New Belgium Loft Beer: Folly Pack (2 of 5)

New Belgium Loft Beer

Brewed by: New Belgium Brewing

Beer Classification and Specs

  • Style: Lager
  • Variation: Pilsner
  • Seasonal: Summer
  • Limited: Yes
  • ABV: 4.25%
  • IBU: N/A

Notes: Part 2/5 in Summer Folly variety pack tasting flight.

Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients

Brewed with both wheat and barley malt, Loft delivered an uplifting zest, a taut hoppiness produced by Sterling and Liberty hops, and a mouthfeel as big as the sky. Kaffir leaf was pitched in the kettle to create a pleasantly refreshing citric nose. Kaffir is the leaf of a lime tree used primarily in Thai and Indian cuisines.

Hops: Sterling, Liberty

Malts: Wheat, Barley Malt

Additional: Kaffir

First Impressions

Artwork: Follows the New Belgium brand label template, with a kite flying in the clouds.

Color: Slightly cloudy, amber.

Aroma: Bread, grain.

The Tasting

Arrived in: Bottle

Served in: Tasting Glass

New Belgium Loft Beer is available in summer months, and only released in Folly Packs as a revival beer, which are designated for their throwbacks, or crowd favorites.

Loft was first brewed in 2003 as a summer offering, and discontinued after 3 years of production.

With a name like Loft, and being a Pilsner, I was expecting a very light textured beer. I have since learned the name originated as tribute to alternative energy New Belgium uses to power their brewery.

Anyway, Loft was actually medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. There was no immediate taste that jumped out, but there was a flowery perfume-like aftertaste.

As the brewer’s notes mentioned above, Kaffir (lime leaves) were thrown into the kettle, but I did not detect any citrus flavors.

New Belgium Loft Beer was somewhat confusing, since I was not sure what they were aiming for, really. Was it a flowery Belgian, a summer ale, a spiced amber?

Final Score: 2/5

2 Stars

Its flowery bouquet was a unique flavor to any beer I have ever had, but also a bit overpowering at the same time. For lack of a better example, the aftertaste was like a mouthful of mashed up flowers. Not my cup of tea, and New Belgium probably stopped brewing it after 3 years for a reason.

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