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Third Coast Beer - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 747
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 22
Gots: 36 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-01-2002

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
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
3.92/5  rDev +14%
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
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
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
3.2/5  rDev -7%
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
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
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
4.42/5  rDev +28.5%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle-conditioned T.C.B. pours a hazy golden body beneath a short head of creamy white foam that holds well and leaves sheets of thin lace about the glass. The nose is mainly hoppy with a grassy, floral, and gently citrusy edge over a soft maltiness that's straightforwardly grainy - and the flavor is basically the same. The malt and hop flavors work well together with one supporting the other, and it's nicely balanced by a bold bitterness that leaves it refreshingly raspy-dry in the finish. It lingers... spicy, grassy, bitter... similar to a fresh German lager. It's basic, fresh, hoppy beer as I'd imagine beer was prior to the Volstead act of 1919.

Photo of Applesauce1
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the Pit Stop in Nelsonville, OH.

Appearance: gold with a slight haziness; about a 1/2" white head on the pour that dissipates pretty quick
Smell: some hops; a little bit of citrus too
Taste: great flavor; nice hoppiness with some caramel malt flavor to balance it out
Mouthfeel: light bodied
Drinkability: it goes down pretty fast because of the great taste and light mouthfeel

Overall, a quality beer. You could definitely drink a few of these in a night. I'll get more in the future.

Photo of schusterbauer
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hazy unfiltered straw-colored liquid with a foamy white head. in the nose, it's grainy with lots of hops. tastes like a lublin hops sandwich on hearty white bread. strong flavors of lager yeast and coarse grain, with an inordinate amount of grassy hops. in writing this, i realize that there aren't words that can make this sound good in print. this sleeper of a beer nails it though, and is sadly overlooked

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy off-yellow hue, bubbly carbonation, tiny chunks of yeasty particles. The nose contains earthy notes, malts, day old wheat bread and plenty of yeast. Razor sharp malts, fresh baked bread that is toasted and some tender lemon notes. Crisp and refreshing, medium bodied, bitter and a bit over the top on carbonation. Subdued spicy citrus hops dominate the palate with long, lingering zesty lemon peel flavorings. Solid at best, but mis-classified as an APA. This could pass for a PPA--pilsner pale ale.

Photo of jspruit
4.27/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This sat in Ireland for almost two years before I drank it, so I didnt really know what to expect as far as quality.

Poured a bit cloudy with some flakes, probably from sitting around for so long here without being refrigerated. Looks nice when settled though with a slight head.

Smells nice, not too strong with a bit of hoppiness.

A bit musty (again probably from sitting around so long) with some citrus and hops. Went down nice and easy though.

Easy and light with plenty of flavor on the tongue.

Could drink this all night as it has plenty of taste, but not overwhelming.

This is definitely in my top 10 beers.

Photo of demcorhip
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a straw coloured clear ale with some floaties present. Huge rocky white head, left thick and clingy lacings on the inside of the glass as it was consumed. Finely carbonated with a medium level of carbonation.

Not a whole lots going on here in terms of complexity, but the smells are pleasant. Bready malts and lemongrass hop bitterness.

Slightly more complex than the nose, and certainly tasty. Bready malts reminding me of white bread crust. Nicely hopped with a hint of citrus, but mostly lemon and a mild grassy character. A very mild yeasty mustiness also present.

Light to medium in body, crisp, refreshing beer. Light. clean and pleasant malts nicely balanced and complimented by the tasty, lemony hops.

Very drinkable, sessionable brew. Perfect summer quencher. Also a very approachable beer, should be easy to get some BMC drinkers interested in craft beer with this one. Will look for this again come the dog days of summer.

Photo of adams82
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 7635, packaged October 10th 2006.

Poured a slightly cloudy, yet bright, golden color with a nice rocky white as snow head. Lots of floaties in this one that fell to the bottom after a few minutes.

Smells of sweet malts and slightly citrusy/pungent hop aromas dance behind the sweetness. It falls kinda flat here, I was expecting something... "more", but can't quite put my finger on what's missing.

In a contrast from the smell, there isn't much sweetness in this one... the taste is fairly dry with a hint of grain. It begins dry and ends dry, with the bitterness really hitting on the finish and aftertaste.

Moutfeel is ok. A slight burn on the finish, but otherwise nicely carbonated and smooth.

While this is an easy beer to drink; smooth and low in alchohol... I really don't know if I could quaff this down. But the highest marks will go here as it is infact, pretty easy going.

Third Coast Beer falls a little flat... it's just missing somthing. And in contrast to what the BA Style currently states, I feel it should be listed as an All Malt Lager rather than an APA... But that qualm aside, this one could easily be replaced with Bell's Lager (Of The Lakes) Beer. My first dissapointment with a Bell's brew, but thats ok! I've got some other Bell's brands to review throughout the weekend.

Photo of gmfessen
4.07/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is very light in color, slightly cloudy and has a huge foamy white head. Smell is of citrusy hops and a sweet with malt. Taste is initially sweet with a bitter following and a totally clean finish. Nice balance, slight aftertaste of grain. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy consistancy. This is a very drinkable beer, goes down smooth and tastes pretty good. Worth trying.

Photo of Magpie14
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apperance: pale, thin yellow color and a touch of golden. It has slight hazy texture/tint. No head!

Smell: sort of dry malts and hops smell. Has a little bit of citrus/floral hoppy nose and weak malt scent.

Taste/Mouthfeel: taste of citrus is mostly lemon flavor and floral-like hops. Very light and airy and has a weak malty aftertaste. Malty taste gives way to a flavor I can not put my finger on? grains, or maybe a corn flavor. Tart beer overall and a slight pucker as it goes down. Nice carbonation and alright smoothness.

Drinkable and pertty tasty. This is the lightest beer of any bell's that I have had and is not to bad. Very nice on a hot day or after a round of golf I imagine. Alright brew! Bell's has not dissapointed me yet, but this is the closest they have come!

Photo of terrabyte
4.02/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of mjd83goblue
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of warmstorage
1.52/5  rDev -55.8%
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!

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.

Third Coast Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 747 ratings.