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Thomas Hooker Octoberfest Lager - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

Thomas Hooker Octoberfest LagerThomas Hooker Octoberfest Lager

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BA SCORE
87
very good

223 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%


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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Omnium

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 04:52:46 | More by Omnium
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Kooz

New York

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2013 15:15:50 | More by Kooz
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Carolvs

Texas

4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh, clean, and crisp - no unpleasant aftertaste at all.
Not a particularly strong smell one way or the other.
On the appearance side, my only negative comment is that the head was a bit thin and fleeting.

Overall though, fantastic lager that is as smooth as it comes. Makes you feel like you're at a pub in Munich!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 22:27:44 | More by Carolvs
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searsclone

Arizona

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle into a flared pint glass.

hazy copper color with a sticky tan head and good lace

smell is malty sweet and earthy

taste is malt and caramel with a slightly bitter hop finish. nice balance

mouthfeel is chewy with a wet finish

overall, tasty and easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 01:05:23 | More by searsclone
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.73/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light to medium copper, orange hints. Foam vanishes fast. Clear looking. Malt bomb nose, some hints of spice - cinammon/nutmeg. Taste is a delicious malt full of flavor and smooth. Some sweetness which is balanced by a full bodied mouthfeel, Wow, really kicked me back a bit - just outright excellent.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 23:09:22 | More by KTCamm
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright copper orange in color with a slight chill haze at the onset that ultimately cleared nicely. Poured with a thick foamy off-white foam that left a ladder of sticky lacings down the backside of the glass. Earthy, sweet caramel, toasted malt and toffee aromas with earthy grain and floral hop aromas. Delicate, smooth, velvety feel with subdued carbonation upfront that thickens through the middle and toward the finish. Flavor is a nice carbonation of floral hops, caramel and toasted malts from beginning to end. This is a nit more hop forward than your average oktoberfest. Finishes crisply with a light floral hop character followed by toasted malt. A nice, drinkable, slightly hoppy fall offering.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2012 03:44:12 | More by IronLover
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JayQue

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good One!!! From a style that can often be pretty bland. Pours a hazy orange amber color with and average size off-white head. Average head retention and good size bands of lacing around the glass.

Smell is fairly mild, mostly malty.

Taste is very good. Strong, somewhat sweet malty backbone and good robust bitterness. Not IPA bitterness but some subdued European hops. The balance is great. This is not some bland watery beer.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp. Just right for the style. The bitterness is a treat for the tongue at the end of a malty sip.

This is what a Marzen should be. Not the most exciting style in the world but a great beer for pitchers and mass quantities on a fall day.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 17:24:57 | More by JayQue
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alexgash

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Born on 8-21-2012.

Tawny, burnt sienna body. Clear. Finger of moderately thick, bright light khaki head. Some lacing. Nose full of malt: caramel, butterscotch, cookies, and blondies are all over the place. Maybe a slight vegetal hop hint.

Toasted biscuity malt up front. Spicy, vegetal hop bitterness also shows up, but stays in the background. Very caramel-y, with plenty of cookie dough and a little butterscotch. Butterscotch and brown sugar into the finish. Spicy hop bitterness lingers a while, as does the cookie-ish malt. Medium bodied, with a slightly syrupy feel. A very nice ofest!

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 00:51:34 | More by alexgash
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear copper. Whitish head and lacing. Good looking brew.
Smell: Yeasty bread, slightly earthy. not a lot happenin but nice.
Taste: much like the nose. Bready and malty. Tasty though not exceptional.
Overall: Decent enough. Enjoyable but no standout.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 21:52:41 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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dday1231

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice aroma, but I’m not crazy about the taste. My biggest gripe is the impression it gives during my first few sips. It’s difficult to explain what I don’t like about the initial taste other than it’s a copper flavor that seems awkward with the sweet and spicy background. I’m not thrilled with it, and probably would not buy again. medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 03:17:05 | More by dday1231
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Schmidts

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle pumpkin orange with a 1/2 inch white head that drops to a 1/4 inch with lots of lacing.
Smells of breads and malts and herbel earth.
Taste is caramel, malts and herbel balancing hops.This is really the way a marzen October Fest Lager Beer should taste. It is creamy and smooth in your mouth and refreshing to your taste! This is a October Fest thats bids you drink More. I give this one an overall of 4.5 this is a truely worthy October Fest. Give it a try it will delight you. Great Job Hooker!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 22:46:32 | More by Schmidts
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simskl

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A new favorite.
Found this at Stew Leonard's only a few miles from the brewery so it was sure to be fresh.
A very nice copper maybe closer to burnt orange color with a nice malty smell.
The taste was fantastic, it had the typical malty Marzen flavor but you could also taste some hops, not too much but enough to let you know they're in the beer.
There was a mild sweet aftertaste that disappeared quickly.
I like the fall because I like finding Marzen style beer and this one will make its way into the seasonal routine, it may even be pushing some of the others off the shelf a bit.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 20:39:39 | More by simskl
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle.
Served in a heavy glass mug.
It pours a deep golden amber color with a fast-fading off-white head along with some patchy trailing lacing.
A strong whiff of wet sweet malt rises up at first pours and lasts for quite awhile. Smells of mixed fruit cup, citrus and cut field hay follow, as does a bit a alcohol fuminess.
This is as bold as an Octoberfest can be without rising into a stronger Lager style range like a Maibock, but I like it as it is.
Flavors of sweet caramel malt, tastes of pears, fresh bread, tea-like, and citrusy hops are finished with a light taste of golden rum.
The body is full and somewhat slick. The flavors come together and blend nicely as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 15:05:45 | More by BeerResearcher
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy amber-copperbody with golden and orange highlights. Creamy antique-white head. Great retention and lacing.

Smell: Malty: grainy, bready, and toasty.There's also some yeastiness, a hint of floral hops, and a bit of fruitiness that I believe is due to the darker kilning of the Vienna malts in much the same way that some of the darker crystal malts have an almost raisin-like flavor, but not quite exactly to the same extent.

Taste: As is commonly the case, the flavor follows the aroma with a few additions. Bitterness, for example, cannot be smelled, and yet it's there. It's fairly moderate though, and quite appropriate for the Maerzen style. There's just enough to balance it from start to finish: nothing more, and nothing less. And there are some more hops. It's a slight touch spicy, and beneath that there's a little bit of an herbal thing going on. Not unlike the bitterness, however, the hop flavors are restrained to the point that they don't really stand out anymore than anything else; and in that way this is a really balanced and polished brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and gently crisp, as expected. Any more carbonation would bring out the bitterness and cut down the smoothness, and any less carbonation might allow it to become to flabby and malty sweet.

Overall: There's a lot of nice flavor across the entire palate, and it lingers quite pleasantly with a touch of malt and a balancing note of hop spiciness. Remarkably drinkable. Well done. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 02:11:36 | More by NeroFiddled
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Durge

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gambrinus for importing this fresh growler of brew direct from the Bloomfield mother lode. The color was a distinct, clear copper with a weak white head and only nominal lacing. The aroma brought grassy malt and some clove with just a touch of herbal hop. Very nice. The flavor seemed dead on with the aroma so I can only repeat that while malt is the base theme, the grassy-clove idea hung true. It's not quite the clove you get with a Belgian brew but it had that sort of near minty character. I couldn't put my finger on what to call it, but it's likeable enough. It's a medium-light bodied brew though a bit aqueous I thought. The somewhat strong flavor here holds it back from being a big session choice but it works well in conversation with fellow beer enthusiasts. Certainly worth trying as a variation on the Oktoberfest theme.

Serving type: growler

09-19-2011 18:44:19 | More by Durge
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metter98

New York

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear coppery orange in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down but consistently covered the surface and left lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of earthy yeast and toasted malts in the nose.
T: The flavor is rather malty and has flavors of toasted malts with hints of butter, caramel and toffee. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is very drinkable because it has a good balance between the malts and hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 16:01:50 | More by metter98
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bogus564

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz, poured into a pint glass at my favorite watering hole.

A: Not bad - very dark amber in color, almost no head to speak of. Couldn't create one, even with an aggressive pour.

S: It's sometimes difficult to discern smells in a bar, so I have to give this the benefit of the doubt. I do pick up some light hoppiness and spice.

T: Decent. I'm getting some orange, light on the pine hops, and a sweetness like mint almost.

M: Okay. Light-bodied, good carbonation, easy on the palate, slightly citrusy finish.

O: Good, not great. It had some flavors I like, not nearly as pronounced as I like them.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 23:56:10 | More by bogus564
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a large foamy head of light brown with a medium brown pumpkin orange color.

S: Aroma of a slightly sweetened spiced oktoberfest with some decent roasted malts and a hit of molasses.

T: Thick spicing and sweetness. A bit of caramel followed by a respectable noble hopping. This had plenty of flavor for an oktoberfest and not in the way that Sam Adams has done it. There is more to the body and less spices with more expensive ingredients I feel taking this a notch up.

O: I like this as a Marzen. I will know just how good this compares after drinking fresh Marzen at the real Oktoberfest in a few weeks in Munich. Cant Wait!

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 00:01:38 | More by alpinebryant
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Not a bad märzen. Poured into a pint glass a burnt orange color with a thin white head that faded fast to a stray layer of bubbles; a little soapy lacing. Malty aroma, grains and floral hops. Sweet caramel malts in the taste, lightly toasted grains, leafy, moderately hopped with some bitterness in the aftertaste. Light-medium body and quite good for an autumn beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2011 13:10:26 | More by Rifugium
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Brian50Oshen1

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is a winner.
A successful brewery thats growing and not cutting corners. I reccomend this one highly to anyone while it lasts. This brewer is a rising star. There is a lot of good product coming out of this Connecticut company.
If its available to you,, get some.
(comes in six packs only I believe)

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 22:35:42 | More by Brian50Oshen1
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Thads324

Connecticut

3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a vibrant and dark golden orange. Totally clear with a slightly off white head that is sticky and thick. Leaves loads of thick lacing. Aromas of burnt grass and husky grains. A bit if a dry smell as well, like most lagers. Taste starts very sweet and mild. A bit of caramel followed by a grassy taste. Finishes with the marzen yeast taste. Creamy and easy going mouth feel with a medium body. Super drinkable.

Overall a pretty good beer and it is very drinkable. Unfortunately it falls by the wayside against all the more flavorful Marzens out there. I like the creamy feel, but lacks the deep, rich flavors that are necessary.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 23:10:06 | More by Thads324
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socon67

New York

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Thomas Hooker Brewery

A - Pours amber with a tan foam. Clear and with notceable carboantion.

S - Didn't get much more than a malty scent with a bit of spice. Even after settling not much else came out.

T - Taste is a nice crisp marzen that is quite true to style. The robust malty base is complimented by some earthy spices and a raspy, hoppy, bite on the tongue. Great fall beer.

M - Well blanaced, light for the style, and a good beer to session as you watch summer go away.

O - Didn't quite match what I heard about it, but Hooker Octoberfest is a solid beer and I'd like to give it another try to see if maybe in bottle has more of the aroma I was looking for.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2011 13:50:58 | More by socon67
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albertjr21

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heading into more fall-like weather here in the Northeast, I figured I'd reach into the back of my fridge and have the last of the six of these. Into a pint glass this pours a clear brownish amber color under a thin but well sustained head. The aroma doesn't disappoint either with a generous crisp and sweet toasted biscuity malt nose. There's a robust yet smooth malt body here that nicely delivers itself into a hearty finish that echoes toasted grainy bread and generous amounts of "Octoberfest" spices. Wonderfully masks its abv as well. Delicious and I can't wait for next year's batch...

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 18:04:43 | More by albertjr21
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. No date or info.

Thanks to Onenote81 for sending this brew my way in a surprise box!

A - The pour isn't audible in the least even with the height. Not a lot of head formation as the beer transferred over though. A thin skim of bone-colored head and a small arch of lace are left floating over the golden bronze brew.

S - Earthy notes of dry leaves and pine needle come from the hops. A pinch of sweet toasted caramel and Vienna malts balances well. I get a light hint of off butterscotch notes though.

T - A malty backbone shows good support for the refreshing earthy hops. Dry leave finishes out this balanced brew. A touch of something that seems just a bit off makes it into the flavor though.

M - Medium-bodied but somehow it's thin still. A little bit slick perhaps. It finishes dry and clean with a sparkling carbonation mouthfeel.

D - I find myself taking sip after sip to evaluate and I continue to down this brew. I definitely enjoy it for an everyday drinking okto. It goes down and refreshes well.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 13:13:48 | More by BeerFMAndy
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ne0m00re

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review of a 12 oz bottle courtesy Pabs311.
A: A nice clear copper with a good constant creamy head and some lacing.
S: A nice deep caramel toffee, while green crisp leafy hops come out as well as an earthy hops character. Peachy/banana fruit. Good. Very good.
T: A nice caramel with slight roast hints and a metallic banana. A slight hint of rum booze lingers. Pretty good, but not as outstanding as the aroma.
M: Nice medium body with creamy and frothy carbonation.
D: Good. A pint or two would be fine.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 01:12:35 | More by ne0m00re
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Thomas Hooker Octoberfest Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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