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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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1,188 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,188
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 36
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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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Jellopants356, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of grahamboudreaux
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

grahamboudreaux, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of DeanMoriarty
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4-pack of tall cans from Sunshine Liquor in Ocean Beach...can't remember the price -drank it straight from the can (as one should).

A: Being that I did drink straight from the can - I'll average the score based on its other aspects.

S: Very traditional pale lager malt smell right off the bat - grainy, bready and slightly sweet. Faint hit of orange blossom and earthy hop in there too.

T: Taste is pretty much on point with the nose - the hop is cranked up a bit though, especially in comparison to many others within the same genre - hop goes for a while - very nice!

M: Light-bodied but on the verge of medium, crisp and well carbonated, goes down smooth and finishes clean. Hop oils linger a bit.

Overall a super tasty session ale that has enough hoppiness to please the hop snob (like myself) but approachable enough for those of you not buying into the hop craze.

DeanMoriarty, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of skm
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

skm, Dec 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

wertschy, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of runlikeakenyan
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

runlikeakenyan, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of acelin
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tallboy can into a proper pint glass.. you know, one that's actually pint sized.

Pours a golden yellow with minimal head, but decent lacing.

In the nose one can detect traditional pale malts ( biscuity, sugary, bready) and a slight floral hint.

This beer tastes about the same. Pretty average I suppose for a pale lager, i'm just glad this style is making a name for itself. Compared to other lagers, this brew is a bit hoppier. It's a good thing too.

acelin, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of Stwinchy
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Stwinchy, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of gpogo
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden body with a white head.

A- Earthy hops, some very light bready sweetness.

T- Spicy/pepper mix with malt sweetness. Very interesting and enjoyable. Crisp lager finish and aftertaste.

M- Medium body and moderate carbonation. Sticks around a bit.

D- This is one of my favorite warm weather beers, or just a beer to enjoy and not be too serious about. It is a bit on the expensive side, but it is worth trying.

gpogo, Dec 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

morken78, Dec 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

TLieu, Dec 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

sendbeer, Dec 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

areich6, Dec 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

SportsandJorts, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of JamesMN
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice translucent golden hue with an off-white soapy head. Looks like it'll leave some good lacing.

Aroma: A hint of earthy/citrus hops and a bit of yeast. Some bready malt. Nothing fancy.

Taste: Interesting bready/peppery malt flavor. Not very powerful but makes itself known. Earthy hops in this one (saw they use Cascade so was hoping for a little grapefruit/citrus). Decently bitter for the style but not really noticeable. Bit of a crisp finish and definitely lageresque in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with average carbonation and good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Not bad. Average average brew but nothing too interesting. I think they were going for a session beer and basically accomplished that goal. Would I drink it again? Probably not.

JamesMN, Dec 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

dkw0063, Dec 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Kahlerbock, Nov 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Matthew607, Nov 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Flyboyman, Nov 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

zonker17, Nov 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Chieftog, Nov 22, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

andrewkgray91, Nov 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Renegrenade, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of tectactoe
2.81/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 16-oz can into a pilsner glass. Pours a golden-straw color, lots of clarity with a very, very, very slight bit of hazy. Steady stream of carbonation bubbles rising to the top of a relatively thick, ghost-white head that lasts much longer than expected. Nose is very yeast-heavy; bread, biscuits, and wheat are abundant. Deeper down in the aroma I get a bit of corn and mild sweetness. Hops are faintly present, but give way pretty quickly to the rest of the aromas. The taste is pretty basic - reasonable helping of hops up front, somewhat rose-like, mild citrus and pine; bready and malty with a touch of sweetness, and again, a huge dose of corn and wheat from the middle to the finish. Very crisp and clean thanks to the heavy carbonation. Thin-medium body.

I did not enjoy the abundance of corn that I was tasting... it wasn't awful, but it wasn't enjoyable, either. Lackluster beer overall, there are many better pale lagers out there. Hell, I'd probably take a PBR over this. Uninspired and blah.

tectactoe, Nov 19, 2012
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1/5  rDev -72.1%

dgrauwiler, Nov 16, 2012
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 1,188 ratings.