Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing
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3.7/5 rDev +2.8%
Poured from a 16oz can into a glass
A: Pours a light orange color. There is an almost two finger head of white foam which disappears quickly on my first pour but has much better retention when I finish the can. A small amount of spotty, layered lacing.
S: Light noble hops and mild lemon zest. A good grain background. As the beer warms I can detect some lager yeast.
T: Grains and light bready malt are the first things I pick up. Mild grassy hops and herbal spice impart a decent bitterness. Aftertaste is somewhat floral. I want to say there is some tropical fruit/melon to the flavor, but it is incredibly mild.
M: Thin and a little watery. Carbonation is mild but what is there is effervescent.
O: A very easy drinking beer. A good alternative to macros when you want to have a few and not not get too full or drunk.
07-29-2012 00:39:50 | More by WankelEngine
4/5 rDev +11.1%
shift is, as i reckon it was intended to be, a session beer when you want something simple, yet interesting that you can consume multiple rounds without feeling too full or too buzzed. pours a golden yellow lager color, but leaves rings of suds on the side of the glass unlike the typical american macros. the aromas are my favorite part: chardonnay-like tropical fruit from the nelson(?) hops with notes of lemon peel. maybe a bit of crystal malt in the back. i get more mango as the beer slides over the palate. the drawback? a very thin mouthfeel gives this beer a watery feeling. still, i like it and would definitely bring this one along to a cans only venue or a hiking trip. added bonus - the blue and silver can looks mighty close to a red bull can. this might make for a good street sipper or road beer.
07-28-2012 04:33:46 | More by dannydetox
4.48/5 rDev +24.4%
1 pint can.
Golden-Amber color. Some carbonation. Fairly nice head.
Bready, grape skin, a little citrusy.
Bready malts up front. Biscuity, grassy, spicy, slight earthy, dry-herbal finish.
Smooth. Tangy. Medium body. Slight oily. Very soft carbonation.
07-21-2012 20:34:35 | More by mjurney
2.88/5 rDev -20%
Poured from a pint can into a pint glass. Reviewed live.
A- Poured a two finger creamy white head. Nice and dense, some foamy lacing and nice retention. Extremely pale straw color, near-water clarity.
S- Light bodied malts, Amarillo hops maybe? Straw and sweet smelling grains.
T- Light flavor, strong pale ale taste with a grainy flavor that must be the lager creeping in.
M- Light yet grainy feel. Not the best.
O- Passable, drinkable beer with a nice American Pale Ale sort of taste, with a Lager body. Nothing special though.
07-21-2012 03:53:24 | More by Murrhey
3.48/5 rDev -3.3%
Pours out to a fluffy everlasting head, sexy lacing and light gold color. Aroma is grassy and spicy hops and faint grain and lemon. Flavor is spicy hops with lemon, coriander and pilsner malt in the backbone. Mouthfeel is sticky and rough. Light body and appropriate co2. Overall, another beer style that has been newbelgified. Not bad but I've had better.
07-20-2012 22:49:55 | More by EagleTalon
3.65/5 rDev +1.4%
Poured from a 16 ounce can into a pilsner glass.
Appearance: Pours a clear medium yellow with a huge 3-4 finger fluffy eggshell white head. Excellent head retention and lacing.
Smell: Sweet cereal grains, honey and a touch of grapefruit bitterness.
Taste: Pale and bready malts up front followed by a touch of herbal spiciness in the middle before ending with a little more pale malt and bitter grapefruit at the finish. Aftertaste is mildly bitter.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a fairly low amount of carbonation. The texture is a bit oily and slick.
Drinkability: Decent drinkability. If the mouthfeel was better, I'd want another.
Overall: Pretty good beer overall. I think it hit most of the notes you'd want from a pale lager. Definitely worth a try.
07-18-2012 21:15:25 | More by adam42381
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
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