Shift Pale Lager | New Belgium Brewing

Shift Pale LagerShift Pale Lager
BA SCORE
3.6/5
1,380 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:
#37,373
Reviews:
245
Ratings:
1,380
pDev:
13.89%
Bros Score:
3.88
 
 
Wants:
65
Gots:
202
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,380 |  Reviews: 245
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

New Belgium Shift has a thick, fluffy, off-white head and a clear, bubbly, old-gold appearance, with lots of heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is faint, but one can detect bit of piney hops and tap water. The taste is of pine, citrus fruit (think lemon), tap water, and a shade of sweet grain. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and New Belgium Shift finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, drinkable, and dull. This is just another over-priced, flaccid, exceptionally dull failure from New Belgium, a company that seems to have a penchant for producing these depressing offerings. If you want to waste some money, this might be a fine choice.

RJT

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Photo of ortie
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

Look: Copper amber, very clear. Foamy eggshell colored head that hangs around forever. Huge lines of lacing.

Aroma: Woody, spicy, hops, black pepper.

Taste: Starts off with some malty sweetness but soon a peppery, woody note comes in. Very hoppy and herbal. Faint fruits .

Mouthfeel: Medium, bright.

Overall: Very pretty, tastes good. Very New Belgium, tastes like a lot of their brews. Like a band that writes every song in the same key.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I have to give them points up front for putting the brew in a full pint can. Nice!

Appearance 3.5: Nice, fizzy CO2 head. Color is a medium gold. Definitely above average appearance.

Smell 3.75: I really enjoy the bouquet of this beer. Light hops and grains, but a certain depth of scent, which probably comes from the Cascade hops.

-Taste 3.5: Front is gone, nothing there but cool liquid. Middle is very slightly sweet and then it fades into a lightly hopped finish. Aftertaste brings out more of the combination of hops and I really enjoy the light touch of the Cascade hops.

-Mouthfeel 3.25: Slightly better than your average macro brew. There is a depth of flavor present in this beer.

-Overall 3.5: Good, basic beer. I guess the "shift" thing is New Belgium's attempt to appeal to the "common man" with this beer. While I find that condescending and a bit insulting, nonetheless, the brew itself is pretty good. Certainly not a prize-winner, but that is true of most beer coming from the self-important and (I suppose this goes hand in hand) "wind powered" brewery.

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Photo of scootercrabb
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of bmwats
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can, into a pilsner.

A: Pours a golden hue about a 2 finger, frothy, white head. Effervescence rises throughout. Settles slowly and unevenly leaving lots of dry, sticky residue around the glass. Plenty of thick beer ring lacing.

S: Nutty, buttered bread, a little clove, and grass.

T: Bready malt with a fairly pronounced pungent bittersweet hop bite, accentuated with a little savory spice and walnut (maybe).

M: Lightly pungent and bitter throughout. Light and crisp with a bit of a dry finish.

D: Goes down easy, but worth savoring.

Atmosphere is very nice. Great head and tons of lacing. Plenty of persistent effervescence too. Nose is Bready and nutty with a little spice. Very well-balance and pronounced. Flavor an equally well-balanced combination of bread, spice, and some punchy hops. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 1,380 ratings
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