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Hop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
82
good

240 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 240
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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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

ColdOneKev, Apr 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

GinDC, Jun 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

ToddGingerich, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of pweis909
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

pweis909, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of Mitchster
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Mitchster, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Mar 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

RDW, Mar 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

BigDaddyJohn, Jun 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

bendukes86, Jun 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Patchy, Jun 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

heytomcat, Jun 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

rawfish, Apr 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

MikeDAdams, Jul 18, 2014
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.

MattyG85, Jun 06, 2013
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4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

secondtooth, May 14, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 12, 2013
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4.09/5  rDev +13%
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.

harrymel, Mar 02, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

avalon07, Jun 22, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Braz, Apr 08, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Tone, May 29, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

superspak, Apr 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

dertyd, May 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Keith_R, Mar 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

stampfler07, Apr 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

XicanoBeerRun, Nov 17, 2013
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Hop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock Lager from New Belgium Brewing
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