Shift Pale Lager | New Belgium Brewing

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3.6/5
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1,380 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:
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Added by Jason on 03-14-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,433
Reviews:
245
Ratings:
1,380
pDev:
13.89%
Bros Score:
3.88
 
 
Wants:
65
Gots:
202
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,380 |  Reviews: 245
Photo of jfcaa193
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
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 illidurit
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of garymuchow
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This can has just a bit of age on it, but it is still drinking just fine.
Nice fresh hop aroma. This really comes across as though it's gonna' drink like an ale.
Very clear and big full white head. More golden than most lagers.
Nicely hopped drink with full hop flavors but tame bitterness (not none, but tame). Nice drying on the end.
My one complaint is too much carbonation and it is quite sharp. Otherwise feel is lighter in body, but not too small. There is a aqueous quality to the drink at times in feel and taste.
This is a very solid lager. Consistent with the high quality and drinkability of most beers from New Belgium.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Reagan1984
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of HattedClassic
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:
The beer is a clear golden straw with a strong and vigorous white head that lasts for a while.

Smell:
The beer has a strong malt smell and some light hop smell as well as a bit grainy.

Taste:
The beer has a strong caramel taste that dominates the light hop flavor. The malt flavor can be fairly overpowering to the point where it becomes difficult another one but not so much that you can't finish what you have.

Mouthfeel:
The beer feels fairly thick and medium bodied. Biting carbonation with a slightly dry finish.

Overall:
A decent session lager and worth going through every once in a while.

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Photo of AMCimpi
2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
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 Beaver13
1.94/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

16oz can. Pours clear light gold with a medium frothy white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet husky wheaty malts with some vegetal notes and a little stinkiness.

The flavor is earthy, grainy, biscuity malts and some sweetness with some herbal bitterness in the finish. Kind of reminds me of a cream ale. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, better than macro lagers but not my thing. Vegetal notes, too much biscuit malt with earthy notes.

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Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of buckyp
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of FosterJM
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1316th Review on BA
Can to NB Globe
16oz

Best By 16-Sep-12
Purchased a 4pk from Albertsons for 7.99

App- A big and deep orange color into the glass. with some golden yellow highlights in the center. A bit orbish looking. A big two finger white head with good cling.

Smell- It's got a ton of lager behind it. Grainy, lemony and even a bit adjunct. Has a small pale ale vibe going with a bit of malty sweetness.

Taste- Opens much more lager than I hoped. Slowly moves to a pale ale flavor for some dry piney hops and very malty with a touch of bitter.

Mouth- A medium body with a medium carbonation level. A bit of malts, orange juice and lemon on the finish.

Drink- It's just okay. Was really expecting more of a citrus hoppy explosion to this.

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Photo of masterofsparks
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of dsshuck
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of qcbrewer
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of jaymo18
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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 RichH55
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured aggressively from the can produced a big, frothy 3 finger white head. Retention was average. Color was a crystal clear and purely golden. Resulting lace is sparse, but gathers in cloudy chunks around the edges.

Smell - Hate to say it, but the predominant smell I get is light mildew. Hints of grass and lemon. One of the more unpleasant smelling beers I've put my nose to. Thankfully the aroma is subtle all in all.

Taste - Thankfully it does not taste in the way it smells. Lightly flavored, with notes of grass and lemon hops. Sitting beneath this you'll find a notes of New Belgium's classic malt profile; toasted biscuit with a touch of nuttiness. Finishes with the malt flavor coming on strong, but hops take the checkered flag.

Mouthfeel - Light in body, almost watery, but packs some serious bite. Tingles the lips like crazy.

Overall - Not a bad pale ale, but the smell is off-putting. I probably won't buy this again, but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of brpendergast85
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of mrebeka
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 1,380 ratings
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