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Hop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
82
good

238 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 02-26-2013)
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Reviews by TheChico:
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TheChico

Georgia

3.51/5  rDev -3%

Poured from a bottle (best before 16Jun13) into a pint glass. Pours much paler than expected. Smell is uninspiring. The taste is good, a very nice balance, but definitely hop forward. I agree with others that this reminds me of a pilsner, Lagunitas Pils comes to mind.

Overall a good "hoppy" lager. Just enough to keep it interesting. One of the better NB offerings I have had.

03-21-2013 00:51:00 | More by TheChico
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oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a clear rich golden with a great looking fluffy bone white crown that settles very slowly into a thick frothy mass leaving a few broken chunks of lace behind.Big spicy hops in the nose over top of bready caramel malts,a tinge of iron is light but noticable as well.Not a full bodied pale bock,a little lighter feel for the style.Bold sharp hops at the onset with a light carame sweetness underneath,toasted and more drying hops in the finish.The hoppiest pale bock I have had,it goes down way to easy.

03-09-2013 23:55:59 | More by oberon
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.58/5  rDev -28.7%

22 oz bottle, dated 6/16/13. Pours clear straw gold with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is subdued - sweet biscuity malts, spicy rye and some slightly metallic, grassy noble hops with some stinky musty yeast.

The flavor is sweet malts and a little rye with a decent sized grassy peppery hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little thin.

Overall, a decent hoppy lager.

03-20-2013 04:16:28 | More by Beaver13
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +5%

22oz brown brown bomber with a freshness date.

Glowing golden hue, lots of stickage on the glass. Oily hop, orange zest and juice, bready and clean in the nose. Very hoppy, extremely smooth, moderate sized body, oily hop resin, floral, herbal, leafy, fresh grass, bread crust, clean palate. Finishes on the dry side with loads of hop flavor.

Wow, serious hoppiness here, not much bock to see. An unexpected brew from NB but I'll take it. Keep it up with the hoppy brews!

03-13-2013 04:00:33 | More by Jason
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SuperbikeShaun

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

08-21-2013 17:12:46 | More by SuperbikeShaun
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Franziskaner

Missouri

3.3/5  rDev -8.8%

Pale golden hued with fantastic clarity. A fingernail of white foam perches on the top of this beer. Aroma is a bit faint, but I get some spicey aromatic hops and a bit of caramel malt. The flavor is pretty hop forward and are a bit spicey,earthy, and bitter. The mouthfeel is pretty brisk and refreshing, but the hop flavor and the malts seem a bit off balance. I guess I should have known "hoppy" and "bock" don't tend to be mentioned together.

09-15-2013 03:27:20 | More by Franziskaner
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +16.3%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Date on label says 16th of June, 2013.

Appearance: Pours a bright and crisp golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of white head which slowly recede into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A crisp and balanced aroma of biscuity malts, yeast, and a mix of spicy earthy hops. Earthy, floral, and herbal hops with hints of spice, grass, and pine. Citrus fruit hop hints of orange peel, lemon zest, and a little pineapple. Sweet pale and toasted malts with hints of bready biscuit, grains, yeast, caramel, rye, and crackers. Very nicely balanced mix of malt and hops. Solid smell.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a balanced bready lager taste with a big hop presence. Sweet and bready pilsener like malts with notes of biscuit, grains, yeast, rye spice, crackers, and caramel. Big hop presence for a lager with lots of floral, earthy, and herbal hops. Notes of wet grass and pine spice. Subtle citrus notes of orange peel, lemon zest, and pineapple. Hoppy for the style, but well balanced with the malt. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, smooth, and fairly drying.

Overall: A pretty interesting and solid take on the Bock lager style. Solid biscuity malt flavors with a solid hop and spice balance.

06-06-2013 06:28:42 | More by MattyG85
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rringler

California

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%

A: Extremely clear, light copper color. Pours about a half finger of white head, of medium sized bubbles, that dissipates quickly. I drank this one out of a plastic glass, so I'm not sure I can judge the lacing.

S: A bit fruity, but is dominated by sweet malts.

T: A mild, and slightly less sweet fruit start (reminiscent of melon) before giving way to sweeter malts. It finishes with mild hop bitterness. This one tastes like in was engineered not to offend anyone.

M: Just about medium bodied; slightly sticky, though the carbonation is very good.

O: Interesting. New Belgium has brewed some of the classic IPA tastes in a lager. It's interesting, but I'll be perfectly happy with my IPA next time.

03-16-2013 22:43:23 | More by rringler
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timontheroad

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

05-26-2013 02:21:30 | More by timontheroad
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

07-26-2013 11:56:33 | More by sgttibbs
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RDW

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

03-09-2013 22:21:58 | More by RDW
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Shawner

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

11-08-2013 19:02:41 | More by Shawner
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GilGarp

Colorado

3.79/5  rDev +4.7%

Bomber served cold into a tulip glass.

Hoppy Bock is a pale golden lager with great clarity. The head is thick with good retention and nice lacing.

Aroma is hoppy but also malty sweet. It has a similar character to Fat Tire, possibly the same malts and probably the same yeast.

Flavor is surprisingly hoppy and bitter almost like an IPL if that's a new style. Biscuit malts, caramel, and toast with citrusy hops.

Light in body and nicely carbonated. Bitter but fairly well balanced.

Overall a decent beer but not worth getting again.

03-14-2013 02:31:51 | More by GilGarp
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dertyd

California

4/5  rDev +10.5%

05-26-2013 05:09:42 | More by dertyd
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secondtooth

Indiana

4.19/5  rDev +15.7%

Pours a pale, clean golden with a rich and thick head of white carbonation. Beautiful, detailed lace.

Nose is toasty grains and grass, with a touch of floral hops somewhere in there. Promising start!

Taste is sweet lager malts up front, with a bitter citrus hops finish. Drinks very lightly and easily, despite the 6.9% ABV. I really liked this one, especially as it's (gasp) an affordable bomber (around $4.19 locally). Well-done, and I'll pick up another, for certain.

05-14-2013 19:49:25 | More by secondtooth
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hreb

Washington

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%

Cold 22oz served in pint glass. Beer pours a crystal clear yellow color with a thin white head and lots of tiny bubbles. Way lighter in color than I would have expected for a Bock beer -- I guess that's why BA calls it a *Helles* Bock. Basically no aroma. Flavor however is crisp and affirmatively hoppy. Almost like a Pils. Maybe a cross between a czech pils and an American IPA? And now that I think about it, the rye in here totally makes sense. I've been pretty down on German Bocks recently, but I'm totally impressed with this. Would drink again.

03-19-2013 01:49:26 | More by hreb
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jheezee

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

05-09-2013 21:50:38 | More by jheezee
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BigJim5021

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

05-15-2013 00:06:15 | More by BigJim5021
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.33/5  rDev -8%

BBD of 16 Jun 2013

Pours straw colored with 2 fingers of beige head.Above average head retention & good lacing

S: Grassyness & lemons, leafy hops

T: Grassy & leafy hops, slight crackery notes up front, faint peppery notes, some pear notes. Leafy & spicy hops as this warms, & a little bit of pears. Finishes spicy, dry with leafy hops

MF: Medium bodied, creamy carbonation, okay balance

An alright Maibock, not one I would buy again. Drinks okay, but just run of the mill for the style, the hop mix did not impress me at all

05-11-2013 02:26:55 | More by russpowell
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BKotch

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

04-09-2013 04:19:08 | More by BKotch
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Keith_R

Georgia

4/5  rDev +10.5%

03-07-2013 23:21:10 | More by Keith_R
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

05-25-2013 06:35:53 | More by GRG1313
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mike_dawson

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

02-12-2014 21:09:53 | More by mike_dawson
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

03-23-2013 18:34:58 | More by Kunstman
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Ajlvt

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

04-28-2013 04:51:35 | More by Ajlvt
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Hop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock Lager from New Belgium Brewing
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