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Third Coast Beer - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 712
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 21
Gots: 28 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-01-2002)
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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
Photo of alexgash
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?

alexgash, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of maxpower
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.

maxpower, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
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.

nlmartin, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of zjungleist
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.

zjungleist, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of jlh8643
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.

jlh8643, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of carln26
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.

carln26, Dec 28, 2005
Photo of bahumutx
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.

bahumutx, Dec 07, 2005
Photo of jasonpeckins32
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.

jasonpeckins32, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of shbobdb
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.

shbobdb, Nov 26, 2005
Photo of sopor
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!

sopor, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of objectivemonkey
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.

objectivemonkey, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of DeaconBluez
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.

DeaconBluez, Oct 28, 2005
Photo of Viggo
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!

Viggo, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of DrJay
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.

DrJay, Oct 16, 2005
Photo of Oxymoron
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.

Oxymoron, Oct 07, 2005
Photo of Brent
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.

Brent, Sep 12, 2005
Third Coast Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 712 ratings.