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 Goosehunter75
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a golden copper that is crystal clear. It has very little head. What is present is fluffy white but it disaptes quickly and leaves very little lacing. It does have a overall nice color.

S - It smells very grainy. Not ven malty...but grainy. There is a slight grassy and raisen aroma.

T - Very nice malt flavors upfront folloewd by a big biscuity finish. There are slight toffee undertones throughout.

M - Quite lite for this style beer and just in general. Very easy to drink and creamy feeling

O - Its pretty much what I anticiapted. Very nice tasting beer and very easy to drink. There is just nothing that sticks out though. Not really a very memorable beer.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Twist off bottle poured into a pint glass, the Third Shift pours a clear golden with a half inch of foam and very light carbonation in the liquid. Moderate retention as a result.

Aroma is clean and grainy with a light hint of vienna malt character and a faint touch of hops. Warming does expand the hop experience with some agitation, yet seems oddly out of place overall. Taste is dry with a hint of caramel up front and offers a coarse and grainy finish. Lacking as for depth as a Vienna Lager but an easy quaff for a medium bodied lager. Light and smooth feel, simple and without any defects. Average.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.09/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A - clear golden copper colour, half finger of head retained at just about that level
S - pale grain and adjunct with just a faint hint leafy hops and light caramel
T - getting mostly leafy and metallic hop flavours, some noticeable adjunct, very mild graininess
M - light and well carbonated, pretty crisp and clean, finishes just slightly dry
O - not bad but bottom line its an average beer

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Photo of jimmah120
3.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

pint can purchased at a gas station, best by 1st of July.

amber-gold look with some lacing and little retention. smell is musty grain, semi sweet, some lemon, spicy finish. taste is grainy, woody, some sweet roasty grain/malt but just a hint. hops are light and lemony. more than a little alcohol in the finish.

for a coors product, this is excellent

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Photo of Mavigo
3.47/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Didn't know much about this beer until I saw that is was produced by Coors. Lowered my expectations by a lot but not to fret, it worked out. Served in a chalice.

A: Pours a clear, amber orange color with a 3/4 inch orange-ish, tan head with not much lacing to it. Dissipates fast.

S: Wheat, grains, grass, barley, spices

T: Light, smooth flavor, not very original but it's fine, wheat flavors, grass, grains, spices, subtle yeast

M: Fairly carbonated with a lighter body, fairly balanced with flavor profile, crisp, refreshing

O: Overall I was expecting much worse since it's by Coors but it's alright. Nothing special, just a run of the mill wheat beer, but not too bad, I could drink lots of these with no discomfort. Unoriginal but relatively enjoyable, I'd recommend it.

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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 Act25
3.21/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I bet if people tasted this blind it would eliminate the lower marks and render this beer a solid "above average". I agree the labeling is misleading - what gold medal!?

Poured into a .5 l cylinder glass...

A: Amber as promised with more carbonation, and a looser head than the best micros. The 1/2 finger head faded fast and left no lacing.

S: Decent aroma. I get bready, malty, subtle grainy aromas. Not a strong waft and nothing negative as some have written. maybe a little generic, mass produced, and bland, but not negative.

T: If you had to have a macro brew, this is a great one to pick. Really nice balance of hops, malt, tingle. Nice finish. They are working on the flavor and doing a great job. Sessionable. refreshing.

F: nice tingle, good body. Maybe a little syrupy, but mostly refreshing and a nice finish. I rate this as the best body in a mass produced beer I have tasted.

Overall: Great accessible, reasonably priced lager. I encourage people to taste this blind. It doesnt knock your socks off, but it's a perfectly fine above-average amber/ale/pre-prohibition-style-lager.

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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 FlyingBull
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Have been wanting to give this a try. I respect what the macro-brewers do (don't always necessarily like it...), so i like to try their n0n-standard offerings. Picked up a 6 at a local grocery store for $7.

This beer poured a crystal clear amber with a 1/2 white head that settled down to a skim coat after a few minutes. There was some lacing down the glass as i enjoyed. The initial aroma was sweet malt with some caramel to it. I picked up a very mild "flowery" hop aroma. The taste was very Malty, with some caramel - sweetish, but had some bitterness at the end. I found the body to be on the full side - much more than i expected.

All in all, i actually enjoyed this brew. I found it similar to Coors' Batch 19 (which I liked a little better...). I found this to be in the pre-prohibition American lager style, which i like. For a beer from one of the big brewers, this was pretty good.

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Photo of Brad007
2.59/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a mild amber-gold with a thick, frothy head into my glass. Label says "amber lager" but style is vienna lager. Hmm.

Industrial with the stench of sweet, highly-processed grain. Can't say I'm surprised as this is not a craft as the label (sneakily) tries to convey.

Just another bland, syrupy "beer spritzer" in my opinion. The latter part refers to the carbonation, which would be more at home in a wine spritzer.

A touch of burnt caramel is the only other thing I can detect. Not much else to pique my interest.

Batch 19 was much better compared to this. I think Coors would be better off sticking to their light beer spritzers and leave the real beer to others.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.39/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This pours a dark amber color with an average off-white head. It has a very mild aroma of mostly grains. Surprisingly decent tasting for a beer that going in I knew was brewed by Miller/Coors. This is a pretty average to high average macro-brew attempting to appeal as craft. Some caramel sweetness is mixed nicely with the grains. Tons more flavor than Miller Lite or Coors light!

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Photo of Mister_Falcon
4.18/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of JamesQuaff
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of bourbonbock
2.94/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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.

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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 Aaron_Ramson
3.74/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.)

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of BrewAskew
2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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.

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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 JMad
3.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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.

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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 puboflyons
3.29/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of Damian
3.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Mit
2.97/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of orcsinspace
3.59/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Third Shift Amber Lager from Coors Brewing Company
3.04 out of 5 based on 1,231 ratings.
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