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Third Shift Amber Lager - Coors Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
70
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1,096 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,096
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 18.27%
Wants: 8
Gots: 165 | 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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Photo of StJamesGate
2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On draft at Shannon Pot, Long Island City.

Pale and lagery.
Cereal nose.
Thin caramel malt and mild spice hops.
Crisp, light, fizzy.

I ordered this as the only non-macro option at a corner bar under the train tracks, but thought it was barely craft beer. Lo and behold, it's Coors in sheep's clothing. A fine argument for transparency in labelling, though the taste will tell you every time.

Watered down Sam Adams Lager, at best.

Photo of barczar
2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a brilliant amber copper with a foamy one inch cream head that quickly dissipates, leaving spotty lacing.

Corn and fruity , lightly roasted malt accompany floral hops to form the aroma.

Flavor is grainy and somewhat vegetal. There's a nice toasted breadcrust and caramel malt backbone, which is accentuated by floral hops and specialty malt fruitiness, leading into a slightly dry finish. There's a metallic tang that surfaces eventually.

Body is moderate to light, with carbonation a touch on the high side.

Pretty standard flavors for a cheap amber, but that vegetal note is offputting.

Photo of StevenC
2.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Foyle
2.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Pours a 2”+ off white head that recedes slowly with decent lacing. Color is (obviously) amber and clear with a healthy amount of carbonation
Aroma: fairly mild, caramel, lightly roasted malt, and clean water
Mouthfeel: body is mostly light and a little fluffy, like an ale. Finish is clean and refreshing.
Flavor: this is a bready malt which flows through from start to finish (somewhat like toasted wheat bread), there is sweet caramel in the beginning and middle of the taste, and a mild hop bitterness in the finish.
Overall: A very fine and drinkable beer.

Photo of rfgetz
2.9/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of ouser31
2.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4

ive had this on tap and in the bottle... have to say both are good but I prefer on tap...

goes down smooth and has a great look! hope its comparable to the New Black Crown... !

easy to drink with any food... pick some up if you haven't already... Yummy!

Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

A clear amber body sits under a fizzy off-white head. It recedes to minimal film, and little or no lacing is present. The brew smells faintly sweet of caramel malts. An even fainter hop presence is noted. The beer tastes sweet with grains and malts, and slightly metallic. *ding ding ding* There's your macro sign. Mouthfeel is light.

Overall, I could session this all day because of it's lightness. It's a macro amber, that's that.

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 bourbonbock
2.94/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured a 12 oz bottle of this into a clean pint glass.

A. Pours a light amber body with a finger of white fizzly head that dissipated quickly.

S. I smell subdued hops, lager yeast and a little bit of must.

T. The flavor of this one is a little bready, slightly yeasty, and slightly overcarbonated.

M. Thick body with a smooth feeling on the way down and very little alcohol bite. More of a sipper than a gulper...

Overall not a bad beer for summertime barbeques but I wouldn't pick this up to satisfy any cravings.

Photo of bonbright7
2.94/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This faux-craft offering from Miller/Coors was a mild surprise in my local bodega's cold storage as the workers there are used to my visits as I tease them with questions about their stunning (lack of) selection of beer and ask for Sierra Nevada Torpedo or DFH 90 Minute IPA. They were laughing when they suggested this to me, so I knew I was in for it.

I tried the orange and gold lager straight from the can first and thought it was stronger version of Miller High Life recreated in both aroma and taste, but it actually delivered a better taste than that. Not exciting, but something that was more or less mainstream and probably good to cook with.

The smooth taste of corn resonates through this lager, which may have a trace or two of hops in its finish. This is one of those beers that gets over powered by the Doritos at a party, mostly due to its inoffensive character.

Photo of JasonSullivan
2.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of mactrail
2.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Nice looking amber brew poured in the clear plastic cup. Decent head and plenty of carbonation in the mouth. Kind of a sweetish malt liquor taste, makes me think of rice.

The taste is not so much as a hint of hops but something like pomegranate seeds, even to the bitterish, tannic aftertaste. A hint of sweet Vermouth, salty, a little woody. It makes me think of the flavored brine they soak chicken in that's packaged at the market.

It's funny how the first couple of quick gulps are pleasant but the funny flavors emerge to the detriment of drinkability. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at a Von's supermarket. I'm sure I thought this was New Belgium Shift when I bought it.

Photo of kristen56
2.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It is a darker, amber color. The scent isn't very strong, but is earthy with a malty scent. It tastes malty and oaky. Slight hops and slight sweetness as well. Has a simple finish with a hint aftertaste of the earthiness. Overall an average amber lager.

Photo of Superbohl4
2.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Kettle1
2.96/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of RoamingGnome
2.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Third Shift Amber Lager

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint glass. Served cold.

A) A light amber with about a finger of white soapy head. Decent retention, and some spotty lacing.

S) All I get is grains, and a little whiff of grass.

T) Faint caramel sweetness, toast, butter, grassy hops on the backend.

M) Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. This is pretty crisp. Finishes dry.

O) This is pretty mediocre. If I'm craving an amber brew, I'll reach for something brewed right here in Wisconsin.

Photo of Mit
2.97/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

a pours a nice amber colour...very clear... minimal head...lacing...

s slight odour of corn, bread notes...mild malt profile...

t watery malt flavor with a bit of a hoppy bit at the end. Not very controversial....

m mouthfeel seems a little light vs the abv....

o overall this is a decent albeit somewhat unimpressive.

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 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 Tone
2.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, sugar, slight hops, and adjunct. Fits the style of a Vienna Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of adjunct, sweet malt, slight pale malt, and a hint of hops. Overall, except for the adjunct, this is a decent brew, alas the adjunct undermines the body and aroma.

Photo of BeerLovinWoman87
2.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm drinking this as we speak from a bottle. The mouthfeel is pretty good. The taste is average. Not a drain pour, but not the best either. It really doesn't have a smell. Overall, it's an okay beer, but I don't see myself buying a six pack anytime in the near future.

Photo of Turbo
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of chip26
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of JC333
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Milkysunshine
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Third Shift Amber Lager from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,096 ratings.