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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Ratings: 825 |  Reviews: 347
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
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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Photo of ballz50401
2.82/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured in a Sam Adams perfect pint. Appearance is a cloudy haze with some debris floating around. Smells a little hoppy and yeasty. Taste some pleasent bitterness from the hopiness. Light bodied feel, grity. Could drink a few more of these but not likly.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.89/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale yellow color wtih a finger of head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is nice, with a spicey slightly sweet hop over a semi-orange seet malt. The flavor is nice as well. The hop is not something I can place, but I really like the crisp spiceyness it brings. There is a slight orangey sweetness. I like it. The feel is moderate with a lively carbonation. This is a very exciting, I really really do like it.

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Photo of Caesar024
3.96/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Neil B. for bringing me back a mixed case of Bell's this week. I'm definitely looking forward to these beers.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. The control stamp doesn't appear to be a standard or Julian date, but I assume this is completely fresh since Neil bought it at the brewery's own store a week or so ago.

Pours a mostly bright golden straw color with a few micro-particles cheerfully floating around the brew, eventually settling to the bottom, but easily agitated back into the beer when the glass is swirled. A big fluffy white head hung around for a while and eventually dissipated to form some pretty lacing on the side of the glass.

The smell is a light bready malt base and minimal hopping. The flavor is clean and crisp with a bit more citrus appearing in the body, but finished with a dry bitterness and a high carbonation that forces me to take another swig. Truly a refreshing beer that I wish I had more of now.

Bell's lives up to their reputation with this brew. I'm looking forward to checking out the rest of this case now.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A step above the BMCs, but not by much. Poured a clear golden yellow with little head or lacing, a nose that was slightly grainy-slightly fruity and a thin body. Taste was slightly fruit, but mostly bland. Finish slightly on the watery side. Not much of an offering from Bells.

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Photo of erz316
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle into brooklyn brewery pokal

A - pours a medium dark golden straw colour with a big white head. the body has a bit more orange than a real straw colour.

S - slightly hoppy with a light malt backing. not really much to say here.

T - the taste, if anything was quite generic. it really tasted like a hopped up pbr, or bud. not many compliments for this brew.

MF&D - quite carbonated, and easy to drink. the only problem is that one could do it for a lot cheaper with a big block of pbr.

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Photo of gpogo
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Lightly hazey golden yellow with large fluffy white head.

A- Sweet crisp slightly fruity aroma, moderate hop aroma.

T- Crisp hopped flavor. Slight crackery malt taste. Finishes with a slightly bitter taste.

M- Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Slightly astringent

D- Seems like a good beer for summer. Perhaps a little too bitter.

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Photo of Kraken
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 8/6/09

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a water glass. Firm pour yields a quarter inch of white head. Very nice lace. Head falls quickly. Color is a cloudy pale lemon yellow.

Nose- Very nice muted lemon citrus. Some sweetness comes through in the nose.

Pallate- Very nice session beer. Pleasant lemon citrus hops slightly sweet, and tart very good.

Mouthfeel- Active, tart.

Drinkability- Fantastic

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Photo of beertunes
2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received as a gift from a friend after her recent trip to visit family. Thank you, Mara! If the 4 digit number on the back of the label is the batch #, this was batch #9245. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a cloudy yellow (almost looked like a Hefe), with1/4 inch of clean white head that dissipated quickly leaving just slight lacing.

A mostly neutral, but slightly skunky, aroma greets the nose, with a nice grainy scent underneath. The flavors are the typically easy grain and soft hop generally found in the style.

Body and drinkability were both typical for the style. There are times when a nice, smooth, quaffable blonde is the beer you're in the mood for, and this would be a good choice. If it were regularly available to me, it would be in my regular rotation. Worth trying, and worth having a friend bring back from vacation.

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Photo of dmfrench
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A creamy, hoppy, Kölsch-like American Blonde.

A: Particle-laden primary yellow body with a soapy, two-finger persistent white head.

S: A bit of grapefruit hops, some very faint slightly sweet malt, and that's it. Not particularly aromatic.

T: The fruity hops from the nose is the primary flavor, and there is a measure of piney, resiny hops as well. The malt character is creamy and a bit sweet. Reminds me of a Wheatale or Kölsch.

M: Well carbonated... good texture and weight.

D: Easy peasy.

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

Had 8.11.09
This beer pours a deep straw yellow with ample amount of sediment floating around in this brew. A one finger of bubbly white head caps the beer, receding rapidly leaving no lacing to speak of. Nose is mostly of grains and malt with only a hint of floral hops to it. Taste is grainy up front with touch of breadiness and malt in the middle, and the finish is of grassy and floral hops. Light to medium body, medium carbonation, very crisp and smooth, goes down easily. This is a highly sessionable beer.

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Photo of mothman
3.21/5  rDev -8%
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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Photo of mdwalsh
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch Eighty Seven Forty, bought as a single. It's about a year old....hmm

A: A hazy yellow with a bright white head. The head is full of small bubbles and being fed by more active carb from the bottom. There is plenty of suspended yeast and it looks a lot like a wheat beer.

S: I'm not liking this from a distance, sort of smells like wet dog. On closer inspection I get maybe a nuttier, granier smell, still not appealing. Not much for hops and no clear malt either. Perhaps a little sour.

T: Similar to the nose, it's dry and grainy. Pretty bland and similar to a BMC but a little sour. I guess that's kinda what they're shooting for.

M: Dry, rough, but a good carbonation.

D: Not for me, but I could see some liking this as a good session beer.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not bad for the style, I think most here are voting against the style rather than the beer. Pours a hazy golden with a thin white head. Aromas of bitter, earthy, piney hops and lager yeast. Don't get me wrong, the hops are relatively light, but far more noticeable than usual for the style. Similar as the far as the taste goes, a quick hit of bitter hops, refreshing, then a slightly stale taste of lager yeast takes over. Crisp, but a bit too strong on the yeast front- it kinda lingers in the mouth.

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Photo of thekanna
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a straw yellow color with some haze and a big, fluffy white head which settles pretty quickly. Lacing in rings is prominent down the side of the glass.

S: Very typical lager-like smell: a crisp, clean blend of malts and yeast, punctuated by some peppery hops.

T: Sweet and yeasty (wheat?) malts, shattered somewhat in the body with a nice, strong hop sting. Floral and citrus aromas are faint, but there.

M: Very light and crisp.

D: Easy to drink, but not all that appealing to kick back with either considering the gamut of better beers to do so.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - batch # 9114.

Pours a hazy straw with a white, creamy 1/2 inch which dissipates quickly leaving a find white ring around my pint glass.

Smells mild overall of light, crisp and bitter hops and a little earthiness.

Taste reflects the nose. Semi-dry, crisp and refreshing. Mouth carbonation is average with light sweetness on the finish. This is a simple beer with a nice, crisp character, mild and enjoyable.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lame! I thought this was the old ale... oh well here goes:

A- A nice rich gold color with about a half inch of white head. Head is dense and sticks around for a while, lacing nicely.

S- Light bready malts. Some lemony hops in there too. Kind of has the BMC smell, but much more enjoyable.

T- Some herbal hops on top of light bready malt--tastes like sourdough. A nice level of hops with the bready malt. Lingering corn aftertaste.

M- Light bodied, coating, medium carbonation. Carbonation isn't over-the-top (good).

D- Light body makes it an easy drink, but I would tend to reach for others, probably. Not a bad brew at all, just not mind-blowing. For the style, however, it's got more flavor than most.

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

This brew pours a very hazy, clouded golden color with plenty of sediment floating around. A white head retains pretty well and leaves just a little thin lacing.
The aroma is fairly simple. It's earthy with a grains backing and some floral citrus notes with an undertone of raw hops.
Oddly, the flavor is a little simpler than the aroma. It's clearly very much a wheat / grains base, and some salty / rind citrus lingers. Hops are underneath and linger well in the finish.
The mouthfeel is a little coarse from the sediment with light crisp and smooth notes. Carbonation is light and body is light to moderate, though, again, thick with coarse sediment.
This is a good unfiltered brew with pretty solid flavor, though some may find it to be both uncomplicated and a bit light. I enjoyed it well enough.

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

Poured into a pint glass. Nice transparency to this straw yellow blonde. Tiny amounts of sediment in the bottle, when poured in gives it a clouded sandy blonde appearance. A nice half an inch head fizzes up then faded soon after poured. However the lacing of this half an inch stays on the glass and over the surface of the liquid.

My mind smells some sort mushroom sent in there somewhere, which is awesome. The taste is nice and mellow, with a good feel of bitterness to the after. The hops seem to stand out the warmer it gets. A good beer, very drinkable.


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Photo of OzarkElmo
2.6/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a weak golden/green clear with hundreds of unidentified particles floating all around. Moderate white head mostly diminishes. Aroma of corn, grain, adjunct smell that is unappealing. Do I have the High Life with floating pebbles? Natural Light? The Beast? Aroma is no appealing whatsoever. Taste - bitter and not as bad as the aroma, but still nothing pleasant. Pale grains, slight lemon taste, just not what I expect from Bells. I really, really tried to be an advocate on this one, giving it a 2nd pour, but just cannot rate this any higher.

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Photo of farrago
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thin pure white head, barely lasts a few seconds before dissolving into islands across the surface, no lacing at all. Hazy enough to induce a decent translucency to the orange-yellow color, this haze prevents much hue loss at the rims. Orange and lemon citrus break into your nostrils first, bready in a semi-uncooked manner, somewhat earthy more so than floral, not many fruit scents nor malt sweetness, overall just trails off on you as if in mid-sentence. Medium-bodied, holds its weight consistently throughout and the carbonation plays an able supporting role. There's some sort of pickled or saline bitterness to it, doesn't seem directly attributable to the grass, straw, sourdough bread flavors. No malt rescue unit on the scene. The citrus element is mixed and without a clear character. Comes across as "beer" albeit crafted beer, wish the whole was more than the sum of the parts.

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Photo of katan
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a lightly hazy golden color. A hair of yeast floating around, suggesting bottle fermentation. Head formation is light and white, but well retained.

S - A wheat astringency is the leading note on the nose, indicating an american wheat basis. Some spicy notes from the yeast. A dry nose.

T - Starts off very light, and very very dry. No sweetness to be found, with bitterness immediately putting an end to that possibility. Biting and edgy. No hop notes I can detect. Finishes with a strong wheat astringency, almost grainy and husky. Pucker factor 5.

M - A fairly thick bodied beer, backed up by a strong biting mouthfeel from the decent carbonation.

D - Moderate to low drinkability. The carbonation is making me full like you wouldn't believe. ABV is manageable. Flavors are tiresome.

The first, and hopefully only, Bell's beer I have no desire to have again.

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Photo of GruvisHops
4.33/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 12 oz. brown bottle. Heavy particulate floating in the golden body. 1/2" off white cap sits on top and leaves beautiful lace patterns. Very active carbonation.

S: Pale malt, citrus (lemon?), and grassy hops.

T: Grassy hops from the get go, but perfectly balanced by the malt bill with a very clean, dry finish. My feelings toward the flavor is bordering on love at this point.

M: Light-Medium.

D: Dangerously sessionable.

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Photo of ajmoody76
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

glad to see bells back in my neck of the woods. 12 ounce bottle. pours a cloudy golden color. thin white head. some lacing.

earthy hop nose. herbal. i like. no off odors.

crisp hoppy assertiveness. herbal dry aftertaste.

mid body. good carbonation. i like this beer. could do session with this.

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

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a medium white head. There is a lot of suspended sediment swirling around inside of it.

Smell: Grainy and earthy. Notes of yeast, malts, and citrus are also detectable.

Taste: Taste is slightly bitter with grapefruit and some pale malts. Has a floral aftertaste.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Light body with light carbonation and a dry finish.

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