Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing
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2.03/5 rDev -43.6%
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.
04-26-2014 22:50:22 | More by Foyle
2.1/5 rDev -41.7%
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!
06-29-2012 05:53:25 | More by homohabilis
2.24/5 rDev -37.8%
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.
03-13-2013 02:37:07 | More by hardy008
2.35/5 rDev -34.7%
Tasted On: 04-06-2012
Freshness: Best by 09-09-12
Packaging: 16 oz. can
Glassware: New Belgium globe
Purchased: 4-pack from Midtown, Nashville
A: Clear, dark golden color, with a white head of 2 fingers. Very good lacing and good head retention.
S: Floral and grassy hop aromas, plus some sort of unpleasant vegetable odor.
T: Low bitterness, but the taste is marred by the same vegetable or skunked element as noted in the smell. Seems to be less evident as the beer warms up, thankfully.
M: Medium bodied with hi carbonation. The aftertastes are moderately bitter but also have the off-flavors present.
O: I was looking forward to trying this beer, but now I regret that I have 3 more in the fridge. I can't recommend this one.
04-07-2012 03:56:05 | More by sommersb
2.48/5 rDev -31.1%
Great clarity in this light copper colored beer with a metallic sheet. Head is barely there, but some does stick to the glass. Pale malt, possibly 2 row, but I would guess there isn't much pils malt in this. Some sweetness to it, not much hops in the nose. Taste takes a while to get going. Watery without much flavor, then slightly sweet pale malt and lingering bitterness that isn't very abrasive. Super drinkable, but not watery at all. Has substance. Balanced finish.
This would be good after a long ride or run, but without much flavor, I would reach for something else most of the time.
05-30-2012 04:16:48 | More by Philousa
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,170 ratings.