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Loft - New Belgium Brewing

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251 Ratings
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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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GreenCard

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2003 21:47:02 | More by GreenCard
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2003 00:56:06 | More by alexgash
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tang214

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2003 13:44:13 | More by tang214
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freed

Oregon

3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Philosophically, I love this beer. Renewable, like yeast. The label is attractive, and it pours an attractive golden hue. It has a tight head that leaves a trail as the beer recedes.

The smell suggests of hops, but as if they're maybe not the freshest. The taste is crisp from the hops, though not overtly hoppy. The clean malt body makes for a nice beer for spring and summer. Good with meals as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2003 19:56:25 | More by freed
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LarryKemp

Texas

3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was at the Flying Saucer with 10 or 15 of my closest friends. I was the first to have a Loft. It poured a real clear yellow with a nice head. The aroma was of a sour hops. I thought there was something wrong with the beer. I passed it around and NO ONE at the table liked it smell. The taste was of citrus and left a bitter taste in my mouth long after the liquid was gone. The mouthfeel was unimpressive except for the citrus. I found this a beer that I would drink again as long as I did not have to go out of my way.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2003 19:51:55 | More by LarryKemp
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jcalabre

California

3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks like a pilsener with its clear yellow body & white frothy head.
Aroma: None, but I don't have a good sense of smell.
Flavor: Slightly velvety on the tongue w/ a bit of a tangy finish.
This is a good beer for a hot day. It's definitely a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2003 15:42:52 | More by jcalabre
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Elemental

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2003 20:56:50 | More by Elemental
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BeerManDan

California

4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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".

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2003 06:43:34 | More by BeerManDan
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ok I'm a big fan of New Belgium so picked up a bottle of this today.
Comes in the usual New Belgium brown 12 oz bottle.usual watercolour type pic on the label, this time a kite.
The beer actually looks quite attractive nice dark golden colour with a nice solid white head..thats small but lingers long..lovelly looking carbonation.
The aroma is quite strong..mostly hops but some wheat smell is present.
I am taken aback by the taste though..its pretty thin for a New Belgium product..very little malt sweetness here..just right on to a zesty , bubbly hopiness that dissapointingly doesn't last long..weird.
Mouthfeel is pretty average..to carbonated for my tatses.
This is an odd beer not sure were it fits in maybe a lager made with wheat?
Anyway its odd but drinkable in hot weather..recommends it be served at 3 degrees C on the label

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2003 19:03:10 | More by Reidrover
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Loft "Beer", says the label, though I'm unclear on what style this is, and it tastes like a lager. If it's an ale, why not say so, unless it truly is "in a class of it's own?" Some wheat malt is used, but the proportion is not revealed.
Appearance: light, amber hue, below a smallish bright white head.
Aroma: very clean and dry, with faraway connotations of fruit and spice, with a hint of flowers.
Small texture, no hops ("a taut line" is how the label describes it, and, my, that's a clever way to put it), light body, minimal malt, and a sourish citric character that rings through the finish.
Mouthfeel is brisk, dry, clear, refreshing. Drinkability is good, though the constant citrus chiming seems to grate after awhile. More wheat might help, perhaps. I've always found that the beauty of the hefe weizen is that the yeast and wheat texture match up perfectly with the citric taste. Here, it's too much of one, not enough of the other.
Very light, and easy to toss back, if we discount the aforementioned citric twang.
I still love you, New Belgium, but this one isn't among your best!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2003 01:02:28 | More by feloniousmonk
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TXHops

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got no info on this beer, other than that it’s brewed with wheat and Kafir Lime leaves and hopped with Liberties and Sterlings. I wish I knew more… The body is pale golden and sustains a mediocre primary head that develops into a substantial, fluffy white cloud on top of the brilliantly clear body--great lacing too. A strong, crisp-citric aroma dominates the nose: very intriguing. A fresh, clean, sweet, Belgian aromatic or biscuit maltiness hits hard up front, followed by more than just a hint of lime. The lime flavor is unusual in this beer, but not out of place—kinda of like the sensation of lime chicken: unusual, but it works well. The hoppiness is substantial, considering the use of other unusual ingredients, but not IPA-like by any stretch. The beer is more bitter than hoppy, though the citrusy American hops shine through and meld well with the lime. The result is a beer that tastes a bit like a gin and tonic—quite nice actually.

Loft is also very firm for an ale. It feels almost like a pilsner in its crispness. The earthy, herbal leafiness is complementary to the citric zestiness, creating a very unusual, but surprisingly tasty package.

Overall, the beer is slight and subtle, but there’s a lot going on underneath the crisp, refreshing cover.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2003 17:28:53 | More by TXHops
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear, deep-golden body reveals dozens of steadily rising bubbles beneath a creamy white head. The retention is limited, however, and it drops shortly to just a creamy collar and whispy surface foam. Sheets of tiny spotted lace remain, however. It's actually quite attractive. The nose clearly displays wheat; and along with it an unusual note that's herbal, floral and even a touch grassy, as well as lightly citrusy. Interesting! It's smooth and gently crisp in the mouth - light bodied and refreshing. Some bitterness and citrusy/gently piney hops appear in an otherwise thin and generic, partially wheat-based malt. It finishes dry and refreshing with a touch of citrus and a soft, lingering bitterness. A decent summer brew that's better suited to a sunny day of boating than relaxing in the harbor at sunset.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2003 13:42:25 | More by NeroFiddled
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Quaffer

Nevada

3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: This was a crystal clear beer, amber-orange in color. A white head rose up to one finger and had great retention. A thin layer with one fat floatie lasted the entire drink, leaving a lot of lace on the glass.

Smell: A very clean beer smell (go figure). When it was at the recommended serving temperature of 38 degrees F (a little frigid for my tastes), there was just a crisp aroma of light malt and citrus. As the beer warmed, though, a roasted malt, almost bread-like aroma developed.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, rough, and a little dry.

Taste: This was a different brew. Upfront were some light flavors of malt and grain. Then, a strange citrusy, tangy, sharp, dry, piney taste kicked in hard. This unique flavor might be attributed to the kaffir lime leaf that New Belgium says was used to spice this beer. Well into the finish, after the aforementioned flavor fades away, a piney hop bitterness is present.

This was an odd little beer that I enjoyed. I liked it because it is different that your typical light beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2003 13:20:37 | More by Quaffer
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kbub6f

New York

3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a week in my fridge, reviewed 45F-75F.

A clumpy, white, dense head leaves full, sticky, thick lacing. The beer is clear amber. I get hops in the fairly faint nose. Also some darkness and a little ink. There's a nice caramel maltiness in the front, but a slightly strange tangy middle. It's just a touch sour. The finish is just as dry as a really dry thing. Wheaty. Nice fresh aftertaste. This is a good, pleasant, fresh beer. A nice, light, summer amber.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2003 14:43:33 | More by kbub6f
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Morris729

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly reddish amber color with a creamy white head that fades into a sticky lace. Nose is sweet buttery toffee, floral hops, and a bit of fresh grass. Moderate in body and quite smooth. Taste is sweet caramel followed by some biscuity notes and piney hops all the while in the presence of a strong malt backbone. A touch of acidic citrus is present in the finish. A fine brew and another winner from New Belgium Brewing.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2003 15:46:39 | More by Morris729
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Gusler

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I’m a big fan of New Belgium and its fine line of beers, and looked forward to this beers debut. The beer pours a limpid amber to almost copper color, the head impressive in size and frothy in it texture, with fine sheets of lace to cover the glass. The aroma of buttered popcorn, malt, lightly floral and quite pleasant to the nose. Begins a bit sweet with tons of malt, the top middling in its feel. Masterfully hopped, stinging in its acidic bite, dry as a bone malt aftertaste that lingers on. A good drinking beer, but I was expecting something more? What, I’m not sure maybe another Saison, quite quaffable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2002 08:41:18 | More by Gusler
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade. I couldn't help thinking of poor Charlie Brown when I saw the kite on the label. If only Charlie could kick back with a good brew after a loss to the kite-eating tree. He could enjoy the appealing orange color with a thin white head and decent lacing of a brew like this. He would enjoy the pleasant hops aroma. He would have surely been mildly surprised by the subdued hops flavor with a nice wheaty counterbalance. Ah Charlie Brown, forever doomed to lemonade.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2002 08:35:14 | More by Dogbrick
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mjohn27603

Michigan

4.65/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2002 20:04:53 | More by mjohn27603
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hyuga

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2002 15:23:00 | More by hyuga
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usualpulp

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2002 19:43:10 | More by usualpulp
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2002 21:38:31 | More by Bighuge
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Pegasus

Texas

4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely golden-orange in color with a moderate snow-white color, moderate lace, slight carbonation. Spicy, hoppy aroma, with fresh bread notes. Tasting this beer is a curious experience, the taste is quite hard to characterize, it begins with caramel and toasted malt flavors which drift into strong hops, then giving way to sweet orange flavors, and a crisp, clean finish. In describing those flavors, it is difficult to determine where one ends and the next begins, so gracefully do they flow into each other. This is the kind of beer that distinguishes New Belgium among micro brewers. A superb and enigmatic brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2002 20:26:06 | More by Pegasus
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beernut7

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2002 20:06:05 | More by beernut7
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marc77

California

3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark golden / light amber hue, topped by a large bubbled head that quickly settles into a thin layer. Intricate lace is unexpectedly left. The malt aroma is bready and a touch grainy, while the assertive hop nose seems to be a combination of Cascade and a lightly herbal and noble (perhaps Spalt) hop nose. Light caramel emerges as the beer warms. Light caramel sweetness that mirrors the aroma is perceptible initially in flavor, then is followed by subtle wheat tartness and husky, but not astringent grain notes. Hop bitterness is mild and belies the strong hop nose, but since overall malt sweetness is low, this brew exhibits an overall balance. Lightly bodied, but dextrinous enough to lend a somewhat slick mouthfeel. Finishes with a strong cracker - like note especially noticeable with an exhale, but is otherwise dry and clean. Loft is yet another unique New Belgium creation. Although somewhat confusing to the palate, the drinkability is good. Hmm... A jack of all trades... (but a master of none?!)

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2002 18:58:21 | More by marc77
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden-amber hue with a ½ inch of head, at best, fair retention, minimal lace. The bouquet is inviting and unusual, it kind of smells like cornflakes, grain, cereal, hops. The palate is very complex (in a subtle way) with a mixture flavors like grain, cereal, malt, faint sweetness, and bittering hops. Medium-light body, crisp, refreshing finish. Drinkable. I find this beer to be unique and noteworthy, try one.

Re-reviewed on May 4, 2003

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2002 18:11:44 | More by bditty187
Loft from New Belgium Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.