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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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924 Ratings

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Ratings: 924
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 18.27%
Wants: 7
Gots: 66 | 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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3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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

3.09/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

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

3.09/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 01:51:35 | More by SonictheBeerhog
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New York

3.09/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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!

Serving type: can

10-31-2013 23:27:09 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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3.06/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 15:13:41 | More by CFHMagnet
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3.06/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 01:37:39 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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

3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 16:41:43 | More by metter98
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3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 23:30:17 | More by JMad
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3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Mu buddy used to work third shift...he seemed to dislike it...I don't blame him... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber (shocker!) topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises biscuit, light dried honey, light barley, and a hint of flowers. The taste pretty much brings in more of the same, along with a vague sense of candied orange peel in the background. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a decent little beer, but one that lacks any real character of its own. It ain't bad, but nothing I would exert myself to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 03:52:29 | More by TMoney2591
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North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Saw so many commercials for this that I had to try it. Nothing much to report here. Good session beer. Standard amber lager. Very sweet and malty. But also seems very light for an amber. Out of the six pack I had there were inconsistencies among the bottles. Some were very good. Some had a rather strong presence of dimethyl for an amber.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 18:51:38 | More by thehooksman
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3.04/5  rDev +1%
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
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3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Twist off bottle poured into a pint glass, the Third Shift pours a clear golden with a half inch of foam and very light carbonation in the liquid. Moderate retention as a result.

Aroma is clean and grainy with a light hint of vienna malt character and a faint touch of hops. Warming does expand the hop experience with some agitation, yet seems oddly out of place overall. Taste is dry with a hint of caramel up front and offers a coarse and grainy finish. Lacking as for depth as a Vienna Lager but an easy quaff for a medium bodied lager. Light and smooth feel, simple and without any defects. Average.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 04:28:16 | More by HalfFull
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3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Wow, this brew is a lot like Heineken, meek in flavor and without boldness

Two finger fast reducing head

Smells of beechwood and grain

Taste: smoky, with a sweet malt finish

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery

Overall, this was a decent job by Coors! Yet, this is not going to be a frequent flyer in my refrigerator. Quite frankly, I'd have this over a PBR, Bud, or Miller Lite.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 05:43:36 | More by BierStein711
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3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Rather pleasant looking honey colored beer. Almost no head, large bubbles that dissipate quickly.

S: Toasted grains with a slight caramel malt note. Had to search for the nose on this one. Almost entirely grains, but still a nice aroma, I just wish that there was more of it.

T: Slight dose of sweet malts, lots of cereal grains, slightly bready and also a bit of a metallic taste. Finishes with more of a hop bitterness than a hop taste.

M: Moderate body, high carbonation.

O: A drinkable beer, but nothing special. I wouldn't seek it out, but I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 19:32:03 | More by DaveBlack
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3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out of the twist off bottle a straight up amber colour accompanied by a thin light tan head with some retention and a little bit of lacing. smell of some strained caramel malts, a bit of adjunct and just a dice of herbal hoppiness. the taste profile is more of the same...sweet caramel malt and adjunct flavours dominate with a discernible herbal hop note that does little to offset the quasi-syrupy sweetness. light bodied. semi-crisp mouthfeel. ok drinkability. nothing offensive or off.

overall, a run of the mill amber lager. there is little to suggest that this resembles a vienna lager in any way. a beer for the masses. luckily i scored two cases of this, still fresh, for under $20. not really recommended, but i suppose it has it place.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2014 18:30:58 | More by budgood1
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3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear gold in color, with a nice two-inch head of white foam.
Aroma-Faint cracker malt
Taste-Subtle pilsner malt, light-bodied, a bit of a metallic aftertaste in the finish. A bit better than an average macobrew, but not by much.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 22:17:46 | More by hosehead83
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New York

3.01/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 02:33:29 | More by CloudStrife
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3.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I wondered why this beer has been popping up everywhere and with Coors making it I am no longer surprised.

A - Has very little actual head, any of which fizzes out to a light lace ring. Standard average looking lager.
S - Smells of mild caramel malts, some skunk, and a bit of toast bread.
T - Has an alright taste it went down easy with very little sweetness or skunk. Almost Yuengling except not as cheap (mixed and matched for $1.75)
M - Lighter in body than I expected thats OK I guess
Overall it's kind of like the "blue moon" of amber lagers, not offensive, mild flavors, and session able. One and done for me though.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 16:50:15 | More by DrDemento456
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3.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: nice amber color, minimal cream color head
--bottle is nicely done and stands out on a self with brown paper bag like label with blue print

S: heavy malt smell, otherwise unremarkable

T: Caramel and barley malt

M: smooth but nothing special

O: Nothing special... but I would drink it again if nothing else was available

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 01:02:08 | More by Archimetez
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3/5  rDev -0.3%

10-06-2013 01:04:43 | More by Turbo
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3/5  rDev -0.3%

07-13-2014 23:47:25 | More by chip26
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New York

3/5  rDev -0.3%

05-23-2013 02:19:05 | More by JC333
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New York

3/5  rDev -0.3%

04-22-2013 00:12:41 | More by Milkysunshine
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -0.3%

06-19-2013 23:20:02 | More by Mikkiicky
Third Shift Amber Lager from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 924 ratings.