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 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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Photo of gdrydenc
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very light straw with lots a settlement speckling the glass. A finger of white head disappears very quickly.

S - Smells very lemony. I can certainly smell a noble type hop in there. It's not an overwhelming smell, but it's a nice subtle smell.

T - Much like the smell. The lemon is there, but there's also a good hop kick to it. The finish is clean and crisp, thanks to a good portion of malts.

M - Very light on the tongue. The carbonation fits this beer well.

Overall, a good, light beer. This is something that I could see myself sessioning in the right situation.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow. A good amount of head with good retention. Smells light citrus and lemon. a hint of yeast and some slight hints of a sweet malt background. Mostly the lemon and citrus stand out. Very light... the taste is subtle and not exciting. Lemon and yeast, a tough of wheat. Well carbonated but a bit thin. There is some bite to it that hurts the drinkability a bit.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden Crystal. Thick Chunky Head. Sticky Sticky Lacing.
Apples, pears and grassy grains on the aroma.
Flavors are light spicy hops and creamy doughy textures and notes.
Simple enjoyable beer. Thrist Quencher. Lawnmover. Summer time. Make it happen.

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Photo of hardy008
2.58/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy lemon with a one finger foamy white head with decent retention. Smells like lemons, yeast, grain, and light pale malts.

This beer tastes just like it smells. Lemon, yeast, grain, and light pale malt. Also tastes like there is biscuit malt present.

Light bodied, plenty of carbonation, and has an unpleasant, bitter aftertaste. It does not seem like this fits any one style very well. I don't care much for this beer.

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Photo of websherpa
4.31/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks ChadQuest for the extra!

Appearnance: The beer looks wonderful. Sometimes light beers don't seem to have much character but this is a rich golden yellow color. It's got considerable amount of clouding and a lot of suspended sediment. The head is just gorgerous on this. 2 finger pour with the lightest fluffiest head that stuck around for a while. Even if the beer sucks I don't care this looks beautiful.

Smell: Somewhat typical grain forward "light" beer. It smells refined, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Taste: What a great blonde. It's clean and refreshing. It's has a little citrus in it. It's not bitter though, this is more like a spritz of lemon zest rather than bitting into a lemon wedge.

Mouthfeel: Light, thin, and lots of carbonation which seems to work for it. Everything to be expected done very well.

Drinkability: I'll have another please... Seriously, at 4.8% and with how light and refreshing this is, a 6er in a night wouldn't be out of the question at all. I wish I had access to this in the summer after a fun day on the river. I know it's not a favorite style because it's not huge, but this beer deserves some praise.

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Photo of mrmuskie
3.34/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden hay color with lots of sediment and a this 2 finger head the disapated quickly.
The smell was very grainy with a nice hop aromma.

Taste was kind of kin to a german pils with a sweet twist,it started with a sharp hoppy character followed by some tasty fuity notes finishing dry and hoppy.

I found this beer very drinkable/sessonable and would be great for a hot summers day of fishinng.

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Photo of emerge077
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
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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Photo of FanofHefe
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear light yellow body with a small white head. Nice appearance.

Yeasty, bready aroma with a hint of grape or apple. Inviting.

Tasty flavor that starts out with some light bitter hops. The bready yeast flavor blends with just a little sweet malt to balance.

Highly drinkable. Great brew.

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Photo of TheKtulu7
4.02/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear pale golden color with quite a bit of floating particles. Pure white head and a little lacing.

Smell: Appetizing. Malty and a bit like apples. Maybe green apples if my mind isn't trying to be more aware than it really is. Straw or hay, too.

Taste: Dry, malty, and good.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry, but with a slightly grainy texture.

Drinkability: Very easy. Beer all gone in less than 15 minutes, including forcing myself to take breaks

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

Appearance: A clear pale orange color with little head and lacing.

Smell: A malty, hoppy, and yeasty delight. I detect some apple-like aromas in the smell.

Tatse: This one has a sweet bubble gum flavor that's balanced by some nice hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full-body and crisp.

Drinkability: A tasty, thirst quenching brew that can be drunk all night long.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.34/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yellow and hazy with obvious fine "floaties" that definitely detract from the appearance. Not too much head but pretty decent lacing.

Definitely a grainy, wheaty smell to it. A touch of lemon.

Tastes lightly malted with grains and white pepper peeking through. Much like a wheat beer but somewhat dryer.

Peppy and tangy, pretty dry and light bodied.

Drinks alright but I'm not anxious to rush out and get a sixer of it.

A rather nice beer considering it didn't look like much in the glass.

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Photo of adamette
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. brown bottle that I purchased as a single at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio a few weeks ago for $1.66 into my Brewery Ommegang gold rimmed Westvleteren Style goblet. Batch 9476.

A Brief, thin white head over a blonde, translucent body with plenty of sediment floating about. Good look. 4.0

S Akin to a Witbier, I smell grainy goodness wafting up from a light smelling blonde ale. 3.5

T Background of a basic blonde ale with a peppery front (I assume from the grainy sediment) that is really quite tasty. 4.5

M That peppery taste provides a bit of an edge to this otherwise thin to moderate beer. Better than good feel for the style. I like a blonde ale with a bit of a bite. 4.5

D As the label suggests, it is truly quaffable. 4.0

Notes: I am happy with this beer that I have seen in stores everywhere around here and finally purchased for purposes of drinking and rating it here today.

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

A - This beer pours a nice golden straw color that has a bit of orange mixed it. It has a big white head on it. There were some bits of lacing left behind on the glass.

S - It smells of light malts, and has some decent hop presence. There are also notes of lemon and citrus.

T - The taste is nice and malty, with a good hop presence. There is also some citrus present. The finish is slightly bitter, with good notes of citrus.

M - It has a medium body and a lot of carbonation. It is very crisp and refreshing feeling.

D - This has good drinkability. It is a very easy going beer. Overall, I think this is good, but kind of generic. I could easily drink a lot of these. I think this would be a good beer to have on a nice hot day.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pale color with a off color. Cloudy with a slight head that dissipates to the side of the glass.

Pale and crystal malts in the aroma with a slight nutty and citrus notes

This is a full pale ale. the taste is full of pale malts. The carbonation is upfront and builds. Crystal malts make an appearance and finishes with slight hop citrus and bitterness.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: yellow, hazy body, nice 2 finger head, average lacing.

S: grainy, sweet malt, hint of citrus.

T: grainy, slight bitter finish, kind of pilsner/ipa combo.

M: med/light body, solid carbonation.

D: very sessionable, don't go out of your way for this beer, but worth trying.

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Photo of Shrews629
3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Light honey color with a bright, white head. Some sediment floating through the glass. Decent head with decent head retention. Mostly average in appearance.

Smell - Nice little floral hop aroma at first. Some grapefruit with some spice. A bit of orange peel in there also. Well balanced and smells nice. A touch of biscuit or breadiness makes an appearance as the beer warms.

Taste - The taste was of grapefruit and spice. Nice bit of hop bitterness dancing on the taste buds. Detecting a dry wheat in the background also.

Mouthfeel - Medium/thin mouthfeel. Crisp and refreshing. Blankets the tongue and throat well. Finishes a bit dryer than I was anticipating.

Drinkabilitly - I was pleasantly surprised by this brew. It's really pretty good. Easily drinkable and would be real nice on Spring and Summer days. I'll give this a second go round no problem.

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Photo of stimulus
3.11/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Batch 9859, bottled 7/8/10.

A: Pours a hazy, unfiltered pale yellow like a witbier.
S: Not really sure, but this smells pretty terrible, sort of like Natural Light.
T: Surprising hop bitterness, with a near pilsnery taste, but then that Nattie Light taste on the finish.
M: Smooth, well carbonated, and light bodied.
D: Somewhat sessionable, but not something I'd want more than a pint of.

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Photo of OnThenIn
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: white head with a half finger of head. A light, slightly hazy golden body.

S: The aroma is hop dominated. The aroma is mostly citrus with a touch of pine. There is a hint of aroma from the malt.

T: It is hop dominated with a great deal of pine and there is hop bitterness in surprising quantity. The beer is sadly one dimensional.

M: the carbonation is a little bit of a let down. It is thin bodied.

D: The beer is rather drinkability, but the lack of complexity really hurt the beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decided that I was going to go on a fridge cleaning for the next week before I need to take a break for a while. Went with this mixed sixer last night in an attempt to clean out some lighter fare. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this was consumed on 11/03/2010.

This had to be one of the easiest drinking offerings I have ever come across. Pours out a light amber color with loads of carbonation and a full two finger head that subsides rather nicely and leaves behind a well balanced look with lots of lacing.

Aroma is a touch light with hints of lemon, light grains and bready notes, but nothing really sticking out as exemplary. But the moment you take a sip it goes down like water. Super crisp, light, and clean with spot on carbonation. Light touches of citrus, pears, light grains, and a hint of corn all blend together very nicely and leave a clean aftertaste that just begs you to go back and take another sip.

Overall outstanding session ale here. I would not mind throwing back a half dozen of these any day, it just really seems to work quite nicely. Spot on.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. 4.8% ABV, Batch #9636 (Bottled March 18, 2010).

A - Pale straw yellow in color, its crystal clear with strong carbonation. A two-finger head provides a fully white topping to the beer. Moderate retention but stellar lace left on the glass.

S - Squirts of lemon citrus lightly spice the grainy straw aroma. A touch of grassy hops adds a light floral note but it's just lacking. I understand the point of the beer but it's grainy backing isn't appealing. There's a subtle corn huskiness going on too.

T - Third Coast Beer has a harsh grainy pale malts with an astringent bite to the finish while notes of dry straw blend with hops after the swallow. A lightly floral, grassy flavor with a hint of lemon citrus is a decent hop character but again, the lack of a good malt profile and prominent graininess isn't appealing.

M - Light-bodied and very crisp from carbonation, Third Coast feels a little thin and finishes out with a dry and lightly bitter feel. The bitterness leans more to the astringent side of things.

D - I wouldn't really call it 'a truly quaffable beer'. It seems like a step above generic BMC stuff. It just feels watered down. I needs a little balancing pale/pils malt to sweeten it up just a touch and give it a little more body. Not bad, but not something I'd reach for again.

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Photo of NODAK
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma here is of a fairly clean lemon and hoppiness, but more on the lemon side.

A bit floral with some citrus in the forefront....fading into a finish that features a medium citrus peel bitterness that isn't all that powerful at the time of the swallow, but definitely and surprisingly seems to linger a while into the aftertaste. There's some citrus and soft grain present in the aftertaste.

It's a very "clean" beer....pretty drinkable as well. It isn't going to "wow" many people but if this is meant to be a refreshing beer, particularly for hot weather, I'd say it's a fine choice.

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Third Coast Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.49 out of 5 based on 826 ratings.
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