CharmCityCrab (136) - Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sometimes a hybrid between two things can be better than either. Sometimes it can be worse, but have it’s own use case or special character that makes it it’s 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. I’m afraid that Third Shift does none of those things. It attempts to compromise between a macro and craft beer, and I can’t help but think I’d rather be drinking either a macro or a craft beer. It doesn’t 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, it’s not enough like Shiner Bock to outright taste like vomit. But if you’re tight on cash, buy an adjunct lager, you’ll like enough it as much or more and save a little money in the process. If you’re not tight on cash, get yourself a nice IPA or the craft style of your choice. Either way, I’d say leave this on the shelf. It doesn’t 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 doesn’t work, not even on the third shift. ;)
dyetube (1153) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2014
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Can. Pours a rich amber with a medium white head. The aromas are bread, light citrus. The mouthfeel is slightly dry and watery with a light body. Cheers!
jb (2018) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pretty decent for the style. Andy brought over a 6 to go with dinner! Decent looking, copper, mild nose, a bit grainy, taste grainy and malty. Goes down nice, and has no off components, and is true to style.
berkshirejohn (4119) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2014
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz bottle from Georgio’s Liquors, Billerica, MA. Amber with a fast fading white head; the aroma has some orange fruit; the taste is predominantly caramel; with a sickly sweet finish. It may be amber, and it may be a lager, but it wouldn’t go down well in Vienna.
N3lson1 (97) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2014
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Drank out of the bottle. I am usually fond of ambelagers but could not get into this one. I found to have too bitter of a finish for a amber lager.
Bierkrug (2073) - Garmisch-Partenkirchen (In USA), Bavaria, GERMANY - FEB 2, 2014
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
330 ml glass from Pompano, Fla. Poured a dark golden honey color with a soft pillow of foam head on top. As for the aroma, a moderate balance between semi sweet malts and bitter hops meet and almost form an aroma similar to an English ESB. The taste was subdued with minor notes of caramel like malts and no substance of hops or yeast. Palate is sweet and cardboard like then ends dry.
luttonm (2048) - Belgrade, SERBIA - FEB 1, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz in Washington. Pale golden brown. Pale stink of dry malt. Creamy, soft sweet. Not terrible. No definition.
radio_nowhere (678) - Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle into pint glass, clear amber color with off-white head. Aroma is heavy malt sweetness and some caramel. Taste adds notes of some graininess, breadiness slight earthiness and faint grass hop bitterness. Light body, low carbonation with slight sweet finish. Not too bad, a pretty malty macro.
UncleAl (1) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 5, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This lager is excellent. It has an appealing aroma, in a pilsner glass it has a pleasing clear amber color. It ours forming a neat head of about 1’, after drinking laces the glass nicely. The taste is par excellent, easy on the palate and finishes nicely, not "dry" or bitter, leaving one desiring more. Overall it reminds me of a great German Lager, but half the price. The brewer sought to mimic German Lager and he is largely successful, it is brewed in Texas and Ohio, and distributed by MillerCoors, an excellent tandem making it very accessible. Nice Website.
Sammer (1006) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Taste is summer hay, flowers, earth and a bit of hops. Drinkable, but not great.
stevendoel (9) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2013 does not count
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nothing special here. Can't really even taste the hops. Nice amber color, nose is half way decent
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