Third Shift Amber Lager - Coors Brewing Company
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4.19/5 rDev +39.2%
Poured a flawless amber color into a pint glass with a quarter inch head. Nothing offensive about the smell. Nice, crisp and refreshing for an amber. A well-balanced beer with a touch of bitterness, roasted flavor and effervescence. Could become a go-to for an amber fix from here on out.
04-11-2013 01:11:21 | More by Mister_Falcon
3.51/5 rDev +16.6%
Bought this beer sight unseen at the grocery store today. My local store maintains a modest selection of quasi-craft beers, and this was in that section. Never heard of it before, and that in itself intrigued me. Not much info on the packaging aside from the name. Looked like it was trying hard to appear as a 'craft' beer, but the twist-off caps gave it away. The price point was also a factor in my purchase - it was on sale for $10 a 12 pack. We shall see...
Served in my trusty Sam Adams tulip.
Pours a deep golden copper-orange, not really what I'd call 'amber' but a decent looking beer just the same. Nice color. Head is about 1/2" and bone white, with large bubbles and a 'loose' structure, and fades away rather quickly. Very little lacing.
A rather subdued nose, not able to pick out much. A little corn and a touch of hops. As it warms I'm getting a bit of a caramel note. Nothing unpleasant, but nothing really jumps out, either.
Flavorful and nicely balanced. An initial caramel sweetness fades into a decent bitter hop bite, and the finish is very clean, with pleasant bread and cracker notes. Not bad at all. Pretty darn agreeable, actually. Simplicity and balance have been growing on me more and more recently.
Light/medium bodied. The carbonation feels like the head looks - large bubbles.
A solid, refreshing, flavorful lager. I very much enjoyed this beer and I'm glad I grabbed it. I was going to say, it reminds me of something out of the current "Pre-Prohibition" lager trend that seems to be picking up. Now that I hit the site, I see it's a Coors product and a sister to Batch 19. Hey, if Coors starts putting out rich, flavorful lagers at this price point, more power to them. Drinking $12 bombers and $15 4-packs gets expensive damn quick, and if I'm going to be occasionally forced by my budget into the lower tier, I applaud the lower tier rising up to meet and even exceed my expectations. My overall rating takes this value into account.
04-09-2013 14:41:48 | More by JamesQuaff
2.94/5 rDev -2.3%
Poured a 12 oz bottle of this into a clean pint glass.
A. Pours a light amber body with a finger of white fizzly head that dissipated quickly.
S. I smell subdued hops, lager yeast and a little bit of must.
T. The flavor of this one is a little bready, slightly yeasty, and slightly overcarbonated.
M. Thick body with a smooth feeling on the way down and very little alcohol bite. More of a sipper than a gulper...
Overall not a bad beer for summertime barbeques but I wouldn't pick this up to satisfy any cravings.
04-07-2013 19:40:51 | More by bourbonbock
2/5 rDev -33.6%
2 oz bottle from a six pack from "Habits" in Salem. $5.99 a sixer. Light copper coloured lager, large ,thick and rocky off white head. Not much to the aroma, grainy,cardboard ,slight grassy hop. Taste is thin caramel, with a certain astringency in the end that is perhaps hop? Watery palate Not impressed very pedestrian
04-07-2013 17:42:10 | More by Reidrover
3.74/5 rDev +24.3%
Reviewing this as well as Batch 19, another Coors craft beer experiment, together. Poured a light amber with better head retention than Batch 19, lighter color and less viscous looking. The smell is much more subdued; slight caramel and toasted bread, no scent of hops at all. Very easy drinking and smooth taste that follows the nose; subdued caramel, lightly toasted grains, slightly nutty. A barely-there hop presence hides in the backbone. The mouthfeel is medium-thin and the carbonation is appropriate. This beer is very easy to drink and sessionable, but I also see this as the main flaw as this beer just has no "wow factor" to it. I preferred the thicker, rougher, more characterful taste of Batch 19. Easy to drink, tasty, and finely made, this is still not the best example of an American amber lager. Samuel Adams still dominates in that category but Third Shift is worth picking up if the price is right. (Paid 9.99 on sale at Rite-Aid.)
04-04-2013 02:20:42 | More by Aaron_Ramson
3.14/5 rDev +4.3%
Appearance: Golden amber with a good head of foam and decent lacing.
Smell: Malt and corn syrup.
Taste: Sweet maltiness, rather bland.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied, leaves behind the “beer” taste common to most macrobrews.
The Verdict: Meh. Even though this says it is made by “Band of Brewers” it is actually another Coors brand and it shows. Tastes very similar to a Coors or Blue Moon. Inoffensive perhaps, but the same blandness you can get from many other beers.
04-03-2013 06:07:08 | More by TheMarkE
Third Shift Amber Lager from Coors Brewing Company
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