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 ChadQuest
3.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden Crystal. Thick Chunky Head. Sticky Sticky Lacing.
Apples, pears and grassy grains on the aroma.
Flavors are light spicy hops and creamy doughy textures and notes.
Simple enjoyable beer. Thrist Quencher. Lawnmover. Summer time. Make it happen.

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Photo of TheWiredDJ
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Reed415
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - the appearance is of dark cloudy lemonade, almost no head

S - Malty, zesty yeast dominates the nose

T - Yeast and zest in the front, finishes tart

M - is light bodied, and over carbonated, so carbonated it effects the flavor

D - Is average because of the carbonation

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Photo of jtingue
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle dated 8/8/11. Poured into a pint.

Appearance. Pours a brilliant, hazy gold. A finger and a half of head dissipates to a good layer on top of the brew.

Smell. Lots of herbal hop aroma. Also a slight grassyness. Very light malt profile.

Taste. Starts out with a faint, bready, sweetness. This is almost immediately taken over by a medium level of bitterness. Again, there is a transition to a very grassy, and spicy, hop flavor that is complemented by a substantial bready malt. The finish is bitter and dry.

Mouthfell. Pretty standard. Light body with a moderate to low level of carbonation.

A great session beer here. Not the most complex flavor profile, but still a very well made beer.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Am I the only one who bought this beer thinking he was buying the Third Coast Old Ale? When I opened up the first of the sixer, it took one sniff for me to know this is no old ale. This beer has a clear golden color with lots of bubbles coming up. Crisp grainy, malt aroma. The flavor is a pilsner like malt profile, but with more yeast flavor. Some spicy hops too. More flavorful than most beers of this type, but it's not a flavor I particularly enjoy. Not a terrible beer, just somewhat disappointing.

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Photo of adams82
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 7635, packaged October 10th 2006.

Poured a slightly cloudy, yet bright, golden color with a nice rocky white as snow head. Lots of floaties in this one that fell to the bottom after a few minutes.

Smells of sweet malts and slightly citrusy/pungent hop aromas dance behind the sweetness. It falls kinda flat here, I was expecting something... "more", but can't quite put my finger on what's missing.

In a contrast from the smell, there isn't much sweetness in this one... the taste is fairly dry with a hint of grain. It begins dry and ends dry, with the bitterness really hitting on the finish and aftertaste.

Moutfeel is ok. A slight burn on the finish, but otherwise nicely carbonated and smooth.

While this is an easy beer to drink; smooth and low in alchohol... I really don't know if I could quaff this down. But the highest marks will go here as it is infact, pretty easy going.

Third Coast Beer falls a little flat... it's just missing somthing. And in contrast to what the BA Style currently states, I feel it should be listed as an All Malt Lager rather than an APA... But that qualm aside, this one could easily be replaced with Bell's Lager (Of The Lakes) Beer. My first dissapointment with a Bell's brew, but thats ok! I've got some other Bell's brands to review throughout the weekend.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

WTF? Bell's? Pale straw yellow. Aroma has something fruity to it in a nuanced way.

Taste, not bad for a blonde ale, but lacking the typical Bell's qualities I've come to enjoy (i.e. hops? where'd they go?). I mean, this is a stretch to drink in 90+% humidity on the third coast. Great label, average beer. Mouthfeel, its just the same beer throughout. Reminiscient of Grolsch Summerblonde.

Drinkability, easy to drink, but at 10$ a 6er, ugh. Half a point extra for the awesome label.

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Photo of emerge077
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampling this following the "Lager of the Lakes".

Pours turbid with swirling particulates in suspension. Thick fluffy foam, stained tan from the yeast sediment poured in after a final swirl. Sticky ring adheres inside the glass, leaving a broken skim and floating convex island of foam in the center. Murky orangish gold color.

Clean noble hop aroma, grassy, a touch sweet with floral hop traces of wildflowers or weeds.

Moderately bitter hop bite, lagery feel, though a Blonde Ale. Grainy, grassy, herbal, wet hay, floral notes. Dry finish, lightly bitter. Simple and clean, the focus seems to be on the floral American hops. Drinkable and quenching, though a bit simple and one-note. Lager of the Lakes was more enjoyable to me personally.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured this American Blonde Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear yellow color - produced a small white head, average retention and it left some lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of malted wheat, sweet grain- Light in body, there was a base of cereal grain, some hop bitterness. Easy to drink - good summer beer.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
3.32/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Traquairlover
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = bright greenish, yellow with a brilliant white head about 1 to 2 fingers made up of medium sized bubbles, leaves good lacing on sides of glass. Quite a bit of particulate matter floating around in it giving it a somewhat hazy aspect, but ones of my dogs tripped me up as I was bringing this up from my beer fridge, so I don't feel it would be proper to count off for that.

S = Very interesting smells of various things that will not sound appetizing but the total effect is okay. Here goes, I smell wet dog, wet cardboard, dried fruits, overripe fruits, slight yeastiness.

T = Here the overwhelming taste I get is of wet cardboard (a lot like Miller High Life, frankly), then as I swish around my mouth and finally swallow I do get a fair hops bite though the finish is not that long and bitter, there is a nice bitter hoppiness in the taste.

M = Light to medium body, a little too much carbonation that stings the tongue a bit, only fair mouthcoating.

D = I rate this slightly above average only because the hops do make it interesting. It is low enough ABV to session and would be better than your average American lager for that purpose, but I am not sure I would seek it out just to have one, though maybe it would be good on a hot day after being outside for awhile.

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Photo of DeaconBluez
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is very golden. Reminds me of the color of my golden retriever's ears. Nice color for a lager.
The smell reminds me of my aunt's home floral shop that doubles as my uncle's wood shop.
I think it taste pretty much how it smells, floral with hints of citrus. Drinks like a medium bodied lager. I can drink several in one sitting.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a dark yellow/golden muddied water colour. The yeasties were really floating around in this stuff and the cap of foam was nice and large. The aromas were of baked beans, several malts, and american hops. The taste was a bit too bready and beany for my tastes, this seemed like a light-golden version of an o-fest or marzen lager to me. The mouthfeel was a bit thick on this unfiltered beer, and the drinkability was just OK.

A decent beer, but for a bell's beer....this is a dissapointment!

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Photo of mrmuskie
3.34/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden hay color with lots of sediment and a this 2 finger head the disapated quickly.
The smell was very grainy with a nice hop aromma.

Taste was kind of kin to a german pils with a sweet twist,it started with a sharp hoppy character followed by some tasty fuity notes finishing dry and hoppy.

I found this beer very drinkable/sessonable and would be great for a hot summers day of fishinng.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.34/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yellow and hazy with obvious fine "floaties" that definitely detract from the appearance. Not too much head but pretty decent lacing.

Definitely a grainy, wheaty smell to it. A touch of lemon.

Tastes lightly malted with grains and white pepper peeking through. Much like a wheat beer but somewhat dryer.

Peppy and tangy, pretty dry and light bodied.

Drinks alright but I'm not anxious to rush out and get a sixer of it.

A rather nice beer considering it didn't look like much in the glass.

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Photo of 99bottles
3.34/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow color with an inch or so of patchy and fluffy white head. It looks exactly like their Two Hearted Ale. Definitely not filtered, as there is a large amount of suspended sediments in the beer.

Smell: Not too much of anything. Light bready malt and some lemony esters. Not as hoppy in the nose as other pales.

Taste: Oh, there's the hops. It's very bitter in the aftertaste, very strong hop presence makes itself known in the mouth. There is an obvious malt base to counteract the hops, but its not as full as other pales. Has a very dry finish, very dry throughout. Light crusty bread maltfeel, and spicy juiced-up hops on the other side.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing. Thinner than I would expect for such a hop-bomb.

Drinkability: Nice. The label states that they made this to be a refreshing and quaffable ale. In that sense, they succeeded. Not outstanding, but simply a nice session beer.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a perfect straw color, mostly opaque and hazy all around with a fluffy white head thanks to the generous amount of carbonation in the drink. The aroma has a slightly metallic base to it, upon which a little bit of straw and wheat sweetness surfaces, along with generous amounts of fruit; lemon zest, orange peel, apple skins, and some citrus. The taste includes most of these same fruits on the tongue, alongside a tiny bite from the carbonation. No metal on the tongue, but the slight amount in the aroma may have you thinking otherwise. Hops are there, but they're relatively low and outdone, making it hard to even pinpoint a profile to them. A slightly bitter hit comes around near the latter half of the beer, but it's still relatively low in the IBU department. The aftertaste lingers out with this tiny bit of bitterness as well as a touch of yeast and wheat that slowly decrescendo into nothing. Thin body, crisp and refreshing.

This is a beer for taking out on the lake for a hot afternoon of fishing. Refreshing and it goes down like a champ. Not the most flavorful thing on the planet, but it gets the job done.

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Photo of cudmud
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A clear pale orange color with little head and lacing.

Smell: A malty, hoppy, and yeasty delight. I detect some apple-like aromas in the smell.

Tatse: This one has a sweet bubble gum flavor that's balanced by some nice hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full-body and crisp.

Drinkability: A tasty, thirst quenching brew that can be drunk all night long.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my Hobgoblin nonic.

A - Very cloudy yellow color with lots of sediment hanging around. Produced a very small head yet displayed excellent retention and some spotted lacing.

S - Big citrus nose here, mostly fresh apricots, and yet a slight hop tinge is also present, though muted.

T - This is probably the hoppiest blonde I've ever had before. Some pale malts and citrus flavors also show through, but are mostly drowned out. Not bad, but terribly unbalanced. Near the end a tiny bit of yeast shows through.

M - Light bodied, great smooth feel, low carbonation level, and a very dry finish.

D - Pretty good, taste profile is a bit odd, but it is quite drinkable. Sessionable, and definitely worth a try, but this is probably my least favorite offering from Bell's.

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Photo of Winston3737
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bruachan
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the head on this one wasn't too sincere. good lacing, though. pale gold

cascade hop aroma? otherwise not strong

dry brew with plenty of NW hop flavor. the malt character doesn't really assert itself but i can find it

standard APA. just not very interesting

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Photo of kegger22
3.35/5  rDev -4%
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 berserker256
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of pale, hazy, and yellowy. Nice dense white head. No huge presence of aromas. Maybe some hoppy characteristics. The flavor indicates more of a presence of hops. It's got the bitter ale flavor with a minute amount of citrus. Not too overpowering, but then again, it's not an IPA. Pretty smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of Vancer
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A blonde ale that pours a golden yellow, frothy white head in the ol' Sammy freebie glass. Surprising bit of yeasties on the bottle bottom - defiantly, not filtered and dumbed down.

Malty aroma, and malty backbone in the quaff - but with a packed hop punch in the finish. This is on the edge of a pale ale style, I think a bit too sharp and tangy for a blonde ale - but never-the-less a tasty treat if you're into the hop ride.

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Third Coast Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.49 out of 5 based on 826 ratings.
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