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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 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 utfiero
1.75/5  rDev -51.9%
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.

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Photo of CplSleden
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Was not expecting a Maibock style with this one. I think it may have been a little old. The date showed 07 JUL 2013. ABV was well masked by the higher hop flavor however the brew lacks a hoppy front. It finishes with a nice piney hop flavor and goes down clean. Not the worst Maibock I have had but not the best either. May be better classified as a Double APL.

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Photo of jjh19
2.87/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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Photo of bmwats
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a pilsner.

A: Golden hue. Pervasive rising effervescence. Pours a 3 finger, foamy, white head. Craters slowly, and unevenly. Never fully settles, but leaves a fluffy peak on the surface. Effervescence rises continually, and throughout. Dry, sticky, beer ring lacing; and lots of it.

S: Light pine, freshly cut grass, clove, and a bit of lemon citrus. Does come across a bit soapy though.

T: Pine, bitter citrus pith, and a bit of savory spice.

M: Light and crisp character. Floral. Bitter finish is accentuated with a light sweetness.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is really nice. Giant head, lots of carbonation, and thick pervasive lacing. Nose is piney with fresh flora, citrus and spice. Hop character is light and crisp, balanced with some citrus and spice. Overall, this is good quaff.

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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 Franziskaner
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of Thelonious_Mahler_Crate
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Honestly, not much special to look at, like most lagers. Clear, straw-colored sameness. With a quickly dissipating head. However, there is lacing... Lacing? On a lager?

Smell: Kind of an astringent smell not unlike a lot of lesser adjunct beers.

Taste: Thankfully, a lot more full than the smell. It has a hop bite I've never gotten from any "lager" before. It's like Budweiser, but without rice, smoother, and with hops included.

Mouthfeel: Very good, medium-light viscosity.

Overall: This is a step above most lagers I've tried. I've been put off of the genre by so many clones of clones of mediocre brews, yet I do realize that this style isn't exactly cut and dry "lager." Maybe all is not lost with regards to this style. (Yes, I'm biased.)

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Photo of IPAdams
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a dark gold with a good size head that recedes to a foam on top. Lots of lacing.

Smell- Fresh baked bread and sweet malts. Just a slight floral hop presence.

Taste- Good balance of sweet and bitterness. Hints of pine and grapefruit with a pale malt backbone.

Mouthfeel- A bit thin with moderate carbonation.

Overall- Very sessionable, light. Good balanced taste. Not overly complex, but still pretty good.

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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 burnerfinger
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

bought the 22 oz bomber at Market street today:
poured into my goblet:

A - bright yellow - extra clear! nice show on the 2+ finger head. settles to super sticky, all time great lacing

S - very understated on the hops, almost "dry" to the nose - honestly a disappointment here
a bit of a cardboard note

T: yes a bit more hops here but far from impressive - I would have hoped for much more from new Belgium (the hops does make a bit of a return on the aftertaste

M - very nice to the mouth - good body and very gentle ABV bite

D - ultra drinkable due to the watery flavor. guzzling time

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Photo of barnzy78
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle
A - golden with a frothy off-white head, excellent head retention, crazy-thick lacing down the glass
S - spicy, yeast, biscuit, fruit, grassy hop
T - spicy again, Hallatau hop, grass, biscuit, fruit, faint honey, nice clean finish with some nutty yeast; sweet but the hops help to balance it out more than the usual bock, which I like.
M - creamy, smooth, pleasant carbonation
O - I really liked this one, but the Hallertau hops are at threshold. Any more, and the beer goes downhill from there. I thought this was well crafted, and for $2.99 I might get it again.

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Photo of Tonmeister
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of JimTeal
3.75/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance-The beer pours a golden coppery color with a one finger billowy white head. The head slowly fades over time to leave a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is heaviest of some biscuit malt with a touch or roasted malt within. Along with these smells so too are some aromas of caramel and a bit of grass, some citrus and small amounts of pine.

Taste – The taste began with a malty and somewhat sweeter flavor upfront. The malt is of biscuit and some lightly toasted bread while the sweet is largely of a caramel nature. The hop flavors quickly follow the initial taste with them being largely of a floral nature early on. As the taste advances however more hop flavor comes to the tongue with flavors of pine, a citrus and some grassy hop grow more intense as the flavor advances to the end. With a light orange citrus and tropical fruit coming along the time all the hops come, in the end one is left with a pleasant not too hoppy and not too sweet flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is a bit on the higher and finer side. A bit of a thicker (less champagne like) carbonation may have suited the tastes of the brew slightly better, but the medium body was spot on for the blend of hop, malt and sweeter flavors giving the brew a rather nice feel overall.

Overall – A quite tasty and enjoyable brew overall. It is one to try if you have a chance.

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Photo of teromous
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very pale golden straw colored body, transparently displaying loads of visible carbonation. The head is rife with foam, white, and leaves lots of lacing.

S: There is a very light flowery scent, with a bit of pungency coming through. It's not too fresh smelling, but it's alright.

T: Right off the bat I get lots of hop presence. There's some spruce mixed with bitter citrus peel, and then it fades away to background bitterness. I don't pick up any malt character.

M: Tingly sensation as soon as you start drinking. Some of this is a sharpness from the hops, the rest of it is carbonation. It feels a bit empty.

O: Even for this style, the beer is very hop forward, and hop lovers will enjoy it. There isn't a lot of complexity to the beer overall. Even though the hops are very tasty, they feel a little flat and don't contribute much to the aroma. I really would have liked to taste some more malt flavor in the beer as well. It's pretty good but it seems to be standard fare in the hop world, without any of the bock heritage to back up the flavor.

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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 archyquaffer
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The label says "brewed with rye". Poured from a bomber into a Shaker pint. A moderate pour produces about one inch of billowy head that sticks to the glass pretty well. The beer is quite pale.

Definitely some floral hops in the aroma along with something akin to baked goods- maybe a snickerdoodle cookie. The flavor is quite hoppy but with maybe just enough sweet malt to balance. The hops impart piney, citrus, flower and grassy flavors.

I'm not sure about turning a bock into a hop bomb, and this beer reminds me more of a pale ale, except that it's really extremely pale. Still, it's pretty good, and could make a session beer if you have the tolerance for it.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clearish gold with lace ring down glass and decent head. Aroma is mostly some bready, pils-like malt and a nice wet citrusy hop aroma. Taste is more hops than bock, in fact its mostly hops, but as I drink there are some sweet notes popping up. Smooth, a little bready, easy to drink (woudl not guess almost seven percent alcohol at all). Not much of a bock but it's a nice try at mixing two styles and I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

bomber into tulip. date says 16 JUN 13. I assuming I am one day late on drinking this in time. ill let it slide.

A: bright golden body. head is bright white and frothy. good retention. a coat of lacing down the sides of the glass. good looking bock.

S: sweet grist. German noble hop aroma. black pepper.

T: minerally flavor, slightly metallic? a sizeable grain body provides some presence. a little bit of bubblegum in the finish, but only for a moment. finish is slightly bitter. dry.

M: average carb on a medium body.

D: seemed to hold up pretty well. hoppy, but definitely fading. nothing exceptional here. sorry NB.

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Photo of TastefulNudity
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I don't really have a palate for lagers but this was gifted to me, I'll try my best here.

22oz poured in to a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Straw yellow/light orange. Pillowy white head that grew up to two and a half fingers, settled nicely to a half finger without ever disappearing. Little bit of lacing. Looks nice.

Smell: Light hops, bready, small amount of sweet malt. Smell reminds me of a bock I used to have before I was in to craft beer (Gordon Biersch). Smells clean, like a toned down pale ale. Nice citrus in there.

Taste: At first I was disappointed because I'm used to hop bombs. Taking the style in to account, it's pretty hoppy. Bready, leaves a little bit of lingering hop bitterness that I like. Small amount of sweetness that's a bit refreshing. Seems good for a hot day. I'd love to call this a session beer, but at 6.9% it's tough to call it that.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. I expected biting carbonation but it's fairly slick. Leaves that clean dryness at the back of the mouth. It goes down easy. No alcohol present whatsoever.

Overall: Like I said, I'd love to call this a session beer save its high ABV. It was definitely a nice change, but I don't think I'd buy it again. Going to start a search for a nice pils soon to change it up.

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Photo of beagle75
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bomber into a chalice.

A: Clear, medium golden color with over one finger of white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Slightly toasty with a rustic bent. Delicate lime and grapefruit citrus elevate the pleasant but understated profile.

T: Begins slightly off-dry, with soft bready malt and floral hops aromatics of intermediate intensity. Acidity is mild into the middle where the early qualities are extended. Mild bitterness develops by the finish where a fine thread of sulfur can be detected at times.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, balanced on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This IPA-like lager shapes up to be a worthy vessel for hops delivery, although patience was required while the palate acclimated to it. Upon first taste the transitions from start to finish were jarring, as hops flavors faded to reveal other components. That experience did not last, however, and the profile began to smooth out considerably until the variance of flavors from start to finish was relatively small.

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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 Bookseeb
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a light golden color supporting a healthy head that sticks around awhile leaving fair lace. Smell has a nice floral fresh hoppy aroma with malt in the back. Taste has that upfront hop flavor without being overpowering balanced with a nice malt flavor. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. A nice hoppy twist on a Bock.

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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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