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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

1,285 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 1,285
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 42
Gots: 125 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 03-14-2012

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color with a white head. Nice clean lager aroma with floral hop notes and a hint of citrus. A bit of yeast and bread, maybe a touch of biscuit in there, too. Flavor is somewhat sweet with a touch of hop bitterness. Good floral notes, light citrus, and a bit of grass. Mild yeast and esters. Well done lager.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of dannydetox
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mjurney
4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint can.

Appearance:
Golden-Amber color. Some carbonation. Fairly nice head.

Aroma:
Bready, grape skin, a little citrusy.

Taste:
Bready malts up front. Biscuity, grassy, spicy, slight earthy, dry-herbal finish.

Body:
Smooth. Tangy. Medium body. Slight oily. Very soft carbonation.

Photo of Murrhey
2.92/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,285 ratings.