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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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1,116 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,116
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 18.27%
Wants: 8
Gots: 177 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: gtermi on 12-05-2012

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Photo of ZAP
2.86/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much to get excited about here. Much prefer the "Batch 19" to this. In fact I would take Killian's over this as well.

Inoffensive except for the overall lack of flavor. It does carry some light toasted maltiness but the key word there is "light". Not a sweet beer by any means but leans more that way than one with a dry finish....body is light side of medium...high carbonation....looks clean....

I was hoping for something more along the lines of a vienna lager I guess....silly me....for what it is I would still place it below similar products like Point Amber..very very basic and middle of the road...

Photo of SAxDRC5
2.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: clear amber color. small head that disappears almost immediately. no lacing.

S: corny malts. almost a sweet smell. hint of hops

T: the beginning is sweet and malty. toasted corn. the finish has some dirty hop flavor.

M: medium carbonation. thin and watery.

O: very easy to drink. better than most macro beers and the same price.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean pale orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a caramel malt and a small hop presence. In the taste, a small hop bite, and a small caramel roast. A small hop bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry roast and small hop in the aftertaste. A step above swill, ugh...

Photo of reptile3141
2.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Bajasith
2.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

As if we did not know, weathered copper glow with a thin fuzzy head. Aroma was that of heavy grains aka adjunct products with a slight hint of mildly roasted malt and almost sweet whiff. Some bready malt up front with a twinge of preserving hops going down to add just a touch of balancing bitterness as it fades quickly. Lacks any complexity as we should coming from a big box brewery though props for attempting to set foot on to the craft beer scene. Highly drinkable beer for the average joe but, not for the Beer Sith.

Photo of tigg924
2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: light amber/gold in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: light toasted malt

Taste: toasted malt and caramel

Mouthfeel: light bodied-watery, moderate carbonation, sweet

Overall: Average to below average for the style. Like a watered down version of a decent Vienna lager. Not so bad that I would pass this up at a party, but I would be searching the coolers for anything else available.

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 APH
2.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

Third Shift Amber Lager from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,116 ratings.