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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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998 Ratings

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Ratings: 998
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 18.27%
Wants: 10
Gots: 99 | 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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3.25/5  rDev +8%

dsreeves, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of MLaVioletteJr
3.25/5  rDev +8%

MLaVioletteJr, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of callmeclemens
3.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A good beer after a long hard day of work. Drank right from the sixteen ounce can. Nice, smooth and light, nothing to right home about, but I would definatley consider adding this to the list of go to cheap beer I keep in the fridge because hey, I can't afford the outstanding stuff all the time.

callmeclemens, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of tone77
3.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. smell is very mild, some light malts. Taste is also mild, malty, a bit of grains, refreshing but bland. Feels light in the mouth and overall not terrible, but nothing special about this beer.

tone77, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of bmwats
3.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint.

A: Amber hue. Plenty of effervescence clings to the sides of the glass, and rises throughout. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Settles fairly quickly, but not completely. Slight spotty lacing quickly retreats into the body of the brew.

S: Roasted malt, oak, clove, and molasses.

T: Peaty roasted malt, a little savory spice, bitter pecan shell, and a hint of brown sugar and molasses.

M: Hearty and malty. Something of a syrupy feel. Bitter finish.

D: Not quite a session brew... a little heartiness with result into a bit of a savoring experience.

Atmosphere is decent. Lots of effervescence, slight head, slight lacing. Nose is roasty with wood, spice, and sweet notes. Peaty and roasty malt flavor, accentuated with a little savory spice, bitterness, and a very slight sweet balance. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

bmwats, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of Andrew041180
3.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - The beer is a clear amber. It arrived with no head, showed very little carbonation, and produced no lacing. Nondescript.

S - Mildly malty. Minimal aroma.

T - Not bad. Little bit of light caramel type sweetness and some decent bitterness on the back end.

M - A little astringent, but had decent enough body.

O - Not too shabby. Non-offensive as one might expect, but the flavor really is pretty decent. Wouldn't search it out, but it presents a nice alternative to standard BMC AAL's.

Andrew041180, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of Act25
3.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I bet if people tasted this blind it would eliminate the lower marks and render this beer a solid "above average". I agree the labeling is misleading - what gold medal!?

Poured into a .5 l cylinder glass...

A: Amber as promised with more carbonation, and a looser head than the best micros. The 1/2 finger head faded fast and left no lacing.

S: Decent aroma. I get bready, malty, subtle grainy aromas. Not a strong waft and nothing negative as some have written. maybe a little generic, mass produced, and bland, but not negative.

T: If you had to have a macro brew, this is a great one to pick. Really nice balance of hops, malt, tingle. Nice finish. They are working on the flavor and doing a great job. Sessionable. refreshing.

F: nice tingle, good body. Maybe a little syrupy, but mostly refreshing and a nice finish. I rate this as the best body in a mass produced beer I have tasted.

Overall: Great accessible, reasonably priced lager. I encourage people to taste this blind. It doesnt knock your socks off, but it's a perfectly fine above-average amber/ale/pre-prohibition-style-lager.

Act25, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of kkleu357
3.2/5  rDev +6.3%

From notes on 10/3/13

I had this on tap. I was pleasantly surprised. I thought this was a very decent beer. For a lager from a big company like MillerCoors, you’d expect hardly any flavor. This one does have flavor and it was good. I would drink it again.

kkleu357, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Phigg1102
3.2/5  rDev +6.3%

Phigg1102, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.19/5  rDev +6%
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.

Jason, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of Cavanaghty
3.19/5  rDev +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.

Cavanaghty, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.19/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

dbrauneis, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Goosehunter75
3.19/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Goosehunter75, Apr 28, 2013
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3.19/5  rDev +6%

Kacollins7, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of Billolick
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
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...

Billolick, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of jwc215
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jwc215, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of DoubleJ
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

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>

DoubleJ, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of Boto
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Boto, Nov 27, 2013
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3.16/5  rDev +5%

JoeCharger87, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of FickleBeast
3.16/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

FickleBeast, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of beergoot
3.16/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

beergoot, Jan 10, 2013
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3.16/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 02, 2013
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3.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Iuseryoucpu, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of WunderLlama
3.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

WunderLlama, Dec 12, 2013
Third Shift Amber Lager from Coors Brewing Company
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