Lomaland | Modern Times Beer

very good
546 Ratings

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 biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can - nice, my parents went on their first date, or something, in Point Loma, all those years ago.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and chunky off-white head, which leaves some stellar broken webbed lace around the glass as it eventually subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy pale malt, a lesser edgy wheatiness, cracked black peppercorns, pink bubblegum, a slightly phenolic yeastiness, and some gentle earthy, leafy, and dead grassy green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, wheat crackers, estery and mildly funky yeast, more chewed-out Hubba Bubba, a hint of dried banana chips, muddled pepper mill output, and a further leafy, weedy, and grassy verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-lifting frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and sort of smooth, with both the yeast and hops taking a not so minor tithe here. It finishes off-dry, the sturdy base malt swatting away at the lingering spice, hops, and yeast.

Overall, this is one interesting example of the style - it seems to have a veritable kitchen sink's worth of stuff going on, but nothing really dominates, rather it all works together nicely. Lots of enjoyable and drinkable flavours abounding - yeasty, funky, hoppy, spicy, and malty, all.

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Photo of nick_perry
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light yellow color, thin white head. Funky grassy lemon aroma. Taste matches, with an overall earthy character. Bit of spice on the lingering finish, it seems. A delightful rustic saison.

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

Picked up a single from Craft Beer Hop Stop 1-19-17 for $2.49. Canned sometime in 2016 (bad stamp).

Beer poured pale gold with a nice white head on the initial pour.

Nose is nice with the phenols yielding a touch of the barnyard.

Taste is a touch of light fruits, a hint of funk, and a nice mild prickly hop finish.

Mouthfeel is light and lively as it dances nicely across the palate with each sip.

Overall this is an awesome warm weather brew, very refreshing after spending some time in low 90 degrees weather. Would recommend for pool/backyard session drinking!

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Photo of HopHunter19
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - hazy hay/straw colores beer with a fizzy white head that sticks and leaves a great lacing on the glass
S @ big hay, banana, straw, barnyard, funk, little bit of lemon/citrus in there as well
T # very similar to the nose. Hay, straw, barnyard, banana, clove, slight lemon flavor again.
M $ light mouthfeel, carbonation appropriate for the style, alcohol covered, aftertaste is funky barnyard
O & this is a standard saison. Very good. Not mind blowing.

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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 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 Everydayoff
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap served in a stemmed glass at Mikkeller Bangkok.

Hazy gold straw in color, it comes with thick fluffy white head that stays with good retention before slowly collapsing to a long-lasting bubble sheet atop and leaving plenty of lacing ring, patch, and spot along the way.

There is the aroma of lemon tart, orange peel, crisp citrus, hay, pepper, spice, some twang of wheat, some yeasty sour, corn, candy sugar, some funk, floral and earthy hop, as well as crackery malt.

The taste is pretty mild and well balance. It is led by fruitiness and sourness yet some tartness of yeasty ester with notes of citrus as well as tart and sour lemon. It is spicy and peppery at time together with suggestion of some sweet candy sugar and dry crackery malt as well as some funkiness. Hop is there at the end with subtle earthy, crisp, and slight bitter touch.

The body is light and thin with good crisp and lively carbonation to yield smooth mouthfeel through the palate, very refreshing thought with a dry finish. Funk and delicious, this one is a good Saison without doubt.

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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 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 mklmcgrew
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz tall boy can in a red solo cup (I know, don't shoot me)

L: Pours a hazy straw color with a nice white head.

S: A lot of spice notes in the aroma, along with some earthy hay notes.

T/F: Nice balanced flavor, with hints of pepper, lemon, hay and bread. Not much of a hop presence, as probably expected with this style. A bit yeasty in the finish, but I find that is par for the course with saisons. Pretty heavily carbonated, and a medium body.

O: Overall good saison take. I probably didn't do it justice with the plastic cup, but what can you do when you're out and about.

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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 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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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When this first came out, I wasn't much of a fan. Over the last couple years it has seemed to have grown on me, or has just gotten better. Now a go-to for an American take on a Saison for me. Cheers!

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Photo of Bulabeers
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

L: Massive snow white head poured over top of a very hazy yellowish beer like pineapple/orange juice
S: Barnyard funk, pepper, lemon, lime, grapefruit
T: funky grainy hay like flavor, with pepper, lemon peel, and maybe some herbal or floral hop bitterness on the back end. very dry.
F: It is nearly as carbonated as a club soda.
O: There needs to be an easy to find date on this can. I'm not sure how canning works. I don't know if it's old and becoming over carbonated or if it is intended to be this way. It's enjoyable.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy lemon with a bone ring. 4
Bright citrus and a bit of field. 3.75
Cream of wheat, candied lemon rind, a bit of clove, little specks of stone fruit, a touch of tartness, then grass to end. 4
Crisp and light. 4


Clean and well-executed. Low on funk; this is all about the straight Saaz lemon. Their session beer, I'm guessing, and it does quench. "Just" really nice. 3.75

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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 Jwale73
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, milky yellow with a loose, bright white head. Nose is very much reminiscent of a witbier - chamomile notes, coriander, yeast, wheat and a grassy quality. Taste consistent with nose - very subdued and akin to a table beer. Mouthfeel is light in body with an even, mild carbonation. Overall, quaffable but not much complexity for a farmhouse.

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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 mdfb79
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From 04/29/16 notes. Poured from a 16 oz. can into a tulip.

Pours a hazy, straw yellow color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Belgian yeast, spices, apples, fruity malts, earthy noted, floral, lemon zest, wheat, and pepper. Lightly tart almost in the taste. Light body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall a nice beer, little heavy on the spice and pepper in the taste for me.

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Photo of ivehadthatbrew
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look (3): Not impressive to me. It's got a light colored straw hue with some very slight haziness. If not for the said haze this could pass for a typical pilsner. A white frothy head, disipates quickly. Lots of carbonation bubbles.

Smell (3.25): A grassy and daisy flower smell or freshly cut hay. Bananas? Maybe. Not loving it yet, but interesting either way.

Taste (4): Definitely not a pilsner. Banana and floral grassy flavors. Fresh green lettice and lemony flavors. There's not a lot of malt to back this up. White pepper at the end that may actually be a bit bitter. I like it now.

Mouthfeel (4.25): So cool, you get the creamy smoothness you get in most wheat brews, but at the same time it's got a very light and crisp finish. Light bodied and the taste lingers for a good while.

Overall (3.75) I like it. It's like a cross between a pilsner and a wheat beer.

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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 fredmugs
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grading to style this is a very nice Saison. Got this as a trade extra and paired it with some Ahi Tuna and the combination was fantastic. I can't recall the last time I enjoyed a Saison so much.

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Photo of JackieKu
2.96/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pint can. Canned on 2015-09-01.

A: Clear gold. A lot of foam but sank soon.
S: Grainy. A little metallic.
T: Banana. Quite watery.
M: Light bodied. High carbonation.
O: Closes to corporate lagers and hafeweizen. Very disappointing.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint sized can served cold into a tripel tulip. Canned 12/15/15.

Lomaland is a very pale straw colored ale with thick white head. It settles slowly and leaves a small bit of lace behind.

Aroma is mildly fruity, floral, and funky.

Flavor is sweet up front with with a hint of lemon. The middle is slightly funky with a farmhouse style yeast. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel is light in body and nicely carbonated for the style. Good balance between sweet and dry.

Overall a light and drinkable saison. Low alcohol makes it session friendly and probably great on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of head on a hazy slight straw body.
The aroma is pepper corn, lemongrass and grain.
The taste is mild grain, grass and a bit of lemon.
The texture is crisp and light.
It's enjoyable.

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