Hop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock Lager | New Belgium Brewing

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Hop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock LagerHop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock Lager

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by JohnGalt1 on 02-26-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 Darkmagus82
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance-The beer pours a golden coppery color with a one finger billowy white head. The head slowly fades over time to leave a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is heaviest of some biscuit malt with a touch or roasted malt within. Along with these smells so too are some aromas of caramel and a bit of grass, some citrus and small amounts of pine.

Taste – The taste began with a malty and somewhat sweeter flavor upfront. The malt is of biscuit and some lightly toasted bread while the sweet is largely of a caramel nature. The hop flavors quickly follow the initial taste with them being largely of a floral nature early on. As the taste advances however more hop flavor comes to the tongue with flavors of pine, a citrus and some grassy hop grow more intense as the flavor advances to the end. With a light orange citrus and tropical fruit coming along the time all the hops come, in the end one is left with a pleasant not too hoppy and not too sweet flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is a bit on the higher and finer side. A bit of a thicker (less champagne like) carbonation may have suited the tastes of the brew slightly better, but the medium body was spot on for the blend of hop, malt and sweeter flavors giving the brew a rather nice feel overall.

Overall – A quite tasty and enjoyable brew overall. It is one to try if you have a chance.

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Photo of budgood1
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber.

pours out a clear blonde colour with a frothy half inch highbone white head. plentiful, sticky lace. herbal hop leaf aroma. a bit of tobacco and resin smacks the nose. pale malt sweetness and yeastiness accentuate things. flavour profile is straight up blonde double bock like with hefty, earthy, herbal hoppiness layering hop notes on top of hop notes. the rye is very prevalent, adding a depth of spice that compliments the noble hop spice splendidly. NB house yeast is also strong in this blonde bock, adding spicy boozy notes that seem well integrated in the overall scheme of things. boozy hop and rye tea without too much bitterness. very unique. finishes dry. sturdy body. velvety mouthfeel. drinkability is nice. no complaints.

overall a well constructed, unique maibock sort of brew with a hefty herbal and spice profile. i bristled at the yeast influenced flavour additions a bit but that is my only distraction. recommended.

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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.

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Photo of rand
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not the best brew, but I just found this at the back of the fridge and thought it would be a quick drainpour...held up pretty well given its not normally a style you want to age for two years. Surprisingly, there are still some notes of hop residuals. Otherwise tastes like a clear, malty lager.

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

The good folks at New Belgium have a winner with Hoppy Bock lager. It cannot be dissected without reducing this overall wonderful, limited production beer. It pours a fine 1 inch head in a tulip glass, stays with it for a while, looks like a lager, nice cool summer lightness. When I saw bock I assumed a bit darker, but no, this is a near blond, but with a fine taste, good mouth feel and a really smooth finish. I'm not sure how Total Wine here in Vegas offered this pint+ for $1.50 but I guarantee it is an excellent value for a fine beer. Very good stand alone beer, and excellent for the value. We cannot always buy beer for the price, generally not a winner strategy, but New Belgium has offered a premium gift with Hoppy Bock lager.

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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.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a light golden color supporting a healthy head that sticks around awhile leaving fair lace. Smell has a nice floral fresh hoppy aroma with malt in the back. Taste has that upfront hop flavor without being overpowering balanced with a nice malt flavor. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. A nice hoppy twist on a Bock.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clearish gold with lace ring down glass and decent head. Aroma is mostly some bready, pils-like malt and a nice wet citrusy hop aroma. Taste is more hops than bock, in fact its mostly hops, but as I drink there are some sweet notes popping up. Smooth, a little bready, easy to drink (woudl not guess almost seven percent alcohol at all). Not much of a bock but it's a nice try at mixing two styles and I enjoyed it.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle
A - golden with a frothy off-white head, excellent head retention, crazy-thick lacing down the glass
S - spicy, yeast, biscuit, fruit, grassy hop
T - spicy again, Hallatau hop, grass, biscuit, fruit, faint honey, nice clean finish with some nutty yeast; sweet but the hops help to balance it out more than the usual bock, which I like.
M - creamy, smooth, pleasant carbonation
O - I really liked this one, but the Hallertau hops are at threshold. Any more, and the beer goes downhill from there. I thought this was well crafted, and for $2.99 I might get it again.

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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 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

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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 Monkeyknife
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a deep, clear gold with two fingers of bright white head. Lots of sticky lacing left behind.

The aroma was more on the maltier side and less on the hoppy. Caramel malts and earthy with a hint of fresh grass.

The taste was sweet caramel malts upfront, followed by floral and orange notes, and a bit of fresh-baked bread. A syrupy sweetness was found in the finish.

Medium bodied and sticky with a moderate carbonation.

I had hoped for a bigger hop presence based on the name. Still, a decent lager but not one I'd have regularly.

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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 Jimmys
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

bomber into tulip. date says 16 JUN 13. I assuming I am one day late on drinking this in time. ill let it slide.

A: bright golden body. head is bright white and frothy. good retention. a coat of lacing down the sides of the glass. good looking bock.

S: sweet grist. German noble hop aroma. black pepper.

T: minerally flavor, slightly metallic? a sizeable grain body provides some presence. a little bit of bubblegum in the finish, but only for a moment. finish is slightly bitter. dry.

M: average carb on a medium body.

D: seemed to hold up pretty well. hoppy, but definitely fading. nothing exceptional here. sorry NB.

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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 tito42
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 1 pt., 6 oz. bomber to an imperial pint. Best by 16 Jun 2013.

A: Clear and golden, with minimal carbonation. Wispy white head that clings to the glass mightily.

S: Malt, grassy hops, lemon.

T: Malt, grassy hops, grapefruit, lemon zest, candy sugar, honey, resinous hops.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, a little oily.

O: I'm well within the best by date, but perhaps this would have been better if it were fresher. As it stands, a hoppy maibock, but not very impressive as either a maibock or a hoppy lager.

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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 bmwats
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a pilsner.

A: Golden hue. Pervasive rising effervescence. Pours a 3 finger, foamy, white head. Craters slowly, and unevenly. Never fully settles, but leaves a fluffy peak on the surface. Effervescence rises continually, and throughout. Dry, sticky, beer ring lacing; and lots of it.

S: Light pine, freshly cut grass, clove, and a bit of lemon citrus. Does come across a bit soapy though.

T: Pine, bitter citrus pith, and a bit of savory spice.

M: Light and crisp character. Floral. Bitter finish is accentuated with a light sweetness.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is really nice. Giant head, lots of carbonation, and thick pervasive lacing. Nose is piney with fresh flora, citrus and spice. Hop character is light and crisp, balanced with some citrus and spice. Overall, this is good quaff.

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Photo of IPAdams
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a dark gold with a good size head that recedes to a foam on top. Lots of lacing.

Smell- Fresh baked bread and sweet malts. Just a slight floral hop presence.

Taste- Good balance of sweet and bitterness. Hints of pine and grapefruit with a pale malt backbone.

Mouthfeel- A bit thin with moderate carbonation.

Overall- Very sessionable, light. Good balanced taste. Not overly complex, but still pretty good.

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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 beagle75
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bomber into a chalice.

A: Clear, medium golden color with over one finger of white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Slightly toasty with a rustic bent. Delicate lime and grapefruit citrus elevate the pleasant but understated profile.

T: Begins slightly off-dry, with soft bready malt and floral hops aromatics of intermediate intensity. Acidity is mild into the middle where the early qualities are extended. Mild bitterness develops by the finish where a fine thread of sulfur can be detected at times.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, balanced on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This IPA-like lager shapes up to be a worthy vessel for hops delivery, although patience was required while the palate acclimated to it. Upon first taste the transitions from start to finish were jarring, as hops flavors faded to reveal other components. That experience did not last, however, and the profile began to smooth out considerably until the variance of flavors from start to finish was relatively small.

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