New Belgium Hop Kitchen #1 - Hoppy Bock Lager

 
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RATINGS: 217   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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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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3.1
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Vibrant golden, light carbonation, large frothy white head, nice lacing.   Cereal nose, pale hops, stale bread.   Pale breadiness up front, malty, mealy, a little dank.   Hops aren’t hoppy or biting, they are rather dank and musty.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate, albeit for not being somewhat light its pretty smooth.   As it warms the hops become more apparent, but not in bitterness.   Pale breadiness, dank hops, and a touch of sweet maltiness lingers.   Tiz okay.


3.4
drowland (8730) - Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Sampled during CBC 2013. Golden copper pour with a small khaki head. Plain malty aroma, bready, a touch of spice, light caramel. Light flavor, malty, some caramel and bread. Not bad.

3.4
Caytinator (1005) - Waco, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Bomber. Clear gold color, good lacing, rocky head. Floral & hoppy aroma (go figure), gentle. Some biscuit & cracker--citrusy, grassy. Good balance, nice palate. Great medium-light lager.

3.6
JaBier (7973) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear gold pour with a thick white head. Malty nose with notes of lemon and grass. Malty flavor with grassy hop accents before a piney finish. Tasted more like an ale than a lager and didn’t resemble a bock in any way (not even a heller bock), but I enjoyed it.

3.7
bigguns22 (798) - Maryland, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Aroma is hoppy and earthy. Pour is yellow to golden with a large fluffy white head that sticks to the glass. Small bubble are riseing from the bottom of the glass. Pretty lite beer over all but still has a nice flavor and good hop profile and dryness that I love.

3.5
johnbuck100 (306) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2013
22 oz bomber. This beer sat in my fridge for the longest time - as I thought it would be overly malty, not my favorite. IT turned out to be much better than I thought. Yes, it has a rather heavy bready roasty backbone, but a good dose of hops balance things out nicely. A very rich palate - a bit too rich for the middle of the summer - this would be a nice beer for early spring - when it was brewed - or late fall at a football game. The really special aspect of this beer is that the flavor is truly unique.

3.7
beertholomeus (1813) - California, USA - JUL 25, 2013
Pours a golden yellow with thick frothy white head. Grassy hop and light malt aromas. Earthy and slightly citrusy hop flavor wit a good malty backbone. Medium body and leaves a nice lacing. Slight bitter finish.

3.1
nealblind (1865) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JUL 22, 2013
Clear golden pour soapy frothy head. Aroma of grain honey and strong piney hops. Tastes like a wave a grassy hops. Moderately bitter. Also powerfully acidic. I think they depart from bock a bit too much on this one and end up being a pale or ipa. Out of balance with a caustic palate. Lots of flavor though.

3.7
J_man (997) - Tustin, California, USA - JUL 22, 2013
Clear medium pale yellow with a soapy white head. Clean malt and lager aroma with earthy undertones. Bready cracker malt taste up front followed by a solid earthy bitterness. A light yeasty sourness curls up under the tongue and rounds out the taste. Nice alcohol/hop bite as it warms up. Finishes with a lasting bitterness and also some honeyed sweetness. Nice, well-made beer with a unique style for a bock.

3.6
DMLINAZ (332) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 20, 2013
On draft at Postino East, Gilbert AZ; pitcher (2 pints) for $7.50. Nice lightness to this while also giving hops and fizzy mouth feel; some spice, though I didn’t get the rye in the brewer’s description. Quite enjoyable.


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