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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,135 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,135
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 32
Gots: 59 | 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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Ratings: 1,135 | Reviews: 215 | Display Reviews Only:
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

10-24-2012 16:01:54 | More by JohnK17
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poodog

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

10-24-2012 14:33:39 | More by poodog
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stickboy1125

Virginia

3/5  rDev -16.7%

10-23-2012 21:28:58 | More by stickboy1125
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ilikebeer03

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

10-23-2012 21:22:09 | More by ilikebeer03
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silentdonkey

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

10-23-2012 04:51:16 | More by silentdonkey
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Eaglefan344

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-22-2012 21:54:46 | More by Eaglefan344
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BigBarley

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-22-2012 18:50:57 | More by BigBarley
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CloudStrife

New York

3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a 16oz nonic pint glass. Best by 30 Dec 12.

A: Pours a clear golden hue with a 1 finger white head. Average amount of visible carbonation. Head settles to a thin film. Leaves a little lacing on the glass.

S: Malty lagery aroma that is pleasant. A fresh hop in the background. Cracker and breadiness.

T: Leads with some biscuity malt, followed by an earthy hop overtone and a sweet fruity finish. Nice hop touch.

M: Light to medium body with average carbonation and a clean finish. Good for a session.

Overall a tasty, easy drinking lager that can be enjoyed by anyone who likes beer.

Serving type: can

10-20-2012 18:39:05 | More by CloudStrife
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biscuitroller

Tennessee

2/5  rDev -44.4%

10-19-2012 15:32:47 | More by biscuitroller
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DoubleJ

California

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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Papabear55


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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bzach

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-16-2012 03:28:18 | More by bzach
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pburland23

Pennsylvania

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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Joshgonzales79

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-15-2012 04:11:19 | More by Joshgonzales79
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g_jenkins

California

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

10-14-2012 23:42:17 | More by g_jenkins
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uscbrasco

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-14-2012 23:11:47 | More by uscbrasco
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Chucker17

South Dakota

2/5  rDev -44.4%

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.1%

10-11-2012 12:36:36 | More by PCBrewski
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mzeld

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-10-2012 16:44:40 | More by mzeld
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robthepenguin

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

10-10-2012 00:36:52 | More by robthepenguin
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Siriusfisherman

Montana

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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twinsfan86

Arkansas

4.5/5  rDev +25%

10-08-2012 17:58:40 | More by twinsfan86
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TheStashRide

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

10-08-2012 01:32:51 | More by TheStashRide
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dougtt

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

10-07-2012 16:50:32 | More by BigTrubble
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,135 ratings.