Third Coast Beer
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,832
Ranked #47,358
3.47 | pDev: 13.83%
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
Third Coast BeerThird Coast Beer
Notes: Named after our favorite coastline and a tribute to the Great Lakes region, Third Coast Beer is a crisply dry-hopped American Pale Ale. Floral and herbal hop aromas combine with a refreshing bitterness, resulting in a truly quaffable beer.
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josanguapo from Spain

4.49/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From Labirratorium. In Teku glass. At lunch, with fries with eggs + fried squids + boquerones. Bottled 28 Jan 16. Dont know how its fresh, bit now its a really good table beer. Very smooth on the palate with a soft piney resinous touch

Sep 01, 2018
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Quackershnoc from Michigan

3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: lots of dregs come in the last pour; nice golden, straw color; thin white head that dissipates quickly

Aroma: mostly grain; a bit of hops; not a lot going on here
Taste: very smooth and mild; starts with a quick hit of bitter; moves into a nice grain bill; ends on a little hoppiness

Mouthfeel: light-bodied; smooth; juicy

Overall Impression: not exciting or mind blowing, but good for what it is; I would buy this for someone who only drinks BMC to see what they say about it; I would drink this again, but won’t go out of my way for it

From notes taken on 5/27/2013

Mar 18, 2018
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TheSixthRing from California

3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottling date of 08/29/17

Appearance - Pours relatively clear and golden orange in color with a white, half-finger width head. Sub-par retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of suds atop with a thing ring around the edge of the glass. No lacing.

Smell - Crackery malt aroma with hints of biscuit and a slightly floral and grassy hop bitterness sitting beneath.

Taste - Follows the nose. Real plain bready malt base with notes of floral hops coming in by mid-taste, then quickly ramping up to deliver a bitter, grassy finish.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium in body with fair, bitey carbonation. Slick texture with a slightly watery but also slightly harsh finish, if that makes sense.

Overall - Wow, this thing's a relic. This is almost a hoppy blonde by today's standards. In any event, I'm not finding all that interesting, nor especially refreshing truth be told.

Oct 11, 2017
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SSS from Canada (QC)

3.12/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A-Apricot yellow with a white head that dissipates quickly
S-Subtle Fruity and herbal hop aroma, yellow beer-like
M-Light and watery, carbonation is medium
T-Like a standard North American bar beer
O-Nothing really special about this one. Disappointed.

Mar 12, 2017
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Zaktcc from Maryland

2.94/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a bubbly golden color with a fluffy, white 2 finger head.

S - Not much of an aroma at all. Yeast and malt is about all there is - Very clean and simple but nothing spectacular.

T - Plain but not bad. Malty and not much of an indication of hops present. Ever so slight notes of citrus as well. Again, plain.

M - Harsher than was expecting. Too carbonated for my preferences and very light bodied. Feels like a bitter soda.

O - One of my favorite brewer's however not one my favorite beers. Not bad not memorable. An average beer and that is all.

Feb 04, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow. White head is short and foamy. Doesn't last long.

Smells of bready malt, Light citrus hops, grassy and light yeast

Tastes sweet malts fading to a stronger then expected dry finish with pine and citrus. Lighter body with medium carbonation. Smooth mouth feel. You can drink this fairly quickly. Nice refreshing drink. Not overly powerful. Nice one in a while leaves you wanting more

Jan 10, 2017
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

4.09/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured to a tulip glass.

A: The body is crystalline yellow. Head is white, one finger thick, some lacing visible.
S: Yeasty, malty and hoppy profiles.
T: The taste is purely malty and hoppy. No earthy, resinous ou citrus profiles. Just pure hops and barley.
M: Body is medium to medium low. Carbonation is high. Bitterness is mild.
O: This is a great American Blonde Ale, really cool.

Dec 28, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with a bit of white head. Nothing much on the aroma, just some clean malt and a light hoppiness. Taste follows, light, clean, very much resembles a lager but with a more intense hoppy bitterness. A light and clean tasting beer but nothing to remember.

May 17, 2016
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Barbarosa from Michigan

2.91/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A. It looked good slight off yellow color a little darker than I assumed. S. Smelled of light hops and mild citrus, some grassy smell too. T. Tasted OK to good, a little too much like Two Hearted Ale I'm not a fan of that flavor. That's just me.F. had a real good smoothness to it with a little sour bite at the end. O. Third Coast Beer is a fine beer, a little off of the style. I wouldnt buy it again, but I would drink it.

Apr 14, 2016
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sphmiel from Missouri

3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask (?!) at Dressel's pub. Pours golden, slow to fade off white head. Somewhat sweet malts, almost fruity, crisp hoppy bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, from the cask pour. A solid beer for a weekend afternoon, especially to introduce someone to craft beers

Feb 28, 2016
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NateDyk47 from Michigan

3.84/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had a bottle of this today.

Look: hazy golden color with white head & thin lacing
Smell: citrus, hops, spice
Taste: tasty! citrus & hops
Feel: medium body & carbonation

Overall: not very complex, but still a good IPA.

Feb 06, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.04/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours out lookin' all BMC. What a shame, the artwork on the cardboard is awesome. Grainy aroma, pretty neutered.

Taste, grainier blonde ale, no frills, no off flavors, does what you want it to do, good gateway craft beer. Hit it up in the heat I'd say, good for disc golf, yard work.

Nov 27, 2015
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow, nice size creamy white head that retains long after the pour. Crisp and clean aroma with some toasted malt and faint grassy hop. Clean but strong toasted malt base mixes with faint floral and grassy hops, clean and toasted finish. Medium body with low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and crisp finish. One of the better blonde ales that I've had.

Nov 25, 2015
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JustLikeMyDad from Michigan

2.49/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this thing into a lager mug glass.
Pours this nice pale/dark gold color. Foam head is moderate in an aggressive pour and dissipates quickly enough.
Tastes like a bitter IPA. Strong hop taste but not as strong as other IPA's I've had.
Feels good though, would be easy to drink if it weren't so hoppy.
It's alright, i didn't realize I was getting myself and IPA, but it's Bell's and I should have guessed. Still good to know what it tastes like for my own knowledge.

Oct 22, 2015
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Roby923 from Canada (AB)

3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From TJs Grosse Pointe. Bottled 08/04/15. Very drinkable and pleasant ale. Pours a hazy golden color. Yeasty and not overly hoppy. A perfect summer/fall ale to watch the game with, that is highly 'sessionable' at 4.8 ABV.

Sep 28, 2015
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Raime from Greenland

3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bells Third Coast Beer.

Well not really sure what we're gonna get outta this one. Completely random grab. Needing a palate washer so maybe it'll do the trick.

Look - Pours a modesty murked sunset copper with a big ass frothy ever so slightly off white head that looks like it will stick around for quite some time although it is definitely too early to judge. Carbonation appears to be about medium with this guy. Some small fragments of lacing do stick around. 3.5.

Smell - Skunk. A skunked brown bottle of beer brewed in my home state? Well that is certainly new. Mind you, this isn't one of those " OMFG IS SMELLS LIKE A SKUNKS ASSHOLE DIAHREA IM GONNA VOMIT EWEWEW GIVE ME A AINT YOUR STEP DADS ROOTBEER SO I CAN GET DRUNK AND PREGNANT BY A GENERIC PANTS TO THE KNEES DOUCHEBAG WHOS MIXTAPE IS FIRE " kinda skunk. Really isn't off putting. Quite basic honestly. 3.

Taste - The skunk is obvious and there though there does appear to be a noticeable amount of creamed corn and lightly toasted barley. Hops just are not anywhere to be found at this juncture. Tastes like an above average American Adjunct Lager. 3.

Feel - Body is actually pretty damn full with a nice and welcomed creamyness. Carbonation stays on the low levels and it reminds me of eating sugared corn flakes like when I was a child. 4.

Overall - Look Bells, if you want to make an adjunct lager just call this an adjunct lager. Not sure if this was old and off or whether it was intended to taste like a slightly better version of your generic American or Imported green bottle stuff. Guess it does fit the broad ' American Pale Lager ' category since it is pale and very clearly a lager. Oh well, needed a palate washer and this will do it. Few extra points for that. 3.25..

Sep 13, 2015
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"A golden beer with American hops contributing to a crisp, refreshing bitterness. A tribute to the Great Lakes, T.C.B. is a truly quaffable beer." Brewed in the style of an American Blonde Ale. Available as a year round offering in 6 packs and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 49 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours an off-white head of a frothy foam consistency over a medium hazy golden yellow body with light peppered sediment in tow, light carbonation. Retention is very good, lacing is light and spotty. 4.25

(Smell) Cracker and fluffy wheat malts with a touch of earthy and herbal hops. Somewhat peppery, softly tart. Smells right on par for an American Blonde for lightness but I like the depth of the malt profile which constantly keeps me guessing as to all that went into it. Potency is medium. 3.75

(Taste) Flavor is much like the aroma predicted, slightly less sweet and lighter. Earthy, cracker and biscuity malt notes intertwined with a faint grassy and fruity hop with a soft bitterness. A bit doughy, grainy fruity and peppery altogether. As far as it falls along the style, it's one of the more flavorful blonde ales. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, lightly peppery, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, creating a frothy, smoothly crisp mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is very slightly bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is low, off characters are minimal. 3.75

(Overall) I had great concerns opening a beer that I stumbled upon in a loose bottles clearance bin, especially alongside others brewed in 2009. I'd never even seen this beer before. I was very surprised to find that it had either been cellared beautifully or just managed to hold up gracefully well over the past few years. I will be looking out for this beer and was very impressed. 3.75

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Dec 02, 2014
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MartzMimic from Oklahoma

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Pours a hazy gold from the bottle with a substantial fluffy white head. Smells of bread with a touch of citrus and spice. Very bready taste with a bit of lemon and floral notes. The hops come through with a bit of bitterness at the end. Medium mouth with some carbonation. A decently quaffable blonde.

Nov 17, 2014
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michiganmatt from California

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - 4.5/5
A moderately clear golden orange. A little bit of head retention. Can see LOTS of carbonation rising upward in the beer. I always love that because it makes the beer look alive. If you look close, you can see lots of little tiny particulates floating throughout the beer. Overall, a nice look. I am excited to try this beer.

Smell - 3.25/5
A bready, orange smell. Can't really smell much beyond that. But basically it smells close to an Oberon. Which is not a bad smell, just prefer it to be something different from Oberon which is a ubiquitous summer staple in Michigan.

Taste - 3/5
Again, there is a bready orange taste. The beer is slightly sweet, maybe moderately sweet. There is a faint alcohol taste. Overall, I am not impressed by the taste. It tastes different than an Oberon (most notably is has a breadier taste and less citrus), but didn't really strike me as anything innovative or tasty.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
A lot of moderate intensity carbonation is present through the sip, stimulating your tongue. Light to medium in body. Fairly crisp. This beer has an okay feel to it.

Overall - 3.25/5
This beer looked very promising from its appearance, but the this beer was just okay, and probably not one I would want to get again.

Nov 11, 2014
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HattedClassic from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

The beer pours a white bubbly head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a clear pale gold. the beer has a very sweet malt smell The smell also has some light bready yeast notes and a light hop profile. There also appears to be toasty notes as well. The taste is similar to the smell but that the hop profile is mulch stronger and more bitter with a lemony hop flavor, light banana yeast notes, Belgian spices and hints of the rye mash. The beer's mouthfeel is light bodied and very little carbonation but smooth and a bit creamy. Leaves refreshing aftertaste. The beer is a decent blond ale.

Aug 30, 2014
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Full notes taken at our campground in Sioux Falls, SD. Week-long camping review dump ahead.

A- Semi hazy golden body poured from a 12oz to a goblet. White head forms to a finger with a foamy-fizzy texture and fair retention. Small ring and spotty lace result from the cap.

S- Bready yeast with some fruity esters, pale cracked grains, cereal and hops that are citrus spicy and herbal. Has a slight lemony citrus fell to me.

T- Sessionable Golden Ale feel with fair amount of hops, cereal, biscuit and light sweet grains. Floral, spicy and herbal hops with light lemon citrus in the finish.

MF- Light bodied but a creamy chewy texture especially for the style and such low ABV. Carbonation fairly high and works nicely with the flavors present and it all ends with tiny bitters.

Sessionable pale golden ale with a balance of hops and malts. Chewy mouthfeel was a nice bonus considering the style.
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Jul 14, 2014
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superspak from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 4/11/2014. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, cracker, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, cracker, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a very nice blonde ale style. All around good balance and robustness of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

May 01, 2014
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Third Coast Beer reminds me of those first few rays of summer morning sun that peek through the curtains; it has a gentle radiance - nothing blinding - but is awash with golden brightness. Its head looks no thicker than a dryer sheet but leaves a wicked mess of lacing.

Somewhere a baker is turning green with envy; this beer tastes remarkably like a fresh-baked country loaf. Even the inside of ovens can't offer a perfume with this much sweet, wholesome breadiness. Each sip is like biting into the soft, warm, white, airy center of the loaf, while the aftertaste has subtle hints of toasted, lightly caramelized crust.

It's apparent that Bells has used the finest quality malts - a wise move for a recipe that showcases them so plain and abundantly. It's not all about grain however; hops are relatively significant for a blonde ale aimed at mainstream drinkers. None of the bitterness is perceived, but gently floral and fruity undertones are noted every step of the way.

Between the toothsome, biscuity sweetness and soft, rose-like hoppiness, even those who typically reject 'plain' ales will have a hard time not enjoying this. An offering this wholesome and tasteful endorses the virtues of craft beer perfectly: it's not always about being extreme or different, it's about making great, better quality beer.

Bells is a brewery with integrity and nothing proves that better than Third Coast Beer: it is a clean, flavourful, well-malted, tastefully hopped ale that has far more character than commercial, industrial brewed beers but is still every bit as approachable and easy-going. Anyone who remotely likes beer should find this a delight.

Feb 02, 2014
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

2.78/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden color. There's a finger worth of white-colored head, as well. Retention is just average for the style, but there's something to be said about leaving a lot of lacing behind...and this one certainly does that.

S: Well, there's a promising salvo of hops on the nose. Nothing too extreme, but certainly existent. This naturally makes me assume this won't be some bland, middle-of-the-road blonde ale. There's also a strong crackery presence coming from the malts. I'm not blown away, but the promise is there...

T: Up front is the crackery, bready malt profile. Past that is where the hops come - sadly, they're kind of undefined, bringing only generic bitterness along with maybe a *twinge* of citrus. Sadly, the hops don't really add anything to the bready backbone, even creating a clash between the two elements.

M: Unusually full-bodied for the style. Sure, the creaminess is nice, but the thick texture does nothing for its drinkability. Some out there will like the low carbonation, though. Still, it's definitely not crisp or clean enough for the style.

O: As a hoppy blonde, this isn't turribly successful. There's way too much hop/malt clash for me. Having said that, this isn't something I'm going to drainpour - it's only kinda crappy instead of godawful. I don't need to have this one again.

Jan 14, 2014
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M_C_Hampton from Georgia

3.11/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, Straw colored with a loose white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, cloudy

S: not much, grassy, grain, biscuit

T: quite bitter and astringent, grapefruit peel without the citrus, finish is bitter pine

M: thinner but leaves a mouth coating of bitterness, makes cheeks pucker

O: one dimensional but drinkable, bitterness is refreshing but almost overdone

Jan 12, 2014
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Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 841 ratings