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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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1,084 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,084
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 18.27%
Wants: 8
Gots: 150 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gtermi on 12-05-2012)
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3/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +57.8%

Photo of daddydawg80
2.69/5  rDev -10.6%
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

Photo of cgentzkow
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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 vw72
3/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Pegasus
3.34/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of Johnnyv310
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Tone
2.96/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of stampfler07
1.75/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev +23.9%
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.

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +8%

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2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of KYGunner
3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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2/5  rDev -33.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +24.6%

Third Shift Amber Lager from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,084 ratings.