Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by McStagger:
3.85/5 rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Cans are good now.
A: Aggressive pour leads to one finger off white head. Mild carbonation. Beautiful golden color. Nice head retention, too.
S: Toasty malt with a lot of spiced/floral hop aromas in the nose. Not much on the citric hop notes.
T: Another reviewer commented on the trademark roasty/nutty/biscuity flavor this brewery seems to impart on a lot of its beers. Definitely present in this one as well. This is the first and last component of the brew you taste. In between is a great malt backbone with a good touch of the same spicy/floral hop presence. Touch of stone fruit involved as well. However, that crazy roastiness of New Belgium is all over this.
M: Spot on texture. The mild carbonation and tiny little bubbles give this beer a full bodied texture that I definitely enjoy.
O: Definitely a step above most American pale lagers. If this were in the same price range as BMC this would have gotten 5's across the board. Ah, well. You get what you pay for.
Serving type: can
04-08-2012 05:12:32 | More by McStagger
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3.31/5 rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Can > Mason Pint
A - Nice clear gold with one finger of soapy white head, very small dotty lacing.
S - Grainy, a little dark dirty earthy hops.
T - Biscuit dough malt, a little citrus, grain.
M - Medium, ok.
O - Bleh, one note kinda beer. Just is grainy and malty
Serving type: can
03-09-2014 18:56:41 | More by Omnium
4.08/5 rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Shift – Pale Lager (5%) – New Belgium Brewing Co. (Colorado)
App: Deep golden color with hints of copper in direct light. Rocky white head throws up one finger, settling to a half that retains well with a constant stream of bubbles feeding it from the bottom.
Smell: Aroma is light and bready and slightly metallic, with some subtle noble hops character.
Taste: Essentially follows nose. Foretaste is light and cereal with some hops bitterness coming through, especially on the aftertaste. A lot maltier and more in line with a Bohemian Pilsner in terms of flavor, but with significant hopping that balances it well. This beer is super easy to drink and probably one of my favorite lagers. Perfect for the lake or lawn. Actually prefer this out of the can rather than draft.
Mouth: Light and crisp. Flavors linger lightly, but do not coat the tongue. Carb is spot on.
Home tasting, 16oz can into Pilsner Glass. 2/28/14.
Serving type: can
03-01-2014 00:50:05 | More by ZoomanCru
3.91/5 rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Appears a clear, pale golden amber, thin cap of weakly foamy bubbly ecru head, which leaves bleedling striated lace around the glass.
It smells of lighllty bready pale malt, a faint caramel sweetness, middling citrus and drupe fruit, earthy yeast, and soft leafy, earrthy hops. The taste is fruity pale malt, fruit yeast esteres, and fruity hops - ok , some grain and caramel, white wine, and tame melon.
Bubbles are low, supportive, body adeqquate med weight, and generally smooth, mildly tacky. Finishes offdry, bready malt and floral, leafy hops.
Good amalgam of styles, very altbier-esque. Fruity, winy, and pretty enjoyable.
Serving type: on-tap
02-25-2014 00:55:59 | More by biboergosum
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
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