Third Shift Amber Lager - Coors Brewing Company
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Reviews by JamesQuaff:
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
More User Reviews:
3.04/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Deep and clear, this brew might just be short of amber in color. The head rises to almost 2 fingers without the staying power to hold it up, though it does hold up a solid half-finger for a good while. Lace is left on the glass mostly in spotty arrangement with some patches.
Maybe it's my imagination, but I'm getting a whiff of something like cereal grains. There is a toastiness to the aroma that works nicely, and a dose of grassiness. It has the grainy sweetness some adjuncts do, but to less of an extent. It isn't strong, by any means, but could easily be weaker.
About the same could be said for the flavor. It isn't heinously thin but leans that way as the sweetness and grains start it off. The toast, including breads crusts, and grass do carry through. A bit of caramel and some leaf add something to a generally pedestrian offering.
Sweet up front, it goes drier into the middle and ends up with a grainy finish that falls away from clean. It's thinner than some but essentially achieves a light-medium body with a supporting crispness, though smoothness is lost to a point.
Aside from a pretty good look, this is what I would point to as average in every way.
Serving type: bottle
02-27-2014 21:08:54 | More by Brenden
3.18/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
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...
Serving type: can
02-20-2014 05:04:33 | More by Billolick
2.53/5 rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Grabbed a 16 oz, 4 pack of this for the drink. $4.69. At least the price is right.
A: Poured a little into a pint stein. Creamy white head, amber body. Decent, not exceptional, not bad.
S: Little to nothing. Some light malts, faded corn. There was nothing offensive, just nothing there.
T: Again, not a whole lot. Some light, bready malts, no really detectable hops. No offensive tastes, just a whole lot of nothing.
M: Nice, creamy, slightly heavy mouthfeel. Well-carbonated. The most redeeming feature of the beer.
I can drink this - it's not a "good" beer, but it's cheap and the price is right. It's better than other cheap swill in this range like Old Milwaukee, Natty, and Keystone.
Serving type: can
02-19-2014 02:09:35 | More by RyanPoff
Third Shift Amber Lager from Coors Brewing Company
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