New Belgium Hop Kitchen #1 - Hoppy Bock Lager

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RATINGS: 216   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ret12 (453) - Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Im not a fan of this but it is full of flavor very sweet and decently bitter.. Overall decent

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mmmbeer (1399) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2013
22 oz. bottle served in shaker- poured a transparent thin yellow with ever the slightest tint of orange. Solid and foamy two finger head formed and tried to lace upon the vessel, low carbonation. Aroma of earth, rye, apple, and grapefruit. Hits the mouth with a light body, malt is extremely light even considering the style, gentle hop wave in the middle, finish is has some resin and acidity. Welcome relief from the beta test beers that you have to pay to experience here in Austin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (4049) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Clear yellow pour with decent white head. Sweet apple crisp and noble hoppy flavor notes. Slight honeysuckle. Really smooth but with good hoppy flavor. Really tasty and approachable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jake65 (3447) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Bottle: Bright golden pour, really quite vibrant. Creamy white head. Nose is soft with florals, rye, and herbal notes. Silky mouthful with rye, floral, more herbal notes, and light malty sweetness. Finishes soft and crisp at the same time. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - MAY 16, 2013
22oz. bottle, best by dated 6/13/13. Lightly sweet, floral aroma, softly malty and hoppy, with notes of citrus, pear and honeyed biscuit. Sparklingly clear medium golden color with a rocky, foamy, lasting, white head and thick sheets of lacing, fed by plenty of visible effervescence. Flavor profile is malty and lightly sweet up front, some pale grains and honey, becoming spicier, hoppier and fruity, and finishing with a touch of earthiness and a light-moderate degree of hop bitterness. Active and well-carbonated on the palate, rather refreshing, especially for the style, with a medium-full body. Very slight warming sensation from this one, which is otherwise very drinkable and easy-going in nature.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (12236) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2013
On draught at New Belgium Hub at DIA. Pours a deep bronze color with a medium fluffy bone white head that diminishes slowly. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt and hops. Medium-bodied with flavors of biscuit malt, hops and citrus. The finish is malty up front with an earthy hops aftertaste. Decent overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5912) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2013
Super clear and light golden or perhaps a very light copper coloured body with a thick, five centimetre tall off-white head that leaves a sloppy lace and a zillion bubbles rising from the bottom. Aroma of nice bright grapefruit hops with a kick of light malt and a bit of metal. Light to Medium-bodied; Assertive hoppy flavour up front with the grapefruit and a bit of herbal flavours and a little apple and pear sweetness too. Aftertaste shows a more refined flavour with a good malt balance with a light acidic and sharp metallic note. Overall, a good light-ish beer with some pleasant hop notes and a good crisp flavour. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 02-April-2013 for US$4.49 sampled at home in Washington on 10-May-2013.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (6007) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2013
Location: 22 oz bottle from State Line, 5/9/13

Aroma: The nose has some earthy and spicy hops, floral notes, biscuit, caramel, and a bit of citrus
Appearance: A clear golden-orange color with a thick froth of off-white head and heavy lacing
Flavor: Tastes mid-sweet, with a nice malt presence, spice, earth, and a clean, hoppy finish
Palate: It has a medium body, lively carbonation, a really clean mouthfeel, and a dryish finish
Overall Impression: A Hop Kitchen series? That sounds like something I might be interested in. As for this beer, I like it. Its a really quality, well-made hoppy lager. It is quite crisp and enjoyable. It really emphasizes my favorite aspects of some of the better examples of golden colored lagers (specifically the crisp, clean hop feel). Very solid stuff. Rating this one right after Nick, but not with him. Good to see you rating again buddy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (4365) - Sofia, BULGARIA - MAY 7, 2013
Draft at the hub in the DA airport. The appearance of this beer is freaking EPPICK. Mesmerizing deep golden color with a thick lasting white head and bubbles shootin on up to the top from the bottom like a rat up a drainpipe. Malty aroma with nut, earth, and resin notes. Great balance on the flavor with the malt backbone of a bock along with fairly assertive earthy and citrusy hops. Medium-bodied and smooth with good carbonation. Solid brewski.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremyh70 (1083) - Missouri, USA - MAY 6, 2013
A clear bright light golden with a finger of white head that has good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet citrus and cracker malt with a bit of spice and floral hops. Taste is citrus sweet and somewhat spicy with a biscuit malt flavor and light grassy bittern. Finishes semi dry with a mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is oily and is light/medium bodied with medium carbonation. Refreshing and very drinkable. I like the spiciness and mild sweetness paired with the moderate bitter. Makes for a nice drinking spring lager at a very reasonable price.

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