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%
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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beaver (1774) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2013
22 oz bottle, dated 6/16/13. Pours clear straw gold with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is subdued - sweet biscuity malts, spicy rye and some slightly metallic, grassy noble hops with some stinky musty yeast.

The flavor is sweet malts and a little rye with a decent sized grassy peppery hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little thin.

Overall, a decent hoppy lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (6178) - Wauwatosa, USA - FEB 8, 2017
Looks like a helles bock. Light golden color with a taller, dense off-white colored head. Fresh hops and sweet malt and honey scents. Hops do seem to overpower the malt after a small period of time. Pure malt goodness with a light citric, and floral hops backdrop. Hints of rye spice and herbs. A bit biting on the palate. As a self professed malt head, this one is right up my alley. Always in search for a good bock. 3/13

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nathan30533 (1020) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2014
This is a good german / Belgian style brew. I had it aged a year an a half. Not much hop taste. Good malt balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GarrettB (1573) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 4, 2014
March 26th, 2013 - A hoppy lager? Thats not a strong associative connection in my mind, but Im eager to try it, especially given that its from my home state. To all appearances its a golden ale, with a light, hazy body and a generous pillowy top. Ambitious though the foam may be, the aroma is gentle, with a very French combination of pear and butter, and a squeeze of herbaciousness, almost as if from Angostura bitters. Parsley and the herbal side of hops add to the sensation that Im picking weeds in an herb garden, alongside the scent of corn meal, or just dry, milled corn - very enjoyable, and very verdant. The flavor is more rollicking, with lots of suds and foam to batter the tongue, and exhausting itself quickly, rendering it flat by the aftertaste. The tastes themselves begin with lavender, and then honey and butterscotch appear in the mid taste. The alcohol is light, making this an especially short evening sipper.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (24004) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Draft. Hazy deep golden color, fluffy white head with nice retention and lacing. Nice aroma of light spice, flowers. Taste is earthy, lightly spiced, subtle pine and citrus. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (2302) - - SEP 17, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 6-30-13- Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance-The beer pours a golden coppery color with a one finger billowy white head. The head slowly fades over time to leave a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell- The aroma is heaviest of some biscuit malt with a touch or roasted malt within. Along with these smells so too are some aromas of caramel and a bit of grass, some citrus and small amounts of pine. Taste The taste began with a malty and somewhat sweeter flavor upfront. The malt is of biscuit and some lightly toasted bread while the sweet is largely of a caramel nature. The hop flavors quickly follow the initial taste with them being largely of a floral nature early on. As the taste advances however more hop flavor comes to the tongue with flavors of pine, a citrus and some grassy hop grow more intense as the flavor advances to the end. With a light orange citrus and tropical fruit coming along the time all the hops come, in the end one is left with a pleasant not too hoppy and not too sweet flavor on the tongue. , Mouthfeel The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is a bit on the higher and finer side. A bit of a thicker (less champagne like) carbonation may have suited the tastes of the brew slightly better, but the medium body was spot on for the blend of hop, malt and sweeter flavors giving the brew a rather nice feel overall. Overall A quite tasty and enjoyable brew overall. It is one to try if you have a chance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (11678) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 13, 2014
"The description of this beer was intriguing. It was ok, but really didnt live up to expectations. A good food beer, but theres not enough to really catch my interest as a stand-alone. Light in color and body, and surprisingly light on the hops given the name. The slight spice from the rye and a light bready malt backbone put this just over average, but barely."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (1715) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 31, 2014
Aroma is fresh sweet malts and a citrus and clove hop body. Some earthiness in the body. The taste is sweet light bodied malt with some light bitterness that is quite well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gschrade (1082) - Collinsville, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours gold with a white head. Taste biscuit, sweet, earthy. I thought this was good. I would drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dbhenry (139) - El Paso, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2014
This excellent lager is cloudy and the color is light. The hops are distinct. The only complaint is that the malt flavor is a little understated. Thus, there is a slight imbalance between malt and hops. However, it is an excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jjh19 (63) - California, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Appearance: Yellow, small tight bubbles, a little hazy. Smell: I got subtle Peach in the smell. Taste: First reaction to the taste was of sweetness, then some hop character kicked in mid-taste. Mouthfeel: Light body Drinkability: I was really looking forward to this. Bocks are a style of beer that can be so delicious. But this one missed the mark for me. Not sure how fresh this was. Overall, it was muted. Tough to put into words. And I wasnt digging the hazy pour. Hmmmmm.

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