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Hop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
82
good

237 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 237
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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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 21:20:34 | More by Monkeyknife
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superspak

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 03:48:11 | More by superspak
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 23:51:08 | More by twiggamortis420
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 05:10:11 | More by TMoney2591
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.8/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 01:07:38 | More by rangerred
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aasher

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

04-22-2013 02:39:05 | More by aasher
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hardrock

Arkansas

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

04-20-2013 20:07:57 | More by hardrock
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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

04-20-2013 06:09:04 | More by Gagnonsux
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.5%

04-18-2013 22:51:03 | More by BigTrubble
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maxcoinage

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

04-16-2013 22:22:38 | More by maxcoinage
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irongator

Kansas

4/5  rDev +10.5%

04-16-2013 14:22:49 | More by irongator
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brotherloco

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

04-16-2013 02:38:54 | More by brotherloco
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Strange mix of styles, but New Belgium has pulled off stranger combinations. Cheers!

Brewed less than a month before the date of this tasting (March 18, 2013) with a best by date three months from now (July 28, 2013).

A: A perfectly transparent pale gold with an inch of foamy white head. Looks quite fizzy.

S: It’s all about the fruity, aromatic hops, with scents of cherry, orange, and red grape in front. Smells like Juicy Fruit gum. And just like the last Hop Kitchen beer I had, there’s a leafy tea aroma akin to what you’d get from the raw hops at the homebrew shop; I’m not sure I like it, but it’s interesting. No dark, fruity bock notes at all, though I am getting some clean, bready lager hints in the background; typical of a maibock, unlike other dark German lagers.

T: There’s those sweet malt flavors mixed with jammy fruit tastes that formed the strange palate of New Belgium’s new imperial IPA, Rampant – honey and jam on biscuit, a buttery bready taste overloaded with a glaze of dark sugars. Hmmm. The hops lie on top of the bed of sweet malt like oil on water, a spicy, herbal taste of ginger, pepper, pine, and a touch of onion; some hints of guava and pineapple are noticeable, but in very small amounts. The aftertaste showcases the sweetness – lingering notes of apricot jam – but not without a blast of grassy hop dryness.

M: Smooth; a medium-to-thick body with a touch of foamy carbonation. There’s a full feeling from every sip, making the whole thing come off as a bit too viscous.

O: Looks like New Belgium is forming a pattern with their hop-forward beers. I don’t know what it is, probably the sweetness of the palate combined with the oiliness of the hops, but it turns me off. And I know these guys can produce incredible beer – that’s the frustrating part! There’s something off here that’s keeping this to a one-bottle excursion and I’d like to know what it is. Other reviewers are saying things like “strong flavor of cherry jelly” and “there’s something to it giving off an unpleasant flavor;” what is going on here?

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 19:31:49 | More by BarryMFBurton
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Mitchster

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 00:09:46 | More by Mitchster
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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2013 00:51:49 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.5%

04-11-2013 18:09:55 | More by Texasfan549
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

04-09-2013 22:21:26 | More by kjkinsey
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BKotch

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

04-09-2013 04:19:08 | More by BKotch
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jak

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

04-09-2013 02:58:11 | More by jak
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spycow

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

04-08-2013 17:36:16 | More by spycow
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Braz

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 14:14:28 | More by Braz
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Ristaccia

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

04-07-2013 10:08:10 | More by Ristaccia
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Tjvan2

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

04-07-2013 03:13:42 | More by Tjvan2
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largadeer

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

04-06-2013 21:54:59 | More by largadeer
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RWLawman

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

04-04-2013 22:17:19 | More by RWLawman
Hop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock Lager from New Belgium Brewing
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