Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 10, 2004
This brew pours with a cloudy golden body topped by a thick white head with lots of lacing and lots of floaters. The aroma is sweet and fruity with some notes of honey and butterscotch. No all that appealing to me. The flavor is bitter, piney and slightly citrusy from the hops with a slight touch of honey. Very bitter. Light bodied for a pale ale and very dry. walleye (1102) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2004
golden nice white head and lacing citrus and hoppy nose looked like sea monkeys floating around in my glass do not think I will try this beer for some time Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2004
UPDATED: APR 26, 2004 Hazy golden yellow with a large diminishing frothy white head. Lots of small floaties evenly suspended around my glass. Aroma of light bread, straw, sour citrus, butter, sweat and a hint of spice. Medium watery body with moderate to lively carbonation. Nice flavor of honey, light bread, pepper, and a woody hop bitterness with a hint of lemon peel. Very refreshing, and out of the ordinary. Very good. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2004
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!
RunawayUD (30) - USA - MAR 25, 2004
A very good American Pale! Its got a great after taste with just the right amount of bitterness. Very impressive head. Nice subtle aroma that seems very doughy with just a hint of orange. Overall a pretty good beer.
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Nice. This tastes like a Miller High Life or some such crap, but way better, like what it should be. I don't know pale ales well, but I'd say this tastes a little like a pilsner. Meh, maybe it's just me. Nice floaties too.... SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Cool golden with thick bubbly white head that is medium lasting, good lacing. The nose has hops and yeast. THe taste has that cascade hops taste mostly with some rust. The body is medium. Overall, quite average. drywallman (368) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2004
This beer poured a dark yellow, with adequate head that dissipated into a thin foam that lasted through the whole glass. Light biscuity malt was held in check by 'grassy' hops that were adequate, but not overpowering. A good session ale. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Named after what in Michigan thinks of Lake Huron as being its third coast of the Great Lakes, first and second are Lk.Superior and Lk.Michigan.
Nice looking lager, soft hazy yellow, more orange at the top with a big luscious, pillowy head of stark whiteness that faded somewhat fast but always leaves a solid thin skim of foam the whole glass through, lacing is in stringy patches. Aroma is all malts, very biscuity, and bread doughish, with a slight soft touch of apple and citrus. Taste is darn nice, layered and fairly complex malts, soft and appealing, slight breadish quality with subdued yeast and hops that lend a bit earthy, nice mellowing bitterness and dryness follows through and lingers longly into the back of the throat and tongue. Very well balanced. Feel is a lighter medium body, pretty full too, with a bizaar light creamyness in the middle and giving way to a slight tingly dryness into the finish. This was a surprise to say the least, wasn't expecting it to be this good after reading so many mixed reviews. I figured its a Bell's it can't be all bad. And its not. One heck of a easy, well balanced little brew. YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2004
Hazy amber color with a full white head. Earthy aroma and a hoppy taste. Not an impressive brew from an otherwise very impressive brewery.