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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,164 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,164
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 32
Gots: 78 | 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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chugalug06

Colorado

3.08/5  rDev -14.4%

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!

04-15-2012 04:07:26 | More by chugalug06
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poppyjohn

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

04-15-2012 00:38:11 | More by poppyjohn
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tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

04-14-2012 20:00:06 | More by tdm168
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stpaulsipper07

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

04-14-2012 18:41:59 | More by stpaulsipper07
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rowmine

California

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

04-14-2012 16:59:46 | More by rowmine
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -16.7%

04-14-2012 15:21:07 | More by sgttibbs
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station815


3/5  rDev -16.7%

04-14-2012 13:18:25 | More by station815
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

04-14-2012 05:11:34 | More by Texasfan549
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StoicBeast

California

3/5  rDev -16.7%

04-14-2012 03:50:01 | More by StoicBeast
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bh123

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

04-14-2012 02:47:14 | More by bh123
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isualum12

Idaho

3.33/5  rDev -7.5%

LOVE the can. Looks so cool. Love the little saying on the rim. Extra cool.
Look clear with lots of activity and a lacy head. Golden clear.
Smell skunk kinda gross
Taste hops but not overpowering. Just the right amount of hops if your not a hop head but like it every now and the. (me)
Feel high co2
Overal nice beer. It will stay in the mix.

Thanks

04-14-2012 02:39:29 | More by isualum12
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Cooper

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +11.1%

04-14-2012 02:21:00 | More by Cooper
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mtlasley

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

04-13-2012 21:41:29 | More by mtlasley
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edraz1224

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

04-13-2012 20:17:54 | More by edraz1224
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mweso2000

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

04-12-2012 21:38:32 | More by mweso2000
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Ispeakforthetrees

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

04-12-2012 17:07:06 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
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Domingo

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%

NB’s second major lager offering is a pale lager (no traditional styles here) in a 16oz can.
Straw golden – nice head and retention, too.
Hops hit the nose first. Not really traditional noble hops either. Slightly citric and earthy hops. I know this is using Nelson Sauvin as well as some continental and UK variety hops in a blend, so you get a little of each. I’d say the NS’s might be the strongest note as they’re a little bit orange-peel like. The malt note is there, but it’s mild and more of a support player.
The flavor continues with that theme. A little bit of breadiness on the front of the palate and hops on the back end. It’s definitely not a hell or pils, but is charting a unique path. The NS hops give it just a little bit of lemony flavor, although there’s a tiny hint of onions I get from certain hops. There’s no DMS or diacetyl, but there’s also a very subdued malt note. I wish it had a little more body as right now it seems to be more of a supporting element for those hops.
Not bad, and probably a beer that macro fans would appreciate. It actually reminds me a tiny bit of an “Imperial PBR” although obviously hoppier.

My personal bias is that I’d rather see someone make a good “American helles” instead of all of these hop-forward lagers featuring unusual hopping. To me this is an ale brewer making a lager and as a result you get similar strengths and weaknesses. Hop heads might like this, but I wonder if it’s enough to satisfy them either. It’s an odd one, but who knows – maybe this could be a huge conversion beer?

04-12-2012 15:57:40 | More by Domingo
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beerguy36

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +11.1%

04-12-2012 01:22:51 | More by beerguy36
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from the can into a Pokal style glass.

A real nice brass gold, yellow to orange edges and crystal clear. Hits with a nice foamy white top and some faint lacing while drinking. Nice rising bubbles, quite good looking here.

Nose is a biscuity malt, faint sort of lemon and sour grass hop. Strange yeasty quality to this also. Somewhere between earthy and grassy hop quality, which seems fine.

Taste is interesting. Lots of white baked flour, with a strange hop finish no doubt to Nelson Sauv?. Sticky yeast quality and a faint light astringency mixing with the malts on the aftertaste. Dense but clean, somewhere in between. Not too carbonated either.

Overall, beer does what it says, but it reminds me of eating white cake flour at times with a yeasty bent. But I am usually not a fan of New Belgium, but this is a pretty easy going and enjoyable brew.

04-11-2012 23:50:08 | More by smakawhat
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oberon

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured into a pilsner a clear medium golden with a a thinner white head that didi leave a few broken rings of lace as it settled.Caramel sweetness,lightly toasted grain,and a decent shot of herbal hops in the back end.Caramel induced sweetness upfront on the palate with mild grainy notes,and again a shot of herbal/leafy hops in the finish.It's not a clean lager it's actually a little sweet but the hop profile is nice,above average but not great.

04-11-2012 19:30:47 | More by oberon
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harrymel

Washington

3/5  rDev -16.7%

Best by: 19SEP12
Pours light amber, lots of white billowed foam. Earthy hops and reserved, amber malts. Nice nose for a session IMO. Some corn pops up front, some malts, and some hints of wood. Meh. Thin bodied and hi carb, as expected. Has a semi dry finish. I would say this is great for 80 degree weather honestly, not that bad, but not that great. Slightly sweet.

04-11-2012 17:25:47 | More by harrymel
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djschnabel

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +25%

04-11-2012 02:30:24 | More by djschnabel
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chocosushi

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +11.1%

04-11-2012 01:07:04 | More by chocosushi
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theempire

California

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

04-10-2012 02:23:51 | More by theempire
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alk3kenny

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +13.9%

Appearance is a slightly dark golden color awesome some grassy notes cereal some hops... Initial tasting slight bitterness not much sweetness can taste some hops and grain carbonation bubbles on the tongue very easily drinkable could put back the whole 4 pk of pints on a hot day off for sure. mouthfeel is light crispy pleasant.

04-10-2012 01:43:50 | More by alk3kenny
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
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