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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,184 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,184
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 35
Gots: 82 | 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 tugdriver7
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

tugdriver7, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of truesolution
3/5  rDev -16.4%

truesolution, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of rfbenavi80
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%

First craft can. Excited about this one.

Agressive pour straight down into a pilsner glass.

A- Pours a very nice clear gold, with lots of frothy, foamy, white head that leaves a thick cap on top of the beer and thick lacing.

S- Some earthy hops. Plenty of sweet malts. Some bread dough, and biscuity.

T- Hoppier than I expected, but the bitterness is moderate. Sweet caramel malts comes out.

M- Medium body, thicker than I expected.

O- Highly drinkable. Bonus points for the whole craft can thing. Very refreshing. I like their slogan about finishing a shift at work and popping one of these open.

rfbenavi80, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of Fitzmke
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Fitzmke, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of strongaf
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

strongaf, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of lstokes
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%

Bright clear gold with a pleasant three fingers of foam and good lacing. Also, it comes in a can, so more appearance points there!

Smell is clean biscuit, taste has some real character--some spice, some tart apple, dried grass, a crisp finish with a punch of hop. Very drinkable, clean lager which is actually quite enjoyable to drink *during* work.

lstokes, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of rangerred
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%

16oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy light gold with a thick one finger head. Plenty of lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell has some cooked vegetables along with some biscuit and grassy hops.

Some caramel and biscuit on the taste along with a little bit of yeast. Grassy hops contribute a nice flavor along with a light to moderate bitterness to balance out the malt. Mouthfeel has enough body to make it interesting but it is still quite refreshing.

There isn't a ton going on with this brew but it would be great for sessioning. This could potentially be a good gateway beer from BMC.

rangerred, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of hopfacebrew
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

Heard good things about this, poured from can to pilsner glass the beer arrives a translucent orange copper yellow with a nice 2 finger white head, good retention, and good lacing. The nose is a little light but not bad, consisting of a light floral earthy hop and a touch of caramel. The flavor improves on the nose with a light but pleasant hop earthy flavor and mild bitterness, hints of caramel sweetness and light pilsen malt. Finishes crisp and clean. Light bodied and well carbonated. Overall, good. This will be enjoyed more and more as the temperature heats up!

hopfacebrew, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of nimrod979
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%

16oz tall boy poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Perfectly clear straw yellow. Two finger white head fades to a small film. Hint of lacing where the head sat but nothing sticks as you drink it.

Aroma is hay and grassy hops. Biscuity and Pilsener type malts.

Taste - You get that same pilsener and biscuit malt flavor. Has that "signature" New Belgium malt profile I detect in many of their beers. Mild grassy hops.

Clean and very drinkable. Moderate carbonation. Finishes quick with mild hop bitterness. A little on the lighter side of medium bodied.

All in all, it's not all that bad. Very sessionable. And for it's style, it's something I'd reach for on a hot day if it were lying around.

nimrod979, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of tone77
3.95/5  rDev +10%

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, lemons, some sweetness. Taste is crisp, tart, citrus, some hops, more pale ale like than lager. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking and enjoyable beer.

tone77, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of ficklenicholas
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

ficklenicholas, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a two-finger, egg-shell white head of bubbly foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled floral and grassy with some sweet caramel.

T - It tasted spicy and hoppy with a nice bitterness. Sweet caramel and grains add backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied lager with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a pretty tasty lager. I'm impressed. I could see people taking this good canned beer on camping trips, etc.

zeff80, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of grubefresh
4/5  rDev +11.4%

grubefresh, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +11.4%

A: Poured from a can to a pilsner glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear texture. There was an inch of creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Hoppier than I expected, with a definite grain presence to be had.

T: Tasted of light hops, malt, a little citrus (lemon), and some grain in the finish. A light, refreshing flavor that seems more like a pilsner than anything else (not bad thing in this case).

M: A good amount carbonation with a smooth, lively finish. Light-bodied.

O: The American Pale Lager style doesn't lend itself to complexity, and this beer won't win any prizes for that. However, it's an easy to drinkable likeable beer.

avalon07, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Beer4Baltimore, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of dbell23
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

dbell23, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of jeffthepony
3/5  rDev -16.4%

jeffthepony, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of bsp77
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%

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
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

nmann08, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of greenbeer29
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

greenbeer29, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of chugalug06
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%

Huge white foamy head come from this typically styled NB CAN. Decent outer ring of bubbles surround the foam. Brew is crystal clear orange-yellow. Looks like pretty low carbonation, very little bubbling. Nice lacing, good job NB.

Not too much scent, typical NB; not aggressive. Smells like a Bud Light, wheres the craft? Seriously, are there any Hops in here? Smells like: corn, slight chile, white pepper, biscuts, and bread.

Well carbonated. Very light and session-able. Not too much to report on flavor other then it greatly reminds me of BMC... Tastes a bit like a farm would (corn). Bread-y and biscuit-y.

I think it's safe to say NB came out flat on this over-hyped brew. If they tried to brew a Bud Light clone using a slightly different recipe, well, they succeeded. There is zero complexity to this brew. This brew never quite shifted my gear to become recommendable. It's far from craft and closer to Macro, drinks great from a can and very poor from a glass. Give ME an Avery Joe's!

chugalug06, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of poppyjohn
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

poppyjohn, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +11.4%

A - clear, see-through, gold with a mountain of dense, white, foamy head with great retention

S - light, bready malt; herbal, spicy; great hop character

T - toasted malts, faint bread, herbal hops, a hint of onions, little lager yeast, a slight spicy hop finish

M - light bodied, smooth, crisp, well carbonated

This is a really solid pale lager. It has a great hop character and great balance and flavor for the style. This would be a great trade off for the usual BMC drinker.

tdm168, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of stpaulsipper07
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

stpaulsipper07, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of rowmine
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

rowmine, Apr 14, 2012
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 1,184 ratings.