New Belgium Hop Kitchen #1 - Hoppy Bock Lager

 
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RATINGS: 215   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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3.2
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2013
22oz bottle. Clear orange golden color. Good thin white head. Little lace sticks. Smooth, crisp, lighter carbonation. Lightly dry finish. Nice, grapefruity citrusy hoppy aroma. Some metallic notes of oxidization and lager bluntness in the nose and malt profile, but still a satisfying citrusy hoppiness. Moderate bitter, light sweet. Solid, hoppy bock, but nothing special or outstanding. Good bit of citrusy american west coasty hop

3.6
3fourths (9351) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2013
alright, new belgium, you finally have something here. the nose and flavor are clean, the hops aren’t over done and nothing is too far out of balance except the Munich / pale malt honey / corn syrup character is a little strong (and sweet). the body suffers because of this; it’s watery and "twangy" and limp, but still holds up well enough with the medium hop acidity. while clean, the nose is pretty simple, it’s lightly sulfury with some dish soap / perfume esters (and some times a chlorine note), but these are all at a level low enough to work. yeast seems clean and absent is the husky harshness in most of their beers (including their pale lager). so overall, it’s sweet but not too sweet, the hops aromatics and bitterness seem on-level, and the carbonation is low enough to allow the chewy Munich malt melanoidins to shine. it evens looks good, clear gold with fine-bubbled thick lacing. I’m surprised.

3.4
drowland (8888) - 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.

3.5
SudsMcDuff (8462) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2013
well bocks are never something i go after, but this i quite enjoyed .. . pours a deep tan .. . good solid foam .. . caramel, bread, cereal, and peanut skin .. . pretty nice all around .. . . Fan of gruesome hand burn photos?

3.5
drfabulous (8224) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 4, 2013
22 ounce bomber from Brusin Ales. Hoppy sweet and caramel lager. Caramel stands out. Decent. At $5 a good deal.

3.6
JaBier (8112) - 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.

3.5
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Tap at sb. Pours a cloudy dark amber with a dense and creamy tan head. Nitrogenous nose with bread crusts and dark caramel as.well. Creamy medium body with wooly carb. Caramel and a whiff of nitrogen on the mid palate. Mildly malty rye finish.

3.7
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 3, 2013
Bottle with a best before of 16 June 13.pours with a filtered, crystal yellow hued body with a rotund and lasting white head with good lace. Malty and biscuity aroma with huge noble hop spicy, earthy and subtle fruity qualities. Hay, fresh cut grass. Fresh smelling overall. Flavors are bitter, clean, crisp an hoppy, spicy, herbal, noble, mild peanut butter, quenching, spicy. A pretty solid lager, but not very heller bock like in any traditional sense (Strong Lager). Floral, medium-low bitter, clean, crisp, dry, low body, medium carb. Solid

3.1
Sledutah (7753) - Utah, USA - JUL 9, 2013
22oz bottle picked up at The Grapevine
Clear golden with a small white head and some lacing. Aroma of straw, fruity, oranges and earthy. Flavors of wheat, herbal and lemon peel
Ok

3.3
Ernest (7746) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium to dark yellow. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (grass, resin, herbs). Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. A very Americanized (and simple) hop nose, but thankfully no off notes. Good balance in the mouth too. Overall much better than anyone could expect...it isn’t husky, soapy, or loaded with DMS.


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