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 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 brewdoc75
2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I wanted a good warm weather beer, so I picked this up. The style is apparently American Blonde Ale based on BA, however I hear this is actually a lager. Usually I try to rate beers based on the interpretation of the style, however I will rate this one on my overall assessment.

Pours a bland straw yellow color. Great care was taken to keep most the yeast in the bottle, however there is still some that litters the beer. Strong two fingerbreadth head that dies down quickly. Very carbonated. The aroma is lacking and bordering on unpleasant. I get a hint of lemon rind and sweetness, however this is followed up w/ a terrible skunkiness. Not very inviting at all. The taste is significantly better, but nothing fantastic. There is an attack of lemony bitterness initially, but this is followed up by bland malts. There is a nice hint of fruitiness and honey that follows. Unfortunately it is not enough. The mouthfeel is right on for what I wanted. Crisp, clean and refreshing. Unfortunately the rest of the beer didn't cooperate.

I love Bell's, but this is not one of their best. It is like a lager w/ ale hoppiness, however they just didn't blend well. It is light like I wanted, but not very drinkable due to the harsh hops and skunkiness. Maybe I got a bad batch (couldn't test the date as the website was down), but this is my 4th beer from the six pack and they have all been consistently dull. I don't think I'll pick this up again, however I would like to try it on tap to see if the experience differs.

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Photo of monkeytoe
2.86/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12-oz brown bottle, no date.

Sparkling medium gold with some floating particles. Medium creamy-white head with lace clinging to the sides.

Grapefruit-y citrus hops with some biscuit malt underneath. Some skunk-y light struck smell, also. Light-struck smell dissipates.

Grapefruit citrus hops with plenty of pith bitterness. Not enough malt for the bitterness. Pithy bitterness overwhelms the malt.

Nice light, sparkly mouth feel.

Too much plain bitterness. Needs more maltiness or more sweet citrus taste to balance the bitterness.

Have had and enjoyed this before both on tap and in bottle, but the last two bottles I have had have been disappointing.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.87/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a goldish/ yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, small grapefruity hop, and a grainy malt. In the taste, buscuity malt and small grapefruity hops. A small bitter and medium mouthfeel, and a dry, small hop aftertaste. Nice balance, kind of standard pale, with a touch bigger hops.

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

Golden. Mildly aromatic, slightly tart, with notes of vanilla, orange creamsicle, lemon and pilsner malts. When I was drinking this I wasn't sure if this was a lager or an ale. The malts are grainy, unexciting, and have notes of corn and butter. The hops are herbal and earthy, with notes of lemons, herbs and cream.

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Photo of Barbarosa
2.91/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A. It looked good slight off yellow color a little darker than I assumed. S. Smelled of light hops and mild citrus, some grassy smell too. T. Tasted OK to good, a little too much like Two Hearted Ale I'm not a fan of that flavor. That's just me.F. had a real good smoothness to it with a little sour bite at the end. O. Third Coast Beer is a fine beer, a little off of the style. I wouldnt buy it again, but I would drink it.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
2.91/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Really light yellow with a thin white head. There is also a nice amount of sediment floating around.

S - Some citrus, there's more there but it's so faint i can't make them out.

T - Starts with a slight bitterness that turns into a slight sweet taste and finishes with a medium bitterness.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - This beer is ok. It has a descent amount of hops. It doesn't really stand out as anything special.

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Photo of Zaktcc
2.94/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a bubbly golden color with a fluffy, white 2 finger head.

S - Not much of an aroma at all. Yeast and malt is about all there is - Very clean and simple but nothing spectacular.

T - Plain but not bad. Malty and not much of an indication of hops present. Ever so slight notes of citrus as well. Again, plain.

M - Harsher than was expecting. Too carbonated for my preferences and very light bodied. Feels like a bitter soda.

O - One of my favorite brewer's however not one my favorite beers. Not bad not memorable. An average beer and that is all.

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Photo of benito
2.94/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am surprised to see this classified as an APA.

The bottle may be the most exciting part of the beer: it leaves the Bell's insignia aside, portraying a detailed map of the NW corner of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Other bottles carry different Michigan maps.

The beer pours a straw-golden color and has very little aromas. Not to judge a book by its cover, but the color and scent alone makes me skeptical of how flavorful this beer can be.

The taste is marked by a mix of high carbonation and crisp hop bitterness. Unfortunately, the hoppiness is not offset by any other flavors which means the aftertaste is a lingering, unbalanced bitterness. To the brew's credit, it drinks easily without too much residual bitterness after the initial reaction.

Not high on my list of American pale ales and IPAs, though this seems like a good beer to use to introduce non-craft brew drinkers into the field. Affordability is also a plus.

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Photo of zjungleist
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured yellow and slighly cloudy with a very weak head. Smells mainly grassy with a tiny bit of malty sweetness. The taste is pretty much purely bitter with a nearly bile-like aftertaste. I got a small amount of malt up front, but that was about it. Mouthfeel was decent with lots of sharp carbonation. Drinkablity was OK, but I found the hop profile to be all wrong. In truth, I thought I was getting the Third Coast Old Ale, but I grabbed this instead. Oh well.

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Photo of morimech
2.96/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An attractive gold color with a large pillowy head that leaves moderate lacing. Some particulate floating around also. I guess that comes from bottle conditioning. I wish they would let a consumer know this before they pour a bunch of spent yeast into their beer. I was careful on the second bottle.

The smell is very bready and yeasty with hints of citrus.

There is not much taste up front. Get the hop bitterness after swallowing. Not too impressive. It is light bodied like you would expect and carbonated very well.

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.96/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Third Coast pours a crystal yellow with some sunshine and light sediment, whoops. The head was a white frothiness that quickly dissipated but a little remained through the tasting.

The nose is limited overall. Some grainy characteristics are presence, on the lighter end. Hints of biscuit & a light bready aroma. Some noticeable yeast notes, specifically acetaldehyde. A bit of DMS and diacetyl as well. There is a light hoppy note that is more lemony but some alcohol heat as well.

The taste is also very limited as well. The malt comes out nicely with a good grainy backing. A bit sweet would have liked a bit more bitterness to balance. But some light lemon and orange in the finish. The yeast is a distract with some sulfur, ok for style, but big acetaldehyde and esters, figs mostly. Some diacytl as well but lighter versus the nose.

The body is nice considering style. A good malt backing that lingers into the body gives it a bit more omph. Some slickness but the yeast is just too much of a distraction. Hard to hide some of those flavors in such a light beer.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.97/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice two finger head with slow retention to a thick, foa,y head. The steady bubbling complimented the slightly hazy amber, maple colored beer. The aroma was a funky hop with some tainted smelling malts. This beer tasted a little adjuncty to me. Not expected from any Bell's beer.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow, a Bell's offering I really don't care for, I'm fairly amazed.

Pours a wit like golden, hazy and light with a fizzy white head with a good bit of retention. Nose is fairly clean, slightly citrusy hop notes and a sutle yeasty quality. Taste is quite dry and light, almost like a lager, but with some slight fruitiness and a heavier ale-like mouthfeel. This thing is quite a hodgepodge. Finish is fairly dry and clean.

Not a bad brew, but something about it just turns me off of it. Not my thing at all.

SlĂ inte!

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Photo of brentk56
2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a modest head that drops to a ringlet and leaves some shards of lace

Smell: Grainy with a DMS corn element

Taste: Starts out with a biscuity, lemony sweetness that is joined, mid-palate by a grainy bitterness; after the swallow, a floral element appears with an assetive grainy finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: Reading through the reviews, it appears that there has been some style drift; clearly not an APA and a blonde ale might be accurate but this could be a lager, too; whatever it is, it is just not my style

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Photo of Onenote81
3.02/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Clear pale gold with a white cap. Aromas of fresh hops, orange slices, grains. Crisp mouthfeel with apparent carbonation. Easy drinking as it should be. Big bitter smack at each sip. I was not expecting that. Bitter, peppery, sweetness is short and fleeting. This was not the refreshing drink I was expecting it to be. This had some harshness to it, that I don't think belongs in this light simple style. When I want some bitterness, I'll reach for a IPA or hoppy PA. With a Blonde, I expect sweet flavors, light crisp feel, and an ease of drinkability. This was not that. Not my cup of tea. Pass.

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

I poured into a pint glass to an inch of white head that was gone in no time. This beer is yellow in color and has suspended yeast particles in it. The aroma is sweet bready malt. The taste is sweet malt and is replaced by a metallic bitterness. It reminds me of a European beer. The mouthfeel is medium and has a slight grittiness to it. This is not my favorite style so the drinkability will take a hit.

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

Pours a golden yellow with lots of particles suspended in the yellowness small white head on top of the mix.
Aroma is light malt wheat and corn mixed, some grassy hops also in the mixture, doesn't smell like a APA, smells more like an adjuct lager wheat mixture.
Taste is light malt some corn light wheat malt also lots of yeasties adding to the taste. Finish is bitter with some spicey pepper flavors from the yeast. Very light crisp tasting beer, except for the bitter finish I still do not see how this is a pale ale even with great liberties allowed for style variances.
Mouthfeel is light crisp fairly clean good thirst quicher for a lawnmower beer.
Drinkability is average not something I would want to try again after the other Bell's stuff I have had latley this is a dissapointment, or a missed styled beer may be a better description, if style was adjunct lager would be rated much higher. Thanks go to merlin48 for the sample.

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Photo of clvand0
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy orange color with a medium head and just a tiny bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma was pretty hoppy with a bit of wheat. The taste seemed a bit plain and not to my style. It had some citrus hints but mostly it was hoppy and bready. Drinkability was ok, but this one just didn't fit my style.

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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 walleye
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a nice golden color with a nice white head and some decent lacing. aroma, citrus like grapefruit and a hoppy nose. looked like sea monkeys floating around in my glass. flavor citrus and hops,did not care for this one. do not think I will try this beer for some time.

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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 rodbeermunch
3.04/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours out lookin' all BMC. What a shame, the artwork on the cardboard is awesome. Grainy aroma, pretty neutered.

Taste, grainier blonde ale, no frills, no off flavors, does what you want it to do, good gateway craft beer. Hit it up in the heat I'd say, good for disc golf, yard work.

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Third Coast Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.49 out of 5 based on 822 ratings.
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