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Hop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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72 Reviews
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Reviews: 72
Hads: 242
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 11.26%
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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Reviews: 72 | Hads: 242
Photo of grandbeerdaily
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.71/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.24/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of TheChico
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of estlinska
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.53/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of hreb
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of rringler
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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...

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Jason
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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!

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.31/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

$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.

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Photo of lsummers
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of harrymel
4.11/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

All 3.75's

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Hop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock Lager from New Belgium Brewing
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