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Third Coast Beer - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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695 Ratings
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Ratings: 695
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 21
Gots: 26 | 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 shbobdb


2.35/5  rDev -31.7%

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.

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


3.78/5  rDev +9.9%

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!

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


4.08/5  rDev +18.6%

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.

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


3.35/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +7.6%

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!

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


3.45/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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


2.95/5  rDev -14.2%

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.

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


3.75/5  rDev +9%

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.

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


3.13/5  rDev -9%

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.

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


2.7/5  rDev -21.5%

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.

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


4.22/5  rDev +22.7%

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.

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


4.13/5  rDev +20.1%

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.

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


3.48/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

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


3.03/5  rDev -11.9%

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.

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


3.73/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

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


3.08/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

04-07-2005 15:34:46 | More by GIVEMEBACKMYSON
Photo of kmpitz2


4.2/5  rDev +22.1%

This beer pours a pale yellow color wtih a finger of head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is nice, with a spicey slightly sweet hop over a semi-orange seet malt. The flavor is nice as well. The hop is not something I can place, but I really like the crisp spiceyness it brings. There is a slight orangey sweetness. I like it. The feel is moderate with a lively carbonation. This is a very exciting APA for me. I really really do like it.

03-11-2005 02:42:59 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.98/5  rDev +15.7%

I enjoyed 2 bottles of this light ale over dinner. Poured light straw in color, very clear, untill the final pour which added sediment and haze. Grainy hop nose, white head which left alot of lacing. This is a crisp, quite bitter brew. Citric/lemony in the middle and more sharply bitter in the finish. Refreshing and tasty. Decent everyday brew.

02-19-2005 12:57:19 | More by Billolick
Photo of gimmehead


3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

This one is a good looking hazy yellow with a very frothy white head and a veritable army of floaties invading my glass. Unfortunately for this one, all it has are it's looks. The nose is very subtle and easy to miss. The taste is much like the nose, only more pronounced. A little oily and citrusy. Hops are the predominant flavor though not overdone. This beer would probably be o.k. if served pretty cold on a hot summer day. A decent lawnmower beer. Very underwhelming

02-13-2005 00:33:14 | More by gimmehead
Photo of Tballz420


3.1/5  rDev -9.9%

This guy is a light, hazy straw color, some floaters roaming around in the beer. Tiny white head on the top. Lemony scent, tones that seem similar to a wit to me. Light grain malt front, lemony zest, some bittering hops. Slight soap taste. Im not too impressed with this one, it seemed to have some wheat characteristics, but the other reviewers dont seem to have noticed that, so maybe mine was off.

01-08-2005 01:00:39 | More by Tballz420
Photo of meathookjones


2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

This review is from a 12oz bottle sampled on 12-19-04. Cloudy straw yellow in the glass with a small white topping of bubbles. Not much lace and the puny head disappears quickly. Aroma has a touch of hops over a funky odd smell, not really sure what it is but it didn’t give me high hopes for the flavor. Taste had the same funky flavors to it with a bit of hops through in to control it. Fairly light mouthfeel but crisp. Not exactly something I would drink again. I am not sure what the hell is going on with this beer but I will avoid it in the future. Thanks to clvand0 for the sample.

01-05-2005 17:28:54 | More by meathookjones
Photo of mntlover


3.03/5  rDev -11.9%

Pours a golden yellow with lots of particles suspended in the yellowness small white head on top of the mix.
Aroma is light malt wheat and corn mixed, some grassy hops also in the mixture, doesn't smell like a APA, smells more like an adjuct lager wheat mixture.
Taste is light malt some corn light wheat malt also lots of yeasties adding to the taste. Finish is bitter with some spicey pepper flavors from the yeast. Very light crisp tasting beer, except for the bitter finish I still do not see how this is a pale ale even with great liberties allowed for style variances.
Mouthfeel is light crisp fairly clean good thirst quicher for a lawnmower beer.
Drinkability is average not something I would want to try again after the other Bell's stuff I have had latley this is a dissapointment, or a missed styled beer may be a better description, if style was adjunct lager would be rated much higher. Thanks go to merlin48 for the sample.

12-29-2004 20:24:21 | More by mntlover
Photo of benito


2.98/5  rDev -13.4%

I am surprised to see this classified as an APA.

The bottle may be the most exciting part of the beer: it leaves the Bell's insignia aside, portraying a detailed map of the NW corner of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Other bottles carry different Michigan maps.

The beer pours a straw-golden color and has very little aromas. Not to judge a book by its cover, but the color and scent alone makes me skeptical of how flavorful this beer can be.

The taste is marked by a mix of high carbonation and crisp hop bitterness. Unfortunately, the hoppiness is not offset by any other flavors which means the aftertaste is a lingering, unbalanced bitterness. To the brew's credit, it drinks easily without too much residual bitterness after the initial reaction.

Not high on my list of American pale ales and IPAs, though this seems like a good beer to use to introduce non-craft brew drinkers into the field. Affordability is also a plus.

11-25-2004 03:34:02 | More by benito
Photo of karengarys


2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

This pours hazy light greenish amber (okay, I'm color blind) - it leaves a head, and it stays around, and laces...

Smells pretty good. Hoppy and floral.

Taste - eeh, um, not for me. Bitter, watery, like a mixture of hops and soda water.

Mouthfeel - okay. It starts out okay, sort of creamy, but kinda flattens out right quick. Then it ends up like thin water.

Finish is bitter. Nothing but pine bitter.

Then, after it is gone the pine bitter sits in your mouth like an old gym sock. And lingers. And lingers. eegh.

This beer is really not for me. A little thin, and the pine hops isn't balanced very well.

11-24-2004 03:26:31 | More by karengarys
Third Coast Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 695 ratings.