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Third Shift Amber Lager - Coors Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
72
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185 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 185
Hads: 1,175
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 17.1%
Wants: 13
Gots: 244 | 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 metter98
3.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear amber yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with finger high light beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface along with some lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of toasted malts and bits of sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes less maltier and a little watered down when compared to other beers in the style, but is easy to drink and doesn't have any "off" flavors. (689 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Best by 12/16/13.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt, grain, and slight grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, biscuit, and metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a below average beer that tastes pretty decent but the metallic aspect detracts from things. (571 characters)

Photo of SteadySippin
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (1,218 characters)

Photo of USAF77
3.98/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a very good Lager. Im not going into details, just leave it to say that the positive things drinkers are saying about it I would say only with a higher rating. This Lager delivers.

Even better its often on sale. Its officially my "sale Lager". Its a great lager with food. (281 characters)

Photo of Talbott92
3.12/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I figured it to be on the same level as blue moon so I wasn't dissapointed.

It's very drinkable, kind of like a watery boston lager except significantly less bitter. It's a little thick on the tongue, but hey a very drinkable and fairly decent beer from coors. I wouldn't trade my Sam Adams for it but I could definitely drink it again. (338 characters)

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From a one pint can, undated.

Bready , sweet aroma. Pours an orange amber body with full but short lasting beige head. Head quickly turns to thin oily film, no lacing. Taste follows nose, sweet and Bready. Acidic aftertaste. If I could use a one word description : Meh! (270 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of Archimetez
3.02/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: nice amber color, minimal cream color head
--bottle is nicely done and stands out on a self with brown paper bag like label with blue print

S: heavy malt smell, otherwise unremarkable

T: Caramel and barley malt

M: smooth but nothing special

O: Nothing special... but I would drink it again if nothing else was available (326 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (321 characters)

Photo of Scrapss
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Third Shift is a fairly good attempt at an amber lager by a macro purveyor.

A: moderate carbonation and nice 1 finger head. dark amber color as expected. Thin disk of suds on top.

S: Neutral. Some toffee and bready maltiness and not much yeast or hops. Minor noble hop-like smells.

T: Nice, smooth amber lager. Nothing too offensive. Malty toffee and caramel are coming through, the yeast is neutral and hops are mild.

M: mildly creamy, on the lighter side of things.

O: Not a bad attempt at a vienna, but it is more an amber. It's doesn't have enough hops as vienna should be. Very drinkable and not bad. I will be getting a full case of this to experiment further. (671 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.46/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16oz tall can into a pint glass. This beer annoyingly foamed up all over the place upon opening, despite proper chilling.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a haze-free body and a surprisingly light effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam. A bit light for a Vienna lager, but not bad.

Smell: lightly bready malt aroma with minimal hop character. Not terribly complex, but pretty competent for the style.

Taste: bready, caramelly malt with a very light noble hop character and a minimal bitterness. A bit on the sweet side, but actually not a bad Vienna; it reminds me a lot of Mexican beer.

Mouthfeel: light body with a light effervescence. Reasonable for the style.

Overall: thirst-quenching and flavorful. Even if it is Coors, it's not a bad product. (782 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

A: Clear amber with an off white one-finger head that stays.

S: Malt city. Caramel dominates this malt dance.

T: Smooth, sweet, malty, sessionable. Surprisingly good.

M: Medium with light to medium carbonation.

O: Better than I expected after all the advertising. A decent brew that friends can share around the barbecue pit, pretending they have a rare craft beer and feeling better about themselves. (428 characters)

Photo of MikeP
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Forget about “pine this”, and “citrus that”. This beer has just one massive, huge flavor characteristic: malt. Super, ultra, ultra, ultra malt flavor. Burnt malt, in fact. That’s all you taste. Heavy, heavy, overwhelming burnt malt flavor. It tastes a lot like the old Augsburger.

If that’s what you like, then this one’ll give you joy in spades. If you don’t, I’d avoid it. Incidentally, you can bet that if the Coors name weren’t associated with this beer, the rankings would automatically be at least a whole point higher - just like that.

I've given Third Shift a 3.0 rating as a good example of the ultra-malty beer style [actually, it's closer to an ale]. But, it's not to my taste. I really don't like heavy, malty beers or ales. But, if you do, then this one should please you. Just pretend it's brewed by the Insane Poison Stoner Brewery, and you'll get past any biases you may be harboring. (922 characters)

Photo of SanWrencho
3.97/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty, well balanced beer with good hops and malt flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty good, very drinkable. Overall, very good for a "mass-market craft beer", a clear step above a macro brew. Good value and worth drinking if you are a fan of malty beers. (246 characters)

Photo of chinchill
2.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz can , $1 at Krogers, served in a pint glass.

Pours clear amber with lots of visible carbonation and a large head that soon reduces to a durable top coat.

Aroma: Grassy/earthy hops with a metallic edge over some bready malts. Not bad but not appealing. The flavor is better. Mildly bitter.
Feel: initially over carbonated, this soon burns off leaving a decent feel with a medium-light body.

O: thirst-quenching lawnmower beer, (435 characters)

Photo of Lukewarring
3.74/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance 4.0
smell 2.5
taste 4.25
mouthfeel 4.0
overall 4.0

Appearance - Other than little to no head and carbonation, which is preferred by us, it is absolute perfect color and consistency when seen in the glass. Don't drink out of bottle.

Smell no outstanding smells, offensive or otherwise. I smell sweeteend beer.

Taste - Perfectly crisp, slightly too sweet for me but not for my wife. Could drink multiples.

Mouth feel - light for a lager - goes down easy - maybe one dimensional, can be gulped.
Overall

Light crisp refreshing, goes down easy. Not imposing. very tasty - would buy again. (603 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (468 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 WoodBrew
2.94/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (328 characters)

Photo of Auraan
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank straight from the can, so no real comment on appearance. Scent was mostly fruity lager esters and some sweet malt. Not horrible. Pretty appetizing actually. Taste was fruity with grain husk, malt sweetness and possible maize adjunct with some moderate hop bitterness. Not that bad, fairly standard and mild, but inoffensive and pleasant. Mouthfeel was light bodied with high carbonation. Pretty standard macro mouthfeel, not horrible, drinkable. Overall this was a standard beer. It wasn't bad, it was rather good, but it did nothing to really stand out. Still, that's not too bad for a Coors product. (607 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured a somewhat reddish gold, more gold than red, good head but not really any lace. I get a grainy maltiness for an aroma with a touch of sweet malt. Beer is easy to drink, not too rough, more grainy pils-like malt and some bitter hops than any sweetness or anything. Not an amber lager in my opinion despite the name. Nothing really much going on although for a macro it's not too bad (that's a backhanded complement). (422 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
2.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

16oz can in a pint glass. I chose this over standard BMC and import offerings at a shore beach bar, reluctantly.
A- Amber? Ok, if you say so. More dirty golden color to me. It did have a big fluffy 2-finger head, off-white. Plenty of lacing. Bubbles.

S- Like any old AAL but with a more noticeable alcohol nose. Lots of damp musty bread.

T- All malt in the form of more wet bread.

M- Some body here. Slippery and fizzy. Some bite, too.

O- I should've gone with Corona. (473 characters)

Photo of spokeydonkey
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Light copper color with thin white head on it. A lot of streams of tiny bubbles. Crystal clear.

Light toasted malt aroma. No hops or alcohol. No fruitiness.

Clean with some light caramel notes. A hint of bitterness. Not too much stands out. Definitely a Vienna lager, but somewhat muted.

Medium-light body with a lot of effervescence.

Overall, a bit too muted for my taste. For a cheap beer, it's good, but it doesn't stand out amidst craft beer. (496 characters)

Photo of callmeclemens
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.39/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, courtesy of my friend's dad.

A: Clear copper body under a finger of fine, off-white head. Mediocre retention, good lace. Solid.

S: Simple, clean malt presence. Bread and caramel, with a hint of herbal hops and some lager yeast. Not exciting, but not bad either.

T: Spicy and sweet, with toastiness and some fruitiness joining the caramel malt and leafy hops. Clean, yeasty finish. Ok.

M: Soft, creamy medium body. Excellent.

O: I wanted to hate this, being a Coors faux-craft-ish thing, but it really wasn't bad. Just an approachable amber lager.

Cheers! (574 characters)

Third Shift Amber Lager from Coors Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.