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Third Shift Amber Lager - Coors Brewing Company

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Third Shift Amber LagerThird Shift Amber Lager

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964 Ratings

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Ratings: 964
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 18.27%
Wants: 8
Gots: 79 | FT: 0
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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Photo of Cavanaghty


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
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.19/5  rDev +6%

A: Pours a crystal clear medium amber in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some orange and copper highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall white head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of thin film with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts with some corn adjuncts and huskiness. There is also a touch of light fruitiness (apple and pear).

T: Light to moderate flavors of toasted malts with some light amounts of corn and grain adjuncts with some huskiness. There is a light amount of light fruits (primarily apple) and light amounts of earthy hops. Veyr light amounts of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: Easy to drink and a better offering than I expected from a micro label from a BMC brewery. It has pretty good toasted malts notes but I wish they had left out the adjuncts...

03-24-2013 23:26:32 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Goosehunter75


3.19/5  rDev +6%

A - Pours a golden copper that is crystal clear. It has very little head. What is present is fluffy white but it disaptes quickly and leaves very little lacing. It does have a overall nice color.

S - It smells very grainy. Not ven malty...but grainy. There is a slight grassy and raisen aroma.

T - Very nice malt flavors upfront folloewd by a big biscuity finish. There are slight toffee undertones throughout.

M - Quite lite for this style beer and just in general. Very easy to drink and creamy feeling

O - Its pretty much what I anticiapted. Very nice tasting beer and very easy to drink. There is just nothing that sticks out though. Not really a very memorable beer.

04-28-2013 22:50:10 | More by Goosehunter75
Photo of Billolick

New York

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
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3.18/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours dark amber with a thin crea.
my head that descends to a wispy cover. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of mild caramel with some grainy notes.

The taste is rather bland, but inoffensive. Some caramel, some grain, and a hint of tart. A bit of mettalic comes through.Finishes abruptly.

It is on the smooth side. Ample carbonation goes towards fizzy.

Pretty easy to drink. Not bad, but nothing special. Decent price - pretty average amber lager.

02-26-2013 17:51:02 | More by jwc215
Photo of DoubleJ


3.18/5  rDev +5.6%

It's a gold medal winning amber lager! It comes in a 12 ounce bottle, and now that's been done, let's move on to the beer:

Well, it does look a little bit amber. The color is more like brass. Topping it is a small soapy head which drops to a lace of itself. The aroma is alright, but what it doesn't smell like is a gold medal. There's a little fruitiness with toasted grain...and a wee dash of caramel.

Tastes like a pre-prohibition lager. The taste is light, but does offer a few fun specs compared to the usual pale lager. Toasted grain and vague malt sweetness hits along with the jet stream of carbonation. Kilned grain. More toastiness follows, as does more carbonation. It's light bodied, with strong carbonation that buzzes from start to finish.

Decent amber lager, yes. Gold Medal Winner, from what competition? Band of Brewers shouldn't set themselves up fo...oh, it's Coors? <facepalm>

03-30-2013 06:16:03 | More by DoubleJ
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3.18/5  rDev +5.6%

12oz. bottle: Bought this at noon on a Sunday in Bay City, TX at a gas station: best thing in the store. It pours a clear amber color. There was a small off-white head on it that didn’t linger long or leave much lacing. The aroma isn’t too bad. Malts, a little grainy and earthy. It isn’t great, but really doesn’t taste too bad. A bit of caramel malt sweetness, a little grainy and just a touch of grassy hops. It’ll do in a pinch.

11-27-2013 21:42:07 | More by Boto
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3.16/5  rDev +5%

08-19-2014 23:12:06 | More by JoeCharger87
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New Jersey

3.16/5  rDev +5%

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a copper color with a half finger of foam that dissipates quickly. Aroma is grainy, minerally, not much by way of hop or sweet malt aromas.

This beer has a strong crystal malt sweetness at first, with a very flat finish. Not much lingering flavor, and not much hop flavor comes through. There is nothing bad about this per se, it is just very basic and one dimensional.

This is basically a plain old amber beer with nothing else to differentiate it. Drinkable for sure, but there are much better beers to be had.

07-04-2014 02:56:42 | More by FickleBeast
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3.16/5  rDev +5%

Orange-amber body with a nice sticky white head; good lacing and rings on my glass. Not much of an aroma, but what there is comes across faintly malty with a hint of fruitiness; no real hop character noted. Taste has decent enough malt grain character with a somewhat metallic taste hovering around in the background; decent bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied with a residual sugariness throughout the feel.

A fair enough beer with a hazy background. It's labeled as an amber lager, not an American adjunct lager, yet one can't readily find out anything from the thirdshiftbrewing.com or their Facebook page. The claim of being a gold medal winner at "the Beer Fest" in September 2009 seems a little murky -- what beer fest and where? It's also murky about who exactly brews this beer although all signs seem to point to this being a Coors-Miller-Molson beer at heart.

Well, no matter its heritage and whatever its ingredients, it's a drinkable if not exactly exciting beer. No regrets about buying a six-pack, but will probably spend my money on better, more forthright beers. However, in a pinch, this brew would be a nice thirst quencher.

01-10-2013 03:20:32 | More by beergoot
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.16/5  rDev +5%

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

JUN1713 on the bottle neck.

Appearance: Pours out a golden-amber body, exceptional clarity, and with a full-sized, near white head.

Smell: Faintly toasted malts, though there's some low huskiness present in the nose, and, presumably will present itself in the flavor. Medium-light fruitiness.

Taste: Gently toasted malts, a little grain with a minor huskiness. Medium sweetness. Some fruity accents. Lightly earthy hops with a modest bitterness, though more than anticipated, aided by the carbonation. Drying, fizzing finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation, a bit crisp.

Overall: Easily drinkable, accessible brew with ample flavor, crispness. Politely tolerable.

02-02-2013 23:42:43 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.14/5  rDev +4.3%

The look i am not sure of drinking straight from the bottle. I never drink lager beer so this is new. Smell kind of sweet like honey very pleasant. Taste the first one was kind of strong for me with a strong aftertaste. I really enjoyed the second easy to drink kinda sweet and for $6.28 for a sixpack that is a great value we can't all drink the best. But i recommend this.

12-06-2013 01:58:13 | More by Iuseryoucpu
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3.14/5  rDev +4.3%

Can poured into a glass

Two finger foam quickly settles into some freaky little foam islands. Scant lacings. Homey amber liquid with no visible carbonation.

Aroma of sweet corn, malts.

Sweet, malty, adjunct with more heft. Chewy, medium body. Very smooth start to finish.

Not bad and would drink it again if handed to me.

12-12-2013 04:09:36 | More by WunderLlama
Photo of TheMarkE


3.14/5  rDev +4.3%

Appearance: Golden amber with a good head of foam and decent lacing.

Smell: Malt and corn syrup.

Taste: Sweet maltiness, rather bland.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, leaves behind the “beer” taste common to most macrobrews.

The Verdict: Meh. Even though this says it is made by “Band of Brewers” it is actually another Coors brand and it shows. Tastes very similar to a Coors or Blue Moon. Inoffensive perhaps, but the same blandness you can get from many other beers.

04-03-2013 06:07:08 | More by TheMarkE
Photo of DrewsBrews450

North Carolina

3.11/5  rDev +3.3%

This was the best big brewery beer i could have bought at the gas station i live near, Well besides sam adams boston lager and yuengling lager which is hit or miss in the cooler there. Anyways seen this in 16oz cans and bought two. The apperence to me not really amber more like a bud but more orange i guess. the head didnt last to long, and leaves a tiny ring aorund the glass. Smell is pretty good, though i do smell corn but not sure if it is used in the beer. toasted malt no spice no hops maybe nutty. The taste to me is just like the bud crown if you have had that, this is very much the same, toasted malt i do taste the corn but not over done. sweet nutty after taste, enough hops to balance the beer pretty good for what this is. This beer to me is coors/miller way to compete with bud crown which it does, and i also think the whole amber lager kinda crafty thing is a way for both of these companys to compete with yeungling. though i think yeungling beats both by far with a more session abv at 4.4. I will say it is better then any american lager from BMC. though ill take yeungling if i can find it over this.

03-03-2013 00:48:20 | More by DrewsBrews450
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North Carolina

3.11/5  rDev +3.3%

I figured it to be on the same level as blue moon so I wasn't dissapointed.

It's very drinkable, kind of like a watery boston lager except significantly less bitter. It's a little thick on the tongue, but hey a very drinkable and fairly decent beer from coors. I wouldn't trade my Sam Adams for it but I could definitely drink it again.

11-01-2013 23:54:55 | More by Talbott92
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3.1/5  rDev +3%

A: To be honest this is a very nice looking beer. It pours a golden orange body with a thin white head that quickly fades to nothing more than a little island of foam created by the Duvel glass etching. The beer also has left a tiny bit of lacing on the side of the glass. I was really expecting a huge head with it being from Coors.

S: Now the smell reminds me of your basic lager. Has a nice amount of sweetness, a tiny bit of funk, sort of earthy and a decent amount of corn.

T: The beer really doesn't have much going on if you ask me. I get a little bit of corn and malt, with a tad bit of sweetness too. As the beer lingers, the corn flavor really starts to dominate the flavor.

M: There is a good amount of carbonation that give a nice crispness of the back of the throat and the tip of the tongue. It is not a very heavy body beer, which makes it easier to drink.

O: This for sure a step up from your typical BMC beers and if this was at a party or I was offered it, I would for sure take it. Nothing special here and will probably get tons of bad reviews because of it being from Coors, but it's not too bad.

12-05-2012 06:16:01 | More by gtermi
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Alberta (Canada)

3.09/5  rDev +2.7%

A - clear golden copper colour, half finger of head retained at just about that level
S - pale grain and adjunct with just a faint hint leafy hops and light caramel
T - getting mostly leafy and metallic hop flavours, some noticeable adjunct, very mild graininess
M - light and well carbonated, pretty crisp and clean, finishes just slightly dry
O - not bad but bottom line its an average beer

04-26-2013 01:29:34 | More by joemcgrath27
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New York

3.09/5  rDev +2.7%

I was really suprised on the smell! I was not expecting it to smell so nice and sweet. I took a sip and swore I had tasted this before. I had Dogbite high gravity lager and it tastes similar. However, this is much smoother. As for the appearance it has an amazing color!

12-07-2013 01:51:35 | More by SonictheBeerhog
Photo of CaptJackHarkness

New York

3.09/5  rDev +2.7%

From a one pint can, undated.

Bready , sweet aroma. Pours an orange amber body with full but short lasting beige head. Head quickly turns to thin oily film, no lacing. Taste follows nose, sweet and Bready. Acidic aftertaste. If I could use a one word description : Meh!

10-31-2013 23:27:09 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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3.06/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours a thin head over a pale amber body. Retains a little frothy ring. Nothing in the way of lace.

Smells sweet and bready. Light grassiness. Overall very weak nose.

The taste is of sweet malt with a little molasses. It gets a little bready with a bit of spice and rye and ends with spice, bread and grass.

The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. It washes down quick and easy as any beverage by this company.

08-15-2013 15:13:41 | More by CFHMagnet
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3.06/5  rDev +1.7%

Coors : Third Shift

LOOK: A bright copper colored brew with a well retaining foam cap. Leaves behind a web of lace.

SMELL: Light caramel and green apple. A touch of floral hops and bagged white bread.

TASTE: Reminiscent of a Vienna lager, flavors of caramel, buttery toffee, rice and a faint earthy bitterness. Semi sweet malt/corn/rice character and tea like hop flavor. As it warns up adjunct sweetness takes over. Ice cold folks, that's the Coors suggested serving temperature, otherwise they can't guarantee it.

MOUTHFEEL: Light to medium-light feel. Carbonation is high, loosely crisp. Drinks easily.

OVERALL: Decent drinking lager, but more or less a mainstream college party type beer. I wish the big three did more experiments for good like this back in the day, rather than just diluting the $hit out of everything. Slightly better than average for the style.

01-09-2013 01:37:39 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.05/5  rDev +1.3%

Despite what you've heard this is not an amber anything. The color was quite orange with a thin fleeting head.

Quite weak but interesting enough, I caught burnt malt red ale like like qualities in the aroma. Slight caramel malt richness and a little burn makes it interesting enough.

The taste reminds me of Budweiser Black Crown, which is an amber lager, I believe. Somewhat malty with a little red ale tinge, it's very smooth and easy with no harsh adjunct flavor.

05-25-2013 22:11:57 | More by KYGunner
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New York

3.05/5  rDev +1.3%

A: The beer is clear amber yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with finger high light beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface along with some lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of toasted malts and bits of sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes less maltier and a little watered down when compared to other beers in the style, but is easy to drink and doesn't have any "off" flavors.

11-17-2013 16:41:43 | More by metter98
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3.05/5  rDev +1.3%

The beer pours a burnt orange color with a foamy white head. Sounds weird, but I could smell green beans, along with sweet malt and adjunct. It tastes like veggies as well, with some lemony hop flavor and malty sweetness, that's about it. The beer is light bodied with moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish. This is better than your average macro but rreally doesn't have much to it.

03-30-2013 23:30:17 | More by JMad
Third Shift Amber Lager from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 964 ratings.