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RATINGS: 440   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   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


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (10065) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2012
Can. Pours clear amber with a medium, creamy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is grain and meal malt, spicy hops and a clean lager character. Flavor is malt forward with light hops and bitterness and a dry finish. Medium to light body, low warmth and medium carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (3745) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2012
Can. Pours mostly clear copper with thin, fizzy white head. Aroma is corn, biscuit malt, light pears, grassy hops, and straw. Flavor is malt forward with nice supporting hops; dry finish. Light/medium body, medium carbonation, and low warmth.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2012
16 ounce can
Sometimes a beer defies expectations and this is one instance. This is a solid beer and perfect for camping, picnics, or other situations where you might want to bring along cans of something more flavorful than powdered lemonade. I may go back for more at some point once the heat arrives.

Aroma / Appearance - The transparent bronze body is alive with carbonation. A bubbly white head is a little messy. Crisp clipped grass mulch and bitter lemonade merge into a sharp nose that is still gentle on the senses.

Flavor / Palate - Grains, lemonade, and a residual mild bitterness drive home a light beer that has enough flavor to keep it memorable from start to finish. It wonít wear down the palate even after several cans but it wonít leave you bored either. This is much more than just a delivery mechanism for alcohol.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
unclemike (2305) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - APR 14, 2012
Pours a clear golden color with a frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of grainy malts, sweet malts and grass. The taste is grainy and sweet malts with floral hops. Medium bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (9460) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2012
Enjoyed in the can. Clear, golden appearance with a nice, fluffy white head. Toasty, quite grainy, pale malty aroma with plenty of grassy hops. Thereís a ton of mineral water flavor in this along with a lot of hay/straw, grassy hops, and a bit of huskiness. I went into this thinking that this was New Belgiumís answer to a traditional American lager like Budweiser, but itís not. Itís their foray into German-style lagers and overall this one isnít all that bad. I liked the mineralic notes to the flavor, but maybe it was just a touch off in terms of the malts.Nice try, though.

1.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2012
New Belgium continues down the road to overbearing mediocrity. This isnít a lager, itís a watered down IPA. Incredibly watered down. Pours a clear hay with a misleading big hop aroma. Take a taste and you will wonder if there was actually anything in the glass.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blutt59 (6035) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2012
Canned, clear golden color with frothy white foam and lace, some sweaty hops and cracker malts, smooth soft finish, exquisite

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (1960) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2012
Medium gold pour with a thick rocky off white head. aroma is soft grassy floral hop over a light sweet cracker-ish malt. Flavour has a grassy/vegetal hop character that is very dominant. Light grainy malt with a growing sweetness. Light carbonation.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
joet (2224) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - APR 12, 2012
Sweet not so pale hop forward lacking effervescent drinkability. Kind of really disappointing. Wanted something lighter more drinkable and paler. Its not in tune with its aim.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4992) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2012
Clear dark gold with a frothy, well-sustained head - nose of toasted grains, light Munich richness, lightly peppery and grassy hops - fairly clean and quite crisp on the palate - flavor is lightly sweet honeyed maltiness, drying out a bit through the middle, leading to fairly strong, spicy Nelson hop character - a light mineral note - lingering floral and grassy finish - a touch of huskiness in the finish, and a tad heftier than I would like a session lager to be, but otherwise a pretty solid lager - however, I can get 2 liters of Bitburger or Konig Pils for 5.99, so this brew will probably not be a repeat purchase.


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