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
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Ratings: 1,379 |  Reviews: 245
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of TheSarge
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into a .5l dimple glass, and Shift makes a good three finger thick off white head, and the body is copper in color with perfect clarity.

The aroma is floral and citrus in character. Lots of lemon zest, with perhaps a hit of grapefruit. Some saltine cracker, and light caramel aromas are perceptible too

Taste wise it's got a lemon tea flavor to it. Some hints of toffee, and perhaps some brown sugar.

Even with all this complexity, this beer is very quaffable and sessionable due to the mile ABV percentage it holds. Also
makes a good sipping beer too, due to its complex qualities.

This is a pale lager that I'd liken to a pale ale. Very fruity and floral altogether. Quite interesting...

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Photo of Perducci
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of ParraPalliative
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of rocklibster
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of jewellrunner
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of BikingDutchman
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Has a two finger white head that stays for a while. The lacing sticks to the glass very well. Beer is a very clear golden color.

S - Smells like bready malts that are overpowered by a citrusy hop smell.

T - Surprisingly large amount of citrusy hop flavor is in balance with clean bready malts. There is more flavor here than I expected.

M - Moderate amount of carbonation. Not much to say here. Not bad, but nothing spectacular.

O - Very easy to drink, but it has more flavor than I expected it to have. A very refreshing beer, and a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of leagr
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Redglimmer
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold. Clear gold. Head is bright-white and drops to a spotty cap in short order. Some nice notches of lacing. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Slight grass. Earthy. Some lingering citrus. Pale malts. Crackers. Straw and a tiny hint of raw honeycomb. Bread crust. Mildly floral. Underlying spiciness.

Taste: Earthy and herbal with a nice bright, mellow fruit flavor. Something akin to apples with a brighter fruit in the back. Crackers and bread crust. Pale malts. Mild, and I mean very mild, roasted element. A touch of husk and grass. A mild spiciness on the back that gets all tied up with the herbal thing.

Mouthfeel: Clean, crisp, and just this side of light. Mild creaminess with a bubbly, yet moderate, carbonation. Touch dry on the finish.

Overall: A solid drinking lager. It has enough flavor to be interesting. It has the same drinkability as every standard beer from New Belgium, which is to say, a lot. Clean and refreshing.

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Photo of Theheroguy
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of kuestegg
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of dhbiker0889
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of tyleeis
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

Photo of MammothTarantula
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of OldhouseRecs
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shift Pale ale is a good beer. The beer poured golden clear with frothy white head that is lacing nicely. The smell has a nice malt character. The taste includes the typical New Belgium Belgium malt. The mouthfeel is light to medium in body with good carboantion. Overall....I like it.

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Photo of craigmj7
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of M_Burkey
5/5  rDev +36.6%

Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of crobinso
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Doyle
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of MrD
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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