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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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BA SCORE
70
okay

968 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 968
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 17.94%
Wants: 8
Gots: 81 | 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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sgregory

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -0.3%

04-04-2013 00:03:36 | More by sgregory
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TheMarkE

California

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
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gromnir

Michigan

2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

04-03-2013 04:39:31 | More by gromnir
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Bighorn

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

04-03-2013 00:17:18 | More by Bighorn
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tubeyes

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

04-02-2013 05:15:11 | More by tubeyes
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EagleTalon

Oklahoma

2.83/5  rDev -6%

Pours out to a nice 1/2 inch head. Color is medium-light on the amber spectrum. Aroma is a faint caramel malt and grains with some grassy hops faint in the background. Flavor is rather bland and nondescript, starts out grainy/biscuity with a crisp noble hop finish. Mouthfeel is light, CO2 is on target. On the balance, the beer is very much in the mold of Killians and other mass-produced reds and ambers brewed with the lager yeast and processes the big boys use. I've had this beer again since the original review was logged on April 2013. It has disappointed me even more this time. It seemed blander and more metallic. Never again. Even at the deep discount prices, it is not worth it. There are many better Vienna style lagers out there.

04-01-2013 23:22:58 | More by EagleTalon
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Garrett092112

Illinois

4/5  rDev +32.9%

04-01-2013 21:43:22 | More by Garrett092112
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Russ376

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +8%

04-01-2013 16:02:52 | More by Russ376
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

2.2/5  rDev -26.9%

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear amber color. The head is a two finger white shade. Given its roots, I'm actually kind of impressed by both the retention and the lingering lacing.

S: Only thing notable here is some caramel malt augmenting the adjunct character. Meh.

T: Just like the nose indicated, all that's here is caramel sweetness and corn. It's utterly simple and not entirely appealing - however, it's reasonably balanced and refreshing.

M: Good crispness, but it feels too heavy on the palate. Easy enough to drink, I guess.

O: Well, it's better than regular Coors/Coors Light...

04-01-2013 01:58:38 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Hanzo

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

04-01-2013 00:29:07 | More by Hanzo
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Frank_TX

Virginia

3/5  rDev -0.3%

03-31-2013 17:55:51 | More by Frank_TX
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

03-31-2013 03:33:02 | More by ejimhof
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev +8%

03-31-2013 01:31:09 | More by jfcaa193
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tyleeis

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +41.2%

03-31-2013 01:01:41 | More by tyleeis
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JMad

Texas

3.05/5  rDev +1.3%

The beer pours a burnt orange color with a foamy white head. Sounds weird, but I could smell green beans, along with sweet malt and adjunct. It tastes like veggies as well, with some lemony hop flavor and malty sweetness, that's about it. The beer is light bodied with moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish. This is better than your average macro but rreally doesn't have much to it.

03-30-2013 23:30:17 | More by JMad
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rramsey

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +8%

03-30-2013 20:27:13 | More by rramsey
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DoubleJ

California

3.18/5  rDev +5.6%

It's a gold medal winning amber lager! It comes in a 12 ounce bottle, and now that's been done, let's move on to the beer:

Well, it does look a little bit amber. The color is more like brass. Topping it is a small soapy head which drops to a lace of itself. The aroma is alright, but what it doesn't smell like is a gold medal. There's a little fruitiness with toasted grain...and a wee dash of caramel.

Tastes like a pre-prohibition lager. The taste is light, but does offer a few fun specs compared to the usual pale lager. Toasted grain and vague malt sweetness hits along with the jet stream of carbonation. Kilned grain. More toastiness follows, as does more carbonation. It's light bodied, with strong carbonation that buzzes from start to finish.

Decent amber lager, yes. Gold Medal Winner, from what competition? Band of Brewers shouldn't set themselves up fo...oh, it's Coors? <facepalm>

03-30-2013 06:16:03 | More by DoubleJ
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bismarksays

Iowa

2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

03-30-2013 01:22:48 | More by bismarksays
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.29/5  rDev +9.3%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on March 29, 2013.

The pour is amber copper with good clarity and a small, short-lived head.

On the nose there are notes of sweetness, bread, and a crisp hop backdrop that all blends together in the way an amber lager should.

The body is medium and smooth.

The taste starts echoes the aroma with a subtle sweet bready character up front and a slightly lingering clean hop finish. Well balanced and fairly drinkable.

03-29-2013 22:30:46 | More by puboflyons
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

03-29-2013 17:40:30 | More by JohnK17
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Damian

Massachusetts

3.44/5  rDev +14.3%

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. (0.355 L) bottle
Jun1713 stamped on bottle
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to my dad for this single.

The liquid poured medium amber and crystal clear, and was topped three-finger, eggshell colored crown. As the head fell to a clingy ring, droplets of lacing clung to the glass.

Crisp, clean, powdery and dry yeast notes dominated the nose initially. Touch of earthy hops. Hints of sulfur were detectible. As the beer warmed, the crisp snappiness gave way to a semi-sweet, biscuit-like maltiness. Subtle caramel notes appeared as well.

The flavor profile was very malt forward up front. Strong biscuity malt notes. Touch of caramel-like sweetness. Hints of sulfur appeared on the back end. The finish contained a good dose of earthy, bittering hops. Crisp and dry. Overall, quite well balanced. With time, however, the malt sweetness completely overshadowed the hops and the beer became rather one-dimensional.

The liquid was medium bodied with a large bubbled, moderate carbonation.

Coors did a decent job at creating a "crafty" amber lager. My only regret was drinking this too slowly. In order to maintain the crisp hoppiness and keep the malt sweetness in check, this should be both served and consumed very cold.

03-29-2013 12:14:04 | More by Damian
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Klif

Indiana

3/5  rDev -0.3%

03-27-2013 16:20:00 | More by Klif
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kuhndog

New York

3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

03-27-2013 02:21:03 | More by kuhndog
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Mit

Ontario (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -1%

a pours a nice amber colour...very clear... minimal head...lacing...

s slight odour of corn, bread notes...mild malt profile...

t watery malt flavor with a bit of a hoppy bit at the end. Not very controversial....

m mouthfeel seems a little light vs the abv....

o overall this is a decent albeit somewhat unimpressive.

03-27-2013 02:13:07 | More by Mit
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orcsinspace

Virginia

3.64/5  rDev +20.9%

This is a decent amber lager that is better than most craft beer amber lagers that I have had, and it is not ten dollars for six of them.

First, I want to comment on the mouthfeel: it is less watery than Fat Tire, and a similar beer as well. This beer tastes better, also, and I can get six of these for less than two 22 ounce Fat Tires. Guess who wins?

The taste is a little better than most amber lagers/ales, and the only thing that would swing that for most people would be the fact that this is made by Coors. This is a good beer, and I bet that in a blind taste test it would win against many of the amber lagers and ales I have had from the trendiest of craft brewers at the moment. The taste is really balanced and it lacks that sticky taste that some ambers have.

Third Shift Amber Lager is the macro answer to the recent bashing taken by the craft crowd. I am just a fan of beer in general, and I have no agenda. I am not trying to gentrify beer, nor am I trying to suggest that only large, industrialized beer is the way to go. I will say that Coors got it right with this one, and some of the more off the wall breweries should take note--this beer holds up as well as many for such a simple style, and I also find that it is much better than many lower budget efforts at the exact same thing.

03-26-2013 22:52:38 | More by orcsinspace
Third Shift Amber Lager from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 968 ratings.