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Third Shift Amber Lager - Coors Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
72
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186 Reviews
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Reviews: 186
Hads: 1,175
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 17.1%
Wants: 13
Gots: 246 | 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:
Beer added by: gtermi on 12-05-2012

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Reviews: 186 | Hads: 1,175
Photo of Greatblueheronbrewing
1.5/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

I used to enjoy this beer, but I opened one today and poured it down the sink. The aroma is completely wrong for an amber ale, and reminds me of a coors lite. If I had any, I would do a comparison. The taste of this beer is also terrible and is reminiscent of a budmillercoors lager and is not anything like an amber ale. There is a faint hint of toasty malt but the aftertaste is more like that of a cheap lager. This beer is also very sweet. (443 characters)

Photo of OccasionallyIFart
1.52/5  rDev -51%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Coors Light was my go to beer before I started working in aLiquor store with such a great craft selection.

Third Shift was very interesting.

Smelled very very similar to PBR and tasted like flat PBR. .

It did have a decent mouth-feel though. Not overly carbonated. Somewhat smooth.

No where near the worst beer Ive ever had. I could easily see my self playing beer p[ong with this beer. Not much else though.I really wouldnt reccomend this to anyone

Although we are doing a tasting on it tonight here at work.

So I guess I will try and sell it.

Cheers (561 characters)

Photo of mardo63
1.6/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

bought this on a whim,,,( it being cheep),lol. not what i expected given the hype about it. it has a nice color, not much head or laceing. like others here have siad the corn taste overpowers the hops. not one i would buy again but worth trying it all the same. i may have under rated it,, however to my palet it is swill. (322 characters)

Photo of Amalak
1.71/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

A. It is extremely clear...crystal. It has a light brown color, with some bubbles coming up in the middle, with a limited head and no lacing.

S. Has a strong malt scent.

T/M. It is very malty, but there isn't much else there. There's some caramel sweetness. It is tart. It is too malty.

O. This is just a horrible taste. So much of a macro taste with an attempt to give it a malty ale taste. Just pure crap. (411 characters)

Photo of james123
1.9/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Want to hear a joke?
What's red and taste like blue paint? Red paint.

Want to hear another joke?
What light-gold and taste like blue paint? Third Shift Amber Lager. (166 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
1.94/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass, amber colored with a large white head that quickly dissipates leaving little lacing, clear

S: adjunct lager, sweet, corn , grain, cereal

T: not much flavor, some grain, no real hops, sweet

M: thin

O: macro pretending to be craft (278 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
2/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

2 oz bottle from a six pack from "Habits" in Salem. $5.99 a sixer. Light copper coloured lager, large ,thick and rocky off white head. Not much to the aroma, grainy,cardboard ,slight grassy hop. Taste is thin caramel, with a certain astringency in the end that is perhaps hop? Watery palate Not impressed very pedestrian (320 characters)

Photo of MarkSmith86
2.04/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

This stuff has the color of a damn good craft beer, color of your piss if you dont drink water after a week or so. The taste and mouthfeel is oh man i dunno what the hell it is?!?! Only thing it has going is its looks, its darker than your regular american adjunct lagers so i thought what the hell until i tasted it, oh man it lives up to its name of a bunch of drunks on 3rd shift making beer! believe that folks! (415 characters)

Photo of mjw06
2.04/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.5

This is really a terrible beer. Maybe in the style of a marzen it would get a little bit of better rating from me. But it comes off as a Miller High Life with red food coloring, a few days over the best-by date. It's really a shame that the price point for this is inline with other premium craft-style BMC selections. Nobody should have to pay that much for this. (364 characters)

Photo of kroneks
2.1/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The price of this beer is not on par with the price. I assumed this was a was a scam by big brewers to tap the craft beer market when I saw the commercial and was right when I saw coors makes it! Sweet and bitter, rather have the silver bullet ... tap the rockies might leave you tapped out (290 characters)

Photo of horsebreath
2.14/5  rDev -31%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.16/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Saw this in the grocery store (Von's) at a good price and figured I'd give it a spin. After all, every beer gets a chance. Expectations are below average given the brewery. I'm reviewing it as an amber, not as an adjunct macro-lager. 5.3% ABV confirmed. Reviewed live. Best before June 17th, 2013. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with salted pretzels.

A: Pours a four finger beige colour head of surprisingly un-terrible creamy quality, decent thickness, and three minute retention (though the ABV is merely average). Body color is a rather pale copper. Translucent and clear. An abundance of bubbles suggests overcarbonation. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Heavy adjunct (I suspect rice and other bland flaked grains), two row barley, light pale malts, a bit of bitterness, stale grains, and very minimal floral hopping (just here as a preservative, it seems). An average strength aroma. Not particularly appealing.

T: Stale pale malts and low grade barley. Light floral hopping. I was reviewing this as an amber, but it's clearly anything but. The adjuncts fit nicely into the balance, actually - I mean in comparison to many other beers in the style. There's very little going on here, and it does come off watery and bland. No yeast character is present and no alcohol comes through. Quite boring. I will say it's clean and drinkable. Lacks any complexity or subtlety whatsoever. About what I expected, minus the amber bait and switch. If they do insist it's an amber, it's probably the worst amber I've ever had. As a macro adjunct lager, it's not awful. I don't like it, but I don't despise it. No real depth or variety of flavour here.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Thin and weak. Clean. A bit stale. I certainly wouldn't call it fresh, or even refreshing for that matter. Lacks body. Poor palate presence. Doesn't really suit the flavour profile all that well.

Dr: Politely, it's a student beer. Well priced for what it is, I guess. I'd sooner go for Steel Reserve if I was looking to get knackered, but this would fit the bill in a pinch. I'm not looking forward to the other five bottles in my six pack, but it's drinkable enough. Just low quality. Hides its average ABV as well as you'd expect. Another bad offering from Coors, but I doubt that'll raise any eyebrows. It's certainly preferable to Coors Light and most other beers in the style I can think of. But what does that really say?

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.22/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear amber color. The head is a two finger white shade. Given its roots, I'm actually kind of impressed by both the retention and the lingering lacing.

S: Only thing notable here is some caramel malt augmenting the adjunct character. Meh.

T: Just like the nose indicated, all that's here is caramel sweetness and corn. It's utterly simple and not entirely appealing - however, it's reasonably balanced and refreshing.

M: Good crispness, but it feels too heavy on the palate. Easy enough to drink, I guess.

O: Well, it's better than regular Coors/Coors Light... (611 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
2.25/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

This is the Utah version 4% ABV version

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, little fizzy white head that disappears quickly, not much sticky lacing left behind. The nose is slightly malty, with some grainyness, nice little sweet note. The taste is mostly grainy, but with a hint of maltyness, slightly sweet, Medium body. Overall this would be a thirst quencher, but I will not buy it again. (425 characters)

Photo of Ohiolager
2.33/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Third shift 6pk bottles $6.99(OH)

I grabbed this because it was cheap and it claimed to an award winner. (like all of you curiosity)

12 oz brown bottle poured into pint glass. no freshest by date, however a yellow date is printed on the neck and rubs off very easy.

pours a light amber. lighter than i expected for an award winner. doesn't leave much head or lacing unless you put some air between the bottle and your glass. even then lots of head not much lacing. (too light bodied maybe)

the smell is fairly weak. i smell some corn, maybe some malted hops. i really don't smell much.

again i don't really taste much. it don't taste bad but it don't have much going on either. at first it tastes a little malty then a tiny touch of hops on the finish.

i would have to agree the mouth feel is the best part of this beer. it feels OK. its light bodied but not watery. the carbonation is good. i wish they put as much attention into the entire brew, not just the mouth feel.

overall i would consider this an american red/amber lager, not a Vienna lager. it looks o.k. it has no smell. it tastes adjunctant. mouth feel is best. but most of all where are the noble hops? i don't know what Coors master brewers were thinking, at least blue moon was pretty good. (1,264 characters)

Photo of dowen17
2.34/5  rDev -24.5%
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. (810 characters)

Photo of carlborch
2.35/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured a brilliant amber-copper hue, producing a 1/4 inch cream-colored head that dissipated quickly. Some malt in the nose - not much hops. Grassy notes? Medium body. Light to moderate carbonation. Sweet malty palate. Short. Fresh. Crisp. Easy to drink. Not a cerebral beer. Lacing does form. It is an OK beer, but not good value considering the quality that exists at this price point. (387 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
2.39/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: 7/11 near Grantville (San Diego, Calif.)
Price: $7.49 for a 6-pack
Misc.: Best by date on label was June 17, 2013

Poured an amber clear color with a finger of off-white head that dissipated rather quickly. Bad lacing, bad retention. Looked more like a pale ale than an amber.

Smelled more like a pilsner than an amber ale. Got wheat bread, cereal (Cheerios), hay, toast and honey.

Tasted very close to the smell. Got Cheerios, bread, grass, wheat, hay and wheat toast.

Light body. Thin texture. Average-to-soft (below average) carbonation. Abrupt finish.

Just not a good beer. Don’t try it if you were curious. I will not have it again (after the other five in the box). (739 characters)

Photo of PZUCKER
2.41/5  rDev -22.3%
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. (284 characters)

Photo of classixIII
2.47/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Went into this with an open mind and a clean glass.

High hopes came with a very nice pour of clear honey color, a 2 finger head and plenty of carbonation. head slowly subsided and disappeared in about 2 minutes but left some lace about halfway down. The initial aroma was faint but pleasant, sweet malt but went away quickly never to return again. I liked the carbonation and crisp mouthfeel but taste was blah, to be kind, with some kind bitter, not in a nice hoppy way, after taste. I'll pass on any more of these. (517 characters)

Photo of polktheimpressionist
2.51/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I did not prefer this lager. It leaves my mouth with a dry taste that I only get when I drink commercial beers. I bought it on a rack of "build your own" and later realized after I had tasted it, with some research, that it was a Coors brew...which did not surprise me after I had made my decision about not enjoying it. All in all....it was an "eh" kinda beer. (361 characters)

Photo of drpimento
2.51/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured slightly warm with a nice, cream-colored, foamy, thick head that soon settled to a ring and some scummy islands and a bit of lace. Color is a clear amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is fresh beer with a little malt. Flavor is dominated by corn sweet, has some malt, and carbonic tang with a hint of hop bitter. It's also shallow. Body is a little thin and carbonation a tad sharp. Finish is like flavor, trends medicinal, and is forgettable. This is just drinkable and will be my first/last. (501 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
2.51/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, pours amber with amazing clarity, tall bubbly white head fades slowly, no lacing is left on the glass. Minimal aroma, faint toasty grain, faint yeast, grass, earth. Tastes are toasted grain, earthy, grassy hops, caramel. Light-medium body, moderate carbonation, finishes semi bitter with a sourish earthiness. Overall, wasn't sure what to expect with this one, but it doesn't deliver. (402 characters)

Photo of RyanPoff
2.52/5  rDev -18.7%
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. (696 characters)

Photo of shand
2.55/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

For whatever reason, I'm always up for trying these "crafty" releases that the macrobreweries release. Call it morbid curiosity. Third Shift isn't bad looking at all, it's a nice orange-amber color with a large head that retains well for a Coors product. The aroma lets me down right away though. There's the distinctive "wet dog" aroma that I associate with every American Adjunct Lager. There's a touch more malts in the background, but beyond that it's remarkably similar to a Coors Heavy. The taste starts off stronger with a nice caramel malt, but quickly collapses into the same AAL finish I'd expect from a Coors product. The mouthfeel is nice though, it's got a heavier body than a normal Coors and a spot-on carbonation level, and the drinkability is solid enough. Overall, it's basically Yuengling but worse. It's a step up from the average Coors product for sure, and something I'd get if there were no better options. Gotta say though, I love seeing Union Made on the label! (986 characters)

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Third Shift Amber Lager from Coors Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.