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Loft - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 139
Hads: 260
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-31-2002

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Reviews: 139 | Hads: 260
Photo of dhannes
2.14/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had a bottle at my brothers...poured into a Perfect Pint.

A=Very faint yellow...not appealing.

S=Faint whiff of hops...wheat?

T=What little flavor that was there was not very appealing...reminded me more of water than beer...MGD is better.

M=Too watery.

O=Probably the worst beer I've had this year...all I can think of was that it was old stock, but it was horrible. (372 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

"In a category all its own, Loft Beer delivers an uplifting zest, a taut line of hoppiness, and, from integrated wheat and barley malt, a mouthful as big as the sky." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Previously a seasonal from 2002 until its discontinuation, loft was revived exclusively for a pack-in with the Summer 2013 Folly variety pack.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to the New Belgium Globe glass. Served above 47º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a golden-white head of a frothy consistency over a sunset orange-amber body. Carbonation is plentiful yet light, a mild haze is the only impediment to the clarity that this beer has. Retention is average, lacing is thin and patchy. 3.5

(Smell) Malt bill is light cereal grain, musty wheat bill adds some unique dimension. Herbal, grassy hop blends provide a matching bitterness and aroma. Mild dry fruit lends a subtle acidity and a light tartness. Altogether it's a delicate aroma, but one with a bit more hop presence and bitterness than I'm used to in New Belgium's lighter Belgian Pale-inspired offerings. 3.25

(Taste) Mild, unsweetened pale grain malt with just a hint of wheat for body, very herbal and tea-like in its lightness. Hop notes linger by the wayside- musty, herbaceous and mildly peppery- reminiscent of Ranger IPA's hop selection. Hop bitterness and flavor are more subdued than in the aroma but certainly provide their fair share of bitterness to round out the flavor. Not a lot of fruit sugars and the malt profile is dry and thin. This is a very light-drinking Belgian Pale, more Americanized than the style traditionally implies in both a high hop presence and a passive yeast profile for a notable cleanliness. Perhaps a bit too mundane for some, but low gravity and a tame malt body and sweetness makes it a highly quaffable ale, especially in the dog days of summer. It's a good thing they give you four. An acceptable crossover option for those tiptoeing from macro lager staples to lighter-flavored ales. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Slick, thin, moderate chalky dryness. A touch of hop resin and a very mild acidity, otherwise incredibly clean. Carbonation adds a profound crispness to excite the texture. The body is light for the style, light+ overall. Alcohol presence is very light, just keeps fairly low. 3.25

(Overall) I don't doubt that New Belgium retired this beer to jump aboard the hoppier and more flavorful beer bandwagon, but this little piece of New Belgium's history is a testament to the delicacy and appeal of their lighter-flavored beers. I found the hop character a bit hefty for the remaining flavor of this beer especially if it intends to play true to style, although I can appreciate thinking outside the box. If you are looking for a light-drinking session summer ale, you may be pleasantly surprised by this beer. 3.5

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Loft Beer
3.43/5.00 (2,878 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.28/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe
4.2%

A - The sweaty globe shines with vibrant clear golden beer that's filled with carbonation rising to the loose, lofty white head. Thick lace coats the glass as the foam erodes, making for one sexy beer.

S - Crisp and hoppy, the uplifting aroma features soft wheat and light sweetness to ground the beer while also allowing the citrus zest and earthy hoppy notes to soar.

T - Suggestions of mango and sweet orange peel offer some citrusy characteristics but are blown past by cut grass earthy qualities, landing softly on dry pale malt.

M - Wheat softens the crisp, lighter mouthfeel while carbonation scrubs the tongue for a balanced and drinkable beer that goes down exceptionally well on a summer day.

O - Loft has suggestions of fruit complexity but at it's core this is an easy drinking and rather simple pale ale that wishes to provide crisp refreshment for the hotter days of the year, and it certainly does! (968 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 11/3/13.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some peppery and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with floral and citrus flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the smells are fairly faint in my opinion. (540 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, golden colored with a foamy white head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: not much, yeasty bread, light hops

T: light fresh flavors of grain, lemon hops, grassy

M: thin and light, higher carbonation

O: light refreshing brew for a hot day, flavors are approachable (324 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz : tulip

Fairly clear, golden color with a foamy white head.

Grassy, lime, floral notes initially transitions to pleasant, sweet fruit towards the finish.

Medium-light body with a crisp, fizzy, foamy carbonation.

An easy drinking beer, though with some subtle complexities if one takes the time to appreciate them. (322 characters)

Photo of Celtics17
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

T- Sweet breadiness, but not overly so. This is an easy drinking beer. It's good, but not great. I feel like New Belgium should keep this one out. This was apart of the revival series. It taste similar to Fat Tire, if you takeout the caramel notes, and sweeter notes that Fat Tire has. (285 characters)

Photo of Auraan
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy, yet transparent amber, with a half finger white head. Pretty nice looking, standard, but not horrible. Scents of slight tropical fruit, some sweet malt, and very slight citrus and pine. Okay, nothing offensive, but very light. Flavor is light, with hints of floral hops predominating, with a bit of wheat cracker, slight citrus peel, and that earthy, dirty New Belgium yeast. It's a very light flavor to be sure, but it's not bad. Good for a light session beer like this. Mouthfeel is light bodied with fairly high carbonation. Again, a light, sessionable sort of mouthfeel. Overall it's decent enough, nothing I'd seek out, but good enough to drink on a hot summer day. (687 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Slightly doughy, mild neutral yeast that moves to soft spice. A little fruit.
Very clear. Gold. Fizzy head that is off white. Some lacing
Pale malt forward with the classic NB toasty, biscuit taste. Very soft yeast flavors. Touch of drying.
Good body for how small a beer it is. Quite soft in both carbonation and general feel. Ample carbonation.
KInda' boring really. (368 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of floral hops, pine, slight earthy malt, sweet malt, and a hint of sugar. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, floral hops, lemon, and a hint of pepper. Overall, decent appearance, the aroma and body are highlighted by the lemon/pepper notes, and the blend is good. (466 characters)

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

Pours a pale yellow with a fizzy head. Nose is sweet, lemon and grassy, citrus hops mixed in with some cereal malts. Taste starts off with citrus zestiness, which moves on to a cereal malt flavor. A lemony, grassy hop flavor finishes off the palate. Mouth is creamy and smooth. Overall, this is a refreshing summer beer, just as it is supposed to be. (350 characters)

Photo of gpogo
3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Pale golden yellow. It pours clear with a small white head. The head dissipates to a foam cap.

A- Bready maltiness.

T- Sweet breadiness, but not overly so. Light bitterness throughout.

M- Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

D- Easy drinking. (256 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.11/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber colored ale with a medium sized white colored head.

Smells of grain and yeast with a little lemon scent. No real spice or hop aromas except the lemon.

Starts out tasting of grain. Some caramel and grain husk flavors. No citrus in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall this is an OK beer, nothing really great or bad. (331 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.04/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Clear gold in color. Forms a moderate fluffy white head, but it doesn't bother sticking around for too long as it reduces to a thick, patchy surface coating. Aroma is light, but pleasant. Biscuity malt, some grassiness and a pronounced floral quality. Taste is - unique, and not in a good way. Strong, overpowering floral taste, like camomile or something gives this beer a string perfumed quality. Almost unbearable. Some citrus zest. Lower pale malts. Light body. Minimal bitterness. Appropriate carbonation. I was surprised to see this listed as a Belgian pale as it really doesn't resemble one in the least. In all fairness, the bottle doesnt claim this is a Belgian pale. Never the less, this is a barely drinkable beer. (725 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean golden, with luxurious head and magnificent, huge lace.

Aroma is biscuity, malty, toasty, but with a touch of citrus underneath.

Taste is light, with a well-balanced and prominent malt profile. I get a little caramel and toasty grains. Again, the hops are there, but dialed back.

Overall, a solid and session-worthy, but ultimately forgettable beer. (367 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired as part of New Belgium's latest variety box. 4.2% ABV according to the label on my bottle. Best before: September 22, 2013. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with nice label art and a branded red pry-off cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served cold, straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger wide head of white-khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Soft complexion. No real lacing.

Body colour is a clear pale yellow-copper. Translucent and transparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Overall, it's pretty standard fare for the style. Not unique or special, but there are no overt or obvious flaws.

Sm: Light lemon zest. Grainy malts. Perhaps some biscuit malt. Wheat. Clean barley. Light floral hop character. A pleasant aroma of average strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Grainy malts. Light lemon zest and esters. Light floral hop character. A bit grassy. The build is very simple. It's balanced. Fleeting hints of vague lime. Wheat. Clean barley. Light lavender. Flavour duration and intensity are both average. Lacks complexity and subtlety, but I do like it.

No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit refreshing. Decent body and thickness. Overcarbonated. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. Facilitates delivery of the limited flavours nicely.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but ultimately rather pedestrian. Boring. I wouldn't get it again, but it's not a bad beer. Its simplicity holds it back. A decent session brew, but nothing to write home about. Another forgettable beer from New Belgium.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden with a definite red amber hue. Clear and epravescant. Mostly white head with a solid film from the carbonation.

S: Slight lemon with wheat and yeast mostly. White bread. A little orange pithe. Very little on the nose at all.

T: Very light lemon zest with light grain notes. Mellow sunflower seeds. A distinct light sweetness buttons down the mild tartness quickly. Finishes with a mild oakiness and some hazelnut. Cedar notes are detectable like a very mild amber.

M: Light and refreshing without lacking flavor. Medium dry finish with aftertaste with a mildly sweet bready aftertaste with a beet of steel flavor that lingers fairly long.

O: Great summer session beer. Too light for my usual taste though. It reminded of a light beer in some ways, but enhanced to try to give it some depth. Not bad all in all, but this would leave me wanting more if I just had one of these. (889 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear, dark gold color with a fluffy, dense white head. Nice retention and lacing.

Nose is biscuity, grainy, honey and nutty. Not a whole lot from a Belgian yeast perspective, but it smells fairly decent.

Taste packs alot of maltiness for such a light brew and the hops are adequate, especially on the bittering side. Yeast is still lacking for a Belgian PA, but there might be a light apple-nut contribution here. Mouthfeel is expectedly light, being a session ale and all. Not bad, it was nice to have this again - it must be at least 5 or 6 years since this was last around...but it doesnt taste as rich and yeasty as I remember. (655 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
2.97/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A session pale ale?

This pours a slight tan-golden color with minimal foam retention.

I’m nosing and nosing and wondering, where’s the aroma? I thought I caught a hint of some floral spice but it came and went. Not a whole lot going on here.

Tastes lightly bitter with a hint of hop bitterness with the volume turned down low. A touch of biscuit malt rounds this out, with an uninteresting finish. While this may make a nice summer beer it doesn’t do the trick for this session. (487 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
2.38/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a standard pressure-cap 12oz bottle into a conic pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live. Best-by September 8, 2013.

A- Two and a half finger white head with long retention and very heavy carbonation. Golden body with high clarity. Some sticky clumps of lacing.

S- Floral, zesty hops. Wheat, caramel malts. Not much here.

T- Somewhat watery, metallic taste with the hops coming in later. Slightly sweet and wheaty.

M- Light bodied and wet.

O- This beer is basically just water. Nothing special here. Maybe this is a recipe that should have stayed hidden. (593 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 9/3/13.

Appearance: Really nice golden color with pristine clarity. Poured a healthy two finger white head that has now become a thin cap of foam atop the beer.

Aroma: Not too much there but getting some bready notes as well as a little earthy/spiciness from the hops.

Taste: A nice mix of flavors here that are all pretty subdued. Starts with a distinct hop bitterness that has a pleasing earthy quality. About halfway through the flavor opens up a bit and gives some biscuit malt flavor as well as a wheat character that adds some sweetness to balance out the bitterness. Due to its low 4.2% ABV there is a slight watery aspect to the palate but it's forgivable as it comes with the territory. Though the flavor is reminiscent of a lager at times, the finish has all the smoothness of a proper ale. Aftertaste of light echoing bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Just under medium in body with lots of carbonation (a vigorous pour helps clear some of that up) and above average drinkability. Definitely sessionable.

Final Thoughts: I'm not sure I agree with classifying Loft as a Belgian Pale Ale because I didn't get any spice notes in the palate. A more fitting style might be Session Pale Ale. It's light, moderately hoppy, and refreshing. Would I drink it again? Sure. (1,274 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear orange, some carbonation, two finger head and some lacing.

S-Not much, some wheat and lemon, very bland, along with some orange.

T-Bland as well, some wheat, no bitterness, lemon orange and grass.

M-Light not much carbonation, slightly watery but crisp.

O-Nothing bad as far as flavor goes, but just bland boring nothingness. (337 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: VONS in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $12.97 (w/ VONS card) for a Folly 2002 revival 12-pack
Purchased: May 14, 20113
Consumed: May 20, 2013
Misc.: Best by Sept. 8, 2013

Poured a honey copper clear color with one finger of frothy white head. Sporadic spots of thin and thick foamy lacing. Good and thick retention on the top.

Smelled lemon zest, orange, caramel, faint toffee, faint chocolate, sour milk, grass, hay, bread and faint resin notes. Caramel is the long lasting whiff.

Tasted similar to the nose, mainly that caramel, sour milky malts and lemon and orange zest. Orange rind, a bit like an orange creamsicle, Also reminded me of a lighter version or orange cough syrup. Clean and refreshing.

Light body. Thin-to-creamy texture. Lively carbonation. Abrupt, clean, crisp, watery finish.

Surprised at how much this beer grew on me. It’s simple on the outside, but improves as it goes down. (974 characters)

Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Throwback seasonal beer from 2002 new belgium brewery. It is sold in the summer folly variety packs from new belgium.
Poured a golden yellow with just a hint of amber. Solid two fingers of white head. Okay retention and lots of lacing. Aroma has fruit, lemongrass, and vanilla. A light tasting beer that is crisp and mildly fruity. Light hops. Has a very creamy mouthfeel. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer and look forward to trying a few more to see if it grows on me. Definitely one to drink on a hot day. (510 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Vibrant golden pour, moderate amount of haze, good eggshell white heat that is large but not dense. Aroma was faint, not really belgian.

Taste, light, refreshing, good amount of low alpha acid hopping it seems. Carbonated, gets thin downbottle. Missing any belgian banana, yeast or clove flavors from it, really don't see it fitting there, its more like an underhopped xpa or a british mild almost.

A light, grassy and lemon beer for hot weather. Nothing spectacular, price point a little high for the lack of ingredients or process though. Would prefer something with a little more substance, regardless of the weather. (623 characters)

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Loft from New Belgium Brewing
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