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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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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear copper witha 1/4 inch ivory head. A bit of lacing. Smell is lightly fruity, sweet apple. Grassy and lightly sour.

Taste is grassy with a dry hoppiness. Lightly fruity and bitter. Airy wheat malt and a bit grainy. Did I mention dry? Well the mouth is dry too. And crisp. Lightly fizzy on the tongue. Pretty good and very drinkable. Surprisingly good and straight forward.

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

Bright medium amber with a modicum of orange, crowned with a rich cream-colored cap of sticky foam. Underwhelming lace. I like the aroma quite a bit. It's citrusy without being excessively hoppy. Must be the kaffir lime leaf.

Different, yet enjoyable, flavor. Untoasted malt provides plenty of flavor, I just wish that flavor wasn't quite so grain-like. The citrusy, spicy lime leafiness is at least as prominent and keeps this beer from being just a run of the mill pale ale. It'd still be nice if Loft had a bit more hoppiness though. The dry, clean finish enhances drinkability. Kudos to New Belgium for trying something different and pulling it off.

Loft doesn't quite take flight as befits a beer with a soaring kite on its label, but it has no trouble staying airborne and was a welcome and uplifting addition to my day. Thanks to marc77 for the bottle.

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

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a light tangerine color with one finger of head. There is a little bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is malty, with some sweet fruity esters, and just a touch of spice. Not really too strong of a smell though. The taste is also very malty, a touch of residual sweetness, and a bready yeast character. Slightly spicy finish. The mouthfeel is just a little light and watery. The drinkability is good though. A decent brew.

Photo of UnionMade
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale orangey gold, topped with a short white head. Excellent clarity, my fingerprints perfectly defined on the other side of the glass. The head thins to a striated mist, bordered by a thin collar. Large, sticky blobs of lace cling to the glass.
The aroma is pretty weak. Mostly a toasty, grainy maltiness flecked with wheat. I'm guessing belgian malt. Hints of lemon, lime and peach esters, with a soft herbal hopping beneath. Nicely balanced.
The flavor starts with a very clean, crisp maltiness. Definite wheat right up front, adding an immediate dryness. Mostly pale malt, with a bit of toastiness. Mild lemon and lime fruitiness, with a hint of peach towards the finish. Moderate hopping in the finish, mostly herbal pacific northwest with a bit of spiciness and pine. A pretty crisp, dry aftertaste, featuring the wheat malt and hops. Bouncy, affervescent carbonation. Light bodied.
A nice little summer beer. Nothing overwhelming, just a quenching brew. I like the crispness and the pronounced lemon/lime citrus flavor. Good hopping, with a good amount of prominence in the finish. I'd get it again if it were available locally.
Thanks to BDiddy for the bottle!

Photo of TastyTaste
4.07/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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,

Photo of dmbfrat420beers
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - 12 oz. belgian style bottle proclaiming the name is inspired by the breweries use of wind power for their operations.

Appearance - Pours a thin white head that leaves little lacing. Hue is a very delightful pale orange.

Aroma - Very refreshing aroma of mild hops and a bit of yeasty breadiness...or something. However, kind of weak all around.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, medium carbonation bite, goes down very clean

Taste - Somewhere between a Kolsch and a pale lager with evident Belgian-style yeast thrown in for good measure. Not a ton going on here, but a nice light sweetness up front with a subtle bitterness that attenuates slowly. Well balanced. Other notes of orange/citrus and something almost a bit sour at the top of throat, hard to put a finger on it. The flavor really lasts awhile for such a light beer.

Drinkability - at 4.2%, this refreshing summer brew could be drunk all day.

Overall - I think this does very well as a beer to relax with on a hot summer day, and one of the few my girlfriend actually likes. Would buy it again if I was ever out West for awhile.

Photo of BrewMaster
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour orange and goldish with a redish/copper tint. Aroma is of strawberries with a sweet yeast and malt aroma. Taste is very sweet with a rose, lavender and overall flowery taste. Mouthfeel is very crisp.

I should note that when I was tasting this beer we were tasting many other beers before it that were quite disappointing. The lack of good beer before this may have set this up to be better than it truly is.

Photo of GnomeKing
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The hops are crisp, but the taste of apples predominates. The beer even looks like apple juice.It's a straightfoward beer--unremarkable, but unobjectionable. As I drank more, the taste became more and more sour. The fruit taste became more dominate as I approach the bottom of the glass. On the last sip, I cringed a little at the sweetness.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Loft pours a respectable dark golden orange color. Head is moderate and leaves nice lacing. Smell is lightly hoppy with some light sweetness. Sip starts with mild hoppiness and ends with a notable floral taste. Taste is fairly balanced, but lacks any commanding flavor. I was hoping for a more complex beer. Not a bad beer, and easily drinkable, but lacks a strong enough flavor to be really good.

Photo of beertaster13
2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average across the board. Pours a golden yellow with hints of reddish orange light. Lacing is minimal, leaves light residue. The smell is of grain and more grain. Earthy bread tones are also noted, slight malt and citrus aroma but not much. The tase is like a light grape nut cereal with semi caramel malts, hints of lemon zest as well, light and dull, drinkable if nothing else available.

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

Pours a clear golden with a small white head that leaves great lace.

A mildly sweet malty aroma is the most prominent feature in the nose.

There are a few subtle flavors that characterize the atste--malt, bitter hops, and a touch of citrus. Just not strong enough for my liking.

Thin and crisp in the mouth. The hops grab the tongue from the beginning to the end. Mild carbonation balances the bitterness nicely.

Not a bad beer from Ft.Collins but not the first I'd grab from New Belgium.

Photo of arizcards
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at TJ's out of sheer curiosity since I have rediscovered the joy of New Belgium beers.

Appearance was golden orange in color. Poured a nice head that left a sticky lacing down the side. Smell was of floral hops and a hint of bread. Taste was curious, a bit fruity with a dry hopped finish. Mouthfeel was rather light but a bit of an interesting play on the tongue. Overall drinkability is not bad as it is worth a try. I would not turn down one if offered but I would not go out of my way to purchase this again.

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 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 yemenmocha
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful light amber color, transparent. Rocky head retains exceptionally well.

Aroma is very... aromatic, from a good distance away from the glass as well. But alas, is this Irish Spring soap or is it a beer? Seriously, the lime flavoring in this beer gives it a bready/soapy lime aroma that makes you think you're in the shower! Yikes!

Taste is the most disappointing part of this beer. Smell, appearance and drinkability are great. This is a weak, lime flavored amber ale with a slight resemblance to american wheats (wheat as an ingredient, but virtually no characteristics of a wheat beer that you would find from Germany).

Finish isn't terribly long. But it's a refreshing beer. Almost light enough to qualify for lawnmower status.

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.

Photo of abents
4.3/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.01/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of MobBarley
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty coppery-orange with a big frothy hat of white foam that stays put and deposits thick rings of lace on the glass. Copious carbonation mesmerizes as it floats upward. The smell is dominated by a broad, bready sweetness and punctuated by a nice grassy, slightly citric hoppiness and a nice little metallic nose at the finish. Good malts out of the gate and a building bitterness that backs off for a tangy and refreshing finish. Mouthfeel is thin but I must consider the time of year and the temperature outside, (good summer brew). Drinkability is fine...seems to be a good beach beer.

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 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 chriscolby
3.64/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden and crystal clear with moderate head. No overpowering smells in the nose, just a clean ale smell with a hint of malt. (My bottle showed some oxidation.) Light to moderate malt character nicely balanced with the hop bitterness. Full, creamy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

In a lot of ways, this is similar to a moderately hoppy German Pilsner (although it isn't). It tastes to me like the hops are accentuated by fairly mineral-rich brewing liquor (although I could be wrong here). There's a "steely" character to the malt flavor that works well in this beer (and again makes me think they are brewing with fairly hard water).

This is a very drinkable beer without being a pushover in terms of flavor or complexity.

Photo of DPMomutant
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a medium-sized head with a light amber body. Pretty easy to see through. The head has some clinging here.

The smell isn't very strong. I can detect some bready hops. A nice smell but not enough for me.

The taste begins with light hoppiness with a slight bitterness in the finish. It isn't bad but isn't very exciting either, just not much going on.

The mouthfeel is nice, smooth, but lively with moderate carbonation. Not too dry, either.

If you really like this beer, it is very drinkable. But to me it isn't very exciting so I'd probably want to move on after a couple.

Overall it isn't a bad beer, it just doesn't do much for me.

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