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 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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Photo of Goliath
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale golden color with a one inch bright white head. Good retention and nice lacing.

I really like the aroma, reminds me of an American Wheat. It's slightly citrusy, with a lightly toasted pale grain feel. Really pleasing to me.

The taste is pretty good. A nice bit of pale malt, giving a bit of a bread note and then is quickly followed by a slightly bitterness. There's a touch of citrus as well. A nice little beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated with a fine bubble that leaves a nice tingle.

Drinkability is high. Easily sessionable with such low ABV, and the flavor profile is simple but pleasing. Not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of prototypic
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a very hazy straw color. I wasn't expecting it to be anything like this. There's small chunks of yeasty sediment swimming about. A foamy white head that stands a couple of fingers tall sits on top. It was slow to dissipate entirely and left a white web of lace lining the glass.

Smell: The is a little weak, but above average. It's grainy and very earthy smelling. There's a bit of a yeasty aroma. Pale malts are noted. There's some very, very faint scents of citrus orange and lemon. Hops are noted and contribute to the overall floral, earthy character of Third Coast beer. It could use a little work here, but it's pretty good overall.

Taste: It kicks off with a very grainy, earthy, and grassy flavor that predominates through. The earthy character of this beer really can't be understated. Pale malts are present, but I'm not picking up any other varieties. Hops are noted and have a very nice floral, earthy character. They have a nice flavor and really keep this beer above average. As expected, no alcohol is noted. It finishes dry and, surprise, earthy.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Its body leans toward medium, but still should be labeled as light. Carbonation is light and gives it a smooth feel. Drinkability is good. This is an extremely easy drinking beer with low abv. While I like the flavor okay, it's a little dry for me to stick with for too long.

Bell's Third Coast Beer is an okay beer. I was almost certain that I'd reviewed this beer before, but found that I had confused it with Third Coast Old Ale. That's a different animal. I prefer Third Coast Old Ale. Third Coast beer is merely above average. Perhaps this is a style for which it's tough to create a standout. That might be the case here. I'll have to explore the style more to have a more informed opinion. As it is, Third Coast Beer is okay. Not a great deal better than that.

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Photo of riboflavin88
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a pale yellow-straw with a bright white head. Great retention all the way down, remnants of the head laced all down the glass. Some floaters resting at the bottom.

S: Sweet malts and grains up front with a backbone of citrus (lemon, and orange). I also got a little butter, like caramel popcorn at the end.

T: Good balance between grains and hoppiness, sweet citrus with a dry and crisp ending leaving a bitter aftertaste.

M: Good carbonation creates a nice crisp feel in the mouth.

D: Definitely a drinkable beer, but I've had better from Bells. Nonetheless, I could see drinking this in the heart of summer while grilling outside!

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - This one is mustard yellow with a crisp white head. Retention is decent, and some white lace is left on the pint glass.

S - Tangy citrus-oriented hops with a hint of salty sea air. This almost smells like a German pils but maybe a hint more sour.

T - Yeah, this is definitely noble-hopped. This one is confusing to me... it feels like a pale ale, but has very acrid and bitter German-style hop flavors, and the saltiness is a bit off-putting. Not terrible by any means, it's just weird. Weird can be good.

M -Thinner than it should be, this is pretty much highly carbonated, sharp, and crisp. Finishes hoppy with a hint of something herbal. Tea and mint maybe.

D - This is a very off-centered brew that seems too strange to really enjoy. Not bad by any means, but I'd pass on a second one.

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

A nice beer but not terribly interesting. The beer is a hazy pale golden color with an okay head. (Quick edit: the beer is apparently bottle-conditioned and once the yeast settles out, it seems to clear up some, unsurprisingly) The nose doesn't exactly blow me away, but there's nothing offensive about it and I can imagine a bit more hop aroma from a very fresh bottle, not that this one is old. The nose has a bit of spicy, earthy, mineral hops against a backdrop of pale malt. The flavor is similar with a bit of grassiness coming in and touches of lemon and corn. The whole thing seems like a European lager. I recently had a nice German Pilsener, and Third Coast Beer is bringing that back to mind readily. I would love to try this beer on tap at the brewery or within a few weeks of bottling because the flavors on these light, fresh beers can be fickle. A big thanks to deliriumfest for the trade.

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Photo of SmithwicksNut
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife surprised me with a mix six. Batch# 8893 bottled Dec. 16, 2008. I little old from what I ususally get.

A: Straw color with a big fluffy white head. A cloudy beer with the look of an unfiltered wheat beer. Nice lacing on the glass throughout the beer.

S: not much in the way of hops aroma but a lot of grain malt smell.

T; A crisp beer with bitterness and grainy taste. A dry bitter finish.

M: Crisp, medium light carbonation makes this a easy beer to drink.

D: A very easy beer to drink which makes this beer a decent session beer.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is pretty clear, with a slight bit of cloudiness. Looks good with its one inch fluffy head. The pale straw colour makes the beer look like it's a pilsner of some sort. The nose smells of malt, but you really have to strain to smell them. The flavour is mostly maltiness but really smooth. There is a bitterness to the beer, but it's quite subdued. The hops come through at the end, and they are slightly grassy. There is a sweetness in the beer that comes through after the beer warms up, which gives it a pleasant aftertaste. The mouth feel is quite light, but this helps the drinkability. The drinkability is what you'd except for this beer. Another great beer from Bell's.

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

Batch #8711, 12 oz. bottles purchased in Chicago.

It's truly bottle conditioned, so I made sure to let it sit overnight after buying it, and to pour carefully, leaving behind the sediment and about a finger of beer.

Poured into a straight tapered pint glass. Color is pale brass to medium straw, with a definite gold or orange-ish tint. Extremely clear and bright. The few particles of yeast sediment that made it out of the bottle are visibly suspended, engaged in some convective, brownian dance, magnified slightly by the glass. Their gentle motion contrasts quietly with that of the surrounding plumes of carbonation. A head formed rapidly despite an unhurried pour, but quickly receded to a lingering cap of almost bleach-white foam, which very readily laces the glass as it descends.

The aroma asserted itself immediately upon cracking open the bottle. More than a little hoppy, but not overwhelmingly so, it reminds me mostly of citrus flesh and rind, small tart berries, and maybe pine or grass. It is cool and soft, not spicy.

The flavor strikes me as a fair balance of malt and hops, but I would prefer a little more of the latter, which are mostly apparent at the end. The malt notes are very much on the light end; no toastedness or caramel here. It is sweet with a hard edge, and perhaps a touch of corn. A lingering bitterness is left on the finish, reminding me of lemon zest or melon rind. The mouthfeel is medium-light, which I find complementary to the flavor. Swishing the tongue releases a kind of floral component that was not apparent to me otherwise.

Very pleasant overall if you enjoy a light, bitter beer to sip. Personally, I find it a bit too subdued... it reminds of how awesome a full-on Tripel could be, without quite going there itself.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Dark straw beer, some floaties but otherwise pretty clear. Bright and pillowy, rocky white head. Nice retention.

S-Crisp and clean with a slight hoppy spice and a bit of grainy malts.

T-Grains mixed with a prominent hoppy spice. Bitterness is up front but not overpowering, instead helping provide this beers crispness. Finishes dry and bitter.

M-Refreshingly light and bitter (is that a "feel" word?) in my mouth, crisp feel to it. Medium-high carbonation.

D-OK. A fine sesion beer, but relatively normal. But regardless of its normal flavor, it's a well-made beer and quite appealing.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, my first review of Bell's since it was at long last re-introduced to Central Illinois after Bell's was shafted from a distributor's flap, pulling out instead of paying through the nose.

Third Coast Beer pours a clear golden body with two dense fingers of pillowy white froth atop. Dense rings of lacing and good duration impress me from the start. The nose is intriguing, for as I opened this, I got a hearty blast of roasted caramel malt. However, as the beer warms, it has a certain farmhouse aroma--quite divergent aromas. All are nice, however, though the initial roasted offering was somewhat of a teaser.

Good taste, nicely balanced beer between malt and hops. Rather than dueling for control, they intermingle very well. Definite farmhouse flavor, lemon and grapefruit, certainly fruity and smooth but with a nice, bold hops bite. I like the mouthfeel even more than the taste, a terrific admixture of smooth and a touch gritty.

This was quite a surprise, from the opening aroma blast to the final sip--not because it was delicious, but rather because this was one beer that one could not judge by its cover, so to speak. Delicious, subtly complex, and one that has a fixed position on my beer radar. Thank goodness Bell's in back in Central Illinois. Third Coast is very good stuff.

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Photo of BierFan
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Thin white head displays great retention, hazy golden body, good carbonation. Quite a few yeast particles in suspension.

Smell: Very floral.

Taste: Floral, pale malts, fair bit of spiciness and hop bitterness in the finish. Bitter citrus rind flavor stays on the palate for quite a while.

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Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale yellow. There is a lot of suspended yeast. 1/4 inch head with slight lacing and slight retention. Smells of hops, sweet malt, and some slight fruit. Fits the style of an American Blodne Ale. There is a smooth and crisp mouth feel with a high carbonation level. Tastes strongly of hops, sweet malt background, slight fruit, and an associated dryness of the palate.

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

12 oz single purchased for me by a friend from Jungle Jim's poured into a standard pint glass. I'll review this as well as I can for the style. Blondes are not usually my cup of tea. This was purchased by mistake due to it sharing a name with an Old Ale by Bell's.

A: For a very pale beer like this, it actually looks very nice in a glass. A clear straw like color with quite a few floaties (a little bit too aggressive of a pour) and a frothy finger and a half thick head that does settle a bit relatively quickly. It leaves relatively large amounts of lacing on the glass.

S: Not much going on in the nose. A faint malty aroma with a bit of a grassy hop aroma mixed in.

T: Similar to the nose there is a bit of a malty taste that is washed away with grassy hop notes. The finish is slightly bitter from the hops.

M: It is very thin like I would expect from the style. There is a bit of in mouth carbonation that is a bit astringent in the mouth.

D: The ABV and lightness of this one make it go down relatively easily.

I enjoyed this one more than I expected since I am not a fan of this style of beer.

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Photo of yesmanandy
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i tried an oberon ale a few months before i discovered BA so i figured i'd give another bell's a try. as i am a fan of bitter beers, i gave third coast a try.

a- poured a finger of foam in a pint glass, a beautiful golden color, translucent but for floating bits that do not settle. however, the foam has gone down considerably as i write this, becoming mottled with a few hints of color.

s- hint of corn and hops. very nice. let's taste this sucker.

t- wow. the first thing that hits is the carbonation, then a splash of refreshing bitterness. an almost vegetal flavor that is full and with a malty aftertaste. filling.

d- perhaps not the most drinkable beer. one is filling, and two is a meal, and the flavor is a bit heady. i would definitely buy this again, but get something a bit smoother too.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass, because it looks like the kind of beer that would benifit from such a glass.

Pours a bit darker than the Kolsch I just reviewed but not by much. A bit deeper in the gold department, and a bit staunchier in the head department but less in the way of ropy carbonation, but that really doesn't bother me all that much.

I think this beer smells pretty good. Good mix of grassy, estery hops, with a touch of honey-like malt sweetness.

Taste is much like the aroma. Opens with a slightly puckering and rather dry grassiness then moves quite quickly into the sweeter, maltier range. Lemon again plays a rather large role in defining the overall taste of this beer. It is not so much a sour taste as it is a sticky kind of astrigencey that lingers through the middle and well after the finish of each sip. This is not to say that the sweeter aspects of this beer are overpowered but are quietly understated. My only problem with this beer is the same I had with Reissdorf, the graininess tends to overshadow some of the more interesting aspects of the beer in a never ending, gritty, graininess.

Not a bad beer, though I think Reissdorf has the edge as it comes out a bit smoother in the end. This one looks a little better and has some healthier looking lacing, but then again, looks aren't everything.

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Photo of lhaqq
2.64/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear golden body with a tight white head with great retention.
S: Rice and corn, but not much smell present.
T: A bit of alcohol, some rice or corn kind of like an adjunct lager, though a bit more of a hop bitterness in the end.
M: Fine--pretty bubbly but not too much so.
D: I guess I'm usually not a fan of blonde ales. For a blonde though, it is slightly below average for what I've had. Went okay, however, with Indian food.

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Photo of dakid618
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. Pours deep golden with a half finger of head. Smells citrus, lemony. Taste is smooth a little bitter but hop bitter not sour. Good mouthfeel. Very drinkable. My first bells beer and although I'm not a huge fan of this style, a solid example.

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

This beer has a nice bronze color with a gold hue. There is some sediment to the body but it is not too bad. It has a golden white head and lace. There is plenty of frothy uneven head and a lot of lace. It has a hoppy citric aroma. The taste is also well hopped and citric with some fruit like sweetness. The aftertaste is a little sour but mainly cereal and grainy. The mouthfeel is fizzy and slick. Overall it is a different beer but good.

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

Notes 9/19/08
Pour is a nice light golden color,with a serious white head. Aroma of citrus and floral hops with a touch of spice.Light bodied, smooth malt background,with a lemony hop sort of finish.Very easy mouthfeel,like you could dirnk many of these today I thought this offering to be quite good. Thank you Mr Bell

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Photo of Larrytown
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color with a fingers worth of head. The aroma is very pleasant: toasted malt and a suggestion of hops.

The taste matches up pretty well. Much more interesting than I would expect out of a blonde ale. Nicely balanced too. Definitely more of a summer beer, but not bad here in the middle of December either.

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

Decided to get a single of this as it's one of the few bottled Bell's beers that I haven't had yet. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a mostly clear pale yellow color with a big two inch white that is rising over the rim and forming a cinder cone. Carbonation looks pretty sweet swirling around inside. Actually now that I look closer a lot of that is particulates floating around. Leaves some moderate lacing.

Aromas is grainy, fruity, with a touch of herbal and floral hops. Not complex but fairly pleasant.

The taste is grainy up front with a bit of breadiness, the fruit doesn't really come through in the flavor, slightly citric maybe with a finish comprised of herbal and floral hops as in the nose.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, pretty crisp and refreshing.

With it being about 20 degrees tonight I can't help feeling this would be much better in the summertime. Pretty decent flavor overall, and better than I was expecting. Actually had a pretty nice hop bite to it.

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Photo of association330
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours golden with a fluffy, one-finger, white head that has nice retention and dissipates slowly to a thick cap. Pretty good lacing, especially as the beer warms a bit.

S - Very bready and sweet, with notes of honey, and a bit of floral hops. Pretty simple.

T - Sweet and biscuity up front, with a moderately hoppy/citrusy finish that balances things out nicely. Again, fairly simple; this is supposed to be a blonde ale after all.

M - Moderate, with average carbonation.

D - At 4.8% ABV, this would be a great session beer during the warmer months. It's just a nice, easy-drinking brew that offers above average flavor.

Overall, I think this falls somewhere between a mild blonde ale and an aggressive IPA, but it's pretty solid regardless. I'd definitely kick back with some BBQ and a couple of these.

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Third Coast Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.49 out of 5 based on 828 ratings.
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