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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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Shift Pale LagerShift Pale Lager

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1,127 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,127
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 31
Gots: 54 | 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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2/5  rDev -44.4%

10-19-2012 15:32:47 | More by biscuitroller
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4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the source, on to the beer:

Sometimes simpler is better, and New Belgium get it with thier Shift Lager. It's a golden colored beer, leaving a good proportion of lace around the glass. The nose is no-frills but does the job, bringing floral, crackers, and bread to the mix. And while the taste may also be no-frills to some, there's something about the way this beer seduces me that I can't help but like. Its taste is lead by honey, bready, and floral flavors, and pair that with the flavors having harmony with one another, it wins. Light bodied and moderately crisp, this lager is very easy to drink and very refreshing without boring your palate.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2012 05:08:22 | More by DoubleJ
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3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a willi tumbler

Appearance: White head with large bubbles. Good lacing for such a light beer. Very clear but a nice golden yellow.

Smell: Citrus-hoppy and sweet malt makes it a bit bready.

Taste: Sweet malt flavor to begin with and slowly shifts to a more central hop flavor as it warms up.

Mouthfeel: Very thin and drinkable. Crisp finish thats very refreshing.

Overall: I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I was expecting a slightly varied lager that still fell flat but got a unique beer that's well worth the price!

Serving type: can

10-17-2012 05:05:59 | More by Papabear55
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-16-2012 03:28:18 | More by bzach
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4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. tallboy can into a standard shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Beer pours a very clear slightly dark golden color with two finger of very delicate white head. Very nice lacing and head retention.

Smell: Citrus fruits - orange peel and lemon. Some wildflowers, graham cracker, cinnamon and honey. Very nice smelling lager.

Taste: Floral and slightly sweet. A touch of honey as well as more ripe citrus fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: Eminently drinkable at 5.0%. Light in body with sharp biting carbonation. Slightly creamy throughout with a nice, dry finish.

Overall: This is a surprising beer. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I certainly enjoyed. This is a sessionable, hoppy lager and though this one was reviewed from a glass I can attest it drinks very well from the tallboy can.

Serving type: can

10-16-2012 00:32:00 | More by pburland23
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-15-2012 04:11:19 | More by Joshgonzales79
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

10-14-2012 23:42:17 | More by g_jenkins
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-14-2012 23:11:47 | More by uscbrasco
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South Dakota

2/5  rDev -44.4%

10-12-2012 20:17:15 | More by Chucker17
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.1%

10-11-2012 12:36:36 | More by PCBrewski
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-10-2012 16:44:40 | More by mzeld
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

10-10-2012 00:36:52 | More by robthepenguin
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3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A slightly amber gold with a nice, white foamy head up top. Great lacing and carbonation streaming from the bottom.

Smell: Light tropical notes from the hops, very fresh and just a touch of toasty malt.

Taste: Very much like the nose, some hop bitterness up front and light flavor to follow. The malt is nice and robust tasting with a little toastiness. Very clean, and the hops have this very unique tropical tone that I rarely see in lagers.

Mouthfeel: Thin and lagery, but not as much as most. It is leagues ahead of the macro stuff, just nothing like a typical pale ale.

Overall: This is a tasty pale lager, one of the best I have had. It still has some of the drawbacks that almost all in the style have, and just won't be able to stand up to the broad complexity of pale ales. But still, if you are not in the mood for to much body and want something to wash down some lunch, this would be a great choice.

Serving type: can

10-08-2012 19:36:13 | More by Siriusfisherman
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4.5/5  rDev +25%

10-08-2012 17:58:40 | More by twinsfan86
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

10-08-2012 01:32:51 | More by TheStashRide
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

10-07-2012 22:00:03 | More by dougtt
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

10-07-2012 16:50:32 | More by BigTrubble
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review from 7/11/12: pours hazy gold color with a ton of bubbles racing up the middle and a 2 finger foamy snow white head that faded slowly and left great foamy lacing clinging to the sides.

Smells of sweet malt, orange peel, lemon zest, caramel, brown sugar, grains and spices like cinnamon and coriander. Spicy and floral, the nose is sweet, airy and quite enjoyable.

Tastes of sweet malt, orange peel, lemon zest, citrus hops, caramel, brown sugar, grains, yeast, grass, pepper and other spices like cinnamon and coriander. Sweet overall with nice citrus and malty flavors complimenting each other.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth and almost watery, with a light body, light zesty carbonation, and high drinkability. A definite session beer, this was light, refreshing, flavorful and very enjoyable.

Shift was great out of the can and in a glass, and the name is quite fitting as this is a perfect quenching beer to throw down after any shift. Outstanding drinkability, I could drink this on a regular basis and always be happy.

Serving type: can

10-07-2012 03:42:38 | More by CHickman
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

10-07-2012 01:33:37 | More by BEERWOLF1951
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-06-2012 19:28:42 | More by Morockm
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

10-06-2012 17:59:52 | More by ADA32
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

10-06-2012 02:31:41 | More by MN_Beerticker
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4.5/5  rDev +25%

10-05-2012 21:05:28 | More by a6ladd
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3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tallboys, sessionable, hoppy lagers… this has promise.

I’ve been waiting on this one though because of the price point—I’d rather spend that money on an IPA (Ranger tall boys are the same price).

I like how this looks. It’s clear and golden and has miles and miles and miles of foam on top of it. Even without a vigorous pour (I gave my first can a good kick) there’s a lot of foam. It goes away, and leaves its mark, but for a quick minute it’s there and looks good.

The aroma isn’t what you’d expect from a lager. There’s a light “fruity” note to it, along with a subdued but still present hoppiness. I get just a note of hop spice—and then, like that, it’s gone. Poof! Come back!

Flavorwise this is definitely an easy drinker. It’s lightly bodied and smooth with a clean finish. I get some hints of the hop character on the end, but again it’s there and then gone. This beer ain’t half bad—but next one I have will be to finish a round of drinking rather than the one that gets the fresh palate’s attention. And for the price there’s better options.

Serving type: can

10-05-2012 05:36:34 | More by elNopalero
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New York

4/5  rDev +11.1%

10-04-2012 23:08:27 | More by jeanphony
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
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