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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 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Poured a clear yellow with a frothy head. Nose was funky. Taste is neither real hoppy or does it have the maltiness of a bock. Sort of a mess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (4086) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Pour is a clear golden with a average white head. Aroma is a nice mix of the rye malt and hops. Flavor is about the same. A nice spicy rye starts things out but after the swallow a decent bitter hop is left on the tongue. This was a nice rye-IPA style beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (3015) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2013
Draft at Beer Bistro. Thin head with attractive lacing action. Gold color just to the point of turning amber. Looks and tastes pretty malty, even chewy, without that much hop at the start. Halfway through the tulip glass, I start to pick up some of the European hop note, but it never gets overpowering. Then right at the end I caught a little bite of yeasty bock spice, a reminder that this is a style that can turn to bananas very easily. But this beer doesnt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 6, 2013
22oz bottle. Clearish yellow with a small white head. Aroma of bready pils malt, lemon, herbs and floral hops. Flavor is bitter hops, malty with minimal sweetness and a clean yeast profile. Medium to light body. Good hybrid beer, light and clean with a decent hop character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bookseeb (137) - Wenatchee, Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JUN 5, 2013
22oz bottle. Light orange color, white foam. Smells of pale barley malt. Earthy character. Rich, thick bodied, creamy texture. Barley flavor, sharp hops. Bold bitterness, lingering hop on the palate. Bitter pine in the finish. (3722)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (2176) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2013
Pours a clear yellow-gold into the glass, with a nice soapy head that retains well, leaving sudsy lacing. The nose is of lemon, cereal and grains. Flavors are similar, with lemons, Apple Jacks Cereal, some grassy notes, a candied citrus, and a nice extended bitter to balance and finish the pull. With a fresh mouthfeel, this one goes down smooth with a medium-light body, soft carbonation and almost juice-like texture. Really nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SHIG (4722) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Bottle: Poured a golden color with pillow top white two finger head. Aroma is sweet malts. Taste is light hops that brings way to malt. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ttoadee (1311) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2013
Pale yellow, thick white head, decent lace. Nose is grain and hops. Bitter. Middle is alcohol & melon. Finish is tart & dry. OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2013
Beer pours pale golden color with a nice fluffy egg white head that is retained. This beer is obviously not brewed to style. Aroma is hoppy and spicy. Taste is primarily sweet with some bitterness. Not an amazing beer, but I suppose a better Heller Bock.

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