Third Coast Beer | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Third Coast BeerThird Coast Beer

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a wine glass

Cloudy look, standard head, good lacing, yadda yadda yadda... Smell is buttery, funky, and spicy. Not a fan of the nose here. Taste follows, a dusty, funky, well hopped ale. White pepper, lemon rind, and the barnyard funk of the nose.

Sometimes I'm lovin' this beer, other times it falls flat. Freshness probably has a great deal to do with it.

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Photo of Beric
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle poured into footed pilsener
Served: 6 July 2013

Appearance: Hazy golden color with a foamy white one-and-a-half finger head that slowly settles to something of about a half-finger. Nice carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good lacing. Looks somewhat like a hefeweizen due to the haziness.

Smell: Smells like light malts with some faint hop bitterness. You can certainly tell there were aroma hops used in the making of this beer, but they won't whack you across the face like Bell's hoppier options. Smells crisp and clean, with a touch of hoppy flare.

Taste: For the style, this is pretty darn good. It has a nice complexity to it- the light malts play well with the hops that you can faintly taste. This beer would be a marvelous session beer- it's light and tasty for being what it is. This beer finishes drier than I would have liked.

Mouthfeel: I think that this one could be improved via filtering. I feel that Bell's bottle conditioned these because without the yeast presence, the beer would feel somewhat thin. I think that the carbonation, however, did give the beer enough body.

Overall: This is obviously supposed to be an easily drinkable craft beer. Honestly, it is not immensely different from lighter colored lagers (though this is an ale), but does include a good depth of flavor for being 'restricted', in a sense, to the guidelines of a simple style. If this came in cans, it'd be a great, easily drinkable tailgate beer come football season.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured this American Blonde Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear yellow color - produced a small white head, average retention and it left some lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of malted wheat, sweet grain- Light in body, there was a base of cereal grain, some hop bitterness. Easy to drink - good summer beer.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 11/01/2012. Interested in trying this beer, haven't had a beer by Bell's in a while now.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours about a finger of sizzling fizzy white head on top of a bright yellow body with plenty of bubbles floating to the top and sediment swirling around. Thin ring of wispy lacing.

S - Fresh lemon peel. Fruity bubblegum wheat. Pale dusty malts. Grassy and earthy, as the lemon smell dissipates.

T - Surprisingly grainy, hoppy, and bitter. Fruity hops never become too dominant amidst the dry earthy malt flavors. Surprisingly well-balanced with flavor.

M - Slightly dry and bitter, yet smooth and creamy feeling at the same time.

Overall, this is a surprisingly tasty and balanced beer. Bit of carbonation, which is to be expected considering this beer's low 4.80% abv, but it is never too much. Lightly bodied, and low in abv, I can see this beer being an excellent sipper for hot summer days. A simple beer, not complex, but highly drinkable and enjoyable.

Bell's Third Coast Beer ---3.5/5

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Photo of brewtus
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours clear, light yellow, the color of a basic domestic light beet, maybe a tiny bit darker. Small white head.

S- grainy, wheat. Some sweetness.

T/m- like a better quality bud light, a nice bitterness from the grain, easy drinking at 4.8%

O- this would be great for any outdoor summer day. Very easy to drink but still very quality. I really liked it. Like I said, it's like bud light for craft beer drinkers palates.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a perfect straw color, mostly opaque and hazy all around with a fluffy white head thanks to the generous amount of carbonation in the drink. The aroma has a slightly metallic base to it, upon which a little bit of straw and wheat sweetness surfaces, along with generous amounts of fruit; lemon zest, orange peel, apple skins, and some citrus. The taste includes most of these same fruits on the tongue, alongside a tiny bite from the carbonation. No metal on the tongue, but the slight amount in the aroma may have you thinking otherwise. Hops are there, but they're relatively low and outdone, making it hard to even pinpoint a profile to them. A slightly bitter hit comes around near the latter half of the beer, but it's still relatively low in the IBU department. The aftertaste lingers out with this tiny bit of bitterness as well as a touch of yeast and wheat that slowly decrescendo into nothing. Thin body, crisp and refreshing.

This is a beer for taking out on the lake for a hot afternoon of fishing. Refreshing and it goes down like a champ. Not the most flavorful thing on the planet, but it gets the job done.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
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 jkrich
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of RickS95
2.1/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Looks like someone put Corona into a snow globe. Clear and straw gold, it's full of little floaties. Up top is a nice sized, bright white head with good retention and a sloppy lace. Unfortunately, it looks little different than something I can purchase 18 of for 12 bucks.

Grainy, rice-like, slightly floral. Think macro.

Is this a Budweiser?

See above. It's mostly got a chalky, bitter feel. Grainy and sour. Nothing resembling 'craft beer.'

Epic fail.

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Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, high carbonation, light-gold in color, hazy

Smell: almost dark wheat, grass, and a touch of toffee

Taste: grass dominates with toffee and a touch of wheat

Mouthfeel: light body, sweet with underlying bitterness, very high carbonation

Overall: Solid but not great sessionable ale that would work well on a hot day. Typical Bells being very clean. I would not go out of my way for this, but a fine example of the style.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.02/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy yellow, carbonated, some sediment, one finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Lots of bread/toast notes, more towards the bread side and not much else.

T-Mainly bread/toast with more bread than toast. Tad bit of lemon and grass, not much though. Maybe some spice, but barely there.

M-Light, some carbonation and crisp.

O-An average boring beer. Nothing off-putting, nothing to write home about.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Is this unfiltered? Nose has some nice tones to it: citrus hits me at the start but seems to fade fairly soon into things. Carries more spicy hop tone to it than I would have expected. Pretty drinkable, though the hops do take it to a different place than most blondes are at. Not too shabby.

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Photo of wingman14
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi dark yellow with a frothy white head. Smell is grainy, subtle hops, hint of sweet as well. Bitter up front that goes all the way through, it covers some of the flavor at first. After it has a nice malt flavor, the hops is there with some sweetness at the end. The bitterness stays through the aftertaste. A medium mouthfeel, nice and smooth, nice balance after the first few sips, the bitterness doesn't fit well in the beer overall. A good beer, nice flavors, not something I would get all the time, but a good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of liamt07
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Siciliano's, 12oz into a tulip. Bottled March 30, 2012.

Golden yellow with a couple fingers of fluffy white head. Good retention and sticky lace. Nose of grains, cracker, a bit of citrus and yeast. Taste is dry and toasty grains, bitter hopping, light citrus flavour and more yeast character. Medium light feel, a bit drying and moderately bitter finish. A good blonde, but fairly uninteresting.

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Photo of Phelps
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Let’s start with a complaint: why give this beer the same name as the old ale? I can see this creating a lot of confusion among consumers. To me, Third Coast is Bells’ old ale, and I’d be upset to find this in my glass instead. But anyway...

This was enjoyed in a tiny snifter at Tops.

Golden wheat in color, almost perfectly clear. A thin head of wispy white remains for a while, becoming a thin ring.

Bright, floral, fruity nose. A touch of pear and apple blend perfectly with lilac and orange blossom. Soft and sweet.

Much drier flavor. It’s heavily grainy and bitter, with soft old wheat and apple in the front and an extremely dry finish and major side-of-the-tongue bitterness rounding things out.

Medium body with nice viscosity. High, painful carbonation breaks the brew into large bubbles. Clean though bitter.

This blonde’s very drinkable with a great nose, but it’s a little too bitter for the style. I could use more sweetness.

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Photo of isualum12
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Third coast beer

We don't get this here in Boise. I got this a trade so it was a special treat tosee bells in the box.

Look standard golden yellow.
Smell not a lot there. Honestly smells a little like a bud light.
Taste a hoppy light beer that doesn't overwhelm. I saved for aware day. Glad I did
Feel high in co2. Not to bad though
Like it enough. Wouldn't go shopping for it but really glad I had it.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
2.06/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Hazy light amber. Like every other beer ever.
S: Little to no smell. The slightest hints of floral.
T: Taste very watery with few flavors. A little bit of hops in there but really nothing to it.
M: Sits like water with a little too much carbonation.

Overall a really poor showing from Bells here. I think I see what they're getting at which is an easy drinking beer for the masses. They have succeeded at this but have sacrificed a lot in the process.

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Photo of 33nickadams
3.09/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

When I was in college at Western, I drank this almost as much as Two Hearted. Its been about 12 years since I've had one!

Translucent golden yellow, with tons of sediment. Nice sticky lacing and a head that lasts. Smells sharp, pungent and bready. Almost meaty? Not much hop character in the nose to speak of. The smell is almost enough to turn you off. The taste is almost the opposite. Slightly sweet, bready and a nice citrus hop bitterness towards the end. As the beer warms, the tastes seem to blend and it gets better. I love when a beer does that. Mouthfeel is light and nicely carbonated. This is a good session beer if you can get past the nose. I think my tastes have changed since college!

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Photo of srandycarter
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Murky straw. White head leaves fast to ring. LOTS of cling. Pretty enough beer.

S - Acrid, sharp nose, barn follows it up. Malt a distant feel.

T - Crisp, light and pleasant.

M - Light bodied, good carb, pretty clean finish.

D - Ok, low abv, not a palate killer. I think this could be a nice session.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Papago into standard pint glass.
Nice golden color with no head and no lacing, but it still looks crisp.
Smells of fresh hops and malts.
Nice crisp hop and refreshing balance of malts.
Overall, refreshing and simple but very satisfying. Nice session brew.

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Photo of bnes09
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark urine yellow and cloudy. Good head with nice sticky film and attractive lacing.

Bright and fresh lemon, citrus aroma and fresh cut grass.

Fresh and citrusy hop bitterness. Leafy notes. Malt is smooth with a wheat-like flavor. Finish is crisp with lingering hop flavors. Well balanced.

Medium body. Drying from the hops. Lower carbonation than expected. Crisp feel overall.

Really good stuff. A tasty, refreshing, balanced and hop-forward blonde ale. Could almost call this a pale ale. Well done.

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Photo of cvm4
3.21/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - nice golden body and a thick, frothy head. Good amount of lacing.

S - A clean, malty smell.

T - Tasted very clean. A nice hop bite with a citrus (lemon) taste.

M - An easy drinking beer. This session beer has perfect carbonation.

O - I could easily kill a 6 pack of these during the summer. It's not a mind blowing beer by any means. But, is miles ahead of the BMC light beers.

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Photo of OleJohnnieAle
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- a light clear yellow with fluffy white head that left minimal lacing.

S- Large malt scent....minimal hops

T- Very malty almost brown aleish not quite the roastiness though.

M- well balanced medium body good carbonation.

O decent malty beer, would try again nothing too special though.

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