Lomaland | Modern Times Beer

very good
86 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 jngrizzaffi
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow color with a thin foamy head. Head retention is non-existent. Pale farmhouse aroma. Very pleasant. Taste of bananas and clove, farmhouse ale. Light bodied. Little carbonation.

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Photo of neurobot01
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated can (but part of a fresh mix-pack) into a Burgundy glass.

Look: really reminds me of Orangina. Hazy light orange, minimal head.

Smell: banana, lemon, clove.

Taste: bubblegum, banana, lemon zest, white grape. Has a weird mineral water taste midpalate.

Feel: light, juicy, very drinkable.

Overall: this is a good saison, with a good flavor that was marred somewhat by the watery taste. Would buy again if I were in a saison mood.

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Photo of thepenguin
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours an extremely light straw color with a large head, good deal of haziness and excellent foam retention.

S: Bright and peppery, with heavy yeasty notes upfront and a bit of tartness. Strong hints of lemons and orange, and some sulfury yeast. The wheat is also pretty apparent and it smells like it may have been made with acidulated malt.

T: Classic saison taste profile. Hoppy and rustic, peppery with a bit of citrus. Wheat, yeast, water crackers with a dry hoppy finish.

F: On the fuller side of light-bodied with very abundant carbonation.

Overall: This beer has all the makings of a quality, drinkable and sessionable saison. I’m not blown away but I am impressed, and if I had ready access to it, I’d probably drink a bit of this in the summer months. Also great to see an affordable saison in 16oz cans!

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours hazy and very pale yellow with a white, 2 finger width head. Fair retention, leaving behind a thin, broken layer of surface suds. The lace is mostly spotty, and adheres well to the glass.

Smell - Clove spice and a bit of lemon rind. Hints of wheat and white bread sweetness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Spicy clove and lemony citrus hit first, with little hints of wheat and black pepper creeping in by mid-taste. Scant trace of unripened banana. The finish is mildly juicy with lemon, but fades quickly.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with light to moderate carbonation. A tad too watery, especially in the finish.

Overall - I can dig the flavor profile, think hefe with a touch of sourness, but the brew comes across as a bit watered down, especially in the finish. As such, it's a fairly average saison IMO.

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Photo of corby112
2.82/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale, bright golden yellow color with a one finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lace left behind. The color is a little lighter than expected but there's good retention/lacing.

Bland, slightly earthy aroma that takes a while to open up. Faint hops and peppery spice along with bread, yeast, biscuit and light fruit esters. Hints of apple, banana, pear and white pepper.

Medium body and a bit more interesting than the aroma suggests. Tight carbonation and strong peppery spice presnce up front that lingers over earthy hops, pale malt and crisp light fruit into a dry finish. Pepper and clove along with resinous pine and earthy grass. Pale malt along with subtle funky yeast character. Pale biscuit malt with hints of apple, pear and cider. Crisp, light and easy to drink but not all that exciting.

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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 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 metter98
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy white head that died down, leaving only a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of floral hops are present in the nose along with notes of Belgian yeast.
T: The taste has flavors of floral hops and Belgian yeast along with some faint bits of spices and musty grain.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Little if any dryness is perceptible.
O: This beer is easy to drink and seems a little rustic in nature. I prefer my saisons to be drier and spicer, but this is good in its own realm.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Zorro
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed lemon yellow colored ale with a medium sized snow white colored head.

Smells of powdery yeast and flowers. Light coriander and a hint of lemon.

Starts out mildly sweet with a drying after taste. Tastes floral with a honeysuckle malt taste. Mild coriander but mostly this tastes of yeast and flowers. Taste of hard water.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty and mild Saison out of a can.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can. Pours a milky yellow color. Pretty clear. Aroma is of lighter Belgian Saison yeast and a soft, pale fruitiness. A bit grainy. Flavor is that of a very clean Saison. Not funky. Yeasty and slightly spicy. Pale fleshed fruit. Clean and easy drinking. The simplicity of this one is the best part of the entire beer. I could drink several of these if I were in the mood for a Saison. Can't get this beer around here, wish I could.

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Photo of maximum12
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to MosesMalone for the 16 oz. can, the last liquid remaining from our trade; plus, I’m looking forward to visiting the brewery in the next couple of weeks.

The pour is such a light yellow that it could be mistaken for tap water in the right light, except for the stray bubbles & persistently frizzy cap. The nose is wheat – or perhaps that’s just a byproduct of sitting amongst all the fields of rural MN this evening – plus grains, white pepper, white crackers. Sharp. Nice.

Lomaland brighter than a pop song with the word “love” in the title, twice. The white pepper from the nose is all over the taste & gives is a spicy, peppy feel. After I wrest away the pepper shaker there’s croutons, wheat, fall leaves, touch of clove, grains, unfocused herbs. Carbonation is high & crackling in the mouth, which aids the light touch. Easy to drink & less filling, too.

I don’t have anything clever to say about this beer. It’s just pleasant & a very good brew.

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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 Chcshammonde
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Upon the first few sips, I felt that this beer was a watered down version of RR damnation , which is an excellent brew. But, this one writes its own story after it warms just a tad. It lacks the tartness that would make it a true saison, meaning this is really a belgian golden ale. Crisp, refreshing, slightly funky, slammable, light hop notes. Enjoying this.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

October 25th, 2013 - Modern Times' contribution to this year's beer fad of the year (deservedly so - I'm not knocking saisons) is a fitting end to the visit to the Modern Times HQ. Wheat, banana and a light coating of vanilla make an inviting aroma, and it there's not much hesitation until the first sip. The palate is sudsy and soda like, which big, tubby bubbles, and the flavor is effete and graceful, showing off wheat and notes of sourdough bread. Crackers, too, and a nice overall impression of bread-in-beer. Liquid baked goods here, and a demonstration that Modern Times has already mastered a sweeping menu of styles.

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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 hydrate
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I like it, but to me it tastes like more of a wheat beer than a saison. But, for a wheat beer, I really like it. And I'm not a big fan of wheat beers.

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

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #85 (Feb 2014):

Rustic, Lemony, Earthy, Yeasty

It was hard to resist drinking straight from the can, but the meringue-like fluffy pour was worth it. A lovely rustic, farmhousey ale, with a lemony edge that pierces through earthy, peppery, hay, wheaty, green banana and yeasty flavors. It’s a bit too yeast forward, but Lomaland easily rivals many traditional Belgian Saisons.

STYLE: Saison  | ABV: 5.5% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of babaracas
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy straw color with fizzy white head, small ring of lace trails the liquid. Smell: wheat cracker, mildly floral and spicy, vaguely fruity, pepper note. Taste: doughy, spicy with peach and dried pineapple, mildly peppery in the sticky drying finish. Pretty good.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pleasant aroma with a little more funk than many in style as it is bigger than the fruit and spice/pepper/clove and tart. Wheat essence but more background. Not much for hops
Huge white head. Cloudy yellow.
Nice refreshing quality on a seasonable warm day. Dries out thoroughly on the finish. Good complexity runs through the drink. Fruits are tart in nature and run towards citrus. Clearly a hop finish that moves to the drying bitterness. The spicing is blended well and is not distinct but shows pepper more than clove. An enjoyable tartness runs through the whole drink. The fruit might hold back a little too much with the spicing a little too far forward.
Great feel. Soft and full and lighter bodied. A touch of warmth in the gut but at this abv not and issue.
Overall really enjoyable. Drinks easily. Could be a nice regular beer in warmer place.

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

Saisons are generally hit or miss for me. This is a hit. Maybe it's because it's bordering on a hef or because of my fickle tongue, but, overall, I like the slight funk, spicy kick, and lingering bitterness. Quality stuff that's worth trying.

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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 kevanb
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a Modern Times willibecher.

The beer pours a hazy, cloudy straw color, a few bubbles rising to the top of the glass where a nice, thick, foamy white head sits, about 2 fingers high that has nice retention and yields plenty of large spotted lace. The aroma is nice, definitely bright, lemon citrus, fruity yeast, pale grain, light berry fruit, banana, mild funk but definitely clean, reminds me of a hefeweizen more than a saison. The flavors mirror the nose, lemony tang, clove, banana, touches of sweet berry, light pale grain, minimal funk, again super clean and polished, hardly what I'd consider rustic, but refreshing and bright, definitely crushable. The mouthfeel is okay, creamy and a bit soapy, coats moderately well, low carbonation and a thicker chewier complexion that finishes softly and gently.

Verdict: Bright, yes, rustic, no, saison, debatable as I found myself often times thinking of the hefeweizen style, but the funkiness helped this along. Light, refreshing and quaffable, easy to see this being a summer favorite.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz can. No date, but likely within 1 month of age. Poured into a stemmed glass 2/15/2015.

A- Slightly hazy golden-yellow body. One finger white head, very nice retention. Beautiful lacing. Looks so refreshing and crisp.

S- Minerals, banana, cloves, wheat, even a bit of bubble gum. Crackers. Smells solid, almost like a bready hefeweizen.

F- Flavourful crackers, grains, wheat, banana, spices, minerals, earth. Clean, flavourful, if not spectacular.

M- Thinner bodied, about right for a light farmhouse ale such as this. Good carbonation gives this a nice feel; and the earthy bitterness mixes in with a bit of sweet cracker flavour at the end.

O- Pretty solid farmhouse ale. It's nicely executed as far as Belgian-style farmhouse ales go, with a nice non-west coast hoppiness to go along with a nice bright, slightly funky wheat and pale malt base.

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Photo of markgugs
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy straw yellow. Big white head of tight bubbles and a nice nose of spent grains, Belgian yeast, and mild fruit. Very Belgian in style, lots of banana. Creamy/tight carb, very dry finish and a bit of hopped bitterness. Decent.

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Lomaland from Modern Times Beer
3.84 out of 5 based on 545 ratings.
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