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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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Added by gtermi on 12-05-2012

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Reviews: 199 | Ratings: 1,225
Photo of _MarkG_
4.57/5  rDev +50.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very surprised! Very Nice. Not too Hoppy. The rating asks for smell? This doesn't smell like it supposed to. Beer is flavorful and a great texture.

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Photo of bmeehan
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Yuengling, but not quite as good, which says something considering that Yuengling isn't all that great either. Don't go out of your way to drink this beer. Suck it, Coors!

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Photo of Lard_City
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I don't think much when I drink this beer. That it is light, sweet, juicy and cold is all that matters. That it's a Coors product isn't even on the screen.

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Photo of car2052
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass.

A: Fizzy light orange. 1 finger head that recedes quickly leaving a small ring of foam.
S: Metallic, caramel malts.
T: Sweetness from caramel malt. Hints of apple. Metallic taste throughout. Virtually no hop presence.
M: Light to medium. Finishes sweet.
O: Too sweet for me, and with a weird metallic taste that was off putting.

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Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Run of the mill amber lager. Not going to blow you away, but gets the job done. Nothing offensive, but it really doesn't have anything that stands out about it.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of kkleu357
3.2/5  rDev +5.3%

From notes on 10/3/13

I had this on tap. I was pleasantly surprised. I thought this was a very decent beer. For a lager from a big company like MillerCoors, you’d expect hardly any flavor. This one does have flavor and it was good. I would drink it again.

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Photo of Spikester
3.63/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is really great. Huge off white head clear amber color and really dense lacing.
Still had some head at the bottom of my nonic glass. Smell is bready malt with a bit of caramel malt. No hop smell.
Taste is sweet malts with enough herbal hops to balance the taste.
Mouthfeel is medium with enough carbonation. Finish is slightly dry with a balanced finish.
Overall I did not care for the bottled version but this review comes from a 16 ounce can brewed in Ft. Worth (Miller) and it is much better than the bottled version. I hate to say this as a long time union member but the boys in Ft. Worth are brewing some excellent beers. Check out the Fosters Oil cans from the same brewery. Best Fosters ever. The can date Jun 16 2014. Has to be the brewed on date cause this beer was really tasty.

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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 robt11b
4.52/5  rDev +48.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome. This is a really good lager for after a long day at work. The 6 pack is really cheap at $5 and some change. I really like this beer. I will keep this beer in my fridge.I really don't know what else to write because it keeps saying invalid comment length

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.16/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a copper color with a half finger of foam that dissipates quickly. Aroma is grainy, minerally, not much by way of hop or sweet malt aromas.

This beer has a strong crystal malt sweetness at first, with a very flat finish. Not much lingering flavor, and not much hop flavor comes through. There is nothing bad about this per se, it is just very basic and one dimensional.

This is basically a plain old amber beer with nothing else to differentiate it. Drinkable for sure, but there are much better beers to be had.

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Photo of boogieman
3.92/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 6-pack of this at the grocery store liquor store because I noticed it was on sale. Drank from the bottle poured into my beer glass. Tried it both cold, and again when it warmed to room temperature. I really liked the appearance of this one- a rich, golden red. 1/2" head that dissipated very rapidly. Very very light lacing on the glass. The carbonation was decent, but almost too much for my taste. Very light smell- hard to pick it up, but I'd describe it as wheaty with a light caramel apple in the background. Taste was excellent. Very flavorful, but not too strong or overpowering. Malt, grass, citrus, and apple with a very light bitter citrus aftertaste. I actually liked the beer better after it warmed up to room temperature. The taste became much more sweet and defined. I had mixed feelings about this beer before trying it. I had heard good things about it, but wasn't sure how it would be, especially since it's made by Coors. I'm happy to say that I really enjoyed this beer and would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.19/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - The beer is a clear amber. It arrived with no head, showed very little carbonation, and produced no lacing. Nondescript.

S - Mildly malty. Minimal aroma.

T - Not bad. Little bit of light caramel type sweetness and some decent bitterness on the back end.

M - A little astringent, but had decent enough body.

O - Not too shabby. Non-offensive as one might expect, but the flavor really is pretty decent. Wouldn't search it out, but it presents a nice alternative to standard BMC AAL's.

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Photo of Sam-VW
2.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Bottle served into Tennant's pint glass.

A - Thick white head. Good retention leaving no lacing. Dark lager colour.

S - Malt, lager yeast

T - extremely malty, with a small touch of bitter hop

M - very smooth, little to no carbonation.

I didn't realise this was made by coors when I bought it on holiday in America. It's a shame as I could've brought something else back. Unfortunately it just tastes the same as coors light with a slightly more bitter backbone. Maybe I'm bias as it took up a space in my suitcase something else could've, but it's an experience and at least I know for next time.

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Photo of brysonbreakey
3.51/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid beer! The appearance was the first thing that stood out to me, I drank it from an imperial pint glass that really made the carbonation look cool coming up the side and gliding off the ridge. There's some really cool amber notes in there and it's very drinkable. The mouthfeel is really really nice, carbonated but still smooth. Definitely found a new fridge staple.

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Photo of budgood1
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out of the twist off bottle a straight up amber colour accompanied by a thin light tan head with some retention and a little bit of lacing. smell of some strained caramel malts, a bit of adjunct and just a dice of herbal hoppiness. the taste profile is more of the same...sweet caramel malt and adjunct flavours dominate with a discernible herbal hop note that does little to offset the quasi-syrupy sweetness. light bodied. semi-crisp mouthfeel. ok drinkability. nothing offensive or off.

overall, a run of the mill amber lager. there is little to suggest that this resembles a vienna lager in any way. a beer for the masses. luckily i scored two cases of this, still fresh, for under $20. not really recommended, but i suppose it has it place.

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Photo of BeerLovinWoman87
2.99/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm drinking this as we speak from a bottle. The mouthfeel is pretty good. The taste is average. Not a drain pour, but not the best either. It really doesn't have a smell. Overall, it's an okay beer, but I don't see myself buying a six pack anytime in the near future.

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Photo of Foyle
2.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Pours a 2”+ off white head that recedes slowly with decent lacing. Color is (obviously) amber and clear with a healthy amount of carbonation
Aroma: fairly mild, caramel, lightly roasted malt, and clean water
Mouthfeel: body is mostly light and a little fluffy, like an ale. Finish is clean and refreshing.
Flavor: this is a bready malt which flows through from start to finish (somewhat like toasted wheat bread), there is sweet caramel in the beginning and middle of the taste, and a mild hop bitterness in the finish.
Overall: A very fine and drinkable beer.

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Photo of kristen56
2.95/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It is a darker, amber color. The scent isn't very strong, but is earthy with a malty scent. It tastes malty and oaky. Slight hops and slight sweetness as well. Has a simple finish with a hint aftertaste of the earthiness. Overall an average amber lager.

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Photo of Honisbygonis
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appetizer: spot on amber coloring, but smell slightly off (perhaps skunked, but in tasting, do not believe so); mild-mod foam

Entree: taste is uninspiring, with typical lager-esque feel; aftertaste dry and lingering which is more a detractor (to me) than the mouthful taste.

Dessert: cannot say anything commendable, but not as horrifically "poisonous" as overall review average denotes; believe people skewed by fact its Coors under a different label.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.64/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Third Shift Amber Lager brewed by Coors Brewing Company. This brew pours out a dark amber color with a small white head. I like the color of this brew- not too light, but not too dark. Third shift has a an abv of 5.3. The smell is rich and sweet. There is nothing bad about the smell of this brew. The taste is rich with a hit of sweetness but a bitterness at the end. For being a dark amber brew it is well balanced. No hard after taste at the end. This brew is not overpowering but not underpowering. Third Shift Amber goes down smooth with a little bit of bitterness at the end. Over all I'm giving this brew a 3.75 out of 5. It is not something I would drink everyday but I would get this brew again.

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Photo of Caveworm
3.71/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Third Shift Amber Lager from Coors Brewing Company is the second "plain ol' lager" I've experienced in the craft realm. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew is a rich amber. Mild carbonation&a white head that goes away quickly.

Smell is okay, nothing really there.

The initial taste for me was biscuits&malt with a caramel ,or perhaps even butterscotch. Very smooth&clean. I'm diggin this brew! Even though its a modest 5.2 abv, its a creeper. So don't let the smoothness get to your head like it did mine haha.

Mouthfeel is a little better , it compliments the taste hand in hand. Great job with this!

A triumphant 4 is earned ,in my opinion. I loved the roasted malt taste without unwanted sweetness. I will certainly buy this brew again. It's a great all-occasion, any day of the week type of brew. I'm willing to bet it makes KILLER brats too!!

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

Good for an inexpensive casual drink. I would buy and drink it again ...:::..:,,... via Beer Buddy for iPhone

[I am copying these notes over from RateBeer ... it does not require as long of review. I tasted this some time ago so I can't add anything.]

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Photo of travolta
3.43/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Crystal clear copper in color with some yellow at the edges. Some thin lacing, average to minimal head retention and volume. Nice tiny bubbles.

Nose: Metallic and simple. Slight lemon. A little musty/dusty.

Taste: Dry and crispy at first which mellows well into sweet maltiness. Some crushed aspirin at the end.

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Photo of Ohiolager
2.33/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Third shift 6pk bottles $6.99(OH)

I grabbed this because it was cheap and it claimed to an award winner. (like all of you curiosity)

12 oz brown bottle poured into pint glass. no freshest by date, however a yellow date is printed on the neck and rubs off very easy.

pours a light amber. lighter than i expected for an award winner. doesn't leave much head or lacing unless you put some air between the bottle and your glass. even then lots of head not much lacing. (too light bodied maybe)

the smell is fairly weak. i smell some corn, maybe some malted hops. i really don't smell much.

again i don't really taste much. it don't taste bad but it don't have much going on either. at first it tastes a little malty then a tiny touch of hops on the finish.

i would have to agree the mouth feel is the best part of this beer. it feels OK. its light bodied but not watery. the carbonation is good. i wish they put as much attention into the entire brew, not just the mouth feel.

overall i would consider this an american red/amber lager, not a Vienna lager. it looks o.k. it has no smell. it tastes adjunctant. mouth feel is best. but most of all where are the noble hops? i don't know what Coors master brewers were thinking, at least blue moon was pretty good.

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Photo of Brenden
3.05/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep and clear, this brew might just be short of amber in color. The head rises to almost 2 fingers without the staying power to hold it up, though it does hold up a solid half-finger for a good while. Lace is left on the glass mostly in spotty arrangement with some patches.
Maybe it's my imagination, but I'm getting a whiff of something like cereal grains. There is a toastiness to the aroma that works nicely, and a dose of grassiness. It has the grainy sweetness some adjuncts do, but to less of an extent. It isn't strong, by any means, but could easily be weaker.
About the same could be said for the flavor. It isn't heinously thin but leans that way as the sweetness and grains start it off. The toast, including breads crusts, and grass do carry through. A bit of caramel and some leaf add something to a generally pedestrian offering.
Sweet up front, it goes drier into the middle and ends up with a grainy finish that falls away from clean. It's thinner than some but essentially achieves a light-medium body with a supporting crispness, though smoothness is lost to a point.
Aside from a pretty good look, this is what I would point to as average in every way.

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Third Shift Amber Lager from Coors Brewing Company
3.04 out of 5 based on 1,225 ratings.
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