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: 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 02-26-2013)
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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 largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of russpowell
3.33/5  rDev -8%
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 mactrail
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of superspak
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.

Photo of mothman
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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%.

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 afsdan
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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

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Hop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock Lager from New Belgium Brewing
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