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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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Shift Pale LagerShift Pale Lager

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1,133 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,133
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 31
Gots: 58 | 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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New York

4/5  rDev +11.1%

02-27-2014 03:10:53 | More by GFD400
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +11.1%

02-25-2014 22:23:12 | More by schnarr84
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Alberta (Canada)

3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz glass at Craft Beer Market - I somehow missed out on grabbing a can of this at the New Belgium Denver Beer Week event last fall - oh well, now they've come to Alberta.

This beer appears a clear, pale golden amber hue, with a thin cap of weakly foamy and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some bleeding striated lace around the glass as things fall away.

It smells of lightly bready pale malt, a faint caramel sweetness, middling citrus and drupe fruit, earthy yeast, and soft leafy, earthy hops. The taste is semi-sweet pale malt, some grainy caramel, white wine, tame melon, fruity yeast esters, and floral, weedy hops.

The bubbles are fairly low-key, but supportive enough, the body an adequate medium weight, and generally smooth, with a mild tackiness. It finishes off-dry, the bready pale malt and floral, leafy hops squaring off for redemption.

A rather good amalgam of styles, very altbier-esque. Fruity, vinous, and pretty enjoyable - I hope to see the canned version available up here by summertime!

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2014 00:55:59 | More by biboergosum
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

02-22-2014 22:53:02 | More by appetiteforparis
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West Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Copper tan/ruby brown with a foamy 1 inch head, plenty of lacing.

Smell - Sweet citric hops, pale malts, added sugars, a little caramel malt note near the finish.

Taste - A nice mix of sweet hops and pale malts. Plenty of orange, peach and pineapple in each sip. Sweet and fruity with a slight pale caramel malt flavor near the finish. Some spices provide a grainy flavor.

Mouthfeel - Fruity citric hops coat the tongue with sweetness. Palate gets pale malts and spices. Aftertaste is crisp, a little biscuity and grainy.

Overall - Decent beer, has a nice sweet citric flavor mixed in with pale malts. I guess the only knock about the beer is none of the flavors jump out at you, and you are left feeling a little unsatisfied. Great price, and its in cans, so its worth a drink for sure.

Serving type: can

02-19-2014 21:21:46 | More by wvsabbath
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

02-18-2014 21:13:59 | More by RCLOHR267
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

02-18-2014 19:12:23 | More by Skunkdrool
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

02-18-2014 18:34:57 | More by misscritta
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4.5/5  rDev +25%

02-18-2014 01:49:43 | More by Fargrow
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West Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pale golden fresh cut hay with a bit of an orange copper glow, brilliant white head forms thick and fills the chalice with love. Aromatics offer up biscuit malt, mild grassy citric notes crisp blend of malts, hops, water...almost a pungent tartness in the nose. Flavor perfectly complex drinking lager, all malted barley goes along way with flavor...biscuit malts bring a bready resilience with the herbal/mineral/citric notes coming from the hops very clean snappy finish. Those hops stick around more than the average end of shift lager that this country knows all too well. I saw it labeled for 16.99 a 12 pack, which I didn't jump on however I did grab about four cans for $1.69 just enough to wet the whistle. Crisp even carbonation perfect mouthfeel semi dry finish linger hops accent the breadiness perfectly it's a true American Lager thank heavens for New Belgium. Overall I will definitely grab more of this class expression of true drinking beer.

Serving type: can

02-15-2014 20:19:42 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

02-14-2014 07:33:38 | More by SenorEsteban
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

02-14-2014 01:27:12 | More by jeffwright
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

02-12-2014 21:15:57 | More by mike_dawson
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

02-03-2014 13:56:47 | More by psoriasaurus
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

01-31-2014 04:20:05 | More by GratefulEdd
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a shaker pint. A half-way aggressive pour produces about 1.5 inches of billowy, frothy head of a snow white color. The head remains billowy for awhile and sticks pretty well. The beer is a moderately pale straw color with a reddish tinge and ample carbonation.

Plenty of grassy hops on the nose along with sweet malt and maybe a hint of corn (?). Also, a distinct fruity aroma on both the nose and palate, rather like a peach or apricot. Lingering hop bitterness on the tongue, along with some residual sweetness. Decent mouth feel and full body for the style.

This is one of the better offerings from this brewery, at least that make it to my area. I can't do their "Flat Tire"- too sweet, too "Beech Nut" tobacco-y, and too biscuit-y, and could really use some hops. This provides one reason why most of my ratings are on the high side- I don't like to drink beer that I don't like! Cheers, fellow imbibers! :)

Serving type: can

01-30-2014 02:29:10 | More by archyquaffer
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

01-28-2014 01:52:44 | More by AndersonGT
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

01-26-2014 06:39:40 | More by BARFLYB
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-25-2014 15:13:31 | More by Petey_the_Quiet
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

01-22-2014 02:09:23 | More by kvgomps
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

01-21-2014 15:29:33 | More by Rmbr2
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

01-20-2014 09:49:40 | More by cgrz
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-18-2014 00:11:03 | More by StArnoldFan
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3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Poured a very light amber with a substantial white head.

S: Smelled of citris hops, grass and grain. A bit malty as well.

T: Citrus hops, grass and grain much like the smell but also very grapefruity.

M: Nice balanced mouthfeel. Not watery or slick but very smooth with light carbonation.

O: Overall a really nice lager especially to be had at the end of a long day :)

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 07:43:08 | More by kaplunk02
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

01-15-2014 05:13:43 | More by mattmarka1
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
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