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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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Shift Pale LagerShift Pale Lager

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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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Photo of jsanford
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with a thin white head that fades to a slight haze and soapy ring. Crisp aromas of light, grainy malt, floral hops, and white wine grapes. Love the Nelson Sauvin hops. Taste is similarly crisp, with mild hops, light malt, grass, orange peel, and grapes. Mouthfeel is light and crisp (yes, again), with a medium-thin body and solid carbonation. Overall a lovely session beer, and solid addition to the New Belgium line-up.

jsanford, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of Guybrush
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Guybrush, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of jstevep00
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

jstevep00, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of JMB
4/5  rDev +11.4%

JMB, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of Onenote81
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, canned on 9/2/12, poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy honey-gold with a frothy head on top. Great sticky lace clings to the glass. Orange zest, lemon, green hops in the nose. The body is crisp, but thins out on the finish. Could use a little more 'snap' to it. NB comes through with big bitter hops as expected. They couldn't just brew a simple refreshing lager, no, this beer is like a MIPA (mild IPA). The bitter character is short-lived though, and there's not a lot else here. It's not the most flavorful beer, other than the oily hops. This was decent, but not what I expected.

Onenote81, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of grumpygerman
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

grumpygerman, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of GMB
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

GMB, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of Travisnin
2/5  rDev -44.3%

Travisnin, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of sparx1100
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

sparx1100, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of mrebeka
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

mrebeka, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of onedogtwodog
3/5  rDev -16.4%

onedogtwodog, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of wceaton
4/5  rDev +11.4%

wceaton, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of djbulbasaur
4/5  rDev +11.4%

djbulbasaur, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

SocalKicks, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of ThisSpaceForRent
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

ThisSpaceForRent, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of bigwillystyle
3/5  rDev -16.4%

bigwillystyle, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of twkirkby
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

twkirkby, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of rawfish
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours darkish gold with a huge pillow white two finger head and oddly of chunky lacing left on the glass but plenty of it. Retention was nice as well.

Grainy and light malt, minimal adjuncts with subtle complexities of hay, canned pineapple and tangerine. Thankful that NB's lager yeast doesn't leave the biscuit quality all of their ales have.

Quite good though very malty. Thick dose of pale malt with some honey, spiced bread and grain husk. Slight edge from orange and pine hops. Slightly bittering with a crude hit of adjunct graincoming out on the finish.

A bit heavy throughout the drink, one can is all I care to have with this body. Carbonation is appropriate. Nicely drying. I liked it better out of the can.

Canned lager, great that craft breweries can get their slice of the pie. Pricewise I'd pass on this, it is a heavier take on a lager with a good balance but not even NB's best. I'd take a Blue Paddle over this any day.

rawfish, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of JimmyTango
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

JimmyTango, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of gleemonger
4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

gleemonger, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of GeoCait
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

GeoCait, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of Zachtheporter
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Zachtheporter, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of travishardy929
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

travishardy929, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of sethmcconkey
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

sethmcconkey, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of JackieTH
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes, from the only one of these I've ever poured out of it's pint can into a glass.

Golden colored with a fluffy white head that persisted, leaving nice lacing. Smell was lightly malty/grainy with faint but delicious orange, pineapple notes. Taste followed the nose, cleanly malty/grainy with an array of light tropical elements, oranges, pineapples. Mildly balanced to the bitter side. Light, clean and refreshing in a medium bodied beer with a dry finish.

Session beer I'd drink more if if it was a little less expensive.

JackieTH, Sep 04, 2012
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 1,223 ratings.