Hop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock Lager | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
83
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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 savagepm
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of DSkilling
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of BigTrubble
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of pheelingIt
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of scratch69
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a clear rich golden with a great looking fluffy bone white crown that settles very slowly into a thick frothy mass leaving a few broken chunks of lace behind.Big spicy hops in the nose over top of bready caramel malts,a tinge of iron is light but noticable as well.Not a full bodied pale bock,a little lighter feel for the style.Bold sharp hops at the onset with a light carame sweetness underneath,toasted and more drying hops in the finish.The hoppiest pale bock I have had,it goes down way to easy.

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Photo of pkalix
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice golden yellowwith ample foam on top.
citrus-y, some pine, nothing over-powering. seems docile enough....
taste is... yes, floral. lots of mellow hops. some malt. orange? foam sticks to the side of the glass a bit.
6.9% is a good number. cannot taste the alcohol. it's a good brew. standard. easy to drink. i could see doing this again.

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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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Photo of rringler
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Extremely clear, light copper color. Pours about a half finger of white head, of medium sized bubbles, that dissipates quickly. I drank this one out of a plastic glass, so I'm not sure I can judge the lacing.

S: A bit fruity, but is dominated by sweet malts.

T: A mild, and slightly less sweet fruit start (reminiscent of melon) before giving way to sweeter malts. It finishes with mild hop bitterness. This one tastes like in was engineered not to offend anyone.

M: Just about medium bodied; slightly sticky, though the carbonation is very good.

O: Interesting. New Belgium has brewed some of the classic IPA tastes in a lager. It's interesting, but I'll be perfectly happy with my IPA next time.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Look: Clear golden color, white soapy head, great retention and lacing.

Aroma: Charred grains, wood, leather, and faint grapefruit.

Taste: Spicy sweetness of malts at first, then a woody, black pepper body melt into a slightly citrusy hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and medium weight.

Overall: Man this beer is weird. It's almost hard to describe.

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Photo of Strix
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold, big frothy head with nice curtains of trailing lace.

Smells of lemon zest, earthy hops, and black pepper.

Cracker, bread crust, black pepper, fresh grass, green pepper.

Fresh and crisp mouthfeel.

Not entirely maibockey, but inventive and enjoyable.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
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.

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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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Photo of ArrogantB
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a small glass of this from a friend's bottle and was impressed. Gold color, good head. Aroma was interesting bit of grassy hops. Flavor was this really good hoppiness taking over the lager, grassy, just great hop character. Might have to go buy another bottle while its still fresh, yum.

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Photo of rangerred
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours a clear straw yellow with a one finger white head. Really good head retention, better than I was expecting, with some splotchy lacing.

Aroma of sweet caramel and bread that is typical of a bock but there is a nice addition of earthy, herbal hops with a touch of pine. A little weak all around but a pleasant aroma nonetheless.

Sweet caramel on the taste with some rye bread and toasted bread. The hops are more subtle in the flavor with light earthyness but the bitterness really comes through and exceeds what would normally be found in a Maibock. It works nicely to counteract the sweetness that is present and is typical of this style.

Overall, a nice twist on a classic style from New Belgium. It is not particularly exciting but is pleasing to drink and something I wouldn't mind having again.

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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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Photo of Jason
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz brown brown bomber with a freshness date.

Glowing golden hue, lots of stickage on the glass. Oily hop, orange zest and juice, bready and clean in the nose. Very hoppy, extremely smooth, moderate sized body, oily hop resin, floral, herbal, leafy, fresh grass, bread crust, clean palate. Finishes on the dry side with loads of hop flavor.

Wow, serious hoppiness here, not much bock to see. An unexpected brew from NB but I'll take it. Keep it up with the hoppy brews!

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Photo of Brams17
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

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 SuperbikeShaun
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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