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Hop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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237 Ratings
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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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2.99/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: Bine & Vine Bottleshop in Normal Heights (San Diego, Calif.)
Price: $5.49
Purchased: March 28, 2013
Consumed: April 3, 2013
Misc.: Best by July 7, 2013

Poured a pale clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy white head that lasted for some time. Healthy amount of layered foamy lacing on the sides all the way down. Even retention all the way across and all the way down.

Smelled a mix of hops, spices and malt. Hops seemed to be a mix of grass and resin. Got Belgian spices and some faint pepper. Malts were caramel, toffee, toast and cereal.

Tasted similar to the nose, but not quite as hoppy. Still the Belgian and pepper spices. Earthy, yet watery, grassy hops. Malts not as pronounced as the smell. Bread, corn and cereal. Overall I wasn’t really digging it.

Light body. Oily texture. Lively (above average) carbonation. Abrupt, watery finish.

I was hoping for something better, but this beer disappointed. It just got worse as it went down.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 07:13:31 | More by BucannonXC5
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

04-03-2013 02:21:25 | More by carrollmel7
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

04-02-2013 22:31:43 | More by tuckerlikesbeer
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South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

04-02-2013 02:08:44 | More by Eric908
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

04-02-2013 01:48:17 | More by stampfler07
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

04-01-2013 22:19:24 | More by Brewsed
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United Kingdom (Wales)

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%.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 20:23:46 | More by mothman
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

04-01-2013 19:01:57 | More by eulerthegrape
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

04-01-2013 06:05:48 | More by rawfish
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

04-01-2013 03:42:35 | More by elec
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

03-31-2013 19:32:47 | More by Haybeerman
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

03-31-2013 19:06:13 | More by zeff80
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

03-30-2013 06:35:53 | More by nickfl
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

03-29-2013 18:24:12 | More by buckyp
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

03-29-2013 16:26:54 | More by Zach136
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 06:03:36 | More by mactrail
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

03-29-2013 01:46:06 | More by PingBob
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3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice golden yellow color with a cloud white head, just what you would expect from a lager. The smell is very hoppy, with biscuits and fruit. The mouth feel is very carbonated with a crisp taste of hops, Very pleasant as it goes down, great for a sunny afternoon after work. You would expect this with a lager, but you get the added flavor's of hops. There is a slight bitterness, but mostly the finish of citrus as it goes down.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 23:51:42 | More by dalahodson
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3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

New Belgium
Hoppy Bock

Appearance: Golden straw, with a white head that lasts. Very clear.

Aroma:Earthy and spicy hops take a central role. There is a hint of citrus hops in the background which makes the spice all the more appealing. Malt is hidden on the nose in this hop forward beer.

Taste: Very mildly bready notes of malt are overwhelmed by the hops. Soft spice and robust earthy hop flavors pay a true homage to the designation 'noble'. The citrus hops don't come in til the end where they play off the medium carbonation and acidity to produce a lemony zest. A dry and crisp lager finish with lemon sweetness? That's quite the drink. How could I almost forget? Peppercorn is a subtle player that binds the whole experience together into a very interesting beer that makes lagers look sexy. Rye, Beautiful rye. Need I say more?

Mouthfeel: Medium body that weighs on the tongue and fairly carbonated. Seems moderately acidic and the bubbles keeps the flavor evolving in the mouth.

Overall: I was fairly impressed by the intense flavors present in this beer. However, the malt profile left me feeling disappointed. I am sure this is exactly the beer New Belgium's Hop Kitchen sought out to create but the imbalance made for a beer that lacks drinkability. I split this 22 oz with three people and that was plenty. Alcohol blended well and mouthfeel were pleasing and the flavors of pepper and citrus made for an interesting take on the style. But some times, it's better to keep it simple and not overwhelm the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 03:50:20 | More by grandbeerdaily
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2.63/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-golden with a nice white head. Some bubbles.

S-odd scent of citrusy hops, wit spices, honey, corn, and some grains. Also has an odd scent of cherry jelly. Doesn't really all mesh well

T-comes in a lot how it smells, just as odd. There's really a strong flavor of cherry jelly...really weird. Not a big fan of this.

M-low creamy carbonation with a watery finish

O-I don't know what New Belgium's aim here was. I love their beers, but this was such a disappoint, even though I wasn't expecting much to begin with. It's just oddly fruity and doesn't taste like a hoppy lager at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 02:37:26 | More by AdamBear
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

03-24-2013 20:58:28 | More by pathman
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 00:23:50 | More by Zorro
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

03-23-2013 18:34:58 | More by Kunstman
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

03-22-2013 23:16:43 | More by billab914
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3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle (best before 16Jun13) into a pint glass. Pours much paler than expected. Smell is uninspiring. The taste is good, a very nice balance, but definitely hop forward. I agree with others that this reminds me of a pilsner, Lagunitas Pils comes to mind.

Overall a good "hoppy" lager. Just enough to keep it interesting. One of the better NB offerings I have had.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 00:51:00 | More by TheChico
Hop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock Lager from New Belgium Brewing
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