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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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Shift Pale LagerShift Pale Lager

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1,164 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,164
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 32
Gots: 78 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

11-22-2012 18:45:34 | More by Chieftog
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

06-20-2013 21:56:19 | More by nickfl
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

08-02-2014 02:39:35 | More by MaxPowers
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

08-01-2012 04:13:36 | More by KVNBGRY
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

07-14-2013 18:09:54 | More by BeerOps
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

06-16-2012 23:23:34 | More by tripledbrew
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

04-15-2014 01:23:00 | More by AaronOp
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

04-14-2012 16:59:46 | More by rowmine
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

03-31-2013 22:04:00 | More by fastrodney
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

06-08-2012 19:36:21 | More by KimenTshom
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

06-21-2012 01:40:37 | More by dmadsen
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

06-20-2012 23:45:58 | More by ButtomsUp
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

05-23-2013 01:05:36 | More by Dpayne
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3.78/5  rDev +5%

Pours a bright golden color with a quick flourish of white head that settles down prety quickly. NIce, clean aroma of bready malt and piney hops. Crisp, clean taste that's malt-forward and accented with some distinct lager yeast. Finish is a little tart and pleasantly bitter. I'll probably drink more than a few of these this summer.

04-29-2012 04:23:32 | More by ElGordo
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3.78/5  rDev +5%

Clear Golden colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smell is cracker malt with some scorched sugars in there. Strong noble hop scent spicy and soapy. Distinct odor of peach in this.

Starts out slightly malty with a herbal hop after taste. Hop asserts it authority but not in a harsh way. Slight peach flavor. Herbal funk with a slight burned sugar taste.

Mouthfeel is good and full for a lager.

Overall a good lager. It does have that New Belgium signature burnt sugar trace in it.

04-08-2012 02:01:44 | More by Zorro
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3.78/5  rDev +5%

Poured from a tallboy can into a proper pint glass.. you know, one that's actually pint sized.

Pours a golden yellow with minimal head, but decent lacing.

In the nose one can detect traditional pale malts ( biscuity, sugary, bready) and a slight floral hint.

This beer tastes about the same. Pretty average I suppose for a pale lager, i'm just glad this style is making a name for itself. Compared to other lagers, this brew is a bit hoppier. It's a good thing too.

12-11-2012 04:29:53 | More by acelin
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3.78/5  rDev +5%

Starting to dig the concept of good beer in a can. Another one courtesy of newman. Only negative is I can't reuse the container for homebrew.

App - Beautiful golden color, fairly pale. Brilliantly clear - must be filtered. Poured a nice white head with some creaminess and retention.

Smell - bit of a DMS/corn aroma typical of lagers, maybe a bit of hop, but otherwise fairly clean after the initial venting.

Taste - Very fleeting initial malt sweetness, then a whole lot of hoppiness. Hops have more of a citrus, APA/IPA kind of vibe than a noble hop vibe. Some fruitiness that hopefully is hop related, and not esters. Assertively but not overpoweringly bitter in the finish.

Medium body and med-high carbonation. No astringency or warming - MF feels right for a spritzy lager.

Not the cleanest and most refined of lagers, but definitely a lot of flavor in a refreshing beer. Slightly disappointed I just have the one can of this one - would be curious to see how it strikes me on another day.

06-14-2014 00:37:56 | More by mpyle
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3.8/5  rDev +5.6%

Golden in color with a white head. Nice clean lager aroma with floral hop notes and a hint of citrus. A bit of yeast and bread, maybe a touch of biscuit in there, too. Flavor is somewhat sweet with a touch of hop bitterness. Good floral notes, light citrus, and a bit of grass. Mild yeast and esters. Well done lager.

07-30-2012 22:51:47 | More by womencantsail
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3.8/5  rDev +5.6%

Appearance: Gold. Clear gold. Head is bright-white and drops to a spotty cap in short order. Some nice notches of lacing. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Slight grass. Earthy. Some lingering citrus. Pale malts. Crackers. Straw and a tiny hint of raw honeycomb. Bread crust. Mildly floral. Underlying spiciness.

Taste: Earthy and herbal with a nice bright, mellow fruit flavor. Something akin to apples with a brighter fruit in the back. Crackers and bread crust. Pale malts. Mild, and I mean very mild, roasted element. A touch of husk and grass. A mild spiciness on the back that gets all tied up with the herbal thing.

Mouthfeel: Clean, crisp, and just this side of light. Mild creaminess with a bubbly, yet moderate, carbonation. Touch dry on the finish.

Overall: A solid drinking lager. It has enough flavor to be interesting. It has the same drinkability as every standard beer from New Belgium, which is to say, a lot. Clean and refreshing.

08-09-2012 19:54:54 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +5.6%

clear golden yellow with 1/8" of white head, excellent acing. smells of honey, lemongrass, bread. tastes slightly bitter from hops with a bready backbone.. tastes more like an american pale ale than a lager, which is a GREAT thing in my book. a very refreshing beer, light bodied, thirst quenching with a dry finish. this is an excellent session beer. unfortunately for me i only received one can through a trade, but if i had this available, i think this would be a go to for session drinking. it's light tasting with a moderate abv, refreshing for a hot summer day (or when you wake up in the middle of the night, such as now, with a dry mouth). it's just overall a nice session beer.

04-28-2012 06:19:12 | More by facundoCNB
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3.83/5  rDev +6.4%

Appearance: Really nice golden color with a nice white frothy head and great lacing. The carbonation was excellent and inviting.

Smell: 80 wt gear oil with the smallest touch of floral hop.

Taste: Oily with a really nice, moderate, floral hop taste.

I like this beer a lot, and I love the hops, but I sure feel like I'm drinking a beer with a couple drops of car oil in the glass.

04-19-2012 22:26:01 | More by donmonkey1
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3.83/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a willi tumbler

Appearance: White head with large bubbles. Good lacing for such a light beer. Very clear but a nice golden yellow.

Smell: Citrus-hoppy and sweet malt makes it a bit bready.

Taste: Sweet malt flavor to begin with and slowly shifts to a more central hop flavor as it warms up.

Mouthfeel: Very thin and drinkable. Crisp finish thats very refreshing.

Overall: I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I was expecting a slightly varied lager that still fell flat but got a unique beer that's well worth the price!

10-17-2012 05:05:59 | More by Papabear55
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3.84/5  rDev +6.7%

08-22-2014 01:09:01 | More by Dshiznit321
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3.84/5  rDev +6.7%

A vigorous pour into my Gulden Draak tulip produces a three finger thick, just barely off-white colored head. The beer is a bright, gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, pale gold / yellow hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of dried hay-like grain, sweet pale malt (with touches of honey-like grain), and a supporting, but increasingly noticeable tropical fruitiness that smells like a mix of orange-scented grapes, lychee, guava, pineapple and bright fruit blossoms. After a short bit a more herbal character starts to become noticeable; slight dank, not really pine, though not full blown marijuana character either.

Dry seeming, but somehow has a sweetness to it that is accentuated by the tropical & ripe citrus hop character. There is a nice pale malt middle to this beer that contributes more body than one might expect from something labeled a Pale Lager; a touch of malt viscosity is here, but ultimately this is a very quaffable beer. Cracker like malt notes are noticeable from beginning to end, but are on the soft side of things. There is also a dried hay, almost dried grassy like note to this beer and the pale malt has a honey like character that is accentuated by the fruity hop notes.

This is a subtle beer all around. I drank it on the warm side of cool, which seems to have brought out a lot of the flavors & I find that I am quite enjoying this beer. We’ll see how I like it at a bit cooler of a temperature (around 50°F) tomorrow. The hop character, while not over the top, has that raw & fruity hop character that at a much larger amplitude would be appropriated for a hoppy Pale Ale or IPA. Much better than I expected.

At cooler temperatures the bright, tropical fruit notes fade a bit and this becomes more herbaceous and green in its hop character, but that Sauvignon Blanc like grape character also starts to come out, which wasn’t noticeable previously. I definitely like this on the warm side of cool 55°F or a bit warmer is better for this particular beer; this is certainly a bit atypical for a lager.

09-30-2013 02:44:07 | More by Gueuzedude
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South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%

Really enjoyed this one out of the 4 pack of cans. Can't review the appearance; drank it straight from the can. Like all NB beers, this one is just solid. Easy to drink with a surprisingly complex taste.

This was my first experience with a pale lager, and it's the first I've heard of one. This was a strong mix of the best of the hoppy bitterness of a pale ale and the smoothness of a lager. I was impressed.

My only complaint is that the cans looked a lot like Red Bull.

12-23-2012 03:04:09 | More by RedMosquito1
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
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