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Third Shift Amber Lager - Coors Brewing Company

Third Shift Amber LagerThird Shift Amber Lager

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782 Ratings
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Ratings: 782
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 17.88%


Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gtermi on 12-05-2012)
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JamesQuaff

California

3.51/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bought this beer sight unseen at the grocery store today. My local store maintains a modest selection of quasi-craft beers, and this was in that section. Never heard of it before, and that in itself intrigued me. Not much info on the packaging aside from the name. Looked like it was trying hard to appear as a 'craft' beer, but the twist-off caps gave it away. The price point was also a factor in my purchase - it was on sale for $10 a 12 pack. We shall see...

Served in my trusty Sam Adams tulip.

Pours a deep golden copper-orange, not really what I'd call 'amber' but a decent looking beer just the same. Nice color. Head is about 1/2" and bone white, with large bubbles and a 'loose' structure, and fades away rather quickly. Very little lacing.

A rather subdued nose, not able to pick out much. A little corn and a touch of hops. As it warms I'm getting a bit of a caramel note. Nothing unpleasant, but nothing really jumps out, either.

Flavorful and nicely balanced. An initial caramel sweetness fades into a decent bitter hop bite, and the finish is very clean, with pleasant bread and cracker notes. Not bad at all. Pretty darn agreeable, actually. Simplicity and balance have been growing on me more and more recently.

Light/medium bodied. The carbonation feels like the head looks - large bubbles.

A solid, refreshing, flavorful lager. I very much enjoyed this beer and I'm glad I grabbed it. I was going to say, it reminds me of something out of the current "Pre-Prohibition" lager trend that seems to be picking up. Now that I hit the site, I see it's a Coors product and a sister to Batch 19. Hey, if Coors starts putting out rich, flavorful lagers at this price point, more power to them. Drinking $12 bombers and $15 4-packs gets expensive damn quick, and if I'm going to be occasionally forced by my budget into the lower tier, I applaud the lower tier rising up to meet and even exceed my expectations. My overall rating takes this value into account.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 14:41:48 | More by JamesQuaff
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McBraniel

Virginia

3/5  rDev -0.7%

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Honisbygonis

North Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appetizer: spot on amber coloring, but smell slightly off (perhaps skunked, but in tasting, do not believe so); mild-mod foam

Entree: taste is uninspiring, with typical lager-esque feel; aftertaste dry and lingering which is more a detractor (to me) than the mouthful taste.

Dessert: cannot say anything commendable, but not as horrifically "poisonous" as overall review average denotes; believe people skewed by fact its Coors under a different label.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 21:38:55 | More by Honisbygonis
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nicholas2121

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Third Shift Amber Lager brewed by Coors Brewing Company. This brew pours out a dark amber color with a small white head. I like the color of this brew- not too light, but not too dark. Third shift has a an abv of 5.3. The smell is rich and sweet. There is nothing bad about the smell of this brew. The taste is rich with a hit of sweetness but a bitterness at the end. For being a dark amber brew it is well balanced. No hard after taste at the end. This brew is not overpowering but not underpowering. Third Shift Amber goes down smooth with a little bit of bitterness at the end. Over all I'm giving this brew a 3.75 out of 5. It is not something I would drink everyday but I would get this brew again.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 03:24:26 | More by nicholas2121
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3/5  rDev -0.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -25.5%

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Caveworm

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Third Shift Amber Lager from Coors Brewing Company is the second "plain ol' lager" I've experienced in the craft realm. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew is a rich amber. Mild carbonation&a white head that goes away quickly.

Smell is okay, nothing really there.

The initial taste for me was biscuits&malt with a caramel ,or perhaps even butterscotch. Very smooth&clean. I'm diggin this brew! Even though its a modest 5.2 abv, its a creeper. So don't let the smoothness get to your head like it did mine haha.


Mouthfeel is a little better , it compliments the taste hand in hand. Great job with this!

A triumphant 4 is earned ,in my opinion. I loved the roasted malt taste without unwanted sweetness. I will certainly buy this brew again. It's a great all-occasion, any day of the week type of brew. I'm willing to bet it makes KILLER brats too!!

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3/5  rDev -0.7%

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New York

4.5/5  rDev +49%

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2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

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marzenfannm

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3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good for an inexpensive casual drink. I would buy and drink it again ...:::..:,,... via Beer Buddy for iPhone

[I am copying these notes over from RateBeer ... it does not require as long of review. I tasted this some time ago so I can't add anything.]

Serving type: bottle

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Appearance: Crystal clear copper in color with some yellow at the edges. Some thin lacing, average to minimal head retention and volume. Nice tiny bubbles.

Nose: Metallic and simple. Slight lemon. A little musty/dusty.

Taste: Dry and crispy at first which mellows well into sweet maltiness. Some crushed aspirin at the end.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 02:28:10 | More by travolta
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Third Shift Amber Lager from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 782 ratings.