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Third Shift Amber Lager - Coors Brewing Company

Third Shift Amber LagerThird Shift Amber Lager

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782 Ratings

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Ratings: 782
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 17.88%

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: gtermi on 12-05-2012)
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Photo of bmwats


3.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint.

A: Amber hue. Plenty of effervescence clings to the sides of the glass, and rises throughout. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Settles fairly quickly, but not completely. Slight spotty lacing quickly retreats into the body of the brew.

S: Roasted malt, oak, clove, and molasses.

T: Peaty roasted malt, a little savory spice, bitter pecan shell, and a hint of brown sugar and molasses.

M: Hearty and malty. Something of a syrupy feel. Bitter finish.

D: Not quite a session brew... a little heartiness with result into a bit of a savoring experience.

Atmosphere is decent. Lots of effervescence, slight head, slight lacing. Nose is roasty with wood, spice, and sweet notes. Peaty and roasty malt flavor, accentuated with a little savory spice, bitterness, and a very slight sweet balance. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 00:11:10 | More by bmwats
Photo of 1000lbgrizzly


2.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A: A good orange-brown hue, clear, with determined streams of bubbles. Moderate light brown head disappears quickly but leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Not much. Typical Coors fare; weak barley/wheat.

T: Not pleasant. Normal flavors for this variety/maker of beer (barley, corn, some alcohol despite being only 5.3%), but somehow... rougher. More abrasive to my palate. I try not to breathe too much on each sip lest I screw up my face as if taking a shot of Hennessy. I'd much prefer the more flavorless Coors to this.

M: Low viscosity, high carbonation, course. Decent at best.

O: I was hoping for a beefed-up Coors, but what I got was its ugly cousin. Everything was in order for the easy-sipping summer night beer that I wanted except for arguably the most important factor, the taste. Reminiscent of what third-shifters might use to lubricate or clean their machines. Granted, the harshness alleviated somewhat upon the third and forth tastings, but I'm left with an aversion to drinking it. You might get more judgmental stares for buying the more-noticeable flagship MBC beers, but once you get over them you won't have missed anything for skipping this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 05:39:26 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
Photo of mardo63


1.6/5  rDev -47%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

bought this on a whim,,,( it being cheep),lol. not what i expected given the hype about it. it has a nice color, not much head or laceing. like others here have siad the corn taste overpowers the hops. not one i would buy again but worth trying it all the same. i may have under rated it,, however to my palet it is swill.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 05:18:19 | More by mardo63
Photo of dowen17


2.34/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a clear orange-ish color with a one finger head after a hard pour. Head retention is little to none with a small amount of bubbles rising from the etching. Very little lacing but there is some.

Smell - Smells cheap and pretty puky. Which is what could be expected from Coors. Has a very slight apple-y sweetness when inhaled. The hops come through after.

Taste - There is a slight sweetness when the beer first hits your tongue. As it progresses the taste of corn overcomes everything else. Tastes kind of like someone threw up in your beer.

Mouthfeel - Slightly sticky/carbonated.

I initially rated this beer as okay but after going back and REALLY paying attention to this beer it's not all that great. Or even good. It's barely drinkable and smells like they brewed it with vomit.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 00:33:02 | More by dowen17
Photo of OWSLEY069


2.88/5  rDev -4.6%
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...

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 15:12:49 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of chuckwagonrocks

South Carolina

2.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This is a buzz beer. 5.3% alcohol gives it more of an IPA taste, except it lacks the jacked up hop taste of said beers. Its more tart ( i have discovered that comes from the malt factor) than bitter. Looks are amber well enough but does not have the full body taste of a true lager. Really more sweet and sour like a wheat.Just sort of green. I am not a fan of wheat at all. But with all the let down it is drinkable. But do not take my word for try it yourself. Bottoms up!

Serving type: can

07-07-2013 21:59:10 | More by chuckwagonrocks
Photo of Amalak

New York

1.74/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

A. It is extremely clear...crystal. It has a light brown color, with some bubbles coming up in the middle, with a limited head and no lacing.

S. Has a strong malt scent.

T/M. It is very malty, but there isn't much else there. There's some caramel sweetness. It is tart. It is too malty.

O. This is just a horrible taste. So much of a macro taste with an attempt to give it a malty ale taste. Just pure crap.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 00:56:46 | More by Amalak
Photo of Hulk_Beer


3.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Single 12 oz bottle from a store. Coors, really? Wow. They sure fooled me with the rough paper label and "gold medal winning" claims. One should really do research on these things before making assumptions on a company's honesty. Exactly like Bud's Shock Top brand.

Ap- Pours with minimal head using proper pouring. Nice light brown, caramel copper color on this, but the bubblies give away the fact that it's a lager. I got pretty good lacing on the sides.

Sm- The sweet malts and bread. I got lots of bread and wheat.

Ta- A slight grain or husk flavor, the malt and sweetness up front with a backwash of some hop balance. Some type of candied molasses sweetness, like caramel or butterscotch.

Mf- Trademark Lager Light. Watery thin.

I enjoyed this beer. Apparently I need to have more amber lagers, because this is being labeled "average". If that's true, I'm excited for what the future holds for my amber lager experience.

Note: I had a plain old lager from a legitimate craft brewer the other day and I must say the quality there was higher. It's obvious this is a product of a macro. That's a shame.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 00:55:21 | More by Hulk_Beer
Photo of BigBrewStu


2.59/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer reminded me of a 40 ouncer of malt liqour. Not tasty. Not enjoyable. I thought it was a craft beer--misleading gold medal award winner on the label--but it is definitely not. It tastes kind of metallic, and has a bad after taste. Drink at your own risk.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 05:08:16 | More by BigBrewStu
Photo of BierStein711


3.03/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Wow, this brew is a lot like Heineken, meek in flavor and without boldness

Two finger fast reducing head

Smells of beechwood and grain

Taste: smoky, with a sweet malt finish

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery

Overall, this was a decent job by Coors! Yet, this is not going to be a frequent flyer in my refrigerator. Quite frankly, I'd have this over a PBR, Bud, or Miller Lite.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 05:43:36 | More by BierStein711
Photo of AmishLightning


3.66/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I was quite surprised by this one. Even though the smell gave the expectation of a singular type beer; hit had quite the variety flavor. The hops was an appropriate amount while the a hue of sweetness prevailed at the tail end of each drink. I drank half and used the other half to cook into some burgers. As irrelevant as it may be, the beer added a poppy bitterness to the meat once cooked. Overall, I am impressed that a macrobrew made a good a beer as they did. Congrats to Coors for this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 01:29:12 | More by AmishLightning
Photo of lighthabit


2.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

a freebie from a neighbor. deep yellow with a white foamy head that dies to just a bit around the rim, basically no lacing. not as thin as i'd expected, but then i wasn't expecting much. smell is sweet, tad metallic. a bit of malt, bit of barley, and a weird corn syrup sweetness. not much going on, but nothing really offensive either.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 04:43:19 | More by lighthabit
Photo of polktheimpressionist


2.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I did not prefer this lager. It leaves my mouth with a dry taste that I only get when I drink commercial beers. I bought it on a rack of "build your own" and later realized after I had tasted it, with some research, that it was a Coors brew...which did not surprise me after I had made my decision about not enjoying it. All in all....it was an "eh" kinda beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 22:16:01 | More by polktheimpressionist
Photo of kroneks


2.03/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The price of this beer is not on par with the price. I assumed this was a was a scam by big brewers to tap the craft beer market when I saw the commercial and was right when I saw coors makes it! Sweet and bitter, rather have the silver bullet ... tap the rockies might leave you tapped out

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 05:01:52 | More by kroneks
Photo of barnzy78


2.51/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, pours amber with amazing clarity, tall bubbly white head fades slowly, no lacing is left on the glass. Minimal aroma, faint toasty grain, faint yeast, grass, earth. Tastes are toasted grain, earthy, grassy hops, caramel. Light-medium body, moderate carbonation, finishes semi bitter with a sourish earthiness. Overall, wasn't sure what to expect with this one, but it doesn't deliver.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 02:07:49 | More by barnzy78
Photo of mjw06


1.99/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.5

This is really a terrible beer. Maybe in the style of a marzen it would get a little bit of better rating from me. But it comes off as a Miller High Life with red food coloring, a few days over the best-by date. It's really a shame that the price point for this is inline with other premium craft-style BMC selections. Nobody should have to pay that much for this.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 04:56:34 | More by mjw06
Photo of archyquaffer


3.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce twisty bottle into a Shaker pint glass. The label proclaims that the beer is a "Gold Medal Award Winner". A moderate pour produces about 3/4 inch of an off-white froth that hangs out for awhile, coating the glass with wispy remnants of lace. The beer is a pale copper or amber in color, with a fair amount of carbonation.

Faint floral hops are detectable in the aroma, along with perhaps a subdued cooked corn character along with the pale malt. There's some complexity in the taste, with biscuity malt tones, a slight bit of sourness/sweetness, and a splash of bitterness on the tongue before a pretty clean finish. The mouth feel is fairly thick and creamy for a lager beer.

This beer is easy drinking and refreshing, yet provides good complexity for the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 02:13:12 | More by archyquaffer
Photo of jamisonspitzer


3.35/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A buddy of mine brought this over for an evening BBQ.

I drank it out of the bottle the way I would any lager while I'm standing over my grill. In the vein of summertime beers I think this one holds its own. I'd put it on par with Fat Tire or Dos X. If you're filling a cooler with something to drink at the lake or a BBQ you could do a lot worse than Third Shift.

Appearance: Amber and translucent--what you'd expect for this type of beer
Smell: A pleasant sour maltiness
Taste: Solid lager taste, not amazing but very drinkable.
Mouthfeel: This is a very wet beer. There's not much body to it at all. When you're chugging it to rinse a jalepeno popper out of your mouth though, that's a good thing.

I'd buy this for a party where I needed low-cost but tasty beverage options for a crowd.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 13:22:23 | More by jamisonspitzer
Photo of M_C_Hampton


1.95/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass, amber colored with a large white head that quickly dissipates leaving little lacing, clear

S: adjunct lager, sweet, corn , grain, cereal

T: not much flavor, some grain, no real hops, sweet

M: thin

O: macro pretending to be craft

Serving type: can

06-06-2013 00:29:13 | More by M_C_Hampton
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2.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another weak beer from one of the big boys who's afraid to offend anyone.

While the quality is excellent, this beer has no character or meaningful attributes.

I could drink this again if offered; however, I would never order this beer.

Also, I have to laugh at their marketing. How stupid do they think we are?...well

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 23:09:27 | More by daddydawg80
Photo of tigg924


2.88/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2013 14:10:56 | More by tigg924
Photo of Pegasus


3.34/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Crystal-clear copper-colored body with a massive summit of coarse, persistent off-white foam. Sticky Belgian-like lacing adorns the glass walls. The carbonation is sparse and minute, drifting lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Features caramel and toasted dark bread aromas, as well as some very mild herbal hops.

Taste: Opens with toasted malt and some nutty flavors, as the taste progresses, it takes on a mineral characteristic, as well as some charred flavors. Finishes with the burnt flavors, and some fairly earthy hops, which seem to linger on and on well past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, fairly full, with a slight sting of carbonation, and a sensation of hard water.

Drinkability/notes: Not bad really, its not likely to be a favorite of mine, but would do in a pinch.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 23:47:22 | More by Pegasus
Photo of Tone


2.96/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 15:53:22 | More by Tone
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Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, tea and touches of fruit and hops.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of caramel, tea and honey. Then some breadiness comes in from lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent sessionable beer but there are other beers in the style that I would choose first.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 13:06:14 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of KYGunner


3.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Despite what you've heard this is not an amber anything. The color was quite orange with a thin fleeting head.

Quite weak but interesting enough, I caught burnt malt red ale like like qualities in the aroma. Slight caramel malt richness and a little burn makes it interesting enough.

The taste reminds me of Budweiser Black Crown, which is an amber lager, I believe. Somewhat malty with a little red ale tinge, it's very smooth and easy with no harsh adjunct flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 22:11:57 | More by KYGunner
Third Shift Amber Lager from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 782 ratings.