Third Shift Amber Lager - Coors Brewing Company
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Reviews by JamesQuaff:
3.51/5 rDev +16.6%
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.
04-09-2013 14:41:48 | More by JamesQuaff
More User Reviews:
3.39/5 rDev +12.6%
A: A light copper color with excellent clarity and a persistent white head. The head settles to a thin film and a ring of bubbles but never goes away.
S: A medium aroma of spicy and earthy hops with a moderate toasty malt aroma.
T: The taste matches the nose with a medium-low earthy and spice hops flavor a medium hops bitterness and a medium-low malt sweetness giving it a moderately bitter balance. The malt has a nice Vienna malt toastiness to it. the finish is off-dry with a quick aftertaste of hops.
M: A creamy medium bodied beer with a medium-strong level of carbonation.
O: An good example of my favorite lager styles with good hops and malt character.
11-20-2013 02:09:04 | More by MadScientist
2.98/5 rDev -1%
Poured from bottle to chilled glass.
Appearance - Pours nicely from the bottle, though this beer isn't as 'ambery' as I expected. It is more of a light brown to golden colored beer. One and a half finger head after pouring, soon after there is just a thin white head. Nice lacing around the glass.
Smell - Like some of the other reviewers, all I really pick up is malt. Maybe some light caramel hints but it is negligible.
Taste - Tastes just like it smells. Malty. This beer reminds me of Oak Creek Amber but more carbonated. The carbonation lightly pricks the tongue and goes down pretty smoothly. Slightly dry finish with a caramel and malt flavor that lingers on the whole palate. There isn't a whole lot going on here other than malt and caramel, its kind of sweet on the finish. Its not as watery as I thought it was going to be but it is a very drinkable amber lager.
Mouth - Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Slight bitter finish and dry. Not much going on with the mouthfeel.
Overall - I'll drink this one, but I'd likely skip over it next time. It isn't a bad beer, but theres nothing that really makes me want more and more. If you like malty beers than you might pick this one up.
11-06-2013 03:39:31 | More by SteadySippin
2.88/5 rDev -4.3%
A: clear amber color. small head that disappears almost immediately. no lacing.
S: corny malts. almost a sweet smell. hint of hops
T: the beginning is sweet and malty. toasted corn. the finish has some dirty hop flavor.
M: medium carbonation. thin and watery.
O: very easy to drink. better than most macro beers and the same price.
03-26-2013 03:12:25 | More by SAxDRC5
3.19/5 rDev +6%
16oz tallboy can, freshness date on the bottom of the can.
Golden amber hue, clear and very bubbly. Two fingers of head hold steady for a while. Very light aroma of cooked cereal and bread crust, clean. Deep crispness, kiss of sweetness upfront. Grainy with faint caramel, some hop bitterness ...enough to balance but flavor is nearly non-existent. Cooked veggies, fresh hay and animal feed on the palate. Drying grainy finish.
Not half bad ... just a plain amber lager. Lots of faux marketing thrown at this. Not sure of their intention but seems the idea was a hesitant pull of a trigger. Not really worth the time IMO.
04-21-2013 02:36:04 | More by Jason
3.18/5 rDev +5.6%
16 ounce can.
Cloudy and dull lighter apricot. Supports a frothy off white head and leaves ample thicker bands of lacing.
Some malt on the nose and a whiff of some metallic nastiness.
Meh, middle of the road amber...more dull maltyness, more off putting metal and plastic notes..just not really doing it for me. C'mon coors, if you are going to try to get part of the craft beer pie...make a true, tasty craft kinda tasting beer...
02-20-2014 05:04:33 | More by Billolick
2.88/5 rDev -4.3%
Appearance: light amber/gold in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation
Smell: light toasted malt
Taste: toasted malt and caramel
Mouthfeel: light bodied-watery, moderate carbonation, sweet
Overall: Average to below average for the style. Like a watered down version of a decent Vienna lager. Not so bad that I would pass this up at a party, but I would be searching the coolers for anything else available.
05-30-2013 14:10:56 | More by tigg924
3.19/5 rDev +6%
Served on tap in a frosted pint glass.
Appearance: Slightly darker amber color with a thin white head.
Smell: Mild hops, sugars and grains.
Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light to medium bodied. Taste was mild hops and grains.
Overall: Decent brew but nothing special. It was good good with my burger I had, easy to drink.
10-25-2013 18:19:31 | More by Cavanaghty
2.36/5 rDev -21.6%
A dark amber beer usually a good sign of rich taste in amber beers, Unfortunately not so in this case only a strong bitter after taste. A thick foam head produced when poured into frosted mug The label claims it is a gold medal award winner it definitely does live up to that promise.
09-13-2013 21:04:13 | More by PZUCKER
2.13/5 rDev -29.2%
Curiosity takes over. Decent looking label, cheap price, go figure.
Very weak aromas and the ones that do come true are not pleasant. Alcohol, wet dog.
Flavor is weak, in fact the only flavor coming through is unpleasant one-dimensional bitterness and grain alcohol.
Mouthfeel- better than watery beers.
Again, wet dog.
02-15-2014 03:39:27 | More by horsebreath
Third Shift Amber Lager from Coors Brewing Company
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