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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,190 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,190
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 36
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 greenbeer29
4.5/5  rDev +25%

greenbeer29, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of chugalug06
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 -9.7%

poppyjohn, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 +18.1%

stpaulsipper07, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of rowmine
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

rowmine, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev -16.7%

sgttibbs, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of station815
3/5  rDev -16.7%

station815, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Texasfan549, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of StoicBeast
3/5  rDev -16.7%

StoicBeast, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of bh123
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

bh123, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of isualum12
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

isualum12, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of Cooper
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Cooper, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of mtlasley
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

mtlasley, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of edraz1224
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

edraz1224, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of mweso2000
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

mweso2000, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Ispeakforthetrees, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of Domingo
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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?

Domingo, Apr 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

beerguy36, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

smakawhat, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

oberon, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of harrymel
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

harrymel, Apr 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25%

djschnabel, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of chocosushi
4/5  rDev +11.1%

chocosushi, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of theempire
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

theempire, Apr 10, 2012
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,190 ratings.