Shift Pale Lager | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
83
good
1,378 Ratings
Shift Pale LagerShift Pale Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 03-14-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,378
Reviews:
244
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
13.93%
 
 
Wants:
66
Gots:
203
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,378 |  Reviews: 244
Photo of homohabilis
2.11/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

First off, what the fuck is a pale lager? Sounds like some suspect bullshit to me. Like they didn't want to commit to either pale ale OR lager. I guess the focus groups must have eaten it right up though.
Regardless, this stuff tastes like fat tire mixed with water. Same dirty, decaying hop taste without all the malt backbone.
I drank all four of these bastards today just to get them out of my house and I just got angrier with each one that went down the hatch.
Shoulda saved myself three dollars and got PBR instead. Woulda got two more to boot!

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Photo of jvodom
2.2/5  rDev -39.9%

Photo of MenardMa
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

Photo of richeddi
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

Photo of chippo33
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

Photo of justinlaz
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

Photo of AMCimpi
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

Photo of Lob
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

Photo of hardy008
2.26/5  rDev -38.3%
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.

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Photo of Torey
2.3/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of sommersb
2.39/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tasted On: 04-06-2012
Freshness: Best by 09-09-12
Packaging: 16 oz. can
Glassware: New Belgium globe
Purchased: 4-pack from Midtown, Nashville

A: Clear, dark golden color, with a white head of 2 fingers. Very good lacing and good head retention.

S: Floral and grassy hop aromas, plus some sort of unpleasant vegetable odor.

T: Low bitterness, but the taste is marred by the same vegetable or skunked element as noted in the smell. Seems to be less evident as the beer warms up, thankfully.

M: Medium bodied with hi carbonation. The aftertastes are moderately bitter but also have the off-flavors present.

O: I was looking forward to trying this beer, but now I regret that I have 3 more in the fridge. I can't recommend this one.

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Photo of FLima
2.44/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice golden bright color with a thin head but keeps a constant plate.
Light aroma with notes of peaches, bread and butter (DMS), sulfur, melon and lemon sourness.
Flavor with lots of nectarines, spices, oranges, lager yeast, herbal hops, tobacco and peaches. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with proper carbonation.
Very fruit beer with a slight tartness, though something was out of balance here.

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Photo of Philousa
2.46/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Great clarity in this light copper colored beer with a metallic sheet. Head is barely there, but some does stick to the glass. Pale malt, possibly 2 row, but I would guess there isn't much pils malt in this. Some sweetness to it, not much hops in the nose. Taste takes a while to get going. Watery without much flavor, then slightly sweet pale malt and lingering bitterness that isn't very abrasive. Super drinkable, but not watery at all. Has substance. Balanced finish.

This would be good after a long ride or run, but without much flavor, I would reach for something else most of the time.

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Photo of crwrunner
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of mwbrady12
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of BillyTWilliams
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of beerbtl
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of Hellpop65
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of MrD
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of edraz1224
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of Robloc303
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of Disease
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of Cotton_27
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of RazorX67
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of brpendergast85
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
3.66 out of 5 based on 1,378 ratings.
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