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

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-01-2002

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

4.80% ABV confirmed. Bottled 10/08/12. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a pilsner glass in me sister's gaff in low altitude Minneapolis, Minnesota. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery's reputation.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of fair cream and thickness, and good retention. Colour is a semitransparent somewhat hazy copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Pale malts, cream, minimal floral hopping, and hints of honey. An average strength aroma.

T: A pale malt foundation, honey, interesting barley, and crisp wheat-esque malts. Good balance. Decent build for the foundation. Not real complex or subtle. Nicely sweet.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good thickness and crispness. Good carbonation. Suits the flavours decently.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but nothing special or unique. I expect better from a brewery as renowned as Bell's. I'd try it on draught, but it's far from great.


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Photo of emerge077
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampling this following the "Lager of the Lakes".

Pours turbid with swirling particulates in suspension. Thick fluffy foam, stained tan from the yeast sediment poured in after a final swirl. Sticky ring adheres inside the glass, leaving a broken skim and floating convex island of foam in the center. Murky orangish gold color.

Clean noble hop aroma, grassy, a touch sweet with floral hop traces of wildflowers or weeds.

Moderately bitter hop bite, lagery feel, though a Blonde Ale. Grainy, grassy, herbal, wet hay, floral notes. Dry finish, lightly bitter. Simple and clean, the focus seems to be on the floral American hops. Drinkable and quenching, though a bit simple and one-note. Lager of the Lakes was more enjoyable to me personally.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of brentk56
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
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

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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a golden yellow with a nice foamy head.

S - Smells very citrusy, especially orange. Also, slight hop aromas.

T - It was very hoppy to the taste. The was an orange flavor and yeasty notes to it.

M - It is light-bodied and very crisp.

D - I am very impressed with Third Coast. It would be a good beer to have onhand for get togethers.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

Batch 9114

Color is a clear straw yellow. Pours almost 2 fingers of white head. Good retention with really nice lace.

Aroma: crips yeast with some slight fruit flavors. Very light and grainy.

Taste: grain, yeast, and some fruits. Not a lot going on here.

Mouthfeel: pretty crips, a little smooth. A fairly nice amount of carbonation. Light bodied. Ends with a dry aftertaste.

Overall, a very light beer. I could easily drink a few of these in a sitting. Nothing I would go out of my way for, as it just doesn't have to much flavor going on. Not bad for a summer day.

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4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle-conditioned T.C.B. pours a hazy golden body beneath a short head of creamy white foam that holds well and leaves sheets of thin lace about the glass. The nose is mainly hoppy with a grassy, floral, and gently citrusy edge over a soft maltiness that's straightforwardly grainy - and the flavor is basically the same. The malt and hop flavors work well together with one supporting the other, and it's nicely balanced by a bold bitterness that leaves it refreshingly raspy-dry in the finish. It lingers... spicy, grassy, bitter... similar to a fresh German lager. It's basic, fresh, hoppy beer as I'd imagine beer was prior to the Volstead act of 1919.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of jlindros
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one in a great trade with Noslenwerd. I wanted to help out his cause for 365 beers in 365 days. For those who haven't heard of his quest, try this website:

Anyways, he sent me a bunch of stuff I can't get here, including a slew of Bell's beers, and I decided to review a bunch tonight. This is the next on the list.

A: Huge head on the pour, about 3+ fingers. It's bleach white color and fluffy as clouds on a hot summer day. It's super pale piss yellow color with some haze and sediment.

N: Nose has some light malts, wheat, a touch of sweet malts, and I think a touch of light grassy hops. There's also hints of yeast. The aroma is very light.

T: Taste is a lot more bitter than I expected. It has quite a bit of tangy bitter pale hoppiness right out front. The hops add some grassy, lemon, and spicy flavors. There is some light wheat and malts as well. Some light banana even, with hints of yeast and some fruitiness.

M: Pretty slim, most of the carbonation was gone to the head like it blew its load.

F: Finishes pretty dry and semi bitter. Almost like raping my tongue with it. Some fruity flavors seems to stick to the sides of my mouth and keep some juicy flavors coming. It has quite a bit of bitterness, but lacks much hop flavor, but it's called a blonde ale and not a pale so I guess it doesn't need much for hop flavors, but also might be a little to pale IMO. It's still a nice beer though.

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Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium gold color with a rather thick fluffy head,a real malty toastey aroma not much hop to it.The taste is really malty and bread-like some nice fruitiness as well,there is some hop dryness and herbalness in there but its very faint.A decent brew but I dont rate it with some of the others from Kalamazoo.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The one beer that foiled me during the Bell's taste-off at the end of the trivia challenge during Stub and Herb's Fermented Eclipse event in June 2010. Naturally, I had to become more familiar with it.

Pours a pale honey color with a two finger white head and a bit of lacing. Nose consists of slightly sweet dough and hints of light floral and citrus notes. Taste is the same with a grain and bread interplay. Somewhat grassy. Mouthfeel is nice with good carbonation and a heavy enough body. Drinks fairly well and would be a solid introductory beer.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of REVZEB
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atrocity
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch# 7242, cheers to BARLEYWINEO

Pours a semi-hazed apricot color with 3+ fingers of pearl white meringue head with floaties. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Peppery & lemon hops, plus grainyness

T: Bready & lemony notes up front. Slight metallic notes, grapefruit hops, fruittyness with grainyness white & black pepper & a touch of dryness as this warms. Finishes juicy with apricots & a bit of strawberry

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, blonde with a tinge of wit to it

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3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, gold body capped by a small, white head, though, truth be told, the pour was initiated by the plucky bartender Carlos. Continued streams of lively effervescence.

Smell: Light pale maltiness with some sweetish and grainy hints alongside a floral, herbal, spicy hop character.

Taste: Light pale malts with a crisp overall graininess and reasonable amount of light sweetness. Spicy, herbaceous hop character with a light bitterness to provide ample balance. Though, some rebounding flecks of sweetness continue to surface amidst the bitterness. Touch of yeastiness. Finishes dry and lightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Even with its lively effervescence, it displays a substantial body that a lager of comparable composition never could. All in all, a pleasant, easily drinkable light ale, though the closest I've been to the Third Coast, is a trip up or two to up to Three Floyds for Dark Lord Day.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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