Hop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
82
good

240 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.33%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 02-26-2013)
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Photo of jsprain1
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of bmwats
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
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%

Photo of bscalt
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of MikeMilanoDesign
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of bzach
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%

Photo of FINLANDski_1619
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of famous_mortimur
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of dragomni
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Irrationalist
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Zuidman
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of mychalg9
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Strix
3.91/5  rDev +8%
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 bernat1971
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of olliegaff
2/5  rDev -44.8%

Photo of Thelonious_Mahler_Crate
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
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.)

Photo of IPAdams
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of JohnBender
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Hop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock Lager from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.