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Third Coast Beer - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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702 Ratings
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Ratings: 702
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 21
Gots: 27 | 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 Gusler
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beclouded yellow color as it sets in my glass, with lots of little “fernies” floating around, the head is a majestic crown of white upon the gold with a satin like sheet of lace to drape the glass. Earthy malt that is somewhat sweet and crisp at the front, backed up my a hint of yeast, a splendid nose if I may take that liberty, start is rich in malt, lightly sweet with the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is brisk in its acidity and the hops persistent in their spiciness, the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting, a fine drinking beer and one that would be a “Hit” with us “Arizonians” when the temperature hits the 110’s, hell it would be a hit here if it hit the 10’s, “God” forbid “Snow & Ice" especially here in Phoenix, cus these “Knot Heads” can keep from running into each other in bright sunshine on dry eight lane roads when we are all heading in the same direction.

Gusler, Dec 05, 2003
Photo of Gump
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy and light golden, with small chunks of sediment which I swirled from the bottom of the bottle. The head is very thick, and dense. It forms virtual clouds atop my brew.
The sweet aroma draws me in. I know this will be a good one. I detect sweet pine.
the flavor is terrific. Sweet, sour apple. A crisp clean taste.
There is a definate bitter aftertaste, in a good way. The lacing is very thick.
I love it. Very drinkable, if you can appreciate the hoppy bitterness.

Gump, Nov 30, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a dark yellow/golden muddied water colour. The yeasties were really floating around in this stuff and the cap of foam was nice and large. The aromas were of baked beans, several malts, and american hops. The taste was a bit too bready and beany for my tastes, this seemed like a light-golden version of an o-fest or marzen lager to me. The mouthfeel was a bit thick on this unfiltered beer, and the drinkability was just OK.

A decent beer, but for a bell's beer....this is a dissapointment!

francisweizen, Nov 03, 2003
Photo of cokes
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foggy pale gold under a bleached orange cap (yeah, the head is actually orange-tinted). Yeast pour turns this into a muddied schoolbus yellow.
Bready, dry, hoppy aroma, which seems suggests equal influences from Germany and Left Coast, USA.
This seems quite lager-ish, albeit an unfiltered one. On sip pulls down the crackery pale malts and grassy bitterness associated with a pils. The next finds traces of fruitiness and the grapefruit peel hops of an APA. Overall, this comes across very bready and plenty bitter. Interesting beer.
Light-to-medium bodied. Full flavored and quite quaffable.
I am not entirely sure about it, on the whole, but it's growing on me.

cokes, Oct 03, 2003
Photo of ngandhi
4.22/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderfully cloudy; it's about time some pale ales came with this much yeast! And it's not just there for effect.

On the nose, it adds a light banana note to what can otherwise be described as typically pale ale. Just a touch phenolic, but appropriate. There's no overpowering aroma hop in this beer -- no flashy Sierra Nevada-esque first impression. I've never been to Germany and haven't even, unfortunately, had many German ales, yet the smell of Third Coast Beer makes me long for the Rhineland.

Why, oh why has the Gestapo tortured this beer with its reviews? There is a three-fold balance here of medium body and character from the malts, sweetness and creaminess from the yeast (tons!), and lemon pepper from the hops. Though a tribute to Michigan and the Great Lakes, this tastes so very European and authentic. The finish is pleasantly bitter, long, but calm. Is that Saaz I'm tasting?!

Pale Ale is becoming an American tradition and, with such flavorful and charismatic hops as those on the West Coast, it's easy to forget what beer has been spiced with for so long. Some brewers use their hops to define their beer; I have long respected Bell's for being able to make just about any style of beer as good as anyone else while defining themselves with quality ingredients and thoughtful recipes (I think they're STILL working on the formula for the Brown Ale) instead of an overuse of any one, albeit delicious, thing.

Third Coast is a majestically balanced mix of sweet fruit, citrus, and spice -- everything I expect from this wonderful brewery.

Go Midwest, son. Go Midwest.

Relax, relax.
ng

ngandhi, Sep 26, 2003
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ouncer, long neck brown bottle. The main label is white and blue with a picture of an Eastern coastline, centered around Alpena, whilst the neck label just states Third Coast Beer. No freshness date or strength listed. I noted a good deposit of yeast in the bottom of the bottle after pouring, definitely a bottle-conditioned offering.

Appearance: I could only think that this has a marvelous Belgium Wit appearance when first poured. A lovely, slightly hazy, golden body with a solid frothy ½” white head. Some ‘belgian-like’ lacing around the glass edges, and excellent levels of inherent carbonation. On a warm afternoon in Long Beach, it looks mighty fine and very refreshing as the condensation builds-up and runs down the outside of the glass. I don’t think this one will last long!

Nose: Crisp pilsner-like malts mixed with freshly baked bread and a strong yeasty whiff.

Taste: Yeast and crisp malts at first. The middle has a definitive yeasty presence, slightly tart, which comes and goes towards the back end, as it eventually finishes with a lovely astringent deeply bitter ending. Lingers for a while on the palate. I really like the background tartness mixed with the bready aspects and the long bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but crisp, wholesome but light. After the smoothness from the carbonation rescinds, it is slowly replaced by a lingering clean bitterness.

Drinkability: Highly quaffable, the 5% ABV is just perfect, as is the balance of the beer.

Overall: I enjoyed this one, and as I predicted earlier, it did not last long at all. The weird thing about this ‘Beer’ is that it exhibits both the characteristics of a Lager and an Ale, whilst looking a little like a Wit Bier – quite clever if that is intentional, a bonus if not.

Another ‘raised tip of my Hat’ to BigHuge, for this fine thirst quencher.

TheLongBeachBum, Sep 01, 2003
Photo of lackenhauser
2.58/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice hazy amber with a small head.Nice tight bubbles rising in glass.Somewhat bready aroma with a sharp hop bite.Hops dominate the flavor but are almost overpowering.Doesnt come across as an IPA or the like.Has a sharp flavor to match the aroma.Somewhat astringent flavor.Pretty standard going down-the better mouthfeel is washed away by the overall flavor.No big deal stick with their stouts.

lackenhauser, Aug 24, 2003
Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium gold color with a rather thick fluffy head,a real malty toastey aroma not much hop to it.The taste is really malty and bread-like some nice fruitiness as well,there is some hop dryness and herbalness in there but its very faint.A decent brew but I dont rate it with some of the others from Kalamazoo.

oberon, Aug 11, 2003
Photo of clvand0
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy orange color with a medium head and just a tiny bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma was pretty hoppy with a bit of wheat. The taste seemed a bit plain and not to my style. It had some citrus hints but mostly it was hoppy and bready. Drinkability was ok, but this one just didn't fit my style.

clvand0, Aug 07, 2003
Photo of granger10
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is supposed to be a pale ale? I don't think so. This is definitely a lager. It is a pretty quality made lager but nothing special. Very yeast and doughy in taste. Other tastes do not come forward enough for me to recognize them. A pretty easy to drink brew but nothing special.

granger10, Jul 14, 2003
Photo of TheDM
2.25/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This brew had a fruity aroma, a large white head of small to medium bubbles and a cloudy yellow orange body. Initial bitter taste followed by a dislike for the taste. It got a little better with time, but still not high on my list.

TheDM, Jul 06, 2003
Photo of Indybeer
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Poured a cloudy golden color with a medium head that didn't stick around long. The is some lacing to be seen. Aroma is of malt and hops. Good carbonation, taste is slightly sweet, with a medium body to it, and a good hop finish. Drinkable but not my cup of tea.

Indybeer, Jun 23, 2003
Photo of tar
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice maps on the label which vary from bottle to bottle. It pours a cloudy pale golden color, with a nice thick puffy cloudlike head which sticks to the side of the glass. A smell of sweet caramel and bread is present. This is a nice tasting beer, and as with the smell, caramel comes through in the taste. A smooth drinking beer with a medium feel. I enjoy this beer, however, do not find it easy to have more than about one in a sitting--this may be due to the sweetness in the taste.

tar, Jun 14, 2003
Photo of jcalabre
2.15/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: This pours hazy yellow with a white head.
Aroma: The smell is slightly hoppy, with some dustiness to it
Flavor: I was disappointed. As fine a brewer as K'zoo Bells is, this one isn't too good. It had a sour taste.of those around here. I'll pass

jcalabre, Jun 13, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
4.45/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Named after what in Michigan thinks of Lake Huron as being its third coast of the Great Lakes, first and second are Lk.Superior and Lk.Michigan.
Nice looking lager, soft hazy yellow, more orange at the top with a big luscious, pillowy head of stark whiteness that faded somewhat fast but always leaves a solid thin skim of foam the whole glass through, lacing is in stringy patches. Aroma is all malts, very biscuity, and bread doughish, with a slight soft touch of apple and citrus. Taste is darn nice, layered and fairly complex malts, soft and appealing, slight breadish quality with subdued yeast and hops that lend a bit earthy, nice mellowing bitterness and dryness follows through and lingers longly into the back of the throat and tongue. Very well balanced. Feel is a lighter medium body, pretty full too, with a bizaar light creamyness in the middle and giving way to a slight tingly dryness into the finish. This was a surprise to say the least, wasn't expecting it to be this good after reading so many mixed reviews. I figured its a Bell's it can't be all bad. And its not. One heck of a easy, well balanced little brew.

tavernjef, Jun 04, 2003
Photo of dwarbi
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

When I poured the beer it formed an enormous monster of a head. Maybe I did something wrong, but I felt like a mad scientist. The head kept growing up and up to form an entire mini mountain range. It didn't settle and the lacing coated my glass. The color of the beer is a muted-orange/yellow color. It smells bitter, but muted. It tastes about the same. Strongly bitter aftertaste. Kind of thick and creamy at first. All in all, a slightly better than average brew.

dwarbi, May 27, 2003
Photo of BeerBuilder
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a hazy, orangish/yellow color with a thick off-white head. The aroma is extremely citrusy and floral. The flavor is again citrusy and somewhat bready, with the typical yeast flavor from many Kalamazoo beers. It is a well balanced brew, not to hoppy or too malty. It would be a good session beer; it is light-medium bodied and easy drinking. Not a bad brew.

BeerBuilder, May 27, 2003
Photo of jackndan
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Third Coast, on cask: Imagine my surprise when I saw I had yet to rate this beer, as I’ve had it on cask numerous times, in numerous places around town. Interestingly, the place I had it today called it a summer seasonal. This was a typical cask beer, fairly bright yellow, with not much head, although no less than one should expect. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Actually a wonderful taste, nicely balanced malts and hops, with several layers of complexity. This beer is a great example of the miracles of real cask ale, as it lets the characteristics of the beer really stand out. Buy it, if you can find it on cask.

jackndan, May 24, 2003
Photo of marc77
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant clear golden hue until the poured yeast sediment provides a uniform turbidity. Fluffy, well retained pure white head leaves coarse lace. Floral hop nose, with soft doughy malt and hints of butterscotch. Subdued, pleasant green apple. Enticing aroma. Quick snap of bready sweetness on the palate is washed by a surge of sharp hop bitterness that's initially non descript. Hop character becomes herbal mid palate, surfacing along with a grainy dextrin malt pseudosweetness and mellow diacetyl. Moderate in body, and both proteinaceous and amply dextrinous in mouthfeel. Creamy. Finishes with a brief resurgence of maltose, but otherwise dry and pleasantly bitter. Certainly a quirky brew and quite flavorful at that. Not overly lager like. Remincescent of a Paulaner Munich Lager / Anchor Liberty ale hybrid with a drop of diacetyl. Uniquely tasty. Thanks to Feloniousmonk for sending this bottle!

marc77, Apr 13, 2003
Photo of garymuchow
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Somewhat sour aroma,but not so strong as to be unpleasant, then a sweet pale malt backing. Huge, somewhat fluffly, white head. Pale gold mildly cloudy from setiment in the bottom of the bottle. Some lacing. Mix of mild malt with a sour flavor that moves to drynesss that leaves a long after taste (that is sometimes too bitter). Appropriately medium to thin, with just a little too little of body. Dissappointing considering the caliber of the brewery. Too sour with not enough balancing.

garymuchow, Apr 02, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'd only had this beer once before, and it was a mistake. I thought that I was buying Third Coast Old Ale, but, no, this was Third Coast BEER, which means "lager". Quite another thing, to say the least. I was put off by the appearance, never, ever, having encountered an unfiltered lager before and was discomfitted by, of all the damned things in the world, a Bell's Lager. Good Lord! Choke! Why, in the name of all that's holy?!?!
In this present day and time, I've become ever so wiser. I don't mind a cloudy lager, not when I know that it contains that delicious Bell's yeast strain, and, no, they're not stealing any sales from Crudweiser, but who is, without Super Bowl commercials?
Hazy yellow color, darker at the top, nearly clear at the bottom, with various and sundry floating things wending their way about, under a thick and fluffy white head.
Aroma is sweet, buttery, floral, perfumey, yeasty...never, ever, have I detected yeast in a lager aroma before! Bold hop presence on the palate, fresh and sparkling. Is it like a true pilsener? No, I'm convinced that they are in their own bag, and you've just got to dig it, baby!
A most unusual lager, you never, ever find this much flavor in a lager! Bold, bright, beautiful, tasty, zippy, zingy, clean, fresh, refreshing, with an unusually fruity finish, and without being troubled by darker flavors or too much body. It belongs in a class by itself!

feloniousmonk, Mar 27, 2003
Photo of ADR
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden color, lots of suspended particles. Medium head, white and about 1/4 inch in height. Yeasty pizza dough aromas with a slight hop prickle to the nose hairs. Hoppiness dominates the flavor profile and the overall impression -- while there is enough of a brown sugar and cardamon sense to the malt to lend a creamy and balanced mouthfeel, the finish and memory is citrusy hoppy and bitter oily, overall. Somewhat astringent beer, could use a little more complexity in my opinion...

ADR, Feb 27, 2003
Photo of stoutman
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy cinnamon brown/orange with yeast particles. Was a clear color before the bottom of the bottle was poured (when lit from behind it was a clear amber with a red tinge, minus the yeast). Thick light tan head with big bubble. Gradually subsided and left a small amount of lacing. Rich malty aroma with caramel, alcohol, and a light floral hoppiness. Flavor dominated at first by a rich, malty sweetness that was balanced by a hop bitterness. Aftertaste dominated by hops but had some caramel flavors. Slightly acidic and astringent. Full mouthfeel and a dry finish. Moderate carbonation. Not bad.

stoutman, Feb 19, 2003
Photo of BitteBier
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful pour--golden yellow with a lava lamp effect created by rising carbonation cutting through suspended yeast sediment. A couple fingers worth of foamy, cream-colored head that reduces to a nice cake with minimal lacing. Sweet, floral smell complemented by light bready notes. Given the wonderful look and nose of this beer as well as the general strength of Kzoo brews, the taste is something of a downer. Bitterness rules the day from the start to the afternotes. Other flavors (sweetness, citrus, and yeast, most notably) are overtaken but are nonetheless detectable. This beer seems to cling quite a bit, which is probably more noticeable because of the persistent bitterness. It is more than adequately drinkable, but there are better choices both in this style and from Kzoo Brewing.

BitteBier, Jan 25, 2003
Photo of ZAP
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A pretty average offering from Bell's...cloudy yellow in color...big fizzy white head....nose is of herbal hops and some breadiness....flavor is dominated by the hops...I expected more malt backbone than what is offered here..I dig the hops....a little citrucy but not as good in this aspect as other pale ales...bitter, dry finish....I've had many Pale Ale's better....dissapointing effort from one of my favorite brewers...

ZAP, Aug 08, 2002
Third Coast Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 702 ratings.