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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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1,243 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,243
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 39
Gots: 101 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

RCLOHR267, Feb 18, 2014
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3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. tallboy can, poured into a mug.

A- beautifully clear, deep gold which reminds me of a dortmunder lager. A nice off white head sits on top and laces very nicely.

S- Peaches, pineapple, and a biscuity/crackery malt base.

T- A nice flash of hop bitterness, which is balanced by the nice mild malt sweetness. Hops are very fruity, pineapple, and peach mostly.

M- Medium bodied, and crisp. Dry on the finish for a lager.

O- The most interesting pale lager I've had in a long, long time

JWU, Jul 31, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Cris4545, Apr 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

GMB, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of lnashsig
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

#BOTG 58!

I don't know how I have never had this one, but I haven't. So, here we go! I have been jonesing for sessionable beers this summer, with the wicked heat so far.

Poured from can into Karbach pint glass. Pours a nice golden pale color, nice head on the top of the beer. Looks like a lager. Smell- grassy hops, bread. Not much more there to describe, but the hoppiness of this is apparent. Taste- Nice grassy assertive hops, not much backbone behind it. Lacking a bit in balance. Really tight carbonation, borderline stingy. This is a nice, refreshing lager, full of hops flavor, and I could easily pound this beer. I'll be coming back to this one for sure again this summer.

lnashsig, Jun 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

rocklibster, Aug 12, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a glass

A: Pours a light orange color. There is an almost two finger head of white foam which disappears quickly on my first pour but has much better retention when I finish the can. A small amount of spotty, layered lacing.

S: Light noble hops and mild lemon zest. A good grain background. As the beer warms I can detect some lager yeast.

T: Grains and light bready malt are the first things I pick up. Mild grassy hops and herbal spice impart a decent bitterness. Aftertaste is somewhat floral. I want to say there is some tropical fruit/melon to the flavor, but it is incredibly mild.

M: Thin and a little watery. Carbonation is mild but what is there is effervescent.

O: A very easy drinking beer. A good alternative to macros when you want to have a few and not not get too full or drunk.

WankelEngine, Jul 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

M27, Aug 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

creez, May 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

runlikeakenyan, Dec 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

GeoCait, Sep 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Ljoreilly, May 26, 2013
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3.08/5  rDev -14.2%

corywalston, Nov 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

embass, Oct 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Acforster2, Jul 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

marley2112, Apr 10, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Clear Golden/Yellow color with some great foamy head retention and some good lacing.

Smell - Yeasts, Barley, Floral Hops and a slight malty scent.

Taste - Floral Hops, Yeasts, and Barley. Much like the smell, there is a slight malty characteristic in the back. Very simple and rich taste.

Mouthfeel - Very Light and crisp feeling. It does feel a little watery but it's easy to overlook. All things aside, this is very easy to drink

Overall - Perfect beer to knock back either after a hard day at work or while relaxing. I had this while having a picnic on the beach a couple weeks ago and found it to be absolutely perfect for such an occasion.

NuclearDolphin, May 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

trocketsauced, May 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

alexanf, Oct 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

craigmj7, Aug 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

59rockabilly, Jun 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Auslander, Mar 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Daktah, Mar 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

ThirstyHrothgar, Jun 18, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

lcdawg, May 29, 2014
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,243 ratings.