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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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Shift Pale LagerShift Pale Lager

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1,117 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,117
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 31
Gots: 52 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

07-23-2012 02:53:14 | More by chebode2
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

07-21-2012 22:10:14 | More by nheinzie57
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

07-21-2012 21:37:06 | More by Yoda22
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4.48/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint can.

Golden-Amber color. Some carbonation. Fairly nice head.

Bready, grape skin, a little citrusy.

Bready malts up front. Biscuity, grassy, spicy, slight earthy, dry-herbal finish.

Smooth. Tangy. Medium body. Slight oily. Very soft carbonation.

Serving type: can

07-21-2012 20:34:35 | More by mjurney
Photo of Murrhey


2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a pint can into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Poured a two finger creamy white head. Nice and dense, some foamy lacing and nice retention. Extremely pale straw color, near-water clarity.

S- Light bodied malts, Amarillo hops maybe? Straw and sweet smelling grains.

T- Light flavor, strong pale ale taste with a grainy flavor that must be the lager creeping in.

M- Light yet grainy feel. Not the best.

O- Passable, drinkable beer with a nice American Pale Ale sort of taste, with a Lager body. Nothing special though.

Serving type: can

07-21-2012 03:53:24 | More by Murrhey
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3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a fluffy everlasting head, sexy lacing and light gold color. Aroma is grassy and spicy hops and faint grain and lemon. Flavor is spicy hops with lemon, coriander and pilsner malt in the backbone. Mouthfeel is sticky and rough. Light body and appropriate co2. Overall, another beer style that has been newbelgified. Not bad but I've had better.

Serving type: can

07-20-2012 22:49:55 | More by EagleTalon
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

07-20-2012 00:25:30 | More by robertaddis
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

07-19-2012 23:01:52 | More by jhands
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

07-19-2012 05:11:54 | More by Tamarack22
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3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear medium yellow with a huge 3-4 finger fluffy eggshell white head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet cereal grains, honey and a touch of grapefruit bitterness.

Taste: Pale and bready malts up front followed by a touch of herbal spiciness in the middle before ending with a little more pale malt and bitter grapefruit at the finish. Aftertaste is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a fairly low amount of carbonation. The texture is a bit oily and slick.

Drinkability: Decent drinkability. If the mouthfeel was better, I'd want another.

Overall: Pretty good beer overall. I think it hit most of the notes you'd want from a pale lager. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: can

07-18-2012 21:15:25 | More by adam42381
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

07-18-2012 08:47:58 | More by gtermi
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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

07-16-2012 22:34:14 | More by Disease
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

07-15-2012 20:56:54 | More by Reagan1984
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

07-15-2012 04:58:35 | More by hansenme
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

07-14-2012 18:31:05 | More by Reed
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4.5/5  rDev +25%

07-14-2012 04:01:17 | More by ssjkyle
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

07-13-2012 01:38:43 | More by pitch31
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

07-13-2012 00:04:54 | More by Mayhewbc
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3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a bright yellow pour, with pretty close to virgin white head on it (i dunno, maybe its one of those oral don't count things that you used to have to go to Utah to hear). Pretty good retention and lacing. Aroma is almost of nothing but soap. Weird.

Mild cereal and like honeysuckle flavor, with a sizeable bitterness. Herbal, grassy and flowery. Light enough body considering the ample flavor quotient. A decent option to take disc golfing with for sure. A little heavy for a palate cleanser though, but relatively speaking, it might do the trick if you've got nothing but huge beers and this around.

Ultimately, I'm not a huge fan of the beer, but it is a lot better than many lagers around. It was an easy second purchase when I went into Total Wine and saw a palate of 4 packs going for only $2.99. No brainer there.

Serving type: can

07-12-2012 23:34:53 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear dark yellow. Fluffy off white head. Decent head retention and awesome lacing.

S: Biscuity, bread crust, some slight hop spice. Getting just a touch of that lager yeast smell.

T: Some semi sweet grains up front along with some mild to medium spicy/herbal hops. Can pick up some faint peaches or nectarines. A lot sweeter than I thought this was going to be. Finishes fairly clean, somewhat of a slightly sweet cereal grain lingering. Thought it would be a little more crisp, the sweetness probably takes away from that crisp factor.

M: Nice medium body (thought it would be lighter). Average carbonation. Feels good.

O: Good drinkability, though I wouldn't want more than two or so pints. I can see what they are going for for sure, but I would like this to be a bit more dry, crisp and a little less sweet.

Serving type: can

07-12-2012 23:06:21 | More by herman77
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New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can, best by October of 2012. It was poured into my Firestone Walker tulip.

Shift Pale Lager pours a crystal clear orange, with some tangerine and lemon highlights coming through. There's a little more than a finger of white foam, with decent head retention and lacing for the style. The nose is a bit on the dull side, but there is some soft grainy sweetness apparent, along with a light aroma of melon from the Nelson Sauvin hops. The flavor starts of similarly, with lightly bready malt notes. The bitterness that flows through next is perceptible, but just barely. Again, the fruity melon finish is very mild. The craft beer hophead in me wishes is was a bit more "in your face", but as is it works decently as part of an easy drinking lager. The body has just a little bit of sturdyness to it, and the carbonation is pleasantly active. The overall impression of the mouthfeel is definitely very crisp. I was really excited to try Shift Pale Lager because I'm a big fan of Nelson Sauvin hops. Having only had them in hop forward IPAs before, I think my expectation of how hoppy this beer would be could have been a little more tempered. A solid warm weather sessionable beer from New Belgium.

Serving type: can

07-09-2012 23:16:22 | More by axeman9182
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

07-09-2012 23:05:42 | More by boudreaux
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

07-09-2012 15:13:29 | More by olmane
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

07-09-2012 02:02:55 | More by whahappened27
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3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank this straight from the can.

Have no clue what it looks like, although when I popped the top a white head foam poured over on the top of the can.

Smells great, very fruity and slightly biscuit-y. Heavy pear, grapefruit smell.

I was actually surprised by the taste of this. Definitely a pale ale, but sweeter than I would have imagined. Definitely fruity, a nice forward hop taste, sometimes bitter and a definite dry finish.

Mouthfeel is dry. Thats all I can say about that.

Overall, this is a great beer to drink on a hot summer day; especially if you are looking for a session beer. The 5% ABV will catch up to you sooner than later though, with this beer.

Serving type: can

07-08-2012 22:11:32 | More by thepliceisright
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
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