radagast83 (5606) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Figured this would be a complete crafty scam, but this wasn’t too awful - perhaps slightly better than Coors’ regular offerings. Some malt, grassy notes, light earthy hops. Flavor contains sweet malt notes, some grass, touch of spiced hops - surprised. Not convinced that they actually drink this one when the day shift is over...
Evolutionary (370) - Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Ty's. Nose is typical with some mild hop bite. Body is medium with some light carbonation. A typical lager that isn't too strong or wimpy although it's a bit on the feminine side.
---Rated via my mouth
JHeath99 (1413) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUL 3, 2014
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Can from the grocery store. Pours a transparent amber with a layer of cream colored head. Aroma of cheap malts. Taste is pretty awful, just subdued malts.
dbhenry (139) - El Paso, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2014
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This beer is a step up from the macro brewers’ products, with a more distinct hop taste and a more substantial malt flavor. But it is a couple of steps down from the excellent brews available from the micro brewers.
DdotRoq (5) - - JUN 29, 2014 does not count
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good tasting, lager with soft hops. Great pick, good mix with meat/chicken.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Jimmythespoon (471) - - JUN 12, 2014
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Looked a lot better on tsp. Crappy tasteless larger. What a waste of money. Dont bother.
lukedarock (245) - Howell, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2014
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Not a whole lot goin on here, drinkable yea but not by much, leaves alot to b desired, flavor is very blah with zero character
Chad9976 (1388) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I poured a 16oz can into a lager glass. It had an expiration date of 10/6/14 and cost $1.00 ($0.06 per ounce).
Appearance: Clear amber/golden hue with plenty of effervescence visible. Pours to an average sized, off-white, foamy head which laces and retains fairly well.
Smell: Pretty generic macro lager aroma, though a little sweeter than most. Nothing appealing, though.
Taste: The big macro brewers have been putting out a lot of quasi-craft and faux high-end lagers in the last few years. Third Shift Amber Lager appears to be Coors’ attempt at a Yeungling-like brew, though it doesn’t taste nearly as good. In fact, this seems reminiscent of so many economy or “premium” lagers because it’s so simple, boring and has an awful finish.
I’m not sure what the point of this beer is. The palate is familiar to say the least: a generic combination of pale malt, standard macro lager taste and a touch of added sweetness at the beginning. It’s the finish that kills it as a sour, vegetal-like astringent taste emerges out of nowhere and completely ruins everything that had come before. Had the taste been consistent this would be a decent amber lager, but what I’m left with just seems overtly flawed and cheap. Perhaps there’s a hint of caramel to be found in here, but the off-flavor of what is probably DMS just ruins it. No hop presence to speak of, though that’s fine. I think this has the potential to be a good amber lager, but the adjuncts need to be removed and stricter quality control needs to be initiated at the brewery.
Drinkability: For what should categorically be a fizzy yellow lager, Third Shift Amber Lager is not all that fizzy. Plenty carbonated to be sure, though the mouthfeel is thicker and calmer than most brews of the general style. It has a slightly oily texture and leaves an aftertaste of astringency and starch. It seems to be right on the nose with its 5.3% ABV, though it’s not an especially drinkable beer. Trying to finish one can is rather annoying.
Nejhleader (1325) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2014
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not to much aroma, a bit caramel. Taste a bit of a roast caramel malt. Not the worst thing from Coors
alexsdad06 (6876) - Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2014
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Kroger. Pours a clear amber color with a small white head. The aroma and flavor have light caramel malts, pale bready malts, light herbal and spicy hops, with light bitterness. Just not much going on here.