Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by elNopalero:
3.88/5 rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Tallboys, sessionable, hoppy lagers… this has promise.
I’ve been waiting on this one though because of the price point—I’d rather spend that money on an IPA (Ranger tall boys are the same price).
I like how this looks. It’s clear and golden and has miles and miles and miles of foam on top of it. Even without a vigorous pour (I gave my first can a good kick) there’s a lot of foam. It goes away, and leaves its mark, but for a quick minute it’s there and looks good.
The aroma isn’t what you’d expect from a lager. There’s a light “fruity” note to it, along with a subdued but still present hoppiness. I get just a note of hop spice—and then, like that, it’s gone. Poof! Come back!
Flavorwise this is definitely an easy drinker. It’s lightly bodied and smooth with a clean finish. I get some hints of the hop character on the end, but again it’s there and then gone. This beer ain’t half bad—but next one I have will be to finish a round of drinking rather than the one that gets the fresh palate’s attention. And for the price there’s better options.
Serving type: can
10-05-2012 05:36:34 | More by elNopalero
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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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