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Third Coast Beer - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 728
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 21
Gots: 30 | 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 terrabyte
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very sediment-speckled, yellow beer, with a medium white head.

Aroma is quite grainy, mostly wheat (but not too sweet).

Is there a fruit flavor? The orange and lemon is somewhat masked by the grainy malts and nice pine bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, and creamy. Quite dry with the piney hops.

Very drinkable. It goes down smooth, and the flavor is very inviting.

Since I'm not a fan of overly sweet beers, this one worked very well with me. I was expecting a sweet wheat beer that people put orange slices on, and it was nothing like it. I enjoyed it very much, and considering the style, very enjoyable.

terrabyte, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep cloudy yellow. Dense head of white foam. Lots of lace.

S: Malty. Lots of light, dry hops. A touch of roasted grain. Interesting and inviting.

T: Dry. Medium bodied. Crisp and sharp malts and a definite dry hop character. Yeasty afterthoughts, with notes of citrus. Nice. Lots of flavor.

M: Light, yet rich. Smooth going down. A touch of carbonation zings the palate and brings tastebuds to attention.

D: Good. I'd like this when craving hops and malt, with a healthy dose of yeast.

Notes: Oh, how tastes mature. When I first had this, I was so unimpressed, I never thought i'd be back to try it again. Now, I may just get a sixer next time i'm out at the beer store.

Frozensoul327, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, batch 7182 (12/14/05). Older, but this was bought in MI last month. It pours a dirty yellow with lots of suspended yeasties. It has a frothy white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is musty, soapy, bready, and fruity hops.

The flavor is bread and melons/lemon initially with a musty, fairly bitter hop finish that has a long lingering bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full with a nice amount of carbonation.

Overall, a decent Pale Ale - pretty different from most APAs. The flavors are OK, and the aftertaste is a bit much.

Beaver13, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of mjd83goblue
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, Batch 7468

A: Pours golden with 1" head. Clear with the exception of tons of suspended floaties.

S: Some very bready malts, some hops, and a little grass

T: Very lager-ish to me. Some malts with a lager crispness to them. Hops come in toward the end.

M: Crisp, clean, and refreshing.

D: Forget Oberon, this is Bell's hot weather beer.

I'm not sure if this was really intended to be an APA or not. (Then again still a hell of a lot better than their Pale Ale, IMO). Either way, a nice refreshing brew.

mjd83goblue, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of warmstorage
1.53/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Probably good that I tried this one, since I otherwise was getting the impression that Bell's didn't make any bad beer.

Mostly it's just terribly mediocre, from folks who can do vastly better.

Pours from a 12 ounce bottle a bright straw yellow, limited head.

Aroma... is really tough. Honestly, it smells a little like fresh vomit. That makes it sound worse than it is, but I really can't get that idea out of my head each time I smell it.

Taste is bitter, a little harsh, acrid, and just not pleasant. Limited hops noticeable. A flat, slightly metallic grain aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is average to a little thin.

I suppose it's possible that I could have just gotten a bad bottle, but since I bought Two Hearted at the same time, and stored them the same way, it seems relatively unlikely.

Really blah stuff, bordering on bad. I definitely won't bother again, and I poured out about half the bottle. Back to the Two Hearted!

warmstorage, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty tasty one. Bell's seems to specialize in making "big" beers, and that touch showed through in the other lighter-colored beer I had from them, "Oberon." This one is no different - very big taste & flavor. I'd say this is hoppier than your usual APA. Very close to an ipa, really. The mouthfeel is interesting - almost a champagne-like feel. Very lively. Pleasantly bitter aftertaste. I'm suprised this doesnt have a higher overall average score. I'd drink it again.

chOAKbarrell, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice two finger head with slow retention to a thick, foa,y head. The steady bubbling complimented the slightly hazy amber, maple colored beer. The aroma was a funky hop with some tainted smelling malts. This beer tasted a little adjuncty to me. Not expected from any Bell's beer.

scruffwhor, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of sacrelicio
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer looks good, hazy yellow orange with a brief foamy head. the smell is malty and dry, the taste is quite bitter with mellow sweet malty flavors, along with that trademark bell's yeast flavor. good carbonation, drinkable, very strong in all categories. not the most complex, but it seems to marry pilsner and pale ale characteristics with a belgian twist. interesting and tasty. recommended for sessions and to share with friends.

sacrelicio, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a straw yellow body with a thin film of white foam and a gentle carbonation.

S- The smell of dry pale malt is very soft and fades into a green hop hint in the background.

T- The taste of light pale malt is crisp and smooth with a hop bite in the finish that hangs on the breath. There are notes of grapefruit in the hops that become more pronounced as it warms a bit.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a slightly dry finish.

D- This is a very smooth and light beer and it would be nice to have a bit more flavor or depth in the malt and the hops both. It might be a nice thirst quencher on a hot summer day.

rhoadsrage, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of peabody
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out cloudy with an orange tint. Tiny bubbles slowly dissapating to a muddled orange/amber color.
Sweet hops are the first smell you have then you smell the orange/lemon.
At first, the taste is way bitter and hoppy but it finishes clean with a slight bitter aftertaste.
There is plenty of carbonation and when you finish the bottle, you want another.

peabody, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Woodman's, Batch 7468

The beer often confused with the infamous Third Coast Old Ale

appearance: poured into a pint glass...bright straw orange-yellow, rather hazy, light foamy beige head with little lacing

smell: sweet grassy hops, quite floral, sweet toasted malt, grain...light bitterness, light lemon peel

taste: hmm, i guess its an APA...taste is crisp and led by moderate-strong bitter citurs hops, sweet toasted malt...apple, pear, white grape, lemon, sour grapefruit. I have no problem with this beer and could drink a few of them

mouthfeel: high bitterness, sweet and medium bodied

drinkability: pretty strong

dirtylou, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a golden yellow with a nice foamy head.

S - Smells very citrusy, especially orange. Also, slight hop aromas.

T - It was very hoppy to the taste. The was an orange flavor and yeasty notes to it.

M - It is light-bodied and very crisp.

D - I am very impressed with Third Coast. It would be a good beer to have onhand for get togethers.

zeff80, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of DaveFL1976
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ya know, I think I would put this in the Wit Beer category if I had to guess at it.
It's a really tasty beer. Not outstanding in any one category, but 'good' all around.

Pours a hazy straw with a fluffy white head that settles down to a thin skim. A fruity, and maybe citrusy nose greets you. Taste is crisp, clean and refreshing. Moderate mouthfeel with a slightly sweet aftertaste. More citrus. Drinkability is pretty darn good. An excellent hot weather beer.

DaveFL1976, Jul 19, 2006
Photo of Fish113d
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a pint glass a pale honey malt color with a frothy 2cm head on top of the body, which has lots of sediment floating throughout. Very clingy head to the glass even as it dissipates.

Pale malts aroma along with some citrus notes. I also get the aroma of fresh-cut grass somehow. Somewhat interesting, but it doesn't really stand out. Somewhat disappointing.

Vanilla flavor up front with some caramel followed by some slight fruit. Decently interesting for an APA. Bittering hops hits toward the finish and then on the aftertaste.

Smooth body with a slight bit of tingling carbonation on the sides of my tongue and a rather dry finish. Pretty interesting to me.

Overall, not bad. I've had way better American Pales in my life, but it stands up well on it's own.

Fish113d, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of kirok1999
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a clear sunny yellow with a nice white head that leaves little lacing.

Smell- Almost a wheat note? Citrus hops, some mild malt notes too.

Taste- Smooth, crisp, again the citrus comes through but quickly leaves. Very mild and not much to note.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth with mild carbonation.

Drinkability- Easily a session beer on a hot summer day. Nothing outstanding, but nothing to complain about either.

kirok1999, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of maddamish
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Smell: Orange mist from a cut orange. Hop presence with a hint of white fruits and grapefruit.

Taste: Grapefruit. Slightly on the bitter side. Nothing too strong or complex.

Mouthfeel: This is where the beer really shines. Very creamy and smooth.

Ap: Creamy thick head that retains very well. Cloudy gold.

Notes: A fine summer beer. I get the feeling that this beer is muted in the bottle. I would be interested in trying it on tap. Something tells me it would be better.

maddamish, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of rdailey76
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled after a couple of decent ESBs. I was looking for a more aggressive Pale Ale, but didn't find it here.

Appearance: Pours golden with a thin white head. Almost no lacing and the head disipates after a minute or two.

Smell: I felt it smelled more along the lines of a Belgian Wit over an APA. Fruity, leading to tart.

Taste: Definitely tart and leads into a sour aftertaste. Not what I was expecting.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp.

Drinkability: Not what I was looking for. One was more than enough for me.

rdailey76, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of malty
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 7468 (ultra fresh).

Pours a golden yellow with tiny particulates suspended and motionless. Bottle conditioned. Bright white creamy head that settles to 1/2". Superb lacing.

Scent is of green 'American' (per the back label) hops that smell similar to a couple Polish lagers I've had lately. A rustic, musty malt aroma sits nicely atop the hop profile.

The flavors replicate the aroma to a 'T'. A crisp dryness imparted by the hops lead the way to a raw, resiny vegetal flavor that's hard to describe - very earthy though. The malt flavors are delicate and sweet with a slight lemony citrusness. The hops really punch the ending.

Mouthfeel is spectacular. Velvety soft and silky smooth. Medium bodied with very fine and well placed carbonation. Nice bone dry finish.

Drinkability is good. Definitely nothing that's going to interrupt any particular agenda.

Overall a good golden ale with a no frills approach. I really liked the dryness and texture the hops are responsible for creating. Not a lot of hop flavor, but a ton of hop presence. Some may bash this coming from such a powerhouse brewery, but I'd like to think this is one of the best 'Golden' Pale ales I've had around my neck of the woods.

malty, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of hanco005
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass, batch 7136 is printed on the bottle.

A—pours golden honey, slightly cloudy with particles suspended in the beer, about ½ inch white head that fizzes away in minutes, space lacing is produced

S—spicy pepper, floral hops, citrusy, very good strong aroma in this one

T—bitterness from the hops is dominate, a little bit tangy, some bready malts come out as well, finishes on the dry side

M—a bit chalky, light/medium bodied, medium carbonation

D—it’s ok. I’m glad I tried it, but I doubt I would seek it out again.

hanco005, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of beermanbrian
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up in Michigan over the weekend. Thought i was getting Third Coast Old Ale turns out I got Third Coast Beer. Somewhat of a dissapointment. Pours a yellow golden color with tons of floaters. Maybe it needs to sit a little after transporting. Minimal head and no lacing. Smell is malty with a slight earthyness/grassyness. Taste is just kind of bland. I noted some slight butterscotch. Overall just a real dissapointment. Dosn't live up to the Bell's reputation or the others that i've had from there.

beermanbrian, May 23, 2006
Photo of Gaisgeil
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow, a Bell's offering I really don't care for, I'm fairly amazed.

Pours a wit like golden, hazy and light with a fizzy white head with a good bit of retention. Nose is fairly clean, slightly citrusy hop notes and a sutle yeasty quality. Taste is quite dry and light, almost like a lager, but with some slight fruitiness and a heavier ale-like mouthfeel. This thing is quite a hodgepodge. Finish is fairly dry and clean.

Not a bad brew, but something about it just turns me off of it. Not my thing at all.


Gaisgeil, May 18, 2006
Photo of bort11
2.58/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I picked this up from Gomer's Midtown in KC. They had it listed as a limited release, and I usually like Bell's beers.

12 oz bottle, poured into an Imperial Pint glass. Color is a hazy golden orange. Ok head, but receeded quickly to almost no lace. Smell is grassy. The first time I drank this was strait from the bottle. I thought it was overly sour and bile-like, and didn't really like it. The taste improves dramatically from a glass, but still very sour. It's like lemon grass. I was warming up to the taste as I went along, but not enough to want to get this again.

bort11, May 18, 2006
Photo of monkeytoe
2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12-oz brown bottle, no date.

Sparkling medium gold with some floating particles. Medium creamy-white head with lace clinging to the sides.

Grapefruit-y citrus hops with some biscuit malt underneath. Some skunk-y light struck smell, also. Light-struck smell dissipates.

Grapefruit citrus hops with plenty of pith bitterness. Not enough malt for the bitterness. Pithy bitterness overwhelms the malt.

Nice light, sparkly mouth feel.

Too much plain bitterness. Needs more maltiness or more sweet citrus taste to balance the bitterness.

Have had and enjoyed this before both on tap and in bottle, but the last two bottles I have had have been disappointing.

monkeytoe, May 10, 2006
Photo of mobyfann
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Paid $1.59 for a single...

The beer pours a hazy golden base, with a huge soft foamy white head, great retention, nice lacing effects. The aroma is a speck of malt and citrus tones, fairly weak and average.

The taste reminds me of a golden lager one gets in Germany, a little bt more malt and citrus in the taste, and that is fine by me. Pretty nice in the mouth and this defines session beer in my book. A six pack of this on a hot summer day after a few hours of basketball would be close to heaven.

Final Thought: Another fine Bell's product that is clearly under-rated, but does not taste APA, more like a Golden or a a mix of Pils-Hefe.

mobyfann, May 09, 2006
Photo of Bitterbill
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle(room temp) a hazy light gold with a large head of foam that stayed as a good layer for the entire session.

The smell is hoppy and pretty much nothing else.

The taste has good grainy malty notes with a solid infusion of hop flavour that takes over completely. Oooh, that's quite the grassy bitter flavour there and it's very quaffable. Oops, it said that on the bottle but...it's true!

Bottom line: This would be on my regular rotation if it was available to me locally. Solid sessionable brew.

Bitterbill, Apr 15, 2006
Third Coast Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 728 ratings.