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: 265 |  Reviews: 142
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -15.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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 Gagnonsux
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
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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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Tone
3.6/5  rDev +5%
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 +19.5%
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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3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
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 -9.6%
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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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
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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3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
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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3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
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 Zorro
3.11/5  rDev -9.3%
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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3.6/5  rDev +5%
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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2.51/5  rDev -26.8%
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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3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
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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Loft from New Belgium Brewing
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