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Third Coast Beer - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 728
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 21
Gots: 30 | 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 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.

kmpitz2, Mar 11, 2005
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.

Billolick, Feb 19, 2005
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

gimmehead, Feb 13, 2005
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.

Tballz420, Jan 08, 2005
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.

meathookjones, Jan 05, 2005
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.

mntlover, Dec 29, 2004
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.

benito, Nov 25, 2004
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.

karengarys, Nov 24, 2004
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.

Gavage, Oct 13, 2004
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...

ppoitras, Aug 20, 2004
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.

WesWes, Aug 06, 2004
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.

bigbeerdrinka, Aug 01, 2004
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.

profzoom, Jul 29, 2004
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.

WVbeergeek, Jun 09, 2004
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.

99bottles, May 29, 2004
Photo of marcobrau
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow. Dense, fluffy, white head dissipates quickly leaving some lacework along the sides of the glass. The first sniff has a slight whiff of grassy hops. Maltiness is crisp, body is light, the finish is dry with a big smack of bitterness. A bit of spicy hops in the middle but the very light malty start and bitter finish pretty defines this beer. An excellent light ale for hopheads. This is a simple beer. I wouldn't be shocked if only one malt was used in making this brew. The very dry, bitter finish makes me want more of this stuff.

marcobrau, May 27, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy gold color. You can clearly see yeast suspended in the glass. Smells lightly of floral hops and sweetness. Taste is very well hopped. I would say that this could almot be classified as an IPA from it's hop bitterness. Another very solid offering from Bell's.

TastyTaste, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of zerk
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy light gold with a persistent white head that leaves sheets of lace. Aroma is a mixture of bread and toasted malt notes, and some earthy and citrusy hops. Flavor begins slightly malty, some toasted cracker and yeast, with a large hop presence... earthy and citric hops add a lingering bitterness that is quite nice. Body is light and carbonation is medium, making this a very nice session ale for hopheads!

zerk, Mar 16, 2004
Photo of inebrius
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like sea monkies in a toilet bowl.

But I like it. Earthy hop backed by just enough malt to allow quick draining and a definite summer boating type beer. Aromas of a high school gymnasium filled with people eating granola and pounding shots of wheat grass. Clean it up a bit and replace that grapefruity finish with something slightly less cheeky and I would be only happy to drink a bunch.

inebrius, Mar 13, 2004
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz longneck bottle, capped, no date.

This beer poured a hazy, fizzy, yellow color (good persistent fine bubbles) with tall, creamy, white white foam that persited and clung to give lace. The smell was somewhat citrusy and malty with notes of grain and bread and a faint whiff of sulfur. The taste was dominated by the bitter and somewhat soapy hops, almost lager-like. The malt was there but not enough to balance the hops. The mouthfeel was smooth but hoppy and a bit tangy. The body was medium and the carbonation good. The hoppy taste lingered. This was a decent beer, but a little thin on flavor and low on malt balance.

UncleJimbo, Feb 25, 2004
Photo of CortexBomb
2.45/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with deep yellow colouration with a thick head and plenty of body visible while the smell is dominant floral, reminiscent of an IPA.

The hops in evidence in the smell carry over to the flavour as the taste starts and finishes with a strong bitterness. There also are a few malty tones in the middle, but the bitterness is what carries this brew, and I didn't overly care for the effect.

Mouthfeel has at least got some body, and I can't knock the drinkability much, but overall this is a pretty average brew.

CortexBomb, Feb 18, 2004
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hand it to Bell's on another great brew. The head on this was bigger than an elephant and there was a perfect citrus and hop aroma. There was a wonderful hoppy explosion that got sweeter as it warmed up in my mouth. This beer reminds me so much of SN Pale, but with a huge upgrade. Even my fiance that doesn't like beer enjoyed this one. I really think this one should have a higher rating than its current.

ALESwhatCURESya, Feb 12, 2004
Photo of silenius
2.17/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I absolutely agree with ManekiNeko's taste assessment.

Citrus rind smell and flavor. I think it has a medium mouthfeel. Instead of a salty aftertaste, I got a weird soapy aftertaste. This aftertaste has been consistent over the few times I've had this beer in the past.

To add, I think this is predominately a bitter beer. Grapefruit rind in a bottle. I like bitter, but I find this one-dimensional and I am not too impressed. I'll finish the bottles in my fridge and will probably not buy or drink this again.

silenius, Jan 22, 2004
Photo of ManekiNeko
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served lightly chilled in a Westmalle goblet.

Appearance: Murky golden yellow with lotsa floaties. Topped by a thick white head of tiny bubbles. Fades away to a thick film after a few minutes and leaves some lacing, but not a lot.

Smell: Clean and bright aromas of pine and grapefruit citrus. Mild honey and floral smells as well.

Taste: Bitter acidic grapefruit and lemony citruc over a nice biscuity pale malt backbone. Weird salty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, very crisp and palat cleansing.

Drinkability: Definitely an American pale ale with the use of (I think) Cascade hops. A decent pale ale all around, but the weird aftertaste makes me reticent to want too many more. This would go great with chili or fish and chips.

Thanks to feloniousmonk for the bottle.

ManekiNeko, Jan 14, 2004
Photo of BierReise
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks very much like a Wit. Cloudy pale yellow with a snow white frothy head. Lots of floaties. Aroma is yeasty like a wheat with a hint of citrus. Flavor is also like a Wit yet a very bitter finish that lingers. Somewhat of a different pale and if not for the harsh bitterness, wouldn't be too bad.

BierReise, Dec 07, 2003
Third Coast Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 728 ratings.