Loft | New Belgium Brewing

264 Ratings

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 264 |  Reviews: 142
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of JamesMN
3.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 9/3/13.

Appearance: Really nice golden color with pristine clarity. Poured a healthy two finger white head that has now become a thin cap of foam atop the beer.

Aroma: Not too much there but getting some bready notes as well as a little earthy/spiciness from the hops.

Taste: A nice mix of flavors here that are all pretty subdued. Starts with a distinct hop bitterness that has a pleasing earthy quality. About halfway through the flavor opens up a bit and gives some biscuit malt flavor as well as a wheat character that adds some sweetness to balance out the bitterness. Due to its low 4.2% ABV there is a slight watery aspect to the palate but it's forgivable as it comes with the territory. Though the flavor is reminiscent of a lager at times, the finish has all the smoothness of a proper ale. Aftertaste of light echoing bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Just under medium in body with lots of carbonation (a vigorous pour helps clear some of that up) and above average drinkability. Definitely sessionable.

Final Thoughts: I'm not sure I agree with classifying Loft as a Belgian Pale Ale because I didn't get any spice notes in the palate. A more fitting style might be Session Pale Ale. It's light, moderately hoppy, and refreshing. Would I drink it again? Sure.

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Photo of randymanar
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of rlee1390
3.5/5  rDev +2%
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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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of runlikeakenyan
3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of tbone1384
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: VONS in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $12.97 (w/ VONS card) for a Folly 2002 revival 12-pack
Purchased: May 14, 20113
Consumed: May 20, 2013
Misc.: Best by Sept. 8, 2013

Poured a honey copper clear color with one finger of frothy white head. Sporadic spots of thin and thick foamy lacing. Good and thick retention on the top.

Smelled lemon zest, orange, caramel, faint toffee, faint chocolate, sour milk, grass, hay, bread and faint resin notes. Caramel is the long lasting whiff.

Tasted similar to the nose, mainly that caramel, sour milky malts and lemon and orange zest. Orange rind, a bit like an orange creamsicle, Also reminded me of a lighter version or orange cough syrup. Clean and refreshing.

Light body. Thin-to-creamy texture. Lively carbonation. Abrupt, clean, crisp, watery finish.

Surprised at how much this beer grew on me. It’s simple on the outside, but improves as it goes down.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +2%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jsanford
3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Throwback seasonal beer from 2002 new belgium brewery. It is sold in the summer folly variety packs from new belgium.
Poured a golden yellow with just a hint of amber. Solid two fingers of white head. Okay retention and lots of lacing. Aroma has fruit, lemongrass, and vanilla. A light tasting beer that is crisp and mildly fruity. Light hops. Has a very creamy mouthfeel. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer and look forward to trying a few more to see if it grows on me. Definitely one to drink on a hot day.

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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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Loft from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 264 ratings
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