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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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Shift Pale LagerShift Pale Lager

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1,249 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,249
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 39
Gots: 102 | 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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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
Photo of M_C_Hampton
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
Photo of rfbenavi80
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 19, 2012
Photo of Megahertz
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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4.28/5  rDev +19.2%

Louiedog2345, Oct 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

markallmon, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Nose: light grain, a hint of sulfur.
Brilliant straw, 2” fluffy bone white foam cap.
Creamy, light bodied, above average carbonation.
Palate: light grains, creamy, slight vegetal, crisp hop finish.
Refreshing with a good balance between the hops and the malts.

pat61, Sep 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

babrett, Aug 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

tina, Sep 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Clockwork12, Feb 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

highdivejon, Jul 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

skm, Dec 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

MynamesRickJames, May 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

lawlerj, May 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

theminutemen, Jun 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Beerislivingproof, Jun 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

getbehindthemule, Oct 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

mdg59, Jul 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Lewis, Jul 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

ToMakeEndsMeet, Aug 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

pathman, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of CHickman
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review from 7/11/12: pours hazy gold color with a ton of bubbles racing up the middle and a 2 finger foamy snow white head that faded slowly and left great foamy lacing clinging to the sides.

Smells of sweet malt, orange peel, lemon zest, caramel, brown sugar, grains and spices like cinnamon and coriander. Spicy and floral, the nose is sweet, airy and quite enjoyable.

Tastes of sweet malt, orange peel, lemon zest, citrus hops, caramel, brown sugar, grains, yeast, grass, pepper and other spices like cinnamon and coriander. Sweet overall with nice citrus and malty flavors complimenting each other.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth and almost watery, with a light body, light zesty carbonation, and high drinkability. A definite session beer, this was light, refreshing, flavorful and very enjoyable.

Shift was great out of the can and in a glass, and the name is quite fitting as this is a perfect quenching beer to throw down after any shift. Outstanding drinkability, I could drink this on a regular basis and always be happy.

CHickman, Oct 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

dbell23, Apr 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

nosavingsaccount, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of swh89
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

swh89, Jul 26, 2014
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,249 ratings.