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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 NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
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
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
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
4.3/5  rDev +25%
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
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
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
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
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
4.08/5  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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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