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Hop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
82
good

239 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 239
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.05%
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:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 02-26-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of bmwats
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a pilsner.

A: Golden hue. Pervasive rising effervescence. Pours a 3 finger, foamy, white head. Craters slowly, and unevenly. Never fully settles, but leaves a fluffy peak on the surface. Effervescence rises continually, and throughout. Dry, sticky, beer ring lacing; and lots of it.

S: Light pine, freshly cut grass, clove, and a bit of lemon citrus. Does come across a bit soapy though.

T: Pine, bitter citrus pith, and a bit of savory spice.

M: Light and crisp character. Floral. Bitter finish is accentuated with a light sweetness.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is really nice. Giant head, lots of carbonation, and thick pervasive lacing. Nose is piney with fresh flora, citrus and spice. Hop character is light and crisp, balanced with some citrus and spice. Overall, this is good quaff.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of V3XX069
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of wtkphoto
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Shawner
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of MikeMilanoDesign
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Plastikdust
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of jordanmckell
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Zuidman
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Strix
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold, big frothy head with nice curtains of trailing lace.

Smells of lemon zest, earthy hops, and black pepper.

Cracker, bread crust, black pepper, fresh grass, green pepper.

Fresh and crisp mouthfeel.

Not entirely maibockey, but inventive and enjoyable.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pale golden hued with fantastic clarity. A fingernail of white foam perches on the top of this beer. Aroma is a bit faint, but I get some spicey aromatic hops and a bit of caramel malt. The flavor is pretty hop forward and are a bit spicey,earthy, and bitter. The mouthfeel is pretty brisk and refreshing, but the hop flavor and the malts seem a bit off balance. I guess I should have known "hoppy" and "bock" don't tend to be mentioned together.

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2/5  rDev -44.8%

Photo of Thelonious_Mahler_Crate
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Honestly, not much special to look at, like most lagers. Clear, straw-colored sameness. With a quickly dissipating head. However, there is lacing... Lacing? On a lager?

Smell: Kind of an astringent smell not unlike a lot of lesser adjunct beers.

Taste: Thankfully, a lot more full than the smell. It has a hop bite I've never gotten from any "lager" before. It's like Budweiser, but without rice, smoother, and with hops included.

Mouthfeel: Very good, medium-light viscosity.

Overall: This is a step above most lagers I've tried. I've been put off of the genre by so many clones of clones of mediocre brews, yet I do realize that this style isn't exactly cut and dry "lager." Maybe all is not lost with regards to this style. (Yes, I'm biased.)

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3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a dark gold with a good size head that recedes to a foam on top. Lots of lacing.

Smell- Fresh baked bread and sweet malts. Just a slight floral hop presence.

Taste- Good balance of sweet and bitterness. Hints of pine and grapefruit with a pale malt backbone.

Mouthfeel- A bit thin with moderate carbonation.

Overall- Very sessionable, light. Good balanced taste. Not overly complex, but still pretty good.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of pweis909
4.41/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My beer got a little messed up. It was frozen and thawed fast under warm water. This might have something to do with the low clarity - I'm going to give it a pass on that count. It's golden with a white head. Looks like beer, and beer looks good.

I get a bit of grapefruit in the aroma, but where I really get grapefruit is when the beer is in the mouth. None of the hops used, listed on the NB website, are particularly known for grapefruit aroma,to my knowledge, but I get it in flavor, and the sweetness of the bock malts make it seem like grapefruit juice cocktail. I hate the way lagers don't get good reviews on BA - this is a REALLY interesting lager. I like the taste a lot. Sweetness on the front of the mouth, dry in the finish, making me want another sip

The beer is soft and slightly oily in the mouth - pretty interesting. on that count, too.

Overall, I'd say the malt profile comes off like a maibock and the hop profile comes across like an American pale ale. Whatever you want to call it, I am happy to drink it.

PS: The chill haze cleared up fine.

Hop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock Lager from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.