More by nlmartin
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zjungleist

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured yellow and slighly cloudy with a very weak head. Smells mainly grassy with a tiny bit of malty sweetness. The taste is pretty much purely bitter with a nearly bile-like aftertaste. I got a small amount of malt up front, but that was about it. Mouthfeel was decent with lots of sharp carbonation. Drinkablity was OK, but I found the hop profile to be all wrong. In truth, I thought I was getting the Third Coast Old Ale, but I grabbed this instead. Oh well.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2006 01:15:44 | More by zjungleist
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jlh8643

Indiana

2.73/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured not aggressive but not carefully into a Pils glass. A very pale, straw yellow with tons of carbonation bubbles running to the top. Almost little to no head could be found thus almost no lacing. Body is cloudy and looks unfiltered with some floaties. Nose if floral with a touch of lemon zest. Grainy malt with some citrus hop carbonation zing in the back of the tongue. The body is very light and dry. Kinda a tangy finish. I'm sure this would be a good hot weather beer but not my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2006 01:14:55 | More by jlh8643
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carln26

Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany in color and very clear, this beer was topped by a thick tan head that showed good retention. The nose has some bourbon, sherry a little caramel and a mild citrus finish, There is a bit of bread dough or yeast on the finish. The flavor is a nice melding of toffee/caramel sweetness that is accentuated by sherry notes. The citrus dissipates and is just a mild bitterness on the finish. This has the same velvet smooth mouth feel I expect from Larry Bell’s beers. Nice drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2005 22:16:37 | More by carln26
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bahumutx

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a straw yellow color with a small head.

Smell: The smell is of sweet malt and hops.

Taste: The taste is much like the smell. At first there is a strong hop presence that is balanced with malt near the end. Picking out hints of citrus fruit probably from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Thin to Medium Mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I could have a number of these in a sitting.

One again a good offering from the folks at Kalamazoo Brewing. Keep up the great work.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2005 23:09:24 | More by bahumutx
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jasonpeckins32

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellow/golden color with minimal head. The beer appears to be a little fizzy, and has a cloudy, unfiltered appearance when held to the light.

The nose is of sweet malts. Hops are nicely pronounced as well.

The taste is somewhat subdued. Bland tasting at first, but it does finish with some kick. A hint of hop citrus/bitterness gives this beer a little "umph", but it could probably use more. The malt presence is very clean.

The mouthfeel would seem heavier if it wasnt so overwhelmingly dry. Not light-bodied, but not medium either.

The drinkability is great. It goes down easy and smooth. And with a little less pause in between sips, it surprisingly warms the throat a little as well.

Its not at the top of the food chain, but its also not a bad beer at all. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2005 02:11:04 | More by jasonpeckins32
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shbobdb

Indiana

2.35/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Well, I like nice, clean, simple beers. Since I know Bell's makes a quality product, I was excited to see their rendition of this. I was not impressed. Not at all.
I poured the beer into a wine glass (all my other glasses were dirty), and it looked, well, average. Nothing too special, just somewhere in the nether-regions between penny and straw. The taste, yuck! Not pleasant. It reminded me a lot of Anchor Small. Resinous and generally unpleasant. Keep in mind, I normally like hops, but they just really tasted out of place here.
Thankfully, the taste improves considerably when you add the yeast. I guess the beer was designed to be drank with the yeast. With this addition the taste goes from truly aweful to merely unimpressive.
I won't be getting this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2005 19:13:09 | More by shbobdb
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sopor

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light yellow/gold with lots of sediment swimming around. Small white head leaves a slpotch of film. Very little, slightly breadlike malty smell. Nice and hoppy, potent noble or clone. Crisp with a slight toasty malt underneath. Simple, tasty. My new lager of choice, and I'm not much of a lager fan. Light, crisp, refreshing, this is going to have to be a regular in my fridge!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2005 14:39:29 | More by sopor
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, served at right temperature with good head, which lasted about two minutes. Looks great, a beautiful, hazy, light golden beauty. But smells musty, earthy and/or yeasty. Not really a very good smell at all. But it tastes lovely. The earthy smell transfers much better to the palate, and there are definite citris tones too. A little bitter, not at the start, but grows to the end, and does so very nicely. A solid beer all the way through the mouth and down. Too bad the smell isn't so great. All in all, a solid beer, and I'd sit down with this beer all night.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2005 02:03:11 | More by objectivemonkey
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DeaconBluez

Alabama

3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is very golden. Reminds me of the color of my golden retriever's ears. Nice color for a lager.
The smell reminds me of my aunt's home floral shop that doubles as my uncle's wood shop.
I think it taste pretty much how it smells, floral with hints of citrus. Drinks like a medium bodied lager. I can drink several in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2005 01:46:58 | More by DeaconBluez
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow, big white head forms with lots of sticky lace on the glass. Smell is citrus, some floral hops, oranges, malt. Taste is citrus, light malts, floral hops, grapefruit with a clean bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, citrus acidity, crisp and refreshing. Very enjoyable beer. Thanks DrJay!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2005 18:10:34 | More by Viggo
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy straw yellow with a bright white head. Although it thins out quickly, it leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass. Floral hop aroma is strong enough to be considered perfumy, and there's a hint of hop spice in there as well. The same hop character carries into the flavour, but there's a mild maltiness and strong (but balanced) bitterness that fill things out. The bitterness becomes more dominant in the finish, but not to the point of destroying the balance. Floral hops really linger for a long time. Light body, drying finish with a bit of grainy astringency. A good lager with more hop character than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2005 23:12:58 | More by DrJay
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Oxymoron

Colorado

2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Third Coast pours a crystal yellow with some sunshine and light sediment, whoops. The head was a white frothiness that quickly dissipated but a little remained through the tasting.

The nose is limited overall. Some grainy characteristics are presence, on the lighter end. Hints of biscuit & a light bready aroma. Some noticeable yeast notes, specifically acetaldehyde. A bit of DMS and diacetyl as well. There is a light hoppy note that is more lemony but some alcohol heat as well.

The taste is also very limited as well. The malt comes out nicely with a good grainy backing. A bit sweet would have liked a bit more bitterness to balance. But some light lemon and orange in the finish. The yeast is a distract with some sulfur, ok for style, but big acetaldehyde and esters, figs mostly. Some diacytl as well but lighter versus the nose.

The body is nice considering style. A good malt backing that lingers into the body gives it a bit more omph. Some slickness but the yeast is just too much of a distraction. Hard to hide some of those flavors in such a light beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2005 01:22:09 | More by Oxymoron
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Brent

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bronze with a touch of rust. Tiny flecks of sediment suspend in the last bit of beer in the glass. Hops profile made me think of a a lighter version of the Two Hearted Ale. Overall, seems a little unrefined and rough around the edges, but it is nonetheless an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2005 13:22:54 | More by Brent
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's a good experiment. An all malt lager makes for a darker than most lager, unfiltered and has floaties in it. Has a grainy sweetness with some vegetol and apple-like notes. Very earthy, yeasty, and dirt-like (that actually sounds worse that it tastes.) flavors. Over-ripened fruit tones show through the malt. Falls a bit bland into the finish and becomes not too interesting. Most flavors are muted and strangely contaminated.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2005 17:37:43 | More by BEERchitect
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours to a clear and pale golden straw color with a fine white head. There is a stillness to this beer that I found quite disturbing for the style. Has some suspended sediment that seems to be frozen in the liquid like it was some sort of gelatinous substance. Carbonation is moderate, but the beer still seems to appear as if frozen in time.

The smell is a bit horrendous. Corny and biscuity, possibly even skunked hops? Funny thing how all of the beers that my drinking buddy brought back fresh from the brewery shelves seems to be out of date or badly kept; and the trip from Michigan to Iowa City is not too grueling on cooler-ed beer compared to some of the uber-fresh beers I've recieved in trade (Prima Pils!).

The taste is of vegetable oil, soybeans, and corn. Also has a bit of a sweetness backing it, and a "crisp" spicy hop bite to it... bleh. It's not too horrendous, but I might even drink a Bud over this if both were offered by a friend at the same time.

The mouthfeel has a sting to it, and leaves more of a veggie taste in your mouth. Blech. Finishes dry and spicy/herbal/skunky hopped.

Drinkability is average, but this is borderline offensive for a supposedly in-offensive style.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2005 07:00:52 | More by neonbrown82
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PatYoda

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Relatively cloudy gold even with a very careful pour. Head doesn't hold up too long. Smell is nice. Flowery, grassy hops and some biscuity bready malt. Taste is more of the same. Not quite as clean of a taste as I expect from a lager, a little muddled. But this example is 8 months old so that might be affecting it. Other than that the flavor was excellent though and the mouthfeel is nice and crisp. Bitter aftertaste is done just right as well, with some strong spiciness on the finish. Good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2005 01:27:05 | More by PatYoda
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle a quite nice cloudy sunshine yellow with a half inch head of creamy foam on top. A dusting of yeast specks on the bottom of the glass. Aromas of sweet pale malts and a slight lemon tone. Herbal citrusy hops are quite pronounced in the background and bring the aroma together nicely!

First sip brings a nice wave of sweet malty flavors, lemony and crisp as it rolls over the tongue. A loving blast of green, herbal spicy citric hop bitterness hits on the back of the palate and slightly lingers. Bready yeastiness throughout. Probably the best all malt lager I have had the opportunity to sample.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and refreshing. Perfect carbonation as it flows down the gullet. A wonderfully drinkable lager that could easily stand up to hot weather. The hop presence really adds to my enjoyment of this one. A great one to keep around in the warmer months.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2005 02:18:12 | More by orbitalr0x
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Brian700

Michigan

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

This one pours a beautiful golden color with a white head. I had some mild lacing going on. The aroma is good, smells of pale malt and hops. It has a light malt taste with a nice bitterness from the hop addition. The mouthfeel was nice, medium carbonation. I think this is a good drinkable beer. I wouldn't expect anything but greatness from the K-zoo brewing co. Keep up the good work guys. I like the Mackinac straights label now on the bottles. Mackinac Island is a great place to enjoy some good beer. Hope to see them their at the Oktoberfest again.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2005 06:03:22 | More by Brian700
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walleye

Michigan

3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a nice golden color with a nice white head and some decent lacing. aroma, citrus like grapefruit and a hoppy nose. looked like sea monkeys floating around in my glass. flavor citrus and hops,did not care for this one. do not think I will try this beer for some time.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2005 01:47:11 | More by walleye
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ypsifly

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From an undated 12oz into a mug.

Hazy gold. Even after a careful pour a good amount of sediment gets into the glass. Has a decent white head that is slightly rocky which falls to a thin foam. Decent lacing.

Hops dominate the aroma. There's some slightly sweet malts underneath but this smells like an ale.

Hops are also dominate in the taste. Dry upfront and in the finish with a quick note of malts in the middle. Again, I'm left with the impression that this is an ale.

Nice medium mouthfeel on this very sessionable brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2005 23:28:52 | More by ypsifly
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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Am I the only one who bought this beer thinking he was buying the Third Coast Old Ale? When I opened up the first of the sixer, it took one sniff for me to know this is no old ale. This beer has a clear golden color with lots of bubbles coming up. Crisp grainy, malt aroma. The flavor is a pilsner like malt profile, but with more yeast flavor. Some spicy hops too. More flavorful than most beers of this type, but it's not a flavor I particularly enjoy. Not a terrible beer, just somewhat disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2005 01:02:27 | More by beveragecaptain
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GIVEMEBACKMYSON

Alaska

3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with enough yeasties to make my glass of beer look like a snow-globe.
Smells husky and straw like with a hint of peat moss and piss.
No bad flavors here persay, but definitely lacking in any sort of assertiveness or intricacies. Pretty straight forward lager. A bit of a grainy character to it, and sometimes it is just like wheat bread. Overall it reminds me of the boring side of a frosted mini wheat.
The mouthfeel is definitely the shining moment this beer has. Creamy, well carbonated, light but not without plenty of body and depth, and the yeasties add to this.
Pretty drinkable/sessionable, but why bother. Comparable beers abound with smaller pricetags.
Did Bell's decide to make this as a booby prize or something? I grabbed this with excitement thinking there was still some Third Coast Old Ale on the shelf and I was the lucky finder. Well the jokes on me, as they decided to make a boring lager and give it the same name. Real clever, guys. Bunch of regular fuckin comedians.
Pricks.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2005 15:34:46 | More by GIVEMEBACKMYSON
Third Coast Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 678 ratings.