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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,164 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,164
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 32
Gots: 78 | 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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khargro2

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

09-17-2013 21:39:54 | More by khargro2
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

05-07-2012 00:59:56 | More by Kunstman
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ElGordo

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev +5%

Pours a bright golden color with a quick flourish of white head that settles down prety quickly. NIce, clean aroma of bready malt and piney hops. Crisp, clean taste that's malt-forward and accented with some distinct lager yeast. Finish is a little tart and pleasantly bitter. I'll probably drink more than a few of these this summer.

04-29-2012 04:23:32 | More by ElGordo
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Copper tan/ruby brown with a foamy 1 inch head, plenty of lacing.

Smell - Sweet citric hops, pale malts, added sugars, a little caramel malt note near the finish.

Taste - A nice mix of sweet hops and pale malts. Plenty of orange, peach and pineapple in each sip. Sweet and fruity with a slight pale caramel malt flavor near the finish. Some spices provide a grainy flavor.

Mouthfeel - Fruity citric hops coat the tongue with sweetness. Palate gets pale malts and spices. Aftertaste is crisp, a little biscuity and grainy.

Overall - Decent beer, has a nice sweet citric flavor mixed in with pale malts. I guess the only knock about the beer is none of the flavors jump out at you, and you are left feeling a little unsatisfied. Great price, and its in cans, so its worth a drink for sure.

02-19-2014 21:21:46 | More by wvsabbath
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LambicKing

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

05-06-2012 02:28:56 | More by LambicKing
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DeutschesBier

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

06-07-2013 15:22:44 | More by DeutschesBier
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%

From: Binny's, Bloomingdale, IL
Date: Best by 6/13/2013
Glass: Standard US pint

With Shift, New Belgium has a solid "mild" American lager. The beer is somewhat hoppy, somewhat of pale malts, neither striking the palate with too much intensity. The result is a drinkable, sessionable beer that won't overpower or saturate the palate into being tired, while at the same time letting one know that he or she is drinking an American-influenced beer (mostly due to the hop choices). This was enjoyable, and one to consider if I'm seeking out a mild, lager-like beer with American-influenced hopping.

The beer pours a 1cm tall head of fairly clean, white foam, with average retention of around one minute. The head fades to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass, leaving moderate lacing, mostly a scattered array of dots, but also a few larger blotches clinging to the sides of the glass. The body is a golden yellow color, transparent, with light bringing out lighter, paler shades of yellow. Carbonation is visible through the body, and it is both somewhat vigorous and numerous.

The aroma is generally assertive, but not aggressive or blustering: the hops are present, but not dank or heavy, and the malt is consciously tame and in the background. The mix is an interesting blend of mildly fruity (guava, mango) and citrusy hops, arising from the Nelson Sauvin and Cascade, respectively. In this can at least, the hops seem to be most prominent, the slightly toasted and sweet malt appearing as more of an afterthought. A bit one-dimensional as a result.

The overall flavor is generally hoppy and fruity, with the malts being largely relegated to the background. Again, this leads to the beer feeling, at times, rather one-dimensional. Front of palate finds fruit flavors (guava and passion fruit, with a bit of pear) with a mild pale base malt sweetness. Mid-palate finds more "heaviness" to the hop flavors, with continued pale malt sweetness and perhaps a hint of the Munich malt that's in this beer. Back of palate features mild bitterness, slightly grainy and toasted malts accompany the sweet, pale malts, and slight fruit flavors (more pear than anything tropical). Aftertaste is with a somewhat tannic, astringent, dry bitterness, with continued citrus (orange) and marginal tropical fruit (guava, mango) flavor.

Beer is light to medium-light in body, with enough carbonation to gently foam the beer completely upon the palate. The resulting mouthfeel is soft, foamy, and somewhat creamy. Closes mostly dry, with little residual stickiness hanging on the palate.

05-09-2013 05:09:43 | More by falloutsnow
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jgunther71

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

08-14-2013 19:25:22 | More by jgunther71
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Localdrinklax

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +11.1%

04-19-2012 05:54:31 | More by Localdrinklax
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

06-10-2013 17:07:55 | More by savagepm
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev +10.6%

This nicely clean amber lager pours with a massive head, and splendid, intricate, and finely-detailed lace.

Nose is malty but with an obvious hoppy citrus touch. Very nice.

Taste is light on the palate up front, but full of hopped-up citrus notes upon finish. Drinks much like a pale ale, and a solid one at that. I would buy this regularly if the price wasn't so prohibitive ($9 for 4 pint cans).

04-25-2012 03:37:06 | More by secondtooth
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sd123

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +11.1%

04-06-2013 22:46:18 | More by sd123
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MacStinson

Michigan

4/5  rDev +11.1%

09-26-2012 02:20:50 | More by MacStinson
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.19/5  rDev -11.4%

Pours, from a 16oz can, a golden color with crystal clear clarity. Some straw colored hues through out. A soft fizzy head with good retention but didn't last through the tasting.

The nose is a bit non-discript. Some soft pilsner notes but more of a generic malt backing. Some minor esters, peaches and a hint of grape. A light white pepper note but very soft.

The malt comes out more versus the nose but overall very limited. Some minor pils notes but less versus the aroma. More of a malt and bready undertone. A hint of nutty that makes me think biscuit malt. Some zesty, lemon balm and herbal spicy hop note. More estery notes that is a bit much. Rose peddles and a hint of green apple.

The body is light to moderate. Not as crisp as I would have liked. The lingering yeast notes are a bit of a distraction as well. Overall a bit muddled and would like more lager/pils notes and less yeast/esters.

03-06-2013 05:06:32 | More by Oxymoron
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PhatAtUT

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

11-06-2012 21:00:51 | More by PhatAtUT
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

07-10-2014 00:24:02 | More by StaveHooks
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bismarksays

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

02-27-2013 10:13:10 | More by bismarksays
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Danobold

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

04-01-2014 11:22:38 | More by Danobold
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GTB

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

04-07-2012 01:16:55 | More by GTB
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BeerOps

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

07-14-2013 18:09:54 | More by BeerOps
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beagle75

Iowa

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a becker glass.

A: Clear, brassy golden color with over one finger of rocky white foam head that collapses to a lofty and persistent pad. Moderate stepwise lacing remains on the glass and diffuse bubbles rise in the column.

S: Hops are revealed most obviously by their herbaceous and citrus notes. A lesser malt presence of crisp cracker is also identifiable.

T: Begins dry, with dynamic hop aromatics that are green and herbaceous; astringent at times. Acidity is very restrained into the middle where mild astringent botanical qualities continue, joined by a touch of complimentary pale malt. Bitterness is mild and herbaceous during the brief and clean finish.

M: Thin viscosity, resinous on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This remarkable beer outshines its modest labeling as a "pale lager" by challenging the palate and forcing the drinker to take notice. The look of it alone demands a recalibration of expectations, pouring a deep and healthy honey golden color, rather than the expected light yellow that is more characteristic of the style. Hop qualities are featured throughout, manifesting their extract-like plant attributes in a way that refuses to apologize or appease the masses. Comparisons to Sam Adams Noble Pils come easily, with this beer's flavor profile being not quite as interesting.

05-08-2012 19:43:03 | More by beagle75
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herman77

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%

A: Crystal clear dark yellow. Fluffy off white head. Decent head retention and awesome lacing.

S: Biscuity, bread crust, some slight hop spice. Getting just a touch of that lager yeast smell.

T: Some semi sweet grains up front along with some mild to medium spicy/herbal hops. Can pick up some faint peaches or nectarines. A lot sweeter than I thought this was going to be. Finishes fairly clean, somewhat of a slightly sweet cereal grain lingering. Thought it would be a little more crisp, the sweetness probably takes away from that crisp factor.

M: Nice medium body (thought it would be lighter). Average carbonation. Feels good.

O: Good drinkability, though I wouldn't want more than two or so pints. I can see what they are going for for sure, but I would like this to be a bit more dry, crisp and a little less sweet.

07-12-2012 23:06:21 | More by herman77
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

4/5  rDev +11.1%

11-11-2012 19:06:07 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.48/5  rDev -3.3%

16oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy light gold with a thick one finger head. Plenty of lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell has some cooked vegetables along with some biscuit and grassy hops.

Some caramel and biscuit on the taste along with a little bit of yeast. Grassy hops contribute a nice flavor along with a light to moderate bitterness to balance out the malt. Mouthfeel has enough body to make it interesting but it is still quite refreshing.

There isn't a ton going on with this brew but it would be great for sessioning. This could potentially be a good gateway beer from BMC.

04-18-2012 00:59:02 | More by rangerred
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TheSarge

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +25%

Poured this one into a .5l dimple glass, and Shift makes a good three finger thick off white head, and the body is copper in color with perfect clarity.

The aroma is floral and citrus in character. Lots of lemon zest, with perhaps a hit of grapefruit. Some saltine cracker, and light caramel aromas are perceptible too

Taste wise it's got a lemon tea flavor to it. Some hints of toffee, and perhaps some brown sugar.

Even with all this complexity, this beer is very quaffable and sessionable due to the mile ABV percentage it holds. Also
makes a good sipping beer too, due to its complex qualities.

This is a pale lager that I'd liken to a pale ale. Very fruity and floral altogether. Quite interesting...

08-15-2012 22:38:28 | More by TheSarge
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
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