Hop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock Lager
New Belgium Brewing Company

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Style:
Bock - Maibock
ABV:
6.9%
Score:
82
Avg:
3.64 | pDev: 11.26%
Reviews:
74
Ratings:
245
From:
New Belgium Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  2
Gots
  8
SCORE
82
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Reviews by grahamboudreaux:
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grahamboudreaux from Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +3%

Mar 12, 2013
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BigDaddyJohn from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Jun 14, 2013
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koes0024 from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3%

May 08, 2013
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LambicPentameter from Nebraska

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottle has a 'consume by' date of June 16, 2013.

Appearance - A lemony yellow that allows light to filter through a hazy body. Topped with a frothy white two-finger head that slowly dissipates over several minutes. Healthy lacing clings to the side of the glass showing where the original pour came to rest.

Smell - Hoppy, herbal and showing off that characteristic NB house yeast. Some citrus zest as well. Very enticing smell that makes me eager to dive in.

Taste - Refreshing, with a finish that has notes of hops and green plants. Like drinking an herb garden, but in a good way. Malty backbone lends a bit of sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with mildly pleasant carbonation.

Overall a great way to start this new "Hop Kitchen" series. With a nice springtime lager. Just enough hops to give it an American twist to this traditional German style.

May 19, 2013
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Chucker17 from South Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Jul 10, 2013
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archyquaffer from Montana

3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The label says "brewed with rye". Poured from a bomber into a Shaker pint. A moderate pour produces about one inch of billowy head that sticks to the glass pretty well. The beer is quite pale.

Definitely some floral hops in the aroma along with something akin to baked goods- maybe a snickerdoodle cookie. The flavor is quite hoppy but with maybe just enough sweet malt to balance. The hops impart piney, citrus, flower and grassy flavors.

I'm not sure about turning a bock into a hop bomb, and this beer reminds me more of a pale ale, except that it's really extremely pale. Still, it's pretty good, and could make a session beer if you have the tolerance for it.

Jun 22, 2013
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thatoneguymike from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +3%

May 11, 2014
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RochefortChris from North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Dec 04, 2013
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bendukes86 from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Jun 08, 2013
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Westuh from Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

May 29, 2014
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bzach from Indiana

4/5  rDev +9.9%

Oct 25, 2013
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dwtyler from California

3.75/5  rDev +3%

Jul 03, 2013
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DSkilling from California

4/5  rDev +9.9%

Jul 18, 2013
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olliegaff from North Dakota

2/5  rDev -45.1%

Sep 13, 2013
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VTWicked from Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.9%

Mar 15, 2013
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adam_e from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Apr 30, 2013
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Ristaccia from Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev +3%

Apr 07, 2013
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Braz from Washington

4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up at Safeway.
Appearance: Crystal clear straw color. One inch thick white head with great sustainability.
Smell: Fresh scent. Grass and spice. Rye notes. A bit of fresh cut wood. Very nice.
Taste: Bitter spice throughout. Slight herb medicinal notes. Earthy. Can really pick up the fuggles. The hop flavor combined with the hop scents are different yet you get them both at the same time. It's cool.
Mouthfeel: Good solid mouthfeel. Heavier than it looks as it looks very light but has a good dense body with nice felt like carbonation.
Overall: This is good and different. The label says hop kitchen and I think that is perfect describer for this. Spice is the dominant characteristic but the hop use in this almost makes it come off like a teaching beer. I hadn't heard of hop kitchen but I hope there will be more examples to try in future.

Apr 08, 2013
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, with bottle reading best by June 16, 2013. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Semi-aggressive pour yields three fingers of fluffy soapy bone white head ontop of a clear, golden yellow lager body. Some fat fluffy rings of lacing as the beer recedes.

S - Some lemon citrus hops. Some weird, unidentifiable floral / spice characteristics, which I suppose could possibly be the rye. Some faint cracked peppercorns are noticeable.

T - Taste is strange. Not at all what I was expecting here. Strange spices & floral notes along with some sweet honey flavor & a bitter, spicy hop finish. Has a weird flowery taste almost akin to lavender or coriander. Juicy fruity hops like lime, lemon, and pineapple pervade the palate.

M - Feel is bitter, hoppy, and ends dry.

Overall, a strange beer to be sure. Not at all a bad beer, just very different than what I had been expecting. A warming beer with a pleasant 6.90% abv, and an easy sipping beer from New Belgium, although it is definitely not a beer I will be trying again anytime soon.

New Belgium Hop Kitchen Hoppy Bock Lager ---3.5/5

Apr 29, 2013
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hardrock from Arkansas

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Apr 20, 2013
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eulerthegrape from California

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Apr 01, 2013
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TheChico from Georgia

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.

Mar 21, 2013
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Eric908 from South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev +3%

Apr 02, 2013
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bwarren82 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.9%

Apr 26, 2013
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MeisterMayhem from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +3%

Mar 09, 2013
Hop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock Lager from New Belgium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 245 ratings