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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,111 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,111
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 31
Gots: 48 | 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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Ratings: 1,111 | Reviews: 215 | Display Reviews Only:
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Nihilistkid

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

04-26-2013 04:53:45 | More by Nihilistkid
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beerdhabelly

Nebraska

2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

10-26-2012 03:48:13 | More by beerdhabelly
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Azeotrope

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

03-11-2014 03:06:08 | More by Azeotrope
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

07-18-2013 15:16:37 | More by ohtheguilt
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kingmaker

Louisiana

2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

08-11-2013 20:57:45 | More by kingmaker
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Hoganlaw

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

12-11-2013 06:53:37 | More by Hoganlaw
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lucasj82

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

04-28-2013 03:10:00 | More by lucasj82
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dogfish7

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

07-25-2012 00:49:31 | More by dogfish7
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herrburgess

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

08-28-2013 23:30:42 | More by herrburgess
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bmjivi221

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

07-17-2013 05:13:49 | More by bmjivi221
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Guybrush

Tennessee

2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

09-16-2012 00:41:42 | More by Guybrush
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Arsenal0328

Missouri

2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

04-11-2013 01:06:41 | More by Arsenal0328
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yemenmocha

Arizona

2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Starts nice with a good appearance - pale golden, honeyed look, with medium sized white head that laces well. Nose was alright too with some floral citrus, which was a bit surprising for a LAGER. Palate though had some soft malt sweetness, but then also this quasi-ureic quality that was off-putting, but also not clearly a flawed or ruined example (it wasn't lightstruck, infected, etc.). The floral citrus just sort of runs into a urea like flavor that isn't so nice. Finishes semi sweet. Seems ale-like in many ways.

Serving type: can

05-05-2012 00:09:40 | More by yemenmocha
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tectactoe

Michigan

2.81/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 16-oz can into a pilsner glass. Pours a golden-straw color, lots of clarity with a very, very, very slight bit of hazy. Steady stream of carbonation bubbles rising to the top of a relatively thick, ghost-white head that lasts much longer than expected. Nose is very yeast-heavy; bread, biscuits, and wheat are abundant. Deeper down in the aroma I get a bit of corn and mild sweetness. Hops are faintly present, but give way pretty quickly to the rest of the aromas. The taste is pretty basic - reasonable helping of hops up front, somewhat rose-like, mild citrus and pine; bready and malty with a touch of sweetness, and again, a huge dose of corn and wheat from the middle to the finish. Very crisp and clean thanks to the heavy carbonation. Thin-medium body.

I did not enjoy the abundance of corn that I was tasting... it wasn't awful, but it wasn't enjoyable, either. Lackluster beer overall, there are many better pale lagers out there. Hell, I'd probably take a PBR over this. Uninspired and blah.

Serving type: can

11-19-2012 15:48:55 | More by tectactoe
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Murrhey

Montana

2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a pint can into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Poured a two finger creamy white head. Nice and dense, some foamy lacing and nice retention. Extremely pale straw color, near-water clarity.

S- Light bodied malts, Amarillo hops maybe? Straw and sweet smelling grains.

T- Light flavor, strong pale ale taste with a grainy flavor that must be the lager creeping in.

M- Light yet grainy feel. Not the best.

O- Passable, drinkable beer with a nice American Pale Ale sort of taste, with a Lager body. Nothing special though.

Serving type: can

07-21-2012 03:53:24 | More by Murrhey
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz. can poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a golden straw color with brilliant clarity and vibrant carbonation. The head is a three finger eggshell color with thick bubbles and solid retention for a lager. Nice spiderweb lacing is left behind on the glass, while a portion of the head still retains itself away from the glass edges. By lager standards, this one looks damn good.

S: There's a typical snappy grain smell of most lagers, but it's also backed up by strong lemongrass, pineapple, and breadier malt. On the other hand, I'm a little worried how the scent is slightly reminiscient of lemon Pledge.

T: Initially, there's a nicely crisp tartness from the lemony hops, backed up by a vaguely sweet grainy malt note. There's little else to this one other than light grain and tart citrus - even worse, the maltiness doesn't intermingle with the hoppiness as well as it could. Still, it's still an easy drinking, refreshing beer that hits the spot on a hot summer day.

M: Medium bodied with a crisp finishing bite. The lemon hops linger on the palate vaguely, due to its drier texture. Healthy carbonation.

O: Hardly great, but it's a good enough summertime beer nonetheless. As long as you don't go into this one with insane expectations, you'll find that it does its job quite well during this hot time of year.

Serving type: can

05-28-2012 19:42:59 | More by ThisWangsChung
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LXIXME

New Mexico

2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big white head quickly settles into a decent lacing above a clear rich golden colored beer.

Light citrus to piney hops aroma with a little yeast and grass like hints.

A light soapy sour citrus hops with a a little bit of grain in the taste.

A dry aftertaste with a slight bitter almost soapy hops sticking around on the light to medium bodied beer.

This beer starts out looking really good with a very nice light nose and it seems to go down hill some with the taste and aftertaste.

Serving type: can

05-25-2012 23:19:27 | More by LXIXME
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fenlop54

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -16.7%

05-12-2014 20:47:38 | More by fenlop54
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MFauver35

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -16.7%

07-05-2012 20:53:45 | More by MFauver35
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -16.7%

04-14-2012 15:21:07 | More by sgttibbs
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Schlafly33

Missouri

3/5  rDev -16.7%

05-23-2013 12:32:08 | More by Schlafly33
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Shawner

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -16.7%

11-08-2013 19:05:08 | More by Shawner
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mrelizabeth

California

3/5  rDev -16.7%

05-12-2012 20:27:13 | More by mrelizabeth
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TLieu


3/5  rDev -16.7%

12-05-2012 10:18:12 | More by TLieu
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tclipse

Virginia

3/5  rDev -16.7%

04-12-2014 20:56:18 | More by tclipse
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,111 ratings.