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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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1,185 Ratings
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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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

areich6, Dec 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Fargrow, Feb 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

kjo86, Mar 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

TastingRoomCharNtony, Jan 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

johnbosma, Apr 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

ssjkyle, Jul 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Nate_M, Jul 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

boku56, Nov 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

KC9LDB, Apr 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

greenbeer29, Apr 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Lagerquestrian, Jan 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

creez, May 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

a6ladd, Oct 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

twinsfan86, Oct 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

MaddDogg84, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of mjurney
4.48/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

mjurney, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of Gatch
4.48/5  rDev +24.8%
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!

Gatch, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of mathmalicious
4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

mathmalicious, May 28, 2014
Photo of BierStein711
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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.

BierStein711, May 20, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
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

M_C_Hampton, Nov 07, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

rfbenavi80, Apr 18, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Megahertz, Mar 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

markallmon, Nov 04, 2012
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 1,185 ratings.