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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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Shift Pale LagerShift Pale Lager

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1,111 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,111
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 31
Gots: 48 | 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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4/5  rDev +11.1%

11-14-2012 19:37:51 | More by twbeecher
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3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden yellow, huge foamy head with air bubbles. Perfect Clarity.

S - Fruity, Floral, hops, bread.

T - Smooth and crispy hop profile up front, nicely balanced. Easily sessionable.

O - Very solid pale lager. Big flavor for the 5.0% alcohol. This is a must try, and I'll try it again.

Serving type: can

11-14-2012 01:58:00 | More by andrewjraab
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

11-13-2012 05:13:24 | More by rolandboy
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

11-12-2012 23:06:49 | More by Nanigoat
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3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is pretty good, refreshing, crisp, clean, but not as satisfying or tasty as I would like, or had hoped.

Deep, bright gold, it has a very big off-white head slowly shrinking to nice frothy lace - it is, at least, a beautiful beer.

Aroma is citrusy (grapefruit and orange) with faint hints of pine, honey, bread.

Taste is spicy-peppery bit with hints of citrus up front, while faint yeasty juiciness and faint honey breadiness with light minerally quality join later. It has lingering light peppery-spicy bitterness with hints of resiny citrus rind (grapefruit). It's good, but a bit thin and flat in character and a bit too sharply bitter, with that element lingering a little too much without anything else

Serving type: can

11-12-2012 00:12:53 | More by Offa
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

11-11-2012 19:06:07 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

11-10-2012 18:47:54 | More by ssimpson89
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

11-10-2012 02:15:13 | More by Cadusk
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4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from 16 oz can into pilsner glass, golden amber colored with huge 3" bright white head that slowly dissipates leaving fine frothy lacing, crystal clear with lively bubbles
S: citrus hop nose rounded with sweet malt, floral, cereal grain
T: sweet biscuit followed by a good bitter hop punch, lemongrass, light and simple yet perfectly balanced between malt and hops
M: proper lively carbonation with a crisp clean finish, thinner as a pale lager should be
O: every American pale lager made by the big three should be embarrassed that they don't taste like this beer, if you have shied away from the pale lager style due to the abuse it has received try this to be pleasantly surprised

Serving type: can

11-07-2012 01:46:18 | More by M_C_Hampton
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

11-06-2012 21:00:51 | More by PhatAtUT
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4.5/5  rDev +25%

11-06-2012 01:35:08 | More by jculler82
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

11-05-2012 23:11:02 | More by SonOfKyuss
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3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16-oz. can into a pint glass at my house on Nov. 4, 2012 (purchased at Vons in Mission Gorge (San Diego, Calif.) for $7.99 (with card) for a 4-pack on Nov. 4, 2012). Honey golden with 2-3 fingers of frothy white head. Good retention on the sides with foamy residue and pretty good on the top as well.

Smelled honey, corn, grains, cereal, skunk, grass and a hint of citrus hops.

Tasted pretty close to the nose, but more bitter. Got corn, grains, grass, honey, cereal and biscuit.

Medium-to-light body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter abrupt finish.

Not a bad beer overall, especially for a lager, but I was hoping for something more.

Serving type: can

11-05-2012 06:47:05 | More by BucannonXC5
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

11-04-2012 20:04:12 | More by markallmon
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

11-04-2012 04:17:53 | More by aubrey
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

11-03-2012 03:29:58 | More by tbone1384
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4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into 16 oz. shaker pint. Well, most of it. Pale, translucent, golden/dark straw colored body with a thick bubbly off-white head that doesn't want to break. Big, intermittent chunks of lacing around the edge of my glass.

Whoa. Okay, when I read "pale lager" I'm not expecting to smell this big of dose of Northwest hops. Floral, citrus, and resiny aromas dominate and mix well with the big, bready malt backbone of this beer. Quite a bit of earthy aromas as well.

The flavor doesn't quite hold up to the nose. The hops are a bit more subtle, with big bread dough flavors coming out. Just a touch of sweetness. Overall, pretty well-balanced.

Clean, crisp mouthfeel. Light-medium body and medium carbonation.

Okay, I'm normally rather unimpressed with New Belgium's standard offerings, but this is pretty good. This is what a "pale lager" should be.

Serving type: can

10-31-2012 21:31:34 | More by Phocion
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

10-31-2012 19:44:57 | More by ste5venla
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

10-31-2012 17:32:26 | More by AJN136
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3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, thank heavens for tall boys!
A: Moderate pour yields 1 finger of tight white head with good retention. Clear, bright shiny brass colored liquid. I love the head and the color is pretty.
S: Clean biscuit with slight herbal hop. Some metallic flavor is quite strong, maybe it's a noble hop though? Points knocked off for metallic aroma.
T: Pleasantly balanced bread and herbally hopped. Tang of hop is bigger in the finish. Definitely noble, not citrusy enough to be American hops methinks. Almost savory like a nice lof of crusty bread. Nice but not exceptional.
M: Smooth and creamy. Dry, crisp.
O: Glad to see a decent, solid lager from these guys. I would probably buy this again and would order another. A nice beer to bring to a party. I'm glad NB is now in MI!

Serving type: can

10-30-2012 17:31:42 | More by dfillius
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

10-30-2012 13:47:13 | More by SavvyStudent
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-29-2012 21:42:40 | More by Lantern
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

10-27-2012 04:45:23 | More by Pammywham
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

10-26-2012 03:48:13 | More by beerdhabelly
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4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

10-25-2012 04:41:26 | More by CousinSuzy
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
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