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:
#36,850
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 elNopalero
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tallboys, sessionable, hoppy lagers… this has promise.

I’ve been waiting on this one though because of the price point—I’d rather spend that money on an IPA (Ranger tall boys are the same price).

I like how this looks. It’s clear and golden and has miles and miles and miles of foam on top of it. Even without a vigorous pour (I gave my first can a good kick) there’s a lot of foam. It goes away, and leaves its mark, but for a quick minute it’s there and looks good.

The aroma isn’t what you’d expect from a lager. There’s a light “fruity” note to it, along with a subdued but still present hoppiness. I get just a note of hop spice—and then, like that, it’s gone. Poof! Come back!

Flavorwise this is definitely an easy drinker. It’s lightly bodied and smooth with a clean finish. I get some hints of the hop character on the end, but again it’s there and then gone. This beer ain’t half bad—but next one I have will be to finish a round of drinking rather than the one that gets the fresh palate’s attention. And for the price there’s better options.

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Photo of jeanphony
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of mmilyko
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

definitely not my stlye of beer, but i appreciate this one a lot for what it is. it pours a mostly clear wheat beer color, with an active white head that lasts a few minutes before fading down to froth. it smells very malty, without much hops to speak of. the flavor is distinctly czech as far at the malt profile goes. its dry and biscuity, sturdy for such a light brew. it also has a touch of sweetness and a little more hops than the nose suggests, with a bittering conclusion. mouthfeel i like, it has more body than most beers from this genre, and the carbonation is just right. stays bubbly even as it warms, although this is a beer to drink quickly. refreshing and appropriate in any season. this is a pretty decent can of beer, although i liked the mothership wit that it replaced a lot better.

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Photo of XavierMuskies
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of ezapiler
2/5  rDev -44.4%

Photo of LeapintoBeer
1/5  rDev -72.2%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Allagash glass on 9/12/12

28 Oct 12 printed on the bottom of the can.

The beer is clear and a fairly dark golden color, it has a burnt amber sheen in certain light. The head is a mass of sticky bubbles, two and a half fingers tall. As the head recedes, raised trails of lace are left with intermittent smatterings of speckled foam.

The aroma has a hefty dose of grains as well as a doughy, biscuit-like yeast presence. The hops add interesting notes of lemon, prairie grass, pollen and hints of pine. Overall, the hops have a bit of an edge.

The taste finds more focus on citrus with a prominent orange flavor accented by notes of pine and grass. The pine offers a decent kick that becomes noticeable after a few sips. There are stray hints of herbal hops. The malt bill seems a bit clear, dropping the doughiness in favor of modest, but robust grains.

The feel has a fair shake at being medium body; it certainly isn't thin at all. Carbonation seems is too strong out of the gate, but after a while, it calms and matches the feel nicely. The finish is pretty clean with mild hop and grain residuals.

Overall, this is a good pale lager. New Belgium seldom disappoints. I can't wait for them to come to Ohio.

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Photo of abuss2
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Falcone
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Prestonlegal
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of tina
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of MacStinson
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of jimmah120
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint can at Old Chicago

Look is golden orange with a two finger pillowy head. Smell is grains and wheat, with a medicinal hop tinge. Taste is much better: rolling wheat and grains, musty yeast with a bitter earthy hop finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and full, well carbonated.

Nice and easy drinking, with some decent light wheat and hop flavor. NB does it again.

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Photo of NateMac13
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of jkchristy
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Ejayz
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Hellpop65
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of retreminy
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of rwhitmore
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 47.8% out of 100 with 1,379 ratings
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