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Lomaland - Modern Times Beer

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85
very good

47 Reviews
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Reviews: 47
Hads: 390
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 28
Gots: 50 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Modern Times Beer visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mactrail on 08-11-2013

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Reviews: 47 | Hads: 390
Photo of 01001111
2.77/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: A clear, almost fluorescent, golden yellow.

S: Yeast funk, pepper, white grapes, and a lot of sweetness.

T: The flavor is what you might expect from a pilsener brewed with a Belgian yeast. This is more like a Belgian Golden Ale or a Belgian Strong Pale Ale than a Saison.

M: A bit syrupy.

O: I've liked everything else I've had from Modern Times so far. This is by no means a bad beer but neither my style nor what I was expecting. (438 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

16oz can from j47paco. Canned 9/10/13. Served in a goblet.

Pours hazy straw yellow with three fingers of snow white head. There's a lasting haze accross the surface that leaves plenty of lace.

Smells of hay, pepper, yeast and lemons. Pretty straightforward.

No surprises in the taste. Grassy, herbal, funky yeast, wet hay, lemon zest, bready and some pepper. As in the nose, straightforward saison.

Crisp, thin body with sharp carbonation. Dry, lightly bitter finish with lemon peel, wet hay, yeast and bread.

A good enough saison yet it doesn't inspire me much. Ok and light enough to possibly be refreshing but not something I'd seek out. (650 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
3.19/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'll concede that the pint I had was served far too cold, but even after warming up, there was precious little character to this saison, just lots of white bread and a faint hint of spice. Disappointing yeast character, disappointing body (which felt full not in an appealing yeasty way, but rather in an lifeless, excessively white bready way). Certainly nothing rustic about this saison either. Too many good/interesting riffs on saisons in small format bottles (Sofie/Funkwerks/Tank 7/Hennepin/etc) to bother with something like this. (537 characters)

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. (627 characters)

Photo of hydrate
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I like it, but to me it tastes like more of a wheat beer than a saison. But, for a wheat beer, I really like it. And I'm not a big fan of wheat beers. (150 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy medium straw color with a huge bubbly white head that quickly spiderwebs itself away. The aroma is lemony, funky, a bit tart, light bready malty sweetness hides deep underneath. The flavor is funky and yeasty phenolic. Almost like stressed yeast at work here. Very light lemon and pear with bits of clove and pepper. Medium to light body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a slick watery mouthfeel. Funky tart and yeasty saison, far from my favorite in the style. (490 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 16oz can, purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Brought back to Sydney and shared with Sam & Rich.

Pours a creamy, solid, hazy straw colour, with a coarse-bubbled, but extremely persistent head of white that leaves some faint streaks of fine lace. Body is light, but fluid and holds some fine carbonation. Looks pretty good.

Nose is lovely. Bright lemon sherbet sweetness, Belgian yeast funkiness, and a pleasant peppery note. Acidity is clean and bright. It's very aromatic and very well-integrated. I like it a lot.

Taste is most certainly disappointing after the aroma. Definite yeasty, bready characters come through, without any sense of bright acidity. Instead, it's slightly flat and floury, with a long, drawn-out watery weakness towards the finish. Really low on flavour and complexity. I'm extremely unimpressed—the aroma was so good, the palate was so not.

Feel is smooth and long. It would really work if there were more flavours to expose, but it feels a bit of a waste here.

Overall, wow—this is surely a disappointment. The aroma is so good, and it has so much potential. But at the end of the day, it really ends up pretty mundane and not that interesting. It's such a shame. (1,224 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into a globe glass. The Lomaland pours a clear straw with a rather fleeting cap of foam. Does offer some carbonation for a while to support a thin surface cap but lacks the fullness expected as for retention/lace.

Aroma of light Belgian yeast and some noble hops. Touch of sweet lemony grain especially through a bit of foam after a swirl. Decent aroma but surely lacks any classic saison character. Coriander spice with warming.

Taste follows with a slightly sweet lemon bready character with a good dose of Belgian yeast character. Some spices emerge with warming as the yeast notes diminish. Bit steely overall and undercarbonated. A firmer carbonation via agitation brings forth a spicier delivery. Hmmm.

Feel is pleasant and supportive yet again so-so given the light carbonation. Overall I'm a bit dissaponted here. Surely a 'spiced' saison yet one that is done subtely and with finess vs. the blatant spice of many brewers. Yet the desired yeast funk character is absent. It's hard to mass produce a good saison, and Modern Times doesn't quite pull it off. Alas, they fail less than Coronado or Green Flash for example, who simply crush a base beer with spices.

Back to the drawing board with a Saison Dupont. in hand.... (1,250 characters)

Photo of markgugs
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy straw yellow. Big white head of tight bubbles and a nice nose of spent grains, Belgian yeast, and mild fruit. Very Belgian in style, lots of banana. Creamy/tight carb, very dry finish and a bit of hopped bitterness. Decent. (230 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a Modern Times willibecher.

The beer pours a hazy, cloudy straw color, a few bubbles rising to the top of the glass where a nice, thick, foamy white head sits, about 2 fingers high that has nice retention and yields plenty of large spotted lace. The aroma is nice, definitely bright, lemon citrus, fruity yeast, pale grain, light berry fruit, banana, mild funk but definitely clean, reminds me of a hefeweizen more than a saison. The flavors mirror the nose, lemony tang, clove, banana, touches of sweet berry, light pale grain, minimal funk, again super clean and polished, hardly what I'd consider rustic, but refreshing and bright, definitely crushable. The mouthfeel is okay, creamy and a bit soapy, coats moderately well, low carbonation and a thicker chewier complexion that finishes softly and gently.


Verdict: Bright, yes, rustic, no, saison, debatable as I found myself often times thinking of the hefeweizen style, but the funkiness helped this along. Light, refreshing and quaffable, easy to see this being a summer favorite. (1,061 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

Appearance: Way too much foam, at first, until I settled into a very gentle pour; a huge head covers the clear golden liquid and leaves strands of lace

Smell: Bready and herbal, with fresh cut grass, white pepper and cilantro tones

Taste: Bready, up front, with the grassy edge developing; cilantro and white pepper emerge in the mid-palate and lead to a rather herbal finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: More of an interesting lawnmower beer than a Saison, I am afraid

Thanks, lincolnbeard, for the opportunity (558 characters)

Photo of pkalix
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

love these cans!!! never though I would like a can, but these are super cool!!!!
hazy bright yellow pour, lots of white foam. smells like a saison, with Belgian yeasty odors.... farm-y....
taste is sweet with slight bitterness, lots of farmland tang and very very rich...
overall, it's okay. not my favorite style, and of those, certainly not my favorite of that style. but it's drinkable, I suppose, if you're into that stuff. still love the can, but the other Modern Times have been better.... (496 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, grass, and slight citrus aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain, spice, and slight citrus flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, light, and refreshing. (549 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz can. No date, but likely within 1 month of age. Poured into a stemmed glass 2/15/2015.

A- Slightly hazy golden-yellow body. One finger white head, very nice retention. Beautiful lacing. Looks so refreshing and crisp.

S- Minerals, banana, cloves, wheat, even a bit of bubble gum. Crackers. Smells solid, almost like a bready hefeweizen.

F- Flavourful crackers, grains, wheat, banana, spices, minerals, earth. Clean, flavourful, if not spectacular.

M- Thinner bodied, about right for a light farmhouse ale such as this. Good carbonation gives this a nice feel; and the earthy bitterness mixes in with a bit of sweet cracker flavour at the end.

O- Pretty solid farmhouse ale. It's nicely executed as far as Belgian-style farmhouse ales go, with a nice non-west coast hoppiness to go along with a nice bright, slightly funky wheat and pale malt base. (856 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tiger Tiger. Attractive clear golden brew in the Allagash tulip with a nice enough head. Pears and spice in the nose.

Pleasant funky, fruity, tangy taste. Some browned biscuity malt and a pear skin bitterness. Just enough substance while being frothy and refreshing. Malty flavors enhanced by the bitter, dry, yeasty finish. Thoroughly drinkable Saison in the lighter style.

Brewer rates this at 30 IBU, made with Czech Saaz hops. Some wheat malt and corn in the mix. This is one of the four year-round beers from Modern Times. (543 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Vigorous pour creates a stark white head, three fingers and fluffy over a cloudy pale straw body. Retention is average as the foam thins out considerably leaving a few clumps of lacing on the glass.

The nose plays a heavy hand of yeast, bready dough and biscuit-like grains with spice notes of clove. Lemony tang with herbal noble hops.

Biscuit-like malt, slightly sweet with alot of Belgian yeast that brings white pepper, baby powder and coriander flavors. Finishing the palate is a bright flash of lemony wheat, green apple skins and tartness. There is an impression of drying bitterness though the hops really are insubstantial.

Medium heft to the body with decent carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden and the pleasant tart finish paired with spices creates a drying sensation that bumps up the mouthfeel score quite a bit.

Probably the least impressive of the four offerings Modern Times has rolled into cans thus far, but they set the bar fairly high. A decent take of a saison, they get points here for the tartness to finish rather than just adding Belgian spice and yeast. One to visit more often in the summer months. (1,130 characters)

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

This beer pours with a single finger of head that quickly subsides to a small amount of lacing. The beer itself is a pale golden color with very apparent carbonation bubbles. The nose is yeasty, almost reminds me of nice hefewiezen but also has a nice bit of noble hop bitterness. The flavor is crisp up front with some nice hoppiness but this quickly mellows out to a straw like, somewhat grassy, peppery finish. The bitterness lingers on the palate a bit but in a pleasant way, definitely a yeast driven beer, very nice. Not my favorite modern times beer, but a very good one.

***This beer reminds me VERY much a slightly more tangy version of Allagash house beer. (672 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tall-boy can into my Brasseurs De Garde tulip.

Hazy straw body with a faint whisper of beige up top that recedes to a vague ring. Delicate lacing, poor retention.

Slightly floral and peppery aromatics with a hint of grain/hay (sort of like a feed store). I can't decide if it is "delicate" or just weak.

The yeast dominates the flavor profile, with a pleasing peppery/funky bite. Hints of citrus and dandelion greens lead into the dry finish. Pils character cuts through the wheat and corn (the latter really isn't helping anything here; and the additional two-row malt seems just like more filler), though any hop flavor is muted despite a mild but palpable bitterness throughout.

Thin bodied, with insufficient carbonation for the style.

I was expecting more given the high skills proven by other offerings from this brewery, but this is still a decent domestic saison and an excellent value for the style. (929 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Out of the can and into the Teku on July 4th whilst in the garden.

Now this, my peeps, is one of those in-between interesting, yet somewhat neutral beers. It doesn't hit you over the head like your baby mama with a Jimmy Choo stiletto when you come home late, yet through it's Swedish like balance and neutrality, it it pretty doggone solid.

Light yeast, light pepper, smooth on the tongue...

Raul just found another horse for his stable.

Yep! (448 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a cool saison, my first modern times brew, drlovemd87 hooked it up like he always does. my favorite part about this beer is unfortunately the can. retro look with a quote from one of my favorite academics lewis mumford, who's monumental two volume work "the myth of the machine" has shaped my own academic trajectory immensely. the beer itself is good, generic on the yeast front, but will hopped with czech saaz, a combination i have dabbled with in my own brewing. the fruity clean nature of the saaz plays nicely with the saison yeast. its familiar but tasty and ultra refreshing. low alcohol and sassy carbonation make this a session saison for me. fruity aromas give way to a more bitter taste, showing the versatility of this hop. i wish the yeast was a little more unique, it makes the beer fall into the category of normal, which saisons should never really be, at least in my mind. what makes this one different is its hopping and its drinkability. if this were available in colorado i would buy it regularly during the hot months of the year. not way different from stillwaters classique, just a bit more hoppy. session saisons are coming in to vogue must be... (1,171 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy straw color with fizzy white head, small ring of lace trails the liquid. Smell: wheat cracker, mildly floral and spicy, vaguely fruity, pepper note. Taste: doughy, spicy with peach and dried pineapple, mildly peppery in the sticky drying finish. Pretty good. (271 characters)

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

A: Pours from a 16 ounce can clear straw yellow with a solid 2-finger thick rocky white head with very good retention and leaves rings and splotches of lace.

N: Belgian saison yeast, peppery spices, crackers, mild hay/grass, lemony citrus.

T: Follows nose and well balanced.

M: Semi-moderate body and semi-full carbonation. Finishes dry and slightly bitter with a cracked black pepper and yeasty finish.

O: Refreshing and quaffable. A fair Saison and easily approachable. (475 characters)

Photo of MarcWP
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can into stemmed belgian glass.

Appearance is an almost clear hazy straw yellow with two finger soapy white head.

Aroma is strong belgian yeast esters, earthy hops, and sure enough a pilsner malt whiff. Phenolic spicy pepper, lemon peel, clove, green apple peel, and intriguingly so a malty corn aroma almost akin to the smell of the water in which whole corn has been boiled. Just lightly though, a quick poke in the nostril.

The flavor brings about more of the earthy hops, herbal notes, pepper, lemon peel, corn syrup, and a healthy dose of cracked wheat crackers.

Mouthfeel is light with a nice touch of creaminess that suits the beer well and makes it feel like a cross between saison and belgian golden ale.

Overall this is a nice sessionable ale. You get blond ale characteristics mixed in with spicy and earthy saison essence. Doesn't live up to the beautiful Fortunate Islands beer that they make but still quite nice. (932 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Modern Times pint glass
From: Whole Foods in Hillcrest (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $9.99 for a 4-pack
Purchased: April 16, 2014
Consumed: April 17, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a golden semi-clear color with two fingers of pillowy white head. A decent amount of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Average amount of sporadic lacing along the sides of the glass. Average-to-above average retention.

Smelled cloves, banana, peppery notes, tropical hops, honey, kiwi, green grapes, light Circus Peanuts, grass hops, hay, wheat, caramel and some floral hops.

Tasted pretty close to the smell, which was a good thing. Also go cloves, banana, those peppery notes, booziness, tropical hops, Circus Peanuts, kiwi, green grapes, caramel, honey, grass hops, floral hops, wheat and some mouthwash alcohol.

Light body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Abrupt finish. Tastes stronger than the 5.5 percent ABV.

This was a good beer, but not quite as good as I thought it would be. This won’t deter me from trying more Modern Times though. Decent. (1,070 characters)

Photo of portia99
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - Pours a pale straw gold color...almost Bud Light pale. Excellent clarity with a two finger rocky white head with decent staying power and slowly falling to the surface with some sticky webs of lacing left behind.

S - Spicy, herbal, clovey, wintergreen. Soft malt base - grainy, lightly sweet, biscuity with some grassy hops.

T - Tart, slightly acidic up front that fades to some soft citrus, notably oranges with hints of lemon. This is followed by a dry, sharply bitter hoppiness that lingers to the finish and gets joined by some juicy apple flavor. Dry, biscuity malt complements.

M - Tart, dry, bitterly hoppy, medium bodied with a strong, fizzy carbonation.

O - Saison...maybe - with such a broad style definition, I guess it fits and I can't find a different style to call this either. That being said, it is a bit on the fringes of style - herbal, somewhat Belgiany, firm hoppiness, slightly tart...all sound like good saison descriptors. Something is missing or just off though...can't put a finger on what is missing, but it definitely is lacking something. Enjoyable still, but not one that I would run to again. Glad to try this out. (1,195 characters)

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