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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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Shift Pale LagerShift Pale Lager

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1,189 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,189
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 36
Gots: 83 | 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 +4.2%

pyrobedlam, Mar 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

CoryR, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of raynmoon
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It looks a little above average. It has a nice yellowish orange color, no haze, very filtered with a good amount of bubbles streaming upwards. The head looks sort of funny.

Light floral citrus smell. A small amount sweet malt in the background, but the hops come through the most, which is a good. I think I smell some Cascade hops in there.

I enjoy the flavor on this quite a bit. It has a really, really balance between Citrus from the hops, some tangerine and some sweetness from the 2-row malt. For the style, very good.

The only bummer really is the mouthfeel. The carbonation needs to be bumped up a bit.

Overall this one is a winner. I'll be getting more of this in the summer when I want something lighter.

raynmoon, Mar 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

JonNunes, Mar 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Daktah, Mar 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

ErickWright, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of WalterStiffler
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

WalterStiffler, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of bigbeers84
4/5  rDev +11.1%

bigbeers84, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of chippo33
2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

chippo33, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of Herky21
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Herky21, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of hardy008
2.24/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Clear gold with a 1 finger white head with decent retention and spotty lacing. The aroma has grassy and floral hops with some lemon. Also has biscuit malt.

Tastes just like it smells with lemon. floral, and grassy hops, with biscuit malt. Very underwhelming. Not a good combination of flavors in my opinion.

Light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Has an unpleasant aftertaste. I'm glad I only picked up one of these. Not a fan, and I won't be trying this again.

hardy008, Mar 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

NateTheBeard, Mar 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

JeffSuttonTX, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of obrike
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A buddy brought these over while I was grilling fajitas last weekend.

Poured from a pint can into my Firestone Walker pint glass.

Good looking beer! It's a golden color with a white fluffy head with very generous lacing...big bubbles occassonally streaming to the top of the glass.

Very light grain on the scent... nothing that stands out but nothing smells off either. I get a bit of floral hops to back up the malt. Certainly does not pop here.

Taste is pretty refreshing. It has this slight floral hop bite at first, then moves into a biscuity-like profile and is backed by finish that combines both. Certainly quite drinkable and is quite sessionable with the 5% abv. Overall, this could be a go to pale lager in the summer for sure. This is one you could swap out with your run of the mill crappy adjunct lager to your BMC buddies at a pool party.

Not a style I visit much, but certainly seems like a good representation.

obrike, Mar 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

PieOhMy, Mar 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

match1112, Mar 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

CMUbrew, Mar 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

MeisterMayhem, Mar 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Duvel, Mar 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

foxyaardvark27, Mar 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

PopnLoads, Mar 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

bdtva, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of Oxymoron
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours, from a 16oz can, a golden color with crystal clear clarity. Some straw colored hues through out. A soft fizzy head with good retention but didn't last through the tasting.

The nose is a bit non-discript. Some soft pilsner notes but more of a generic malt backing. Some minor esters, peaches and a hint of grape. A light white pepper note but very soft.

The malt comes out more versus the nose but overall very limited. Some minor pils notes but less versus the aroma. More of a malt and bready undertone. A hint of nutty that makes me think biscuit malt. Some zesty, lemon balm and herbal spicy hop note. More estery notes that is a bit much. Rose peddles and a hint of green apple.

The body is light to moderate. Not as crisp as I would have liked. The lingering yeast notes are a bit of a distraction as well. Overall a bit muddled and would like more lager/pils notes and less yeast/esters.

Oxymoron, Mar 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +25%

agentpreppie, Mar 05, 2013
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,189 ratings.