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:
#36,805
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
Photo of hardy008
2.26/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Clear gold with a 1 finger white head with decent retention and spotty lacing. The aroma has grassy and floral hops with some lemon. Also has biscuit malt.

Tastes just like it smells with lemon. floral, and grassy hops, with biscuit malt. Very underwhelming. Not a good combination of flavors in my opinion.

Light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Has an unpleasant aftertaste. I'm glad I only picked up one of these. Not a fan, and I won't be trying this again.

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Photo of NateTheBeard
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of JeffSuttonTX
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of obrike
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A buddy brought these over while I was grilling fajitas last weekend.

Poured from a pint can into my Firestone Walker pint glass.

Good looking beer! It's a golden color with a white fluffy head with very generous lacing...big bubbles occassonally streaming to the top of the glass.

Very light grain on the scent... nothing that stands out but nothing smells off either. I get a bit of floral hops to back up the malt. Certainly does not pop here.

Taste is pretty refreshing. It has this slight floral hop bite at first, then moves into a biscuity-like profile and is backed by finish that combines both. Certainly quite drinkable and is quite sessionable with the 5% abv. Overall, this could be a go to pale lager in the summer for sure. This is one you could swap out with your run of the mill crappy adjunct lager to your BMC buddies at a pool party.

Not a style I visit much, but certainly seems like a good representation.

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Photo of PieOhMy
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of match1112
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of CMUbrew
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of MeisterMayhem
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Duvel
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of foxyaardvark27
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of PopnLoads
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of bdtva
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Oxymoron
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours, from a 16oz can, a golden color with crystal clear clarity. Some straw colored hues through out. A soft fizzy head with good retention but didn't last through the tasting.

The nose is a bit non-discript. Some soft pilsner notes but more of a generic malt backing. Some minor esters, peaches and a hint of grape. A light white pepper note but very soft.

The malt comes out more versus the nose but overall very limited. Some minor pils notes but less versus the aroma. More of a malt and bready undertone. A hint of nutty that makes me think biscuit malt. Some zesty, lemon balm and herbal spicy hop note. More estery notes that is a bit much. Rose peddles and a hint of green apple.

The body is light to moderate. Not as crisp as I would have liked. The lingering yeast notes are a bit of a distraction as well. Overall a bit muddled and would like more lager/pils notes and less yeast/esters.

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of MSandahl23
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Frank_TX
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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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%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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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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