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RATINGS: 390   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.44   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
Gold Medal Winning Beer Brewed By A Band Of Brewers Whose Passion For Brewing Doesnít Stop When The Day Shift Is Over

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2013
Rated 4/1/13. 12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. A: Pours a clear amber color. The head is a two finger white shade. Given its roots, Iím 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 thatís here is caramel sweetness and corn. Itís utterly simple and not entirely appealing - however, itís reasonably balanced and refreshing. M: Good crispness, but it feels too heavy on the palate. Easy enough to drink, I guess. O: Well, itís better than regular Coors/Coors Light...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Foxbush (1530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2013
12 oz bottle The ale poured a clear amber with a small head that did not stay long. The ale had the aroma of malts. The ale had a sweetness and lack of hops. The medium body ale had average carbonation. Not bad for a big brewer. Why are they afraid of adding more hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
mansquito (4334) - Nueva York, New York, USA - APR 6, 2013
Hop Devil Grill, NY tap ($7): Pours amber. Smells caramel malts. Taste is inoffensive. Slightly sweet. I didnít realize that this was macro when I ordered it, but I am not in the least bit surprised.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
wildbeercat (353) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 5, 2013
From a 12 fl oz / 355mL bottle into a tasting glass. Aroma: Sweet malt. Not hoppy at all. Appearance: Pale, light amber. Dark urine. Taste: Sweet, bready, and malty. No depth, no complexity, no challenge. Palate: Light, thin, and short-lived. Overall: Just another mass-produced lager. Itís marketed as something new and special, but it doesnít have anything that stands out to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Damico (2977) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2013
Wow, Coors fooled me here for sure. Pours somewhat clear but a bit hazy amber with a smaller gray head. Aroma and flavor are sweet, clean malts with a balanced crispness that go great with pizza.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
gsmitty80 (2053) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2013
This tastes like their Batch 19 crap just with a different label and i also thought it said brewed in Texas? Anyway, i didnt have great expectations. Amber in color with a light head. Taste is birchy with a little bit of skunk.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
jcos (1710) - Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2013
Location/Date:Bottle from with Jay during Caps watching, April 2nd, 2013.

Appearance: Pours light caramel color.
Aroma: Light caramel and some bready malt.
Taste: Faint hop, caramel, slightly stale.
Palate:Light body.

Summary: Always obvious to see something marketed as craft that isnít...because the real craft companies donít do tv or magazine ads.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CharmCityCrab (213) - Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2013
Sometimes a hybrid between two things can be better than either. Sometimes it can be worse, but have itís own use case or special character that makes it itís own thing that one might be desire, or even just be a compromise between two things that lets you get some of what you want at a cheaper price. Iím afraid that Third Shift does none of those things. It attempts to compromise between a macro and craft beer, and I canít help but think Iíd rather be drinking either a macro or a craft beer. It doesnít offer the flavor of craft or the smooth refreshment of some adjunct lagers. There is just this sickenly sweet Shiner Bock like taste combined with a mild tasting lager. Fortunately, itís not enough like Shiner Bock to outright taste like vomit. But if youíre tight on cash, buy an adjunct lager, youíll like enough it as much or more and save a little money in the process. If youíre not tight on cash, get yourself a nice IPA or the craft style of your choice. Either way, Iíd say leave this on the shelf. It doesnít outright taste bad, but it tastes worse than a lot of cheaper beers and certainly no where near as good as a lot of craft beers. MillerCoors should consider trying this concept again, but instead of vomit flavored malt, add a few extra hops to their lagers or something. An extra hoppy version of an adjunct lager at a cheaper price point than craft might work. This doesnít work, not even on the third shift. ;)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2013
Tallboy can from Family Fare gas station in Chapel Hill. Pours fairly translucent amber with fast fading white head, no lace. Fairly clean nose, light caramel, toast, grass, and plastic. Flavor is clean at first, toasted malts, light bitterness, toffee, semi-sweet finish. A little plastic there as well, but for the most part Iím slightly impressed by this stab at a Vienna (or whatever they were going for) by the folks at the big beer company.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bama_Hog1 (35) - Hoover, Alabama, USA - APR 1, 2013
I was tricked by the packaging and logo. This shit is nothing more than left over Coors extra gold from the late 80s. I gave it a 2.2 because, well, it is still beer. But what a horrible attempt by a mega brewer to trick consumers into believing this is a craft beer. Better than Coors light, but that is the best I can say about this one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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