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 UCLABrewN84
2.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Best by 12/16/13.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt, grain, and slight grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, biscuit, and metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a below average beer that tastes pretty decent but the metallic aspect detracts from things.

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Photo of metter98
3.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear amber yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with finger high light beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface along with some lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of toasted malts and bits of sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes less maltier and a little watered down when compared to other beers in the style, but is easy to drink and doesn't have any "off" flavors.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.09/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, from a random grocery store mixed 6-er in Sandpoint, Idaho, a few weeks ago. 'Third Shift'? Is this a reference to the additional work shift a mega-brewery would have to add to create a 'craft beer' pilot program, or the like?

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and mildly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some decent descending layered cloud lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of grainy, lightly toasted pale and caramel malt, a bit of rice pudding, slightly phenolic yeast, and plain earthy, weedy hops. The taste is bready, sort of doughy caramel malt, overripe apples, fading spicy yeast, and more underwhelming dead leafy, weedy, and somewhat floral hop bitters.

The carbonation is quite low-key, what with its bland frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a wee, indistinct edginess picking and pulling at the corners. It finishes off-dry, and still toasty, the caramel and generic fruitiness lingering on.

Nothing particularly wrong here, as the off-flavours are generally integrated into the whole (wow, I should be in marketing!). Overall, easy enough to drink, yet perhaps a bit too sweet by bottle's end. I'd like to see what Coors could come up with if they added a fourth shift.

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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 zeff80
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with a one-finger, short-lived head of foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of caramel and sweet breads.

T - It tasted of caramel, bread crust and grassy hop bitterness. Good balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied lager with a dry finish.

O - This is okay. Didn't realize when I purchased it that it was a Coors product.

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Photo of chinchill
2.8/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz can , $1 at Krogers, served in a pint glass.

Pours clear amber with lots of visible carbonation and a large head that soon reduces to a durable top coat.

Aroma: Grassy/earthy hops with a metallic edge over some bready malts. Not bad but not appealing. The flavor is better. Mildly bitter.
Feel: initially over carbonated, this soon burns off leaving a decent feel with a medium-light body.

O: thirst-quenching lawnmower beer,

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.72/5  rDev +22.4%
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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Photo of mactrail
2.95/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Nice looking amber brew poured in the clear plastic cup. Decent head and plenty of carbonation in the mouth. Kind of a sweetish malt liquor taste, makes me think of rice.

The taste is not so much as a hint of hops but something like pomegranate seeds, even to the bitterish, tannic aftertaste. A hint of sweet Vermouth, salty, a little woody. It makes me think of the flavored brine they soak chicken in that's packaged at the market.

It's funny how the first couple of quick gulps are pleasant but the funny flavors emerge to the detriment of drinkability. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at a Von's supermarket. I'm sure I thought this was New Belgium Shift when I bought it.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

JUN1713 on the bottle neck.

Appearance: Pours out a golden-amber body, exceptional clarity, and with a full-sized, near white head.

Smell: Faintly toasted malts, though there's some low huskiness present in the nose, and, presumably will present itself in the flavor. Medium-light fruitiness.

Taste: Gently toasted malts, a little grain with a minor huskiness. Medium sweetness. Some fruity accents. Lightly earthy hops with a modest bitterness, though more than anticipated, aided by the carbonation. Drying, fizzing finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation, a bit crisp.

Overall: Easily drinkable, accessible brew with ample flavor, crispness. Politely tolerable.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium amber in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some orange and copper highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall white head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of thin film with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts with some corn adjuncts and huskiness. There is also a touch of light fruitiness (apple and pear).

T: Light to moderate flavors of toasted malts with some light amounts of corn and grain adjuncts with some huskiness. There is a light amount of light fruits (primarily apple) and light amounts of earthy hops. Veyr light amounts of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: Easy to drink and a better offering than I expected from a micro label from a BMC brewery. It has pretty good toasted malts notes but I wish they had left out the adjuncts...

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Photo of Jason
3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

16oz tallboy can, freshness date on the bottom of the can.

Golden amber hue, clear and very bubbly. Two fingers of head hold steady for a while. Very light aroma of cooked cereal and bread crust, clean. Deep crispness, kiss of sweetness upfront. Grainy with faint caramel, some hop bitterness ...enough to balance but flavor is nearly non-existent. Cooked veggies, fresh hay and animal feed on the palate. Drying grainy finish.

Not half bad ... just a plain amber lager. Lots of faux marketing thrown at this. Not sure of their intention but seems the idea was a hesitant pull of a trigger. Not really worth the time IMO.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Mu buddy used to work third shift...he seemed to dislike it...I don't blame him... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber (shocker!) topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises biscuit, light dried honey, light barley, and a hint of flowers. The taste pretty much brings in more of the same, along with a vague sense of candied orange peel in the background. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a decent little beer, but one that lacks any real character of its own. It ain't bad, but nothing I would exert myself to drink again.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Today is 10-19-2013 and this re-review is in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM), which had been on a short hiatus following beer having been inadvertently spilled (poured) into my keyboard!

From the CAN: ""Gold Medal Award Winner"; "Brewed By A Band Of Brewers Whose Passion For Brewing Doesn't Stop When The Day Shift Is Over."

I was anxious for a Crack and inverted Glug and so I threw caution to the wind and proceeded! This created a finger of dense, tawny head with decent retention. Color was a deep-amber (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. My my. Nose had a husky, caramel malt quality, not really sweet, per se, but sweetish. I also noted a tang of alcohol underlying the sweetness. Mouthfeel was fuller than I might expect in a lager and the taste was definitely of caramel malt. Even so, it was not overpowering, dialed down so that even a hophead like me could partake of it without going into sugar shock. Finish was semi-sweet, there was just no getting around its inherent sweetness, but I CANnot dun them for it, either. I think that I liked the taste a bit more than my original bottle rating of 3.5, but otherwise, I am going to keep my original bottle review numbers.

Original bottle review dtd 03-10-2013 follows:

I found this in my neighbor's cooler recently and having seen the commercial, I was drawn in by an inherent sense of curiosity. They seem to be doing their utmost to hide the fact that it is a Coors product. Hmmm.

From the bottle: "Gold Medal Winning Beer Brewed By A Band Of Brewers Whose Passion For Brewing Doesn't Stop When The Day Shift Is Over."

First off, what is with all of the CAPS?!? Secondly, Day Shift leads into Second or Swing Shift and Third Shift is the overnight shift. I wonder why they did not know this since the label proudly proclaims "Union Made".

My pour began with two fingers of fluffy, bone-white head that fell as I was typing the above screed. At least there was nice lacing in its wake. Color was a bright amber that had me looking for prehistoric bugs that might have been preserved in it. I kid you not, if I had one of those beer color charts, this would be spot on for "Amber". I am going to guess and place it at 15 degrees Lovibond. Nose had a honey-wheat bread quality which seemed okay to me. I have grown so tired of adjunct-filled lagers that any lager that smells like something other than cobbled together liquid will get my vote. Mouthfeel was big and full, not overly carbonated, but dense. The flavor was quite sweet, caramel and bread bein the prevalent tastes. Finish was semi-sweet, not overly sweet and refreshing. I wish that they would CAN this one as it would be nice on a hot day.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Amber body it's third shift band of brewing amber lager, gold medal where? Clear amber body fizzy carbonation is all over the place the head is creamy textured and colored with large bubbles. Aroma has cooked cereal grains, corn and caramel coloring as the base malts somewhat earthy pungency in the is this stuff even on the same level as the Batch's a modern day lager that they want you to believe has been brewed by a band of brewers who are like brothers taking on the masses when in fact this is the masses brewing an amber lager to compete with Black Crown and Yuengling Traditional Amber Lager. Faint biscuit malt and caramel flavor with a hint of spicy peppery hops, not really bad in the flavors just in the sense of texture that it tastes like a mass produced product with a harshness that's hard to describe with loving and discriminatory words. It's just not that good and sales will project the same opinion especially for the price point this beer has I'm glad I found an individual can to review, not bad really after one it's not bad could a pour another in my glass, hell no. Overall impression is that the big brewers need to stop going pseudo-craft and go all the way and claim it as there's Miller can brew a great mass produced light lager why not a great IPA???

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.94/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Third Street is an easy going beer. The beer pours a lighter clear amber with thin if any head that is not lacing. The smell is mostly malt/bread. The taste is a nice balance of bittering hops and malt. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a nice sessionable beer...but nothing noteworthy.

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Photo of jwc215
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a thin crea.
my head that descends to a wispy cover. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of mild caramel with some grainy notes.

The taste is rather bland, but inoffensive. Some caramel, some grain, and a hint of tart. A bit of mettalic comes through.Finishes abruptly.

It is on the smooth side. Ample carbonation goes towards fizzy.

Pretty easy to drink. Not bad, but nothing special. Decent price - pretty average amber lager.

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Photo of Billolick
3.19/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

16 ounce can.

Cloudy and dull lighter apricot. Supports a frothy off white head and leaves ample thicker bands of lacing.

Some malt on the nose and a whiff of some metallic nastiness.

Meh, middle of the road amber...more dull maltyness, more off putting metal and plastic notes..just not really doing it for me. C'mon coors, if you are going to try to get part of the craft beer pie...make a true, tasty craft kinda tasting beer...

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Photo of Tone
2.98/5  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.

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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 WesWes
3.79/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a deep golden, amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry lager yeast scent along with a touch of caramel malts for color and malt character. The taste is decent. It has a smooth and easy drinking pilsner and caramel malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry. It's nothing spectacular, but it's quite quaffable. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinker and a good go to cheap beer.

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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 DoubleJ
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

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>

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Photo of tone77
3.21/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. smell is very mild, some light malts. Taste is also mild, malty, a bit of grains, refreshing but bland. Feels light in the mouth and overall not terrible, but nothing special about this beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Coors : Third Shift

LOOK: A bright copper colored brew with a well retaining foam cap. Leaves behind a web of lace.

SMELL: Light caramel and green apple. A touch of floral hops and bagged white bread.

TASTE: Reminiscent of a Vienna lager, flavors of caramel, buttery toffee, rice and a faint earthy bitterness. Semi sweet malt/corn/rice character and tea like hop flavor. As it warns up adjunct sweetness takes over. Ice cold folks, that's the Coors suggested serving temperature, otherwise they can't guarantee it.

MOUTHFEEL: Light to medium-light feel. Carbonation is high, loosely crisp. Drinks easily.

OVERALL: Decent drinking lager, but more or less a mainstream college party type beer. I wish the big three did more experiments for good like this back in the day, rather than just diluting the $hit out of everything. Slightly better than average for the style.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16oz tall can into a pint glass. This beer annoyingly foamed up all over the place upon opening, despite proper chilling.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a haze-free body and a surprisingly light effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam. A bit light for a Vienna lager, but not bad.

Smell: lightly bready malt aroma with minimal hop character. Not terribly complex, but pretty competent for the style.

Taste: bready, caramelly malt with a very light noble hop character and a minimal bitterness. A bit on the sweet side, but actually not a bad Vienna; it reminds me a lot of Mexican beer.

Mouthfeel: light body with a light effervescence. Reasonable for the style.

Overall: thirst-quenching and flavorful. Even if it is Coors, it's not a bad product.

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Third Shift Amber Lager from Coors Brewing Company
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