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  rDev +9.3%

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from 16 oz can into pilsner glass, golden amber colored with huge 3" bright white head that slowly dissipates leaving fine frothy lacing, crystal clear with lively bubbles
S: citrus hop nose rounded with sweet malt, floral, cereal grain
T: sweet biscuit followed by a good bitter hop punch, lemongrass, light and simple yet perfectly balanced between malt and hops
M: proper lively carbonation with a crisp clean finish, thinner as a pale lager should be
O: every American pale lager made by the big three should be embarrassed that they don't taste like this beer, if you have shied away from the pale lager style due to the abuse it has received try this to be pleasantly surprised

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Photo of PhatAtUT
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of jculler82
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16-oz. can into a pint glass at my house on Nov. 4, 2012 (purchased at Vons in Mission Gorge (San Diego, Calif.) for $7.99 (with card) for a 4-pack on Nov. 4, 2012). Honey golden with 2-3 fingers of frothy white head. Good retention on the sides with foamy residue and pretty good on the top as well.

Smelled honey, corn, grains, cereal, skunk, grass and a hint of citrus hops.

Tasted pretty close to the nose, but more bitter. Got corn, grains, grass, honey, cereal and biscuit.

Medium-to-light body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter abrupt finish.

Not a bad beer overall, especially for a lager, but I was hoping for something more.

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Photo of markallmon
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of aubrey
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of tbone1384
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Phocion
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into 16 oz. shaker pint. Well, most of it. Pale, translucent, golden/dark straw colored body with a thick bubbly off-white head that doesn't want to break. Big, intermittent chunks of lacing around the edge of my glass.

Whoa. Okay, when I read "pale lager" I'm not expecting to smell this big of dose of Northwest hops. Floral, citrus, and resiny aromas dominate and mix well with the big, bready malt backbone of this beer. Quite a bit of earthy aromas as well.

The flavor doesn't quite hold up to the nose. The hops are a bit more subtle, with big bread dough flavors coming out. Just a touch of sweetness. Overall, pretty well-balanced.

Clean, crisp mouthfeel. Light-medium body and medium carbonation.

Okay, I'm normally rather unimpressed with New Belgium's standard offerings, but this is pretty good. This is what a "pale lager" should be.

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Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of AJN136
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of dfillius
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, thank heavens for tall boys!
A: Moderate pour yields 1 finger of tight white head with good retention. Clear, bright shiny brass colored liquid. I love the head and the color is pretty.
S: Clean biscuit with slight herbal hop. Some metallic flavor is quite strong, maybe it's a noble hop though? Points knocked off for metallic aroma.
T: Pleasantly balanced bread and herbally hopped. Tang of hop is bigger in the finish. Definitely noble, not citrusy enough to be American hops methinks. Almost savory like a nice lof of crusty bread. Nice but not exceptional.
M: Smooth and creamy. Dry, crisp.
O: Glad to see a decent, solid lager from these guys. I would probably buy this again and would order another. A nice beer to bring to a party. I'm glad NB is now in MI!

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Lantern
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Pammywham
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of beerdhabelly
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of CousinSuzy
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

Photo of MichaelProcton
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of poodog
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of stickboy1125
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of silentdonkey
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Eaglefan344
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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