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
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of JCam9981
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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

Photo of KC9LDB
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of mweso2000
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heard good things about this, poured from can to pilsner glass the beer arrives a translucent orange copper yellow with a nice 2 finger white head, good retention, and good lacing. The nose is a little light but not bad, consisting of a light floral earthy hop and a touch of caramel. The flavor improves on the nose with a light but pleasant hop earthy flavor and mild bitterness, hints of caramel sweetness and light pilsen malt. Finishes crisp and clean. Light bodied and well carbonated. Overall, good. This will be enjoyed more and more as the temperature heats up!

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Photo of mjurney
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint can.

Appearance:
Golden-Amber color. Some carbonation. Fairly nice head.

Aroma:
Bready, grape skin, a little citrusy.

Taste:
Bready malts up front. Biscuity, grassy, spicy, slight earthy, dry-herbal finish.

Body:
Smooth. Tangy. Medium body. Slight oily. Very soft carbonation.

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Photo of steveh
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally found this on shelves locally and based on a recent, lively discussion about US and German lagers, thought I'd give it a try. $9 for a 4 pack of 16 oz. cans.

A -- Pours a clear, deep gold (deeper in color than any other American Pale Lager I've ever seen) with a dense, white head that holds up well.

S -- Lightly citrus and mildly piny nose. More Pale Ale in character than Pale Lager. I'll give it points for being appetizing, but knock some off for style.

T -- Somewhat resiny, mildly bitter hops, not as overpowering as this hop mix could be. Light graininess fighting valiantly against the hop character. Dry, resiny bitter finish and aftertaste. Not really lager-like, so I'm scoring as I did aroma.

M -- Mouthfeel is crisp and dry with a light-medium body.

O -- Not what I'd expect in picking up a beer labeled "Pale Lager," but it doesn't turn me off either. If I didn't have some true Pale Lager waiting in the wings, I might have been disappointed, but the refreshing flavor and body of this new beer makes for a good first drink of the afternoon.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden color with bright orange hue. Medium-retention, frothy, off-white head. Fair lacing. Sweet malt aroma nearly overpowered by mild citrusy, rindy, almost spicy hop aroma. Taste is easier to be precise with. It's fairly bland up front and throughout, just barely lemony-tart as it lingers and has the chance to move around, with rind and crackers/pasta in the back and finnish. Thin, light to medium bodied with medium, prickly carbonation, a nice crisp feel, and a dry finish. Could be smoother. Overall, very pilsner-like.

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Apellonious
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can from the 4 pack.

A - golden orange, clear pour. Two finger fluffy head that dissipates slowly. Lace hangs on the side of the glass.

S -bread, malts, some grain.

T - more of the same. Some back end bitterness.

M - standard for a lager. Has some slight stickieness.

O - not overly plussed with the four pack (lagers need six, don't they?), but it is drinkable, and a step above the macros.

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Photo of Beezee
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of heytomcat
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of ToddGingerich
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of TheBeard89
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of 30helens
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a semi-clear, pale, golden, yellow color with a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer. Honestly, it looks like a BMC beer, which to my eye, looks a little off-putting.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with lots of bready, toasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked bread and biscuits. There are also aromas of black pepper, coriander, caramel and hits of bright, citrusy, floral, grassy, hops.

Taste: Very nice! Lots of bready, toasted malt up front, followed by lots of caramel and honey-like sweetness, black pepper, coriander, and, at the finish, a touch of beautifully restrained citrusy, floral, grassy, hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, crisp, and very effervescent as there is quite a lot of carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.0%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: While, this may look like a BMC beer, it is in actuality, a nice, malty, crisp, satisfying session beer. I could easily see myself having a few of these at a tailgate. I really, really like it!

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2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of corywalston
3.09/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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