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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sledutah (7374) - 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
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (7180) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Clear light golden beer with a soapy off white head. An aroma of hops and grain, rye maybe. I find the aroma to be more interesting than the flavor. Hops are lighter when tasted as is the grain. That being said, this is imminently drinkable and would make a great crossover beer. As it warms the hops grow and bring more bitterness, fruit, and tartness. The Hallertauer begins to come through.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
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 arent 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Iphonephan (6719) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2013
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a light crystal clear pale gold with a thick frothy white head. Malty nose. Flavors of straw with some mild hoppiness, producing a lingering bitter finish. Quite smooth and crisp.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (6597) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Aroma is pale malts, up front German hops and very slightly perfumed. The flavor is pale malts, citrus, tropical fruit and a mostly smooth/slightly tart finish.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (6579) - Yorktown, Virginia, 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)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blutt59 (6558) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2013
Bottled, clear golden with fluffy white foam, aroma is steely hops, great bitter marshmallow and lemon flavors, really nice beer

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6539) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of light-moderate grass with a touch of bread and sweetness. It pours a transparent gold with a three finger soapy white head that has good retention. A good amount of sticky webbing is left behind on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with light-moderate honey. The finish has light-moderate grass, floral notes, orange peel, and some faint lemon. Its light-medium bodied with somewhat soft carbonation and mouthfeel.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (6464) - Coxs Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle: Slightly hazy gold, white head. Fruity, light pine....hop aroma. Orange malt, pine taste. Rather more like an APA than a bock.... Pretty nice, though.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (6314) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 18, 2013
22 oz. bottle. It pours a nice clear light gold with a creamy white head and lots of streaming bubbles. The aroma is strong with Hallertauer floral and lemon zest, a little minty and earthy. The flavor is full bodied and extremely hop forward. Great blend of hops with mostly floral bitterness combined with some earthy and herbal notes backed by very minor citrus peel. Very creamy mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this lager. Well done!


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