Third Coast Beer - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 738
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

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-01-2002)
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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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of neonbrown82
2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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 Funny thing how all of the beers that my drinking buddy brought back fresh from the brewery shelves seems to be out of date or badly kept; and the trip from Michigan to Iowa City is not too grueling on cooler-ed beer compared to some of the uber-fresh beers I've recieved in trade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.

Photo of PatYoda
4.22/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Brian700
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of walleye
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ypsifly
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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

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.

Photo of GIVEMEBACKMYSON
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.
Pricks.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of gimmehead
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Tballz420
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of meathookjones
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of mntlover
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of benito
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of karengarys
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Gavage
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellowish color with a short 1/2" head that quickly receded to surface foam. The aroma was of floral hops and grass. The flavor was a lackluster malt / bread tone and grass, but had some nice bitterness and a twang of citrus kick up while swallowing.

Thinner in body, this brew was crisp at the start and had a clean, refreshing dry finish. A decent drinking brew, just the flavor seemed a little tame for the style.

Photo of ppoitras
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" bright white head above slightly cloudy bright straw brew. Head laces well. Aroma is an earthy, sort of hoppy veggie scent. Not too wild about that. The aroma carries over a bit into the flavor, although the hops add a nice crispness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are reasonably good. If we could just get rid of the off flavor/taste I perceive, we'd have another great lawnmower brew for the summer fridge...

Photo of WesWes
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is great! It has a nice malty scent with a fruity yeast finish and some floral hop notes. The taste is good. It has a light pale malt flavor with a crisp, slightly bitter finish. It goes down smooth with excellent mouthfeel. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great American pale ale. It has awesome aroma and mouthfeel along with pretty damn good flavor ; a good drinker.

Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale gold color with a fluffly white head that leaves a slight lace. Aroams are of bready and biscuity malts and a slight hop presence. Flavors are initially malty with bread and nutty flavors kicking in. This flavors are quickly overwhelmed by a zesty citrus hop that dominates the finish of this beer. There's also a bit of spice to this beer along with a refreshing carbonation that leaves the mouth tinglin a bit. Overall this beer is fairly light bodied, has some interesting flavors to it, but it just doesn't all come together.

Photo of profzoom
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was not very impressed with this particular selection. Although supposedly a pale ale, it did not really look or taste like one to me. First, I was a little frightened by the appearance - a myriad flecks of yeast (I suppose) were floating about in my glass. It pours a pale yellow color, several shades paler than what I am used to seeing from pale ales. The smell was almost acidic and chemical-like. The taste was only slightly better. I hope that perhaps I just got a bad bottle - I was not expecting something of this quality coming from the same brewers that bring us the divine Two-Hearted Ale.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up the Bell's Sampler last night, what a deal includes 4 of each the Two Hearted, Pale, Porter, K-zoo Stout, Amber, and the Third Coast beer. Anyway I think that's a Pittsburgh thing that they package especially for Tony Knipling of Vecenie's. Appearance: Cloudy, white cranberry with an orangish yellow haze over it. Forms a nice white fluffy head with the yeast visible in the final pour leaves some evenly strung lacing. Aroma: Candi sweetness sugar tone wrapped in hop bitterness yeast character gives this brew the characteristic ringwood spiced breadiness, yum. Taste: Upfront bitterness not much balance touch of sweetness is there but mainly a dry mix of biscuit malts and spicy hops. Mouthfeel: Medium body loads of yeast suspension easy carbonation. Drinkability: Nothing great leaves a lasting bitterness on the tongue, but still pretty drinkable.

Photo of 99bottles
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow color with an inch or so of patchy and fluffy white head. It looks exactly like their Two Hearted Ale. Definitely not filtered, as there is a large amount of suspended sediments in the beer.

Smell: Not too much of anything. Light bready malt and some lemony esters. Not as hoppy in the nose as other pales.

Taste: Oh, there's the hops. It's very bitter in the aftertaste, very strong hop presence makes itself known in the mouth. There is an obvious malt base to counteract the hops, but its not as full as other pales. Has a very dry finish, very dry throughout. Light crusty bread maltfeel, and spicy juiced-up hops on the other side.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing. Thinner than I would expect for such a hop-bomb.

Drinkability: Nice. The label states that they made this to be a refreshing and quaffable ale. In that sense, they succeeded. Not outstanding, but simply a nice session beer.

Third Coast Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 738 ratings.