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 TXHops
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got no info on this beer, other than that it’s brewed with wheat and Kafir Lime leaves and hopped with Liberties and Sterlings. I wish I knew more… The body is pale golden and sustains a mediocre primary head that develops into a substantial, fluffy white cloud on top of the brilliantly clear body--great lacing too. A strong, crisp-citric aroma dominates the nose: very intriguing. A fresh, clean, sweet, Belgian aromatic or biscuit maltiness hits hard up front, followed by more than just a hint of lime. The lime flavor is unusual in this beer, but not out of place—kinda of like the sensation of lime chicken: unusual, but it works well. The hoppiness is substantial, considering the use of other unusual ingredients, but not IPA-like by any stretch. The beer is more bitter than hoppy, though the citrusy American hops shine through and meld well with the lime. The result is a beer that tastes a bit like a gin and tonic—quite nice actually.

Loft is also very firm for an ale. It feels almost like a pilsner in its crispness. The earthy, herbal leafiness is complementary to the citric zestiness, creating a very unusual, but surprisingly tasty package.

Overall, the beer is slight and subtle, but there’s a lot going on underneath the crisp, refreshing cover.

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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 Quaffer
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: This was a crystal clear beer, amber-orange in color. A white head rose up to one finger and had great retention. A thin layer with one fat floatie lasted the entire drink, leaving a lot of lace on the glass.

Smell: A very clean beer smell (go figure). When it was at the recommended serving temperature of 38 degrees F (a little frigid for my tastes), there was just a crisp aroma of light malt and citrus. As the beer warmed, though, a roasted malt, almost bread-like aroma developed.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, rough, and a little dry.

Taste: This was a different brew. Upfront were some light flavors of malt and grain. Then, a strange citrusy, tangy, sharp, dry, piney taste kicked in hard. This unique flavor might be attributed to the kaffir lime leaf that New Belgium says was used to spice this beer. Well into the finish, after the aforementioned flavor fades away, a piney hop bitterness is present.

This was an odd little beer that I enjoyed. I liked it because it is different that your typical light beer.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a week in my fridge, reviewed 45F-75F.

A clumpy, white, dense head leaves full, sticky, thick lacing. The beer is clear amber. I get hops in the fairly faint nose. Also some darkness and a little ink. There's a nice caramel maltiness in the front, but a slightly strange tangy middle. It's just a touch sour. The finish is just as dry as a really dry thing. Wheaty. Nice fresh aftertaste. This is a good, pleasant, fresh beer. A nice, light, summer amber.

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Photo of Morris729
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly reddish amber color with a creamy white head that fades into a sticky lace. Nose is sweet buttery toffee, floral hops, and a bit of fresh grass. Moderate in body and quite smooth. Taste is sweet caramel followed by some biscuity notes and piney hops all the while in the presence of a strong malt backbone. A touch of acidic citrus is present in the finish. A fine brew and another winner from New Belgium Brewing.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
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 Dogbrick
3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
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 mjohn27603
4.6/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I noticed that this beer is recommended to be served colder than other New Belgium beers I've had. I brought this one back by car from Colorado to Michigan. Marked bottle as best before 07Nov02. Dark golden in color. The dominant flavor I get is grapefruit. I'll agree the citrusy flavor does indicate a summer type beer. Slight hops bitterness settles on the tongue in the aftertaste. I might be off in my memory but it reminds me a bit of a less bitter Red Seal. A lot of hops flavor without the hops bitterness. It also seems on the dry side.

Re-reviewed: Unfortunately my last bottle. Less bitterness present. A bit of wheat taste. This beer was good enough for me to miss it after not having it for a month or so. I increased the drinkability rating. My rating of this beer increased as I drank more. Not just a high rating because it is exotic in my region.

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Photo of hyuga
4.49/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2002 release. Golden, but not as pale as you'd expect from this color. Not much of a head, but it leaves some lace. Great aroma of pine and citrus-like hops tells you that this will be a great refresher. Taste is similar to a lighter American-style pale ale. Very flavorful yet refreshing, this is most likely meant to be a summer brew. Light to medium body. Subtle pine-like hops and bready malt are the main flavors present here. A unique spicy hop finish awaits you after that. Of course, this one is extremely drinkable. Overall, this is a wonderful beer, my favorite summer brew so far this year!

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Photo of usualpulp
4.3/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow, new belgium has done it again with this beer. i have yet to be disappointed by anything from this company. this beer is very different than their other styles, its quite complex and doesnt really fit into any one catagory. the brew pours a golden amber color, with a short lived white head. the most notable smell to this beer is hops, this is one hoppy beer. the fist sip confirms this, definate hop flavors with a slight malty sweetness, and a nice spicey kick at the end. the beer is slightly dry tasting, but very good, almost reminds me of a pale ale. i just hope i can find another 6pack of this before it goes away.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%
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 Pegasus
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely golden-orange in color with a moderate snow-white color, moderate lace, slight carbonation. Spicy, hoppy aroma, with fresh bread notes. Tasting this beer is a curious experience, the taste is quite hard to characterize, it begins with caramel and toasted malt flavors which drift into strong hops, then giving way to sweet orange flavors, and a crisp, clean finish. In describing those flavors, it is difficult to determine where one ends and the next begins, so gracefully do they flow into each other. This is the kind of beer that distinguishes New Belgium among micro brewers. A superb and enigmatic brew.

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Photo of beernut7
4.6/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is definitely a beer in its own category. Beautiful orange-brown color with a light lace, the aroma really raises the eyebrows. I was led to think, "so what's the big deal? its just another well-hopped ale." Boy was I wrong. The complex flavor of this brew is completely on another level than the aroma would suggest. A lighter wheat-style ale body supports flavors of sweet malt flushed in orange juice and then dusted with spicy, but not really bitter hops. This is one of the best brews I have tried this year if not ever. Awesome

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Photo of marc77
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark golden / light amber hue, topped by a large bubbled head that quickly settles into a thin layer. Intricate lace is unexpectedly left. The malt aroma is bready and a touch grainy, while the assertive hop nose seems to be a combination of Cascade and a lightly herbal and noble (perhaps Spalt) hop nose. Light caramel emerges as the beer warms. Light caramel sweetness that mirrors the aroma is perceptible initially in flavor, then is followed by subtle wheat tartness and husky, but not astringent grain notes. Hop bitterness is mild and belies the strong hop nose, but since overall malt sweetness is low, this brew exhibits an overall balance. Lightly bodied, but dextrinous enough to lend a somewhat slick mouthfeel. Finishes with a strong cracker - like note especially noticeable with an exhale, but is otherwise dry and clean. Loft is yet another unique New Belgium creation. Although somewhat confusing to the palate, the drinkability is good. Hmm... A jack of all trades... (but a master of none?!)

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Photo of bditty187
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden-amber hue with a ½ inch of head, at best, fair retention, minimal lace. The bouquet is inviting and unusual, it kind of smells like cornflakes, grain, cereal, hops. The palate is very complex (in a subtle way) with a mixture flavors like grain, cereal, malt, faint sweetness, and bittering hops. Medium-light body, crisp, refreshing finish. Drinkable. I find this beer to be unique and noteworthy, try one.

Re-reviewed on May 4, 2003

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Photo of BeerBob
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Belgium Loft Beer is an “integrated wheat and barley malt” Beer.

Palate of toasted wheat and of toasted malt. Loft has the colour of a good red Beer, but does not taste like a red.
More like a heavily toasted or lightly burnt malt, its right at the cusp between the two, kind of like a mixed malt flambeau of sorts.
In the background of the palate, the wheat malt tart and a floral hops can be found, but only when the Beer warms close to room temperature.

New Belgium’s Loft bottle label puts it best... and I quote “in a category all its own”

The serve at temperature on the bottle label is 3ºC (38ºF)
Personally, I think that the serving temperature should be higher, in the cellar range of 58ºF because the flavors annunciate themselves better.

I don’t know just what this Beer is, but its above your average fare, and I like it!

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