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Shift Pale Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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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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ystazi

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

05-11-2013 19:50:33 | More by ystazi
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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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secondtooth

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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).

Serving type: can

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

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +11.1%

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

Colorado

3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

03-06-2013 05:06:32 | More by Oxymoron
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sd123

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +11.1%

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

Michigan

4/5  rDev +11.1%

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

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

09-08-2013 14:53:36 | More by Mantooth
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beagle75

Iowa

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: can

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

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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

Ohio

4/5  rDev +11.1%

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

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 22:38:28 | More by TheSarge
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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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GTB

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

04-07-2012 01:16:55 | More by GTB
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Eric908

South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

08-04-2013 20:15:57 | More by Eric908
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herman77

Minnesota

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

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.

Serving type: can

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

Tennessee

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

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.

Serving type: can

04-18-2012 00:59:02 | More by rangerred
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vkv822

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can : tulip glass
from notes.

Clear golden yellow, billowy white head.

Floral hops as well as some fruity hops, sweet grassy, malty grains.

Light body overall, but medium for the style with prickly medium carbonation.

Hoppy, well done lager, prominent flavors, but still easy drinking.

Serving type: can

06-03-2012 01:01:10 | More by vkv822
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -16.7%

04-14-2012 15:21:07 | More by sgttibbs
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

10-07-2012 16:50:32 | More by BigTrubble
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kristougher

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

07-02-2013 01:15:04 | More by kristougher
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jgunther71

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

08-14-2013 19:25:22 | More by jgunther71
Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
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