Third Shift Amber Lager | Coors Brewing Company

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Third Shift Amber LagerThird Shift Amber Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
coors.com

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by gtermi on 12-05-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,233
Reviews:
200
Avg:
3.04
pDev:
18.75%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
297
For Trade:
0
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2.25/5  rDev -26%

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2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

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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2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

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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3/5  rDev -1.3%

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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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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2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

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3/5  rDev -1.3%

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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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2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3/5  rDev -1.3%

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3/5  rDev -1.3%

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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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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2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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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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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1.5/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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Third Shift Amber Lager from Coors Brewing Company
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