Third Shift Amber Lager - Coors Brewing Company

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Third Shift Amber LagerThird Shift Amber Lager

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1,154 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,154
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 18.27%
Wants: 11
Gots: 228 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: gtermi on 12-05-2012

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Ratings: 1,154 | Reviews: 195
Reviews by ZAP:
Photo of ZAP
2.86/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much to get excited about here. Much prefer the "Batch 19" to this. In fact I would take Killian's over this as well.

Inoffensive except for the overall lack of flavor. It does carry some light toasted maltiness but the key word there is "light". Not a sweet beer by any means but leans more that way than one with a dry finish....body is light side of medium...high carbonation....looks clean....

I was hoping for something more along the lines of a vienna lager I guess....silly me....for what it is I would still place it below similar products like Point Amber..very very basic and middle of the road...

More User Reviews:
Photo of Gote
3.09/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oh come on, It's not THAT bad. Sure it's from the Coors family but I think it actually has a light, refreshing taste. Not too bitter but not as bland as their other swill. Maybe it's not a true craft beer but geez, Coors actually put out something worth drinking for a change. Kudos to them. Try it. I don't think you'll actually puke or anything and you might think it's slightly above mediocre.

Photo of MadScientist
3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of SteadySippin
2.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of SAxDRC5
2.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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.

Photo of Jason
3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.19/5  rDev +6%
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...

Photo of tigg924
2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of Bigalduncan64
3.29/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is a solid, good tasting amber lager for a good price. This beer has a nice balance of hops and malt flavors.

Photo of PZUCKER
2.41/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of horsebreath
2.14/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Amber body it's third shift band of brewing amber lager, gold medal where? Clear amber body fizzy carbonation is all over the place the head is creamy textured and colored with large bubbles. Aroma has cooked cereal grains, corn and caramel coloring as the base malts somewhat earthy pungency in the is this stuff even on the same level as the Batch's a modern day lager that they want you to believe has been brewed by a band of brewers who are like brothers taking on the masses when in fact this is the masses brewing an amber lager to compete with Black Crown and Yuengling Traditional Amber Lager. Faint biscuit malt and caramel flavor with a hint of spicy peppery hops, not really bad in the flavors just in the sense of texture that it tastes like a mass produced product with a harshness that's hard to describe with loving and discriminatory words. It's just not that good and sales will project the same opinion especially for the price point this beer has I'm glad I found an individual can to review, not bad really after one it's not bad could a pour another in my glass, hell no. Overall impression is that the big brewers need to stop going pseudo-craft and go all the way and claim it as there's Miller can brew a great mass produced light lager why not a great IPA???

Photo of chinchill
2.8/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz can , $1 at Krogers, served in a pint glass.

Pours clear amber with lots of visible carbonation and a large head that soon reduces to a durable top coat.

Aroma: Grassy/earthy hops with a metallic edge over some bready malts. Not bad but not appealing. The flavor is better. Mildly bitter.
Feel: initially over carbonated, this soon burns off leaving a decent feel with a medium-light body.

O: thirst-quenching lawnmower beer,

Photo of jamisonspitzer
3.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A buddy of mine brought this over for an evening BBQ.

I drank it out of the bottle the way I would any lager while I'm standing over my grill. In the vein of summertime beers I think this one holds its own. I'd put it on par with Fat Tire or Dos X. If you're filling a cooler with something to drink at the lake or a BBQ you could do a lot worse than Third Shift.

Appearance: Amber and translucent--what you'd expect for this type of beer
Smell: A pleasant sour maltiness
Taste: Solid lager taste, not amazing but very drinkable.
Mouthfeel: This is a very wet beer. There's not much body to it at all. When you're chugging it to rinse a jalepeno popper out of your mouth though, that's a good thing.

I'd buy this for a party where I needed low-cost but tasty beverage options for a crowd.

Photo of Auraan
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank straight from the can, so no real comment on appearance. Scent was mostly fruity lager esters and some sweet malt. Not horrible. Pretty appetizing actually. Taste was fruity with grain husk, malt sweetness and possible maize adjunct with some moderate hop bitterness. Not that bad, fairly standard and mild, but inoffensive and pleasant. Mouthfeel was light bodied with high carbonation. Pretty standard macro mouthfeel, not horrible, drinkable. Overall this was a standard beer. It wasn't bad, it was rather good, but it did nothing to really stand out. Still, that's not too bad for a Coors product.

Photo of Brenden
3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of CloudStrife
2.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Best by June 17, 2013.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a 1.5 finger white head. Lots of visible carbonation. Actually some lacing on the glass.

S: Sort of a corn, sweet lagery brew. I get a lot of metal too, not the most pleasant.

T: Mild non offensive taste, something to drink real cold. Focus is mainly on the malt with a cracker/biscuit quality.

M: Medium to light body, not a lot of carbonation. Focus seems to be on the drinkablility.

Overall its a fairly average brew, might have a bad rap from being made by Coors but at least its a step in the right direction.

Photo of dowen17
2.34/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a clear orange-ish color with a one finger head after a hard pour. Head retention is little to none with a small amount of bubbles rising from the etching. Very little lacing but there is some.

Smell - Smells cheap and pretty puky. Which is what could be expected from Coors. Has a very slight apple-y sweetness when inhaled. The hops come through after.

Taste - There is a slight sweetness when the beer first hits your tongue. As it progresses the taste of corn overcomes everything else. Tastes kind of like someone threw up in your beer.

Mouthfeel - Slightly sticky/carbonated.

I initially rated this beer as okay but after going back and REALLY paying attention to this beer it's not all that great. Or even good. It's barely drinkable and smells like they brewed it with vomit.

Photo of secondtooth
3.29/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clean amber-gold, with a nice head of fine white carbonation. Lace is loopy but unremarkable.

Nose is toasty and grainy, certainly not bad, but not unique or memorable.

Taste is crisp and toasty, too, with a very lightly hopped finish. Much better than the usual light adjunct lagers produced by these folks.

A highly-drinkable brew from the corporate side of things, and certainly a solid "gateway" toward more charismatic craft offerings.

Photo of WoodBrew
2.94/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Third Street is an easy going beer. The beer pours a lighter clear amber with thin if any head that is not lacing. The smell is mostly malt/bread. The taste is a nice balance of bittering hops and malt. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a nice sessionable beer...but nothing noteworthy.

Photo of JohnFatAss
3.25/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Third shift is amber in color. The head faded fast but never completely disapeared and left a little bit of lacing on the sides of my glass.

Smells like a beer.

It has a sweet malty taste with only a slight hop bitternes in the finish.

Overall, it is a nice easy drinking beer. Better than your average BMC product and not over priced.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A half finger of head on a clear, medium straw colored body.
The smell is pleasant. Dry grain mostly, with a little of that cotton candy aroma that comes from using rice.
A fairly flavorful lager with a sweet foundation. The bitterness is subdued, which results in a smooth and easy to drink beer.
A crisp and fizzy texture. The high carbonation is a detraction.
A descent drink.

Photo of Don2013
3.85/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not watery, has some substance, the drinkability quotient is good if you are wanting to have a few and not just a 1 or 2 high value tasting experience.

I have been looking in vain to find any verification that it is a "gold medal award winner." Not listed among the world beer cup winners of 2012. Also could not find it among the winners at the Great American Beer Festival. Another article I read said it was marketed under code name Flor Hosen and won in German style Marzen category. I looked it up and that name was listed as a winner. Awfully close to false advertising...

Photo of nicholas2121
3.64/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

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Third Shift Amber Lager from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,154 ratings.