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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

1,170 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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MickeyBeer

Illinois

3.04/5  rDev -15.6%

12 oz can poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a clear golden color with about one finger of frothy white head that dissipates somewhat quickly.

S- Not a very powerful aroma with this beer. I am picking up on a little bit of citrus hops and malt, but neither of them are very prominent. Was hoping for more aroma here.

T- Some hop flavor is present and a little bit of malty sweetness. Somewhat citrusy with lemon flavor that tastes a bit soapy.

M- Mouthfeel is rather light and it has a medium-light amount of carbonation. Pretty easy to drink, but not the tastiest brew I have ever had.

O- This is a decent beer, but I wouldn't seek it out. Nothing about it is particularly special, but it is easy to drink.

08-01-2013 02:37:05 | More by MickeyBeer
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chugalug06

Colorado

3.08/5  rDev -14.4%

Huge white foamy head come from this typically styled NB CAN. Decent outer ring of bubbles surround the foam. Brew is crystal clear orange-yellow. Looks like pretty low carbonation, very little bubbling. Nice lacing, good job NB.

Not too much scent, typical NB; not aggressive. Smells like a Bud Light, wheres the craft? Seriously, are there any Hops in here? Smells like: corn, slight chile, white pepper, biscuts, and bread.

Well carbonated. Very light and session-able. Not too much to report on flavor other then it greatly reminds me of BMC... Tastes a bit like a farm would (corn). Bread-y and biscuit-y.

I think it's safe to say NB came out flat on this over-hyped brew. If they tried to brew a Bud Light clone using a slightly different recipe, well, they succeeded. There is zero complexity to this brew. This brew never quite shifted my gear to become recommendable. It's far from craft and closer to Macro, drinks great from a can and very poor from a glass. Give ME an Avery Joe's!

04-15-2012 04:07:26 | More by chugalug06
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vette2006c5r

South Dakota

3.08/5  rDev -14.4%

Shift pours a dark golden color with a nice large lacing white head. There is a sweet and malty aroma. The taste is also very sweet, malty, and almost has a sugary flavor. Drinkable and has a nice feel, but too sugary. Overall its a very OKAY beer, not horrible but a bit too sugary.

08-10-2013 01:53:14 | More by vette2006c5r
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nimrod979

Maryland

3.15/5  rDev -12.5%

16oz tall boy poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Perfectly clear straw yellow. Two finger white head fades to a small film. Hint of lacing where the head sat but nothing sticks as you drink it.

Aroma is hay and grassy hops. Biscuity and Pilsener type malts.

Taste - You get that same pilsener and biscuit malt flavor. Has that "signature" New Belgium malt profile I detect in many of their beers. Mild grassy hops.

Clean and very drinkable. Moderate carbonation. Finishes quick with mild hop bitterness. A little on the lighter side of medium bodied.

All in all, it's not all that bad. Very sessionable. And for it's style, it's something I'd reach for on a hot day if it were lying around.

04-17-2012 21:21:32 | More by nimrod979
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Apellonious

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -12.5%

16 oz can from the 4 pack.

A - golden orange, clear pour. Two finger fluffy head that dissipates slowly. Lace hangs on the side of the glass.

S -bread, malts, some grain.

T - more of the same. Some back end bitterness.

M - standard for a lager. Has some slight stickieness.

O - not overly plussed with the four pack (lagers need six, don't they?), but it is drinkable, and a step above the macros.

05-04-2012 01:01:12 | More by Apellonious
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PrimeLion

Colorado

3.18/5  rDev -11.7%

I don't have much to say about this one.. Mostly that the taste is a bit metallic ...or something. I don't know, but I'm not all that impressed by this New Belgium. That's not to say its a bad beer or that I would turn one down, but it wouldn't be my first choice for a pale ale.

06-17-2014 05:59:58 | More by PrimeLion
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.19/5  rDev -11.4%

Pours, from a 16oz can, a golden color with crystal clear clarity. Some straw colored hues through out. A soft fizzy head with good retention but didn't last through the tasting.

The nose is a bit non-discript. Some soft pilsner notes but more of a generic malt backing. Some minor esters, peaches and a hint of grape. A light white pepper note but very soft.

The malt comes out more versus the nose but overall very limited. Some minor pils notes but less versus the aroma. More of a malt and bready undertone. A hint of nutty that makes me think biscuit malt. Some zesty, lemon balm and herbal spicy hop note. More estery notes that is a bit much. Rose peddles and a hint of green apple.

The body is light to moderate. Not as crisp as I would have liked. The lingering yeast notes are a bit of a distraction as well. Overall a bit muddled and would like more lager/pils notes and less yeast/esters.

03-06-2013 05:06:32 | More by Oxymoron
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KajII

North Carolina

3.19/5  rDev -11.4%

[Suggested Glassware: Lager Glass]

The pour was a clear pale golden yellow with a small (less than 1 finger) white creamy head that diminished rapidly, leaving behind a thin film and small collar with very good sticky lacing.

The aroma was mild of a light grain malt, floral and grassy hops and a doughy yeast with a note of citrus (lemon and grapefruit) and a light fruity ester (apple and pears).

The taste was lightly bitter and rather grainy with a mild fruitiness from the start, becoming lightly hoppy with a nice grapefruit presence and a bitter lemon peel taste towards the finish. The flavor hung around for a good while following the swallow, with a bold citrus peel bitterness left behind.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a thin dry texture and a lively carbonation.

Overall this brew was a lot better than I expected out of a Pale Lager. It possessed a very nice bold bitterness along with a slight fruity sweetness, which working together created a well balanced and easy to drink brew...

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05-08-2013 18:46:29 | More by KajII
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -11.1%

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Clear light orange color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is about average and a good amount of lacing is left.

3.0 S: Grainy malts. Some neutral sweetness, but overall quite dry. Grassy hops. A bit of dirty diaper, but not in a bad way, but rather from earthy hops. Still, not impressive here.

3.0 T: Taste is much like the nose. Grainy malts, grassy hops, mild earthiness. Lightly sweet. It has a decent amount of grassy and earthy flavors, but not a lot of malt overall. It's a decent brew, but that's all it is.

3.5 M : Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Crisp and clean without a lot of creaminess.

3.5 D: Decent, easy drinking brew, but there are better ones out there.

06-21-2012 03:46:06 | More by DavoleBomb
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -11.1%

interesting looking lager, tan and clear with wisps of orange and gold, nice head and lace.

Smell and taste to me is almost a lager clone of dig. Very earthy, malty, and with more hops than you'd expect in a lager. Mostly it's just earthy though, almost like dirt. Honestly without putting them side by side, I'd swear this is dig.

It's fairly light and certainly flavorful, but I'd have trouble with this as a summer brew. It's too earthy and a bit heavy for a lager.

I'm giving it a mediocre rating because I doubt I'll buy it again.

05-02-2012 00:59:23 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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mjshearer1

Michigan

3.23/5  rDev -10.3%

A: Like a lager should be. Standard gold color, nothing too fancy.

S: Smells like a lager should be as well. If Budweiser got rid of it's stank and actually was brewed with any amount of effort, it'd smell like this.

T: Muted hops, clean finish, refreshing.

M: Light body, lots of carbonation

O: It's a decent brew, certainly one that I'd recommend to someone looking to get their foot in the door of the craft beer world.

01-14-2013 21:53:57 | More by mjshearer1
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JL1

North Dakota

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

02-09-2013 17:33:11 | More by JL1
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hansenme

California

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

07-15-2012 04:58:35 | More by hansenme
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seavercm

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

08-22-2013 15:44:01 | More by seavercm
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qcbrewer

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

07-17-2014 03:01:24 | More by qcbrewer
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zimm421

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

08-05-2013 22:36:19 | More by zimm421
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tarheels4life23

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

06-21-2013 12:32:28 | More by tarheels4life23
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TrojanRB

California

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

12-15-2013 19:04:58 | More by TrojanRB
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g_jenkins

California

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

10-14-2012 23:42:17 | More by g_jenkins
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Cam5sf49

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

04-23-2013 06:11:04 | More by Cam5sf49
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

07-02-2013 01:49:32 | More by Immortale25
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CBlack85

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

01-07-2013 01:21:15 | More by CBlack85
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JDice20

Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

09-10-2013 21:05:02 | More by JDice20
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Xzfgiimtsath

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

05-10-2013 00:46:47 | More by Xzfgiimtsath
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ninaturner

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

08-13-2013 01:50:07 | More by ninaturner
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
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