Loft - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 by dhannes:
Photo of dhannes
2.14/5  rDev -37.6%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The New Belgium Loft pours from the bottle a clear golden amber with a small light arid bubbly white head on top. Aromas of sweet yeasty, slightly caramelized grains along with a herbally hop in the background. Quite fruity with notes of pear, lemon and light cut melon. Touch of spice. Nice..but a tad bit boring at the same time.

First sip brings a light, somewhat bready caramelized grainy malt. Follows with a light yeasty profile and a bit of a herbal hop on the way down. Touch of sourness. Light fruits move in and out with hints of pear and a slightly toasty finish. Move along now...nothing to see here.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with nice carbonation. However, this brew just really doesn't do anything for me. Much too non-descript. I don't think I'll be seeking it out again. Thanks to mentor for the sample!

Photo of Beaver13
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The Loft poured golden-copper. It had an ample, creamy, white head that lasted for the entire pint and left some lacing.

The aroma was lemony citrus.

It was medium bodied, and a little too bubbly. The taste was malt with some zingy citrus. It had a crisp, grassy, slightly bitter finish.

Overall, this was a very pleasing and refreshing beer. Definitely the best "lighter" beer I've had...a great summer drink!

Photo of Thrasher
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an unusual beer that doesn't follow any strict stylistic guidelines. One could call it a hoppy, light Fat Tire without being too far off the mark. Fat Tire is a non-traditional American amber ale (with Belgian elements) and Loft is a non-traditional American pale ale (with similar Belgian elements, although the hops seem distinctly American). To complicate matters, New Belgium suggests you drink this at a briskly cold 38 degrees, even chillier than lagers are supposed to be served. I'd say don't drink it quite that cold, but this isn't a cellar temp ale either. A smooth, innocuous malt quality provides just the barest trace of backbone for the sparkling, piney hops. The yeast seems to play a large part here, by unifying the brew and providing slight metallic and buttery elements. Mouthfeel is soft, smooth, clean, and perhaps the high point. Hops twinkle and glisten on the tongue. Finish is crisp and refreshing. A warm-weather, low-alcohol session beer, good for drinking large amounts of, and for serving straight out of the cooler - although it tastes better poured into a glass than in the bottle. Judging by the review scores here, it's not as good as it used to be.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of OStrungT
4.13/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light golden yellow. The head is white with a slight yellow tint to it. It looks fluffy. It fades slowly leaving thick laces. It smells very cirtusy. The aroma of hops is quite present. It smells just a little like Fat Tire. Ever so slightly biscuty. It tastes fruity. There is a strong orange flavor present. It tastes cirtusy. The hops flavor is strong, but not over aggressive. Can a flavor be strong, and mild and the same time? It tastes slightly spicy. Just a slight hint of cloves. This beer is carboneted just a little too much I think, but not enough to detract from the taste, just a little too carbonated for me. It is very smooth. Definately a good beer for a hot summer day. While the flavor is a little lacking, it is still quite decent. This beer would make a great session beer. It is low in alcohol, and the mild taste is very non aggressive. This is a great beer to drink all summer long. Definately worth a try.

Photo of rastaman
2.1/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Not much flavours to speak of. Really not hoppy or malty, the flavour dissapears really quickly. I really can't pick any flavours that stand out, and the palate is so soft that its almost non-existent. My first in a line of many dissapointments with this brewer.

Photo of Auraan
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of brewQ
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color of a pale golden whisky.
A soft white cushioned head of fine carbonation.

A light grassy smell but otherwise quite clean.

Some sweetness in the flavor but otherwise the dominant take away is the effervescence. A subtle hint of hops supports the finish.

Not my favorite NB brew but well put together-
a real contender in the "Champagne of Beers" category!

Photo of watermelonman
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured to an orange and almost gold color. It had decent head retention and good lace.

The smell is full and good, exhibiting light fruit and alcoholic characteristics. The taste is similarly sharp and nice, although a bit too light. It feels a bit sharp in the mouth but remains easy to drink.

Photo of soper2000
3.16/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First review in awhile for me.

Loft pours a crisp golden with a two finger white head that is thin, but does stick aroun for quite some time. Aroma is yeasty to say the least, but the yeast has some pleasant peppery/grassy notes that balance the slight hints of caramelish malt. The taste is a little too thin for me. Sweet malt slides right over the tongue leading to a grassy middle before being punctuated by a sharp hop bite that is without a lot of character. Mouthfeel is too thin for my taste as well. Usually I'm a fan of New Belgium's brews, but this one just doesn't do it for me. Bring on the Frambozen!

Photo of cokes
4.22/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid gold under a whipped bone hue.
Fragrant of lime, pepper, and budding leaves, layered on to a dry, wheaty base.
Begins crackery dry, with a saltine pils maltiness. Wheat tends this doughier, yet with a brusk graininess. Tart squeals of lime rinds, then the hops close this down with a large-bladed leafiness with lingering citrus.
Bright and light in the mouth. Steadily carbonation. This begs for warm temperatures, and days when beer can be consumed outside again.

Photo of Bcant
2.58/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have mixed feelings about New Belgum in general but am definatly not impressed by Loft. I was poured a pint by an excelant beer-barman but the Loft did not produce an adequate head. Its nose is very faint and slightly sour. The body is light, almost watery. Sweet grain flavor with strawberry notes. On the up side, its rather easy to drink, but thats mostly because there is not too much to it.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Effervescent gold in color, with a foamy, clean white head. A faint aroma bubbles up with hints of yeast, citrus, and a kiss of hops. The flavor is light, with more hops taste than expected.

Overall, this is a decent beer, but pretty plain. Not bad, but nothing to write home about.

Photo of secondtooth
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear, deep-golden body reveals dozens of steadily rising bubbles beneath a creamy white head. The retention is limited, however, and it drops shortly to just a creamy collar and whispy surface foam. Sheets of tiny spotted lace remain, however. It's actually quite attractive. The nose clearly displays wheat; and along with it an unusual note that's herbal, floral and even a touch grassy, as well as lightly citrusy. Interesting! It's smooth and gently crisp in the mouth - light bodied and refreshing. Some bitterness and citrusy/gently piney hops appear in an otherwise thin and generic, partially wheat-based malt. It finishes dry and refreshing with a touch of citrus and a soft, lingering bitterness. A decent summer brew that's better suited to a sunny day of boating than relaxing in the harbor at sunset.

Photo of Elemental
4.17/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This has a light copper color to it with a medium head that seems to last through the tasting. The sweet flavorand crisp aroma prepare you for what is to come as you sample the beer. The flavor is sweet and lightly malted with a bitterness the accompanies the light crisp fruitiness of this beer.

Photo of bditty187
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden-amber hue with a ½ inch of head, at best, fair retention, minimal lace. The bouquet is inviting and unusual, it kind of smells like cornflakes, grain, cereal, hops. The palate is very complex (in a subtle way) with a mixture flavors like grain, cereal, malt, faint sweetness, and bittering hops. Medium-light body, crisp, refreshing finish. Drinkable. I find this beer to be unique and noteworthy, try one.

Re-reviewed on May 4, 2003

Photo of mrpicklerelish
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance - Poured a light orangish color with a very small head if any at all. Tried a few and they all seemed to have the very small head after pouring. What was there left very little lacing on my glass.

Smell - Thought I could smell a small pine undertone along with some citrus and sweet caramel aromas.

Taste - Calming herbal flavors and some sweet caramel flavors surrounded my mouth. I didn't notice to much of a hop or malt taste to it at all, the sweetness to this beer seemed to take over all other flavors in it.

Mouthfeel - Crisp light feeling beer with a little carbonation. Left a tangy aftertaste long after the last sip.

Drinkability - Easy to drink, very smooth and crisp even though it was a little sweet for my taste. Goes down rather easily which isn't a bad thing.

Comments - Not one of my favorites from New Belgium but one that is worth a taste when it is offered. Just look for the big red kite on the label.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A pleasing light orange in color, 1/8th of an inch white ring; fair lacing. Biscuits and underlying malts with hints of lemon peel and grass on the nose. Up top, very rich, zesty and creamy; has a sweet-sour feel to it. Medium burnt toast like flavorings coupled with some grain and wheat. Has qualities like it’s Fat-Tire brother, a decent and refreshing offering.

Photo of Boneheadmx
4.61/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice golden yellow orange. Very nice color. Head is very small and disappears quickly. The smell is excellent. Even though it is quite faint, I can smell the fruit. Kind of an orangey, lemony smell. It's great compared to Fat Tire's smell. I absolutely love the taste. Tastes kind of lemony at the first wave, and then turns nice and malty at the finish. The aftertaste is quite interesting because it leaves a taste like fresh, buttery corn-on-the-cob in the back of the mouth. the hops are quite light, and not overpowering at all. This, in turn, makes it very, very drinkable. It goes down very smoothly. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys beer.

Photo of ncbrewerbun
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a best before September 2005, alcohol % = 4.2%

This beer poured a clear gold color with a white head that lasted well into the beer, then laced the pint glass.

Aroma was grain, some bread, and hops.

Taste is grainy; wheat is noticeable. Hop profile adds a good balance to the beer.

Loft is a good summer session beer. At 4 or 4.2%, these go down pretty easy after mowing the lawn on a 95 degree North Carolina day. Not a whole lot going on with the beer, but solid, and does what it's meant to do.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.28/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe

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!

Photo of TexIndy
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with best by date of 12/28/04. Poured a nice light golden color with 2 fingers of foam, little lace. It had a nice hoppy smell. A good tasting, crisp beer that goes down smooth. A definite thirst quencher on hot Texas summer days. Another good offering from New Belgium.

Rotation: retired

Photo of Trentonator
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried this out of curiousity, the local liquor store owner had been singing it's praises every time I went in. I have to agree that this is a great offering, and I am glad I took the plunge. It pours an interesting orange/copper color, and leaves a nice (albeit small) head with a little bit of fine lacing. Smell is very fruity, almost an orange scent, with some florals too--nice. The taste is similar to most pale ales, with a bitter/coppery first bite which leads to a smooth finish. I pounded 3 of these fairly quickly, so I have to give it credit for drinkability. A solid beer all around.

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Loft from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.