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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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Shift Pale LagerShift Pale Lager

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1,169 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,169
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 32
Gots: 77 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

06-14-2012 05:54:26 | More by RDW
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3.73/5  rDev +3.6%

Crystal clear golden amber color with 1.5 fingers of fluffy white head that recede to a thin cap.

Soft, floral hop aroma, honeysuckle, orange blossoms, oranges. Very clean pilsner malt profile with a dry lager yeast smell.

Decently bitter, especially for a lager. The hops are not as present on the palate which is a shame as I really liked the aroma (I am a suck for Nelson Sauvin hops).

Really light mouthfeel, very drinkable.

Overall this is a great beer, good to see New Belgium honing in a lager, I will definitely get this one again.

06-13-2012 17:04:53 | More by quirkzoo
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

06-13-2012 00:21:45 | More by commune
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

06-13-2012 00:07:27 | More by SPRichard
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

06-12-2012 05:52:53 | More by Myles
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

06-11-2012 05:37:14 | More by viettran07
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4.05/5  rDev +12.5%

16oz Tall Boy with a Best By Date of 23 SEP 12 on the bottom of the can. Lots of lacing. Pours a translucent amber color with over an inch of frothy head. Aromas of tropical and citrus fruits with some dank hop aroma as well. Taste is more of the tropical fruits. Some nice bitterness towards the end. Very flavorful. Nice mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Had to wait for the head to fade to drink it but it wasnt too long. Overall a well made Pale Lager with alot of flavor thats worth having again.

06-11-2012 04:29:37 | More by PicoPapa
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3.45/5  rDev -4.2%

A: Pours a clean pale golden color with a good head that fades to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of fresh grain and mild citrus with some malt sweetness and herbs.

T: Starts with a nice bitterness and mild malt sweetness. Continues with a pleasant bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly light body and smooth.

O: Easy drinker, quite enjoyable. Can put away a few of these with no problem

06-09-2012 11:03:56 | More by soju6
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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

06-09-2012 08:27:26 | More by CarolinaKev
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

06-09-2012 05:53:15 | More by twelveinches
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3.9/5  rDev +8.3%

Serving type: 16-ounce can. The freshness date printed on the bottom of the can is “07 OCT 12.”

Appearance: Poured into a pilsner glass. The color is straw leaning to gold. Two fingers of dense-ish, off-white head dissipated to leave trails of foam along the glass, a rocky lacing, and a buttery ring around the edge.

Smell: Very reminiscent of a lighter pale ale; grapefruit/orange/lemon hop citrus offers an invigorating kick to what I expected to be a straightforward lager. As the beer warms, the citrus fades (a little) and light grains try to shoulder in. Caramel makes it itself known but otherwise all I smell is the citrus.

Taste: Though on the light side, the mouthfeel is smooth and a little creamy; it goes down easy — a big plus, as always. The hop citrus is evident: grapefruit and a little lemon, orange, and perhaps tangerine. It has a substantial hop bite for a lager, which I really like; it truly is a “shift” in a different direction. Beside the bitterness and citrus, the malts offer a light caramel and light toasted flavor. Otherwise, the malts give the beer a nice body.

Drinkability: This is lager for hopheads. I am impressed. At first I was miffed about the price but now think it is partly justified.

06-09-2012 04:44:13 | More by TheQuietMan22
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3.63/5  rDev +0.8%

#BOTG 58!

I don't know how I have never had this one, but I haven't. So, here we go! I have been jonesing for sessionable beers this summer, with the wicked heat so far.

Poured from can into Karbach pint glass. Pours a nice golden pale color, nice head on the top of the beer. Looks like a lager. Smell- grassy hops, bread. Not much more there to describe, but the hoppiness of this is apparent. Taste- Nice grassy assertive hops, not much backbone behind it. Lacking a bit in balance. Really tight carbonation, borderline stingy. This is a nice, refreshing lager, full of hops flavor, and I could easily pound this beer. I'll be coming back to this one for sure again this summer.

06-08-2012 23:38:19 | More by lnashsig
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3.73/5  rDev +3.6%

12 ounce can - $2.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. There is what appears to be an expiration date of 16 SEP 12 on the bottom of the can.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, deep yellow body with a lofty, foaming, whitish head. Copious amounts of coating lacing on the way down.

Smell: An aromatic base of pale malts with a small hint of toast and grainy-scented barley, then fragrant notes of spice and white grapefruit and, just lightly, some resins.

Taste: Pale maltiness, a bit of grain, a bit of lightly toasted bread. Citrusy, floral hops with a scant hint of savory spiciness and resin drip. Reasonably bitter. Just a bit more of the sweet maltiness (just a bit), then, the spicy, citrusy finish with a low hint of lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A fairly fine, tasty lager.

06-08-2012 21:16:53 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

06-08-2012 19:36:21 | More by KimenTshom
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3.65/5  rDev +1.4%

16oz. Pretty much a clear gold pour, not quite a finger of white head.

Aroma, bready biscuit, lemon citrus. Some herbal hops.

Taste, more grainy like malt with a nice dose of herbal bitterness. Some citrus. Just a little dinner roll breadiness.

Light bodied, very easy drinking. High side of carbonation, very very clean. Good, what it's supposed to be.

06-08-2012 02:02:38 | More by Bung
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

06-07-2012 03:31:24 | More by Beerislivingproof
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4.2/5  rDev +16.7%

Appearance: Clear, golden, pours a nice and creamy ~1 finger head, which is even surprisingly persistent for a lager. Looks fairly carbonated.

Aroma: Fresh and hoppy, with citrus aromas and some spices; orange peel, grass, cardamom? Quite promising!

Taste: Hops are a bit milder than expected, there is also a strong malt background. Not as light and refreshing as I thought it would be, but there's certainly some flavour. Hop bitterness in the aftertaste. The spices in the aroma are not evident, but I'm reminded of freshly baked rolls.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Bready texture.

Overall: For a lager in a can, this is excellent. Not my favourite type of beer by any means, but it's great to see an inexpensive, easy drinking session lager with some originality and flavour. Hopefully it can convert some of the masses into better beer...

06-07-2012 03:28:55 | More by Arborescence
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

A: Pale, light copper hue with a really big 3-inch frothy and bubbly head

S: Nice combination of floral and citrus hops--even some weed and musty grass; sweet bready grains; this smells so good--I'm excited to dive into a a lager

T: Nicely bittered up front and though the sweet bready malts balance things out this stays nicely bitter and hoppy; grainy, weed, breads, citrus, mmm

F: Medium body and sticky and oily and really balanced mouth feel

O: This is such a good, drinkable, thirst-quenching lager--I'll sign up for the double shift

06-06-2012 03:25:13 | More by dbossman
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

06-05-2012 03:58:58 | More by 59rockabilly
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3.58/5  rDev -0.6%

Enjoyed in a shaker pint at the Mellow Mushroom.

Light orange with absolutely perfect clarity. The one-inch head is orange-white and sudsy, depositing big, sticky walls on the sides of the glass. A thin, soapy layer remains after minute, but goes nowhere after that.

Soft grain and a bit of spicy, grassy hops in the nose. Very light and spritzy.

Interesting flavor. The grainy bite of a lager met with the grassy hops of a pale. Maybe a touch of honey as well. Softly bitter, very clean, smooth and drinkable.

Medium-light in body. High carbonation pinches the tongue for just a second, then dies off. A little fizz as it moves. Super-clean.

Not the most flavorful beer, but great for a cheap lager. Nice hop presence, fantastic drinkability.

06-05-2012 03:17:08 | More by Phelps
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3.73/5  rDev +3.6%

Pint can poured into a pint glass

Pours a clear golden amber with medium head on the pour, and low head retention, and lots of carbonation. Smell is very mild, slightly yeasty, some sweetness.

Taste is slightly hoppy, nice bitterness, some of the yeasty flavor, slightly sour aftertaste that I think is fairly common for lagers.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth. Overall, it's not a bad lager.

06-03-2012 19:04:44 | More by snaotheus
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New York

4/5  rDev +11.1%

06-03-2012 02:47:28 | More by miked234
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

06-03-2012 01:01:48 | More by Drinking_Milkshakes
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3.95/5  rDev +9.7%

16oz can : tulip glass
from notes.

Clear golden yellow, billowy white head.

Floral hops as well as some fruity hops, sweet grassy, malty grains.

Light body overall, but medium for the style with prickly medium carbonation.

Hoppy, well done lager, prominent flavors, but still easy drinking.

06-03-2012 01:01:10 | More by vkv822
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4.15/5  rDev +15.3%

16 oz can into hardywood park tulip. best before sept. 30 12.

A: very rich golden hued body. head is bright white with great retention and thick clumps of lace.

S: slightly sweet, slightly minty aroma. if i had to guess, i would say saaz was used in this brew. a very inviting aroma, even if it is one not typical of american pale lagers.

T: a little eggy. there is an underlying chalky, earthy noble bitterness throughout the entire drink that slightly reminds me of a german pils. the malt is there, but really as a backboard for the hops. smoooth.

M: moderate carbonation on a light/medium body.

D: i really like this beer. good flavor on a very drinkable lager. glad it is in a hogsleg.

06-02-2012 21:55:13 | More by Jimmys
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
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