Third Shift Amber Lager - Coors Brewing Company

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70
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1,154 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,154
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 18.27%
Wants: 11
Gots: 228 | 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 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 jadpsu
3.27/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of MarkSmith86
2.04/5  rDev -32.2%
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!

Photo of WunderLlama
3.12/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of drpimento
2.51/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

Photo of Iuseryoucpu
3.19/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of Boto
3.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz. bottle: Bought this at noon on a Sunday in Bay City, TX at a gas station: best thing in the store. It pours a clear amber color. There was a small off-white head on it that didn’t linger long or leave much lacing. The aroma isn’t too bad. Malts, a little grainy and earthy. It isn’t great, but really doesn’t taste too bad. A bit of caramel malt sweetness, a little grainy and just a touch of grassy hops. It’ll do in a pinch.

Photo of lwillitz
3.32/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12-oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A - 3 fingers off-white head over a transparent body of amber; moderate carbonation visible

S - honey sweetness, toast, grassy hops

T - adjunct grains (kind of corny); honey sweetness; toasted malts; touch of grassy bitterness; grainy taste sticks around for a dry, grainy finish

M - chewy medium body, medium/high carbonation, smooth

O - The smooth lager feel is very pleasant, but nothing else really stands out.

Photo of MadScientist
3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A light copper color with excellent clarity and a persistent white head. The head settles to a thin film and a ring of bubbles but never goes away.

S: A medium aroma of spicy and earthy hops with a moderate toasty malt aroma.

T: The taste matches the nose with a medium-low earthy and spice hops flavor a medium hops bitterness and a medium-low malt sweetness giving it a moderately bitter balance. The malt has a nice Vienna malt toastiness to it. the finish is off-dry with a quick aftertaste of hops.

M: A creamy medium bodied beer with a medium-strong level of carbonation.

O: An good example of my favorite lager styles with good hops and malt character.

Photo of metter98
3.07/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.86/5  rDev -5%
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.

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 USAF77
3.98/5  rDev +32.2%
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.

Photo of Talbott92
3.12/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.1/5  rDev +3%
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!

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 Archimetez
3.02/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of Scrapss
3.45/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.46/5  rDev +15%
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.

Photo of brewskifan55
3.34/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of MikeP
3/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of SanWrencho
3.97/5  rDev +31.9%
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.

Photo of chinchill
2.8/5  rDev -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,

Third Shift Amber Lager from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,154 ratings.