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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,221 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,221
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 36
Gots: 89 | 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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Photo of CloudStrife
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a 16oz nonic pint glass. Best by 30 Dec 12.

A: Pours a clear golden hue with a 1 finger white head. Average amount of visible carbonation. Head settles to a thin film. Leaves a little lacing on the glass.

S: Malty lagery aroma that is pleasant. A fresh hop in the background. Cracker and breadiness.

T: Leads with some biscuity malt, followed by an earthy hop overtone and a sweet fruity finish. Nice hop touch.

M: Light to medium body with average carbonation and a clean finish. Good for a session.

Overall a tasty, easy drinking lager that can be enjoyed by anyone who likes beer.

CloudStrife, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of secondtooth
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This nicely clean amber lager pours with a massive head, and splendid, intricate, and finely-detailed lace.

Nose is malty but with an obvious hoppy citrus touch. Very nice.

Taste is light on the palate up front, but full of hopped-up citrus notes upon finish. Drinks much like a pale ale, and a solid one at that. I would buy this regularly if the price wasn't so prohibitive ($9 for 4 pint cans).

secondtooth, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of wedge
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold, topped by an airy, yet persistent white head. Grassy, herbal hops are first to the nose...soft, warm, bready grain and some dankness. Crisp spicy hop flavor with mild citrus, clean lager yeast, and dry, almost biscuity malt. There's a nice leafy/oily hop note tying it all together nicely. Medium-light in the mouth - crisp and tidy. They were going for a quality, refreshing, general-purpose lager, and I think they succeeded. I could down a few of these, but the price is a little high from what I've seen.

wedge, May 05, 2012
Photo of cyclonece09
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can, from a beer of the the month six pack from Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, Virginia, poured into a pint glass. Pours a real nice straw color with a nice white head that dissipates quickly, but leaves nice lacing. Smells of great sweet grain, and a little floral hop smell. Tastes of sweet grain, but unlike most pale lagers, has a nice hop bite. Beer goes down real smooth for this light bodied beer. Overall, a very good beer.

cyclonece09, May 13, 2012
Photo of sicilian
4/5  rDev +11.4%

sicilian, Jul 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

warnerry, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of lionnusmb
4/5  rDev +11.4%

lionnusmb, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of resin and orange citrus from the hops, as well as some biscuit. The flavor also has a good amount of bitterness. I get some lightly toasted malt, as well as some pine, resin and orange citrus. There is also some biscuit malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of briandaube
4/5  rDev +11.4%

briandaube, May 21, 2014
Photo of Hopinho
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Hopinho, Jul 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

wo87810, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of JohnLynch
4/5  rDev +11.4%

JohnLynch, May 05, 2012
Photo of Rms444
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Rms444, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of weonfire
4/5  rDev +11.4%

weonfire, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of KingEdward
4/5  rDev +11.4%

KingEdward, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of bexley10
4/5  rDev +11.4%

bexley10, Mar 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

mjkingman, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of beerbrains
4/5  rDev +11.4%

beerbrains, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of dmorley21
4/5  rDev +11.4%

dmorley21, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of Beezee
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Beezee, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear, see-through, gold with a mountain of dense, white, foamy head with great retention

S - light, bready malt; herbal, spicy; great hop character

T - toasted malts, faint bread, herbal hops, a hint of onions, little lager yeast, a slight spicy hop finish

M - light bodied, smooth, crisp, well carbonated

This is a really solid pale lager. It has a great hop character and great balance and flavor for the style. This would be a great trade off for the usual BMC drinker.

tdm168, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of Cooper
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Cooper, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of dbossman
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale, light copper hue with a really big 3-inch frothy and bubbly head

S: Nice combination of floral and citrus hops--even some weed and musty grass; sweet bready grains; this smells so good--I'm excited to dive into a a lager

T: Nicely bittered up front and though the sweet bready malts balance things out this stays nicely bitter and hoppy; grainy, weed, breads, citrus, mmm

F: Medium body and sticky and oily and really balanced mouth feel

O: This is such a good, drinkable, thirst-quenching lager--I'll sign up for the double shift

dbossman, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of dannydetox
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

shift is, as i reckon it was intended to be, a session beer when you want something simple, yet interesting that you can consume multiple rounds without feeling too full or too buzzed. pours a golden yellow lager color, but leaves rings of suds on the side of the glass unlike the typical american macros. the aromas are my favorite part: chardonnay-like tropical fruit from the nelson(?) hops with notes of lemon peel. maybe a bit of crystal malt in the back. i get more mango as the beer slides over the palate. the drawback? a very thin mouthfeel gives this beer a watery feeling. still, i like it and would definitely bring this one along to a cans only venue or a hiking trip. added bonus - the blue and silver can looks mighty close to a red bull can. this might make for a good street sipper or road beer.

dannydetox, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of trocketsauced
4/5  rDev +11.4%

trocketsauced, May 13, 2014
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 1,221 ratings.