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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

233 Ratings

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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 30
Gots: 12 | 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%

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 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, Today at 07:19 PM
Photo of k47k
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%

k47k, Monday at 10:16 PM
Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Griffith, Sunday at 02:54 PM
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, Thursday at 05:16 PM
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 09, 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
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

SuperHop18, Jul 22, 2014
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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%

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
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Galaneia, Oct 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

thegerm87, Oct 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Stidge77, Oct 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Casterbridge, Oct 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

nmann08, Oct 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

lobos62, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of Sspeer1
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Sspeer1, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of Kooz
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

Nut brown with a tightly packed off-white head.

Smell some kid of spice, maybe cinnamon. Not too strong, but nice.

Tastes nice. Slightly bitter up front, but mellows into a smooth warmth with an occasional pinch, which is nice.

Very good body and a creaminess lacking from a lot of Marzen style beers (maybe intentionally?). I am a fan.

This is a good Oktoberfest beer, the only one I've bothered to rate this year. I recommend it.

Kooz, Sep 23, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -42.3%

DPB2262, Sep 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

jefftuck47, Sep 21, 2013
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Thomas Hooker Octoberfest Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.