Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing
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3.75/5 rDev +4.2%
"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
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Shift Pale Lager
01-12-2013 17:37:43 | More by Jadjunk
4.55/5 rDev +26.4%
Poured from a 1 PINT can into a pint glass. BEST BY 10FEB13. I was really excited to try this when I first bought this about a week or so ago. I loved the Nelson Sauvin hop profile in Burley Oak Brewery's Bulletproof Tiger.
Appearance: Pours a rich, golden pale lager body. Beautiful. Decent head for the style with doughy pockets that exhibit plenty of staying power. Lacing is fantastic.
Smell: Floral bouquet of hops. I pick up the fruity mango of the Nelson Sauvin hops. Sweet green grapes. Plenty of rich bready maltiness. Slight sour lager yeast aroma.
Taste: Nelson Sauvin up front (mango, lychee, honeydew). Fades to a crisp, almost Saaz-like spiciness. Tasty bready pale malts. This lager has a lot of flavor on both the hop and malt sides of the equation and has managed to be an extremely balanced brew at the same time.
Mouthfeel: I love how full bodied this beer is despite the low alcohol and overall crispness. No aftertaste, unpleasant or otherwise. Near perfect for me.
Overall: I have been on a bit of an emotional rollercoaster with this beer since I bought a four pack and then a subsequent case (6 x 4 pack) about a week or two ago. The first sip of the first can was an explosion of Nelson Sauvin hops and I immediately declared this beer my new favorite. After a couple more cans over the next couple of days, I was fighting to detect that strong Nelson Sauvin hoppiness I so love and cherish (especially in a beer like Bulletproof Tiger). But since then, I have been literally pounding this beer on a near daily basis. It is just so damn drinkable, balanced, and great tasting (read: LOTS OF FLAVOR FOR A LOW ABV LAGER), if not delicious. Very satisfying from the can or in a glass. This could possibly be my session, daily drinker, beer for life when Sierra Nevada Summerfest is out of season. The only knock is the somewhat high price - I calculated that this works out to about a $40 standard case (as opposed to $30 for Summerfest in my area.) I would love to see more brewers doing more with Nelson Sauvin hops - my new favorite hop alongside Saaz (with Citra running a close third!)
01-04-2013 23:43:09 | More by JednoPivoProsim
4.83/5 rDev +34.2%
Beautiful golden copper color with excellent clarity and large visible bubbles. Big head on the pour and coats the glass in creamy lacing.
Fresh aroma of pine needles, spinach leaves, herbs and flowers.
Solid malt backbone of mild wheat and rye. Spice hop character follows the aroma. Exceptional balance.
Light to medium body and ample carbonation brings the flavors to life.
I love seeing breweries come out with a fresh, flavorful lager for a change. Lots of malt character in this one adds heart to the brew. Tasty, refreshing and highly sessionable.
12-28-2012 17:34:39 | More by bnes09
3.9/5 rDev +8.3%
This is one of my go to beers
Pours light, with a great head and leave lace down the side of your glass.
The taste is exactly how it looks, light, crisp, and hoppy. Though it seems to be a bit sweeter than most hopped up beers. not as bitter of an aftertaste
The smell is hoppy
A clean taste in your mouth , doesnt leave a bitter aftertaste on the tongue
New Belgium does it again!
Comes in a pack of 4 cans
12-28-2012 16:52:02 | More by imthaschmidt
3.85/5 rDev +6.9%
Really enjoyed this one out of the 4 pack of cans. Can't review the appearance; drank it straight from the can. Like all NB beers, this one is just solid. Easy to drink with a surprisingly complex taste.
This was my first experience with a pale lager, and it's the first I've heard of one. This was a strong mix of the best of the hoppy bitterness of a pale ale and the smoothness of a lager. I was impressed.
My only complaint is that the cans looked a lot like Red Bull.
12-23-2012 03:04:09 | More by RedMosquito1
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,163 ratings.