Third Shift Amber Lager | Coors Brewing Company

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Third Shift Amber LagerThird Shift Amber Lager

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of mark5692
1/5  rDev -67.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Grossly sweet and bad smelling. A cheap beer but I'll still complain about it. Not sure how someone could drink this, very little carbonation, just tasted of very sweet malts and caramel. I can't really describe this beer to we'll but it was an awful beer. Would never buy again. If you are looking for something cheap but different (like I was) stay away from this, unless you enjoy feeling sick from sweetness.

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Photo of Ice_cube47
1.35/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I never had to put unopened beer in the trash until I tried this one. I did not pour the five bottles out and recycle them because anything that touched this beer should not be used by humans ever again. It may not have been prudent to get a sixer of a beer I knew nothing about, but let me explain. The closest bodega to my apartment has a pretty tiny bottled beer section and with the World Series looming I'll need to stay carbonated. The lack of any information on the label about the brewery was a red flag that I ignored like colorblind bull. Only later on, too late, did I notice the label's real sign of disaster: the thematic incongruity between the militaristic motto "Band of Brewers" and the name, suggestive of labor, possibly referring to the time during which they mix Coors, Coors Lite, sugar, and red dye and, nodding to the craft market, add a touch of Colorado snow that has been shat on by the passing Budweiser horses.

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Photo of Greatblueheronbrewing
1.5/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

I used to enjoy this beer, but I opened one today and poured it down the sink. The aroma is completely wrong for an amber ale, and reminds me of a coors lite. If I had any, I would do a comparison. The taste of this beer is also terrible and is reminiscent of a budmillercoors lager and is not anything like an amber ale. There is a faint hint of toasty malt but the aftertaste is more like that of a cheap lager. This beer is also very sweet.

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Photo of NudeOnTheMoon
1.52/5  rDev -50%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A bit of background is necessary to put my review of this beer into context. I have been using this website periodically for the last few years, but only as a casual source of information when I come across something new in a grocery store. Despite a deep fondness for beer, I've never been a particularly picky man. I'll gladly drink any craft beer, macro, or 40 ounce bottle of malt liquor that slides my way.

This is the beer that caused me to create an account on this website. This is the beer that was bad enough to trigger a sense of obligation to the rest of society in a person that feels very little compassion for strangers.

In short, don't buy this beer. If you're at a party and it's the only beer available, consider passing on it entirely and enjoy driving home with a clear conscience and a hangover-free morning.

Look - (4) - Best category by far, in that it manages to do a decent job passing itself off as beer. It comes in a bottle you'd swear was from a craft brewery in the mid-west (turns out it's made by Coors), and pours into a glass with a dark amber color with a luscious head about a 0.5" high. Visually, it's the spitting image of a real beer. It even has real bubbles.

Smell - (2) - This is the second best category, and it's where things start falling apart. Despite all appearances of a craft beer, the beverage smells about as good as a cheap 40. Seriously, a bottle of Olde English or King Cobra will smell just about as good and be a WAY better use of your money.

Taste - (1) - This is where the piss-poor attempt at being beer unravels completely. There are three distinct notes. The first thing you taste is the very prominent flavor of malt liquor. This would be fine if not for the bold taste of high fructose corn syrup, which manages to bind the former flavor on your tongue with the enthusiasm of a determined mall kiosk worker trying to sell you a hair straightener. The third flavor is honey.

Feel - (1) I guess I have to give it a point for being a liquid. It feels like diluted maple-syrup.

In closing, this beer is absolutely terrible. It's the only beer I've had in a decade of drinking bad enough to complain about on the internet. I honestly wish I had purchased a six-pack of Hamm's instead, because it would be easier to drink and I would be out half as much money. Seriously, this beer is garbage.

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Photo of OccasionallyIFart
1.52/5  rDev -50%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Coors Light was my go to beer before I started working in aLiquor store with such a great craft selection.

Third Shift was very interesting.

Smelled very very similar to PBR and tasted like flat PBR. .

It did have a decent mouth-feel though. Not overly carbonated. Somewhat smooth.

No where near the worst beer Ive ever had. I could easily see my self playing beer p[ong with this beer. Not much else though.I really wouldnt reccomend this to anyone

Although we are doing a tasting on it tonight here at work.

So I guess I will try and sell it.


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Photo of mardo63
1.6/5  rDev -47.4%
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.

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Photo of Amalak
1.71/5  rDev -43.8%
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.

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Photo of jp32
1.74/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is a terrible beer. Coors really isn't making anything good at all, so I wasn't expecting a whole lot here, but I was expecting something better than this. Slick, soapy feel with a prickly carbonation. Grainy flavor with cereal notes and a hay-flavored hop presence. Garbage beer.

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Photo of stevoj
1.86/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

A shame that Coors has to hide behind a fake brewing company and pass this off as a craft brew. A very weak example of an amber lager, faint malt aroma, fast fading airy head, malt taste (think malt liquor). Very disappointing.

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Photo of james123
1.9/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Want to hear a joke?
What's red and taste like blue paint? Red paint.

Want to hear another joke?
What light-gold and taste like blue paint? Third Shift Amber Lager.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
1.94/5  rDev -36.2%
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

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Photo of Reidrover
2/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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

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Photo of MarkSmith86
2.04/5  rDev -32.9%
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!

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Photo of mjw06
2.04/5  rDev -32.9%
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.

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Photo of kroneks
2.1/5  rDev -30.9%
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

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Photo of horsebreath
2.14/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Curiosity takes over. Decent looking label, cheap price, go figure.
Very weak aromas and the ones that do come true are not pleasant. Alcohol, wet dog.
Flavor is weak, in fact the only flavor coming through is unpleasant one-dimensional bitterness and grain alcohol.
Mouthfeel- better than watery beers.

Again, wet dog.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.16/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Saw this in the grocery store (Von's) at a good price and figured I'd give it a spin. After all, every beer gets a chance. Expectations are below average given the brewery. I'm reviewing it as an amber, not as an adjunct macro-lager. 5.3% ABV confirmed. Reviewed live. Best before June 17th, 2013. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with salted pretzels.

A: Pours a four finger beige colour head of surprisingly un-terrible creamy quality, decent thickness, and three minute retention (though the ABV is merely average). Body color is a rather pale copper. Translucent and clear. An abundance of bubbles suggests overcarbonation. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Heavy adjunct (I suspect rice and other bland flaked grains), two row barley, light pale malts, a bit of bitterness, stale grains, and very minimal floral hopping (just here as a preservative, it seems). An average strength aroma. Not particularly appealing.

T: Stale pale malts and low grade barley. Light floral hopping. I was reviewing this as an amber, but it's clearly anything but. The adjuncts fit nicely into the balance, actually - I mean in comparison to many other beers in the style. There's very little going on here, and it does come off watery and bland. No yeast character is present and no alcohol comes through. Quite boring. I will say it's clean and drinkable. Lacks any complexity or subtlety whatsoever. About what I expected, minus the amber bait and switch. If they do insist it's an amber, it's probably the worst amber I've ever had. As a macro adjunct lager, it's not awful. I don't like it, but I don't despise it. No real depth or variety of flavour here.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Thin and weak. Clean. A bit stale. I certainly wouldn't call it fresh, or even refreshing for that matter. Lacks body. Poor palate presence. Doesn't really suit the flavour profile all that well.

Dr: Politely, it's a student beer. Well priced for what it is, I guess. I'd sooner go for Steel Reserve if I was looking to get knackered, but this would fit the bill in a pinch. I'm not looking forward to the other five bottles in my six pack, but it's drinkable enough. Just low quality. Hides its average ABV as well as you'd expect. Another bad offering from Coors, but I doubt that'll raise any eyebrows. It's certainly preferable to Coors Light and most other beers in the style I can think of. But what does that really say?


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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.22/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

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...

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Photo of Wasatch
2.25/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

This is the Utah version 4% ABV version

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, little fizzy white head that disappears quickly, not much sticky lacing left behind. The nose is slightly malty, with some grainyness, nice little sweet note. The taste is mostly grainy, but with a hint of maltyness, slightly sweet, Medium body. Overall this would be a thirst quencher, but I will not buy it again.

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Photo of Ohiolager
2.33/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Third shift 6pk bottles $6.99(OH)

I grabbed this because it was cheap and it claimed to an award winner. (like all of you curiosity)

12 oz brown bottle poured into pint glass. no freshest by date, however a yellow date is printed on the neck and rubs off very easy.

pours a light amber. lighter than i expected for an award winner. doesn't leave much head or lacing unless you put some air between the bottle and your glass. even then lots of head not much lacing. (too light bodied maybe)

the smell is fairly weak. i smell some corn, maybe some malted hops. i really don't smell much.

again i don't really taste much. it don't taste bad but it don't have much going on either. at first it tastes a little malty then a tiny touch of hops on the finish.

i would have to agree the mouth feel is the best part of this beer. it feels OK. its light bodied but not watery. the carbonation is good. i wish they put as much attention into the entire brew, not just the mouth feel.

overall i would consider this an american red/amber lager, not a Vienna lager. it looks o.k. it has no smell. it tastes adjunctant. mouth feel is best. but most of all where are the noble hops? i don't know what Coors master brewers were thinking, at least blue moon was pretty good.

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Photo of dowen17
2.34/5  rDev -23%
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.

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Photo of carlborch
2.35/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured a brilliant amber-copper hue, producing a 1/4 inch cream-colored head that dissipated quickly. Some malt in the nose - not much hops. Grassy notes? Medium body. Light to moderate carbonation. Sweet malty palate. Short. Fresh. Crisp. Easy to drink. Not a cerebral beer. Lacing does form. It is an OK beer, but not good value considering the quality that exists at this price point.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.39/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: 7/11 near Grantville (San Diego, Calif.)
Price: $7.49 for a 6-pack
Misc.: Best by date on label was June 17, 2013

Poured an amber clear color with a finger of off-white head that dissipated rather quickly. Bad lacing, bad retention. Looked more like a pale ale than an amber.

Smelled more like a pilsner than an amber ale. Got wheat bread, cereal (Cheerios), hay, toast and honey.

Tasted very close to the smell. Got Cheerios, bread, grass, wheat, hay and wheat toast.

Light body. Thin texture. Average-to-soft (below average) carbonation. Abrupt finish.

Just not a good beer. Don’t try it if you were curious. I will not have it again (after the other five in the box).

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Photo of PZUCKER
2.41/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A dark amber beer usually a good sign of rich taste in amber beers, Unfortunately not so in this case only a strong bitter after taste. A thick foam head produced when poured into frosted mug The label claims it is a gold medal award winner it definitely does live up to that promise.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
2.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Fooled again, I got it at the restaurant we ate tonight because I thought it was a craft beer. It looked fairly nice, dark amber, thin white head, but it did not have much of an aroma. The taste was malty sweetness and caramel with a subtle metallic under tone. No noticeable hops, light, bland, and watery.

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