What’s so great about 16-ounce cans? Simple, 4 more ounces of beer than your average 12-ounce can or bottle.

While multiple breweries have 16-ounce cans (a pint), the 12-ouncers still remain king of beer containers in the US. New Belgium Brewing out of Ft. Collins, CO is looking at changing things up with its newest year-round beer offering, Shift Pale Lager.

Shift will enter the market starting April 2nd, and you guessed it, they are only available in the larger 16-ounce cans. However the only downfall (if you can call it that), is that it will be offered in a four-pack, made of 100% recycled paper, so you might have to buy a few packs to properly stock your fridge.

We’re excited to put a New Belgium twist on pale lager,” said New Belgium spokesperson Bryan Simpson. “The 16-ounce can is the perfect delivery system for this beer and it travels well.”

New Belgium Shift

I’ve always been a fan of New Belgium and looking forward to trying their new 5% ABV beer. The lager is brewed with newly developed Nelson Sauvin hops which should give it a soft fruit flavor.

To check out if they will be launching it in your area, check out their beer finder here.

What do you think about 16-ounce cans?


Logan is the owner of Blog About Beer. Along with blogging, he is also the author of two books, Beer Lover's Oregon and Beer Lover's Washington, an avid homebrewer, husband, dad of 2 girls, business owner and lover of ridiculously spicy foods.


  1. Dennis McGill Reply

    I’ve liked all of New Belgium’s beers, but I won’t buy anything in cans.

  2. I just had Sierra Nevada’s new Torpedo 16oz can last night. It was everything I expected out of Torpedo, nothing and more and certainly nothing less. Actually it was nice to pour a proper pint of a commercial beer.

    It’s unfortunate folks like Dennis still have the opinion that cans are inferior to glass bottles. Cans are superior in almost every category for a container. They don’t let any light in, chill faster, don’t shatter, are lighter, less prone to oxidization, acceptable in outdoor areas where glass is prohibited, stackable in the fridge, and more that I’m just not thinking of.

    It seems most folks that don’t like cans say there is a metallic taste. It is physically impossible for a can to impart any aluminum because the inside of a can is lined so beer doesn’t actually touch any aluminum. The only way you can get a metallic taste/smell is if you drink from the can. If you’re drinking out of a can then you need to learn how much better beer is when put in a proper glass. Containers are merely shipping vessels so whether it’s a bottle or a can the beer should be served in an appropriate glass for the style.

    • Thanks for the comment Matt. I was looking for the like button on your comment much like Facebook has (hmm, maybe I should add 1). Those are all great points. It’s sad that people miss out on great beers just because of their containers. It’s like saying I don’t eat chips that come in tubes like Pringles. If you drink beer in a glass the way it should be, there really is no down side.

    • Matt, you make an awesome point! I never had anything against cans, but it was weird the first time I bought a craft beer in one. I admit, I was a little scared it would taste funny, but once I poured it into my glass, I couldnt tell the difference. I now prefer cans to bottles due to reasons you listed above, plus the fact that I go to a lot of places that dont allow glass containers.

      I like the whole idea that more craft beers are opening up canning lines to contain their beer. I know that this is an expensive cost and most small breweries can’t afford to do this, but it seems that the market is shifting this way, and will hopefully continue in the future.

      I will be picking up a pack of shift right after my work shift is done in two hours 🙂

  3. Well said Matt. I think the reason why people give breweries shit for canning their beer is because we as consumers are use to the macro beers being distributed in cans. Just because we’re use to (bad) mass produced beers being marketed in cans doesn’t mean that it’s a bad means of delivering a good product.

    In fact, Sierra Nevada did a blind tasting of Pale Ale from draft, can and bottle to see if people could taste the difference and virtually no one could.

    Is it ironic that I am drinking a Pabst from a can while writing this? lol Only way I will ever drink this beer mind you!

  4. Why not sell them in 8 packs?
    And i actually prefer cans over bottles; beer stays colder and imo tastes just as good if not better than bottles. I had an Amstel Light can last weekend for the first time and thought it tasted much better than the bottle version.

  5. Brendan's Beer Review Reply

    While I do beleive a beer can is more impressive and often offers a better value when buying beer just for quanity. Beer stored in cans has a distinct different taste than the same beer stored in glass bottles. In addition, it is more likely a beer served in a large can becomes signifigantly warmer than beer served in 12oz quantity unless served in a frosted mug or glass.

  6. The bar I work at offered these as a promo, tonight, and I tried a small sample. It had a much hoppier aroma than I was expecting but the type of subtle and smooth flavors that you’d want on a hot summer day if you were drinking outside. Most of the bar crowd was drinking out of the can and most likely missing out on the aromatics but it was nice to see everyone drinking craft beer instead of Bud Light for a change.

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