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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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Shift Pale LagerShift Pale Lager

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,219 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,219
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 36
Gots: 89 | 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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1/5  rDev -72.1%

jmccraney, Mar 24, 2013
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1/5  rDev -72.1%

dgrauwiler, Nov 16, 2012
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1/5  rDev -72.1%

LeapintoBeer, Oct 01, 2012
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1/5  rDev -72.1%

ajzy, Jun 01, 2013
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1/5  rDev -72.1%

hbrodgers, Sep 08, 2014
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1/5  rDev -72.1%

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1.25/5  rDev -65.2%

hiphopj5, Jun 19, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -58.2%

harrylee773, Apr 08, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -51.3%

21Maestro8, Apr 13, 2014
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1.95/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

16oz can. Pours clear light gold with a medium frothy white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet husky wheaty malts with some vegetal notes and a little stinkiness.

The flavor is earthy, grainy, biscuity malts and some sweetness with some herbal bitterness in the finish. Kind of reminds me of a cream ale. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, better than macro lagers but not my thing. Vegetal notes, too much biscuit malt with earthy notes.

Beaver13, May 03, 2012
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2/5  rDev -44.3%

javlin624, Mar 05, 2014
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2/5  rDev -44.3%

Travisnin, Sep 13, 2012
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2/5  rDev -44.3%

jonathaniler, Sep 01, 2013
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2/5  rDev -44.3%

biscuitroller, Oct 19, 2012
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2/5  rDev -44.3%

MumboJumbo, May 30, 2012
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2/5  rDev -44.3%

ezapiler, Oct 01, 2012
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2/5  rDev -44.3%

TargaFlorio, Jun 18, 2013
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2/5  rDev -44.3%

EddieJoe, May 11, 2012
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2/5  rDev -44.3%

Chucker17, Oct 12, 2012
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2.03/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: significant 3” head that settles slowly leaving lots of lacing. Dark straw color and clear. Significant carbonation.
Aroma: piney and citrus hops, toasted grains, bread.
Mouthfeel: light (though not as light as macro lagers). Slightly sticky with a dry finish.
Flavor: Bitter hops dominate. There is some sweet malt in the start and middle but the bitterness dominates the flavor throughout the taste. It also lingers in an unpleasant way (like when you eat something bitter and want to get the flavor out of your mouth).
Overall: Disappointed. There are many better lagers available at much lower prices.

Foyle, Apr 26, 2014
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2.1/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

First off, what the fuck is a pale lager? Sounds like some suspect bullshit to me. Like they didn't want to commit to either pale ale OR lager. I guess the focus groups must have eaten it right up though.
Regardless, this stuff tastes like fat tire mixed with water. Same dirty, decaying hop taste without all the malt backbone.
I drank all four of these bastards today just to get them out of my house and I just got angrier with each one that went down the hatch.
Shoulda saved myself three dollars and got PBR instead. Woulda got two more to boot!

homohabilis, Jun 29, 2012
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2.2/5  rDev -38.7%

jvodom, Aug 25, 2014
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2.24/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Clear gold with a 1 finger white head with decent retention and spotty lacing. The aroma has grassy and floral hops with some lemon. Also has biscuit malt.

Tastes just like it smells with lemon. floral, and grassy hops, with biscuit malt. Very underwhelming. Not a good combination of flavors in my opinion.

Light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Has an unpleasant aftertaste. I'm glad I only picked up one of these. Not a fan, and I won't be trying this again.

hardy008, Mar 13, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

MenardMa, Mar 30, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

richeddi, Jan 29, 2013
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Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 1,219 ratings.