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Loft - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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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Ratings: 259 | Reviews: 139
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1.5/5  rDev -56.3%

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2/5  rDev -41.7%

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2/5  rDev -41.7%

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 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.

Photo of Crosling
2.16/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Light Orange. Clean, balanced but subtle aroma. The aroma is very spicy, hoppy and fruity. The flavor delivers a very nice citrus and fruit taste from the hops. The added lime leaves add a touch of lime flavor. A nice American wheat ale with a broad range of flavors but this doesn’t seem to be in the Belgian mold to me.

Photo of sirxtasy
2.26/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

appearance: ordinary, light-colored ale

smell: faint sourness

taste: slightly sour instead of hops bitterness, aftertaste of wheat crackers

mouthfeel: not bad - full and slightly oily for such a light beer, the only impressive quality of this beer

drinkability: nothing special, tiresome after two bottles

overall: not recommended, prefer 1554 & fat tire by nb brewing to loft, not worth the $6 sale price i paid for this six pack

Photo of Murrhey
2.38/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

Photo of palliko
2.38/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was recently at a restaurant in Cripple Creek Colorado, and they had Loft in bottles. For lack of anything better, I made the mistake of ordering one. The appearance was a light amber, with a white head and minimal lacing. Aroma was faintly floral with a portent of coming cloves. Malt was conspicuous for its absence, and a sour, lemony flavor dominated. Carbonation was light, mouthfeel was dry but lacking in yeast. A disappointing offering from New Belgium.

Photo of msubulldog25
2.48/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light amber color with minimal white head, but alot of carbonation. Smell is not particalarly enticing - a bit of malt/yeast but not much else.
Taste is a little hoppy but mostly a more unpleasant bitterness. Fortunately it doesn't linger long...
I've enjoyed other beers by NBB, but this is not a beer I'll be having for a while...may need to try at a later date

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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of jdhilt
2.51/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a white, two-fingered pillowy head, fades soon and leaves a good lace. Medium carbonation. Clear golden amber color. Nose is hoppy, starts and finishes hoppy, the lime leaf is not noticeable; hopheads line up for this one. $1.80 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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 HardTarget
2.65/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Best by 29DEC04, temp and glass suggestion, ABV 4.2%. Nice bottle information. Poured into one of my favorite glasses; a New Belgium Chalice.
Aroma: Nice floral hop nose with a back of sweet pale malt.
Appearance: Nice deep orange/copper color that poured with a good finger of head, but large bubbles didn’t last and collapsed into a spotty cover.
Flavor: Something just rubs me wrong. It tastes watery to me; like tonic water. Hops seem a bit harsh instead of bitter, and the entire flavor just seems rough. I guess it is the grain, just too heavy handed and husky for me.
Mouthfeel: Strong carbonation, maybe a touch too carbonated, but a nice medium body and a fairly dry finish.
Overall Impression: This one just doesn’t do it for me. The flavor just seems harsh and unpleasant. My least enjoyed New Belgium so far.

Photo of HochFliegen
2.66/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear gold. Head is thin and but lacing is good.

The smell is very floral with some hop spice and some malt and caramel hints blended in. The taste starts out hoppy and kinda dies into a slightly dry and sour taste in the finish. There wasnt much mouthfeel other than some fizz from the carbonation. Not a very asserative beer.

Photo of pjwilson
2.66/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

wow can a beer be more bland? i mean this has about as much flavor as olympia. or less. this beer is pointless. same your money and buy PBR which is more exciting than this beer. better yet buy a different new beligum. i can thank god i only got one bottle of this stuff and not a whole sixer.
ok so it's not a bad beer just really, really bland. the taste is a light sweet malt. if someone handed me this on a hot day i wouldn't say no. i'm just amazed by the complete lack of substance to this beer. come on new beligum ditch this dud.

Photo of woemad
2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from a 6pk on sale for $5.99 that I picked up at a supermarket here in Spokane.

Poured a clear gold/amber color, with a miniscule white head that dropped faster than US Air stock. Very slight amount of lace.

Very mildly malty in the smell department, with a mild floral hoppiness even further back. This smells like a dumbed-down Fat Tire. Well, whoop-de-f-in-do...

Taste is a little more interesting than the smell, but not by much. Very slight hop flavor and slightly more forcefull yet still bland malty sweetness. Yawn.

I suppose the mouthfeel for a beer like this is on target, but who really cares.

I think I actually prefer this from the bottle. There's no pretense that way. Something to swig from while the Mariners lose. Otherwise, ther ain't much point to this. This isn't horrible, but it isn't worth shelling out craft beer money for when you can buy a perfectly adequate macro that won't be far below this.

Photo of ReebShorts
2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden color, White head. There was about a 1/4 inch head immediately after pouring, and this was gone within a minute leaving slight white lacing around the edges with virtually no head in the middle. I was surprised by the amount of carbonation, as the quick dying head led me to believe this may be a bit on the flat side (not the case). Not sure how to describe the taste here, but I'll give it a shot. First off, it's fairly mild, a bit fruity (hint of fig?) and very light tasting, with some fine carbonation. Slightly hoppy, with some Grassy over-tones (not that i go around eating grass, but that's the impression i got nonetheless). Also there is a bit of a "sour" aftertaste. Really it's just kind of a "blah" beer for me, It's easlily drinkable, but just not enjoyable. I was hoping to like this one more, but so far "New Belgium" has failed to impress me.

Photo of WetCoaster
2.7/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer promises " zest, hoppiness and a mouthfeel as big as the sky." All this at 4% ABV. This should be interesting.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear deep gold with a thin, pure white head. The carbonation is very active. The head vanishes quickly, and the lacing is thin.

Smell: Opens with moderate hop spice with some floral notes. There are some traces of bready malt and caramel. Very mild overall.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Starts out mildly hoppy, but almost immediately goes mineral, metallic and just downright bland. Finishes lime sour; maybe this is the zest of which they spoke? The mouthfeel is for all intents and purposes nonexistent--thin, watery, fizzy and very sharp on the tongue. If this is "big as the sky," I'm glad I don't live where they live.

Drinkability: Well, very I suppose, it's sort of like Lime Perrier with a twist of hops. But if you want to drink beer...

I'll be as generous as I can here, but this beer is enormously disappointing, especially given the build-up on the packaging. I understand that a summer brew should be "light" and "refreshing," but this is ridiculous--it's barely beer. Buy a pint of selzer, squeeze in two limes, and add a splash of IPA: you'll get the same flavor for a tenth the price.

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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

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Loft from New Belgium Brewing
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