Ever try a product to see how truly awful it is? It makes me sound like a glutton for punishment. Perhaps I am. In my quest to try every beer possible, it sometimes forces me to try beers that are less than desirable. So, I finally broke down while I was out to dinner with my sister. This was advertised as one of the restaurant’s “craft” offerings. I have no words for that really.
Style: Vienna Lager
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Third Shift Amber Lager is the first release in a series of award-winning beers brewed by the Band of Brewers – a group of talented brewers across the MillerCoors network. Third Shift is as much about collaboration as it is invention – the shared pride that comes from creating something truly great. The Band of Brewers joined forces to create Third Shift – a smooth and easy drinking amber lager – well balanced with a sweet maltiness that dominates slightly over a clean – hop bitterness. The result is a gold-medal winning amber lager that is complex yet well-balanced.”
Random: As I was drinking this, the bar manager came over and told me how much he loved it. I then told him how much I didn’t love it (oops, spoiler alert) in a nice way and asked if there were plans to get other (read: real) craft beers on tap. He said there were, especially when I started telling him how great some of the local offerings were.
This brew poured with a finger of white head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the pint glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow (what I could see in the limited lighting) with lots of carbonation. The nose was sweet grain and not much else. The taste was borderline awful. I got sweet grain and skunking. Not a thing else. The body was way too watery and the carbonation was too high. There wasn’t (thankfully) even a finish on this one. This is one of the few beers that I can honestly say that I wouldn’t drink if it was handed to me. Its only redeeming quality is that it was wet. Despite the fact I hated this beer, I encourage you to try it, just to see what a wonderful “crafty” beer this is.
Untappd Rating: 1.5/5.0