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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-01-2002

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Ratings: 825 |  Reviews: 347
Photo of PeterOrlando92
4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of sennin
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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2/5  rDev -42.7%

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 antoines15
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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 Localdrinklax
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of harrylee773
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of JimmyP
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of zenwatts
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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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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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3/5  rDev -14%

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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2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

Third Coast Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.49 out of 5 based on 825 ratings.
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