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 UncleJimbo
4.01/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.

This ale poured a clear, golden-amber color with creamy, white foam that persisted. There was a good, steady carbonation. The smell was lightly fruity hops with some wheat malt and citrus. The taste was malty with a hoppy finish and with a strong lime citrus flavor throughout. Nicely tangy. The mouthfeel was dry and smooth and crisp with medium body and moderate carbonation. There was a lime citrusy aftertaste that lingered pleasantly. This was a nice, light, and refreshing ale, and it really grew on me. If you like lime, try this beer.

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Photo of MobBarley
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty coppery-orange with a big frothy hat of white foam that stays put and deposits thick rings of lace on the glass. Copious carbonation mesmerizes as it floats upward. The smell is dominated by a broad, bready sweetness and punctuated by a nice grassy, slightly citric hoppiness and a nice little metallic nose at the finish. Good malts out of the gate and a building bitterness that backs off for a tangy and refreshing finish. Mouthfeel is thin but I must consider the time of year and the temperature outside, (good summer brew). Drinkability is fine...seems to be a good beach beer.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured to an orange and almost gold color. It had decent head retention and good lace.

The smell is full and good, exhibiting light fruit and alcoholic characteristics. The taste is similarly sharp and nice, although a bit too light. It feels a bit sharp in the mouth but remains easy to drink.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The Loft poured golden-copper. It had an ample, creamy, white head that lasted for the entire pint and left some lacing.

The aroma was lemony citrus.

It was medium bodied, and a little too bubbly. The taste was malt with some zingy citrus. It had a crisp, grassy, slightly bitter finish.

Overall, this was a very pleasing and refreshing beer. Definitely the best "lighter" beer I've had...a great summer drink!

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

This is an unusual beer that doesn't follow any strict stylistic guidelines. One could call it a hoppy, light Fat Tire without being too far off the mark. Fat Tire is a non-traditional American amber ale (with Belgian elements) and Loft is a non-traditional American pale ale (with similar Belgian elements, although the hops seem distinctly American). To complicate matters, New Belgium suggests you drink this at a briskly cold 38 degrees, even chillier than lagers are supposed to be served. I'd say don't drink it quite that cold, but this isn't a cellar temp ale either. A smooth, innocuous malt quality provides just the barest trace of backbone for the sparkling, piney hops. The yeast seems to play a large part here, by unifying the brew and providing slight metallic and buttery elements. Mouthfeel is soft, smooth, clean, and perhaps the high point. Hops twinkle and glisten on the tongue. Finish is crisp and refreshing. A warm-weather, low-alcohol session beer, good for drinking large amounts of, and for serving straight out of the cooler - although it tastes better poured into a glass than in the bottle. Judging by the review scores here, it's not as good as it used to be.

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Photo of chriscolby
3.64/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden and crystal clear with moderate head. No overpowering smells in the nose, just a clean ale smell with a hint of malt. (My bottle showed some oxidation.) Light to moderate malt character nicely balanced with the hop bitterness. Full, creamy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

In a lot of ways, this is similar to a moderately hoppy German Pilsner (although it isn't). It tastes to me like the hops are accentuated by fairly mineral-rich brewing liquor (although I could be wrong here). There's a "steely" character to the malt flavor that works well in this beer (and again makes me think they are brewing with fairly hard water).

This is a very drinkable beer without being a pushover in terms of flavor or complexity.

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Photo of DPMomutant
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a medium-sized head with a light amber body. Pretty easy to see through. The head has some clinging here.

The smell isn't very strong. I can detect some bready hops. A nice smell but not enough for me.

The taste begins with light hoppiness with a slight bitterness in the finish. It isn't bad but isn't very exciting either, just not much going on.

The mouthfeel is nice, smooth, but lively with moderate carbonation. Not too dry, either.

If you really like this beer, it is very drinkable. But to me it isn't very exciting so I'd probably want to move on after a couple.

Overall it isn't a bad beer, it just doesn't do much for me.

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Photo of jimdkc
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, slightly orange amber color with a small white head. Smell is a hint of sweet malt with a floral/piney hop aroma, not too strong. Taste starts with a bit of sweet malt and wheat, but the focal point is the nice blending of citrus tones and a piney hop flavor. NB's web site claims a mixture of Liberty and Sterling hops and spiced with kaffir lime leaf. Very little bitterness. Clean, crisp finish. Medium body. Good drinkability. An interesting brew that I'd definitely buy again.

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

I tried this out of curiousity, the local liquor store owner had been singing it's praises every time I went in. I have to agree that this is a great offering, and I am glad I took the plunge. It pours an interesting orange/copper color, and leaves a nice (albeit small) head with a little bit of fine lacing. Smell is very fruity, almost an orange scent, with some florals too--nice. The taste is similar to most pale ales, with a bitter/coppery first bite which leads to a smooth finish. I pounded 3 of these fairly quickly, so I have to give it credit for drinkability. A solid beer all around.

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Photo of RootedFool
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Eureka, California.

Hazy copper on the pour, half inch off-white head. Some thin streaks of lace hold to the glass. Smell: yeasty, earthy malt back-bone, foregrounded by some slightly peppered, soft bitterness. Taste opens with a sharp pat of thin, chalky bitterness. The middle is mellow -- buttered popcorn -- followed by a dry finish of bitter greens. Mouthfeel is a little pasty on the finish, but still manages to roll across my palate comfortably. Decently carbonated.

But this isn't a Belgian pale ale! Whatever it is, it's refreshing, and -- well! -- lofty!

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Photo of mrpicklerelish
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance - Poured a light orangish color with a very small head if any at all. Tried a few and they all seemed to have the very small head after pouring. What was there left very little lacing on my glass.

Smell - Thought I could smell a small pine undertone along with some citrus and sweet caramel aromas.

Taste - Calming herbal flavors and some sweet caramel flavors surrounded my mouth. I didn't notice to much of a hop or malt taste to it at all, the sweetness to this beer seemed to take over all other flavors in it.

Mouthfeel - Crisp light feeling beer with a little carbonation. Left a tangy aftertaste long after the last sip.

Drinkability - Easy to drink, very smooth and crisp even though it was a little sweet for my taste. Goes down rather easily which isn't a bad thing.

Comments - Not one of my favorites from New Belgium but one that is worth a taste when it is offered. Just look for the big red kite on the label.

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Photo of stirgy
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
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 beerguy101
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light orange color. Medium head. Aroma is malty and floral. A lighter bodied "Belgian" ale. Malts are fruity. Hops are spicy. Light and refreshing. There is a lot of stuff going on here, and I find myself having real trouble describing just what. Its dry hopped and very crisp. The low alcohol doesn't seem to affect the flavors. Interesting beer.. Will need to re-taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry. Aftertaste is fruity and a touch biter

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, gold in color, with almost no head at all. A light, citric hop bouquet sits atop a mild, caramel malt, with just a hint of diacetyl character. Flavor starts light, with caramel, almost biscuity, malt flavors. Toward mid-palate a lemony flavor starts developing, building towards a very sharp finish punctuated by herbal, citric, and piney hops. Refreshing in character, and drinkable enough, though far from my favorite offering from this brewery.

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Photo of Bruiser81
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color of this brew was a light orange/red which was perfectly clear. A creamy white head blew up at first but quickly settled back down. Lots of lacing. Good looking beer.
Aroma consisted of zesty floral hops, citrus and some roasted malt hidden deep.
The taste upfront was packed with a sweet tangy malt flavor, which met up quickly with some bittering hops for a good balance. Grapefruit was hidden deep in the finish followed by a flowery hoppy aftertaste.
A medium mouthfeel, quite nice. Goes down smooth. Good beer.

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Photo of GreenCard
4.26/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: light amber to golden, good clarity, low head development (a thin creamy cap on top of a bed of larger bubbles), some lacing on glass

Aroma: lush woodsy citrusy hop nose, very enticing, a touch of biscuity caramel underneath, strawberry fruitiness, honey and a touch of diacetyl

Flavor: a mellow hoppiness similar to that in the aroma, followed by a subdued maltiness, also an herbal quality to it, a very "soothing" flavor

Mouthfeel: light body, fine carbonation, slightly minerally texture

Overall Impression: A great limited release, something to look forward to as much as Alaskan Summer ale. Label says it "delivers an uplifting zest". I agree with that!

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Photo of alexgash
4.15/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just snuck a sixer back into Utah...
Pours a crystal yellow, with a medium-sized cumulus cloud head. Smell is hops. Taste hints at some barley and wheat malts, but quickly gives way to tangy, almost sour hops with strong notes of grapefruit in an acidic, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is surprisingly big. Very refreshing and drinkable. I need to get some porch swing now...

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Photo of tang214
4.52/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What can I say but WOW!! This was the only beer I didn't have at the brewery and I think this is the only time I have ever given a 5 in a category. This ale pours a beautiful golden color with slight head that has some staying power. The aroma is very refreshingly fragrant of pale hops. The taste is just pure bliss. I am definitely a huge fan of New Belgium brews and have had trouble picking my favorite from 1554, Fat Tire, and Sunshine but this one takes the cake. You immeadiately taste the bitterness but it is not too much, just enough, once you swallow the bitterness remains for a moment and then the malts kick in. At first you can taste how rich they are and then the wheat flavor jumps in. On top of all that it is very easy to drink. I will hunt this beer down and make sure everyone I know has the chance to taste it.

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Photo of freed
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Philosophically, I love this beer. Renewable, like yeast. The label is attractive, and it pours an attractive golden hue. It has a tight head that leaves a trail as the beer recedes.

The smell suggests of hops, but as if they're maybe not the freshest. The taste is crisp from the hops, though not overtly hoppy. The clean malt body makes for a nice beer for spring and summer. Good with meals as well.

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Photo of LarryKemp
3.02/5  rDev -12%
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 jcalabre
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks like a pilsener with its clear yellow body & white frothy head.
Aroma: None, but I don't have a good sense of smell.
Flavor: Slightly velvety on the tongue w/ a bit of a tangy finish.
This is a good beer for a hot day. It's definitely a session beer.

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Photo of Elemental
4.17/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This has a light copper color to it with a medium head that seems to last through the tasting. The sweet flavorand crisp aroma prepare you for what is to come as you sample the beer. The flavor is sweet and lightly malted with a bitterness the accompanies the light crisp fruitiness of this beer.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We've just started to receive "New Belgium" beer in my area and I have fallen in love with three of their beer. "Loft" would be number two of the three. When poured, it was golden yellow with loads of foam. The smell of hop's and citrus was just outstanding. The taste was a well balance of hop's and citrus with a hint of malt's. This brew had a sweet/bitter finish that was very pleasant. So, with the taste of hop's, citrus, malt's and just a hint of wheat, this is just outstanding. The three best of is "Trippel, Loft and 1554".

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Photo of Reidrover
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ok I'm a big fan of New Belgium so picked up a bottle of this today.
Comes in the usual New Belgium brown 12 oz bottle.usual watercolour type pic on the label, this time a kite.
The beer actually looks quite attractive nice dark golden colour with a nice solid white head..thats small but lingers long..lovelly looking carbonation.
The aroma is quite strong..mostly hops but some wheat smell is present.
I am taken aback by the taste though..its pretty thin for a New Belgium product..very little malt sweetness here..just right on to a zesty , bubbly hopiness that dissapointingly doesn't last long..weird.
Mouthfeel is pretty carbonated for my tatses.
This is an odd beer not sure were it fits in maybe a lager made with wheat?
Anyway its odd but drinkable in hot weather..recommends it be served at 3 degrees C on the label

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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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Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 266 ratings