mrjaxson (617) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2013
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 (11020) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2013
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 (4925) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 2, 2013
12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2013
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.
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 (6504) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2013
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.
jmagnus87 (3302) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2013
12oz bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a medium amber color with a half finger of fizzy white head. Aroma is mostly metalic medicated bandaids. Taste is light bitter. Skunk herbal hops and a little caramel. Medium bodied with a thin texture. Fizzy carbonation but a decently long finish. Overall, not bad. I wouldn’t seek it out, but I would drink it again. nick76 (4402) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2013
The aroma is a bit dirty with adjuncts and malt but it does have a nice floral citrus hops albeit weak. The appearance is light amber with a large head. The taste is like the aroma with a slightly astringent, nutty, malty finish. The palate is average. Overall not bad but a little strange. Reid (2621) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 27, 2013
12 oz bottle from a six pack from "Habits" in Salem.
$5.99 a sixer.
Light copper coloured lager, large ,thick and rocky off white head.
Not much to the aroma, grainy,cardboard ,slight grassy hop.
Taste is thin caramel, with a certain astringency in the end that is perhaps hop?
Not impressed very pedestrian.
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle from Kroger. Amber pour with a small head. Aroma is kinda caramel. Taste is astringent, grainy, and kinda burned. nearbeer (5599) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 26, 2013
12 oz. Clear orange-amber with almost a film of bubbles. Nose of toasted nut, caramel, dry grass and lager yeast. Taste is toffee, toasted pecan, raisin, light citrus and dried grass. Light body has light-medium carbonation and is well balanced. This is a decent Vienna and a nice fooler beer from MillerCoors; their best "craft" entry to date.