Shift Pale Lager | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
83
good
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
Ratings:
1,379
Reviews:
245
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
13.93%
 
 
Wants:
66
Gots:
202
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,379 |  Reviews: 245
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Acforster2
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Clear and golden with healthy head formation and great retention; lots of bubbles to be seen streaming away.

Smells a mix of cereal graininess and fruity/floral hops, though those hops are very delicately used and are not coming in strong by any means.

Immediately struck by how light-bodied yet crisp this is. Flavor is light, smooth, and balanced. Slightly sweet, clean, and a nice hop flavor, though like the aroma, it’s lightly employed. The finish has a good drying hop bite, bringing me back for more.

Overall Shift is very drinkable, but considering its price point, I feel like I should be getting a bit more flavor for my bucks. Money aside, these are easy-drinking beers with a subtle, unique twist thanks to those New Zealand Nelson Sauvin hops and will go down quickly and enjoyably on hot days.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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1.75/5  rDev -52.2%

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2/5  rDev -45.4%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

Photo of zachary80
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a pint. 02 Sep 12

Golden body with a slight amber hint. Large creamy white head, average retention, thick lacing.

Aroma is similar to a brown or amber, more malt than hop character.

Flavor is almost all malt, there is a somewhat bitter finish for a lager but the hops aren't prominent.

Smooth body, a little heavier than expected.

Overall the beer is better than average but not great. A little heavier than expected but nothing that makes it exceptional.

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3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

A- it pours a pale clear golden color with one finger of coarse off white head. The head fades fast, leaving a thin cap of foam. There is a small amount of visible carbonation.

S- pine and floral hops atop a lightly bready lager. A little lackluster on the nose.

T- nice. Bright pine and crisp lager. Lightly bitter finish with a good malt backbone.

M- light, crisp, refreshing.

O- good. Easy drinking and satisfying.

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of tlazaroff
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Light grain on the nose, nothing that stands out and smells bad (I generally don't like grain smell). I get a bit of floral hops to back up the malt. It's nice.

The beer looks pretty good! It's a golden color with a crisp white fluffy head with generous lacing. Streaming carbonation to the top of the glass.

Taste isn't too bad. It has this nice floral hop bite at first, then rolls into a cereal-like profile and is backed by finish that combines both and is quite memorable for a pale lager. It's pretty nice.

Great mouthfeel includes a light body, moderate carbonation, a dry finish, and incredibly refreshing! Overall, this could be a favorite pale lager.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased in Newton, Kansas. Brought home to Oklahoma.

Poured from a chilled 12 oz can into a wine glass.

Very pretty clear golden liquid with a white head. Nice grainy aroma.

Flavor is nice and crisp. Nicely balanced. Starts dry and finishes sweet. Very bread-like with some hoppy herbal notes. I would describe it as a hoppier than expected lager.

Very nice mouthfeel with nice levels of prickly carbonation.

An excellent session beer.

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Photo of SamN
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma of hoppy fruits, apricots or apples. Honey and pale malts, lots of bready aromas. Taste has a bright upfront fruity taste with a lingering malty finish, minimal bitterness. Crisp and tasty, good addition to NB lineup.

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
3.66 out of 5 based on 1,379 ratings.
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