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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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Shift Pale LagerShift Pale Lager

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1,190 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,190
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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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

mikeincharleston, May 26, 2013
Photo of bigbeers84
4/5  rDev +11.1%

bigbeers84, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of soju6
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clean pale golden color with a good head that fades to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of fresh grain and mild citrus with some malt sweetness and herbs.

T: Starts with a nice bitterness and mild malt sweetness. Continues with a pleasant bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly light body and smooth.

O: Easy drinker, quite enjoyable. Can put away a few of these with no problem

soju6, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of ajzy
1/5  rDev -72.2%

ajzy, Jun 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Zachtheporter, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Mantooth, Sep 08, 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
Photo of OldTime
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

OldTime, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of CHickman
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review from 7/11/12: pours hazy gold color with a ton of bubbles racing up the middle and a 2 finger foamy snow white head that faded slowly and left great foamy lacing clinging to the sides.

Smells of sweet malt, orange peel, lemon zest, caramel, brown sugar, grains and spices like cinnamon and coriander. Spicy and floral, the nose is sweet, airy and quite enjoyable.

Tastes of sweet malt, orange peel, lemon zest, citrus hops, caramel, brown sugar, grains, yeast, grass, pepper and other spices like cinnamon and coriander. Sweet overall with nice citrus and malty flavors complimenting each other.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth and almost watery, with a light body, light zesty carbonation, and high drinkability. A definite session beer, this was light, refreshing, flavorful and very enjoyable.

Shift was great out of the can and in a glass, and the name is quite fitting as this is a perfect quenching beer to throw down after any shift. Outstanding drinkability, I could drink this on a regular basis and always be happy.

CHickman, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of CelticAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

CelticAleMan, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of yemenmocha
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Starts nice with a good appearance - pale golden, honeyed look, with medium sized white head that laces well. Nose was alright too with some floral citrus, which was a bit surprising for a LAGER. Palate though had some soft malt sweetness, but then also this quasi-ureic quality that was off-putting, but also not clearly a flawed or ruined example (it wasn't lightstruck, infected, etc.). The floral citrus just sort of runs into a urea like flavor that isn't so nice. Finishes semi sweet. Seems ale-like in many ways.

yemenmocha, May 05, 2012
Photo of KVNBGRY
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

KVNBGRY, Aug 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

avisong, Aug 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Keith_R, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of tbone1384
3/5  rDev -16.7%

tbone1384, Nov 03, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

jgunther71, Aug 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

mychalg9, Nov 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

ssimpson89, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of jacewg
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

jacewg, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of jzlyo
4/5  rDev +11.1%

jzlyo, Jul 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

ystazi, May 11, 2013
Photo of bsp77
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from can into Frankfurter mug.

Appearance: Rich golden color with nice sized head at first, and some light lacing.

Smell: Light hay, grains, citrus and spice. Needs a little more oomph in the aroma department, but still nice.

Taste: Hay and apple form the backbone, with a nice hoppy counterbalance of citrus and a light spiciness. Despite the hops, there is virtually no bitterness; just balanced flavors.

Feel: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Crisp, clean and smooth with a dry finish.

Overall: This is essentially a Helles but with New World hops. Surprisingly, I enjoy this almost as much as Surly Hell. I also think that other than the Lips of Faith series, this is the best standard New Belgium beer along with Belgo. Very happly surprised by this.

bsp77, Apr 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

DRBiser, May 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

Spider889, Dec 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

tbryan5, Jun 16, 2013
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,190 ratings.