Hop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock Lager - New Belgium Brewing
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3.71/5 rDev +2.5%
Clear and golden-hughed; fine carbonation with a decent foam cap
Smell is at first a little off-putting (getting a weird vinyl smell), but that may have had more to do with me drinking this after the Rampant IPA. After a few sips and letting it warm a bit, I appreciate it more. I think Hallertauer is the predominate aroma, though probably Fuggles is adding as well. Mainly that Noble hop smell that’s a bit vegetal/earthy.
Taste is pretty good for a style I’m not crazy about. Mainly, they’ve managed to keep the malt from getting too thick and syrupy as well as keep the finish from being too hot. Hops aren’t as hoppy as I’d like, given the name, nor are they as non-traditional-tasting as I had expected.
Those quibbles aside, it’s an easy-drinking lager, and well worth the $3.50 admission price for the bomber.
03-08-2013 20:54:26 | More by JEdmund
4.3/5 rDev +18.8%
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.
03-06-2013 02:28:47 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.54/5 rDev -2.2%
$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.
03-03-2013 14:28:20 | More by Bitterbill
3.25/5 rDev -10.2%
I was excited to try this one given it supposed to be a more hopped up German lager.
Pours(4) a clear straw orange, a one finger off white head that leaves some decent lacing.
Smells (4)of wheat, biscuits, a touch of either pairs or citrus with some hedgerow mixed in (probably the hops mix). Overall smell is inviting!
Taste (3)hits me first with.. Wait, what? I had to try to figure out what I didn't like about it. There was something to it giving off an unpleasant flavor. It wasn't un drinkable, or bad, just not my cup of tea at the time.
Mouthfeel(3) wasn't bad or great. It fit the beer which I felt was a little average.
Overall I'd have to say this beer is pretty average. Nice to see something different, but it doesn't quite work in my opinion.
03-03-2013 02:10:07 | More by lsummers
4.09/5 rDev +13%
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.
03-02-2013 09:07:28 | More by harrymel
3.75/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
02-26-2013 04:27:49 | More by JohnGalt1
Hop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock Lager from New Belgium Brewing
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