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

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a special brew meant to provide a light drinking experience basically. It delivers what it promises and gives an easy drinking, lighter brew - though it has to be one of, if not THE, lightest Belgian Pale Ales around. I was surprised at how light it really was and how it did kind of "lift" my palate up. Even though I tend to go for heavier stuff, I have to say that I still like this one because of it's even style, even though it is lighter.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 02:57:31 | More by RblWthACoz
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Crosling

Colorado

2.17/5  rDev -37.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 04:37:07 | More by Crosling
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is definitely a summer brew. Since it is seasonal I'm rating it accordingly; I would not rate so high in a wider context.
Poured into pint glass.
Thin head. Straw color, with a bit of orange to make it look thicker. Lemon, grass, yeast in the aroma. Crisp smell.
Crisp taste as well. Citrus, some hops, flower, and a pinch of malt.
Nice summer beer, thicker than water with taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2006 16:59:01 | More by Mebuzzard
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear orange-golden color with a small 1/4" head at first that dissipated very quickly. There are a few bubbles rising, but do nothing to maintain the head. There is no lacing to speak of.

Aroma: Grassy hops are the most dominant part of the aroma profile. There is a toasty/buttery aroma that seems to be derived from British malts. As the beer warms a bit, there is more of a citrusy balance to the aroma. It is leaning toward grapefruit as it warms.

Taste: The flavor is very hop oriented also. It has all of the grassy and citrus notes that you get in the aroma along with a bit of floral that reminds me of honeysuckle. The beer has a pretty neutral balance overall even though there is quite a bit of flavoring hops. It has a light mouthfeel, and this is aided by mild carbonation. This makes it cross your palate with a watery feeling, and finishes with a very slight bitter balance.

Opinion: Well, this is a pretty tasty beer. It has some pretty good flavor, but it is obvious that this wasn't meant to knock you down. It would probably go pretty well with a cold basket of fruit on a hot summer day. I would rather use a Barley Wine for this purpose, so I probably won't be drinking this all too often...OK, I was just kidding about the Barley Wine, but it is still one I probably won't drink too often.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2006 01:13:49 | More by SkeeterHawk
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dauss

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Standard New Beglium Label with a orange kite on the front. 4.2% ABV, and best before 23SEP05.

Appearance: Very cloudy tan orange color. A small white head forms to struggle. It is very effervescent though, lots of small bubbles streaming from the bottle.

Smell: Definitely maltiness, but the smell of mashing grain, not the graininess. Its got a touch of citrus too. Other than there, not much going on there.

Taste: A light bodied beer with good mouthfeel. Its light and clean like a lager. A overall light bitterness is good for the overall dryness of the beer. The flavors in this beer is very subtle. I get a light orange, lime, and some flowery hops.

Notes: A very good beer to be drinking over the summer or as a session beer. A very drinkable beer, but a little too bland for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 02:13:29 | More by dauss
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ColoradoBobs

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I would call this New Beligum's entry into the "light" beer realm. However, it's much more flavorful than the macro lights we see so much of on TV.

Nice spcey blend of flavors, with a hint of citrus, grass, hay.

Very drinkable at 4.0%.

Not NB's best by a long shot, but not their worst. Give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2005 02:16:39 | More by ColoradoBobs
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whynot44

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light/medium bodied, pale orange color.

Aroma is mainly spicy hops with a trace of citrus - grapefruit?

Taste is more of the same - nice hops bite, then a little roasted malt and wheat with that citrus twist, the finish is dry and spicy hops again, makes you want another one.

This should be an excellent hot weather thirst quencher - but good anytime. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2005 07:17:07 | More by whynot44
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Mitchster

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

4.2% ABV per the bottle. Pours out to a sparkingly clear light bronze, forming a rocky and soapy white head with amazing retention and wonderful sheets of snow white lace. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is subtle...part euro lager evenly mixed with wheat with a touch of toasty pale malt, all covered in some subtely English style hops. I smell distinct orange, and perhaps a touch of coriander. The mouthfeel is very crisp and clean with a very easy to drink light body. The flavor is delicate with a recap of the above aromas, however, the orange and coriander in the aroma are barely perceptable. The finish is very crisp, lightly dry, watery in body (a bonus in this case) and clean. There is a nice lingering aftertaste of toast with delicately perfumed flowery hops. Bitterness is mild, yet very well balanced.

This is a very subtle beer and very well balanced considering how delicate it is. Very drinkable and refreshing, and it would make an excellent summer beer. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2005 22:23:47 | More by Mitchster
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from nvsblman as part of BIF 19. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" eggshell head above the golden brew. Head lasts well, with delicate, prevalent lacing. Aroma is pale malt with citrus. Taste resembles the nose, light pale malt sweetness with a lemony twinge to it. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth, with good drinkability. Nice crossover and/or summertime brew. Not all brews need to make you sit and think about flavors nuances for hours, some are just for drinking, esp at 4%abv.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 22:35:31 | More by ppoitras
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hoffman

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice golden to amber color, thin one finger head does not last or lace particularly well. Very thin pour is unimpressive but not a clue to the beer as a whole, which is good. The smell is very herbal and organic some fruity undertones and hops ring through. The taste is very pleasent smooth, with a hint of fruit and some hop character in the finish, a bit over carbonated. The mouthfeel is unimpressive and watery...much like the pour. I like this beer as a drinkable one because I can give it to a fan of Boulevard or BMC and they might drink it and like it. This is a good beer and very drinkable in quantity and quality. Will buy again for stocking in the fridge for all occasions.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2005 01:55:26 | More by hoffman
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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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soper2000

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First review in awhile for me.

Loft pours a crisp golden with a two finger white head that is thin, but does stick aroun for quite some time. Aroma is yeasty to say the least, but the yeast has some pleasant peppery/grassy notes that balance the slight hints of caramelish malt. The taste is a little too thin for me. Sweet malt slides right over the tongue leading to a grassy middle before being punctuated by a sharp hop bite that is without a lot of character. Mouthfeel is too thin for my taste as well. Usually I'm a fan of New Belgium's brews, but this one just doesn't do it for me. Bring on the Frambozen!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2005 01:49:48 | More by soper2000
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msubulldog25

Oregon

2.42/5  rDev -29.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2005 00:20:41 | More by msubulldog25
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mntlover

Tennessee

3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color touches of orange mixed in with a finger and half white head that falls to a ring and leaves some decent lace behind.

Aroma is wheat malt and bready malt mixed, some light lemony aromas hints of sweet bananas that fades too soon.

Taste is light crisp bready malt with some wheat grain popping up here and there some fruit comes threw banana hints of pear/lemon zest. Finish is light spice and some lingering grassy hops. Overall a crisp clean tasting pale not as complex as some but it would sure go down good on a hot day.

Mouthfeel is good middle of light and medium nice carbonation about perfect feel.

Might not be world class but I like it nice enjoyable pale here. Thanks go to Dertbert for this sample.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2005 19:48:10 | More by mntlover
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pjwilson

California

2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2005 22:42:42 | More by pjwilson
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The New Belgium Loft pours from the bottle a clear golden amber with a small light arid bubbly white head on top. Aromas of sweet yeasty, slightly caramelized grains along with a herbally hop in the background. Quite fruity with notes of pear, lemon and light cut melon. Touch of spice. Nice..but a tad bit boring at the same time.

First sip brings a light, somewhat bready caramelized grainy malt. Follows with a light yeasty profile and a bit of a herbal hop on the way down. Touch of sourness. Light fruits move in and out with hints of pear and a slightly toasty finish. Move along now...nothing to see here.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with nice carbonation. However, this brew just really doesn't do anything for me. Much too non-descript. I don't think I'll be seeking it out again. Thanks to mentor for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 02:42:16 | More by orbitalr0x
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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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Boneheadmx

California

4.6/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice golden yellow orange. Very nice color. Head is very small and disappears quickly. The smell is excellent. Even though it is quite faint, I can smell the fruit. Kind of an orangey, lemony smell. It's great compared to Fat Tire's smell. I absolutely love the taste. Tastes kind of lemony at the first wave, and then turns nice and malty at the finish. The aftertaste is quite interesting because it leaves a taste like fresh, buttery corn-on-the-cob in the back of the mouth. the hops are quite light, and not overpowering at all. This, in turn, makes it very, very drinkable. It goes down very smoothly. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2005 22:52:03 | More by Boneheadmx
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BigRedN

Nebraska

3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz dated bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Coppery/Gold, nearly clear, thin 1/4-inch white head. Head dissipates quickly to form a ring around the glass. Minimal lacing, practically nonexistant by midway through the beer.

Smell: Mild aromas, slight malt, more hoppy. Floral hops with a hint of lemon zest.

Taste: Slight hop bitterness at the back of the tongue and throat. Soft flavors, nothing to grab ones attention. Minimal malt backing.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied, lightly carbonated. Slightly dry on the finish.

Drinkability: Light, refreshing beer, with low alcohol content makes this one a dangerously quaffable summer beer. I would not hesitate to have another. Worth trying, at least once.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2005 04:02:50 | More by BigRedN
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A pleasing light orange in color, 1/8th of an inch white ring; fair lacing. Biscuits and underlying malts with hints of lemon peel and grass on the nose. Up top, very rich, zesty and creamy; has a sweet-sour feel to it. Medium burnt toast like flavorings coupled with some grain and wheat. Has qualities like it’s Fat-Tire brother, a decent and refreshing offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2005 01:09:33 | More by GeoffRizzo
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ncbrewerbun

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a best before September 2005, alcohol % = 4.2%

This beer poured a clear gold color with a white head that lasted well into the beer, then laced the pint glass.

Aroma was grain, some bread, and hops.

Taste is grainy; wheat is noticeable. Hop profile adds a good balance to the beer.

Loft is a good summer session beer. At 4 or 4.2%, these go down pretty easy after mowing the lawn on a 95 degree North Carolina day. Not a whole lot going on with the beer, but solid, and does what it's meant to do.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2005 22:34:08 | More by ncbrewerbun
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ReebShorts

Washington

2.65/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2005 02:27:04 | More by ReebShorts
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GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orangy hue; slight lacing, but no head. Clear.

Smell: malt presence apparent in the nose.

Taste: mild; non-descript. "Malt" as stupid as that sounds. Nothing offensive. Nothing that stands out for commendation either.

Great "gateway" beer for getting people off swill. Otherwise, don't bother. Nice kite on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2005 01:11:29 | More by GeoffFromSJ
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bright and clear orange, smells scrumptious. smoky malt and hops, peachy fruit and something bitter and nutty. raisin? all the size of a belgian with no muscle. taste is very mild, malty with a fire roasted chestnut note. like an amber ale in its simplicity. very dainty hop addition lends a smooth crisp finish. also notable in the finish is a spritzy spiciness. unique. extremely flavorful for 4%. an interesting effort from NB. a little messy though in its attempt to quietly meld these flavors.. suffers a bit as jumbled.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2005 21:48:07 | More by goodbyeohio
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woemad

Washington

2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2005 05:57:55 | More by woemad
Loft from New Belgium Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.