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
Photo of henrysunset
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a golden beer with a huge white heas and good lacing. Quite pretty,

smel is light, sweet and reasonably hoppy. a bit of citrus and yeast in there too

taste is light as I'd expect. no strong flavors at all, mild hops and mild sweetness. I like it a lot, but it isnt very flavorful. I think I enjoy the crisp, possibly bitter taste that it has, alot liek their fat tire beer.,

mouthfeel is light and pleasent. smooth too.

very drinkable. Good for relaxing or i bet it's good for the beach.

Edit, I'm docking it to 3.0 as it really isnt that tasty. Still refreshing but still...

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Photo of KoG
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this with lunch at a sushi bar.

Nice very light amber color with a small head that leaves little lacing.

Smells of malt and yeast, very doughy.

Taste was nice and light with a bit of hoppyness, similar to Fat Tire only less sweet.

Mouthfeel was acceptable, seemed a little flat and didn't really have any pizazz, but it did leave me refreshed with a clean palate.

Drinkability is pretty good. Not too shabby for Mid-October but it would probably be better when it isn't about 45* outside.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with best by date of 12/28/04. Poured a nice light golden color with 2 fingers of foam, little lace. It had a nice hoppy smell. A good tasting, crisp beer that goes down smooth. A definite thirst quencher on hot Texas summer days. Another good offering from New Belgium.

Rotation: retired

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Photo of Shaw
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color with a foamy, light white head. It is very carbonated. It smells of malt and yeast -- like a beer for Belgium.

The taste is very light, with more bitterness than I expected. This is a summer beer meant for thirst-quenching and it certainly achieves that goal. Too bad I had it in Oregon in late September! New Belgium should bring this down to Florida during our summers. That would be a good test.

The beer's body is also light. Overall this is an above-average beer.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Its funny how the beer palate can be so here-and-now and elastic. Seasonal beers epitomize this sensation for me - a beer i'd gag on during the dark weight of winter is perfectly pleasing in the warmer months, and vice-versa. My official review of the beer at the brewery found me writing off the beer as tepid and uninspiring, but by the time a friend had brought some to the heat of late summer in Indiana I was absolutely loving it.

The apperance of this beer is sort of unimpressive, a watered down essence of Goldilocks. The head can be coaxed into no more than 2", but leaves a surprisingly ornate pattern of lace.

The nose is rather wort-y and mild but avoids all biscuit and plastic texture I witnessed in the wheat and amber. There is a little bit of toasty nuttiness here as well.

The taste has only a trace of that plastic I came to loathe, mostly what is here is a perfectly tender pale ale. Lots of toasty hop character to go around and insanely drinkable. I could wolf down a pizza and sixer of this without batting an eye.

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Photo of Dubblebock
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Loft is part of New Belguim's rotating seasonal beer offerings. They call them special releases, but they are well-timed to be in synch with the change in temperatures. Loft is a very, very good summertime beer, light on the palate and easy to drink. Light in complexion and texture, it makes a good pairing with seafood or chicken or Mexican food.

Loft pours with a nondescript head that disappears fairly quickly. Light straw in appearance, it does retain good carbonation. Slight citrius smell.

Loft combines barley and wheat malts and uses kaffir lime to impart the citrus hints. The combination of malts is interesting. Dry at first, it picks up body midway through the glass. The lime is deep in the background, but it's there, adding a slight bit of adventure to the taste. Nicely hopped.

Good mouthfeel. Very drinkable on a hot day.

All in all, a nice beer. This is an excellent summertime beer for quaffing with friends or while sitting out on the back porch listening to th baseball game on the radio. The light body and texture reminded me of some of the Mexican beers that I've had, but without the corn adjunct sweetness. I'd grab this one again.

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Photo of Hunter
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vigorous pour brought out a 1/2" inch of white froth that departed fast. leaving a ghost of itself floating on the surface of a crystal clear copper brew, shiny as a newly-minted penny.

Aromas of malt, hops, and...honeydew? Coconut? There's a sweet fruitness there that's hard to grasp at the end of the nose. Intriguing.

First sip has a sharp carbonic bite to it. The flavor is light, almost too much so. Is this beer or Perrier? I ate a few crackers and swigged some water to make sure my palate was clear before trying again. There are faint notes of wheatmalt but I can't find anything else until the aftertaste, which brings out a bit more of that mysterious fruit.

This is as light as a non-light beer can get, and yet I don't mind it at all. It is a nice break after a deluge of thick, cloying stouts and porters, the last summer gasp before we settle into the darker half of the year. Not bad.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear copper witha 1/4 inch ivory head. A bit of lacing. Smell is lightly fruity, sweet apple. Grassy and lightly sour.

Taste is grassy with a dry hoppiness. Lightly fruity and bitter. Airy wheat malt and a bit grainy. Did I mention dry? Well the mouth is dry too. And crisp. Lightly fizzy on the tongue. Pretty good and very drinkable. Surprisingly good and straight forward.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.65/5  rDev -22.7%
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 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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Photo of SheepNutz
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a light tangerine color with one finger of head. There is a little bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is malty, with some sweet fruity esters, and just a touch of spice. Not really too strong of a smell though. The taste is also very malty, a touch of residual sweetness, and a bready yeast character. Slightly spicy finish. The mouthfeel is just a little light and watery. The drinkability is good though. A decent brew.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale orangey gold, topped with a short white head. Excellent clarity, my fingerprints perfectly defined on the other side of the glass. The head thins to a striated mist, bordered by a thin collar. Large, sticky blobs of lace cling to the glass.
The aroma is pretty weak. Mostly a toasty, grainy maltiness flecked with wheat. I'm guessing belgian malt. Hints of lemon, lime and peach esters, with a soft herbal hopping beneath. Nicely balanced.
The flavor starts with a very clean, crisp maltiness. Definite wheat right up front, adding an immediate dryness. Mostly pale malt, with a bit of toastiness. Mild lemon and lime fruitiness, with a hint of peach towards the finish. Moderate hopping in the finish, mostly herbal pacific northwest with a bit of spiciness and pine. A pretty crisp, dry aftertaste, featuring the wheat malt and hops. Bouncy, affervescent carbonation. Light bodied.
A nice little summer beer. Nothing overwhelming, just a quenching brew. I like the crispness and the pronounced lemon/lime citrus flavor. Good hopping, with a good amount of prominence in the finish. I'd get it again if it were available locally.
Thanks to BDiddy for the bottle!

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.07/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Written From Notes Compiled 6/04-8/04:
Dark yellow color, moderate head. Sticky lace. Smell is light lemon and new belgium's trademark buscuit maltiness. Taste is yeasty, malty, and very light and smooth. Excellent hot-day beer, too expensive to be considered "lawnmower" beer, however,

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Photo of dmbfrat420beers
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - 12 oz. belgian style bottle proclaiming the name is inspired by the breweries use of wind power for their operations.

Appearance - Pours a thin white head that leaves little lacing. Hue is a very delightful pale orange.

Aroma - Very refreshing aroma of mild hops and a bit of yeasty breadiness...or something. However, kind of weak all around.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, medium carbonation bite, goes down very clean

Taste - Somewhere between a Kolsch and a pale lager with evident Belgian-style yeast thrown in for good measure. Not a ton going on here, but a nice light sweetness up front with a subtle bitterness that attenuates slowly. Well balanced. Other notes of orange/citrus and something almost a bit sour at the top of throat, hard to put a finger on it. The flavor really lasts awhile for such a light beer.

Drinkability - at 4.2%, this refreshing summer brew could be drunk all day.

Overall - I think this does very well as a beer to relax with on a hot summer day, and one of the few my girlfriend actually likes. Would buy it again if I was ever out West for awhile.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour orange and goldish with a redish/copper tint. Aroma is of strawberries with a sweet yeast and malt aroma. Taste is very sweet with a rose, lavender and overall flowery taste. Mouthfeel is very crisp.

I should note that when I was tasting this beer we were tasting many other beers before it that were quite disappointing. The lack of good beer before this may have set this up to be better than it truly is.

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Photo of GnomeKing
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The hops are crisp, but the taste of apples predominates. The beer even looks like apple juice.It's a straightfoward beer--unremarkable, but unobjectionable. As I drank more, the taste became more and more sour. The fruit taste became more dominate as I approach the bottom of the glass. On the last sip, I cringed a little at the sweetness.

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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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Photo of beertaster13
2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
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 filabrazilia
3.16/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden with a small white head that leaves great lace.

A mildly sweet malty aroma is the most prominent feature in the nose.

There are a few subtle flavors that characterize the atste--malt, bitter hops, and a touch of citrus. Just not strong enough for my liking.

Thin and crisp in the mouth. The hops grab the tongue from the beginning to the end. Mild carbonation balances the bitterness nicely.

Not a bad beer from Ft.Collins but not the first I'd grab from New Belgium.

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Photo of arizcards
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Photo of HochFliegen
2.66/5  rDev -22.4%
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 jdhilt
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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Photo of yemenmocha
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful light amber color, transparent. Rocky head retains exceptionally well.

Aroma is very... aromatic, from a good distance away from the glass as well. But alas, is this Irish Spring soap or is it a beer? Seriously, the lime flavoring in this beer gives it a bready/soapy lime aroma that makes you think you're in the shower! Yikes!

Taste is the most disappointing part of this beer. Smell, appearance and drinkability are great. This is a weak, lime flavored amber ale with a slight resemblance to american wheats (wheat as an ingredient, but virtually no characteristics of a wheat beer that you would find from Germany).

Finish isn't terribly long. But it's a refreshing beer. Almost light enough to qualify for lawnmower status.

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Photo of WetCoaster
2.7/5  rDev -21.3%
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 abents
4.3/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color with small white head. Smells of citrus hops and bready with some wheat in there. Taste is akwardly refreshing. Good tangy citrusy taste in this brew. Malty flavor dominates the start and the citrusy sour lingers throughout. Very interesting taste here that I am loving. Fairly light bodied with crisp carbonation and smooth flowing beer. Very drinkable brew here, a 6-pack would never be enough. Very good beer.
Many, many thanks to nvsblman for the great brew.

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Loft from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 266 ratings