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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 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 StonedTrippin
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

new Belgium hasn't really impressed me in awhile, and this one certainly doesn't blow my mind, but its a good spring beer. the pour is radiantly clear golden with a nice fluffy white head with decent retention. the nose is an earthy lager yeast that smells like raw pizza dough a little bit, and a grassy hop complex. the flavor is a nice interplay between these elements, and I really do like the hoppy back end, mildly bitter and very springtime feeling. however, I cant give this too much credit, because I enjoyed this immediately after a humulus lager from the brewery, which is absolutely the best lager ive ever had, and it takes the hop component to the extreme. this beer pales hard in comparison to that. still the feel is pretty good with spunky carbonation and a little more body than the standard lager. the alcohol got be buzzing a bit after a bomber too. overall not bad, but nothing risky or special here. finally they priced one of these bombers reasonably though, so kudos for that.

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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 TMoney2591
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

If Jim Morrison had gone into brewing... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a few fingers of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises miscellaneous greenery, sweet honey, caramel, and a bit of light spearmint. There's an incredible balance in place here. The taste leans further on the side of the greens, which now include some mild grass and a tiny hint of pine needle, while the sweeter side falls deep into the relative shadows along with its new friend, light rye bread. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally dry finish. Overall, though an interesting concept, the execution of a hoppy maibock just kinda misses the mark for me. Were it slightly more balanced on the tongue, it might have succeeded, but that was sadly not the case.

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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 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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Photo of russpowell
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
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

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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 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 Zorro
3.24/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev +3%
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

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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 beertunes
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in tulip. Poured a clean, clear golden yellow color with about 3/4 inch of white head that had good retention and lots of very sticky lacing.

The aroma was mostly sweet malts, but did have a noticeable floral hop tone. The flavors followed along about as I expected from the scent, lots of grainy malt, higher than typical hops, and a surprisingly dry finish.

The body was nicely light, smooth, and clean. Drinkability was decent, I wouldn't have 2 in a row, but I'll probably have it again. Overall, a nice brew, not special, but worth a shot if you see it.

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

$4.59 for the 22oz bottle, best before June 16, 2013.

It's a light golden colour, gives me a 1 finger head of foam and some nice lacing.

The smell is mostly of grass and biscuit.

The taste is even grassier than what I got from the smell. That and some strongish biscuit make up the taste profile I get and while not bad, it gets a bit boring after a while.

Nice mouthfeel with the medium body and carbonation.

Overall, like I said, not bad though I doubt I'll revisit it.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Monkeyknife
3.64/5  rDev 0%
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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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 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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Hop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock Lager from New Belgium Brewing
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