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RATINGS: 217   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2013
A steady pour into my teku glass produces a three finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, pale gold color that shows a brighter version of the same when held up to the light. The aroma smells herbal, a touch straw like, with a hint of citrus, some light pine sap notes, and, in the finish, an almost buttery, concentrated sweet grain maltiness that even leans a touch towards toffee somehow.

Chewy, with a pale malt character up front that is not overly sweet, quickly though the hop character kicks in and provides a biting, spicy, floral, and herbal hop character that lingers on the palate. There is perhaps a hint of citrus character to the flavor, and the finish has a solid, grain bread flavor to it that lingers along with a light bitterness and some herbal hop notes. The malt and hop balance in the flavor are quite a bit more balanced than it was in the nose, but the hop character is still the dominant note. The malt provides a solid, chewy, cracker like grain character, a touch of dried straw, and a rounded bread flavor. The body is chewy, and textured without being heavy.

This is a bit nicer than I might have been expecting, but on the other hand, as long as it was hoppy it should have been good. Definitely an enjoyable beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Bomber from Sam’s, Durham. On the cheap side for NB bombers, so why not? Bright, clear golden pour with a brimming carbonation. Dry noble hops in the nose are appealing on a hot day. Medium bodied, playful carbonation. Some bready notes in the taste, but mostly leafy, dry, and fairly inviting overall. Not much complexity to it, but enjoyable on its own terms.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerproject (129) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 1, 2013
Decent hop aroma and very clean characteristic lager flavor, which works well with some more hop flavor. I actually enjoyed this one a lot more than I thought I was going to.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillKismet (3602) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2013
Golden-bronze body with silky, foamy head. Nose is pert, crisp, and balanced between Euro-hop and maltyness. The body starts of malty, then some Euro-hoppyness unfurls, and then the grainy backbone rises again. Rye vein throughout. Nicely melded medley of hop and grain ingredients.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcnielsen (2771) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 26, 2013
Bottle. Pours a golden color with white head. Nice strong noble hop aroma with some earthy, straw also in the aroma. Hop forward flavor, with notes of grassy, hoppy, earthy, grainy flavors. Nice hoppy lager, you don’t typically get hoppy beers with noble hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (6066) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Bottle. Nice, bright golden pour, crystal clear and still, yet presenting a bountiful head of pure-white foam. The aroma is sharp and seductive, hinting at a nicely hopped brew. Indeed, this drinks like a super-powered version of the best, hoppiest pilsners of southern Germany and the Czech republic, but with an added plus of a big heavy mouthfeel. Good, good stuff, an excellent lager made for the hop-snobs. (#5067, 6/23/2013)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2013
(Draught) Pours a clear yellow body with a small white head. Aroma of herbs, grass, grain, earth, bread, and citrus. Flavor of grain, citrus, rye, honey, and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smaynard6000 (836) - Apopka, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2013
on draft at O’Niell’s. Yellow in color with small frothy off-white head. Good lacing. Aroma is heavily lemon and citrus. Medium bodied with slick texture and soft carbonation. Light sweet and moderately bitter, mostly bitter in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kdm1984 (814) - Missouri, USA - JUN 21, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2013 Golden appearance with a terrific, fluffy, tightly-bubbled head that lingers for quite some time. Crisp, light, hoppy, bready, and slightly peppery aroma - very inviting. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel; a light hoppiness and fresh bread taste with just a hint of spiciness. This is really, really good - flavorful and exceptionally refreshing. New Belgium can really be all over the place, but this is truly a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
arondee (598) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 20, 2013
Pours bright lemonade yellow with a medium white head. Aroma is light honey, citrus, and an earthy hop. The taste is light and crisp with a great hop flavor and decent sweetness. Finish is ever so slightly bitter. This is a lager??? It’s light a really good light IPA.

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