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Third Coast Beer - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 743
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 22
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 bruachan
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the head on this one wasn't too sincere. good lacing, though. pale gold

cascade hop aroma? otherwise not strong

dry brew with plenty of NW hop flavor. the malt character doesn't really assert itself but i can find it

standard APA. just not very interesting

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.

Photo of Brad007
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy blonde color with a two-finger head that fades immediately and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is light and sweet with a bit of breadiness in the malt. Seems simple enough.

Taste is mainly bitter upfront with breadiness and very little else in the taste. A little rough around the edges. A bit sweet.

Mouthfeel is hop bitterness and light breadiness.

A bit too strong for a blonde ale. Drinkabilty is difficult and it's also possible that this beer was mis-categorized. It tastes more like a base IPA than a blonde ale. It's not bad but I wouldn't even classify it as a blonde ale.

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

Eye: Color is an extremely pale yellow. Head is egg white with pretty good retention and nice lacing.

Nose: Very clean, small floral notes reminiscent of noble hops. Malt aroma is light, aroma of this brew reminds me more of a lager, perhaps a dortmunder type. Overall it smells good.

Tongue: Right off the bat bitterness hits the tongue. Hop flavor is good- Light floral hop notes- all in all its a very clean flavor. Good malt backbone on this brew supports and compliments what the rest of the beer is about. Alcohol is in the background of the taste.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Light bodied with high carbonation sums up the body of this brew. Tends to finish dry.This brew is easy to drink and could be something one could drink all night. This one is so-so, nothing to brag about.

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

A blonde ale that pours a golden yellow, frothy white head in the ol' Sammy freebie glass. Surprising bit of yeasties on the bottle bottom - defiantly, not filtered and dumbed down.

Malty aroma, and malty backbone in the quaff - but with a packed hop punch in the finish. This is on the edge of a pale ale style, I think a bit too sharp and tangy for a blonde ale - but never-the-less a tasty treat if you're into the hop ride.

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 berserker256
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of pale, hazy, and yellowy. Nice dense white head. No huge presence of aromas. Maybe some hoppy characteristics. The flavor indicates more of a presence of hops. It's got the bitter ale flavor with a minute amount of citrus. Not too overpowering, but then again, it's not an IPA. Pretty smooth and easy to drink.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a straw yellow body with a thin film of white foam and a gentle carbonation.

S- The smell of dry pale malt is very soft and fades into a green hop hint in the background.

T- The taste of light pale malt is crisp and smooth with a hop bite in the finish that hangs on the breath. There are notes of grapefruit in the hops that become more pronounced as it warms a bit.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a slightly dry finish.

D- This is a very smooth and light beer and it would be nice to have a bit more flavor or depth in the malt and the hops both. It might be a nice thirst quencher on a hot summer day.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a very hazy yellow with lots of little floaties. Creamy off-white head with some light lacing.

Aroma is light hops with a tinge of metal.

The taste is light yet packing some bitterness with it.

Crisp, light-bodied, slick to the tongue and with good carbonation.

A very easy-to-drink pale ale from Bell's. It's good but not great.

Photo of Urbancaver
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow. A good amount of head with good retention. Smells light citrus and lemon. a hint of yeast and some slight hints of a sweet malt background. Mostly the lemon and citrus stand out. Very light... the taste is subtle and not exciting. Lemon and yeast, a tough of wheat. Well carbonated but a bit thin. There is some bite to it that hurts the drinkability a bit.

Photo of heebes
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.
Batch 9888.

Pours into a mug a clear light yellow with quite a large white fluffy head, and surprisingly floaties which detract a bit from the quality of it's appearance - perhaps this is too old, batch was brewed a long while ago. Nice sticky lacing provides some saving grace.
Nose is grain, pale wheat, slight malt: smells like a macro lager.
Taste is actually pretty decent - a step above any macro American Blonde Ale. Much more dominant malt profile shows up, backed by an even tiny hop bite that makes for quite a refreshing beer. Still feel like the flavour is lacking a bit from age at this point. Also a grainy/grass taste reminiscent of macros. Mouthfeel is light to medium, crisp and dry. Overall, I was a bit let down by the first two categories but the taste made up for it. Obviously quality ingrediants are used for this beer which set it apart from similiarly styled mass produced BMC types. Decent beer with a good sessionable abv.

Photo of BierFan
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Thin white head displays great retention, hazy golden body, good carbonation. Quite a few yeast particles in suspension.

Smell: Very floral.

Taste: Floral, pale malts, fair bit of spiciness and hop bitterness in the finish. Bitter citrus rind flavor stays on the palate for quite a while.

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.

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...

Photo of AgentZero
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Yellow beer with a clear body that had a small white head.

S - Some apple smell, a bit malty. Some farmhouse grass in there as well.

T - It's sweet, has a bit of a bazooka joe taste too it. Some slight hop bitterness mixed with a touch of yeast.

M - Medium bodied, crizp, medium to high carbonation.

O - Not a bad beer, really easy to get down.

Photo of DrJay
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 bottle into a cervoise glass. Bottled 6 October 2011. That's my bad. I thought this was the Third Coast Old Ale and would keep.

A: Very little head. Clear, but full of sediment. Golden. Good lacing.

S: Crisp, sweet, and smooth.

T/M: Light and highly spicy; carbonated. The flavor is light and vaguely yeasty, with subtle floral accents. However, overall, it's somewhat subpar. The aftertaste is lingering, lagery, and pleasant.

O: I'm not sure age has ruined it. It's still tasty! Would have again. Super drinkable.

Photo of jkrich
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a dated 12 oz. bottle: the pour began bright and golden but became cloudy as the complete pour revealed the yeast sediment. The foamy white head quickly dissipated.

The aroma was tangy and sweet with a faint metallic odor wafting through.

The ale has bitter lemon flavors on the first sip with some faint cracker-like flavor on the palate. While the bitterness gives this ale refreshing crispness, it is quite bracing.

As is typical for this style, the body is rather thin. The carbonation is a bit overpowering, while the mouthfeel is a little abrasive and short-lived.

This is ideal for a hot weather day with its bitter, quenching properties but at times this one can be too harsh; still worth trying.

Photo of Danmullens1
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Magpie14
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apperance: pale, thin yellow color and a touch of golden. It has slight hazy texture/tint. No head!

Smell: sort of dry malts and hops smell. Has a little bit of citrus/floral hoppy nose and weak malt scent.

Taste/Mouthfeel: taste of citrus is mostly lemon flavor and floral-like hops. Very light and airy and has a weak malty aftertaste. Malty taste gives way to a flavor I can not put my finger on? grains, or maybe a corn flavor. Tart beer overall and a slight pucker as it goes down. Nice carbonation and alright smoothness.

Drinkable and pertty tasty. This is the lightest beer of any bell's that I have had and is not to bad. Very nice on a hot day or after a round of golf I imagine. Alright brew! Bell's has not dissapointed me yet, but this is the closest they have come!

Photo of NODAK
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma here is of a fairly clean lemon and hoppiness, but more on the lemon side.

A bit floral with some citrus in the forefront....fading into a finish that features a medium citrus peel bitterness that isn't all that powerful at the time of the swallow, but definitely and surprisingly seems to linger a while into the aftertaste. There's some citrus and soft grain present in the aftertaste.

It's a very "clean" beer....pretty drinkable as well. It isn't going to "wow" many people but if this is meant to be a refreshing beer, particularly for hot weather, I'd say it's a fine choice.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle, bottle code 8106, web site is was not working when I looked it up.

a: Yellow gold body packed with suspended material with just a sliver of white head.

s: A mild, bready, citrus aroma.

t: Pale malt upfront, some citrus and yeast notes with a light hop bitterness in the finish.

m: Plenty of carbonation, light body, crisp, clean finish that leaves little on the tongue.

d: A sessionable brew thanks to a light flavor and mouthfeel. Its enjoyable, but nothing special. Bells has set the bar pretty damn high, this beer is one of their weaker offerings.

Photo of beachbum1975
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - batch # 9114.

Pours a hazy straw with a white, creamy 1/2 inch which dissipates quickly leaving a find white ring around my pint glass.

Smells mild overall of light, crisp and bitter hops and a little earthiness.

Taste reflects the nose. Semi-dry, crisp and refreshing. Mouth carbonation is average with light sweetness on the finish. This is a simple beer with a nice, crisp character, mild and enjoyable.

Photo of joepais
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks MuenchenerKindl for opportunity to sample this wonderful elixir

The 12 oz bottle poured a clear golden yellow with some suspended particles with two fingers of white fluffy head

Aromas of bread dough grass and hops fill your nose

This is great blond ale. Flavors of pale malts and bread dough with a nice hop finish

Medium to light body light carbonation on the tongue

Very easy to drink could down a six of these easily

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

Nice looking golden beer with a white head that has poor retention and multiple floating particles, hopefully yeast sediments.
Simple yet balanced nose, fruity hoppiness along with some malts and alcohol.
Light to medium-bodied, taste is mostly hoppy but also well balanced. Clean, dry, with a mild malty backbone.
Easy to drink, pleasant yet unremarkable beer.

Third Coast Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 743 ratings.