Loft | New Belgium Brewing

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by kbub6f on 07-31-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 266 |  Reviews: 142
Reviews by mjohn27603:
Photo of mjohn27603
4.6/5  rDev +34.1%
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.

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Photo of Turbo
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Tiernan
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of orbitalr0x
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
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!

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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!

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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.

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

Vibrant golden pour, moderate amount of haze, good eggshell white heat that is large but not dense. Aroma was faint, not really belgian.

Taste, light, refreshing, good amount of low alpha acid hopping it seems. Carbonated, gets thin downbottle. Missing any belgian banana, yeast or clove flavors from it, really don't see it fitting there, its more like an underhopped xpa or a british mild almost.

A light, grassy and lemon beer for hot weather. Nothing spectacular, price point a little high for the lack of ingredients or process though. Would prefer something with a little more substance, regardless of the weather.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.13/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light golden yellow. The head is white with a slight yellow tint to it. It looks fluffy. It fades slowly leaving thick laces. It smells very cirtusy. The aroma of hops is quite present. It smells just a little like Fat Tire. Ever so slightly biscuty. It tastes fruity. There is a strong orange flavor present. It tastes cirtusy. The hops flavor is strong, but not over aggressive. Can a flavor be strong, and mild and the same time? It tastes slightly spicy. Just a slight hint of cloves. This beer is carboneted just a little too much I think, but not enough to detract from the taste, just a little too carbonated for me. It is very smooth. Definately a good beer for a hot summer day. While the flavor is a little lacking, it is still quite decent. This beer would make a great session beer. It is low in alcohol, and the mild taste is very non aggressive. This is a great beer to drink all summer long. Definately worth a try.

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Photo of rastaman
2.1/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Not much flavours to speak of. Really not hoppy or malty, the flavour dissapears really quickly. I really can't pick any flavours that stand out, and the palate is so soft that its almost non-existent. My first in a line of many dissapointments with this brewer.

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Photo of Auraan
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy, yet transparent amber, with a half finger white head. Pretty nice looking, standard, but not horrible. Scents of slight tropical fruit, some sweet malt, and very slight citrus and pine. Okay, nothing offensive, but very light. Flavor is light, with hints of floral hops predominating, with a bit of wheat cracker, slight citrus peel, and that earthy, dirty New Belgium yeast. It's a very light flavor to be sure, but it's not bad. Good for a light session beer like this. Mouthfeel is light bodied with fairly high carbonation. Again, a light, sessionable sort of mouthfeel. Overall it's decent enough, nothing I'd seek out, but good enough to drink on a hot summer day.

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Photo of brewQ
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color of a pale golden whisky.
A soft white cushioned head of fine carbonation.

A light grassy smell but otherwise quite clean.

Some sweetness in the flavor but otherwise the dominant take away is the effervescence. A subtle hint of hops supports the finish.

Not my favorite NB brew but well put together-
a real contender in the "Champagne of Beers" category!

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Photo of Reappropriated
3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

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Photo of soper2000
3.16/5  rDev -7.9%
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!

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Photo of cokes
4.22/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid gold under a whipped bone hue.
Fragrant of lime, pepper, and budding leaves, layered on to a dry, wheaty base.
Begins crackery dry, with a saltine pils maltiness. Wheat tends this doughier, yet with a brusk graininess. Tart squeals of lime rinds, then the hops close this down with a large-bladed leafiness with lingering citrus.
Bright and light in the mouth. Steadily carbonation. This begs for warm temperatures, and days when beer can be consumed outside again.

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Photo of Bcant
2.58/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Effervescent gold in color, with a foamy, clean white head. A faint aroma bubbles up with hints of yeast, citrus, and a kiss of hops. The flavor is light, with more hops taste than expected.

Overall, this is a decent beer, but pretty plain. Not bad, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of secondtooth
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean golden, with luxurious head and magnificent, huge lace.

Aroma is biscuity, malty, toasty, but with a touch of citrus underneath.

Taste is light, with a well-balanced and prominent malt profile. I get a little caramel and toasty grains. Again, the hops are there, but dialed back.

Overall, a solid and session-worthy, but ultimately forgettable beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Damian74
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev +16.6%

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Loft from New Belgium Brewing
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