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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,164 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,164
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 32
Gots: 78 | 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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benjiski

Kansas

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

Had on can at the Burger Stand.

A- light in color as is expected. Pale golden color with modest carbonation.

S- definitely has a larger than expected hops character, although not out of balance at all. Maltiness comes through after the brief hop smell.

T- hops disappear quickly and the maltiness takes over almost completely.

M- smooth and definitely easy to pair with a variety of foods. nothing out of whack just not super exciting.

O- overall quite a nice beer. reminds me of most other New Belgium brews, i.e. better than average but nothing world class. quite a sessionable beer (16 oz.) although i don't understand tall cans. i would rather have two 12 oz cans. i like that the brew is 5%abv though. hops were nice but not present enough for my liking. probably won't be returning to this beer unless offered for free as i feel that it is somewhat easy to forget. i also don't like the serving type.

03-27-2012 06:53:48 | More by benjiski
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zachary80

Indiana

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

16oz can poured into a pint. 02 Sep 12

Golden body with a slight amber hint. Large creamy white head, average retention, thick lacing.

Aroma is similar to a brown or amber, more malt than hop character.

Flavor is almost all malt, there is a somewhat bitter finish for a lager but the hops aren't prominent.

Smooth body, a little heavier than expected.

Overall the beer is better than average but not great. A little heavier than expected but nothing that makes it exceptional.

03-31-2012 00:11:25 | More by zachary80
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

Tallboy poured into a pint glass

A- Clear golden yellow with a rather lare 3 finger whitish head. Really nice lacing

S- Very crisp and grainy. A slight bitterness but an underwhelming hop profile, some pine and light citrus. A light sugary sweetness.

T- Very grainy tasting, a bit of light malt and along with some sugary flavors. Hop profile is again, underwhelming but has a bit of pine and citrus with it. Tastes fresh and clean.

M- Fairly light, both body and taste but this is a refreshing beer. Light character but leaves behind a heavy, dry and sticky aftertaste.

O- This beer isnt bad, its just a little disappointing. Miles ahead of other american adjunct lagers but behind most craft beer and and I would expect something a bit more from New Belgium. Having said that, it is a session-able beer and its good at being just that.

05-18-2012 22:23:50 | More by TwelveOunces
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

16 oz can, best by October of 2012. It was poured into my Firestone Walker tulip.

Shift Pale Lager pours a crystal clear orange, with some tangerine and lemon highlights coming through. There's a little more than a finger of white foam, with decent head retention and lacing for the style. The nose is a bit on the dull side, but there is some soft grainy sweetness apparent, along with a light aroma of melon from the Nelson Sauvin hops. The flavor starts of similarly, with lightly bready malt notes. The bitterness that flows through next is perceptible, but just barely. Again, the fruity melon finish is very mild. The craft beer hophead in me wishes is was a bit more "in your face", but as is it works decently as part of an easy drinking lager. The body has just a little bit of sturdyness to it, and the carbonation is pleasantly active. The overall impression of the mouthfeel is definitely very crisp. I was really excited to try Shift Pale Lager because I'm a big fan of Nelson Sauvin hops. Having only had them in hop forward IPAs before, I think my expectation of how hoppy this beer would be could have been a little more tempered. A solid warm weather sessionable beer from New Belgium.

07-09-2012 23:16:22 | More by axeman9182
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marzenfannm

New Mexico

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

Unremarkable but pleasant enough aroma. Gorgeous, classic head with considerable staying power. Blond appearance belies a tasty beer. Medium body with clean finish.

[I am copying these notes over from RateBeer ... it does not require as long of review. I tasted this some time ago so I can't add anything.]

03-31-2014 02:34:32 | More by marzenfannm
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Copper tan/ruby brown with a foamy 1 inch head, plenty of lacing.

Smell - Sweet citric hops, pale malts, added sugars, a little caramel malt note near the finish.

Taste - A nice mix of sweet hops and pale malts. Plenty of orange, peach and pineapple in each sip. Sweet and fruity with a slight pale caramel malt flavor near the finish. Some spices provide a grainy flavor.

Mouthfeel - Fruity citric hops coat the tongue with sweetness. Palate gets pale malts and spices. Aftertaste is crisp, a little biscuity and grainy.

Overall - Decent beer, has a nice sweet citric flavor mixed in with pale malts. I guess the only knock about the beer is none of the flavors jump out at you, and you are left feeling a little unsatisfied. Great price, and its in cans, so its worth a drink for sure.

02-19-2014 21:21:46 | More by wvsabbath
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oberon

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured into a pilsner a clear medium golden with a a thinner white head that didi leave a few broken rings of lace as it settled.Caramel sweetness,lightly toasted grain,and a decent shot of herbal hops in the back end.Caramel induced sweetness upfront on the palate with mild grainy notes,and again a shot of herbal/leafy hops in the finish.It's not a clean lager it's actually a little sweet but the hop profile is nice,above average but not great.

04-11-2012 19:30:47 | More by oberon
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mojohawk21

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-04-2014 02:42:04 | More by mojohawk21
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

03-19-2014 23:14:15 | More by DaftPatrick
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NOLTERN

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

11-19-2013 21:09:03 | More by NOLTERN
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mrw1zard

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

07-29-2013 14:57:17 | More by mrw1zard
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Mantooth

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

09-08-2013 14:53:36 | More by Mantooth
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

08-10-2014 15:40:23 | More by Cynic-ale
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Isotope

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-23-2013 02:23:16 | More by Isotope
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vvill

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

07-01-2012 15:04:48 | More by vvill
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dsauter

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

08-06-2013 01:27:16 | More by dsauter
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bdtva

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

03-06-2013 17:19:49 | More by bdtva
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robthepenguin

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

10-10-2012 00:36:52 | More by robthepenguin
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ste5venla

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

10-31-2012 19:44:57 | More by ste5venla
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jkroese

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

11-06-2013 02:23:18 | More by jkroese
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pastramionrye7

Germany

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

09-02-2013 00:02:13 | More by pastramionrye7
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avisong

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

08-05-2012 23:51:06 | More by avisong
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barongearmu

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

07-02-2013 23:16:26 | More by barongearmu
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TP_43

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

06-13-2014 14:14:17 | More by TP_43
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Hardcore

Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-04-2014 08:04:06 | More by Hardcore
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,164 ratings.