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
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 243 |  Reviews: 73
Photo of secondtooth
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale, clean golden with a rich and thick head of white carbonation. Beautiful, detailed lace.

Nose is toasty grains and grass, with a touch of floral hops somewhere in there. Promising start!

Taste is sweet lager malts up front, with a bitter citrus hops finish. Drinks very lightly and easily, despite the 6.9% ABV. I really liked this one, especially as it's (gasp) an affordable bomber (around $4.19 locally). Well-done, and I'll pick up another, for certain.

 472 characters

Photo of InfragilisBrew
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Murrhey
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a standard pressure-cap bomber into a New Belgium tulip glass in high elevation, Libby, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Two-finger white, fluffy head. Transparent golden body. The retention on the head is rather nice and the body looks typical of the style for a Maibock. Sticky ribbons of lacing. Slightly above average, methinks.

S- Floral hops are what greets the nose. Pineapple, tropical fruits, some brewing spices. Hoppy but not overpowering. Rather a pleasant aroma, actually. Not clubbing me with hops, but not leaving much room for the golden malts to play.

T- Slightly sour hops with a golden malt backbone. Tart, floral and fruity. Interesting character, but not balanced as well as it could be. Enjoyable but far from great.

M- Thick, full-bodied. Dry, semi-grainy finish. Interesting.

O- Above average beer and an interesting little experiment for New Belgium. Not the best example I've had of the style, but not a bad overall beer.

 958 characters

Photo of ralphw56
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of randomjazzr
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of russpowell
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BBD of 16 Jun 2013

Pours straw colored with 2 fingers of beige head.Above average head retention & good lacing

S: Grassyness & lemons, leafy hops

T: Grassy & leafy hops, slight crackery notes up front, faint peppery notes, some pear notes. Leafy & spicy hops as this warms, & a little bit of pears. Finishes spicy, dry with leafy hops

MF: Medium bodied, creamy carbonation, okay balance

An alright Maibock, not one I would buy again. Drinks okay, but just run of the mill for the style, the hop mix did not impress me at all

 529 characters

Photo of OldhouseRecs
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of bluckbeyes
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of JRBecks
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jacewg
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Jadjunk
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"Meet the first in our new Hop Kitchen series: A German-style springtime lager brewed with rye then loaded with Hallertauer, Perle and Fuggle hops for a spicy, earthy aroma. This Hoppy Bock Lager offers a medium body and slightly sweet malt character perfect for your spring hop-fling." Brewed in the style of a Helles Bock Lager. Date on bottle is June 16, 2013. Limited One-time release.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a New Belgium pint glass. Served north of 52º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy foam head aroma of a gold-tinged white hue over a pale yellow body with faint gold tones. Retention is above average and lacing is thin and streaked. Carbonation is mild and relaxed. Pleasing appearance. 4.25

(Smell) Expect moderate cracker pale malt notes with a medium grassy, spicier and earthy hop aroma. Aroma has some similarity to the Czech Pilsner save for a slightly sweeter malt aroma and a spicier, less clean hop profile. Mild, clean lager aromas with little acidity keep the aroma accessible, straightforward and inviting. Potency is short of medium. 3.5

(Taste) Flavor provides more emphasis on biscuity and light bready german malts with a trace of depth through buttery rye malt character for a medium sweetness. Paired with fainter earthy, fruity and spicy hop characters, it differs starkly from the aroma in having a bolder malt body and a substantial hop bitterness to pair. Very clean, wet grassy hop finish keeps the drinkability in line with filling characters. Sweetness is subtle enough to not shock the palate, yet heavy enough to be appropriate for the depth of the style. Very low alcohol heat. A liberally bitter-hopped Helles Bock with a subtle German hop flavor nicely bridges the gap between German tradition and American ambition. Enjoyable flavor. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Malt texture is thick slick with a mild touch of nectar sweetness. A light bready depth and a slight, earthy hop finish collectively keep the finish moist. Balance is right on- with enough sweetness and bitterness to match, the only thing shallow is hop flavor itself, appropriate for the German style. Body is medium+ for the style, medium overall. Alcohol presence is light+. Texture is decent for the style, although I would have expected a touch more carbonation to round out the depth of the malt body. 3.5

(Overall) Hops play a solid role in the bitterness of this bock, balancing the deep malt character that leads the flavor and body in sweetness and depth. Despite a collective mass of sensory-testing extremes, it maintains a high drinkability with a subtle alcohol pinch. It's an enjoyable malt character with a decent bitterness to pair but remains reserved on the hop flavor, settling for more subtle fruity and earthy European-origin hop character, it plays largely true to style. An appealing take on the Helles Bock style. 3.75

New Belgium Brewing's
Hop Kitchen Hoppy Bock Lager
3.7/5.00

 2,917 characters

Photo of Joshgonzales79
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of adamwn
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of koes0024
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of DerwinWentworth
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of snaotheus
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle (expiration 16 June 2013) poured into a large snifter

Pours clear golden with a large head, fades, leaves some heavy lacing. Plenty of fine carbonation. Smell is yeast and honey.

Taste is medium hop bitterness (I get pine resin), lots of lagery yeasty tang, a little bit of floral sweetness, just a hint of the honey I smell.

Mouthfeel is light and airy. Overall, not bad at all.

 394 characters

Photo of PieOhMy
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass.

A Light amber. Thick foamy head that lasts.

S Light floral aroma. Wheat. Malts.

T There's a light zesty tartness upfront followed by a hit of sweetness. The name comes through in the aftertaste. Hoppy bitterness lingers.

M Light body. Crisp and smooth. Finishes clean.

O Good bock. I like the complexity and layers in the flavor - sour, sweet, bitter. Would have again.

 398 characters

Photo of Abe_Froman
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of mccallisters_dali
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of dugly2ugly
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Bearman13
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of adam_e
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of djs467
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.