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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 199 | Ratings: 1,225
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 Darkmagus82
3.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance- The beer pours a nice amber-orange color with a big white billowy head. The head has great retention, slowly fading over time to leave a nice level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is of cereal and grain with some aromas of caramel sweetness. Mixed with these aromas are some notes of a citrus and herbal hop providing a nice balance for the maltier smells.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter caramel and bready flavor up front. Some notes of a citrus hop then come to the tongue as well as a slightly corny and metallic flavor. The off metallic flavor is well hidden by more citrus hop, bready, and caramel flavors as well as by a light earthy hop taste that comes to the tongue more toward the end. While hidden, the metallic flavor is still detected and in the end one is left with a somewhat lightly hopped malt liquor like taste to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel -The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner to average side in terms of its creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is average to possibly just above average. Both the carbonation and body suit the blend of caramel, bready, and light hop tastes well with both also making for a quite drinkable brew.

Overall – While a step above many, alas it is just a slightly hoped version of more standard American adjunct lagers.

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Photo of HopsGoblin
2.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Nice attempt by MillerCoors to make something other than corn swill. As soon as I saw the labeling it raised red flags that this was no small scale operations product. Also advertises as a "gold medal" winning beer, but does not state where or from who it was awarded.

I will say this, it is average all around, and by no means is it offensive to the pallet.

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Photo of CloudStrife
2.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Best by June 17, 2013.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a 1.5 finger white head. Lots of visible carbonation. Actually some lacing on the glass.

S: Sort of a corn, sweet lagery brew. I get a lot of metal too, not the most pleasant.

T: Mild non offensive taste, something to drink real cold. Focus is mainly on the malt with a cracker/biscuit quality.

M: Medium to light body, not a lot of carbonation. Focus seems to be on the drinkablility.

Overall its a fairly average brew, might have a bad rap from being made by Coors but at least its a step in the right direction.

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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 DrDemento456
3.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I wondered why this beer has been popping up everywhere and with Coors making it I am no longer surprised.

A - Has very little actual head, any of which fizzes out to a light lace ring. Standard average looking lager.
S - Smells of mild caramel malts, some skunk, and a bit of toast bread.
T - Has an alright taste it went down easy with very little sweetness or skunk. Almost Yuengling except not as cheap (mixed and matched for $1.75)
M - Lighter in body than I expected thats OK I guess
Overall it's kind of like the "blue moon" of amber lagers, not offensive, mild flavors, and session able. One and done for me though.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.65/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Third Shift Amber Lager has an extremely thin, white head, which quickly dies away and very little lacing left behind. The appearance is amber and clear, with some streaming bubbles. Aroma is of sweet bread crust and is faint. Taste is of sweet, roasted malt, bread crust, a little bit of caramel, and a light hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is watery, and Third Shift Amber Lager finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and mild. Overall, this is a good beer, and I would think it’s worth trying at least once.


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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 Jhastings79
4.03/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many judge this beer just based off the company that it derives from. Too many people have given very little effort to actually enjoy what Coors is trying to do with their release of more "craft" like brews. If you stop and look at the price you'll see that they are bumping things up with the next step of flavors at a very affordable cost for consumers. Kudos to Coors!
At first taste I didn't think it was anything special but I did enjoy the different kick that it offers. It's not a Fat Tire or an Alaskan Amber....but it is it's own flavor. After the second one I tried a couple days later I had no complaints. It's a mild Amber that I guess you could consider universal to any crowd that enjoys trying new things. Doesn't overwhelm the taste buds or leave a pungaent after taste in your mouth. I'll throw my thumbs in the iar for this one. It's gonna catch on.

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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 MrHurmateeowish
3.59/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Market Basket. Pours a crystal clear amber body with nearly an inch of off white head. Smells malty and nutty. Sweet bread, caramel, nut make the flavor with notes of chocolate and floral hops. Light bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty good actually. One of the better " amber lagers" I've come across.

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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 BucBasil
3.31/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Picked this up from the local grocery store today. Hadn't seen it before. Hadn't heard of the brewery before and was surprised to see that it was actually Coors behind it haha. Well maybe not so surprised...

Poured from the pint can into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: Bright reddish orange. Not quite amber - a bit too light with plenty of carbonation within. Head was about 2 fingers thick and settled down to a nice 1 finger layer which stuck around for a while. Not too bad looking.

S: The smell coming off of this after pouring is just about as adjuncty as you can get. This is what really flagged it as Coors to me. Really vegetal and somewhat metallic even from about a foot away. Up close there is a bit more bready malt and an undertone of grain. Not bad up close.

T: A very beery beer. Some bready malt up front with a twinge of preserving hops going down to add just a touch of balancing bitterness. Not bad. Grain. Nothing special but I could see throwing back some of these at a dive over some pool.

Overall: Not too bad. A nice accessible lager.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.29/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clean amber-gold, with a nice head of fine white carbonation. Lace is loopy but unremarkable.

Nose is toasty and grainy, certainly not bad, but not unique or memorable.

Taste is crisp and toasty, too, with a very lightly hopped finish. Much better than the usual light adjunct lagers produced by these folks.

A highly-drinkable brew from the corporate side of things, and certainly a solid "gateway" toward more charismatic craft offerings.

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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 Zorro
3.6/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark gold or light amber colored beer with a slight white head.

Smell is sweet and malty a caramel and scorched sugar aroma. Slight herbal hop aroma something like the smell of heather.

Starts out malty and mildly sweet with slightly burned caramel flavor. Herbal noble hop and hard water flavor like a German Pilsner. There is a noticeable bitterness to this lager that agrees with me. This isn't a slap you in the face German Pils but it tastes pretty good for an American approximation.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall it is better than I expected. similar to a average German Pilsner, for $6.99 it was a good buy.

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Photo of barczar
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a brilliant amber copper with a foamy one inch cream head that quickly dissipates, leaving spotty lacing.

Corn and fruity , lightly roasted malt accompany floral hops to form the aroma.

Flavor is grainy and somewhat vegetal. There's a nice toasted breadcrust and caramel malt backbone, which is accentuated by floral hops and specialty malt fruitiness, leading into a slightly dry finish. There's a metallic tang that surfaces eventually.

Body is moderate to light, with carbonation a touch on the high side.

Pretty standard flavors for a cheap amber, but that vegetal note is offputting.

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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 ZAP
2.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much to get excited about here. Much prefer the "Batch 19" to this. In fact I would take Killian's over this as well.

Inoffensive except for the overall lack of flavor. It does carry some light toasted maltiness but the key word there is "light". Not a sweet beer by any means but leans more that way than one with a dry finish....body is light side of medium...high carbonation....looks clean....

I was hoping for something more along the lines of a vienna lager I guess....silly me....for what it is I would still place it below similar products like Point Amber..very very basic and middle of the road...

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A half finger of head on a clear, medium straw colored body.
The smell is pleasant. Dry grain mostly, with a little of that cotton candy aroma that comes from using rice.
A fairly flavorful lager with a sweet foundation. The bitterness is subdued, which results in a smooth and easy to drink beer.
A crisp and fizzy texture. The high carbonation is a detraction.
A descent drink.

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Photo of beergoot
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Orange-amber body with a nice sticky white head; good lacing and rings on my glass. Not much of an aroma, but what there is comes across faintly malty with a hint of fruitiness; no real hop character noted. Taste has decent enough malt grain character with a somewhat metallic taste hovering around in the background; decent bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied with a residual sugariness throughout the feel.

A fair enough beer with a hazy background. It's labeled as an amber lager, not an American adjunct lager, yet one can't readily find out anything from the thirdshiftbrewing.com or their Facebook page. The claim of being a gold medal winner at "the Beer Fest" in September 2009 seems a little murky -- what beer fest and where? It's also murky about who exactly brews this beer although all signs seem to point to this being a Coors-Miller-Molson beer at heart.

Well, no matter its heritage and whatever its ingredients, it's a drinkable if not exactly exciting beer. No regrets about buying a six-pack, but will probably spend my money on better, more forthright beers. However, in a pinch, this brew would be a nice thirst quencher.

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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 hosehead83
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear gold in color, with a nice two-inch head of white foam.
Aroma-Faint cracker malt
Taste-Subtle pilsner malt, light-bodied, a bit of a metallic aftertaste in the finish. A bit better than an average macobrew, but not by much.

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Photo of gtermi
3.11/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: To be honest this is a very nice looking beer. It pours a golden orange body with a thin white head that quickly fades to nothing more than a little island of foam created by the Duvel glass etching. The beer also has left a tiny bit of lacing on the side of the glass. I was really expecting a huge head with it being from Coors.

S: Now the smell reminds me of your basic lager. Has a nice amount of sweetness, a tiny bit of funk, sort of earthy and a decent amount of corn.

T: The beer really doesn't have much going on if you ask me. I get a little bit of corn and malt, with a tad bit of sweetness too. As the beer lingers, the corn flavor really starts to dominate the flavor.

M: There is a good amount of carbonation that give a nice crispness of the back of the throat and the tip of the tongue. It is not a very heavy body beer, which makes it easier to drink.

O: This for sure a step up from your typical BMC beers and if this was at a party or I was offered it, I would for sure take it. Nothing special here and will probably get tons of bad reviews because of it being from Coors, but it's not too bad.

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