New Belgium Hop Kitchen #1 - Hoppy Bock Lager

 
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RATINGS: 216   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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notalush (5955) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Clear light gold - soapy head - moderately honey sweet nose, with fairly potent fruity and floral hallertauer - some spicy and slightly husky rye kind of muddle things - light to medium body - moderate carbonation - medium sweet, but quite hoppy and spicy, especially in the finish, so it is easy to forget this is supposed to be a Maibock - quite a peppery bite to the hops, which I am digging - to some degree this tastes like an amped up version of Shift - however, that rye comes in near the finish - it is spicy and mildly husky, just like in the nose - it really does lessen the enjoyment - should have left the rye out and produced a cleaner product - still, it’s a decent beer.

3.3
Majin (256) - West Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAR 8, 2013
1 pint bottle, mostly words, light amber color, light pine taste, pretty decent beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
Ernest (7889) - 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.

3.3
rougeau13 (3276) - Richmond, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2013
Smells like sweet bread, hay, and grass. Taste is slightly sweet bready malts with an easy bitterness and a touch of rye spice. Pours clear golden with a soapy white head that leaves plenty of lacing. Light medium bodied and crisp. Not amazing, but really good for the style and perfect after a day of yard work.

3.3
nearbeer (5662) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 18, 2013
22 oz. Clear amber-golden with a lasting half inch of spongy foam. Aroma is eucalyptus, resin, leaf and sourish orange. Taste is mostly eucalyptus, with some touches of peppery rye. Light-medium body is dry and has medium carbonation. Decent lager, but too much of the eucalyptus hop notes for me.

3.3
Ret12 (454) - Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2013
I’m not a fan of this but it is full of flavor very sweet and decently bitter.. Overall decent

3.3
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Bottle. Gold pour, big white head. Aroma of citrus, grassy, floral hops, bread, lager yeast. Taste is lightly bitter, grassy/citrus hops, bread, tea. Palate is soft, crisp, light bitter finish.

3.3
TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, 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.

3.3
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 12, 2013
22oz bottle. Crystal clear straw body with large white head. Aroma is medium sweet, bread, straw, some rye/spicy, honey, grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, rye/spicy, some grapefruit/straw, bread/honey. Light-medium body, light stickiness, low carbonation.

3.3
bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2013
(Draught) Pours a clear yellow body with a small white head. Aroma of herbs, grass, grain, earth, bread, and citrus. Flavor of grain, citrus, rye, honey, and caramel.


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