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Hop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
82
good

239 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 239
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | 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:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 02-26-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 239 | Reviews: 71
Reviews by TheChico:
Photo of TheChico
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beaver13
2.53/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Jason
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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!

Photo of Franziskaner
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of rringler
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of GilGarp
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of secondtooth
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of hreb
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of russpowell
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.31/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
6.9% ABV, 16JUN13 printed on label.

A - Shimmering golden in color, Hoppy Bock has a glowing presence and light carbonation though the head is very well retained as-is. Lace circles the glass with thick chunks as well as delicate webbing for an eye-catching beer!

S - The pleasing smell of an overly hopped maibock greets the nostrils upon the pour and release quite a powerful earthy grassy, pine cone, and pine sap aroma. Decidedly American, the nose pushes earthiness fourth with nice malty nuances tucked behind; honeydew, sweet crystal-like malt, and notes of toasted Vienna.

T - Hoppy Bock much more balanced and bock-like than the nose suggests, straying from the bold hoppiness as it sticks much closer to it's base style; a golden malty spring-time lager. Residual sweetness lingers from unfermentable sugars providing plenty of base for the hops to play off of. Notes of American-like pine and earthy hops shift to a more English, German noble variety that showcases far more herbal qualities. Hoppy Bock's flavor finishes out like taking a bite of a warm, fresh biscuit draped in honey.

M - Initially clean and crisp, this well-carbonated lager shifts towards s fuller, sweeter presence rather quickly. It's a "Hop Kitchen" beer but despite the mild lingering bitterness and dry herbal qualities on the finish, this beer still leaves the maibock maltiness and lingering sweetness on my palate after the swallow. Great balance!

O - I don't pretend to know where New Belgium is going with Hop Kitchen but Hoppy Bock, the first installment of this series, takes a classic style with springtime in mind and develops a nice malty base all while offering a little more throughout; a big hop nose, deeper hop flavor, and a balancing bitterness on the tongue. Hoppy Bock is a thoughtful brew with subtle complexity woven through a classic style for a very enjoyable golden beer.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up at the COOP tonight for $5ish ... Poured into my HotD goblet... the brew is polished bright golden.. Great white head with decent retention and nice sheets of lace.

Nose is definitely hoppier than a standard Maibock, but honestly still close... Most Continental cousins will be more malt forward. Hops are really grassy and show a minor spiciness... I get a maltiness that I associate as a "house aroma" with many New Belgium beers... sorta cracker/dry toasty biscuit..

Flavor has a decent bitter bite that begins mid palate and on to the finish... hop flavors are again hay/grassy and a lesser spiciness.. tastes very fresh... very bright hop flavors mesh well with a pale maltiness and those above mentioned biscuit maltiness.

Body is light/medium with a spritzy small bubble carbonation.... Pretty drinkable.

All 3.75's

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, with bottle reading best by June 16, 2013. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Semi-aggressive pour yields three fingers of fluffy soapy bone white head ontop of a clear, golden yellow lager body. Some fat fluffy rings of lacing as the beer recedes.

S - Some lemon citrus hops. Some weird, unidentifiable floral / spice characteristics, which I suppose could possibly be the rye. Some faint cracked peppercorns are noticeable.

T - Taste is strange. Not at all what I was expecting here. Strange spices & floral notes along with some sweet honey flavor & a bitter, spicy hop finish. Has a weird flowery taste almost akin to lavender or coriander. Juicy fruity hops like lime, lemon, and pineapple pervade the palate.

M - Feel is bitter, hoppy, and ends dry.

Overall, a strange beer to be sure. Not at all a bad beer, just very different than what I had been expecting. A warming beer with a pleasant 6.90% abv, and an easy sipping beer from New Belgium, although it is definitely not a beer I will be trying again anytime soon.

New Belgium Hop Kitchen Hoppy Bock Lager ---3.5/5

Photo of JimTeal
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The good folks at New Belgium have a winner with Hoppy Bock lager. It cannot be dissected without reducing this overall wonderful, limited production beer. It pours a fine 1 inch head in a tulip glass, stays with it for a while, looks like a lager, nice cool summer lightness. When I saw bock I assumed a bit darker, but no, this is a near blond, but with a fine taste, good mouth feel and a really smooth finish. I'm not sure how Total Wine here in Vegas offered this pint+ for $1.50 but I guarantee it is an excellent value for a fine beer. Very good stand alone beer, and excellent for the value. We cannot always buy beer for the price, generally not a winner strategy, but New Belgium has offered a premium gift with Hoppy Bock lager.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a crystal clear light gold color with a large cap of creamy white head. Nice retention and lacing...this is a really nice looking brew.

Nose is very hoppy indeed...very much reminds me of the hop varietals they used in 2 below, still sad that beer got axed - very spicy and herbal. The malts are not really a player on the aroma...an odd thing for a bock.

Taste is leafy greens to the left and leafy greens to the right...old world hops all over your face, kid. The honeyed malts come out to play a bit more, but this is very much a hoppy bock. Probably a little heavier on the hop flavor than the bitterness. The malts are definitely biscuity in flavor and I actually wouldnt mind a little more malt presence...maybe a touch of caramel. I like it though, and the price tag is right at $4.75 a bomber...sad thing is this kicks many an experimental LOF beer at a little more than half the price! I am excited for more beers in this series, well done NB, well done indeed.

Photo of Zorro
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear sunny yellow beer with a good sized white colored head. Looks like Coors Extra Gold in the glass.

Smells of fresh biscuit and and north western hops. Mostly pine and wood from the hop.

Starts out dry with a rose flower flavor. Mild bitterness with some strong tea and that taste of roses continues. Not much of a bock flavor here, this is a lager made with AIPA hops.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall, Want to know what lager tastes like if you hop it like an IPA? Buy one of these and taste the results.

Photo of jjh19
2.87/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Yellow, small tight bubbles, a little hazy.

Smell: I got subtle Peach in the smell.

Taste: First reaction to the taste was of sweetness, then some hop character kicked in mid-taste.

Mouthfeel: Light body

Drinkability: I was really looking forward to this. Bocks are a style of beer that can be so delicious. But this one missed the mark for me. Not sure how fresh this was. Overall, it was… muted. Tough to put into words. And I wasn’t digging the hazy pour. Hmmm.

Photo of utfiero
1.75/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Color- clear bright gold. Full head.

Aroma- hoppy with hint of roasted almond. A stupid combination. S

Taste- Starts mildly hoppy but fights its lager notes badly and ends as if the worst elements of a lager and IPA were combined. One of the least appealing brews ever offered by New Belgium.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 8/3/2013.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Strange mix of styles, but New Belgium has pulled off stranger combinations. Cheers!

Brewed less than a month before the date of this tasting (March 18, 2013) with a best by date three months from now (July 28, 2013).

A: A perfectly transparent pale gold with an inch of foamy white head. Looks quite fizzy.

S: It’s all about the fruity, aromatic hops, with scents of cherry, orange, and red grape in front. Smells like Juicy Fruit gum. And just like the last Hop Kitchen beer I had, there’s a leafy tea aroma akin to what you’d get from the raw hops at the homebrew shop; I’m not sure I like it, but it’s interesting. No dark, fruity bock notes at all, though I am getting some clean, bready lager hints in the background; typical of a maibock, unlike other dark German lagers.

T: There’s those sweet malt flavors mixed with jammy fruit tastes that formed the strange palate of New Belgium’s new imperial IPA, Rampant – honey and jam on biscuit, a buttery bready taste overloaded with a glaze of dark sugars. Hmmm. The hops lie on top of the bed of sweet malt like oil on water, a spicy, herbal taste of ginger, pepper, pine, and a touch of onion; some hints of guava and pineapple are noticeable, but in very small amounts. The aftertaste showcases the sweetness – lingering notes of apricot jam – but not without a blast of grassy hop dryness.

M: Smooth; a medium-to-thick body with a touch of foamy carbonation. There’s a full feeling from every sip, making the whole thing come off as a bit too viscous.

O: Looks like New Belgium is forming a pattern with their hop-forward beers. I don’t know what it is, probably the sweetness of the palate combined with the oiliness of the hops, but it turns me off. And I know these guys can produce incredible beer – that’s the frustrating part! There’s something off here that’s keeping this to a one-bottle excursion and I’d like to know what it is. Other reviewers are saying things like “strong flavor of cherry jelly” and “there’s something to it giving off an unpleasant flavor;” what is going on here?

Photo of PieOhMy
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass.

A Light amber. Thick foamy head that lasts.

S Light floral aroma. Wheat. Malts.

T There's a light zesty tartness upfront followed by a hit of sweetness. The name comes through in the aftertaste. Hoppy bitterness lingers.

M Light body. Crisp and smooth. Finishes clean.

O Good bock. I like the complexity and layers in the flavor - sour, sweet, bitter. Would have again.

Photo of Tonmeister
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into tulip shaped glass

Appearance: pale golden light amber with a thin solid head. Leaves a good circular lacing around the glass.

Smell: rye, hops, wheat

Taste: sweet malty, not bitter but I can get a sense of hops in the beverage. I can also get a sense of some sweet fruits. Not bad for a lager.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is a great lager. This is probably my favorite lager I've had since I can get a since of hops, but this is not my style of beer. I just got it because it was pretty cheap, well worth the money.

Photo of Braz
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up at Safeway.
Appearance: Crystal clear straw color. One inch thick white head with great sustainability.
Smell: Fresh scent. Grass and spice. Rye notes. A bit of fresh cut wood. Very nice.
Taste: Bitter spice throughout. Slight herb medicinal notes. Earthy. Can really pick up the fuggles. The hop flavor combined with the hop scents are different yet you get them both at the same time. It's cool.
Mouthfeel: Good solid mouthfeel. Heavier than it looks as it looks very light but has a good dense body with nice felt like carbonation.
Overall: This is good and different. The label says hop kitchen and I think that is perfect describer for this. Spice is the dominant characteristic but the hop use in this almost makes it come off like a teaching beer. I hadn't heard of hop kitchen but I hope there will be more examples to try in future.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Look: Clear golden color, white soapy head, great retention and lacing.

Aroma: Charred grains, wood, leather, and faint grapefruit.

Taste: Spicy sweetness of malts at first, then a woody, black pepper body melt into a slightly citrusy hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and medium weight.

Overall: Man this beer is weird. It's almost hard to describe.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a deep, clear gold with two fingers of bright white head. Lots of sticky lacing left behind.

The aroma was more on the maltier side and less on the hoppy. Caramel malts and earthy with a hint of fresh grass.

The taste was sweet caramel malts upfront, followed by floral and orange notes, and a bit of fresh-baked bread. A syrupy sweetness was found in the finish.

Medium bodied and sticky with a moderate carbonation.

I had hoped for a bigger hop presence based on the name. Still, a decent lager but not one I'd have regularly.

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Hop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock Lager from New Belgium Brewing
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