fidelis83 (2116) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 6, 2013
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours a clear, light amber with high effervescence and a thin, beige head. Aroma of sweet malt, corn, rice cereal, hay and light planty hops. Flavor is more sweet malt, corn and hay, planty notes, spicy alcohol notes, bready yeast and a mineraly bitterness. Light and dry, but slightly oily feel throughout with a moderate carbonation. Meh, not much of a Vienna.
scooterbub (901) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - FEB 5, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a decent amber with a thin white head that fades. Taste is of malt, grain, caramel, fruit and some hops. Similar aroma. Decent body with a slight dry finish. Easy to drink and enjoyable. Wouldn’t mind picking it up again.
tnkw01 (1270) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 3, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Light amber color, decent head that disappears quickly. Taste weak, some grains, metallic aftertaste. Aroma toast, grains.
radarsock (1096) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 2, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had on tap at The Garage, Rochester. Smells and tastes of corn, tin and yeast. Nice bittersweetness by swallow. Pale complexion, as usual. Thin whitish head. Yada, yada, yada.
thechandler (577) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours an amber-caramel color. Aroma is faint, slightly hoppy. Flavor is mild...slightly hoppy...slightly malty. Nothing special.
mrjaxson (334) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2013
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Do you suppose the big brewers like to bring out these "microbrews" just to prove they can create something that will score higher than 1 or 2 at the beer ratings sites? Third Shift is not as impressive as the recent Batch 19 from Coors, but it still offers more body and taste than their standard offerings. Poured from a 12-oz bottle.
DocLock (8309) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours clear medium copper with minimal off-white head and a lot of separate carbonation streams. Nose is grainy malt, mild hops. Tastes of grainy malt, hops, mild earthy and brown sugary notes. The palate is fairly dense, but this one is somewhat run-of-the-mill, and a bit underattenuated. Comes off like a poor man’s Boston Lager.
ChainGangGuy (4482) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Scrapersnbeer (1500) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I purchased this because I work the third shift, which causes me to drink beers before noon, which non-beer raters tend to frown on. In any case I saw it down in Texas but now learn it’s not really from there. Light copper clear color. Soap, soupy malt taste. Earthy like those lighter weight bocks offered by the big brewers. Sessionable stuff, though I wouldn’t recommend it for such. Another Psuedo-premium from Coors, is to Boston Lager what Blue Moon is to Hoegarden.
Suttree (5369) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance is...OK, look. I got it for the tick. I admit it. You see a beer called "amber lager" and you pretty much know exactly what you’re getting. Nothing too challenging, not extreme in any sense of the word. It’s not really bland, it’s just, y’know, a grocery store beer.