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
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Braz
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.

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Photo of Ristaccia
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of BucannonXC5
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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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of mothman
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

After pouring this beer I new it had to be some kind of lighter bock and not a traditional bock.

Color is a clear sunset gold. White head with good head retention and lace.

Flavors are nice and spicy hops. I really like the hallertau. Biscuity malt flavors. Very grassy and earthy. A bit of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp. Ends a bit dry. Light bodied.

Overall, a nice bock that is easy to drink. Reminds me of a pilsner. I wouldn't have guessed this to be at 7%.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of mactrail
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden amber in the big New Belgium snifter. Pleasing flowery aroma. Almost a citrus character along with the fruity hops (Hallertauer, Perle, Fuggles). Tangy but not too acidic for the thin body.

A pleasant bitter twang takes over, though bitterness is nicely moderated. The aftertaste of malt reminds you that this is supposed to be a Bock, but it's really more like a Pale Ale at first, and tenth slurp. It does taste maltier as it warms up along with the intriguing fruity hops. Crisp and refreshing. I wish I could order a Fat Tire in some dreadful suburb of Orlando, and have this come out of the tap instead. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Royal Liquor in Encinitas.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of dalahodson
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice golden yellow color with a cloud white head, just what you would expect from a lager. The smell is very hoppy, with biscuits and fruit. The mouth feel is very carbonated with a crisp taste of hops, Very pleasant as it goes down, great for a sunny afternoon after work. You would expect this with a lager, but you get the added flavor's of hops. There is a slight bitterness, but mostly the finish of citrus as it goes down.

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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
6.9%ABV

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