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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,136 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,136
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 32
Gots: 61 | 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: 1,136 | Reviews: 215 | Display Reviews Only:
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strohme2

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

08-29-2012 18:08:50 | More by strohme2
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Dieck

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

08-29-2012 17:34:07 | More by Dieck
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ToMakeEndsMeet

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

08-28-2012 21:46:31 | More by ToMakeEndsMeet
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jbierling

Michigan

3/5  rDev -16.7%

08-28-2012 04:40:12 | More by jbierling
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

08-28-2012 02:01:42 | More by Zaphog
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Roger85

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.1%

08-28-2012 01:16:59 | More by Roger85
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smalenberg

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

08-28-2012 00:15:45 | More by smalenberg
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KegsAndEggs

Missouri

3/5  rDev -16.7%

08-27-2012 22:46:24 | More by KegsAndEggs
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AllHailBeercules

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

08-27-2012 21:27:58 | More by AllHailBeercules
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eirelander


4/5  rDev +11.1%

08-27-2012 01:26:45 | More by eirelander
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jjboesen

Maryland

3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a Sam Adams lager glass. it opens in a giant fluffy froth that settels into an active amber body alive with a smattering of shiny bubbles. There is a noticable nose of straw and lemon; the palate is teased with mild hoppiness along with a few blades of grass, and concludes hurriedly.

This is a light-bodied sessional to say the least, an excellent "lawnmower" beer worthy of several pours. However, it will not overwhelm and could become tiresome after a few. Still a pleasantly drinkable lager and one worthy after a hard day at work.

Serving type: can

08-27-2012 00:48:10 | More by jjboesen
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Escsolo

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

08-26-2012 05:50:44 | More by Escsolo
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Ishogai

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -16.7%

08-26-2012 00:14:16 | More by Ishogai
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beerpadawan

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

08-25-2012 20:35:49 | More by beerpadawan
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justinlaz

Arizona

2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

08-25-2012 16:04:44 | More by justinlaz
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Csnowbrown


3/5  rDev -16.7%

08-25-2012 11:03:05 | More by Csnowbrown
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southeastmat


3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice almost cloudy orange. A good head on the pour that sticks around and produces some nice lacing.

S: Not a lot going on here for me. Hops on the finish, a bit of sweetness.

T: Great example of what an every day beer should be in the US. It's clean, drinkable and doesn't batter your taste buds with aggressive hoppiness.

M: Clean. Almost light.

O: A terrific go at what beer can be to those folks who may never reach for a barley wine or an imperial stout. It's exactly what it aims to be: a tasty beer after a long day on the job.

Serving type: can

08-24-2012 23:06:19 | More by southeastmat
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Glopez

California

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

08-23-2012 22:14:49 | More by Glopez
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a nice golden color with with a creamy thick head that lingers

S: Grass with a light citrusy note

T: The slight taste of caramel comes though from the grains with a slight pine hop bitterness. Really well balanced with a dry finish.

M: Light bodied, well carbonated

O: Pretty good, refrshing and easy to drink down.

Serving type: can

08-23-2012 19:59:50 | More by barleywinefiend
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale lager in a can? Sounds a little average for American beer drinkers. Thankfully, though, New Belgium is well above the norm in terms of pleasing the palate.

More than a month or two away from the best by date (“07 OCT 12” is printed on the bottom of the can).

A: Yellow and fizzy, but with a thicker head and a darker body than anything from a Budweiser can. The eggshell head is supported by a barrage of bubbles from the nucleation site, coming down slowly to just a paper-thin layer over the body (typical for most canned beers I’ve seen, for some reason). Tons of filmy lacing.

S: Hop-forward, but not hop-heavy; this is a mild-smelling beer. Citrus juice, lemon peel, and a crisp floweriness characterize the bitters in a unique and pleasing way, while biscuity malts lays a foundation of caramel and breads underneath. Clean, fresh aromas with a full dose of breads: definitely what I like in a lager.

T: Smooth bread crust and cracker tastes are on the forefront, though they are well-mixed with familiar flavors of pale ale caramel malt; this beer tastes like a cross between an APA and a pilsner, malt-wise. Hops aren’t explosive, but they lend a bright, rindy spiciness that livens up the palate with lemon, grapefruit, orange peel, and light pine. Tart and clean bitters. Finishes with moderate-strength malts and lingering rind flavors.

M: This beer is more slick than chewy; not as thick as I’d like, but pretty drinkable, nonetheless. A bit fizzier from the can, which brings out the brighter metallic flavors and makes it not as palatable; drink this one from a glass.

O: Good beer – that’s really all I can say. After the first taste, it becomes more and more underwhelming, but I could see myself session this for a while.

Serving type: can

08-23-2012 19:50:32 | More by BarryMFBurton
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EGolfer4

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

08-23-2012 00:52:09 | More by EGolfer4
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travismiller80

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +11.1%

08-21-2012 02:49:15 | More by travismiller80
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donknotts


3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

08-21-2012 01:16:05 | More by donknotts
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rcatalano

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +11.1%

08-20-2012 20:37:48 | More by rcatalano
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CelticAleMan

California

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

08-20-2012 03:23:07 | More by CelticAleMan
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
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