Loft - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-31-2002)
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Photo of WesWes
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of sirxtasy
2.25/5  rDev -34.4%
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 MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

New Belgium's "light" beer.
The beer poured a nice gold/copper color. A nice 1" billowy off-white head formed and then receded quickly into a cap. Very nice lacing down the glass.
Wheat/oats and citrus were the main aromas I picked up on.
The taste was a slight hint of lemon peel and then a flash of sourness on the tongue. A little zesty and black pepperish.
The mouthfeel was refreshing, cold with good carbonation. It really doesn't stay in the mouth long enough to figure it out. This is a throw down, lawn mowing beer.
Highly drinkable and refreshing and with its low ABV of 4.2% it could turn into a 100 degree summer session beer. It is low on calories too...but who cares!!!

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 neonbrown82
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is kind of disappointing for a seasonal, I thought. It's a hell of a drinker, but it is very average for the most part. I think Fat Tire Lite would have been a more appropriate name.

The appearance is a clear and bubbly amber color with a thin and everlasting off-white head. Smells very biscuity, once again like Fat Tire Lite.

Now, as I continue to flog the dead horse, the taste is like Fat Tire, but a bit lighter. Sweet and biscuity, a bit of a berry flavor, followed by a very mild and pleasant hop aftertaste. The beer has great body, which is one of the few things that sets this apart from the Lite beer comparison.

Drinkability is quite high. Even though it seems a bit disappointing, I will probably buy some of this next time I'm back in Omaha and looking for a sessionable brew, but probably not before I've tried some other breweries I can't get here in Iowa City.

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 kindestcut
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The New Belgium Loft pours a light amber with a vigorous white head. Obviously, this is a beer with active carbonation. The bubbles are very evident as they rise.

The aroma is light, with a hint of hops and citrus.The flavor is not full but is instead refreshing. Light hops, citrus, yeast and malt create a subtle combination to produce a beer with a slightly weak flavor.

This is a beer to drink on a hot day. It doesn't make it bad, it just isn't the most flavorful of beers out there.

Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice copper color, some malt aroma, small phenol level present, a slight citric nose also present, not much fruitiness to it, slight spice character, hardly noticeable, maltiness never really jumps out at you but it is distinguishable to the palate, moderate body, smooth medium carbonation, a drinkable beer for the season, some spice to accent spicy food, nice.

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 cokes
4.2/5  rDev +22.4%
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 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 Boto
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle: Mine poured a golden color without too much head to it. It was fairly clear. The aroma is that pretty familiar commercial lager beer smell. I’m kind of suprised, since this is supposed to be a Belgian Ale (?). Nothing else really there, except maybe a hint of floral notes. Slight wheat taste, with some sourness in the aftertaste. Nothing bad about it, but nothing to make you want to have another, either.

Photo of poundboy
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definately a summer brew. One of the best low alcohol light colored beers I've had in awhile. While not quite as pleasing to me as good strong Double IPA or a impy stout, I could imagine myself sitting in a lawn chair at a summer music fest, sipping on this one all day long. Also would probably be a good fishing beer, if I fished.
This one was from the same sixer as babydoc's, I assume, it has the same freshness date and he sent it to me. I also would like to try it fresh. But damn, it holds up better than the last 4% homebrew I made. Must be the Kaffir Lime leaves.

Appearance: Liquid gold, or medium corn syrup, depending on what conotation your going for. Inch of head that doesn't last long, leaves no lacing. Crystal clear.

Smell. Note much going on here. Mild malt scents and perhaps a bit of lemons.

Taste: I had a three horses recently that was skunked. This beer pretty much tastes like I would imagine that one does were it not light struck. Plus a pleasant sensation of tingling on the insides of my cheeks as I roll it around in my mouth. A bit of bite, perhaps from the kaffir leaves. Also, fresh from the fridge, I noted what I thought to be a bit of that old beer cardboard flavor, but perhaps I was just imagining.

Mouthfeel. Tingley, aggressive, and just the right viscousity. good good.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable, especially with the low abv. the only thing that would stop me from drinking several would be my desire to switch to something a bit more aggressive.

Photo of babydoc
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle labeled Best By 28 Dec 04. Pours clear golden/orange, with light frothy head that dissipates fairly quickly, but did leave some lacing. Nice nose- subtle, not overwhelming or imposing - malts and fruit. Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation, clean finish. Taste is pleasant, with some malt sweetness and ?apple taste, and light hop finish. Drinks easily. I'll look for this one next summer when it's released again.

Photo of GClarkage
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Rio
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice gold color, a bit hazy, with a tall white head that receeded to a fine lace. Long strands of carbonation bubbles make their way to the surface. Malty base to the aroma, covered by sweeter, fruity aromas.

A wheaty start, with a bit of a citrus taste to it, before turning the taste over to a bit of a hop bit. Thick malty aftertaste. Smooth, and moderate body, a bit creamy to the feel.

An excellent summer brew.

Photo of BeerAngel
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a brilliant clear copper color with a nice fluffy off-white head that sticks around for a while. The smell consists of a musty grain with a hint of spices. The taste is of grassy grain, black pepper punch with a seltzer flavored carbonation. Unfortunately it doesn't taste as good as it smells. This is a light bodied beer that finishes rather dry....too dry! Due to the dryness, this beers drinkablilty suffers greatly! It is so dry, you almost can't stop gulping it if that makes sense.

Notes: This is a strange brew! Too dry, too dry, too dry! I like the brewery, but this is their worst beer.

Photo of allengarvin
4.38/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 [2004]). 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.

Photo of henrysunset
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a golden beer with a huge white heas and good lacing. Quite pretty,

smel is light, sweet and reasonably hoppy. a bit of citrus and yeast in there too

taste is light as I'd expect. no strong flavors at all, mild hops and mild sweetness. I like it a lot, but it isnt very flavorful. I think I enjoy the crisp, possibly bitter taste that it has, alot liek their fat tire beer.,

mouthfeel is light and pleasent. smooth too.

very drinkable. Good for relaxing or i bet it's good for the beach.

Edit, I'm docking it to 3.0 as it really isnt that tasty. Still refreshing but still...

Photo of KoG
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of TexIndy
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
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 Shaw
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color with a foamy, light white head. It is very carbonated. It smells of malt and yeast -- like a beer for Belgium.

The taste is very light, with more bitterness than I expected. This is a summer beer meant for thirst-quenching and it certainly achieves that goal. Too bad I had it in Oregon in late September! New Belgium should bring this down to Florida during our summers. That would be a good test.

The beer's body is also light. Overall this is an above-average beer.

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

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.

Photo of Dubblebock
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Loft is part of New Belguim's rotating seasonal beer offerings. They call them special releases, but they are well-timed to be in synch with the change in temperatures. Loft is a very, very good summertime beer, light on the palate and easy to drink. Light in complexion and texture, it makes a good pairing with seafood or chicken or Mexican food.

Loft pours with a nondescript head that disappears fairly quickly. Light straw in appearance, it does retain good carbonation. Slight citrius smell.

Loft combines barley and wheat malts and uses kaffir lime to impart the citrus hints. The combination of malts is interesting. Dry at first, it picks up body midway through the glass. The lime is deep in the background, but it's there, adding a slight bit of adventure to the taste. Nicely hopped.

Good mouthfeel. Very drinkable on a hot day.

All in all, a nice beer. This is an excellent summertime beer for quaffing with friends or while sitting out on the back porch listening to th baseball game on the radio. The light body and texture reminded me of some of the Mexican beers that I've had, but without the corn adjunct sweetness. I'd grab this one again.

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

Vigorous pour brought out a 1/2" inch of white froth that departed fast. leaving a ghost of itself floating on the surface of a crystal clear copper brew, shiny as a newly-minted penny.

Aromas of malt, hops, and...honeydew? Coconut? There's a sweet fruitness there that's hard to grasp at the end of the nose. Intriguing.

First sip has a sharp carbonic bite to it. The flavor is light, almost too much so. Is this beer or Perrier? I ate a few crackers and swigged some water to make sure my palate was clear before trying again. There are faint notes of wheatmalt but I can't find anything else until the aftertaste, which brings out a bit more of that mysterious fruit.

This is as light as a non-light beer can get, and yet I don't mind it at all. It is a nice break after a deluge of thick, cloying stouts and porters, the last summer gasp before we settle into the darker half of the year. Not bad.

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