Shift Pale Lager | New Belgium Brewing

Shift Pale LagerShift Pale Lager
BA SCORE
47.8%
Liked This Beer
3.6 w/ 1,379 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
Ranking:
#36,813
Reviews:
245
Ratings:
1,379
Liked:
659
Avg:
3.6/5
pDev:
13.89%
Alströms:
3.88
 
 
Wants:
65
Gots:
202
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,379 |  Reviews: 245
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of CHickman
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of garymuchow
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This can has just a bit of age on it, but it is still drinking just fine.
Nice fresh hop aroma. This really comes across as though it's gonna' drink like an ale.
Very clear and big full white head. More golden than most lagers.
Nicely hopped drink with full hop flavors but tame bitterness (not none, but tame). Nice drying on the end.
My one complaint is too much carbonation and it is quite sharp. Otherwise feel is lighter in body, but not too small. There is a aqueous quality to the drink at times in feel and taste.
This is a very solid lager. Consistent with the high quality and drinkability of most beers from New Belgium.

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FosterJM
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1316th Review on BA
Can to NB Globe
16oz

Best By 16-Sep-12
Purchased a 4pk from Albertsons for 7.99

App- A big and deep orange color into the glass. with some golden yellow highlights in the center. A bit orbish looking. A big two finger white head with good cling.

Smell- It's got a ton of lager behind it. Grainy, lemony and even a bit adjunct. Has a small pale ale vibe going with a bit of malty sweetness.

Taste- Opens much more lager than I hoped. Slowly moves to a pale ale flavor for some dry piney hops and very malty with a touch of bitter.

Mouth- A medium body with a medium carbonation level. A bit of malts, orange juice and lemon on the finish.

Drink- It's just okay. Was really expecting more of a citrus hoppy explosion to this.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16-oz. can into a pint glass at my house on Nov. 4, 2012 (purchased at Vons in Mission Gorge (San Diego, Calif.) for $7.99 (with card) for a 4-pack on Nov. 4, 2012). Honey golden with 2-3 fingers of frothy white head. Good retention on the sides with foamy residue and pretty good on the top as well.

Smelled honey, corn, grains, cereal, skunk, grass and a hint of citrus hops.

Tasted pretty close to the nose, but more bitter. Got corn, grains, grass, honey, cereal and biscuit.

Medium-to-light body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter abrupt finish.

Not a bad beer overall, especially for a lager, but I was hoping for something more.

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3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:
The beer is a clear golden straw with a strong and vigorous white head that lasts for a while.

Smell:
The beer has a strong malt smell and some light hop smell as well as a bit grainy.

Taste:
The beer has a strong caramel taste that dominates the light hop flavor. The malt flavor can be fairly overpowering to the point where it becomes difficult another one but not so much that you can't finish what you have.

Mouthfeel:
The beer feels fairly thick and medium bodied. Biting carbonation with a slightly dry finish.

Overall:
A decent session lager and worth going through every once in a while.

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1.94/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

16oz can. Pours clear light gold with a medium frothy white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet husky wheaty malts with some vegetal notes and a little stinkiness.

The flavor is earthy, grainy, biscuity malts and some sweetness with some herbal bitterness in the finish. Kind of reminds me of a cream ale. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, better than macro lagers but not my thing. Vegetal notes, too much biscuit malt with earthy notes.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 47.8% out of 100 with 1,379 ratings
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