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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,135 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,135
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 32
Gots: 61 | 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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M_Burkey


5/5  rDev +38.9%

08-06-2012 22:40:57 | More by M_Burkey
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Nofear048

Illinois

5/5  rDev +38.9%

06-30-2012 04:09:58 | More by Nofear048
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bnes09

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful golden copper color with excellent clarity and large visible bubbles. Big head on the pour and coats the glass in creamy lacing.

Fresh aroma of pine needles, spinach leaves, herbs and flowers.

Solid malt backbone of mild wheat and rye. Spice hop character follows the aroma. Exceptional balance.

Light to medium body and ample carbonation brings the flavors to life.

I love seeing breweries come out with a fresh, flavorful lager for a change. Lots of malt character in this one adds heart to the brew. Tasty, refreshing and highly sessionable.

Serving type: can

12-28-2012 17:34:39 | More by bnes09
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tyleeis

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

08-07-2012 21:03:38 | More by tyleeis
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chrisp1090

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

05-01-2012 20:51:01 | More by chrisp1090
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HideYaBeer

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

03-17-2014 23:33:09 | More by HideYaBeer
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Spider889

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

12-01-2013 22:54:42 | More by Spider889
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CousinSuzy

California

4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

10-25-2012 04:41:26 | More by CousinSuzy
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gleemonger

California

4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

09-05-2012 19:25:00 | More by gleemonger
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HappyPappy2X

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

App: Pale Orange Yellow. Clear. Dense head with medium retaining.

Smell: Bread Yeast, Citrusy hops.

Taste: Dry malt, hops bitterness, lagerfunk yeast, ends slightly toasty and more hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation. Medium body for a pale. Creamy.

Overall: A favorite of mine. This is what BMC wish they could have been. A refreshingly dry pale lager.

Serving type: can

02-19-2013 19:32:57 | More by HappyPappy2X
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joecalderoni

Texas

4.7/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a beautifull golden/yellow color! Good fluffy Head!

S: Amazing hop aroma well balanced by pilsner malt on the back of the nose!

T: Sweet grainy taste with a well balanced bitterness! Some amazing hop taste at the after taste!

M: Light to medium body! high carbonation that accentuates the hop bitterness!

O: an amazing pale lager! suit for every occasion! perfect presentation! Cans mean you can drink them everywhere!

Serving type: can

05-28-2012 01:36:51 | More by joecalderoni
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Where The CANQuest (TM) is CANcerned, you CAN forget Quinn the Eskimo. It's tone77 who makes this boy jump for joy! He is my local CANTrader and this was part of a recent drop-off on his part. Let the madness reCANmence!

From the Royal Blue & Silver CAN: "When your work is done [...] You'll want one[.]"; "Alternatively empowered/Employee owned".

The Crack & Glug was music to mine ears! The two fingers of thick tawny head began to fall pretty quickly, leaving some pretty, sticky lacing in its wake. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity and both King Midas and Croesus called to express their jealousy. Sorry, fellas, but you gotta score your own CAN, dig? I recently listened to Greg Koch rail against fizzy yellow beers (again) and all I CAN say is, more for me! The nose made me weep for what Prohibition has wrought. One adverse aspect of The CANQuest (TM) has been the plethora of AALs from a CAN and I have more than had my fill of them, although there is no end in sight. This smelled not just of the expected malt sweetness, but there were also hops readily evident on the nose! Be still, my heart. Mouthfeel was full, almost creamy, with a wonderful intermingling of biscuit malt initially, followed by a brief rush of minty hops on the tongue. Finish was quite dry with the biscuit malt and hops combination acting nicely in tandem. Great Caesar's Ghost, but this is definitely cooler-worthy and just in time for summer! Get some!

Serving type: can

06-19-2012 20:20:02 | More by woodychandler
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JednoPivoProsim

Maryland

4.55/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 PINT can into a pint glass. BEST BY 10FEB13. I was really excited to try this when I first bought this about a week or so ago. I loved the Nelson Sauvin hop profile in Burley Oak Brewery's Bulletproof Tiger.

Appearance: Pours a rich, golden pale lager body. Beautiful. Decent head for the style with doughy pockets that exhibit plenty of staying power. Lacing is fantastic.

Smell: Floral bouquet of hops. I pick up the fruity mango of the Nelson Sauvin hops. Sweet green grapes. Plenty of rich bready maltiness. Slight sour lager yeast aroma.

Taste: Nelson Sauvin up front (mango, lychee, honeydew). Fades to a crisp, almost Saaz-like spiciness. Tasty bready pale malts. This lager has a lot of flavor on both the hop and malt sides of the equation and has managed to be an extremely balanced brew at the same time.

Mouthfeel: I love how full bodied this beer is despite the low alcohol and overall crispness. No aftertaste, unpleasant or otherwise. Near perfect for me.

Overall: I have been on a bit of an emotional rollercoaster with this beer since I bought a four pack and then a subsequent case (6 x 4 pack) about a week or two ago. The first sip of the first can was an explosion of Nelson Sauvin hops and I immediately declared this beer my new favorite. After a couple more cans over the next couple of days, I was fighting to detect that strong Nelson Sauvin hoppiness I so love and cherish (especially in a beer like Bulletproof Tiger). But since then, I have been literally pounding this beer on a near daily basis. It is just so damn drinkable, balanced, and great tasting (read: LOTS OF FLAVOR FOR A LOW ABV LAGER), if not delicious. Very satisfying from the can or in a glass. This could possibly be my session, daily drinker, beer for life when Sierra Nevada Summerfest is out of season. The only knock is the somewhat high price - I calculated that this works out to about a $40 standard case (as opposed to $30 for Summerfest in my area.) I would love to see more brewers doing more with Nelson Sauvin hops - my new favorite hop alongside Saaz (with Citra running a close third!)

Serving type: can

01-04-2013 23:43:09 | More by JednoPivoProsim
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djschnabel

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +25%

04-11-2012 02:30:24 | More by djschnabel
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tugdriver7

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +25%

04-19-2012 02:59:56 | More by tugdriver7
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WritersBlock

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +25%

05-26-2012 00:09:09 | More by WritersBlock
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agentpreppie

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +25%

03-05-2013 21:47:07 | More by agentpreppie
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Gfunk

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +25%

03-06-2014 22:47:45 | More by Gfunk
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Flyboyman

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +25%

11-25-2012 22:05:02 | More by Flyboyman
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TheSarge

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into a .5l dimple glass, and Shift makes a good three finger thick off white head, and the body is copper in color with perfect clarity.

The aroma is floral and citrus in character. Lots of lemon zest, with perhaps a hit of grapefruit. Some saltine cracker, and light caramel aromas are perceptible too

Taste wise it's got a lemon tea flavor to it. Some hints of toffee, and perhaps some brown sugar.

Even with all this complexity, this beer is very quaffable and sessionable due to the mile ABV percentage it holds. Also
makes a good sipping beer too, due to its complex qualities.

This is a pale lager that I'd liken to a pale ale. Very fruity and floral altogether. Quite interesting...

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 22:38:28 | More by TheSarge
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Listers

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +25%

04-04-2012 14:29:44 | More by Listers
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ficklenicholas

California

4.5/5  rDev +25%

04-17-2012 05:44:55 | More by ficklenicholas
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morken78

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +25%

12-07-2012 07:18:03 | More by morken78
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jculler82

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +25%

11-06-2012 01:35:08 | More by jculler82
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areich6

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +25%

12-02-2012 23:54:29 | More by areich6
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Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,135 ratings.