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Loft - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.49%


Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-31-2002)
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Dithyramb

Maryland

3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the only good beers on tap at the Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Had one of these and a Fat tire. They had it listed as New Belgium "Summertime" ale.
Half a finger of white head on top of a nice sunset golden ale. Had a little staying power and nice lacing. Grassy hops on the nose.
Sweet caramel malt and a crisp grassy/citrus hops were very enjoyable, though a bit average. Mouthfeel was a bit thin for the style, though this made it quite drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2005 14:47:32 | More by Dithyramb
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Bcant

Michigan

2.55/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2005 06:36:51 | More by Bcant
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WesWes

New York

3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a grainy pale malt scent. It's sweet smelling with some musty notes. The taste is good also. It has a pale and wheat malt flavor that goes down easy and refreshes. It's a bit grainy with a nice malty feel. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine seasonal brew and at only 115 calories, it's good for you.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2005 01:55:00 | More by WesWes
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KoG

Nevada

3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this with lunch at a sushi bar.

Nice very light amber color with a small head that leaves little lacing.


Smells of malt and yeast, very doughy.

Taste was nice and light with a bit of hoppyness, similar to Fat Tire only less sweet.

Mouthfeel was acceptable, seemed a little flat and didn't really have any pizazz, but it did leave me refreshed with a clean palate.

Drinkability is pretty good. Not too shabby for Mid-October but it would probably be better when it isn't about 45* outside.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2004 22:27:40 | More by KoG
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Beaver13

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2004 04:37:00 | More by Beaver13
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dhannes

Wisconsin

2.06/5  rDev -40.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 18:59:36 | More by dhannes
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
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

New Belgium Brewing Company's
Loft Beer
3.43/5.00

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 21:30:13 | More by Jadjunk
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +24.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 22:14:20 | More by BeerFMAndy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 06:05:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 01:57:42 | More by M_C_Hampton
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vkv822

Oregon

3.45/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 07:52:49 | More by vkv822
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Celtics17

California

3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 07:27:17 | More by Celtics17
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Auraan

Arizona

3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 06:28:13 | More by Auraan
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 20:21:59 | More by garymuchow
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Tone

Missouri

3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 16:33:27 | More by Tone
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birchstick

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 22:59:25 | More by birchstick
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gpogo

California

3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 00:49:38 | More by gpogo
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Zorro

California

3.09/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 01:25:54 | More by Zorro
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Florida9

Illinois

3/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 00:07:07 | More by Florida9
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 13:04:52 | More by secondtooth
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kojevergas

Texas

2.89/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

C

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 04:07:46 | More by kojevergas
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constantine_272

Oregon

3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 04:46:48 | More by constantine_272
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 01:27:31 | More by twiggamortis420
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elNopalero

Texas

2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 06:17:50 | More by elNopalero
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Murrhey

Montana

2.34/5  rDev -32.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 01:53:48 | More by Murrhey
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