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
Photo of enelson
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlexFields
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Squire123
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

As described by the brewer, crisp and clean. Mild in appearance but solid in flavor, this could easily be a regular around our house. Hoppiness is sufficient for the type without being dominant, malt enough to provide flavor without too much sweetness, great balance overall.

Not a World beater, or even a classic, yet good enough for what it is and highly recommended.

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Photo of MasterRigger
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Rollmeaway2loadout
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mtn
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Oliversarmy1085
2.74/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice bright yellow with lots of haze, white head, 3/5" over the top, lacing and retention are top notch, good looking beer. Aroma was a weird lager yeast dominance. For the hops that came through on the tongue, they didn't on the nose.

Taste was good, highly carbonated, well hopped lager. Certainly not a light beer or bland lager that is for sure. Bitterness is above that of bmc. Not my thing, but decently well done and above average for style. A dry hopped version would be nice.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden color, with a small white head. Satisfying appearance.

Smells of slightly sour, yet predominantly sweet, malts. There's a bit of citrus in the nose as well.

Great balance in taste. Subtle malts, with just enough citrus. Mouthfeel is light, with little carbonation. This is what I like to the point!

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Photo of craigbelly
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hermit990
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Josholson666
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in Coors Banquet Tumbler pint.

Look : Transparent blonde golden juice with a giant diseased webby looking head with tons of moss and spackle. The head alone is pretty freaking sweet. 3 fingers tall. I don't like the body but the head is impressive.

Smell : Very faint. But pale malts abound. Slight fruitiness. Cracker. Vinous. It's nice, not complex, but nice.

Taste : A bit starchy to start, with some waxy stickiness coinciding with a rotten biscuit and some strong dry dead pine notes. Some slight flavors like licking a wooden wheel. Not much good about this one.

Feel : As said, starchy, waxy, saved only by an abundant effervescent carbonation that prickles and stings the tongue.

Overall : Probably never again. I'm just not a fan of this one, there's so many better pale lagers out there for the taking. Best part was the head and that's not much to say.

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Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vabeerguy
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a pint nonic glass. A golden color with a slight haze. Very large head if not poured properly. Has an unexpected, but welcomed, subtle hop flavor. The taste is good and should be a great alternative to mass-produced pilsners and lagers.

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Photo of robebo44
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of South2NW
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jhutt
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this beer for what it is; a flavorful alternative to an AAL. This is easily drinkable, light on the palate, with a more grain based flavor profile and a light crisp hop finish. This is the type of beer you could drink quite a few of on a Friday night, with friends around a campfire. Straight from the can works just fine. Also, it comes in 12 pack packaging at around $14. Not as cheap as you would get with the BMC beers, but cheaper than many craft alternatives.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of gilgar
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a one finger head of fizzy white foam. The head fades relatively quickly leaving only a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – This beer smells like cheerios. It is super heavy in a grainy and cerealy smell with some aromas of a lighter sweet fruit of peach and apricot with a little bit of a caramel sweetness rounding it out as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter fruit flavor of a light pear, apricot, and peach along with some decent showing of a bready and cheerios like flavor that was detected in the nose. These flavors make a base taste for the brew with some light changes occurring as the taste moves on. More toward the middle of the flavor profile some light hay and grassy hop tastes start coming to the tongue. The cereal and grain increase in intensity more toward the end with some of the lighter fruit being replaced by some caramel and leaving a nice somewhat sweet, but still crisp and easy drinking cerealy taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average to a little thicker side for a 5 % abv. lager with a carbonation that is on the slightly lower side. The feel and carbonation were decent for the style as they did a nice job for both the lighter fruit and lager characteristics all while upholding the lighter hop and cereal tastes of the brew nicely. Personally however, I would have liked a little bit more carbonation to make it slightly more refreshing, but overall it was good.

Overall – A rather nice drinking, slightly sweeter, and grainy in nature lager. This would be a great beer to have while sitting around a campfire and chatting or good for a day of football watching with some friends. Sessionable, flavorful, and overall a nice brew.

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Photo of jpuetz
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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