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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
82
good

1,134 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,134
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 32
Gots: 59 | 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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jmccraney

Washington

1/5  rDev -72.2%

03-24-2013 04:33:53 | More by jmccraney
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dgrauwiler

Texas

1/5  rDev -72.2%

11-16-2012 03:19:30 | More by dgrauwiler
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LeapintoBeer


1/5  rDev -72.2%

10-01-2012 16:56:34 | More by LeapintoBeer
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ajzy

Wisconsin

1/5  rDev -72.2%

06-01-2013 14:44:33 | More by ajzy
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1/5  rDev -72.2%

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hiphopj5

Colorado

1.25/5  rDev -65.3%

06-19-2012 21:01:10 | More by hiphopj5
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harrylee773

Illinois

1.5/5  rDev -58.3%

04-08-2012 18:49:21 | More by harrylee773
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21Maestro8

Virginia

1.75/5  rDev -51.4%

04-13-2014 20:51:46 | More by 21Maestro8
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Beaver13

Colorado

1.95/5  rDev -45.8%
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.

Serving type: can

05-03-2012 04:21:56 | More by Beaver13
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javlin624

Texas

2/5  rDev -44.4%

03-05-2014 19:32:50 | More by javlin624
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Travisnin

Idaho

2/5  rDev -44.4%

09-13-2012 05:57:23 | More by Travisnin
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jonathaniler

Florida

2/5  rDev -44.4%

09-01-2013 01:16:54 | More by jonathaniler
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biscuitroller

Tennessee

2/5  rDev -44.4%

10-19-2012 15:32:47 | More by biscuitroller
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MumboJumbo

Colorado

2/5  rDev -44.4%

05-29-2012 23:04:47 | More by MumboJumbo
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ezapiler

Colorado

2/5  rDev -44.4%

10-01-2012 18:08:31 | More by ezapiler
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TargaFlorio

Indiana

2/5  rDev -44.4%

06-17-2013 23:58:08 | More by TargaFlorio
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EddieJoe

Illinois

2/5  rDev -44.4%

05-11-2012 03:37:47 | More by EddieJoe
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Chucker17

South Dakota

2/5  rDev -44.4%

10-12-2012 20:17:15 | More by Chucker17
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Foyle

Wyoming

2.03/5  rDev -43.6%
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.

Serving type: can

04-26-2014 22:50:22 | More by Foyle
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homohabilis

Washington

2.1/5  rDev -41.7%
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!

Serving type: can

06-29-2012 05:53:25 | More by homohabilis
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hardy008

Minnesota

2.24/5  rDev -37.8%
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.

Serving type: can

03-13-2013 02:37:07 | More by hardy008
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MenardMa

Connecticut

2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

03-30-2014 16:48:36 | More by MenardMa
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richeddi

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

01-29-2013 18:05:03 | More by richeddi
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chippo33

Vermont

2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

03-13-2013 23:53:39 | More by chippo33
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justinlaz

Arizona

2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

08-25-2012 16:04:44 | More by justinlaz
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Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,134 ratings.