Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing
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Ratings: 1,174 | Reviews: 215 | Display Reviews Only:
4.48/5 rDev +24.4%
1 pint can.
Golden-Amber color. Some carbonation. Fairly nice head.
Bready, grape skin, a little citrusy.
Bready malts up front. Biscuity, grassy, spicy, slight earthy, dry-herbal finish.
Smooth. Tangy. Medium body. Slight oily. Very soft carbonation.
07-21-2012 20:34:35 | More by mjurney
4.48/5 rDev +24.4%
Easily the best of the style. This stuff is amazing. Redefines the style entirely.
A: Clean, clear, and just as it should be.
S/T: Crisp malt, light citrus, very inviting. This is what Bud Light and others of its ilk try to smell/taste like. Maybe they did back in their heyday.
M: Easy and enjoyable to drink. I could have three more tall cans of this stuff without blinking.
O: An exceptional beer that you must try. Well done New Belgium!
04-01-2012 01:06:07 | More by Gatch
4.43/5 rDev +23.1%
Poured into clean New Belgium stemmed globe. 3/4" head quickly diminished into a 1/4" head with some staying power.
Nose: Very clean, inoffensive— honey, a bit of yeast and citrus
Taste: Nascent "hoppyness" turns to a more familiar, sweeter fresh grapefruit, finishes the slightest bit smokey with the alcohol presence quite evident.
Mouth: Mild carbonation, "chewy" for a pale lager.
Overall, this offering almost transcends the category for me. It would be a great beverage for a plethora of meals.
05-28-2014 11:18:07 | More by mathmalicious
4.38/5 rDev +21.7%
Can poured into shaker
Three finger off white head
Taste: piney, grassy, and bitter finish
Smell: lager yeast, grains
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised. When I see and hear the words "Pale Lager" [sic], I generally avoid. Have this beer, and celebrate a new, and better form of this beer style.
05-20-2012 04:31:35 | More by BierStein711
4.35/5 rDev +20.8%
A: poured from 16 oz can into pilsner glass, golden amber colored with huge 3" bright white head that slowly dissipates leaving fine frothy lacing, crystal clear with lively bubbles
S: citrus hop nose rounded with sweet malt, floral, cereal grain
T: sweet biscuit followed by a good bitter hop punch, lemongrass, light and simple yet perfectly balanced between malt and hops
M: proper lively carbonation with a crisp clean finish, thinner as a pale lager should be
O: every American pale lager made by the big three should be embarrassed that they don't taste like this beer, if you have shied away from the pale lager style due to the abuse it has received try this to be pleasantly surprised
11-07-2012 01:46:18 | More by M_C_Hampton
4.35/5 rDev +20.8%
First craft can. Excited about this one.
Agressive pour straight down into a pilsner glass.
A- Pours a very nice clear gold, with lots of frothy, foamy, white head that leaves a thick cap on top of the beer and thick lacing.
S- Some earthy hops. Plenty of sweet malts. Some bread dough, and biscuity.
T- Hoppier than I expected, but the bitterness is moderate. Sweet caramel malts comes out.
M- Medium body, thicker than I expected.
O- Highly drinkable. Bonus points for the whole craft can thing. Very refreshing. I like their slogan about finishing a shift at work and popping one of these open.
04-18-2012 23:09:44 | More by rfbenavi80
4.28/5 rDev +18.9%
16 oz Can
A: Deep gold, crystal clear, massive white head falls into a thin film. Significant lacing suggesting malt content. Looks like a real beer.
S: Faint graininess with very subltle hint of german-type hops. Smells like a real beer.
T: This is a real beer. Restrained malt sweetness with extremely subtle toasted bread note, very light honey-like sweetness, no flaws noted. Seems very 'lively'. Bitterness is assertive for the style, but within reasonable limits. No major hop flavor. Finish is extremely dry.
M: Crisp, light bodied.
OI: Excellent example of the style, one of the best I've had. If macros could make this, the world would be a better place.
03-27-2012 20:19:05 | More by Megahertz
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,174 ratings.