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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,112 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,112
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 31
Gots: 48 | 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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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
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

05-20-2012 20:18:09 | More by PEIhop
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jdhasse

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

05-20-2012 18:33:31 | More by jdhasse
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BierStein711

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow!

Can poured into shaker

Three finger off white head

Amber body

Taste: piney, grassy, and bitter finish

Smell: lager yeast, grains

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised. When I see and hear the words "Pale Lager" [sic], I generally avoid. Have this beer, and celebrate a new, and better form of this beer style.

Serving type: can

05-20-2012 04:31:35 | More by BierStein711
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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

05-20-2012 04:26:14 | More by drewone
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-19-2012 02:29:56 | More by MarkyMOD
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-19-2012 02:02:08 | More by 2dogbrew
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

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

Tallboy poured into a pint glass

A- Clear golden yellow with a rather lare 3 finger whitish head. Really nice lacing

S- Very crisp and grainy. A slight bitterness but an underwhelming hop profile, some pine and light citrus. A light sugary sweetness.

T- Very grainy tasting, a bit of light malt and along with some sugary flavors. Hop profile is again, underwhelming but has a bit of pine and citrus with it. Tastes fresh and clean.

M- Fairly light, both body and taste but this is a refreshing beer. Light character but leaves behind a heavy, dry and sticky aftertaste.

O- This beer isnt bad, its just a little disappointing. Miles ahead of other american adjunct lagers but behind most craft beer and and I would expect something a bit more from New Belgium. Having said that, it is a session-able beer and its good at being just that.

Serving type: can

05-18-2012 22:23:50 | More by TwelveOunces
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tdmccarthy

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-18-2012 01:46:25 | More by tdmccarthy
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RichH55

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-17-2012 17:49:46 | More by RichH55
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3/5  rDev -16.7%

05-17-2012 06:16:28 | More by HuskyinPDX
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JEdmund

Kansas

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear and golden with healthy head formation and great retention; lots of bubbles to be seen streaming away.

Smells a mix of cereal graininess and fruity/floral hops, though those hops are very delicately used and are not coming in strong by any means.

Immediately struck by how light-bodied yet crisp this is. Flavor is light, smooth, and balanced. Slightly sweet, clean, and a nice hop flavor, though like the aroma, it’s lightly employed. The finish has a good drying hop bite, bringing me back for more.

Overall Shift is very drinkable, but considering its price point, I feel like I should be getting a bit more flavor for my bucks. Money aside, these are easy-drinking beers with a subtle, unique twist thanks to those New Zealand Nelson Sauvin hops and will go down quickly and enjoyably on hot days.

Serving type: can

05-17-2012 02:14:12 | More by JEdmund
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tlazaroff

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Light grain on the nose, nothing that stands out and smells bad (I generally don't like grain smell). I get a bit of floral hops to back up the malt. It's nice.

The beer looks pretty good! It's a golden color with a crisp white fluffy head with generous lacing. Streaming carbonation to the top of the glass.

Taste isn't too bad. It has this nice floral hop bite at first, then rolls into a cereal-like profile and is backed by finish that combines both and is quite memorable for a pale lager. It's pretty nice.

Great mouthfeel includes a light body, moderate carbonation, a dry finish, and incredibly refreshing! Overall, this could be a favorite pale lager.

Serving type: can

05-17-2012 01:52:10 | More by tlazaroff
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hinemk76

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.1%

05-17-2012 00:49:56 | More by hinemk76
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NanomiaCara

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -16.7%

05-16-2012 15:05:33 | More by NanomiaCara
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batl77

California

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

05-16-2012 06:11:49 | More by batl77
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DNofBN

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.1%

05-15-2012 15:23:59 | More by DNofBN
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a can into a Victory tulip

A- pours gold with an orange hue, with a one finger white head. Plenty of bubbles rising. Looks very nice

S- the aroma of the Nelson hops are crisp, and give off a modest citrus scent. Not very overpowering

T- the citrus lends a slight hint of bitterness to this, but again, a very crisp, easy flavor

M- trends toward the thin side, which actually helps it based on the style and packaging form

O- it's not great by any means, but at a 5% tallboy, it serves its purpose well. The price point doesn't work for me, though, and I don't think this would be a go-to for me

Serving type: can

05-15-2012 02:49:23 | More by bigfnjoe
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FishPondManager

Colorado

3/5  rDev -16.7%

05-15-2012 02:27:17 | More by FishPondManager
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phishsihq

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium Brewing Company's latest release, Shift Pale Lager, shows off their bottom-fermenting skills and new canning line. Available only in 16 ounce "Tall Boy" cans, we decided to pour ours into a New Belgium Globe Glass to get a better look at it. Shift pours a deep brass color with a one-inch thick white head that dissipates slowly, leaving a solid lace around the glass. Aromas of biscuity malt, faint citrus (orange) notes, and a slight spiciness are all discernible. Shift starts out with sweet malt flavors blending into some crisp herbal and spicy floral flavors. Medium bodied, this pale lager is lighter in carbonation, all the while maintaining a smooth and crisp sessionable quality. Crafts Can Can!

Cheers!

Serving type: can

05-15-2012 01:57:06 | More by phishsihq
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JRBecks

Illinois

3/5  rDev -16.7%

05-14-2012 15:12:35 | More by JRBecks
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,112 ratings.