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RATINGS: 450   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   IBU: 29   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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New Belgium employee-owners work in shifts to brew to life world-class beers. Those efforts are rewarded daily with a shared end-of-shift beer. Weíre passing that welcomed occasion onto consumers in this lightly-hopped Shift Pale Lager. From work to play, from bottle to can, from bold and heavy to refreshing and sessionable; Shift salutes the shift in occasion, package and beer. So, go ahead and get your Shift beer, youíve earned it!
ABV - 5.0; IBU - 29; Calories - 160 (per can); Hops - Target, Nelson Sauvin, Liberty, Cascade; Malts - Pale, Munich, C-80; OG - 14.3; TG - 2.3

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
poisoneddwarf (1871) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - APR 17, 2012
16 oz can bought at Fairway in CDA, ID. Aroma is citrusy/peachy hops (in a pale lager? whoíd of thought?), bread. Pours clear deep gold with a long-retaining white head; lace sheets the glass. Taste is lightly sweet and finishes slightly bitter; the bitterness lingers on the tongue. I know itís labeled as a pale lager, but this has much more in common with a classic pilsner. Unlike most pale lagers, the hops are very prominent here. Crisp and refreshing. Highly carbonated, medium bodied. New Belgium really outdid themselves here. BMC, take note: this is how your beers *should* taste like.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - APR 17, 2012
16oz can into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy light gold with a thick one finger head. Plenty of lacing clings to the sides of the glass. Smell has some cooked vegetables along with some biscuit and grassy hops. Some caramel and biscuit on the taste along with a little bit of yeast. Grassy hops contribute a nice flavor along with a light to moderate bitterness to balance out the malt. Mouthfeel has enough body to make it interesting but it is still quite refreshing. There isnít a ton going on with this brew but it would be great for sessioning. This could potentially be a good gateway beer from BMC.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2012
16oz tall boy poured into a pint glass. Appearance - Perfectly clear straw yellow. Two finger white head fades to a small film. Hint of lacing where the head sat but nothing sticks as you drink it. Aroma is hay and grassy hops. Biscuity and Pilsener type malts. Taste - You get that same pilsener and biscuit malt flavor. Has that "signature" New Belgium malt profile I detect in many of their beers. Mild grassy hops. Clean and very drinkable. Moderate carbonation. Finishes quick with mild hop bitterness. A little on the lighter side of medium bodied. All in all, itís not all that bad. Very sessionable. And for itís style, itís something Iíd reach for on a hot day if it were lying around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tone77 (256) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2012
Pours a rich golden color. Smell is of malts, lemons. Taste is crisp, tart, citrus, more like a pale ale than a lager. Overall an easy drinking and good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tennessejed420 (927) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2012
bought this wanting a pale lager, got an APA type beer instead. Hops provide a bitterness that somewhere in between too much and lacking, depending on what type of beer youíre looking for. Grain, grass, slightly floral. Malt profile similar to most new belgium beers. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2012
Clean, easy-drinking light lager thatíll rival any industrial lager out there. To be honest, Iím kind of surprised NB put this out, especially after it took them so many years to break away from their "we only brew Belgian/Euro styles" stance to finally brew an American-style IPA (i.e., Ranger, which is solid). Regardless, itís good that they did, because maybe Shift will lift some macro drinkers up to the "light" side. Shift has a rich smoothness and a creamy/fluffy carbonation. It has a slight sweet-and-sour nip, which gives it some charisma. Other than that, itís just a decently made pale lager. Very mild sweetness to go with a very mild bitterness, plus some herbal qualities. No off-flavors to speak of. Not the most exciting style, of course, but I suppose itís a good interpretation. And Iíd take it over a Bud/Miller/Coors any day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (4488) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2012
Location: 16 oz can from Colonial Wine and Spirits, 4/16/12

Aroma: The nose is bread/biscuit malts, floral hops, earth, spice, and some citrus notes
Appearance: It pours a clear golden color with a big foam of white head and some decent lace
Flavor: This one has a clean bread/biscuit malty flavor with a decent amount of hop presence for balance
Palate: The body of this one is clean and crisp, with a light, but not watery feel, and a ton of drinkability
Overall Impression: I thought this was a pretty solid lager. This is a nice, simple, drinkable beer, with a pretty solid flavor and a ton of drinkability. This is definitely one of the better beers I have had with "Pale Lager" written on the can.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jake65 (2856) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 15, 2012
Can: Clear, bright golden pour with a finger of white head. Subtle lager aroma with some added florals, a bit of grass too. Clean taste of lager malt and flavorful citrus/floral hops. Pretty impressive pale lager here folks!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3319) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - APR 14, 2012
Can-purchased at Albertsons Las Cruces, NM April 2012-pours lite copper hue darker than expected with a soapy white fuzzy head. nose of lite floral hops (very clean), pale grains (but not in the wet grain type of nose), lite grass and lite spice from the hops as well. smells very clean and floral. clean flavors of lite hops, pale grains, lite carmel malt note with some pale grains as well. the nelson saluvin hop note comes into play from time to time, giving the brew a slight white grape character, which has become a great addition for these type of beers as well as IPA/pales. This is a very decent drink and i will definately buy more of this. It seems that some of the previous raters get some "corn and adjunct" notes in this beer-i didnt get any of that-seems that raters see "preumium lager" they automatically think it wil have those notes. well this doesnt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kcwildcat98 (47) - - APR 14, 2012
Nice clean taste and finish. Good golden color to the beer. Has a smooth finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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