Chad9976 (1420) - 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 Coorsí attempt at a Yeungling-like brew, though it doesnít taste nearly as good. In fact, this seems reminiscent of so many economy or ďpremiumĒ lagers because itís so simple, boring and has an awful finish.
Iím 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. Itís 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 Iím left with just seems overtly flawed and cheap. Perhaps thereís 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 thatís 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 itís not an especially drinkable beer. Trying to finish one can is rather annoying.
Nejhleader (1333) - 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 (7032) - 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.
zarbon89 (4) - roaring spring, USA - MAY 29, 2014 does not count
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Overall just an average beer for itís style, which is what I expect from a miller/coors product. The pour is nice in itís color and the head is thin. Aroma was lacking for a typical Amber. First sip could taste the caramel and chocolate in the malt. The mouthful is light, and is smooth to drink. A sweet after taste with the roast and your yeast flavors kicking in.
jwrock3 (22) - - MAY 7, 2014
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Poured a clear amber with half a finger of white head and little lacing. Light aroma of malt grains and some noble hops. Taste follows nose with grainy malt, light hops and a hint of caramel and slight breadlines. Lively carbonation and thin/medium mouthfeel. Unimpressive. Just a tick above a macro and wouldnít drink again.
bth122 (1340) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2014 Can. At pens playoff game. A little bit of caramel taste. Some grains. Some metal taste. Meh...
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bubblehouse (780) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 30, 2014
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
really lacking in all catagories. Still the best selection that was offered at the chow wagon.
Frank (3343) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
The macros have been stepping up their game a bit lately and there have been a few hits and a few misses. This is the latter. In the glass, it is a slightly red orange color. Itís head is small and of mixed sized bubbles. This brew is dominated by sweet, cotton-candy like malt character and is furthermore overcarbonated to the point of distraction. I enjoy a malty amber colored brew from time to time but in this case it seems forced and exaggerated. It is drinkable so not a total loss but youíd be much better off buying something like Bush Signature Amber Lager.
rdixon77 (1583) - Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2014
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Weak amber. Amber reddish pour. Slight malt/cereal aroma. Some sweet caramel. Grainy taste. Not much else to make it stand out. Easy enough to drink, but why?
FestDecBeet (412) - - APR 19, 2014
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smell: not much as far as smell. Slight malt flavor
Taste: smokey taste. Not very hoppy. Not very bitter
Feel: good carbonation. Slight heaviness.
First drank: mom and dad's April 19th, 2014