Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing
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3.9/5 rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
16 ounce can into pilsener glass, best before 1/27/2013. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a nice 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, apple, pear, cracker, bready grain, floral, grass, pepper, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and strength. Taste of lemon zest, pear, pepper, apple, cracker, bready grain, floral, grass, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, pepper, cracker, bread, floral, grass, and herbal on the finish for a bit. Very nice flavor balance and good complexity of hop/malt notes; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pale lager. Very nice balance of hop/malt flavors; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable and refreshing offering.
Serving type: can
01-31-2013 04:06:21 | More by superspak
3.69/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
Serving type: can
01-20-2013 05:24:28 | More by srandycarter
3.45/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
Serving type: can
01-20-2013 04:35:36 | More by mscudder
3.23/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
Serving type: can
01-14-2013 21:53:57 | More by mjshearer1
3.75/5 rDev +4.2%
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
Serving type: bottle
01-12-2013 17:37:43 | More by Jadjunk
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
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