MorganBaughman (147) - Long Beach, Mississippi, USA - APR 7, 2013
Had this at our second annual Easter Beer Hunt. A gold medal winner, and I can see why. ThisWangsChung (836) - 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, I’m 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 that’s here is caramel sweetness and corn. It’s utterly simple and not entirely appealing - however, it’s reasonably balanced and refreshing.
M: Good crispness, but it feels too heavy on the palate. Easy enough to drink, I guess.
O: Well, it’s better than regular Coors/Coors Light...
Foxbush (2028) - 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. mansquito (6427) - 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 didn’t realize that this was macro when I ordered it, but I am not in the least bit surprised. wildbeercat (356) - 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. It’s marketed as something new and special, but it doesn’t have anything that stands out to me.
Damico (3147) - 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. gsmitty80 (2130) - 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. jcos (1851) - Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2013
Location/Date:Bottle from with Jay during Caps watching, April 2nd, 2013.CharmCityCrab (244) - Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2013
Appearance: Pours light caramel color.
Aroma: Light caramel and some bready malt.
Taste: Faint hop, caramel, slightly stale.
Summary: Always obvious to see something marketed as craft that isn’t...because the real craft companies don’t do tv or magazine ads.
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. ;) TURDFERGUSON (4058) - 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 I’m slightly impressed by this stab at a Vienna (or whatever they were going for) by the folks at the big beer company.