Thomas Hooker Octoberfest Lager - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Thomas Hooker Octoberfest LagerThomas Hooker Octoberfest Lager

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BA SCORE
87
very good

251 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 33
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Originally brewed to celebrate the beginning of the German brewing season and the 1810 wedding of crown prince Ludwig of Bavaria and his bride-to-be, princess Therese of Saxon-Hildburghausen. This amber beer was brewed in March ("Marzenbier") and left to age in cool lagering caves during the heat of the summer. Our rich and satisfying Bavarian-style OctoberFest comes from a special blend of imported German malts that creates a full-bodied brew and stresses a malty flavor and lingering aroma. Gently hopped and delicately balanced, its true-to-style, slow fermentation and long, cold maturation produces a luxuriously smooth, award-winning brew.

16 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2003)
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rideguy64
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of pwdiamond
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of psweendogg
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ridgeline23
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DHarv
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Draft, it was good kind of like Leinekugels, a little cloudy nice color

Photo of grahuba
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of dd43
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of digitalflood
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours an amber red with a good head that reduces to very good lacing. Smells of malts, barley, some smokey peat, and biscuits. Smoked burnt biscuits on first taste. Was honestly kind of off-putting given you're expecting more caramel and sugars courtesy of the Marzen label. If you let it sit and get closer to room temperature that is when all the magic happens. The smoke peals back and reveals a pound cake and coffee combination taste. That happens from the barley and malts dancing around from the nose to the mid-palate. There is some good caramel and malt notes in between. The aftertaste is where the Marzen malt shines. That hint of smoke becomes less noticeable and more part of the taste notes as you move along. At the end of the glass I was very pleased. Nice balance. Complex flavor. Develops well as you move through the session. Started rating this a 3.5 and then went back to 3.75 and landed on 4 out of 5 when all is said and done. Definitely grows on you if you give it a chance.

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Samp01
3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber brown with a medium off white head. Aroma is of barley, malt, yeast and fruity notes. Taste is sweet mildly toasted barley, some caramel flavors as it warms up a bit with some moderate amount of bitterness. A medium body, smooth with moderate carbonation. Finishes with some toasted barley and caramel, yeast and bready notes with some moderate bitterness on the end for balance. Overall a good and tasty brew.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of h4ger
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of justintcoons
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Amber with 1 finger of off-white head. Crystal clear with medium-light carbonation.

Nose
Caramel, bread, and brown sugar.

Taste
Caramel, sweet brown breads, and hints of brown sugar. Slight toastiness with touches of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light bodied, crisp, clean, smooth, and refreshing.

Overall
Pretty textbook, pretty good.

Photo of k47k
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MMarkMelly
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Great Clean Taste - No Sharp Bite


Love That This Stuff Is Pure CT - Couldn't Find It In Boston! Compares To Great Beers Had In Munich/Stuttgart/Rottenberg/Tübingen.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Jim_l8472
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

My favorite oktoberfest

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4.76/5  rDev +22.1%

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Thomas Hooker Octoberfest Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.