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 DaveFL1976
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ya know, I think I would put this in the Wit Beer category if I had to guess at it.
It's a really tasty beer. Not outstanding in any one category, but 'good' all around.

Pours a hazy straw with a fluffy white head that settles down to a thin skim. A fruity, and maybe citrusy nose greets you. Taste is crisp, clean and refreshing. Moderate mouthfeel with a slightly sweet aftertaste. More citrus. Drinkability is pretty darn good. An excellent hot weather beer.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, served at right temperature with good head, which lasted about two minutes. Looks great, a beautiful, hazy, light golden beauty. But smells musty, earthy and/or yeasty. Not really a very good smell at all. But it tastes lovely. The earthy smell transfers much better to the palate, and there are definite citris tones too. A little bitter, not at the start, but grows to the end, and does so very nicely. A solid beer all the way through the mouth and down. Too bad the smell isn't so great. All in all, a solid beer, and I'd sit down with this beer all night.

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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 sacrelicio
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer looks good, hazy yellow orange with a brief foamy head. the smell is malty and dry, the taste is quite bitter with mellow sweet malty flavors, along with that trademark bell's yeast flavor. good carbonation, drinkable, very strong in all categories. not the most complex, but it seems to marry pilsner and pale ale characteristics with a belgian twist. interesting and tasty. recommended for sessions and to share with friends.

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Photo of kirok1999
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a clear sunny yellow with a nice white head that leaves little lacing.

Smell- Almost a wheat note? Citrus hops, some mild malt notes too.

Taste- Smooth, crisp, again the citrus comes through but quickly leaves. Very mild and not much to note.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth with mild carbonation.

Drinkability- Easily a session beer on a hot summer day. Nothing outstanding, but nothing to complain about either.

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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 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 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 terrabyte
4.02/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very sediment-speckled, yellow beer, with a medium white head.

Aroma is quite grainy, mostly wheat (but not too sweet).

Is there a fruit flavor? The orange and lemon is somewhat masked by the grainy malts and nice pine bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, and creamy. Quite dry with the piney hops.

Very drinkable. It goes down smooth, and the flavor is very inviting.

Since I'm not a fan of overly sweet beers, this one worked very well with me. I was expecting a sweet wheat beer that people put orange slices on, and it was nothing like it. I enjoyed it very much, and considering the style, very enjoyable.

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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 flowerysong
4.04/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pale cloudy body with a sticky white head.

Smell: Floral and citrusy hops dominate.

Taste: Hops from the nose once again in the forefront, but a nice background of pale malts, a hint of yeastiness, and a light sweetness to offset the bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Light, clean, and crisp.

Drinkability: Very refreshing, very drinkable. Good beer for the summer.

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Photo of Applesauce1
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the Pit Stop in Nelsonville, OH.

Appearance: gold with a slight haziness; about a 1/2" white head on the pour that dissipates pretty quick
Smell: some hops; a little bit of citrus too
Taste: great flavor; nice hoppiness with some caramel malt flavor to balance it out
Mouthfeel: light bodied
Drinkability: it goes down pretty fast because of the great taste and light mouthfeel

Overall, a quality beer. You could definitely drink a few of these in a night. I'll get more in the future.

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Photo of ribby
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This decants to a nice, clear yellow beer. As another review noticed, this is bottle conditioned beer, as are most Bell's brews. Usually, a less careful pour results in a cloudy beer, but from this batch yields many 'floaties'.

The smell is mild, and not overpowering. The taste is rather more hoppy than I expected, and the hop flavor is definitely stronger than the mild malt flavor.

The mouthfeel solid, and the carbonation level complements the hoppiness.

On the whole, this almost seems like a light ipa to me. Batch 9722.

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Photo of gmfessen
4.07/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is very light in color, slightly cloudy and has a huge foamy white head. Smell is of citrusy hops and a sweet with malt. Taste is initially sweet with a bitter following and a totally clean finish. Nice balance, slight aftertaste of grain. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy consistancy. This is a very drinkable beer, goes down smooth and tastes pretty good. Worth trying.

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Photo of PerzentRizen
4.07/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to say I really like this beer. It has so much in common with Duvel. If you don't believe me try them side by side. To me Third Coast is much much better and here's why...

I poured my Third Coast Beer into a Duvel glass left and Duvel right. Both look about the same except Third Coast is about 2 shades darker with that same fluffy head and slightly cloudy appearance.

The aroma of the Thrid Coast is a huge biscuity aroma that builds to a sweet malty finish. I'm getting toasted nuts, warm buttermilk biscuits, and light citrus/yeast background.

The first taste is intensely similiar to the smell. Lots of bit toasted malt, plenty of big hop crunch, and yes I'll say it again biscuit flavor galor! T

This beer has a great texture, rich unattenuated (but not oily) full feel. I could drink this all day and at 4.8% ABV I just might!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ouncer, long neck brown bottle. The main label is white and blue with a picture of an Eastern coastline, centered around Alpena, whilst the neck label just states Third Coast Beer. No freshness date or strength listed. I noted a good deposit of yeast in the bottom of the bottle after pouring, definitely a bottle-conditioned offering.

Appearance: I could only think that this has a marvelous Belgium Wit appearance when first poured. A lovely, slightly hazy, golden body with a solid frothy ½” white head. Some ‘belgian-like’ lacing around the glass edges, and excellent levels of inherent carbonation. On a warm afternoon in Long Beach, it looks mighty fine and very refreshing as the condensation builds-up and runs down the outside of the glass. I don’t think this one will last long!

Nose: Crisp pilsner-like malts mixed with freshly baked bread and a strong yeasty whiff.

Taste: Yeast and crisp malts at first. The middle has a definitive yeasty presence, slightly tart, which comes and goes towards the back end, as it eventually finishes with a lovely astringent deeply bitter ending. Lingers for a while on the palate. I really like the background tartness mixed with the bready aspects and the long bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but crisp, wholesome but light. After the smoothness from the carbonation rescinds, it is slowly replaced by a lingering clean bitterness.

Drinkability: Highly quaffable, the 5% ABV is just perfect, as is the balance of the beer.

Overall: I enjoyed this one, and as I predicted earlier, it did not last long at all. The weird thing about this ‘Beer’ is that it exhibits both the characteristics of a Lager and an Ale, whilst looking a little like a Wit Bier – quite clever if that is intentional, a bonus if not.

Another ‘raised tip of my Hat’ to BigHuge, for this fine thirst quencher.

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Photo of bnes09
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark urine yellow and cloudy. Good head with nice sticky film and attractive lacing.

Bright and fresh lemon, citrus aroma and fresh cut grass.

Fresh and citrusy hop bitterness. Leafy notes. Malt is smooth with a wheat-like flavor. Finish is crisp with lingering hop flavors. Well balanced.

Medium body. Drying from the hops. Lower carbonation than expected. Crisp feel overall.

Really good stuff. A tasty, refreshing, balanced and hop-forward blonde ale. Could almost call this a pale ale. Well done.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.09/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured to a tulip glass.

A: The body is crystalline yellow. Head is white, one finger thick, some lacing visible.
S: Yeasty, malty and hoppy profiles.
T: The taste is purely malty and hoppy. No earthy, resinous ou citrus profiles. Just pure hops and barley.
M: Body is medium to medium low. Carbonation is high. Bitterness is mild.
O: This is a great American Blonde Ale, really cool.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is cloudy golden yellow. Light head that lasts with some lacing.

Nose is fresh hops, orange zest, light malt, and a mild nuttiness.

Taste is mild hops and lemon candy with a medium nuttiness.

Mouthfeel is very refreshing. Very smooth and the hops provide just enough of a bite to give it a soda-like kick.

Overall, the beer's traits all work very well together. This is an excellent American beer.

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Photo of DrainBamage
4.11/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with light carbonation and a thin lace of head. The bottle had some floaties in it also. Smell is sweet with some fruitiness to it. Taste is almost identical to the flavor just a light more pronounced. Mouthfeel is smooth, but has a bitterness that seems to linger in the back of the throat. Normally I don't care for bitter aftertaste, but being a blonde ale it's quite pleasing. This is the first time reviewing this beer, but second time having it. If it wasn't for the floaties this would be an excellent beer all around. This still is an good beer that is one of the better blonde ales I've had.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.12/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle a quite nice cloudy sunshine yellow with a half inch head of creamy foam on top. A dusting of yeast specks on the bottom of the glass. Aromas of sweet pale malts and a slight lemon tone. Herbal citrusy hops are quite pronounced in the background and bring the aroma together nicely!

First sip brings a nice wave of sweet malty flavors, lemony and crisp as it rolls over the tongue. A loving blast of green, herbal spicy citric hop bitterness hits on the back of the palate and slightly lingers. Bready yeastiness throughout. Probably the best all malt lager I have had the opportunity to sample.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and refreshing. Perfect carbonation as it flows down the gullet. A wonderfully drinkable lager that could easily stand up to hot weather. The hop presence really adds to my enjoyment of this one. A great one to keep around in the warmer months.

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Photo of cagocubs
4.12/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice golden with a white head that quickly recedes. Leaves nice lacing.

S: fourth of july bottlerockets? Good hops, little citrus, and nice smell.

T: Hops come through with a nice wheat. Has a taste similar to anchor liberty at the beginning. Aftertaste is left with bubblegum and light fruit. Very good.

M: Very smooth, crisp, and refreshing.

D: High. Light crisp and easy to drink

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.12/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'd only had this beer once before, and it was a mistake. I thought that I was buying Third Coast Old Ale, but, no, this was Third Coast BEER, which means "lager". Quite another thing, to say the least. I was put off by the appearance, never, ever, having encountered an unfiltered lager before and was discomfitted by, of all the damned things in the world, a Bell's Lager. Good Lord! Choke! Why, in the name of all that's holy?!?!
In this present day and time, I've become ever so wiser. I don't mind a cloudy lager, not when I know that it contains that delicious Bell's yeast strain, and, no, they're not stealing any sales from Crudweiser, but who is, without Super Bowl commercials?
Hazy yellow color, darker at the top, nearly clear at the bottom, with various and sundry floating things wending their way about, under a thick and fluffy white head.
Aroma is sweet, buttery, floral, perfumey, yeasty...never, ever, have I detected yeast in a lager aroma before! Bold hop presence on the palate, fresh and sparkling. Is it like a true pilsener? No, I'm convinced that they are in their own bag, and you've just got to dig it, baby!
A most unusual lager, you never, ever find this much flavor in a lager! Bold, bright, beautiful, tasty, zippy, zingy, clean, fresh, refreshing, with an unusually fruity finish, and without being troubled by darker flavors or too much body. It belongs in a class by itself!

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

This beer pours a cloudy golden yellow with a fair amount of sediment. About 3/8" head, settling down to a thin layer of patchy foam, leaving some pretty good lace around the glass.

The initial smell is somewhat passive, with a bready aroma, some soft fruits like apricot, and a hint of the hops to come.

This beer's taste is a timeline of various flavors, beginning with a bready fullness, followed by some sweet pear, then interrupted by strong hops and bitterness, settling back down to some apricot at the finish, ending finally with a bready, soft yeast aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good, with noticeable carbonation, refreshing body and flavor, and a fair amount of bitterness. Though the sediment is not detectable while drinking, the unfiltered nature of this beer leaves the sensation of a bready fullness, despite the otherwise light quality of this beer.

I think this beer is very drinkable, and satisfies a number of different personal cravings due to its complexity. The carbonation, overall taste, and particularly the aftertaste are very palatable in my opinion.

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

Bottle (Batch ID 8161) poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- There was a 2 finger fluffy white head that left nice lace rings atop a hazy golden yellow beer with lots of carbonation.

S- It smelled of doughy/biscuit malt with fruity tones and floral hops.

T- It tasted much as the aroma would suggest. It had good dough-like malts and a clean hoppy finish.

M- It was a bit on the chewy side. Being bottle conditioned, it was a little grainy, but pleasant.

D- It's a very easy drinker.

Overall- It's a really nice beer on the lighter end of the spectrum.

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Third Coast Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.49 out of 5 based on 818 ratings.
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