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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Added by gtermi on 12-05-2012

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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 Hulk_Beer
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Single 12 oz bottle from a store. Coors, really? Wow. They sure fooled me with the rough paper label and "gold medal winning" claims. One should really do research on these things before making assumptions on a company's honesty. Exactly like Bud's Shock Top brand.

Ap- Pours with minimal head using proper pouring. Nice light brown, caramel copper color on this, but the bubblies give away the fact that it's a lager. I got pretty good lacing on the sides.

Sm- The sweet malts and bread. I got lots of bread and wheat.

Ta- A slight grain or husk flavor, the malt and sweetness up front with a backwash of some hop balance. Some type of candied molasses sweetness, like caramel or butterscotch.

Mf- Trademark Lager Light. Watery thin.

I enjoyed this beer. Apparently I need to have more amber lagers, because this is being labeled "average". If that's true, I'm excited for what the future holds for my amber lager experience.

Note: I had a plain old lager from a legitimate craft brewer the other day and I must say the quality there was higher. It's obvious this is a product of a macro. That's a shame.

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Photo of BigBrewStu
2.61/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer reminded me of a 40 ouncer of malt liqour. Not tasty. Not enjoyable. I thought it was a craft beer--misleading gold medal award winner on the label--but it is definitely not. It tastes kind of metallic, and has a bad after taste. Drink at your own risk.

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Photo of BierStein711
3.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Wow, this brew is a lot like Heineken, meek in flavor and without boldness

Two finger fast reducing head

Smells of beechwood and grain

Taste: smoky, with a sweet malt finish

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery

Overall, this was a decent job by Coors! Yet, this is not going to be a frequent flyer in my refrigerator. Quite frankly, I'd have this over a PBR, Bud, or Miller Lite.

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Photo of AmishLightning
3.66/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I was quite surprised by this one. Even though the smell gave the expectation of a singular type beer; hit had quite the variety flavor. The hops was an appropriate amount while the a hue of sweetness prevailed at the tail end of each drink. I drank half and used the other half to cook into some burgers. As irrelevant as it may be, the beer added a poppy bitterness to the meat once cooked. Overall, I am impressed that a macrobrew made a good a beer as they did. Congrats to Coors for this one.

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Photo of lighthabit
2.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

a freebie from a neighbor. deep yellow with a white foamy head that dies to just a bit around the rim, basically no lacing. not as thin as i'd expected, but then i wasn't expecting much. smell is sweet, tad metallic. a bit of malt, bit of barley, and a weird corn syrup sweetness. not much going on, but nothing really offensive either.

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Photo of polktheimpressionist
2.51/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I did not prefer this lager. It leaves my mouth with a dry taste that I only get when I drink commercial beers. I bought it on a rack of "build your own" and later realized after I had tasted it, with some research, that it was a Coors brew...which did not surprise me after I had made my decision about not enjoying it. All in was an "eh" kinda beer.

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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 barnzy78
2.51/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, pours amber with amazing clarity, tall bubbly white head fades slowly, no lacing is left on the glass. Minimal aroma, faint toasty grain, faint yeast, grass, earth. Tastes are toasted grain, earthy, grassy hops, caramel. Light-medium body, moderate carbonation, finishes semi bitter with a sourish earthiness. Overall, wasn't sure what to expect with this one, but it doesn't deliver.

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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 archyquaffer
3.47/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce twisty bottle into a Shaker pint glass. The label proclaims that the beer is a "Gold Medal Award Winner". A moderate pour produces about 3/4 inch of an off-white froth that hangs out for awhile, coating the glass with wispy remnants of lace. The beer is a pale copper or amber in color, with a fair amount of carbonation.

Faint floral hops are detectable in the aroma, along with perhaps a subdued cooked corn character along with the pale malt. There's some complexity in the taste, with biscuity malt tones, a slight bit of sourness/sweetness, and a splash of bitterness on the tongue before a pretty clean finish. The mouth feel is fairly thick and creamy for a lager beer.

This beer is easy drinking and refreshing, yet provides good complexity for the style.

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

A buddy of mine brought this over for an evening BBQ.

I drank it out of the bottle the way I would any lager while I'm standing over my grill. In the vein of summertime beers I think this one holds its own. I'd put it on par with Fat Tire or Dos X. If you're filling a cooler with something to drink at the lake or a BBQ you could do a lot worse than Third Shift.

Appearance: Amber and translucent--what you'd expect for this type of beer
Smell: A pleasant sour maltiness
Taste: Solid lager taste, not amazing but very drinkable.
Mouthfeel: This is a very wet beer. There's not much body to it at all. When you're chugging it to rinse a jalepeno popper out of your mouth though, that's a good thing.

I'd buy this for a party where I needed low-cost but tasty beverage options for a crowd.

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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 daddydawg80
2.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another weak beer from one of the big boys who's afraid to offend anyone.

While the quality is excellent, this beer has no character or meaningful attributes.

I could drink this again if offered; however, I would never order this beer.

Also, I have to laugh at their marketing. How stupid do they think we are?...well

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Photo of tigg924
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: light amber/gold in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: light toasted malt

Taste: toasted malt and caramel

Mouthfeel: light bodied-watery, moderate carbonation, sweet

Overall: Average to below average for the style. Like a watered down version of a decent Vienna lager. Not so bad that I would pass this up at a party, but I would be searching the coolers for anything else available.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.36/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Crystal-clear copper-colored body with a massive summit of coarse, persistent off-white foam. Sticky Belgian-like lacing adorns the glass walls. The carbonation is sparse and minute, drifting lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Features caramel and toasted dark bread aromas, as well as some very mild herbal hops.

Taste: Opens with toasted malt and some nutty flavors, as the taste progresses, it takes on a mineral characteristic, as well as some charred flavors. Finishes with the burnt flavors, and some fairly earthy hops, which seem to linger on and on well past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, fairly full, with a slight sting of carbonation, and a sensation of hard water.

Drinkability/notes: Not bad really, its not likely to be a favorite of mine, but would do in a pinch.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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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 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 KYGunner
3.05/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Despite what you've heard this is not an amber anything. The color was quite orange with a thin fleeting head.

Quite weak but interesting enough, I caught burnt malt red ale like like qualities in the aroma. Slight caramel malt richness and a little burn makes it interesting enough.

The taste reminds me of Budweiser Black Crown, which is an amber lager, I believe. Somewhat malty with a little red ale tinge, it's very smooth and easy with no harsh adjunct flavor.

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Photo of mjurney
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden-amber color, clear. Lots of carbonation rising up. Thick frothy head.

Faint. Sweet malts, bready, a little caramel.

Sweet malts, bready, slight toasted and caramel. Bitterness is mild. Finish is dry, crisp. Body is light, crisp, refreshing, medium carbonation.

It's a good beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of mralphabet
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams Perfect pint glass

A: Clear golden color with a good 2 fingers worth of head that disappears about as quickly as it appeared, with no lacing.

S: Sweet malts with just a small hint of hops, not much else.

T: First thing I'm getting is the sweet toasted malt, then pretty much the same at the end.

M: Medium carbonation, a little thin and dry in the finish.

O: Not a bad beer, pretty easy to drink and not a bad ABV, just not exciting enough to make it a session beer.

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Photo of Gmann
2.81/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a slightly hazy pale copper color with a short dense white head that settled into a light ring.

The aroma is quite sweet. Noticeable grain sweetness is mixed with a caramel note. Aroma has a bit of a sugary scent as well.

The flavor is grainy sweet and has a caramel edge. There seems to be some corny adjunct flavor. There is an odd bitterness from the hops, grassy. Has a beefier malt presence over the typical Coors product. A bit of an astringent lemon tea flavor in the finish.

The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate with a dry an oddly bitter finish.

Better than fizzy yellow beer but not that good overall.

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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 SerialTicker
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a chilled "Boomba" 22(?)oz pint glass for a surprising $6.50 (with tax).

Appearance: Crystal clear, one finger head. Absolutely no lacing to speak of. Looks decent at best.

Smell: Sweet malts, and maybe a touch of hops, surprisingly enough ... truthfully, not bad smelling at all, and I don't get any adjuncts in the aroma (I don't know if they're used).

Taste/feel: Follows the nose, with a lot of sweet malts. The first few sips tasted super bready to me. As the beer warmed up, it just got sweeter and sweeter, and the aftertaste had a slight artificial sugar flavor. Not a bad taste, but there's not much to it. Solid. Feel's average as well -- smooth, and not too carbonated.

Third Shift, to me, tastes a lot like Batch 19 (also from Coors). The difference there is, this is classified as a Vienna Lager, while that's considered an American Adjunct Lager. For that reason, and the fact that this beer was only a buck less than a Boomba of Two Hearted (albeit at a different bar), it's hard to recommend it. It's not an awful beer, but it's stark raving average, and quite a lot like Batch 19 for more money. Eh.

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Photo of Bookseeb
2.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance has a golden amber color supporting a fair dissipating head leaving nill lace. Smell of adjunct grains and mild hop. Taste is grainy, slightly sweet with big adjunct flavor. mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Probably the one and only time I'll give this one a try.

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Third Shift Amber Lager from Coors Brewing Company
3.04 out of 5 based on 1,232 ratings.
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