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 Howlader
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Skyjmpr
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of grnmtnman
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boomersooner656
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boblemo
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CBrodbeck
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of akolb
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of todfug
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BWED
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into willibecher.

A- Crystal clear golden straw. Dense off-white head holds at a half inch. Good retention and effervescence.

S- Toasty malt. Faint sweetness with a little spicy and earthy hop notes.

T- Toasty, mild earthy hop. Clean.

M- Clean and crisp. Ideal lager. Hops add a nice snappy bitterness.

O- Well made. Clean, crisp, so so drinkable. Well made.

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Photo of delta490
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep gold, clear, with a thick cap of moderately foamy head. It has excellent retention and leaves small sticky lacing. The taste and aroma aren't exactly packing the flavor or smells in. Both offer faint hints of light roasted grain and a little earthy hops. The body is lightly carbonated and delicate on the pallete.

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Photo of Ebmahoney
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of enelson
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlexFields
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Squire123
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

As described by the brewer, crisp and clean. Mild in appearance but solid in flavor, this could easily be a regular around our house. Hoppiness is sufficient for the type without being dominant, malt enough to provide flavor without too much sweetness, great balance overall.

Not a World beater, or even a classic, yet good enough for what it is and highly recommended.

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Photo of MasterRigger
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Rollmeaway2loadout
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mtn
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Oliversarmy1085
2.74/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice bright yellow with lots of haze, white head, 3/5" over the top, lacing and retention are top notch, good looking beer. Aroma was a weird lager yeast dominance. For the hops that came through on the tongue, they didn't on the nose.

Taste was good, highly carbonated, well hopped lager. Certainly not a light beer or bland lager that is for sure. Bitterness is above that of bmc. Not my thing, but decently well done and above average for style. A dry hopped version would be nice.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden color, with a small white head. Satisfying appearance.

Smells of slightly sour, yet predominantly sweet, malts. There's a bit of citrus in the nose as well.

Great balance in taste. Subtle malts, with just enough citrus. Mouthfeel is light, with little carbonation. This is what I like to the point!

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