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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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Fargrow

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +25%

02-18-2014 01:49:43 | More by Fargrow
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kjo86

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +25%

03-17-2014 05:51:02 | More by kjo86
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TastingRoomCharNtony


4.5/5  rDev +25%

01-13-2013 19:41:05 | More by TastingRoomCharNtony
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johnbosma

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +25%

04-07-2013 04:35:54 | More by johnbosma
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ssjkyle

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +25%

07-14-2012 04:01:17 | More by ssjkyle
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Nate_M

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +25%

07-04-2014 13:55:38 | More by Nate_M
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boku56

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +25%

11-15-2013 22:57:17 | More by boku56
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KC9LDB

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +25%

04-08-2012 15:26:37 | More by KC9LDB
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greenbeer29

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +25%

04-15-2012 17:25:16 | More by greenbeer29
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Lagerquestrian

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +25%

01-27-2013 23:42:00 | More by Lagerquestrian
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PantheistEchoes


4.5/5  rDev +25%

06-24-2014 21:30:19 | More by PantheistEchoes
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creez

California

4.5/5  rDev +25%

05-09-2012 18:49:13 | More by creez
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a6ladd


4.5/5  rDev +25%

10-05-2012 21:05:28 | More by a6ladd
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twinsfan86

Arkansas

4.5/5  rDev +25%

10-08-2012 17:58:40 | More by twinsfan86
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MaddDogg84

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +25%

08-29-2012 23:52:49 | More by MaddDogg84
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mjurney

Texas

4.48/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint can.

Appearance:
Golden-Amber color. Some carbonation. Fairly nice head.

Aroma:
Bready, grape skin, a little citrusy.

Taste:
Bready malts up front. Biscuity, grassy, spicy, slight earthy, dry-herbal finish.

Body:
Smooth. Tangy. Medium body. Slight oily. Very soft carbonation.

Serving type: can

07-21-2012 20:34:35 | More by mjurney
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: can

04-01-2012 01:06:07 | More by Gatch
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mathmalicious

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: can

05-28-2014 11:18:07 | More by mathmalicious
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BierStein711

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow!

Can poured into shaker

Three finger off white head

Amber body

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.

Serving type: can

05-20-2012 04:31:35 | More by BierStein711
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: can

11-07-2012 01:46:18 | More by M_C_Hampton
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rfbenavi80

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: can

04-18-2012 23:09:44 | More by rfbenavi80
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Megahertz

Missouri

4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: can

03-27-2012 20:19:05 | More by Megahertz
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markallmon

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

11-04-2012 20:04:12 | More by markallmon
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tina

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

09-26-2012 02:58:32 | More by tina
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Clockwork12

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

02-23-2013 04:58:29 | More by Clockwork12
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,135 ratings.