Hop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock Lager - New Belgium Brewing
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3.51/5 rDev -3%
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.
03-21-2013 00:51:00 | More by TheChico
3.59/5 rDev -0.8%
Served in a tulip on 3/13/13 at the Saucer. Pours a golden macro-lager color with deep orange hues buried in the glass. It's topped with a mound of fluffy white head and leaves rather a lot of lacing. The smell is almost like a saisan with lots of flowery and grassy hops with a smattering of the more bittering smell of hops. The taste is that of sourdough pretzel with the salt picked off and some grass. Very smooth mouthfeel with ample carbonation. It has a low-attenuated alcohol. Overall it's a pretty good beer and I can see myself drinking a good amount this spring.
03-20-2013 12:55:13 | More by estlinska
2.58/5 rDev -28.7%
22 oz bottle, dated 6/16/13. Pours clear straw gold with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is subdued - sweet biscuity malts, spicy rye and some slightly metallic, grassy noble hops with some stinky musty yeast.
The flavor is sweet malts and a little rye with a decent sized grassy peppery hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little thin.
Overall, a decent hoppy lager.
03-20-2013 04:16:28 | More by Beaver13
3.7/5 rDev +2.2%
Cold 22oz served in pint glass. Beer pours a crystal clear yellow color with a thin white head and lots of tiny bubbles. Way lighter in color than I would have expected for a Bock beer -- I guess that's why BA calls it a *Helles* Bock. Basically no aroma. Flavor however is crisp and affirmatively hoppy. Almost like a Pils. Maybe a cross between a czech pils and an American IPA? And now that I think about it, the rye in here totally makes sense. I've been pretty down on German Bocks recently, but I'm totally impressed with this. Would drink again.
03-19-2013 01:49:26 | More by hreb
3.38/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
03-18-2013 01:24:58 | More by beertunes
3.93/5 rDev +8.6%
A: Extremely clear, light copper color. Pours about a half finger of white head, of medium sized bubbles, that dissipates quickly. I drank this one out of a plastic glass, so I'm not sure I can judge the lacing.
S: A bit fruity, but is dominated by sweet malts.
T: A mild, and slightly less sweet fruit start (reminiscent of melon) before giving way to sweeter malts. It finishes with mild hop bitterness. This one tastes like in was engineered not to offend anyone.
M: Just about medium bodied; slightly sticky, though the carbonation is very good.
O: Interesting. New Belgium has brewed some of the classic IPA tastes in a lager. It's interesting, but I'll be perfectly happy with my IPA next time.
03-16-2013 22:43:23 | More by rringler
3.9/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
03-16-2013 16:36:25 | More by ArrogantB
3.75/5 rDev +3.6%
Golden body; thick, creamy, lacing-heavy head. Strong hop aroma, fresh grass and lemon; light malt scent. Light biscuit and bread flavors equally mixed with a crisp hop bitterness and touch of alcohol bite at the finish. Clean, crisp, medium-light body with a dry finish.
“God! This is a tasty little sucker!”...to quote a Frank Zappa album cover (Burnt Weenie Sandwich). I can't say this a definitive version of a maibock, but all-in-all, this a deliciously brewed beer. It does a fair job of balancing the malts, hops, and ABV characteristics throughout. A very nice seasonal offering...and a good beer to nurse along as I brew up an all-grain, honey lager this afternoon...
03-15-2013 19:19:57 | More by beergoot
3.65/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
03-15-2013 14:30:58 | More by StonedTrippin
3.79/5 rDev +4.7%
Bomber served cold into a tulip glass.
Hoppy Bock is a pale golden lager with great clarity. The head is thick with good retention and nice lacing.
Aroma is hoppy but also malty sweet. It has a similar character to Fat Tire, possibly the same malts and probably the same yeast.
Flavor is surprisingly hoppy and bitter almost like an IPL if that's a new style. Biscuit malts, caramel, and toast with citrusy hops.
Light in body and nicely carbonated. Bitter but fairly well balanced.
Overall a decent beer but not worth getting again.
03-14-2013 02:31:51 | More by GilGarp
3.8/5 rDev +5%
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!
03-13-2013 04:00:33 | More by Jason
3.98/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
03-09-2013 23:55:59 | More by oberon
3.94/5 rDev +8.8%
Poured into a New Belgium globe.
Look: Clear golden color, white soapy head, great retention and lacing.
Aroma: Charred grains, wood, leather, and faint grapefruit.
Taste: Spicy sweetness of malts at first, then a woody, black pepper body melt into a slightly citrusy hop finish.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and medium weight.
Overall: Man this beer is weird. It's almost hard to describe.
03-09-2013 16:52:19 | More by JuicesFlowing
Hop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock Lager from New Belgium Brewing
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