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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,221 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,221
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 36
Gots: 89 | 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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Photo of Hophead2112
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Hophead2112, May 27, 2012
Photo of lawlerj
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

lawlerj, May 26, 2012
Photo of BillyTWilliams
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

BillyTWilliams, May 26, 2012
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured aggressively from the can produced a big, frothy 3 finger white head. Retention was average. Color was a crystal clear and purely golden. Resulting lace is sparse, but gathers in cloudy chunks around the edges.

Smell - Hate to say it, but the predominant smell I get is light mildew. Hints of grass and lemon. One of the more unpleasant smelling beers I've put my nose to. Thankfully the aroma is subtle all in all.

Taste - Thankfully it does not taste in the way it smells. Lightly flavored, with notes of grass and lemon hops. Sitting beneath this you'll find a notes of New Belgium's classic malt profile; toasted biscuit with a touch of nuttiness. Finishes with the malt flavor coming on strong, but hops take the checkered flag.

Mouthfeel - Light in body, almost watery, but packs some serious bite. Tingles the lips like crazy.

Overall - Not a bad pale ale, but the smell is off-putting. I probably won't buy this again, but I'm glad I tried it.

TheSixthRing, May 26, 2012
Photo of WritersBlock
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

WritersBlock, May 26, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big white head quickly settles into a decent lacing above a clear rich golden colored beer.

Light citrus to piney hops aroma with a little yeast and grass like hints.

A light soapy sour citrus hops with a a little bit of grain in the taste.

A dry aftertaste with a slight bitter almost soapy hops sticking around on the light to medium bodied beer.

This beer starts out looking really good with a very nice light nose and it seems to go down hill some with the taste and aftertaste.

LXIXME, May 26, 2012
Photo of estlinska
3/5  rDev -16.4%

estlinska, May 24, 2012
Photo of dorf
3/5  rDev -16.4%

dorf, May 24, 2012
Photo of Eriktheipaman
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Eriktheipaman, May 23, 2012
Photo of HoistinBrews
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

HoistinBrews, May 23, 2012
Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kegatron for gifting me with a 16oz can of this. Poured into a pub glass, the brew appears a light copper to golden color with a finger of yellowish tan head. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain the cap and some strings of webby lace stick to the glass. Through the body is some fine particulate keeping this brew from looking polished in clarity.

The aroma is sweet with a scent of caramel to buttery toffee. A light amount of citrus to herbal hop inclusion mixes with a touch of floral quality. There is a minute amount of trace mineral character present towards the back. Overall this is a typical smelling pale lager.

The flavor of this brew has the previously described notes of butter that come across with some biscuit maltiness. However, before the buttery notes have a chance to linger on the tongue, some herbal hop bitterness comes into play to clean things up a bit. The herbal aspect of the hops carries with it a touch of minerals like the aroma led on. There is a mild fruity aspect of this brew tasting somewhat floral as it warms up. This brew plays quite the contrasting role inside the mouth from buttery to herbal to toasty with grain. Overall not bad.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is light and lively inside the mouth with a crisp finish that you expect from the style. What keeps this back from being above-average for me is the way the buttery notes do not easily transition into the hops and then malt quality. Instead, each aspect seems singular and does not really come together. Overall, it is not a bad brew. It does however include a bit more of an alcohol punch than you would expect for the listed 5% abv.

stakem, May 23, 2012
Photo of TenHornsProud
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

TenHornsProud, May 22, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. tallboy can,

A: Pours a pale golden with a medium somewhat fizzy white head, leaves spotty lace.

S: Grainy notes, sourdough bread, fairly pungent and enjoyable for the style.

T: Sweet bready malt, but balanced well by a noble like hopping. Spaten like, reminds me a lot of that beer, with an American flair.

M: Light-bodied, crisp and clean, well made and refreshing.

O: A very good simple pale Helles type lager. This is how the big boys should make them. I was quite impressed by how good this is.

Halcyondays, May 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Shag, May 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

PEIhop, May 20, 2012
Photo of jdhasse
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

jdhasse, May 20, 2012
Photo of BierStein711
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow!

Can poured into shaker

Three finger off white head

Amber body

Taste: piney, grassy, and bitter finish

Smell: lager yeast, grains

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised. When I see and hear the words "Pale Lager" [sic], I generally avoid. Have this beer, and celebrate a new, and better form of this beer style.

BierStein711, May 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

drewone, May 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

MarkyMOD, May 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

2dogbrew, May 19, 2012
Photo of TwelveOunces
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tallboy poured into a pint glass

A- Clear golden yellow with a rather lare 3 finger whitish head. Really nice lacing

S- Very crisp and grainy. A slight bitterness but an underwhelming hop profile, some pine and light citrus. A light sugary sweetness.

T- Very grainy tasting, a bit of light malt and along with some sugary flavors. Hop profile is again, underwhelming but has a bit of pine and citrus with it. Tastes fresh and clean.

M- Fairly light, both body and taste but this is a refreshing beer. Light character but leaves behind a heavy, dry and sticky aftertaste.

O- This beer isnt bad, its just a little disappointing. Miles ahead of other american adjunct lagers but behind most craft beer and and I would expect something a bit more from New Belgium. Having said that, it is a session-able beer and its good at being just that.

TwelveOunces, May 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

tdmccarthy, May 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

RichH55, May 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

HuskyinPDX, May 17, 2012
Photo of JEdmund
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear and golden with healthy head formation and great retention; lots of bubbles to be seen streaming away.

Smells a mix of cereal graininess and fruity/floral hops, though those hops are very delicately used and are not coming in strong by any means.

Immediately struck by how light-bodied yet crisp this is. Flavor is light, smooth, and balanced. Slightly sweet, clean, and a nice hop flavor, though like the aroma, it’s lightly employed. The finish has a good drying hop bite, bringing me back for more.

Overall Shift is very drinkable, but considering its price point, I feel like I should be getting a bit more flavor for my bucks. Money aside, these are easy-drinking beers with a subtle, unique twist thanks to those New Zealand Nelson Sauvin hops and will go down quickly and enjoyably on hot days.

JEdmund, May 17, 2012
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 1,221 ratings.