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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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1,223 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,223
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 36
Gots: 90 | 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 +4.5%

Eddsdds, Jan 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Brian15, Dec 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Nizzle913, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of bnes09
4.83/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful golden copper color with excellent clarity and large visible bubbles. Big head on the pour and coats the glass in creamy lacing.

Fresh aroma of pine needles, spinach leaves, herbs and flowers.

Solid malt backbone of mild wheat and rye. Spice hop character follows the aroma. Exceptional balance.

Light to medium body and ample carbonation brings the flavors to life.

I love seeing breweries come out with a fresh, flavorful lager for a change. Lots of malt character in this one adds heart to the brew. Tasty, refreshing and highly sessionable.

bnes09, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of imthaschmidt
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my go to beers

Pours light, with a great head and leave lace down the side of your glass.

The taste is exactly how it looks, light, crisp, and hoppy. Though it seems to be a bit sweeter than most hopped up beers. not as bitter of an aftertaste

The smell is hoppy

A clean taste in your mouth , doesnt leave a bitter aftertaste on the tongue

New Belgium does it again!

Comes in a pack of 4 cans

imthaschmidt, Dec 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

NickThePyro, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of JVoyager
4/5  rDev +11.4%

JVoyager, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of RedMosquito1
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

RedMosquito1, Dec 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Mattbrew_Nelson, Dec 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

mcaulifww, Dec 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Jellopants356, Dec 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

grahamboudreaux, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of DeanMoriarty
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4-pack of tall cans from Sunshine Liquor in Ocean Beach...can't remember the price -drank it straight from the can (as one should).

A: Being that I did drink straight from the can - I'll average the score based on its other aspects.

S: Very traditional pale lager malt smell right off the bat - grainy, bready and slightly sweet. Faint hit of orange blossom and earthy hop in there too.

T: Taste is pretty much on point with the nose - the hop is cranked up a bit though, especially in comparison to many others within the same genre - hop goes for a while - very nice!

M: Light-bodied but on the verge of medium, crisp and well carbonated, goes down smooth and finishes clean. Hop oils linger a bit.

Overall a super tasty session ale that has enough hoppiness to please the hop snob (like myself) but approachable enough for those of you not buying into the hop craze.

DeanMoriarty, Dec 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

skm, Dec 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

wertschy, Dec 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

runlikeakenyan, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of acelin
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

acelin, Dec 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Stwinchy, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of gpogo
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden body with a white head.

A- Earthy hops, some very light bready sweetness.

T- Spicy/pepper mix with malt sweetness. Very interesting and enjoyable. Crisp lager finish and aftertaste.

M- Medium body and moderate carbonation. Sticks around a bit.

D- This is one of my favorite warm weather beers, or just a beer to enjoy and not be too serious about. It is a bit on the expensive side, but it is worth trying.

gpogo, Dec 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

morken78, Dec 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

TLieu, Dec 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

sendbeer, Dec 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

areich6, Dec 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

SportsandJorts, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of JamesMN
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice translucent golden hue with an off-white soapy head. Looks like it'll leave some good lacing.

Aroma: A hint of earthy/citrus hops and a bit of yeast. Some bready malt. Nothing fancy.

Taste: Interesting bready/peppery malt flavor. Not very powerful but makes itself known. Earthy hops in this one (saw they use Cascade so was hoping for a little grapefruit/citrus). Decently bitter for the style but not really noticeable. Bit of a crisp finish and definitely lageresque in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with average carbonation and good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Not bad. Average average brew but nothing too interesting. I think they were going for a session beer and basically accomplished that goal. Would I drink it again? Probably not.

JamesMN, Dec 02, 2012
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 1,223 ratings.