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 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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Photo of tykees88
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- The clearest yellow gold colored beer I have ever seen. It's amazing really. A beautiful pillow of white rocky frothy head with lacing still in the glass 30 minutes after i drank it.

S- It has that lager smell. I think many lagers all have that same unmistakable unnamable scent. I can't describe it other than a little corney. A sweet malt smell and light hop aroma arise.

T-Taste is well balanced between earthy hops and a pilsen malt.

M-Super drinkable. A 6 pack of this in the summer on a hot day with a buddy by the lake... fo sho.

O-Pretty nice offering from bell's

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Photo of secondtooth
3.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This cloudy, golden ale pours with some sediment, but the crisp, lagery aroma is appealing enough.

Taste is full, hinting at grains (barley, wheat) and just enough of a hop bite to make this a formidable and ideal session ale. Nothing truly outstanding, but overall quite an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of soju6
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a small head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of pine with a bit of citrus and fresh grain.

T: Taste of fresh grain with a mild sweetness and bit of citrus. Has a nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly light body, crisp smooth and refreshing. Nice balance.

O: Easy drinker. This has too much flavor and character to be a blonde ale. This probably closer to a pale ale.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is cloudy golden yellow. Light head that lasts with some lacing.

Nose is fresh hops, orange zest, light malt, and a mild nuttiness.

Taste is mild hops and lemon candy with a medium nuttiness.

Mouthfeel is very refreshing. Very smooth and the hops provide just enough of a bite to give it a soda-like kick.

Overall, the beer's traits all work very well together. This is an excellent American beer.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Bottle dated 8.08.2011 A

A - Pours a golden yellow iwwth a one finger near-white head. Good retention and light lacing is left on the glass.

S - Light malts, bread, or almost dough like.

T - Light hoppiness, light malts, sweet corn comes to mind.

D - Light and refreshing, average carbonation and light body.

O - Light and refreshing.

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Photo of langm12
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A - Cloudy golden color. With a two finger fluffy white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Great lacing.

S - Earthy floral hops. Grains. Bit of citrus.

T - beady malts followed by spicy floral hops.

M - Light to medium. Quite a bit of carbonation. Very drinkable.

O - Definitely enjoyable. Great session beer, but not one I would go looking for.

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Photo of
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pale yellow with a very nice and long-lived head. There is a very fine sediment in suspension, though, which is kind of strange.

Smell - Floral hops and citrus dominate with a curious-but-pleasant candy malt note that reminds me of jelly beans. I don't know if it is the house yeast or what, but it bears a striking similarity to Bells' Pale Ale and Amber Ale.

Taste - That odd jelly bean flavour returns with citrus as well.

Very drinkable. The sweet character I describe does not make the beer too sweet.

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

I had this bottle in my fridge and i drank it some weeks ago. Review from notes. THis was a very drinkable beer.

Poured in my Struise glass this beer looked normal, cloudy yellow fluid with three fingres head.

Citrus is the taste with a light bitter aftertaste. Very tasty and a very drinkable, fresh and crispy beer!

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Photo of jtingue
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle dated 8/8/11. Poured into a pint.

Appearance. Pours a brilliant, hazy gold. A finger and a half of head dissipates to a good layer on top of the brew.

Smell. Lots of herbal hop aroma. Also a slight grassyness. Very light malt profile.

Taste. Starts out with a faint, bready, sweetness. This is almost immediately taken over by a medium level of bitterness. Again, there is a transition to a very grassy, and spicy, hop flavor that is complemented by a substantial bready malt. The finish is bitter and dry.

Mouthfell. Pretty standard. Light body with a moderate to low level of carbonation.

A great session beer here. Not the most complex flavor profile, but still a very well made beer.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a honied yellow topped by a bright white head of tight bubbles.

Aroma of husks and peeled grapes with mild pale maltiness. Floral.

Tastes a little yeasty and grainy with some toasted huskiness in the aftertaste. Pale maltiness dominates with a light tough of floral bitterness.

Medium-light mouthfeel with crisp carbonation.

Pretty good stuff for what it is.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with lots of bubbles. Solid two finger white head with good retention and a light amount of lacing.

Smell: Grains and caramel malts with a solid presence of earthy, floral hops. Hints of citrus and lemon peel. Aroma is fairly light overall, but the floral hops are very noticeable.

Taste: A bready flavor up front from the grains and malts is followed by a decent bitter bite from the floral, herbal like hops. Hints of lemon zest. Good balance between sweetness and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Feels light in the body but the floral hop flavor is high. Very smooth.

Overall: A very tasty and interesting brew. It has a surprisingly high hop presence for a lighter bodied beer. Its like a light version of a pale ale. A good option for summer when you want an easy drinking beer with a good hop presence. This bottle was a few weeks past its recommended date yet it still tastes fresh.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.04/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz into a Bell's tulip. Bottled June 20, reviewed July 27.

Golden and clear, with a fantastic head and great lacing, but with some floating sediment.

Smell is heavy bready malts and a weird, pear-like mustiness.

Taste is strong bready malts mostly, with some noble hops. There's also still some weird musty funk vibe. I don't know if something weird happened to this bottle in my drive from Kalamazoo to New York, but this is a bit strange, if still rather drinkable.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, smooth and a bit creamy.

I guess I haven't had many American Blond ales. This one is light enough to drink easily but the flavors aren't great, in my opinion. The first Bell's beer I haven't liked too much.

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Photo of cagocubs
4.12/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice golden with a white head that quickly recedes. Leaves nice lacing.

S: fourth of july bottlerockets? Good hops, little citrus, and nice smell.

T: Hops come through with a nice wheat. Has a taste similar to anchor liberty at the beginning. Aftertaste is left with bubblegum and light fruit. Very good.

M: Very smooth, crisp, and refreshing.

D: High. Light crisp and easy to drink

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

Thanks to Jeff for sending me this one.

A: The pour on this is a pale straw color with a finger of white head.

S: Not too much going on here. Some corn and biscuit malts giving the beer sweetness. Light hop notes, mostly floral and grass, with a little bit of yeast.

T: Light bitterness with floral, grassy, and slightly herbal hops. Sweetness from bready malts and a bit of biscuit malt. There is a slight astringency to it, maybe grain husks?

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: I was expecting a bit more from Bell's, but I suppose I shouldn't have got my hopes up for a blonde ale.

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Photo of MadTown1000
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Yellow, little bit fizzy, not a lot of head, a little bit cloudy. Not too impressive.

S - Not much there. Some hops?

T - A lot of hops for a beer like this. Well balanced with the malt though - tastes like wheat? Would be good with spicy food, it could stand up to a lot of heat.

M - A little bit grainy, but seems appropriate for this beer. Pretty substantial.

Overall - I like this beer better than the sum of its parts. Don't think it would be an every day beer, but it's a tasty change up.

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Photo of HockeytownBrew
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a deep golden yellow with a slight orange tint and a bit of haze. Two finger width head that sticks around for a while. Good amount of lacing.

S: Grainy with hints of malts and hops. A nice amount of breadieness and floral notes.

T: A slight spicy citrus with decent hop bitterness in the finish. Good floral notes, nice and clean. This is a nice blonde ale.

M: Light bodied, very crisp. Plenty of carbonation abundant in this brew, finishes smooth.

D: Nice drinkability. A couple of these can be enjoyed with no problem.

This is a good session beer. Nice for it's style.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
2.76/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured beer not knowing what it was....

Appearance-Yellow/Orange body, pretty clear. Small bubbly 1 inch head with pretty good retention and little lacing.

Smell-Lots of grain and light earthy hops. Not too inviting, kind of funky.

Taste-Bitter, not want I exactly want in a blonde ale. Light citrus and sweetness.

Mouthfeel-Light bodied with lots of carbonation.

Overall-Not really want I was hoping for. I have yet to try a Bells beer I haven't liked, until now. Will not seek out this beer again.

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Photo of cdrogers
3.91/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

Appearance: Nice golden color with an off-white creamy head. Head creates a nice lace on the way down.

Smell: Hints of spice and citrus.

Taste: Semi-sweet, spicy notes. Slight bitterness on the way down and does linger on the tough a bit.

Mouthfeel: Nice creaminess to it and very smooth, slight bitterness hangs around.

Overall this is a good beer. IBUs aren't that bad, but it does have that hoppy bitterness to it.

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Photo of lstokes
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange, lacy, hazy, beautiful, but smells grainy with a bit of floral hop--what is an American blonde ale? I'm not sure I've ever had one before. It's basically reminiscent of a light European lager, very crisp, a little bit sweet like a pear, grainy, enough citrus/floral hops to stay interesting but overall soft and clean on the palate. It's a great lager, and so top points from me, but I guess I expect more interest from Bell's.

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Photo of ccrida
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my Schell's shaker pint, Third Coast is cloudy yellow with a white head leaving decent lace.

Smell is grainy, sweet, on the mild side.

Taste is pretty good, a simple, clean. A bit soapy, some graininess.

Mouthfeel is light, a bit slick.

Drinkability pretty good. It's a boring beer, but inoffensive.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Third Coast Beer (not to be confused with Third Coast Old ale) pours a fairly yellow pale golden color with an attractive beige head. The head is whipped and frothy looking and has some seriously raunchy looking lace with great staying power. The only hindrance to this brew’s appearance is the cloudy nature from the yeast at the bottom of the bottle, but to me that is a good sign.

The aroma is understated while still being hoppy. It has a clean bready malt character that is a slightly grainy. There is a decent amount of herbal hop character and a fair amount of lemon zest is present as well.

The flavor is just as clean as the aroma with crisp bready and cracker malt sweetness that plays off just enough bitterness and a bit of a minerally character. The hops are very grassy with a definite “noble” sort of flare to them.

The body of this beer is on the lighter side of medium with lively carbonation. It finishes quite dry, with plenty of grassy and zesty hop flavor lingering on the palate.

This beer is far different than most in the Bell’s portfolio, but I find it to be quite tasty. It is not the best of its kind, but it is an interesting take on an easy drinking lager. I will definitely consider picking this beer up for a summer BBQ.

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Photo of bobhits
3.21/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dirty, highly carbonated, cloudy, pale light colored lager. Tall white head, pretty ok lacing. Smells an odd sweet yet a hint of sour and plenty of odd hops. The taste is much like the smell. There's some fruity funky mix though not going to lambic route. Apples or pears and a hop character I don't see often in beers.

I can't find words that work well to make this beer sound good, but it is pretty darn good. Certainly not great, but it's good.

Very drinkable and easy to go down.

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Photo of heebes
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Third Coast Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.49 out of 5 based on 820 ratings.
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