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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3.04/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with enough yeasties to make my glass of beer look like a snow-globe.
Smells husky and straw like with a hint of peat moss and piss.
No bad flavors here persay, but definitely lacking in any sort of assertiveness or intricacies. Pretty straight forward lager. A bit of a grainy character to it, and sometimes it is just like wheat bread. Overall it reminds me of the boring side of a frosted mini wheat.
The mouthfeel is definitely the shining moment this beer has. Creamy, well carbonated, light but not without plenty of body and depth, and the yeasties add to this.
Pretty drinkable/sessionable, but why bother. Comparable beers abound with smaller pricetags.
Did Bell's decide to make this as a booby prize or something? I grabbed this with excitement thinking there was still some Third Coast Old Ale on the shelf and I was the lucky finder. Well the jokes on me, as they decided to make a boring lager and give it the same name. Real clever, guys. Bunch of regular fuckin comedians.

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3.07/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a sam adams glass. pours a semi hazy golden color with fine sediment in the brew, and two fingers of off white tight head. light lacings.

aroma is lightly sweet and malty, with a subtle fruity quality that blends with a floral base, working well together to create a full aroma. a touch of honey sweetness is present as well.

taste is lightly malty up front, with a hoppy finish. soft grassy hops comprise the finish, while pale and munich malts hold together the front. there is no sweet character here, and the fruit and floral aroma is gone as well. just malt and hops. with a lightly bitter aftertaste.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a light bite from CO2 and a semi dry finish of residual hops.

drinkabliity is decent. if the brew was a bit sweeter and had a bit less CO2 in it, this could be a solid brew, but it falls short in a few areas.

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Photo of OnThenIn
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: white head with a half finger of head. A light, slightly hazy golden body.

S: The aroma is hop dominated. The aroma is mostly citrus with a touch of pine. There is a hint of aroma from the malt.

T: It is hop dominated with a great deal of pine and there is hop bitterness in surprising quantity. The beer is sadly one dimensional.

M: the carbonation is a little bit of a let down. It is thin bodied.

D: The beer is rather drinkability, but the lack of complexity really hurt the beer.

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3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my Schell's shaker pint, Third Coast is cloudy yellow with a white head leaving decent lace.

Smell is grainy, sweet, on the mild side.

Taste is pretty good, a simple, clean. A bit soapy, some graininess.

Mouthfeel is light, a bit slick.

Drinkability pretty good. It's a boring beer, but inoffensive.

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3.09/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

When I was in college at Western, I drank this almost as much as Two Hearted. Its been about 12 years since I've had one!

Translucent golden yellow, with tons of sediment. Nice sticky lacing and a head that lasts. Smells sharp, pungent and bready. Almost meaty? Not much hop character in the nose to speak of. The smell is almost enough to turn you off. The taste is almost the opposite. Slightly sweet, bready and a nice citrus hop bitterness towards the end. As the beer warms, the tastes seem to blend and it gets better. I love when a beer does that. Mouthfeel is light and nicely carbonated. This is a good session beer if you can get past the nose. I think my tastes have changed since college!

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3.09/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy gold with a one inch head. Plenty of visible carbonation and good retention and lacing. Aroma is not interesting , smells like American hops. I don’t have the ability to detect micro-aromas so I asked my bloodhound wife. She said all she smells is hops. It has an interesting bitter flavor and good mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. Another reviewer referred to light prickly carbonation, that describes it perfectly. I enjoyed this beer and would drink it again.

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3.09/5  rDev -11.5%
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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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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3.11/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, Straw colored with a loose white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, cloudy

S: not much, grassy, grain, biscuit

T: quite bitter and astringent, grapefruit peel without the citrus, finish is bitter pine

M: thinner but leaves a mouth coating of bitterness, makes cheeks pucker

O: one dimensional but drinkable, bitterness is refreshing but almost overdone

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Photo of KI9A
3.11/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pale to meduim yellow, shit ton of floaties, and decent head.

S: lemon, metal, bready

T: slightly sour lemon, crackers, metallic.

M: the horrid metallic aftertaste kills this. The aftertaste lingers for a long time.

D: Even with the metal taste, its a decent drinker.

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3.11/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Batch 9859, bottled 7/8/10.

A: Pours a hazy, unfiltered pale yellow like a witbier.
S: Not really sure, but this smells pretty terrible, sort of like Natural Light.
T: Surprising hop bitterness, with a near pilsnery taste, but then that Nattie Light taste on the finish.
M: Smooth, well carbonated, and light bodied.
D: Somewhat sessionable, but not something I'd want more than a pint of.

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3.12/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A-Apricot yellow with a white head that dissipates quickly
S-Subtle Fruity and herbal hop aroma, yellow beer-like
M-Light and watery, carbonation is medium
T-Like a standard North American bar beer
O-Nothing really special about this one. Disappointed.

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3.12/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This guy is a light, hazy straw color, some floaters roaming around in the beer. Tiny white head on the top. Lemony scent, tones that seem similar to a wit to me. Light grain malt front, lemony zest, some bittering hops. Slight soap taste. Im not too impressed with this one, it seemed to have some wheat characteristics, but the other reviewers dont seem to have noticed that, so maybe mine was off.

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3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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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3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thin pure white head, barely lasts a few seconds before dissolving into islands across the surface, no lacing at all. Hazy enough to induce a decent translucency to the orange-yellow color, this haze prevents much hue loss at the rims. Orange and lemon citrus break into your nostrils first, bready in a semi-uncooked manner, somewhat earthy more so than floral, not many fruit scents nor malt sweetness, overall just trails off on you as if in mid-sentence. Medium-bodied, holds its weight consistently throughout and the carbonation plays an able supporting role. There's some sort of pickled or saline bitterness to it, doesn't seem directly attributable to the grass, straw, sourdough bread flavors. No malt rescue unit on the scene. The citrus element is mixed and without a clear character. Comes across as "beer" albeit crafted beer, wish the whole was more than the sum of the parts.

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3.14/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up in Michigan over the weekend. Thought i was getting Third Coast Old Ale turns out I got Third Coast Beer. Somewhat of a dissapointment. Pours a yellow golden color with tons of floaters. Maybe it needs to sit a little after transporting. Minimal head and no lacing. Smell is malty with a slight earthyness/grassyness. Taste is just kind of bland. I noted some slight butterscotch. Overall just a real dissapointment. Dosn't live up to the Bell's reputation or the others that i've had from there.

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3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's a good experiment. An all malt lager makes for a darker than most lager, unfiltered and has floaties in it. Has a grainy sweetness with some vegetol and apple-like notes. Very earthy, yeasty, and dirt-like (that actually sounds worse that it tastes.) flavors. Over-ripened fruit tones show through the malt. Falls a bit bland into the finish and becomes not too interesting. Most flavors are muted and strangely contaminated.

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3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Somewhat sour aroma,but not so strong as to be unpleasant, then a sweet pale malt backing. Huge, somewhat fluffly, white head. Pale gold mildly cloudy from setiment in the bottom of the bottle. Some lacing. Mix of mild malt with a sour flavor that moves to drynesss that leaves a long after taste (that is sometimes too bitter). Appropriately medium to thin, with just a little too little of body. Dissappointing considering the caliber of the brewery. Too sour with not enough balancing.

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3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Let’s start with a complaint: why give this beer the same name as the old ale? I can see this creating a lot of confusion among consumers. To me, Third Coast is Bells’ old ale, and I’d be upset to find this in my glass instead. But anyway...

This was enjoyed in a tiny snifter at Tops.

Golden wheat in color, almost perfectly clear. A thin head of wispy white remains for a while, becoming a thin ring.

Bright, floral, fruity nose. A touch of pear and apple blend perfectly with lilac and orange blossom. Soft and sweet.

Much drier flavor. It’s heavily grainy and bitter, with soft old wheat and apple in the front and an extremely dry finish and major side-of-the-tongue bitterness rounding things out.

Medium body with nice viscosity. High, painful carbonation breaks the brew into large bubbles. Clean though bitter.

This blonde’s very drinkable with a great nose, but it’s a little too bitter for the style. I could use more sweetness.

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3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. 4.8% ABV, Batch #9636 (Bottled March 18, 2010).

A - Pale straw yellow in color, its crystal clear with strong carbonation. A two-finger head provides a fully white topping to the beer. Moderate retention but stellar lace left on the glass.

S - Squirts of lemon citrus lightly spice the grainy straw aroma. A touch of grassy hops adds a light floral note but it's just lacking. I understand the point of the beer but it's grainy backing isn't appealing. There's a subtle corn huskiness going on too.

T - Third Coast Beer has a harsh grainy pale malts with an astringent bite to the finish while notes of dry straw blend with hops after the swallow. A lightly floral, grassy flavor with a hint of lemon citrus is a decent hop character but again, the lack of a good malt profile and prominent graininess isn't appealing.

M - Light-bodied and very crisp from carbonation, Third Coast feels a little thin and finishes out with a dry and lightly bitter feel. The bitterness leans more to the astringent side of things.

D - I wouldn't really call it 'a truly quaffable beer'. It seems like a step above generic BMC stuff. It just feels watered down. I needs a little balancing pale/pils malt to sweeten it up just a touch and give it a little more body. Not bad, but not something I'd reach for again.

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3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy golden color with thin white head. Nice looking beer.

Smell: My nose is blown out from too many strong beers. I don't detect much other than standard malt and hops.

Taste: Pretty bitter. Nothing special here. Too bitter for me to drink a ton of these.

Mouthfeel: medium/thin, significant carbonation.

D: Low alcohol makes this fairly drinkable on one hand, but the bitterness combined with the higher carbonation make it tough to drink a lot on the other.

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3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
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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3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a clear straw/pale gold in color, creamy snow white head and lacing. grassy, vegetal hops dominate the nose along with biscuity malts. smells like a good pilsener. taste is lightly sweet malts and a smooth, moderate hop bitterness. light-bodied, with a crisp, effervescent carbonation. a good summer beer.

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3.17/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A pretty average offering from Bell's...cloudy yellow in color...big fizzy white head....nose is of herbal hops and some breadiness....flavor is dominated by the hops...I expected more malt backbone than what is offered here..I dig the hops....a little citrucy but not as good in this aspect as other pale ales...bitter, dry finish....I've had many Pale Ale's better....dissapointing effort from one of my favorite brewers...

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Photo of Raime
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bells Third Coast Beer.

Well not really sure what we're gonna get outta this one. Completely random grab. Needing a palate washer so maybe it'll do the trick.

Look - Pours a modesty murked sunset copper with a big ass frothy ever so slightly off white head that looks like it will stick around for quite some time although it is definitely too early to judge. Carbonation appears to be about medium with this guy. Some small fragments of lacing do stick around. 3.5.

Smell - Skunk. A skunked brown bottle of beer brewed in my home state? Well that is certainly new. Mind you, this isn't one of those " OMFG IS SMELLS LIKE A SKUNKS ASSHOLE DIAHREA IM GONNA VOMIT EWEWEW GIVE ME A AINT YOUR STEP DADS ROOTBEER SO I CAN GET DRUNK AND PREGNANT BY A GENERIC PANTS TO THE KNEES DOUCHEBAG WHOS MIXTAPE IS FIRE " kinda skunk. Really isn't off putting. Quite basic honestly. 3.

Taste - The skunk is obvious and there though there does appear to be a noticeable amount of creamed corn and lightly toasted barley. Hops just are not anywhere to be found at this juncture. Tastes like an above average American Adjunct Lager. 3.

Feel - Body is actually pretty damn full with a nice and welcomed creamyness. Carbonation stays on the low levels and it reminds me of eating sugared corn flakes like when I was a child. 4.

Overall - Look Bells, if you want to make an adjunct lager just call this an adjunct lager. Not sure if this was old and off or whether it was intended to taste like a slightly better version of your generic American or Imported green bottle stuff. Guess it does fit the broad ' American Pale Lager ' category since it is pale and very clearly a lager. Oh well, needed a palate washer and this will do it. Few extra points for that. 3.25..

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Third Coast Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.49 out of 5 based on 821 ratings.
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