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Lomaland | Modern Times Beer

very good
72 Reviews
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Brewed by:
Modern Times Beer
California, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Lomaland is an earthy, rustic Belgian-style farmhouse ale that's both complex and quaffable. It smells like hay, pepper, and friendly sunshine. Its dry, cracker-like body and lightly-hoppy finish makes it a beautiful compliment to food. We named Lomaland after the brilliantly crazy utopian community that was the first settlement built in Point Loma, the San Diego neighborhood where our fermentorium is located.

Added by mactrail on 08-11-2013

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 fl oz tallboy can.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: opaque golden yellow body with a bone white head. The head is creamy thick. Good staying power with the head and it leaves a decent amount of lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Wheat and cracker malts. Earthy, bright, light citrus (lemon) and floral. Well water mineralality is present as well. Light peppery yeast and the banana with clove is there as well.

Taste: The saison starts off with fruity yeast and bananas. Light bitterness in the middle which also lingers slightly in the finish. It has citrus/lemon hops with a hint of earth and floral notes. Hint of white pepper yeast character. As the saison warms up the lemon flavor comes to the forefront of the beer and gives the beer a little lemony tartness that was not present earlier when this beer was right out of the fridge; gotta love those Saaz hops.

Mouthfeel: light bodied saison with moderate carbonation. The body is light, bright, refreshing and snappy. The oats also add a little bit of creaminess to the texture to round out a very fine mouthfeel.

Overall: Gotta love a saison in a can for me because of the convenience of drinking a beer while fishing or other outdoor activities and because saisons are one of my favorite style. This beer has a fantastic mouthfeel which I feel is the strongest attribute of this beer. I think that modern times really brews an outstanding saison here and wish that this was a regular offering on shelves in my local beer store.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, milky yellow with a loose, bright white head. Nose is very much reminiscent of a witbier - chamomile notes, coriander, yeast, wheat and a grassy quality. Taste consistent with nose - very subdued and akin to a table beer. Mouthfeel is light in body with an even, mild carbonation. Overall, quaffable but not much complexity for a farmhouse.

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Photo of tigg924
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy, bright yellow in color, with one inch head. Taste is florals, hay, orange, banana, and light pepper. Very witbier like. Nice and light bodied. Missing some of the bite I associate with the style, but super easy drinking. I will get this again.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From 04/29/16 notes. Poured from a 16 oz. can into a tulip.

Pours a hazy, straw yellow color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Belgian yeast, spices, apples, fruity malts, earthy noted, floral, lemon zest, wheat, and pepper. Lightly tart almost in the taste. Light body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall a nice beer, little heavy on the spice and pepper in the taste for me.

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Photo of ivehadthatbrew
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look (3): Not impressive to me. It's got a light colored straw hue with some very slight haziness. If not for the said haze this could pass for a typical pilsner. A white frothy head, disipates quickly. Lots of carbonation bubbles.

Smell (3.25): A grassy and daisy flower smell or freshly cut hay. Bananas? Maybe. Not loving it yet, but interesting either way.

Taste (4): Definitely not a pilsner. Banana and floral grassy flavors. Fresh green lettice and lemony flavors. There's not a lot of malt to back this up. White pepper at the end that may actually be a bit bitter. I like it now.

Mouthfeel (4.25): So cool, you get the creamy smoothness you get in most wheat brews, but at the same time it's got a very light and crisp finish. Light bodied and the taste lingers for a good while.

Overall (3.75) I like it. It's like a cross between a pilsner and a wheat beer.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a hazy yellow gold. 2 to 3 fingers of white bubblly head which lingers for quite a while.

S: Earthy, floral, some lemon.

T: Follows the nose. Nice dry finish.

F: Medium body, medium to highly carbonated.

O: Real nice saison. Too bad most aren't like this.

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Photo of fredmugs
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grading to style this is a very nice Saison. Got this as a trade extra and paired it with some Ahi Tuna and the combination was fantastic. I can't recall the last time I enjoyed a Saison so much.

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Photo of JackieKu
2.96/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pint can. Canned on 2015-09-01.

A: Clear gold. A lot of foam but sank soon.
S: Grainy. A little metallic.
T: Banana. Quite watery.
M: Light bodied. High carbonation.
O: Closes to corporate lagers and hafeweizen. Very disappointing.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint sized can served cold into a tripel tulip. Canned 12/15/15.

Lomaland is a very pale straw colored ale with thick white head. It settles slowly and leaves a small bit of lace behind.

Aroma is mildly fruity, floral, and funky.

Flavor is sweet up front with with a hint of lemon. The middle is slightly funky with a farmhouse style yeast. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel is light in body and nicely carbonated for the style. Good balance between sweet and dry.

Overall a light and drinkable saison. Low alcohol makes it session friendly and probably great on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of head on a hazy slight straw body.
The aroma is pepper corn, lemongrass and grain.
The taste is mild grain, grass and a bit of lemon.
The texture is crisp and light.
It's enjoyable.

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Photo of Professor_Yeesh
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Interesting beer. Smells a bit funky, lemon peel. Has the subtle characteristics that are typical in hefeweizens (peppery, banana, clove). It is a refreshing beer and something that I would enjoy drinking more often.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow color with a thin foamy head. Head retention is non-existent. Pale farmhouse aroma. Very pleasant. Taste of bananas and clove, farmhouse ale. Light bodied. Little carbonation.

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Photo of neurobot01
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated can (but part of a fresh mix-pack) into a Burgundy glass.

Look: really reminds me of Orangina. Hazy light orange, minimal head.

Smell: banana, lemon, clove.

Taste: bubblegum, banana, lemon zest, white grape. Has a weird mineral water taste midpalate.

Feel: light, juicy, very drinkable.

Overall: this is a good saison, with a good flavor that was marred somewhat by the watery taste. Would buy again if I were in a saison mood.

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Photo of thepenguin
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours an extremely light straw color with a large head, good deal of haziness and excellent foam retention.

S: Bright and peppery, with heavy yeasty notes upfront and a bit of tartness. Strong hints of lemons and orange, and some sulfury yeast. The wheat is also pretty apparent and it smells like it may have been made with acidulated malt.

T: Classic saison taste profile. Hoppy and rustic, peppery with a bit of citrus. Wheat, yeast, water crackers with a dry hoppy finish.

F: On the fuller side of light-bodied with very abundant carbonation.

Overall: This beer has all the makings of a quality, drinkable and sessionable saison. I’m not blown away but I am impressed, and if I had ready access to it, I’d probably drink a bit of this in the summer months. Also great to see an affordable saison in 16oz cans!

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours hazy and very pale yellow with a white, 2 finger width head. Fair retention, leaving behind a thin, broken layer of surface suds. The lace is mostly spotty, and adheres well to the glass.

Smell - Clove spice and a bit of lemon rind. Hints of wheat and white bread sweetness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Spicy clove and lemony citrus hit first, with little hints of wheat and black pepper creeping in by mid-taste. Scant trace of unripened banana. The finish is mildly juicy with lemon, but fades quickly.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with light to moderate carbonation. A tad too watery, especially in the finish.

Overall - I can dig the flavor profile, think hefe with a touch of sourness, but the brew comes across as a bit watered down, especially in the finish. As such, it's a fairly average saison IMO.

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Photo of corby112
2.82/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale, bright golden yellow color with a one finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lace left behind. The color is a little lighter than expected but there's good retention/lacing.

Bland, slightly earthy aroma that takes a while to open up. Faint hops and peppery spice along with bread, yeast, biscuit and light fruit esters. Hints of apple, banana, pear and white pepper.

Medium body and a bit more interesting than the aroma suggests. Tight carbonation and strong peppery spice presnce up front that lingers over earthy hops, pale malt and crisp light fruit into a dry finish. Pepper and clove along with resinous pine and earthy grass. Pale malt along with subtle funky yeast character. Pale biscuit malt with hints of apple, pear and cider. Crisp, light and easy to drink but not all that exciting.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not generally a big saison fan but this one peaked my interest so here we go.

Pours a straw/golden color with a thick head that lingers throughout. Some lacing on the glass. Rustic, spicy smell. Flavor is balanced - hops shine through nicely, some spice. Good carbonation consistent with the style. Very enjoyable beer from these guys.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a vibrant pale yellow with a one finger head. Slightly clear. Very classic, rustic smell. Hay yeast with a hint of pepper. A note of hops for good measure. Highly carbonated and impedes the taste a bit. Clean and elegant. A bit of sweetness and hops. Very solid saison. Better than its average.

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Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy white head that died down, leaving only a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of floral hops are present in the nose along with notes of Belgian yeast.
T: The taste has flavors of floral hops and Belgian yeast along with some faint bits of spices and musty grain.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Little if any dryness is perceptible.
O: This beer is easy to drink and seems a little rustic in nature. I prefer my saisons to be drier and spicer, but this is good in its own realm.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Zorro
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed lemon yellow colored ale with a medium sized snow white colored head.

Smells of powdery yeast and flowers. Light coriander and a hint of lemon.

Starts out mildly sweet with a drying after taste. Tastes floral with a honeysuckle malt taste. Mild coriander but mostly this tastes of yeast and flowers. Taste of hard water.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty and mild Saison out of a can.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can. Pours a milky yellow color. Pretty clear. Aroma is of lighter Belgian Saison yeast and a soft, pale fruitiness. A bit grainy. Flavor is that of a very clean Saison. Not funky. Yeasty and slightly spicy. Pale fleshed fruit. Clean and easy drinking. The simplicity of this one is the best part of the entire beer. I could drink several of these if I were in the mood for a Saison. Can't get this beer around here, wish I could.

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Photo of maximum12
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to MosesMalone for the 16 oz. can, the last liquid remaining from our trade; plus, I’m looking forward to visiting the brewery in the next couple of weeks.

The pour is such a light yellow that it could be mistaken for tap water in the right light, except for the stray bubbles & persistently frizzy cap. The nose is wheat – or perhaps that’s just a byproduct of sitting amongst all the fields of rural MN this evening – plus grains, white pepper, white crackers. Sharp. Nice.

Lomaland brighter than a pop song with the word “love” in the title, twice. The white pepper from the nose is all over the taste & gives is a spicy, peppy feel. After I wrest away the pepper shaker there’s croutons, wheat, fall leaves, touch of clove, grains, unfocused herbs. Carbonation is high & crackling in the mouth, which aids the light touch. Easy to drink & less filling, too.

I don’t have anything clever to say about this beer. It’s just pleasant & a very good brew.

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Photo of dfillius
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed on 12/25/13 from a growler purchased on 12/24/13 at the brewery. Poured into a pint glass
A: 1 finger of white head. Light golden liquid - white grape juice-like. Thick haze.
S: Clove, musky, funky. On the Hefeweizen side of Saison
T: Funky Brett finish. Earthy, slight clean grain is reminiscent of Special K. Slight citrus finish.
M: Dry, dusty finish. A tad too dry for my liking.
O: Very pleasant.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Upon the first few sips, I felt that this beer was a watered down version of RR damnation , which is an excellent brew. But, this one writes its own story after it warms just a tad. It lacks the tartness that would make it a true saison, meaning this is really a belgian golden ale. Crisp, refreshing, slightly funky, slammable, light hop notes. Enjoying this.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

October 25th, 2013 - Modern Times' contribution to this year's beer fad of the year (deservedly so - I'm not knocking saisons) is a fitting end to the visit to the Modern Times HQ. Wheat, banana and a light coating of vanilla make an inviting aroma, and it there's not much hesitation until the first sip. The palate is sudsy and soda like, which big, tubby bubbles, and the flavor is effete and graceful, showing off wheat and notes of sourdough bread. Crackers, too, and a nice overall impression of bread-in-beer. Liquid baked goods here, and a demonstration that Modern Times has already mastered a sweeping menu of styles.

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Lomaland from Modern Times Beer
85 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.