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Third Coast Beer - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Reviews: 334
Hads: 770
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 23
Gots: 46 | 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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Reviews: 334 | Hads: 770
Photo of brewdoc75
2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I wanted a good warm weather beer, so I picked this up. The style is apparently American Blonde Ale based on BA, however I hear this is actually a lager. Usually I try to rate beers based on the interpretation of the style, however I will rate this one on my overall assessment.

Pours a bland straw yellow color. Great care was taken to keep most the yeast in the bottle, however there is still some that litters the beer. Strong two fingerbreadth head that dies down quickly. Very carbonated. The aroma is lacking and bordering on unpleasant. I get a hint of lemon rind and sweetness, however this is followed up w/ a terrible skunkiness. Not very inviting at all. The taste is significantly better, but nothing fantastic. There is an attack of lemony bitterness initially, but this is followed up by bland malts. There is a nice hint of fruitiness and honey that follows. Unfortunately it is not enough. The mouthfeel is right on for what I wanted. Crisp, clean and refreshing. Unfortunately the rest of the beer didn't cooperate.

I love Bell's, but this is not one of their best. It is like a lager w/ ale hoppiness, however they just didn't blend well. It is light like I wanted, but not very drinkable due to the harsh hops and skunkiness. Maybe I got a bad batch (couldn't test the date as the website was down), but this is my 4th beer from the six pack and they have all been consistently dull. I don't think I'll pick this up again, however I would like to try it on tap to see if the experience differs. (1,516 characters)

Photo of monkeytoe
2.86/5  rDev -18.8%
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. (671 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.87/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a goldish/ yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, small grapefruity hop, and a grainy malt. In the taste, buscuity malt and small grapefruity hops. A small bitter and medium mouthfeel, and a dry, small hop aftertaste. Nice balance, kind of standard pale, with a touch bigger hops. (293 characters)

Photo of beertunes
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received as a gift from a friend after her recent trip to visit family. Thank you, Mara! If the 4 digit number on the back of the label is the batch #, this was batch #9245. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a cloudy yellow (almost looked like a Hefe), with1/4 inch of clean white head that dissipated quickly leaving just slight lacing.

A mostly neutral, but slightly skunky, aroma greets the nose, with a nice grainy scent underneath. The flavors are the typically easy grain and soft hop generally found in the style.

Body and drinkability were both typical for the style. There are times when a nice, smooth, quaffable blonde is the beer you're in the mood for, and this would be a good choice. If it were regularly available to me, it would be in my regular rotation. Worth trying, and worth having a friend bring back from vacation. (837 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - This one is mustard yellow with a crisp white head. Retention is decent, and some white lace is left on the pint glass.

S - Tangy citrus-oriented hops with a hint of salty sea air. This almost smells like a German pils but maybe a hint more sour.

T - Yeah, this is definitely noble-hopped. This one is confusing to me... it feels like a pale ale, but has very acrid and bitter German-style hop flavors, and the saltiness is a bit off-putting. Not terrible by any means, it's just weird. Weird can be good.

M -Thinner than it should be, this is pretty much highly carbonated, sharp, and crisp. Finishes hoppy with a hint of something herbal. Tea and mint maybe.

D - This is a very off-centered brew that seems too strange to really enjoy. Not bad by any means, but I'd pass on a second one. (797 characters)

Photo of Crosling
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Golden. Mildly aromatic, slightly tart, with notes of vanilla, orange creamsicle, lemon and pilsner malts. When I was drinking this I wasn't sure if this was a lager or an ale. The malts are grainy, unexciting, and have notes of corn and butter. The hops are herbal and earthy, with notes of lemons, herbs and cream. (316 characters)

Photo of jeffmonarch
2.91/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Really light yellow with a thin white head. There is also a nice amount of sediment floating around.

S - Some citrus, there's more there but it's so faint i can't make them out.

T - Starts with a slight bitterness that turns into a slight sweet taste and finishes with a medium bitterness.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - This beer is ok. It has a descent amount of hops. It doesn't really stand out as anything special. (472 characters)

Photo of benito
2.94/5  rDev -16.5%
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. (946 characters)

Photo of zjungleist
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
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. (463 characters)

Photo of morimech
2.96/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An attractive gold color with a large pillowy head that leaves moderate lacing. Some particulate floating around also. I guess that comes from bottle conditioning. I wish they would let a consumer know this before they pour a bunch of spent yeast into their beer. I was careful on the second bottle.

The smell is very bready and yeasty with hints of citrus.

There is not much taste up front. Get the hop bitterness after swallowing. Not too impressive. It is light bodied like you would expect and carbonated very well. (522 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
2.96/5  rDev -15.9%
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. (1,071 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
2.97/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice two finger head with slow retention to a thick, foa,y head. The steady bubbling complimented the slightly hazy amber, maple colored beer. The aroma was a funky hop with some tainted smelling malts. This beer tasted a little adjuncty to me. Not expected from any Bell's beer. (281 characters)

Photo of Gaisgeil
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Slàinte! (524 characters)

Photo of brentk56
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a modest head that drops to a ringlet and leaves some shards of lace

Smell: Grainy with a DMS corn element

Taste: Starts out with a biscuity, lemony sweetness that is joined, mid-palate by a grainy bitterness; after the swallow, a floral element appears with an assetive grainy finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: Reading through the reviews, it appears that there has been some style drift; clearly not an APA and a blonde ale might be accurate but this could be a lager, too; whatever it is, it is just not my style (608 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.02/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Clear pale gold with a white cap. Aromas of fresh hops, orange slices, grains. Crisp mouthfeel with apparent carbonation. Easy drinking as it should be. Big bitter smack at each sip. I was not expecting that. Bitter, peppery, sweetness is short and fleeting. This was not the refreshing drink I was expecting it to be. This had some harshness to it, that I don't think belongs in this light simple style. When I want some bitterness, I'll reach for a IPA or hoppy PA. With a Blonde, I expect sweet flavors, light crisp feel, and an ease of drinkability. This was not that. Not my cup of tea. Pass. (635 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured into a pint glass to an inch of white head that was gone in no time. This beer is yellow in color and has suspended yeast particles in it. The aroma is sweet bready malt. The taste is sweet malt and is replaced by a metallic bitterness. It reminds me of a European beer. The mouthfeel is medium and has a slight grittiness to it. This is not my favorite style so the drinkability will take a hit. (405 characters)

Photo of mntlover
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
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. (945 characters)

Photo of clvand0
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
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. (319 characters)

Photo of SmithwicksNut
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife surprised me with a mix six. Batch# 8893 bottled Dec. 16, 2008. I little old from what I ususally get.

A: Straw color with a big fluffy white head. A cloudy beer with the look of an unfiltered wheat beer. Nice lacing on the glass throughout the beer.

S: not much in the way of hops aroma but a lot of grain malt smell.

T; A crisp beer with bitterness and grainy taste. A dry bitter finish.

M: Crisp, medium light carbonation makes this a easy beer to drink.

D: A very easy beer to drink which makes this beer a decent session beer. (544 characters)

Photo of walleye
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
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. (273 characters)

Photo of musicforairports
3.04/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz into a Bell's tulip. Bottled June 20, reviewed July 27.

Golden and clear, with a fantastic head and great lacing, but with some floating sediment.

Smell is heavy bready malts and a weird, pear-like mustiness.

Taste is strong bready malts mostly, with some noble hops. There's also still some weird musty funk vibe. I don't know if something weird happened to this bottle in my drive from Kalamazoo to New York, but this is a bit strange, if still rather drinkable.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, smooth and a bit creamy.

I guess I haven't had many American Blond ales. This one is light enough to drink easily but the flavors aren't great, in my opinion. The first Bell's beer I haven't liked too much. (715 characters)

3.04/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (1,033 characters)

Photo of botham
3.07/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a sam adams glass. pours a semi hazy golden color with fine sediment in the brew, and two fingers of off white tight head. light lacings.

aroma is lightly sweet and malty, with a subtle fruity quality that blends with a floral base, working well together to create a full aroma. a touch of honey sweetness is present as well.

taste is lightly malty up front, with a hoppy finish. soft grassy hops comprise the finish, while pale and munich malts hold together the front. there is no sweet character here, and the fruit and floral aroma is gone as well. just malt and hops. with a lightly bitter aftertaste.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a light bite from CO2 and a semi dry finish of residual hops.

drinkabliity is decent. if the brew was a bit sweeter and had a bit less CO2 in it, this could be a solid brew, but it falls short in a few areas. (885 characters)

Photo of OnThenIn
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: white head with a half finger of head. A light, slightly hazy golden body.

S: The aroma is hop dominated. The aroma is mostly citrus with a touch of pine. There is a hint of aroma from the malt.

T: It is hop dominated with a great deal of pine and there is hop bitterness in surprising quantity. The beer is sadly one dimensional.

M: the carbonation is a little bit of a let down. It is thin bodied.

D: The beer is rather drinkability, but the lack of complexity really hurt the beer. (491 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my Schell's shaker pint, Third Coast is cloudy yellow with a white head leaving decent lace.

Smell is grainy, sweet, on the mild side.

Taste is pretty good, a simple, clean. A bit soapy, some graininess.

Mouthfeel is light, a bit slick.

Drinkability pretty good. It's a boring beer, but inoffensive. (319 characters)

Third Coast Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.