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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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Shift Pale LagerShift Pale Lager

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,185 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,185
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 35
Gots: 82 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 03-14-2012)
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Reviews by hopfacebrew:
Photo of hopfacebrew
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

Heard good things about this, poured from can to pilsner glass the beer arrives a translucent orange copper yellow with a nice 2 finger white head, good retention, and good lacing. The nose is a little light but not bad, consisting of a light floral earthy hop and a touch of caramel. The flavor improves on the nose with a light but pleasant hop earthy flavor and mild bitterness, hints of caramel sweetness and light pilsen malt. Finishes crisp and clean. Light bodied and well carbonated. Overall, good. This will be enjoyed more and more as the temperature heats up!

hopfacebrew, Apr 17, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Poured into a pilsner a clear medium golden with a a thinner white head that didi leave a few broken rings of lace as it settled.Caramel sweetness,lightly toasted grain,and a decent shot of herbal hops in the back end.Caramel induced sweetness upfront on the palate with mild grainy notes,and again a shot of herbal/leafy hops in the finish.It's not a clean lager it's actually a little sweet but the hop profile is nice,above average but not great.

oberon, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of mojohawk21
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

mojohawk21, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
2.81/5  rDev -21.7%

Poured from a 16-oz can into a pilsner glass. Pours a golden-straw color, lots of clarity with a very, very, very slight bit of hazy. Steady stream of carbonation bubbles rising to the top of a relatively thick, ghost-white head that lasts much longer than expected. Nose is very yeast-heavy; bread, biscuits, and wheat are abundant. Deeper down in the aroma I get a bit of corn and mild sweetness. Hops are faintly present, but give way pretty quickly to the rest of the aromas. The taste is pretty basic - reasonable helping of hops up front, somewhat rose-like, mild citrus and pine; bready and malty with a touch of sweetness, and again, a huge dose of corn and wheat from the middle to the finish. Very crisp and clean thanks to the heavy carbonation. Thin-medium body.

I did not enjoy the abundance of corn that I was tasting... it wasn't awful, but it wasn't enjoyable, either. Lackluster beer overall, there are many better pale lagers out there. Hell, I'd probably take a PBR over this. Uninspired and blah.

tectactoe, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of ratamacue
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

ratamacue, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

tbryan5, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of sicilian
4/5  rDev +11.4%

sicilian, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of markallmon
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

markallmon, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

DaftPatrick, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +11.4%

warnerry, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
1.95/5  rDev -45.7%

16oz can. Pours clear light gold with a medium frothy white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet husky wheaty malts with some vegetal notes and a little stinkiness.

The flavor is earthy, grainy, biscuity malts and some sweetness with some herbal bitterness in the finish. Kind of reminds me of a cream ale. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, better than macro lagers but not my thing. Vegetal notes, too much biscuit malt with earthy notes.

Beaver13, May 03, 2012
Photo of jonphilipp
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

jonphilipp, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of Beerswag
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Beerswag, May 05, 2013
Photo of lionnusmb
4/5  rDev +11.4%

lionnusmb, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

16oz tall-boy can with a freshness date on the bottom.

LOOK: Healthy looking froth, bright golden color show a perfect clarity

SMELL: Bread crust, ripe peaches, biscuity, herbal, passion fruit, spice, clean

TASTE: Very smooth, medium body, crisp snap, biscuity, malt sweetness, herbal, spicy, mild fruitiness, dried grass, clean drying finish

Does this mean that 2013 will be year of the lager and New Belgium is just ahead of the curve on this one? The did get it right with opting for tall-boy size and at 5.0% it is still within the "sessionable" range. Very well balanced and great use of hops here which makes this one of the most interesting pale lagers on the market today.

Jason, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +11.4%

The beer pours a golden orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of resin and orange citrus from the hops, as well as some biscuit. The flavor also has a good amount of bitterness. I get some lightly toasted malt, as well as some pine, resin and orange citrus. There is also some biscuit malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of JupiterJesus
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

Tastes like an APA, but with a bit of the stinky lager character.
Richer than most pale lagers, with a good amount of malt character. Too bad half of that malt character is DMS >.<.

Still, the stinky bready, corn-like DMS-y lager character is lower here than in other pale lagers and has a bit more complexity. It's also masked partly by hops.

The aroma is typical nasty lager, but the taste is nicely bitter and has a cool hop character that is unfamiliar but delicious. Good summer brew. I wonder how it would taste with just a bit of dry hop at the end of the lagering period.

JupiterJesus, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of fenlop54
3/5  rDev -16.4%

fenlop54, May 12, 2014
Photo of bsp77
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%

Serving glass: Poured from can into Frankfurter mug.

Appearance: Rich golden color with nice sized head at first, and some light lacing.

Smell: Light hay, grains, citrus and spice. Needs a little more oomph in the aroma department, but still nice.

Taste: Hay and apple form the backbone, with a nice hoppy counterbalance of citrus and a light spiciness. Despite the hops, there is virtually no bitterness; just balanced flavors.

Feel: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Crisp, clean and smooth with a dry finish.

Overall: This is essentially a Helles but with New World hops. Surprisingly, I enjoy this almost as much as Surly Hell. I also think that other than the Lips of Faith series, this is the best standard New Belgium beer along with Belgo. Very happly surprised by this.

bsp77, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of NOLTERN
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

NOLTERN, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of mrw1zard
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

mrw1zard, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of MattyG85
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

Poured from 16 oz. can into a New Belgium Globe glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear copper golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big four finger white head with decent retention. Leaves lots of lacing hanging on the glass.

Smell: A pretty crisp aroma. Bready pale malts with good hints of biscuit and cracker. Wheat grains and subtle hints of citrus orange and lemons. Pretty noticeable presence of floral and grassy hops lingering around. A laid back but well balanced aroma.

Taste: A taste that is pretty malt forward but has a nice hop profile in the background. Bready pale malts and wheat grains with good notes of biscuit and crackers. Light hint of a butter like taste. Subtle hints of lemon. Decent presence of grassy and herbal hops that add some bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Very crisp and smooth drinking. Fairly tingly on the tongue.

Overall: A nice beer for the style. Well balanced and very easy drinking. Good lawnmower or after "shift" brew.

MattyG85, May 31, 2012
Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Mantooth, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of tyleeis
4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

tyleeis, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Cynic-ale, Aug 10, 2014
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Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 1,185 ratings.