Third Coast Beer | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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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Photo of bsp77
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into a tall glass.

Appearance: Very light gold with bubbly white head and active bubble action.

Smell: Orange, apple, metal and spice.

Taste: Lightly sweet and sour malts with some citrus, apple and lemon. Ends on a spicy, metallic, and just barely bitter note, but the sweetness remains and leaves an off-taste in my mouth.

Feel: High carbonation, light body, somewhat crisp finish. Very lager-like.

Drinkability: Light, easy drinking but not really worth returning to, especially because of the lingering aftertaste.

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Photo of techfed87
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle is of batch number 9,293. It was bottled on August 6th, 2009.

Pours a thick, strong head, very white in color.

Color is a pale blonde in color, a thin level of particulate hanging loosely suspended.

First sip has a sour malty taste to it. Hops are light in the aftertaste, but still present nonetheless.

A light, snappy beer. I'd recommend it wholeheartedly over anything from a major brewery any day.

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Photo of Evocatus
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow, not too translucent though. Head was white and fluffy. Armoa had a mix of lightly sweet malts. Taste was slightly sweet and grainy. Bitterness of the hops was there as well. Not too thick or thin. Decent beer that I had with my salmon burger.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a hazy golden yellow color, lots of particles floating around and some serious bubble action taking place. There a creamy white head that has decent retention especially for a blonde and leaves big lacing on the glass.

S-the nose is brings a fair amount of smell and starts with a light caramel malt, much more pale malt, medicinal phenols, and grass clippings.

T-the taste follows the nose, touch of caramel, lots of pale malt, some phenol taste, a hint of grass clippings from the hops, and a crisp bitter finish

M-light bodied, well carbonated, very crisp.

D-this isn't a bad session beer, not a lot of good flavors, pretty standard lager type beer.


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Photo of inxy
3.09/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

A - No head, looks like applejuice after the initial pour settles. Tiny little collection of bubbles in the corners, and no carbonation movement in the body. Golden faded yellow in color, tons of wheat floating around which I rather enjoy watching. If it weren't for the unfiltered floaties, this wouldn't be much to look at.

S - Nothing really. Standard wheatey grainey lager smell.

T - It's higher in quality than I expected, but very simple. Light hops and grain, no palatable alcohol, and an interesting unexpected salt and pepper finish. It isn't bad by any means, but doesn't blow me away at all which is mostly typical coming from Bell's.

M - Pretty thin and light. It's crisp in carbonation. Definitely cant feel the floaters on my tongue or my teeth.

D/Overall - Refreshing, crisp and light. Being that Bell's is popping up in grocery stores and gas stations more and more, I'd definitely pick this up over most other brews you'd find in those locations. I'd pass this up while at a specialty store however.

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Photo of teovaldi
3.91/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy pale yellow, with a massive 3 finger head that dissipates quickly leaving a nice cap and lacing.

The nose on this one is malt based and sweet with a bit of grassy hops. Nothing really impressive.

The taste is grassy hops to start which are nicely balanced off by the malts with a nice clean finish. Hops are definitely in control but I love its balance. Quite nice and refreshing.

The mouthfeel on this is light while still maintaining its hold on your tongue.

Very drinkable. Third Coast Beer will become a regular in my fridge and I will attempt to convert my BMC friends with this. TCB should get more love, quite surprised that there was only 240 reviews.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a sediment rich, hazy, light apricot color with a small head that is gone instantly.

The smell is faint at best here. What I do get is a sort of dusty, old aroma along with some sweet grainy notes and not a whole ton else.

The taste is very subdued as well here, again with the dusty flavor. Some semi-sweet malty notes mark the highlight of the taste, and a crisp salty? finish that somehow remains extremely smooth keep you sipping. The flavors are fairly subdued, I guess you could call this a delicate beer.

The mouthfeel is smooth and even, crisp and on the thin side.

Overall this is a good brew, light and refreshing. Unoffensive flavors and nice low ABV, great session brew.

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Photo of jlindros
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one in a great trade with Noslenwerd. I wanted to help out his cause for 365 beers in 365 days. For those who haven't heard of his quest, try this website:

Anyways, he sent me a bunch of stuff I can't get here, including a slew of Bell's beers, and I decided to review a bunch tonight. This is the next on the list.

A: Huge head on the pour, about 3+ fingers. It's bleach white color and fluffy as clouds on a hot summer day. It's super pale piss yellow color with some haze and sediment.

N: Nose has some light malts, wheat, a touch of sweet malts, and I think a touch of light grassy hops. There's also hints of yeast. The aroma is very light.

T: Taste is a lot more bitter than I expected. It has quite a bit of tangy bitter pale hoppiness right out front. The hops add some grassy, lemon, and spicy flavors. There is some light wheat and malts as well. Some light banana even, with hints of yeast and some fruitiness.

M: Pretty slim, most of the carbonation was gone to the head like it blew its load.

F: Finishes pretty dry and semi bitter. Almost like raping my tongue with it. Some fruity flavors seems to stick to the sides of my mouth and keep some juicy flavors coming. It has quite a bit of bitterness, but lacks much hop flavor, but it's called a blonde ale and not a pale so I guess it doesn't need much for hop flavors, but also might be a little to pale IMO. It's still a nice beer though.

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Photo of kegger22
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Third Coast Beer is an American blonde ale, golden color with plenty of yeast floating around and a half inch white head that settles into a thin skin covering.

The aroma is pretty mild. All I can get is a light grainy smell similar to lagers.

The taste is not stellar either. Mild malt flavor and saltiness (can you say gose?).

The mouth feel is light bodied; smooth but oily, carbonation is moderate.

Drinkability is high due to low ABV and acceptable taste.

A good, lagerish beer. I enjoyed the salty taste.

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Photo of abrand
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into the standard pint glass. This beer is from batch 9014.

The 3rd Coast Beer pours a golden straw color with a minimal, 1 finger head. Lots of sediment slowly settles to the bottom of the glass. Smell is sweet and citrusy. Hints of lemons, limes, and grassy field greens. Taste is not nearly as sweet as the nose but has a nice bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is thin and crisp. Drinkability is pretty high. Low ABV and refreshing on a warm day.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy lemon yellow with plenty of yeasty debris. Modest head is crisp white and quickly dissipates to a thin sheen.

Aroma is sweet and lemony. Slightly grassy.

Taste is grainy malt, a bit sweeter than expected. Strong lemon and honey qualities up front, but the sweetness is then overwhelmed with cracked pepper. Citrus fruit - Notably apricot - makes an appearance. Hops come on rather crisp with a floral character that lingers, melding into an herbal yeasty finish.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth.

A surprising amount of flavor in this Blonde Ale. malt is full of grainy biscuit charater. Floral hops have a solid presence, and the peppery, yeasty quality was completely unexpected.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
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 -18.3%
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 +12.8%
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 +14.8%
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 -8.4%
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 -2.6%
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 +4.3%
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 +7.5%
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 -16.5%
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 +15.9%
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 +5.8%
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 -7%
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 +1.7%
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 +2.9%
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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Third Coast Beer from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 836 ratings