Hop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock Lager | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
83
good
243 Ratings
Hop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock LagerHop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 02-26-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
243
Reviews:
73
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
11.26%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 243 |  Reviews: 73
Photo of utfiero
1.75/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Color- clear bright gold. Full head.

Aroma- hoppy with hint of roasted almond. A stupid combination. S

Taste- Starts mildly hoppy but fights its lager notes badly and ends as if the worst elements of a lager and IPA were combined. One of the least appealing brews ever offered by New Belgium.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 8/3/2013.

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2/5  rDev -45.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

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2.4/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

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 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 jjh19
2.87/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Yellow, small tight bubbles, a little hazy.

Smell: I got subtle Peach in the smell.

Taste: First reaction to the taste was of sweetness, then some hop character kicked in mid-taste.

Mouthfeel: Light body

Drinkability: I was really looking forward to this. Bocks are a style of beer that can be so delicious. But this one missed the mark for me. Not sure how fresh this was. Overall, it was… muted. Tough to put into words. And I wasn’t digging the hazy pour. Hmmm.

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: Bine & Vine Bottleshop in Normal Heights (San Diego, Calif.)
Price: $5.49
Purchased: March 28, 2013
Consumed: April 3, 2013
Misc.: Best by July 7, 2013

Poured a pale clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy white head that lasted for some time. Healthy amount of layered foamy lacing on the sides all the way down. Even retention all the way across and all the way down.

Smelled a mix of hops, spices and malt. Hops seemed to be a mix of grass and resin. Got Belgian spices and some faint pepper. Malts were caramel, toffee, toast and cereal.

Tasted similar to the nose, but not quite as hoppy. Still the Belgian and pepper spices. Earthy, yet watery, grassy hops. Malts not as pronounced as the smell. Bread, corn and cereal. Overall I wasn’t really digging it.

Light body. Oily texture. Lively (above average) carbonation. Abrupt, watery finish.

I was hoping for something better, but this beer disappointed. It just got worse as it went down.

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Photo of burnerfinger
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

bought the 22 oz bomber at Market street today:
poured into my goblet:

A - bright yellow - extra clear! nice show on the 2+ finger head. settles to super sticky, all time great lacing

S - very understated on the hops, almost "dry" to the nose - honestly a disappointment here
a bit of a cardboard note

T: yes a bit more hops here but far from impressive - I would have hoped for much more from new Belgium (the hops does make a bit of a return on the aftertaste

M - very nice to the mouth - good body and very gentle ABV bite

D - ultra drinkable due to the watery flavor. guzzling time

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Photo of Tonmeister
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into tulip shaped glass

Appearance: pale golden light amber with a thin solid head. Leaves a good circular lacing around the glass.

Smell: rye, hops, wheat

Taste: sweet malty, not bitter but I can get a sense of hops in the beverage. I can also get a sense of some sweet fruits. Not bad for a lager.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is a great lager. This is probably my favorite lager I've had since I can get a since of hops, but this is not my style of beer. I just got it because it was pretty cheap, well worth the money.

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Hop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock Lager from New Belgium Brewing
3.64 out of 5 based on 243 ratings.
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