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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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Shift Pale LagerShift Pale Lager

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,247 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,247
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 39
Gots: 101 | 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%

rfreed, Jan 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

JHull, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of srandycarter
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Clear honey, as expected, nice white head, TONS of cling lace. Very inviting.

S - malty, grainy, somewhat sweet with a slight floral background.

T - Very similar to smell, as to be expected with a pale lager.

M - Light body, good carb, nice clean balance.

D - Good beer. I would have another.

srandycarter, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of mscudder
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served into a pint.

A - Transparent straw hue with a touch of orange. Large pale head with composition of concise bubbles. Fair retention and lacing.

S - Wheat, straw, pale malts. Like the light lagers,less the funky gross notes.

T - Sweet for a lager. Follows the nose and the flavor is fairly bland. A beer that benefits from a chilled can. Feels exposed as it warms.

M - Light body with moderate carbonation.

O - What I expected: a drinkable lager which is a good substitute for those crappy light lagers you are looking to throw back on particular evenings.

mscudder, Jan 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

capuchinpilates, Jan 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

gregoryhersh, Jan 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

elcrawl, Jan 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Bin33chef, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of mjshearer1
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Like a lager should be. Standard gold color, nothing too fancy.

S: Smells like a lager should be as well. If Budweiser got rid of it's stank and actually was brewed with any amount of effort, it'd smell like this.

T: Muted hops, clean finish, refreshing.

M: Light body, lots of carbonation

O: It's a decent brew, certainly one that I'd recommend to someone looking to get their foot in the door of the craft beer world.

mjshearer1, Jan 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Sbragg85, Jan 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

MordorMongo, Jan 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

TastingRoomCharNtony, Jan 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

powdersoldier, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Jadjunk
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"When your work is done, you'll want one". New Belgium's Shift Pale Lager is brewed in the American Pale Lager style, and was first made available to the public in 2012 in 4 packs of 16oz. aluminum cans. New Belgium is reportedly looking to expand this beer to draft in the near future. Date stamped on the bottom of the can is 16 Sep 12.

Poured from a 16 oz. can to a New Belgium pint glass. Served upwards of 47º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Beer pours a thick frothy cream white head over a mildly hazy golden yellow body. Carbonation is medium and varied. Retention is good as the head thickens as it recedes, eventually settling within a few minutes to a spotty surface cover. Lacing is thin and spotty but clingy and plentiful. A nice appearance for a simple beer. 4.25

(Smell) Aroma is a clean, crisp cereal pale malt blend, perhaps some biscuity pilsner malts as well, with a mild sweetness. Hop presence is grassy and slightly floral in aroma with a faint bitterness. Balance is nice between sweet and bitter. Potency is very shallow. Overall a simple but approachable aroma which is a good choice for a simple and drinkable beer. 3.75

(Taste) Continued mild cereal sweetness has some slight body to it, followed through with a clean grassy hop bitterness and flavor balance on the finish. Slightly more sweet than bitter, but not overly so. Clean and simple with a bit more substance than macro lagers, it is very drinkable and the bitterness and sweetness don't wear the palate out easily. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Medium thickness with a touch of chewiness and a faint but approachable bitter finish. Body is medium-heavy for the style and light overall. Alcohol presence is well concealed. The thickness of the body is a notable change from what is expected of the style, but it is a welcome variation, if it doesn't drag down the drinkability of the beer a notch. It's a touch more filling than other Pale Lagers. 3.5

(Overall) There's nothing groundbreaking about Shift Pale Lager, but for a drinkable session beer, this certainly doesn't miss the mark. Neither too sweet nor too bitter, this would be a welcome branch over for those who like pleasant simplicity in a slightly heavier-bodied Pale Lager. Certainly worth picking up a can or even perhaps on draft if it hits watering holes later this year. 3.75

New Belgium Brewing's
Shift Pale Lager
3.75/5.00

Jadjunk, Jan 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

TheMarkE, Jan 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

jadedlilmonkey, Jan 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

TasteTester, Jan 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

CBlack85, Jan 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

sjanowiak, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.55/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 PINT can into a pint glass. BEST BY 10FEB13. I was really excited to try this when I first bought this about a week or so ago. I loved the Nelson Sauvin hop profile in Burley Oak Brewery's Bulletproof Tiger.

Appearance: Pours a rich, golden pale lager body. Beautiful. Decent head for the style with doughy pockets that exhibit plenty of staying power. Lacing is fantastic.

Smell: Floral bouquet of hops. I pick up the fruity mango of the Nelson Sauvin hops. Sweet green grapes. Plenty of rich bready maltiness. Slight sour lager yeast aroma.

Taste: Nelson Sauvin up front (mango, lychee, honeydew). Fades to a crisp, almost Saaz-like spiciness. Tasty bready pale malts. This lager has a lot of flavor on both the hop and malt sides of the equation and has managed to be an extremely balanced brew at the same time.

Mouthfeel: I love how full bodied this beer is despite the low alcohol and overall crispness. No aftertaste, unpleasant or otherwise. Near perfect for me.

Overall: I have been on a bit of an emotional rollercoaster with this beer since I bought a four pack and then a subsequent case (6 x 4 pack) about a week or two ago. The first sip of the first can was an explosion of Nelson Sauvin hops and I immediately declared this beer my new favorite. After a couple more cans over the next couple of days, I was fighting to detect that strong Nelson Sauvin hoppiness I so love and cherish (especially in a beer like Bulletproof Tiger). But since then, I have been literally pounding this beer on a near daily basis. It is just so damn drinkable, balanced, and great tasting (read: LOTS OF FLAVOR FOR A LOW ABV LAGER), if not delicious. Very satisfying from the can or in a glass. This could possibly be my session, daily drinker, beer for life when Sierra Nevada Summerfest is out of season. The only knock is the somewhat high price - I calculated that this works out to about a $40 standard case (as opposed to $30 for Summerfest in my area.) I would love to see more brewers doing more with Nelson Sauvin hops - my new favorite hop alongside Saaz (with Citra running a close third!)

JednoPivoProsim, Jan 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

sloelco, Jan 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

DoctorShakalu, Jan 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

craft_shannie, Jan 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

OregonGrown7, Jan 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Eddsdds, Jan 01, 2013
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,247 ratings.