Lomaland | Modern Times Beer

very good
87 Reviews

Brewed by:
Modern Times Beer
California, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Lomaland is an earthy, rustic Belgian-style farmhouse ale that's both complex and quaffable. It smells like hay, pepper, and friendly sunshine. Its dry, cracker-like body and lightly-hoppy finish makes it a beautiful compliment to food. We named Lomaland after the brilliantly crazy utopian community that was the first settlement built in Point Loma, the San Diego neighborhood where our fermentorium is located.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had at Nine-Ten restaurant. The body is a cloudy straw yellow with a finger white head. Aromas consist of barnyard straw, peppery spiciness, and some clove/bubblegum. Flavors consist of the same, but also includes lemon. The beer is dry. Medium bodied with medium carbonation, but a kind of watery on the finish.

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Photo of Reema
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 16 oz can, a Blue Ticket beer from work

Pours bright straw gold with a moderate amount of turbidity. Smells like fresh hay, slight bubblegum, dried grass, along with a pleasant subtle doughy scent. Taste is bright grassy hops, bubble gum fruitiness, along with a solid doughy taste. Feel is light and airy, perfectly refreshing. Overall this is a really good beer with great qualities all around.

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Photo of el_Palido
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Straight up the best Saison on the West Coast. Fantastic recipe. Super clear and super clear finish. Corn helps with that possibly? Nice balance while maintaining the Belgian yeast flavor profile.
I have offered this to Corona swilling lady friends who agree this is fantastic. That's a tough bridge to cross. Believe it.
"Only" scored 4.5 because I think I can homebrew a better copy!

Awesome beer for year around.

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Photo of Professor_Yeesh
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Interesting beer. Smells a bit funky, lemon peel. Has the subtle characteristics that are typical in hefeweizens (peppery, banana, clove). It is a refreshing beer and something that I would enjoy drinking more often.

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Photo of Spikester
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy gold with two fingers of white five minute head. Swathes of lace form as the head drops.
Smell is hay and bubblegum.
Taste is tart citrus bubblegum yeasty esters and a mild hop bitterness at the end.
Mouthfeel is lively carbonation and light to medium body. Finish is tart dry and mildly bitter.
Another fine beer from Modern Times. Very refreshing beer.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks, Abraham.

Pouring a straw yellow with a huge, white head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this looks great. The nose is fantastic. Dry and crackery with a dusty undertone before the fruity yeast and lemony hops come through, this is incredibly refreshing. Snappy and earthy, this succeeds where so many saisons don't. Dust complements the lemon which then segues into a zesty resin character and ends up with moderate spice notes of pepper, a touch of clove and some fruit. Excellent.

The palate opens bright, snappy, earthy and refreshing, crisp and crackery. Mildly fruity, mildly doughy, moderately dusty, mildly lemony, this is an exercise in structure and restraint. Rustic and refreshing, this beer finishes dry, earthy , mildly peppery and with a pleasing hop flavor and resin character. Light in body and highly carbonated, this is excellent stuff.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: hazy golden yellow with a frothy white 2 finger head

s: belgian yeast. coriander, pepper, clove. caramel wheat, cardboard, lemon & orange zest. lemongrass

t: coriander, bubblegum, spicy yeast, pepper, caramel malt. there is sweet citrus (orange, apricot) that follows the initial spicy yeast. finishes with a clean graininess

m: fuller side of light, with a pretty nice amount of carbonation

o: this is much better than i expected. it has a nice combination of spice from the yeast, spice from what i think is coriander, and is balanced out by the sweet citrus and grains. very refreshing, and full of nice flavors

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not generally a big saison fan but this one peaked my interest so here we go.

Pours a straw/golden color with a thick head that lingers throughout. Some lacing on the glass. Rustic, spicy smell. Flavor is balanced - hops shine through nicely, some spice. Good carbonation consistent with the style. Very enjoyable beer from these guys.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a hazy yellow gold. 2 to 3 fingers of white bubblly head which lingers for quite a while.

S: Earthy, floral, some lemon.

T: Follows the nose. Nice dry finish.

F: Medium body, medium to highly carbonated.

O: Real nice saison. Too bad most aren't like this.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Straw with a light haze, lots of tiny small rising bubbles, and a huge 5 finger rocky white head. Large chunky lacing.

S: Cloves, bananas, Belgian yeasts reminiscent of a tripel or strong pale ale, earthy herbal quality. Tyme, majouram, French herbs.

T: Belgian yeast qualities, light lemon zest, little acidic lemon, a light sweetness. Ends in an herbal bitterness that lingers on the tongue.

M: Light and crisp, little carbonation.

O: My first saison from a can. Its really well done. Pushes a little more towards a Belgian brew than many saisons, but is exceptional. Will give it 8.9. Bought in Thailand, drank in Kunming, Jan 13th, 2015.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 fl oz tallboy can.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: opaque golden yellow body with a bone white head. The head is creamy thick. Good staying power with the head and it leaves a decent amount of lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Wheat and cracker malts. Earthy, bright, light citrus (lemon) and floral. Well water mineralality is present as well. Light peppery yeast and the banana with clove is there as well.

Taste: The saison starts off with fruity yeast and bananas. Light bitterness in the middle which also lingers slightly in the finish. It has citrus/lemon hops with a hint of earth and floral notes. Hint of white pepper yeast character. As the saison warms up the lemon flavor comes to the forefront of the beer and gives the beer a little lemony tartness that was not present earlier when this beer was right out of the fridge; gotta love those Saaz hops.

Mouthfeel: light bodied saison with moderate carbonation. The body is light, bright, refreshing and snappy. The oats also add a little bit of creaminess to the texture to round out a very fine mouthfeel.

Overall: Gotta love a saison in a can for me because of the convenience of drinking a beer while fishing or other outdoor activities and because saisons are one of my favorite style. This beer has a fantastic mouthfeel which I feel is the strongest attribute of this beer. I think that modern times really brews an outstanding saison here and wish that this was a regular offering on shelves in my local beer store.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Straw golden color, slight haze. 2 finger head. Aroma- grassy hop, bready, yeasty, lemon. Taste, more bread and yeast. This is a very very clean finish. Light lemon in the end too. Ever so slight bitterness. Could drink this all day long. Refreshing sudsy carbonation. Overall, excellent saison. And just excellent beer.

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Photo of tigg924
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy, bright yellow in color, with one inch head. Taste is florals, hay, orange, banana, and light pepper. Very witbier like. Nice and light bodied. Missing some of the bite I associate with the style, but super easy drinking. I will get this again.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured with an unfiltered haze and a thick fluffy peak of foam.
Perfect beer for spring weather.
S: bready malts, grassy, grape and apple skin
T: lots of fruity yeast character up front. The soft sweet malt character comes through and is very light and lively. A little herbal presence from the hops but not much.
M: crisp mouthfeel from the light body and ample carbonation.
O: the perfect spring weather beer. Light enough warm days but flavorful enough for the cooler evenings.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'll concede that the pint I had was served far too cold, but even after warming up, there was precious little character to this saison, just lots of white bread and a faint hint of spice. Disappointing yeast character, disappointing body (which felt full not in an appealing yeasty way, but rather in an lifeless, excessively white bready way). Certainly nothing rustic about this saison either. Too many good/interesting riffs on saisons in small format bottles (Sofie/Funkwerks/Tank 7/Hennepin/etc) to bother with something like this.

(Edit: Finally had this from the can and gotta say, man, this was WAY better than my first go-round. In fact, this is exactly the sort of saison I love -- crisp, crisp yeast profile, super drinkable. Sure, we all enjoy a good sour-ific saison at times, but, frankly, those aren't and will never be daily drinkers for me. Something like this, though? Absolutely. In fact, I was a bit struck -- likely due to the healthy use of pils malt and Saaz hops -- at the interesting similarities this shared with a pilsner, just with that very different yeast profile. It's refreshing, it's kinda verdantly herbal in the nose at first, settling to a touch of pepper, some fruits (at first more lemony, later on more banana). I don't think I'd call this rustic. (And the can's description is kinda funny -- at once calling the beer both bright and earthy, two adjectives I don't commonly associate together.) Nevertheless, it's crisp, it's refreshing, it's got a nice grainyness to it, it's generally the sort of thing I sort of envision when I think about saisons on the farms of France/Wallonia -- some quenching brew beneath the shade of a large tree, eminently drinkable, not the funked to high hell saisons some American breweries are producing these days. But I digress. This is a tasty one that I'd definitely have around as an everyday drinker. Cheers.)

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from Stefan (I think). Thanks! Pours hazy super light yellow, nearly neon, with a huge fluffy white head that won't quit. Yeasty banana, pear, and coriander aroma with lots of funk and some sweetness to boot. Flavor is nice. Lots of funky fruits with banana, pear, apple, light lemon zest, serious yeast funk, some honey sweetness, old shoe and gym sock. Yum! Light bodied with medium carbonation. I would drink this all summer long. I don't really get all these low reviews. But I guess in not sophistamucated enough to understand.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a vibrant pale yellow with a one finger head. Slightly clear. Very classic, rustic smell. Hay yeast with a hint of pepper. A note of hops for good measure. Highly carbonated and impedes the taste a bit. Clean and elegant. A bit of sweetness and hops. Very solid saison. Better than its average.

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Photo of dfillius
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed on 12/25/13 from a growler purchased on 12/24/13 at the brewery. Poured into a pint glass
A: 1 finger of white head. Light golden liquid - white grape juice-like. Thick haze.
S: Clove, musky, funky. On the Hefeweizen side of Saison
T: Funky Brett finish. Earthy, slight clean grain is reminiscent of Special K. Slight citrus finish.
M: Dry, dusty finish. A tad too dry for my liking.
O: Very pleasant.

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Photo of ihazabucket7
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank straight from the can on the beach. Thick, wheaty filling beer. Had a nice earthy, spice, sweet wheat taste. Decent saison beer and in a can!

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Photo of elNopalero
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a straw white-golden color.
There's a light peppery note to this with hints of coriander and a floraly estery character. I like the flavor. Similar to aroma. Overall the beer comes together in a wonderful way. Delicate, nuanced, delicious.

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Photo of Buck89
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a really bright hazy straw color, almost glowing here on the porch. Makes me want to drink it fast!
The initial aroma is lemony citrus, followed by some mild funk and then some peppery spice. Nicely understated.
Taste is definitely "bright and rustic" as advertised. Nice mix of lemon, citrus, grassiness followed by funky floral and then cracker and spice. The finish is the best part: a surprising dry acidic zing. Appropriately carbonated for style with a light-bodied dryness.
Overall very nice! Of course I'm biased as this reminds me of my brother today, but this is a perfect quaff on a hot-as-hell summer afternoon.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz into Tulip glass. Canned on December 30th 2016.

L: Hazy banana yellow, with fluffy white head that has decent retention.

S: Buttered yeasty rolls that are browned nicely, bready, lemongrass, pepper.

T: Smooth earthen yeasty flavors, with hints of banana and coriandery peppery notes. More like a Hefeweizen.

F: Medium body, strong carbonation, bright and crisp and refreshing.

O: Not really a Saison and more like a Hefe than anything but a really solid beer.

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Photo of pants678
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yeller with a puffy head.

Sunshine--no, but it is bright and citric.

Saaz comes through. Not so peppery, sorta bitter, fairly sweet, bready and lemony. Half way descriptions and missing a bit of punch but, nonetheless, very goody.

Silky feel possibly from flaked wheat.

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Photo of Tele
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 4.5 Very clear, yellow-gold with a two finger off-white head that dissipates rather quickly.

S: 4 Very floral with strong Belgian yeast and lots of esters. Smells a lot like a Belgian strong pale ale with the typical cloves, orange, and banana. Not quite typical of the style, but still very nice.

T: 4 Similar to the nose. Pretty strong Belgian yeast with slightly more sweetness than I would expect. The flavors are less estery and a bit more inline with a classic saison, however there’s not a lot of nuance. The most interesting aspect is the slightly hoppy and bitter finish.

M: 4 Good mouthfeel, but could use a bit more carbonation. Perhaps it would help some of the flavors become more apparent.

O: 4 This is very solid beer, but nothing incredible and not a great example of a saison. It seems to be a bit more of a hybrid. Still very enjoyable and crushable.

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Photo of BeerBobber
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a thick soapy head. The head appears white and as it dissipates changes to an off white. Crazy carbonation on this one with lots of pretty streaming bubbles.

Smell is sweet and tart. Something like some fresh mowed grass and maybe some leather scent.

Taste has a lemon citrus flavor without that lemon tart bitterness. Very subtle peppery taste. A very nice smooth flavor profile.

Mouth feel borders on medium with a wet finish.

I was actually scared of this one a bit, and excited at the same time. Me and the wife tried one farmhouse that ended up as a drain pour. Perhaps it was off but I would not know as I am a newby to the style. Gotta love the world of beer with so many different beer styles to try out. So Lomaland definitely gets a good vote from me as it has a complex flavor profile that did not scare the crap out of my taste buds.

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