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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,170 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,170
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 32
Gots: 77 | 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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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%

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
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homohabilis

Washington

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
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jvodom

Maryland

2.2/5  rDev -38.9%

08-25-2014 13:33:46 | More by jvodom
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hardy008

Minnesota

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
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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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AMCimpi

New York

2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

07-22-2014 15:10:28 | More by AMCimpi
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Lob

North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

04-09-2012 12:57:34 | More by Lob
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sommersb

Tennessee

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
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Philousa

California

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
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crwrunner

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

08-18-2012 12:03:36 | More by crwrunner
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mwbrady12

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

07-28-2013 23:31:55 | More by mwbrady12
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BillyTWilliams

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

05-26-2012 13:33:29 | More by BillyTWilliams
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beerbtl

California

2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

06-28-2013 01:03:36 | More by beerbtl
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Hellpop65

Kansas

2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

09-23-2012 20:22:33 | More by Hellpop65
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
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