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Hop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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72 Reviews
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Reviews: 72
Hads: 242
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 11.26%
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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Photo of pweis909
4.41/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My beer got a little messed up. It was frozen and thawed fast under warm water. This might have something to do with the low clarity - I'm going to give it a pass on that count. It's golden with a white head. Looks like beer, and beer looks good.

I get a bit of grapefruit in the aroma, but where I really get grapefruit is when the beer is in the mouth. None of the hops used, listed on the NB website, are particularly known for grapefruit aroma,to my knowledge, but I get it in flavor, and the sweetness of the bock malts make it seem like grapefruit juice cocktail. I hate the way lagers don't get good reviews on BA - this is a REALLY interesting lager. I like the taste a lot. Sweetness on the front of the mouth, dry in the finish, making me want another sip

The beer is soft and slightly oily in the mouth - pretty interesting. on that count, too.

Overall, I'd say the malt profile comes off like a maibock and the hop profile comes across like an American pale ale. Whatever you want to call it, I am happy to drink it.

PS: The chill haze cleared up fine.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$4.99 for a 22oz bottle @ BevCo. Brewed with Rye, Melanoiden, Munich, and Goldpils Vienna. Hopped with Nugget, Hallertauer, Perle, and Fuggle.
6.9% ABV, 70 IBU's, 200kcal/12oz.

Pours out to a brilliantly clear medium golden, forming a gorgeous rocky white head with excellent retention and nice sheets of lacing. Carbonation moderately brisk ~3.0 carbs. The nose has a nice slightly spicy and earthy hop character with a hint of toast. I expected to see Victory malt in the bill, but alas there is none. Mouthfeel is very crisp and clean with a medium dense body. The taste is phenomenal. There is a distinct dried apricot and tangerine flavor in the middle which is out of character for a maibock, but it's still awesome. The bitterness is well balanced with the munich adding a big malt body. More tangerine in the finish.

A fantastic beer. Completely out of style for a maibock as far as the assertiveness of the hops, but hey, that's why they call it Hoppy Bock, and it delivers!. I would buy this again for sure, and at $4.99/bomber, it's a vastly superior beer and a better buy than Dead Guy. Highly recommended.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.31/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From tasting notes. L: Brilliant straw gold under a 2” clingy and persistent white foam collar. S: Bread and spicy hops. T: Light bread with a spicy bitter finish. F: Creamy, clean, smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation. O: Big malt meets big hops in a very pleasant way.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Yard House in Northridge, CA.

Pours a clear light orange with a foamy white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, rye, pepper, and some earthy, spicy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of harrymel
4.11/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Best by 16JUN13

Honey with a finger of light cream, loose foam. Initial smell is lemongrass, vitamin, lemongrass again, shortbread, more lemon - my wife would love the nose here. Flavor is biscuit, butter, hints of hibiscus and a little bit of cornbread. Medium bodied and low carb with a dry finish. I'm really surprised by this beer, not really like a bock to me, not really hoppy to me - but punches most keys for me. Really a nice, pleasant beer.

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Photo of Braz
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of Tone
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, hint of floral hops, slight sweet malt, slight grass, and an herbal aroma. Fits the style of a Maibock / Helles Bock. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight pine, floral hops, citrus hops, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, good appearance, hoppy and floral aroma, with a smooth mouth feel. The malt appears in the body to balance the herbal notes.

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Photo of superspak
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, best before 6/16/2013. Pours slightly cloudy golden straw color with a 2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, pine, grass, floral, pepper, biscuit, toast, spicy rye, light caramel, and herbal earthiness. Very nice and unique aromas with good balance and complexity of earthy/spicy hops and malt notes. Taste of grapefruit, pine, floral, grass, biscuit, spicy rye, pepper, light caramel, toast, and herbal earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, pine, floral, grass, biscuit, toast, spicy rye, pepper, light caramel, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of spicy/earthy hops and malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly creamy and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent hoppy maibock style. Very nice balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of avalon07
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Had this beer on-tap at Closed For Business, poured into a pilsner glass. Had a coppery color and a clear texture. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: A very subtle (almost a little too subtle) aroma of malt, hops, and fruit.

T: Tasted of a good amount of malt, a surprisingly big shot of hops, citrus, and a slight floral quality. An atypical flavor, but definitely a welcome change. Complex and flavorful.

M: A lot of carbonation with a slightly slick and oily finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While there are some uneven aspects of this beer, it's a interesting and well done brew. Drinkable.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of pkalix
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice golden yellowwith ample foam on top.
citrus-y, some pine, nothing over-powering. seems docile enough....
taste is... yes, floral. lots of mellow hops. some malt. orange? foam sticks to the side of the glass a bit.
6.9% is a good number. cannot taste the alcohol. it's a good brew. standard. easy to drink. i could see doing this again.

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Photo of mactrail
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden amber in the big New Belgium snifter. Pleasing flowery aroma. Almost a citrus character along with the fruity hops (Hallertauer, Perle, Fuggles). Tangy but not too acidic for the thin body.

A pleasant bitter twang takes over, though bitterness is nicely moderated. The aftertaste of malt reminds you that this is supposed to be a Bock, but it's really more like a Pale Ale at first, and tenth slurp. It does taste maltier as it warms up along with the intriguing fruity hops. Crisp and refreshing. I wish I could order a Fat Tire in some dreadful suburb of Orlando, and have this come out of the tap instead. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Royal Liquor in Encinitas.

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Photo of rringler
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.93/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of Strix
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold, big frothy head with nice curtains of trailing lace.

Smells of lemon zest, earthy hops, and black pepper.

Cracker, bread crust, black pepper, fresh grass, green pepper.

Fresh and crisp mouthfeel.

Not entirely maibockey, but inventive and enjoyable.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottle has a 'consume by' date of June 16, 2013.

Appearance - A lemony yellow that allows light to filter through a hazy body. Topped with a frothy white two-finger head that slowly dissipates over several minutes. Healthy lacing clings to the side of the glass showing where the original pour came to rest.

Smell - Hoppy, herbal and showing off that characteristic NB house yeast. Some citrus zest as well. Very enticing smell that makes me eager to dive in.

Taste - Refreshing, with a finish that has notes of hops and green plants. Like drinking an herb garden, but in a good way. Malty backbone lends a bit of sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with mildly pleasant carbonation.

Overall a great way to start this new "Hop Kitchen" series. With a nice springtime lager. Just enough hops to give it an American twist to this traditional German style.

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Photo of mothman
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

After pouring this beer I new it had to be some kind of lighter bock and not a traditional bock.

Color is a clear sunset gold. White head with good head retention and lace.

Flavors are nice and spicy hops. I really like the hallertau. Biscuity malt flavors. Very grassy and earthy. A bit of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp. Ends a bit dry. Light bodied.

Overall, a nice bock that is easy to drink. Reminds me of a pilsner. I wouldn't have guessed this to be at 7%.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a small glass of this from a friend's bottle and was impressed. Gold color, good head. Aroma was interesting bit of grassy hops. Flavor was this really good hoppiness taking over the lager, grassy, just great hop character. Might have to go buy another bottle while its still fresh, yum.

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Photo of rangerred
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours a clear straw yellow with a one finger white head. Really good head retention, better than I was expecting, with some splotchy lacing.

Aroma of sweet caramel and bread that is typical of a bock but there is a nice addition of earthy, herbal hops with a touch of pine. A little weak all around but a pleasant aroma nonetheless.

Sweet caramel on the taste with some rye bread and toasted bread. The hops are more subtle in the flavor with light earthyness but the bitterness really comes through and exceeds what would normally be found in a Maibock. It works nicely to counteract the sweetness that is present and is typical of this style.

Overall, a nice twist on a classic style from New Belgium. It is not particularly exciting but is pleasing to drink and something I wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of grandbeerdaily
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

New Belgium
Hoppy Bock

Appearance: Golden straw, with a white head that lasts. Very clear.

Aroma:Earthy and spicy hops take a central role. There is a hint of citrus hops in the background which makes the spice all the more appealing. Malt is hidden on the nose in this hop forward beer.

Taste: Very mildly bready notes of malt are overwhelmed by the hops. Soft spice and robust earthy hop flavors pay a true homage to the designation 'noble'. The citrus hops don't come in til the end where they play off the medium carbonation and acidity to produce a lemony zest. A dry and crisp lager finish with lemon sweetness? That's quite the drink. How could I almost forget? Peppercorn is a subtle player that binds the whole experience together into a very interesting beer that makes lagers look sexy. Rye, Beautiful rye. Need I say more?

Mouthfeel: Medium body that weighs on the tongue and fairly carbonated. Seems moderately acidic and the bubbles keeps the flavor evolving in the mouth.

Overall: I was fairly impressed by the intense flavors present in this beer. However, the malt profile left me feeling disappointed. I am sure this is exactly the beer New Belgium's Hop Kitchen sought out to create but the imbalance made for a beer that lacks drinkability. I split this 22 oz with three people and that was plenty. Alcohol blended well and mouthfeel were pleasing and the flavors of pepper and citrus made for an interesting take on the style. But some times, it's better to keep it simple and not overwhelm the style.

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Photo of Jason
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

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Hop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock Lager from New Belgium Brewing
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