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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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Shift Pale LagerShift Pale Lager

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1,185 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,185
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 35
Gots: 82 | 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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Photo of hardy008
2.24/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Clear gold with a 1 finger white head with decent retention and spotty lacing. The aroma has grassy and floral hops with some lemon. Also has biscuit malt.

Tastes just like it smells with lemon. floral, and grassy hops, with biscuit malt. Very underwhelming. Not a good combination of flavors in my opinion.

Light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Has an unpleasant aftertaste. I'm glad I only picked up one of these. Not a fan, and I won't be trying this again.

hardy008, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of OldTime
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

OldTime, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of CelticAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

CelticAleMan, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of Hopmodium
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Hopmodium, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of CHickman
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review from 7/11/12: pours hazy gold color with a ton of bubbles racing up the middle and a 2 finger foamy snow white head that faded slowly and left great foamy lacing clinging to the sides.

Smells of sweet malt, orange peel, lemon zest, caramel, brown sugar, grains and spices like cinnamon and coriander. Spicy and floral, the nose is sweet, airy and quite enjoyable.

Tastes of sweet malt, orange peel, lemon zest, citrus hops, caramel, brown sugar, grains, yeast, grass, pepper and other spices like cinnamon and coriander. Sweet overall with nice citrus and malty flavors complimenting each other.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth and almost watery, with a light body, light zesty carbonation, and high drinkability. A definite session beer, this was light, refreshing, flavorful and very enjoyable.

Shift was great out of the can and in a glass, and the name is quite fitting as this is a perfect quenching beer to throw down after any shift. Outstanding drinkability, I could drink this on a regular basis and always be happy.

CHickman, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of yemenmocha
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Starts nice with a good appearance - pale golden, honeyed look, with medium sized white head that laces well. Nose was alright too with some floral citrus, which was a bit surprising for a LAGER. Palate though had some soft malt sweetness, but then also this quasi-ureic quality that was off-putting, but also not clearly a flawed or ruined example (it wasn't lightstruck, infected, etc.). The floral citrus just sort of runs into a urea like flavor that isn't so nice. Finishes semi sweet. Seems ale-like in many ways.

yemenmocha, May 05, 2012
Photo of KVNBGRY
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

KVNBGRY, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

avisong, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of tbone1384
3/5  rDev -16.4%

tbone1384, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of Keith_R
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Keith_R, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of mychalg9
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

mychalg9, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of ssimpson89
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

ssimpson89, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of jacewg
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

jacewg, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of jgunther71
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

jgunther71, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of jzlyo
4/5  rDev +11.4%

jzlyo, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of bsp77
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from can into Frankfurter mug.

Appearance: Rich golden color with nice sized head at first, and some light lacing.

Smell: Light hay, grains, citrus and spice. Needs a little more oomph in the aroma department, but still nice.

Taste: Hay and apple form the backbone, with a nice hoppy counterbalance of citrus and a light spiciness. Despite the hops, there is virtually no bitterness; just balanced flavors.

Feel: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Crisp, clean and smooth with a dry finish.

Overall: This is essentially a Helles but with New World hops. Surprisingly, I enjoy this almost as much as Surly Hell. I also think that other than the Lips of Faith series, this is the best standard New Belgium beer along with Belgo. Very happly surprised by this.

bsp77, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of ystazi
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

ystazi, May 11, 2013
Photo of Spider889
4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

Spider889, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of DRBiser
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

DRBiser, May 04, 2014
Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

tbryan5, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of shand
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

shand, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of khargro2
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

khargro2, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of facundoCNB
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear golden yellow with 1/8" of white head, excellent acing. smells of honey, lemongrass, bread. tastes slightly bitter from hops with a bready backbone.. tastes more like an american pale ale than a lager, which is a GREAT thing in my book. a very refreshing beer, light bodied, thirst quenching with a dry finish. this is an excellent session beer. unfortunately for me i only received one can through a trade, but if i had this available, i think this would be a go to for session drinking. it's light tasting with a moderate abv, refreshing for a hot summer day (or when you wake up in the middle of the night, such as now, with a dry mouth). it's just overall a nice session beer.

facundoCNB, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of augustgarage
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz can into my Moonlight shaped pint glass.

Clear orange-tinged amber body capped by a soft soapy off-white half-finger. Good retention, soft non-commital lacing.

Sweet mellow aromatics, fairly generic with a hint of crisp green apple.

Crisp gently malty palate entry with a low bitterness leading into the gentle medium-dry finish. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and grainy (corn? or is it the Munich and Crystal talking?) with a touch of quinine. Disappointed that the hop character doesn't come across more, but then if it did, this wouldn't be to style I suppose.

Very light bodied, well carbonated, and brisk.

Clean, fresh tasting, very light lager - maybe not the best value, but worth a try if you want to mow the lawn in style.

augustgarage, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of Chucker17
2/5  rDev -44.3%

Chucker17, Oct 12, 2012
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 1,185 ratings.