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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Reviews: 142 | Ratings: 264
Photo of rastaman
2.1/5  rDev -40%
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 dhannes
2.14/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had a bottle at my brothers...poured into a Perfect Pint.

A=Very faint yellow...not appealing.

S=Faint whiff of hops...wheat?

T=What little flavor that was there was not very appealing...reminded me more of water than beer...MGD is better.

M=Too watery.

O=Probably the worst beer I've had this year...all I can think of was that it was old stock, but it was horrible.

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Photo of Crosling
2.16/5  rDev -38.3%
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.

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Photo of sirxtasy
2.26/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

appearance: ordinary, light-colored ale

smell: faint sourness

taste: slightly sour instead of hops bitterness, aftertaste of wheat crackers

mouthfeel: not bad - full and slightly oily for such a light beer, the only impressive quality of this beer

drinkability: nothing special, tiresome after two bottles

overall: not recommended, prefer 1554 & fat tire by nb brewing to loft, not worth the $6 sale price i paid for this six pack

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Photo of Murrhey
2.38/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a standard pressure-cap 12oz bottle into a conic pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live. Best-by September 8, 2013.

A- Two and a half finger white head with long retention and very heavy carbonation. Golden body with high clarity. Some sticky clumps of lacing.

S- Floral, zesty hops. Wheat, caramel malts. Not much here.

T- Somewhat watery, metallic taste with the hops coming in later. Slightly sweet and wheaty.

M- Light bodied and wet.

O- This beer is basically just water. Nothing special here. Maybe this is a recipe that should have stayed hidden.

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Photo of palliko
2.38/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was recently at a restaurant in Cripple Creek Colorado, and they had Loft in bottles. For lack of anything better, I made the mistake of ordering one. The appearance was a light amber, with a white head and minimal lacing. Aroma was faintly floral with a portent of coming cloves. Malt was conspicuous for its absence, and a sour, lemony flavor dominated. Carbonation was light, mouthfeel was dry but lacking in yeast. A disappointing offering from New Belgium.

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Photo of msubulldog25
2.48/5  rDev -29.1%
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

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Photo of jdhilt
2.51/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a white, two-fingered pillowy head, fades soon and leaves a good lace. Medium carbonation. Clear golden amber color. Nose is hoppy, starts and finishes hoppy, the lime leaf is not noticeable; hopheads line up for this one. $1.80 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Photo of Bcant
2.58/5  rDev -26.3%
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 HardTarget
2.65/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Best by 29DEC04, temp and glass suggestion, ABV 4.2%. Nice bottle information. Poured into one of my favorite glasses; a New Belgium Chalice.
Aroma: Nice floral hop nose with a back of sweet pale malt.
Appearance: Nice deep orange/copper color that poured with a good finger of head, but large bubbles didn’t last and collapsed into a spotty cover.
Flavor: Something just rubs me wrong. It tastes watery to me; like tonic water. Hops seem a bit harsh instead of bitter, and the entire flavor just seems rough. I guess it is the grain, just too heavy handed and husky for me.
Mouthfeel: Strong carbonation, maybe a touch too carbonated, but a nice medium body and a fairly dry finish.
Overall Impression: This one just doesn’t do it for me. The flavor just seems harsh and unpleasant. My least enjoyed New Belgium so far.

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Photo of HochFliegen
2.66/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear gold. Head is thin and but lacing is good.

The smell is very floral with some hop spice and some malt and caramel hints blended in. The taste starts out hoppy and kinda dies into a slightly dry and sour taste in the finish. There wasnt much mouthfeel other than some fizz from the carbonation. Not a very asserative beer.

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Photo of pjwilson
2.66/5  rDev -24%
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.

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Photo of woemad
2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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Photo of ReebShorts
2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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Photo of WetCoaster
2.7/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer promises " zest, hoppiness and a mouthfeel as big as the sky." All this at 4% ABV. This should be interesting.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear deep gold with a thin, pure white head. The carbonation is very active. The head vanishes quickly, and the lacing is thin.

Smell: Opens with moderate hop spice with some floral notes. There are some traces of bready malt and caramel. Very mild overall.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Starts out mildly hoppy, but almost immediately goes mineral, metallic and just downright bland. Finishes lime sour; maybe this is the zest of which they spoke? The mouthfeel is for all intents and purposes nonexistent--thin, watery, fizzy and very sharp on the tongue. If this is "big as the sky," I'm glad I don't live where they live.

Drinkability: Well, very I suppose, it's sort of like Lime Perrier with a twist of hops. But if you want to drink beer...

I'll be as generous as I can here, but this beer is enormously disappointing, especially given the build-up on the packaging. I understand that a summer brew should be "light" and "refreshing," but this is ridiculous--it's barely beer. Buy a pint of selzer, squeeze in two limes, and add a splash of IPA: you'll get the same flavor for a tenth the price.

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Photo of beertaster13
2.8/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average across the board. Pours a golden yellow with hints of reddish orange light. Lacing is minimal, leaves light residue. The smell is of grain and more grain. Earthy bread tones are also noted, slight malt and citrus aroma but not much. The tase is like a light grape nut cereal with semi caramel malts, hints of lemon zest as well, light and dull, drinkable if nothing else available.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired as part of New Belgium's latest variety box. 4.2% ABV according to the label on my bottle. Best before: September 22, 2013. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with nice label art and a branded red pry-off cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served cold, straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger wide head of white-khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Soft complexion. No real lacing.

Body colour is a clear pale yellow-copper. Translucent and transparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Overall, it's pretty standard fare for the style. Not unique or special, but there are no overt or obvious flaws.

Sm: Light lemon zest. Grainy malts. Perhaps some biscuit malt. Wheat. Clean barley. Light floral hop character. A pleasant aroma of average strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Grainy malts. Light lemon zest and esters. Light floral hop character. A bit grassy. The build is very simple. It's balanced. Fleeting hints of vague lime. Wheat. Clean barley. Light lavender. Flavour duration and intensity are both average. Lacks complexity and subtlety, but I do like it.

No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit refreshing. Decent body and thickness. Overcarbonated. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. Facilitates delivery of the limited flavours nicely.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but ultimately rather pedestrian. Boring. I wouldn't get it again, but it's not a bad beer. Its simplicity holds it back. A decent session brew, but nothing to write home about. Another forgettable beer from New Belgium.


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Photo of elNopalero
2.97/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A session pale ale?

This pours a slight tan-golden color with minimal foam retention.

I’m nosing and nosing and wondering, where’s the aroma? I thought I caught a hint of some floral spice but it came and went. Not a whole lot going on here.

Tastes lightly bitter with a hint of hop bitterness with the volume turned down low. A touch of biscuit malt rounds this out, with an uninteresting finish. While this may make a nice summer beer it doesn’t do the trick for this session.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
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 Boto
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle: Mine poured a golden color without too much head to it. It was fairly clear. The aroma is that pretty familiar commercial lager beer smell. I’m kind of suprised, since this is supposed to be a Belgian Ale (?). Nothing else really there, except maybe a hint of floral notes. Slight wheat taste, with some sourness in the aftertaste. Nothing bad about it, but nothing to make you want to have another, either.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.02/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a brilliant clear copper color with a nice fluffy off-white head that sticks around for a while. The smell consists of a musty grain with a hint of spices. The taste is of grassy grain, black pepper punch with a seltzer flavored carbonation. Unfortunately it doesn't taste as good as it smells. This is a light bodied beer that finishes rather dry....too dry! Due to the dryness, this beers drinkablilty suffers greatly! It is so dry, you almost can't stop gulping it if that makes sense.

Notes: This is a strange brew! Too dry, too dry, too dry! I like the brewery, but this is their worst beer.

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Photo of LarryKemp
3.02/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of stirgy
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle was marked best before August, 2003. This is the beer with the red kite hovering aloft in the wind on the label. I had this at the brewery and I remember enjoying it then. Poured out a slightly cloudy golden orange color and was topped with a thin a sticky white head. Semi sweet fruitiness in the aroma. Taste gives a pleasant sourness. The body is light and this golden brew downs the hatch easy enough. The taste is similar to other golden ales I gave tried, with nothing really standing out. Decent and drinkable.

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Photo of Florida9
3.04/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Clear gold in color. Forms a moderate fluffy white head, but it doesn't bother sticking around for too long as it reduces to a thick, patchy surface coating. Aroma is light, but pleasant. Biscuity malt, some grassiness and a pronounced floral quality. Taste is - unique, and not in a good way. Strong, overpowering floral taste, like camomile or something gives this beer a string perfumed quality. Almost unbearable. Some citrus zest. Lower pale malts. Light body. Minimal bitterness. Appropriate carbonation. I was surprised to see this listed as a Belgian pale as it really doesn't resemble one in the least. In all fairness, the bottle doesnt claim this is a Belgian pale. Never the less, this is a barely drinkable beer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
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!

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Loft from New Belgium Brewing
3.5 out of 5 based on 264 ratings.
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