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

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 11/3/13.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some peppery and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with floral and citrus flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop 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 but the smells are fairly faint in my opinion.

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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 NeroFiddled
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright medium amber with a modicum of orange, crowned with a rich cream-colored cap of sticky foam. Underwhelming lace. I like the aroma quite a bit. It's citrusy without being excessively hoppy. Must be the kaffir lime leaf.

Different, yet enjoyable, flavor. Untoasted malt provides plenty of flavor, I just wish that flavor wasn't quite so grain-like. The citrusy, spicy lime leafiness is at least as prominent and keeps this beer from being just a run of the mill pale ale. It'd still be nice if Loft had a bit more hoppiness though. The dry, clean finish enhances drinkability. Kudos to New Belgium for trying something different and pulling it off.

Loft doesn't quite take flight as befits a beer with a soaring kite on its label, but it has no trouble staying airborne and was a welcome and uplifting addition to my day. Thanks to marc77 for the bottle.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Loft pours a respectable dark golden orange color. Head is moderate and leaves nice lacing. Smell is lightly hoppy with some light sweetness. Sip starts with mild hoppiness and ends with a notable floral taste. Taste is fairly balanced, but lacks any commanding flavor. I was hoping for a more complex beer. Not a bad beer, and easily drinkable, but lacks a strong enough flavor to be really good.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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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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Photo of Tone
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of floral hops, pine, slight earthy malt, sweet malt, and a hint of sugar. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, floral hops, lemon, and a hint of pepper. Overall, decent appearance, the aroma and body are highlighted by the lemon/pepper notes, and the blend is good.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12/01/04- Purchased at a wine store in Sonoma, CA

Appearance- Pours golden hued color with a semi-decent head and nice lacing.

Smell- Scents of malt, hops and citrus jump out at first notice.

Taste- Definite hop taste with some citrus flavors. Maybe apricot or lemon peel in there. The malt is in the mix also.

Mouthfeel- Very clean and crisp with that small hop bite at the end. Carbonation level is good.

Drinkability- This is a very refreshing beer. Wasn't expecting it to be as good as it is. I like it and could easily drink many of these. They go down without any problems.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a grainy pale malt scent. It's sweet smelling with some musty notes. The taste is good also. It has a pale and wheat malt flavor that goes down easy and refreshes. It's a bit grainy with a nice malty feel. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine seasonal brew and at only 115 calories, it's good for you.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautifully brilliantly clear golden-copper color and is topped by a frothy pale tan head. The aroma is bready, and a bit yeast (surprising considering there is no residual yeast left in this beer), with notes of lime and a hint of woodiness. The beer is fairly dry, and certainly spritzy as it first hits my tongue. The carbonation adds quite a bit of zesty, spritzy character to this light brew. There is some nice herbal spiciness here as well as a bit of dry lemon-like acidity and zest, especially in the finish. This is a nice, light refreshing brew which is good to sip on a hot summer day. There is a hint of malty sweetness here that accentuates the Kaffir lime leaf and adds a bit more to the citrusy zing, though the citrus is somewhat subtle, at least compared to the Stone 04 I had recently.

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Photo of Zorro
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber colored ale with a medium sized white colored head.

Smells of grain and yeast with a little lemon scent. No real spice or hop aromas except the lemon.

Starts out tasting of grain. Some caramel and grain husk flavors. No citrus in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall this is an OK beer, nothing really great or bad.

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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 rodbeermunch
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Golden color, a tiny amount of haze to it, pillowy white head, 3/5". Didn't notice anything that constituted a belgian aroma or yeast going on here.

Taste was light and provided some nice levity to the palate. Carbonation was up there. Real mild toasted malt stuffing. Mild grassy notes.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.78/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is clear copper in color and throws out a medium sized ivory white head that recedes to an edging within 30 seconds. Nice hop nose on this beer. Kind of herbal and grassy rather than being a huge citrus nose, although there are slight traces of citrus as well. Light to medium in body, this beer has a pretty high drinkability factor. There seems to be some decent caramel malt in the backbone, but this seems to be a beer more about hops than malt, but in a different way than an IPA. This is pretty unique. This beer seems very dry to me. Leaves me feeling parched and in need of another drink. The wheat is barely noticeable, but there nonetheless. Nice tasting creative brew.

Gotta thank marc77 again for these New Belgium brews. They are rock solid.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
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 rlee1390
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear orange, some carbonation, two finger head and some lacing.

S-Not much, some wheat and lemon, very bland, along with some orange.

T-Bland as well, some wheat, no bitterness, lemon orange and grass.

M-Light not much carbonation, slightly watery but crisp.

O-Nothing bad as far as flavor goes, but just bland boring nothingness.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I’m a big fan of New Belgium and its fine line of beers, and looked forward to this beers debut. The beer pours a limpid amber to almost copper color, the head impressive in size and frothy in it texture, with fine sheets of lace to cover the glass. The aroma of buttered popcorn, malt, lightly floral and quite pleasant to the nose. Begins a bit sweet with tons of malt, the top middling in its feel. Masterfully hopped, stinging in its acidic bite, dry as a bone malt aftertaste that lingers on. A good drinking beer, but I was expecting something more? What, I’m not sure maybe another Saison, quite quaffable nonetheless.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.28/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe

A - The sweaty globe shines with vibrant clear golden beer that's filled with carbonation rising to the loose, lofty white head. Thick lace coats the glass as the foam erodes, making for one sexy beer.

S - Crisp and hoppy, the uplifting aroma features soft wheat and light sweetness to ground the beer while also allowing the citrus zest and earthy hoppy notes to soar.

T - Suggestions of mango and sweet orange peel offer some citrusy characteristics but are blown past by cut grass earthy qualities, landing softly on dry pale malt.

M - Wheat softens the crisp, lighter mouthfeel while carbonation scrubs the tongue for a balanced and drinkable beer that goes down exceptionally well on a summer day.

O - Loft has suggestions of fruit complexity but at it's core this is an easy drinking and rather simple pale ale that wishes to provide crisp refreshment for the hotter days of the year, and it certainly does!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear, dark gold color with a fluffy, dense white head. Nice retention and lacing.

Nose is biscuity, grainy, honey and nutty. Not a whole lot from a Belgian yeast perspective, but it smells fairly decent.

Taste packs alot of maltiness for such a light brew and the hops are adequate, especially on the bittering side. Yeast is still lacking for a Belgian PA, but there might be a light apple-nut contribution here. Mouthfeel is expectedly light, being a session ale and all. Not bad, it was nice to have this again - it must be at least 5 or 6 years since this was last around...but it doesnt taste as rich and yeasty as I remember.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade. I couldn't help thinking of poor Charlie Brown when I saw the kite on the label. If only Charlie could kick back with a good brew after a loss to the kite-eating tree. He could enjoy the appealing orange color with a thin white head and decent lacing of a brew like this. He would enjoy the pleasant hops aroma. He would have surely been mildly surprised by the subdued hops flavor with a nice wheaty counterbalance. Ah Charlie Brown, forever doomed to lemonade.

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Photo of birchstick
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow with a fizzy head. Nose is sweet, lemon and grassy, citrus hops mixed in with some cereal malts. Taste starts off with citrus zestiness, which moves on to a cereal malt flavor. A lemony, grassy hop flavor finishes off the palate. Mouth is creamy and smooth. Overall, this is a refreshing summer beer, just as it is supposed to be.

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Photo of arizcards
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at TJ's out of sheer curiosity since I have rediscovered the joy of New Belgium beers.

Appearance was golden orange in color. Poured a nice head that left a sticky lacing down the side. Smell was of floral hops and a hint of bread. Taste was curious, a bit fruity with a dry hopped finish. Mouthfeel was rather light but a bit of an interesting play on the tongue. Overall drinkability is not bad as it is worth a try. I would not turn down one if offered but I would not go out of my way to purchase this again.

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