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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,183 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,183
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 33
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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Photo of mrelizabeth
3/5  rDev -16.4%

mrelizabeth, May 12, 2012
Photo of ArsenalBB
4/5  rDev +11.4%

ArsenalBB, May 12, 2012
Photo of StubFaceJoe
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

StubFaceJoe, May 12, 2012
Photo of rah1734bones
3/5  rDev -16.4%

rah1734bones, May 12, 2012
Photo of JMad
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%

Pours a light golden color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is mainly grainy with a hint of caramel, lemon peel and more citrus from the hops. It has a nice bready flavor with a touch of sweetness and a slightly bitter finish with lemony and grassy hops. The beer is nice and light with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. For a Pale American Lager this has got to be one of the best, very enjoyable and simple.

JMad, May 11, 2012
Photo of rob99er
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

rob99er, May 11, 2012
Photo of EddieJoe
2/5  rDev -44.3%

EddieJoe, May 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

buckyp, May 11, 2012
Photo of cpetrone84
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%

pour is a light golden orange, crystal clear and off white head. The nose is very nice, well balanced grain to faint sweet malt and a zesty herbal hop. The taste follows the nose, great grain presence, very fresh, subtle caramel malt and herbal hops in the back with an assertive carbonation and gentle bitterness. Soft velvety body and crisp clean finish. This is victory esq.

cpetrone84, May 10, 2012
Photo of TheFlern
4/5  rDev +11.4%

TheFlern, May 10, 2012
Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

Overall, a pleasant, easy-drinking lager, not crisp but quite smooth. The aroma has a mix of fresh bread and mild fruity hops. The hops character is an easy mix of earthy tangerine and grapefruit with only a hit of bitter rind in the finish. This beer remind me more of cream ale (like a dialed back Sixpoint Sweet Action) for the gentle hops and light barley with a more medium body. Still, I wouldn't mind having a few on a hot day, or any day really.

tempest, May 10, 2012
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

From 16oz tallboy to nonic pint glass on 5/7/12
*From notes

A: Daker then expected - more of a 24k gold. A decent pour yields a 1.75 bone white head that fades as expected, leaving some minor lacing.

S: Sweet corn, white bread and what comes across as a trace of whole cone bittering hops.

T: This reminds me a lot of Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold, sans the depth and desired complexity. A bit sweet up front, with white corn kernels. The mid is biscuity and bready. The finish displays a mere drop of hop oil.

M: Solid texture. This is a bit thick for the style, which I really dig. The carbonation is spot on.

O: A nice beer, especially for summer evenings on the patio or porch. It certainly seems to accomplish what it set out to. But the question I ask myself is: why buy NB's Shift for $8.99 a four pack, when I can get a sixer of GL's superior Dortmunder for $10.99?

Rhettroactive, May 09, 2012
Photo of creez
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

creez, May 09, 2012
Photo of Jaacob
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Jaacob, May 09, 2012
Photo of plaid75
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%

Poured a deep straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured soft pale malts with a balancing herbal hop.

The taste was very well balances with round bready malts and light herbal and grassy hops.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty quaffable lager.

plaid75, May 08, 2012
Photo of beagle75
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a becker glass.

A: Clear, brassy golden color with over one finger of rocky white foam head that collapses to a lofty and persistent pad. Moderate stepwise lacing remains on the glass and diffuse bubbles rise in the column.

S: Hops are revealed most obviously by their herbaceous and citrus notes. A lesser malt presence of crisp cracker is also identifiable.

T: Begins dry, with dynamic hop aromatics that are green and herbaceous; astringent at times. Acidity is very restrained into the middle where mild astringent botanical qualities continue, joined by a touch of complimentary pale malt. Bitterness is mild and herbaceous during the brief and clean finish.

M: Thin viscosity, resinous on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This remarkable beer outshines its modest labeling as a "pale lager" by challenging the palate and forcing the drinker to take notice. The look of it alone demands a recalibration of expectations, pouring a deep and healthy honey golden color, rather than the expected light yellow that is more characteristic of the style. Hop qualities are featured throughout, manifesting their extract-like plant attributes in a way that refuses to apologize or appease the masses. Comparisons to Sam Adams Noble Pils come easily, with this beer's flavor profile being not quite as interesting.

beagle75, May 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

PuFtonLyfe, May 08, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

Golden amber in the glass with the classic head. A little more substance to the body than the usual lagers. A touch of resins in the nose.

Pleasant touch of hops with a slight bitter aftertaste, but nothing like the usual hop-centric Pale Ales. Enough malt to give it a toasty taste. Kind of a winey touch. Not much to distinguish it, but comparing with some other craft lagers might be educational. Seems well made and clean in its modest way.

From the tall can. I'm always glad to see more variety in canned beers. If we can't have reusable bottles for commercial brews, maybe we can have less weight and easier recycling. This seems like a good choice for a picnic beer.

mactrail, May 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Kunstman, May 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Coplains, May 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

LambicKing, May 06, 2012
Photo of dav
4/5  rDev +11.4%

dav, May 05, 2012
Photo of wedge
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

Clear gold, topped by an airy, yet persistent white head. Grassy, herbal hops are first to the nose...soft, warm, bready grain and some dankness. Crisp spicy hop flavor with mild citrus, clean lager yeast, and dry, almost biscuity malt. There's a nice leafy/oily hop note tying it all together nicely. Medium-light in the mouth - crisp and tidy. They were going for a quality, refreshing, general-purpose lager, and I think they succeeded. I could down a few of these, but the price is a little high from what I've seen.

wedge, May 05, 2012
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2.8/5  rDev -22%

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
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

JohnLynch, May 04, 2012
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 1,183 ratings.