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Thomas Hooker Octoberfest Lager - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Thomas Hooker Octoberfest LagerThomas Hooker Octoberfest Lager

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very good

242 Ratings

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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 34
Gots: 16 | 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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Photo of rabidawg
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Ruddy nut-brown with a splash of fizzy carbonation. Looked syrupy and viscous as I poured. Small, foamy white head that settled to a small sudsy cap. Sticky, spotty lacing.

Smell: Sweet roasty malt with a hint of hops. Slightly bready, with alcohol noticeable but not imposing.

Taste: This bier leans toward the dry side of Oktoberfest. Well-carbonated, but not overly so. Definite sweet, sticky maltiness, with thick, sweet, dark fruits and a certain vinous quality. Balanced well by the drying hop finish. A certain yeastiness is present in the finish. Very drinkable and quite enjoyable.

Notes: A tasty iteration, and one that folks who tend to steer clear of overly sweet O'fests should enjoy.

rabidawg, Sep 03, 2003
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.

digitalflood, Thursday at 04:00 AM
Photo of wtighe03
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

wtighe03, Sunday at 06:48 AM
Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

bacher468, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of costerman
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

costerman, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of JayGlogovsky
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

JayGlogovsky, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of Jersh67
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Jersh67, Oct 04, 2014
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.

Samp01, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

whatname, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of h4ger
4/5  rDev +2.6%

h4ger, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of justintcoons
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

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

Caramel, bread, and brown sugar.

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

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

Pretty textbook, pretty good.

justintcoons, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of k47k
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%

k47k, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Griffith, Sep 14, 2014
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.

MMarkMelly, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of WOSean
4/5  rDev +2.6%

WOSean, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of Jim_l8472
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

My favorite oktoberfest

Jim_l8472, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of emtrexx
4.76/5  rDev +22.1%

emtrexx, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

zestar, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of SuperHop18
4/5  rDev +2.6%

SuperHop18, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of ChrisChagnon
4/5  rDev +2.6%

ChrisChagnon, Apr 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Karibourgeois, Mar 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

hoppymcgee, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of Omnium
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Clear amber with a finger of off white head with some compact bubbles making up some minor lacing.
S - Sweet malts, caramel, bread, earthy tones, some spice, a touch of cinnamon.
T - Classic sweet Marzen kinda flavor with a nice touch of some dark earthy hops, some cinnamon, a little pepper.
M - Partly creamy, well carbonated.
O - Good Octoberfest for sure, like the earthy quality it has to it.

Omnium, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of sgregory
4/5  rDev +2.6%

sgregory, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of Galaneia
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Galaneia, Oct 16, 2013
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Thomas Hooker Octoberfest Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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