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:
203
For Trade:
0
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of MIBeerRanger4
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

These beers have just arrived here in MI. I had Shift at a tasting event. Poured from can into glass.... much too cold but it showed well.
A= Very nice color, relatively little head. Looked very enticing in the glass.
S= Light hoppy aromas of citrus.. mango, orange.. quite a nice aroma that gave up nice nutty and citrus notes when worked around in the glass.
T= This beer tasted great! Very easy going brew. Sessionable and well balanced.
M= light/medium carbonation was nice on the mouth.

O= I enjoyed it. a nice addition to the already great beer selection we enjoy here in MI.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of jsanford
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with a thin white head that fades to a slight haze and soapy ring. Crisp aromas of light, grainy malt, floral hops, and white wine grapes. Love the Nelson Sauvin hops. Taste is similarly crisp, with mild hops, light malt, grass, orange peel, and grapes. Mouthfeel is light and crisp (yes, again), with a medium-thin body and solid carbonation. Overall a lovely session beer, and solid addition to the New Belgium line-up.

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Onenote81
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, canned on 9/2/12, poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy honey-gold with a frothy head on top. Great sticky lace clings to the glass. Orange zest, lemon, green hops in the nose. The body is crisp, but thins out on the finish. Could use a little more 'snap' to it. NB comes through with big bitter hops as expected. They couldn't just brew a simple refreshing lager, no, this beer is like a MIPA (mild IPA). The bitter character is short-lived though, and there's not a lot else here. It's not the most flavorful beer, other than the oily hops. This was decent, but not what I expected.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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2/5  rDev -45.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of rawfish
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours darkish gold with a huge pillow white two finger head and oddly of chunky lacing left on the glass but plenty of it. Retention was nice as well.

Grainy and light malt, minimal adjuncts with subtle complexities of hay, canned pineapple and tangerine. Thankful that NB's lager yeast doesn't leave the biscuit quality all of their ales have.

Quite good though very malty. Thick dose of pale malt with some honey, spiced bread and grain husk. Slight edge from orange and pine hops. Slightly bittering with a crude hit of adjunct graincoming out on the finish.

A bit heavy throughout the drink, one can is all I care to have with this body. Carbonation is appropriate. Nicely drying. I liked it better out of the can.

Canned lager, great that craft breweries can get their slice of the pie. Pricewise I'd pass on this, it is a heavier take on a lager with a good balance but not even NB's best. I'd take a Blue Paddle over this any day.

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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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