Loft - New Belgium Brewing
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4.65/5 rDev +35.2%
This is definitely a beer in its own category. Beautiful orange-brown color with a light lace, the aroma really raises the eyebrows. I was led to think, "so what's the big deal? its just another well-hopped ale." Boy was I wrong. The complex flavor of this brew is completely on another level than the aroma would suggest. A lighter wheat-style ale body supports flavors of sweet malt flushed in orange juice and then dusted with spicy, but not really bitter hops. This is one of the best brews I have tried this year if not ever. Awesome
09-04-2002 20:06:05 | More by beernut7
4.65/5 rDev +35.2%
I noticed that this beer is recommended to be served colder than other New Belgium beers I've had. I brought this one back by car from Colorado to Michigan. Marked bottle as best before 07Nov02. Dark golden in color. The dominant flavor I get is grapefruit. I'll agree the citrusy flavor does indicate a summer type beer. Slight hops bitterness settles on the tongue in the aftertaste. I might be off in my memory but it reminds me a bit of a less bitter Red Seal. A lot of hops flavor without the hops bitterness. It also seems on the dry side.
Re-reviewed: Unfortunately my last bottle. Less bitterness present. A bit of wheat taste. This beer was good enough for me to miss it after not having it for a month or so. I increased the drinkability rating. My rating of this beer increased as I drank more. Not just a high rating because it is exotic in my region.
10-26-2002 20:04:53 | More by mjohn27603
4.6/5 rDev +33.7%
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.
08-27-2005 22:52:03 | More by Boneheadmx
4.55/5 rDev +32.3%
What can I say but WOW!! This was the only beer I didn't have at the brewery and I think this is the only time I have ever given a 5 in a category. This ale pours a beautiful golden color with slight head that has some staying power. The aroma is very refreshingly fragrant of pale hops. The taste is just pure bliss. I am definitely a huge fan of New Belgium brews and have had trouble picking my favorite from 1554, Fat Tire, and Sunshine but this one takes the cake. You immeadiately taste the bitterness but it is not too much, just enough, once you swallow the bitterness remains for a moment and then the malts kick in. At first you can taste how rich they are and then the wheat flavor jumps in. On top of all that it is very easy to drink. I will hunt this beer down and make sure everyone I know has the chance to taste it.
06-30-2003 13:44:13 | More by tang214
4.5/5 rDev +30.8%
2002 release. Golden, but not as pale as you'd expect from this color. Not much of a head, but it leaves some lace. Great aroma of pine and citrus-like hops tells you that this will be a great refresher. Taste is similar to a lighter American-style pale ale. Very flavorful yet refreshing, this is most likely meant to be a summer brew. Light to medium body. Subtle pine-like hops and bready malt are the main flavors present here. A unique spicy hop finish awaits you after that. Of course, this one is extremely drinkable. Overall, this is a wonderful beer, my favorite summer brew so far this year!
10-26-2002 15:23:00 | More by hyuga
4.38/5 rDev +27.3%
12-oz bottle, one of the last of the season, in a 12-oz mug glass.
Appearance: Very clear pale golden color, lots of streaming little bubbles flowing up. The glass is small, so I had to pour it to minimize the head.
Aroma: Spicy, citrusy aroma.
Flavor/Body: Flavor is difficult for me to describe. There's some wheat flavor/texture in there, and some spicy/vegetal hop flavor. Low hop bitterness, yet still dry. A lot of body too, despite the seeming attenuation.
The secret ingredient, according to their web site, is kaffir lime leaf. I keep meaning to go to an Asian grocery store to pick some up, for brewing purposes, to see if I can duplicate this wonderful beer.
Out of all of the New Belgium beers, this is perhaps my favorite (though I haven't tasted La Folie yet; I also have a lot of fondness for their Single, not brewed this year ). I have a particular fondness for low-gravity beers one can drink all night long and not feel the effects too much, and this fits that bill well. It really fits the Belgian model of brewing well: unique and interesting ingredients brewed in a firmly traditional style; innovative, but innovation in pursuit of flavor and not for its own sake.
11-02-2004 20:32:03 | More by allengarvin
4.33/5 rDev +25.9%
Pours a clear copper color with small white head. Smells of citrus hops and bready with some wheat in there. Taste is akwardly refreshing. Good tangy citrusy taste in this brew. Malty flavor dominates the start and the citrusy sour lingers throughout. Very interesting taste here that I am loving. Fairly light bodied with crisp carbonation and smooth flowing beer. Very drinkable brew here, a 6-pack would never be enough. Very good beer.
Many, many thanks to nvsblman for the great brew.
05-28-2004 03:45:55 | More by abents
4.33/5 rDev +25.9%
wow, new belgium has done it again with this beer. i have yet to be disappointed by anything from this company. this beer is very different than their other styles, its quite complex and doesnt really fit into any one catagory. the brew pours a golden amber color, with a short lived white head. the most notable smell to this beer is hops, this is one hoppy beer. the fist sip confirms this, definate hop flavors with a slight malty sweetness, and a nice spicey kick at the end. the beer is slightly dry tasting, but very good, almost reminds me of a pale ale. i just hope i can find another 6pack of this before it goes away.
10-05-2002 19:43:10 | More by usualpulp
4.28/5 rDev +24.4%
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!
09-07-2013 22:14:20 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.22/5 rDev +22.7%
Appearance: light amber to golden, good clarity, low head development (a thin creamy cap on top of a bed of larger bubbles), some lacing on glass
Aroma: lush woodsy citrusy hop nose, very enticing, a touch of biscuity caramel underneath, strawberry fruitiness, honey and a touch of diacetyl
Flavor: a mellow hoppiness similar to that in the aroma, followed by a subdued maltiness, also an herbal quality to it, a very "soothing" flavor
Mouthfeel: light body, fine carbonation, slightly minerally texture
Overall Impression: A great limited release, something to look forward to as much as Alaskan Summer ale. Label says it "delivers an uplifting zest". I agree with that!
07-21-2003 21:47:02 | More by GreenCard
4.22/5 rDev +22.7%
This beer is clear copper in color and throws out a medium sized ivory white head that recedes to an edging within 30 seconds. Nice hop nose on this beer. Kind of herbal and grassy rather than being a huge citrus nose, although there are slight traces of citrus as well. Light to medium in body, this beer has a pretty high drinkability factor. There seems to be some decent caramel malt in the backbone, but this seems to be a beer more about hops than malt, but in a different way than an IPA. This is pretty unique. This beer seems very dry to me. Leaves me feeling parched and in need of another drink. The wheat is barely noticeable, but there nonetheless. Nice tasting creative brew.
Gotta thank marc77 again for these New Belgium brews. They are rock solid.
09-17-2002 21:38:31 | More by Bighuge
4.2/5 rDev +22.1%
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.
01-26-2005 22:07:06 | More by cokes
4.15/5 rDev +20.6%
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.
06-11-2003 20:56:50 | More by Elemental
4.15/5 rDev +20.6%
Just snuck a sixer back into Utah...
Pours a crystal yellow, with a medium-sized cumulus cloud head. Smell is hops. Taste hints at some barley and wheat malts, but quickly gives way to tangy, almost sour hops with strong notes of grapefruit in an acidic, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is surprisingly big. Very refreshing and drinkable. I need to get some porch swing now...
07-21-2003 00:56:06 | More by alexgash
4.13/5 rDev +20.1%
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.
06-12-2005 22:30:21 | More by OStrungT
4.1/5 rDev +19.2%
12/01/04- Purchased at a wine store in Sonoma, CA
Appearance- Pours golden hued color with a semi-decent head and nice lacing.
Smell- Scents of malt, hops and citrus jump out at first notice.
Taste- Definite hop taste with some citrus flavors. Maybe apricot or lemon peel in there. The malt is in the mix also.
Mouthfeel- Very clean and crisp with that small hop bite at the end. Carbonation level is good.
Drinkability- This is a very refreshing beer. Wasn't expecting it to be as good as it is. I like it and could easily drink many of these. They go down without any problems.
12-01-2004 21:31:34 | More by GClarkage
4.08/5 rDev +18.6%
Written From Notes Compiled 6/04-8/04:
Dark yellow color, moderate head. Sticky lace. Smell is light lemon and new belgium's trademark buscuit maltiness. Taste is yeasty, malty, and very light and smooth. Excellent hot-day beer, too expensive to be considered "lawnmower" beer, however,
08-25-2004 19:28:32 | More by TastyTaste
4.05/5 rDev +17.7%
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!
05-11-2004 04:37:00 | More by Beaver13
4.03/5 rDev +17.2%
Its funny how the beer palate can be so here-and-now and elastic. Seasonal beers epitomize this sensation for me - a beer i'd gag on during the dark weight of winter is perfectly pleasing in the warmer months, and vice-versa. My official review of the beer at the brewery found me writing off the beer as tepid and uninspiring, but by the time a friend had brought some to the heat of late summer in Indiana I was absolutely loving it.
The apperance of this beer is sort of unimpressive, a watered down essence of Goldilocks. The head can be coaxed into no more than 2", but leaves a surprisingly ornate pattern of lace.
The nose is rather wort-y and mild but avoids all biscuit and plastic texture I witnessed in the wheat and amber. There is a little bit of toasty nuttiness here as well.
The taste has only a trace of that plastic I came to loathe, mostly what is here is a perfectly tender pale ale. Lots of toasty hop character to go around and insanely drinkable. I could wolf down a pizza and sixer of this without batting an eye.
10-03-2004 21:56:30 | More by GreenWBush
4.03/5 rDev +17.2%
We've just started to receive "New Belgium" beer in my area and I have fallen in love with three of their beer. "Loft" would be number two of the three. When poured, it was golden yellow with loads of foam. The smell of hop's and citrus was just outstanding. The taste was a well balance of hop's and citrus with a hint of malt's. This brew had a sweet/bitter finish that was very pleasant. So, with the taste of hop's, citrus, malt's and just a hint of wheat, this is just outstanding. The three best of is "Trippel, Loft and 1554".
06-10-2003 06:43:34 | More by BeerManDan
4.03/5 rDev +17.2%
12 oz bottle.
This ale poured a clear, golden-amber color with creamy, white foam that persisted. There was a good, steady carbonation. The smell was lightly fruity hops with some wheat malt and citrus. The taste was malty with a hoppy finish and with a strong lime citrus flavor throughout. Nicely tangy. The mouthfeel was dry and smooth and crisp with medium body and moderate carbonation. There was a lime citrusy aftertaste that lingered pleasantly. This was a nice, light, and refreshing ale, and it really grew on me. If you like lime, try this beer.
05-23-2004 09:50:26 | More by UncleJimbo
4.03/5 rDev +17.2%
Light/medium bodied, pale orange color.
Aroma is mainly spicy hops with a trace of citrus - grapefruit?
Taste is more of the same - nice hops bite, then a little roasted malt and wheat with that citrus twist, the finish is dry and spicy hops again, makes you want another one.
This should be an excellent hot weather thirst quencher - but good anytime. Very drinkable.
11-21-2005 07:17:07 | More by whynot44
Loft from New Belgium Brewing
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