Third Shift Amber Lager - Coors Brewing Company

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Third Shift Amber LagerThird Shift Amber Lager

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Reviews: 188
Hads: 1,181
Avg: 3.07
pDev: 45.6%
Wants: 13
Gots: 254 | 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 Andrew041180
3.19/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Sam-VW
2.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Bottle served into Tennant's pint glass.

A - Thick white head. Good retention leaving no lacing. Dark lager colour.

S - Malt, lager yeast

T - extremely malty, with a small touch of bitter hop

M - very smooth, little to no carbonation.

I didn't realise this was made by coors when I bought it on holiday in America. It's a shame as I could've brought something else back. Unfortunately it just tastes the same as coors light with a slightly more bitter backbone. Maybe I'm bias as it took up a space in my suitcase something else could've, but it's an experience and at least I know for next time.

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Photo of brysonbreakey
3.51/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid beer! The appearance was the first thing that stood out to me, I drank it from an imperial pint glass that really made the carbonation look cool coming up the side and gliding off the ridge. There's some really cool amber notes in there and it's very drinkable. The mouthfeel is really really nice, carbonated but still smooth. Definitely found a new fridge staple.

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Photo of budgood1
3.03/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of BeerLovinWoman87
2.99/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Foyle
2.89/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of kristen56
2.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Honisbygonis
2.75/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appetizer: spot on amber coloring, but smell slightly off (perhaps skunked, but in tasting, do not believe so); mild-mod foam

Entree: taste is uninspiring, with typical lager-esque feel; aftertaste dry and lingering which is more a detractor (to me) than the mouthful taste.

Dessert: cannot say anything commendable, but not as horrifically "poisonous" as overall review average denotes; believe people skewed by fact its Coors under a different label.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.64/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Third Shift Amber Lager brewed by Coors Brewing Company. This brew pours out a dark amber color with a small white head. I like the color of this brew- not too light, but not too dark. Third shift has a an abv of 5.3. The smell is rich and sweet. There is nothing bad about the smell of this brew. The taste is rich with a hit of sweetness but a bitterness at the end. For being a dark amber brew it is well balanced. No hard after taste at the end. This brew is not overpowering but not underpowering. Third Shift Amber goes down smooth with a little bit of bitterness at the end. Over all I'm giving this brew a 3.75 out of 5. It is not something I would drink everyday but I would get this brew again.

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Photo of Caveworm
3.71/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Third Shift Amber Lager from Coors Brewing Company is the second "plain ol' lager" I've experienced in the craft realm. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew is a rich amber. Mild carbonation&a white head that goes away quickly.

Smell is okay, nothing really there.

The initial taste for me was biscuits&malt with a caramel ,or perhaps even butterscotch. Very smooth&clean. I'm diggin this brew! Even though its a modest 5.2 abv, its a creeper. So don't let the smoothness get to your head like it did mine haha.

Mouthfeel is a little better , it compliments the taste hand in hand. Great job with this!

A triumphant 4 is earned ,in my opinion. I loved the roasted malt taste without unwanted sweetness. I will certainly buy this brew again. It's a great all-occasion, any day of the week type of brew. I'm willing to bet it makes KILLER brats too!!

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

Good for an inexpensive casual drink. I would buy and drink it again ...:::..:,,... via Beer Buddy for iPhone

[I am copying these notes over from RateBeer ... it does not require as long of review. I tasted this some time ago so I can't add anything.]

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Photo of travolta
3.43/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Crystal clear copper in color with some yellow at the edges. Some thin lacing, average to minimal head retention and volume. Nice tiny bubbles.

Nose: Metallic and simple. Slight lemon. A little musty/dusty.

Taste: Dry and crispy at first which mellows well into sweet maltiness. Some crushed aspirin at the end.

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Photo of Ohiolager
2.33/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.05/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.19/5  rDev +3.9%
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...

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Photo of RyanPoff
2.52/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Photo of horsebreath
2.14/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

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Photo of kcrosson492
2.57/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I grabbed Third Shift out of curiosity (don't we all do that). The packaging and labels are great. Really has a good lager feel aesthetically.

A-Lighter than I expected for an Amber Lager but the appearance is decent at best.

S-There is a negative lack of smell and not what I expected.

T-The taste is decent with a slight hoppy taste (and I mean slight).

M-It has a decent feel on the mouth but nothing to write home about.

O-I would not buy this beer again and was let down a bit but judge the beer by its cover.

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Photo of mactrail
2.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From a 16 oz. can, poured a Pale Clear Amber with a generous white puffy head that gave some decent side glass lacing and good retention
Aroma: I get an earthy and bready odor and a touch of caramel.
Malty on the tongue, again just a touch of caramel and provides a slightly dry bitter finish.

Decent, and for a Coor's product that is saying something.

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Photo of MarkSmith86
2.04/5  rDev -33.6%
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!

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.12/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
2.51/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.18/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

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Photo of Iuseryoucpu
3.19/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Third Shift Amber Lager from Coors Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.