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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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Shift Pale LagerShift Pale Lager

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,132 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,132
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 31
Gots: 57 | 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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NuclearDolphin

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Clear Golden/Yellow color with some great foamy head retention and some good lacing.

Smell - Yeasts, Barley, Floral Hops and a slight malty scent.

Taste - Floral Hops, Yeasts, and Barley. Much like the smell, there is a slight malty characteristic in the back. Very simple and rich taste.

Mouthfeel - Very Light and crisp feeling. It does feel a little watery but it's easy to overlook. All things aside, this is very easy to drink

Overall - Perfect beer to knock back either after a hard day at work or while relaxing. I had this while having a picnic on the beach a couple weeks ago and found it to be absolutely perfect for such an occasion.

Serving type: can

05-29-2012 21:50:06 | More by NuclearDolphin
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fishguyac

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

05-29-2012 18:11:16 | More by fishguyac
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riored4v

Colorado

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a tulip. Frothy, 1.5 finger white head. Good lacing. Clear, golden body.

Aroma was surprising. Very bright and crisp with some good hop aroma. Floral and slight mineral aroma. Mellow maltiness.

Flavor was light, crisp with a moderator hop finish. Mild maltiness is first notice, slightly grainy as well. Good hop flavor of floral and light spiceyness. Very bright on the flavor. Slightly grassy in the finish with a hint of minerally flavor. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel was medium-light body, medium-high carbonation and a dry, crisp finish.

Overall this was very enjoyable and better than I expected. Very refreshing and good balance of flavors.

Serving type: can

05-28-2012 21:56:43 | More by riored4v
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oline73

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear amber color with close to a finger of fluffy white carbonation that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Sweet malt with some light citrus notes. Not overly exciting but nice.

Taste: Fairly light and easy to drink. Malt forward, but there is enough hop presence to keep things interesting. Some citrus and herbal notes mixed in with the malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation. The bubbles are a bit large. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: This is a solid beer for the summer. Very easy to drink, I would have another.

Serving type: can

05-28-2012 21:56:30 | More by oline73
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz. can poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a golden straw color with brilliant clarity and vibrant carbonation. The head is a three finger eggshell color with thick bubbles and solid retention for a lager. Nice spiderweb lacing is left behind on the glass, while a portion of the head still retains itself away from the glass edges. By lager standards, this one looks damn good.

S: There's a typical snappy grain smell of most lagers, but it's also backed up by strong lemongrass, pineapple, and breadier malt. On the other hand, I'm a little worried how the scent is slightly reminiscient of lemon Pledge.

T: Initially, there's a nicely crisp tartness from the lemony hops, backed up by a vaguely sweet grainy malt note. There's little else to this one other than light grain and tart citrus - even worse, the maltiness doesn't intermingle with the hoppiness as well as it could. Still, it's still an easy drinking, refreshing beer that hits the spot on a hot summer day.

M: Medium bodied with a crisp finishing bite. The lemon hops linger on the palate vaguely, due to its drier texture. Healthy carbonation.

O: Hardly great, but it's a good enough summertime beer nonetheless. As long as you don't go into this one with insane expectations, you'll find that it does its job quite well during this hot time of year.

Serving type: can

05-28-2012 19:42:59 | More by ThisWangsChung
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FosterJM

California

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1316th Review on BA
Can to NB Globe
16oz

Best By 16-Sep-12
Purchased a 4pk from Albertsons for 7.99

App- A big and deep orange color into the glass. with some golden yellow highlights in the center. A bit orbish looking. A big two finger white head with good cling.

Smell- It's got a ton of lager behind it. Grainy, lemony and even a bit adjunct. Has a small pale ale vibe going with a bit of malty sweetness.

Taste- Opens much more lager than I hoped. Slowly moves to a pale ale flavor for some dry piney hops and very malty with a touch of bitter.

Mouth- A medium body with a medium carbonation level. A bit of malts, orange juice and lemon on the finish.

Drink- It's just okay. Was really expecting more of a citrus hoppy explosion to this.

Serving type: can

05-28-2012 15:12:05 | More by FosterJM
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avaldivia

California

3/5  rDev -16.7%

05-28-2012 06:01:24 | More by avaldivia
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joecalderoni

Texas

4.7/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a beautifull golden/yellow color! Good fluffy Head!

S: Amazing hop aroma well balanced by pilsner malt on the back of the nose!

T: Sweet grainy taste with a well balanced bitterness! Some amazing hop taste at the after taste!

M: Light to medium body! high carbonation that accentuates the hop bitterness!

O: an amazing pale lager! suit for every occasion! perfect presentation! Cans mean you can drink them everywhere!

Serving type: can

05-28-2012 01:36:51 | More by joecalderoni
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DeirdreE


2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

05-27-2012 23:10:40 | More by DeirdreE
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steelreserve69

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

05-27-2012 16:03:37 | More by steelreserve69
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MikeDre

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-27-2012 07:10:17 | More by MikeDre
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Hophead2112


3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-27-2012 00:54:17 | More by Hophead2112
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lawlerj

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

05-26-2012 18:44:44 | More by lawlerj
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BillyTWilliams

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

05-26-2012 13:33:29 | More by BillyTWilliams
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TheSixthRing

California

3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured aggressively from the can produced a big, frothy 3 finger white head. Retention was average. Color was a crystal clear and purely golden. Resulting lace is sparse, but gathers in cloudy chunks around the edges.

Smell - Hate to say it, but the predominant smell I get is light mildew. Hints of grass and lemon. One of the more unpleasant smelling beers I've put my nose to. Thankfully the aroma is subtle all in all.

Taste - Thankfully it does not taste in the way it smells. Lightly flavored, with notes of grass and lemon hops. Sitting beneath this you'll find a notes of New Belgium's classic malt profile; toasted biscuit with a touch of nuttiness. Finishes with the malt flavor coming on strong, but hops take the checkered flag.

Mouthfeel - Light in body, almost watery, but packs some serious bite. Tingles the lips like crazy.

Overall - Not a bad pale ale, but the smell is off-putting. I probably won't buy this again, but I'm glad I tried it.

Serving type: can

05-26-2012 03:38:41 | More by TheSixthRing
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WritersBlock

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +25%

05-26-2012 00:09:09 | More by WritersBlock
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LXIXME

New Mexico

2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big white head quickly settles into a decent lacing above a clear rich golden colored beer.

Light citrus to piney hops aroma with a little yeast and grass like hints.

A light soapy sour citrus hops with a a little bit of grain in the taste.

A dry aftertaste with a slight bitter almost soapy hops sticking around on the light to medium bodied beer.

This beer starts out looking really good with a very nice light nose and it seems to go down hill some with the taste and aftertaste.

Serving type: can

05-25-2012 23:19:27 | More by LXIXME
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estlinska

Arkansas

3/5  rDev -16.7%

05-24-2012 00:49:14 | More by estlinska
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dorf

Arizona

3/5  rDev -16.7%

05-24-2012 00:05:18 | More by dorf
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Eriktheipaman

California

3/5  rDev -16.7%

05-23-2012 13:30:58 | More by Eriktheipaman
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-23-2012 02:49:14 | More by HoistinBrews
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stakem

Pennsylvania

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

Thanks to Kegatron for gifting me with a 16oz can of this. Poured into a pub glass, the brew appears a light copper to golden color with a finger of yellowish tan head. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain the cap and some strings of webby lace stick to the glass. Through the body is some fine particulate keeping this brew from looking polished in clarity.

The aroma is sweet with a scent of caramel to buttery toffee. A light amount of citrus to herbal hop inclusion mixes with a touch of floral quality. There is a minute amount of trace mineral character present towards the back. Overall this is a typical smelling pale lager.

The flavor of this brew has the previously described notes of butter that come across with some biscuit maltiness. However, before the buttery notes have a chance to linger on the tongue, some herbal hop bitterness comes into play to clean things up a bit. The herbal aspect of the hops carries with it a touch of minerals like the aroma led on. There is a mild fruity aspect of this brew tasting somewhat floral as it warms up. This brew plays quite the contrasting role inside the mouth from buttery to herbal to toasty with grain. Overall not bad.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is light and lively inside the mouth with a crisp finish that you expect from the style. What keeps this back from being above-average for me is the way the buttery notes do not easily transition into the hops and then malt quality. Instead, each aspect seems singular and does not really come together. Overall, it is not a bad brew. It does however include a bit more of an alcohol punch than you would expect for the listed 5% abv.

Serving type: can

05-23-2012 01:01:39 | More by stakem
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TenHornsProud

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-22-2012 03:03:43 | More by TenHornsProud
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Halcyondays

California

4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. tallboy can,

A: Pours a pale golden with a medium somewhat fizzy white head, leaves spotty lace.

S: Grainy notes, sourdough bread, fairly pungent and enjoyable for the style.

T: Sweet bready malt, but balanced well by a noble like hopping. Spaten like, reminds me a lot of that beer, with an American flair.

M: Light-bodied, crisp and clean, well made and refreshing.

O: A very good simple pale Helles type lager. This is how the big boys should make them. I was quite impressed by how good this is.

Serving type: can

05-21-2012 04:56:28 | More by Halcyondays
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Shag

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

05-21-2012 03:41:09 | More by Shag
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
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