Thomas Hooker Octoberfest Lager - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Thomas Hooker Octoberfest LagerThomas Hooker Octoberfest Lager

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88
very good

163 Reviews
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Reviews: 163
Hads: 253
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 7.09%
Wants: 34
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2003

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
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Photo of pezoids
4.92/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured gorgeously. Very deep orange amber that is close to reddish brown. Large white head of foam. Yes! Now this is fine beer. Sweet and prominent malt presence in the aroma that transfers flawlessly into the taste. Caramel and sweet nuts abound wrapping tightly around this beer. Licorice, vanilla and almond buttery notes add to the overall complexity. It’s almost like it this has been aged in a whiskey barrel. The alcohol is folded perfectly into the other flavors. A musty hop presence is barely noticeable, but it is there. A very smooth beer – and and one that is extremely drinkable.

This is a beer that sticks to your sides. Really awesome! (666 characters)

Photo of MMarkMelly
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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. (168 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.69/5  rDev +18.7%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of ghebb
4.64/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark orange / light brown with decent head.

Nice bready and caramel malt aroma with some hints of earthy hop presence. The layers of malty complexity of this brew are simply staggering. I detected strong toasty, and toffee flavors up front with hints of roasted coffee, and faint chocolate flavors that meld toghether beautifully and are balanced nicely on the back end by a medium hop bitterness. The full mouthfeel, medium carbonation, and clean finish make you want to keep coming back for more. An excellent brew, and the best batch of octoberfest I've sampled from Hooker. (585 characters)

Photo of Phatz
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful off dark amber brown with ruby hues to it. The off white head fades in a few moments and the beer leaves a little lacing particularly when swirled to stimulate a bit.

Smell: Wow. This beer smells terrific! A bigger than average nose on a Märzen. Big German malts lightly toasted and caramel, fruit, butter and then what a surprise, there are *hops*. Beautifully tipped just a tad to the hoppy side but balanced with candy and toffee.

Taste: The flavor follows the nose. Sweet German malts, bread, biscuit, fruit, caramel, butter, brown sugar, tart grain, nuts, toffee and the finish comes with a surge of dryness followed by a slightly astringent aftertaste.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: This is a rich malty medium body beer with lots of flavor and nice carbonation and body in the mouth and ultimately it is a great drinking beer. This beer goes down so nicely it is the top of my list of O-fests from this season.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers! (987 characters)

Photo of BrewMasterG
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crystal clear orange-amber. A tad dark for the style. Nice whiteish cream-colored head from a gentlish pour. Nearly disappears after 2-3 minutes.

Smell: Soft malty notes with slight moneral character.

Taste: Malty presence, mild sweetness with some minor astringency (6-row?, roasted barley?). With well-balanced hop bitterness for the style. No hop flavor or aroma.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and an excellent balance between dry and sweet. Just about right for the style. My favorite of 4 reviewed this evening.

Serving type: 12oz bottle purchased non-refrigerated on 12/7/2009 (600 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have drank many O-fests this year and have come to the conclusion that in general it seems that most breweries aren't brewing a good solid, complex O-fest. Well after looking at and smelling this one I can tell it's one of the couple special O-fests to be found.

Pours a dark ruby copper color very clean with a full off white head that hangs around a few minuts and leaves just the slightest amount of lacing.

The nose on this O-fest is simply stellar. A big blast of toffeed malt goodness followed by the slightest hint of floral hops. A big rich, full smell. Hints of caramel as well.

Again this O-fest does not dissapoint. Nice balance between the huge caramel, toffee malt, and again the floral hops, fresh baked biscuits, and the slightest hint of brown sugar. One of the few "complex" O-fests I've tried. A long lingering finish of sweet molten hops. The mid palate is thick and chewy; full of malt. Impeccably put together.

Mouth is rich and full. One of the easiest drinking O-fests ever tried. (1,017 characters)

Photo of sethmeister
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Luminous, crystal clear brassy orange body topped with a billowing tan cloud of a head. Beautiful appearance.

Very fragrant; scent appeared before I lifted the glass. Toast, roasted grains, a hint of bitter tea.

Taste: toast, roasted grains, spicy hops and a delightfully long and nicely bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with a lively carbonation up front and an astringency at the end. I might prefer a slightly thicker feel but that's just my preference. For the style this is probably ideal.

Drinkability is excellent. Each sip leaves me wanting another and I have to force myself to put the glass down for a moment in order to write this.

I can absolutely see why this one keeps winning awards. Since I love a thicker mouthfeel I think it is a tossup whether this or Berkshire's thick juicy Oktoberfest is my favorite, but either way this is an excellent Oktoberfest lager. (884 characters)

Photo of simskl
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (585 characters)

Photo of Hokies
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz poured into a nonic. Pours a deep color with a minimal white head with a thin lace left on the glass.

A nice caramel malt aroma with a faint hop aroma.

Not overly sweet and definitely not too hoppy. A very balanced Marzen with a very strong caramel malt taste.

Probably one of the best Oktoberfest beers that I have had. (330 characters)

Photo of NEhophead
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 fl oz brown bottle, served in a nonic.

Clean, light maple with a highlight of ruby. Plenty of noticeable carbonation. Creamy, off-white head that recedes to a half intact sheet after a moment. Condensed lacing with decent strength.

Moderately sweet caramel and light toffee. Pleasantly toasted malt character with a clean aroma of diacetyl. Clean earthen, floral hops that round out the sweet aromas rather nicely.

Bright floral hop presence up front; rather clean with just a touch of metal. Creamy and moderately sweet caramel, light milk chocolate, and hints of toffee. Clean breadiness that comes to light at mid-sip joined by a touch of earthy bitterness. Sweet caramel, dried coffee beans, and toasted biscuit make for a pleasant aftertaste.

Almost full in body; creamy, earthen. Completely balanced texturally and remarkably smooth.

Very tasty and well rounded. A near perfect domestic version of a Marzen: probably the best I've had to date. Another accomplishment from Troutbrook! (1,007 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has this on tap last night at West Wings in West Hartford. Not a huge difference between draft and bottle, both were very smooth.

A - Thick, off-white head and a medium-amber body. I love the look of an Octoberfest.
S - Very sweet and delicious malt w/ a hint of spiciness. Perfect for the Fall season.
T - Very clean and crisp. So much flavor and just the right amount of sweetness.
M/D - No problem enjoying this one all night. There's no need to try a different beer at the bar. Another great Octoberfest from a great brewery. (530 characters)

Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A--Two finger creme colored fizzy head that reduced to skim quickly and didn't lace. But the real story here is the body: picture perfect deep auburn sunset combined with some copper. Really really beautiful and spot on for the style.

S--Decent. I'm picking mostly a candy apple thing, with some toffeeish notes alongside a lighter fruity sweetness. Definitely some Munich malt going on here.

T--Wonderful! Good sock of malt here right up front, as the toffee bark flavors come to the fore early on, followed by a more mellow caramel gloss that also picks up the now juicier apple notes toward the back. Really, really accurate representation of the style, very true to German standard, which I prefer. Balanced hop bitterness keeps the malts from taking over and urges you to gulp some more.

M&D--Mouthfeel is appropriately thin without being watery. Carbonation, again, is moderate. All the aspects of the mouthfeel stay out of the way--they're like a good Major League manager: you don't notice them. Drinkability is excellent, as this is smooth enough to throw back a few without being boring in the flavor profile.

If you're a fan of the style, this has to be the must try list for American versions of the style. Tastes like a standard-bearer to me, alongside the Ramstein Oktoberfest. (1,345 characters)

Photo of number1bum
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my contributions to NEPA BC split #8.

Pours a perfect dark amber color with great clarity and about 2 fingers of light tan head. Head recedes slowly leaving a nice, thin lace and even some patchy stick on the sides.

Smell is toasted grain and caramel malt along with some spicy hops.

Taste is also primarily toasted malt and grain flavors with some caramel malt sweetness. Hops are mildly bitter and have some spice through the finish. Finishes dry but smooth with a crisp and medium-bodied mouthfeel. Smooth and refreshing flavor makes this one an easy drinker.

This is truly a top notch oktoberfest. This isn't my favorite style and I've sampled a lot of mediocre ones, but this one rises above the crowd. Pick it up. (731 characters)

Photo of goindownsouth
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very heart-felt thank you to rabidawg for allowing me the opportunity to sample this absolute gem. A deep and rich dark copper color out of the bottle, this Bier left a respectable head at the onset, and left a little lacing along the side of the glass as a token of rememberance. The aroma was slightly semi-sweet, and rather shewy of the tasty malted goodness that was forthcoming. A fantasticly rich, yet super smooth brew, this one paired well with sausages with peppers and onions. This is one of, if not my fave micro Oktoberfest to date.

Prosit! (557 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear, darkish copper body, with good carbonation. Topped by a fist full of soft, creamy bona china colored foam.

Big buscuit / fresh bread aroma, with a hint of grass outside the bakery window.

Good malty start, with real depth, much more a dark chocolate than pixie stick kind of sweetness. Good earthy hops arise to both balance and take a little bow of their own. Real solid taste, firm, and well integrated. Liquid brown bread - high praise from an Irishman.

Mouthfeel is great, drinkability superb.

Just a joy, up with Ramstein and Brooklyn as my favorite domestic O'fests. Guess I have to go back to Connecticut next fall. (643 characters)

Photo of OatmattStout
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is a redish/orange amber color with a really nice head and nice lacing. The smell was of toasted grain, sweet bready malt with a faint sour dough nose quality. The first impression is a really nice full mouthfeel of flavor. The flavors are a rich malty sweetness with a small hop balance. Has a slight spicyness to it that really makes it enjoyable. It was the best of the octoberfest I tasted out of 15 at an octoberfest tasting I attended recently. (453 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light copper color with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, with a good hops background. There’s a little bit of brown sugar & dark fruit as well.

T: A good hearty roasted malt flavor indicative of the style starts out. Sweet flavors of caramel, brown sugar and a little bit of dark fruit follow. The hops character is mild but it’s very complimentary to the other flavors. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down easy, good kick, not very filling, good representation of style, I could stick with this beer for a while. This is one of my favorite O-fest beers. (834 characters)

Photo of Deus1138
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wish I had tried this earlier in the year. I expect it to disappear from store shelves now that it is November. Oh well, I know now for next year.

This is an exceptional Octoberfest. I was surprised by the sweet malts that come through after your sip. Kind of caramel, brown sugary in character. I like Octoberfests for the strong flavor. This brew has the expected strong flavor, but it's sweet and smooth. Very creamy mouth feel. I did not detect the hops until the aftertaste. Not an overwhelming hop flavor, just enough to let you know they're there.

Very easy to drink this one. Flavorful, sweet, smooth, and well balanced. Not "too much" of anything. I'll be sure to get some as soon as it is available next year. (723 characters)

Photo of oxmasterscream
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Six-pack courtesy of UnionMade, big up.

Appearance: Poured a clear, deep amber with just a splash of red. Head was about one finger but fell quickly, leaving just a thin covering atop the brew. The casual bubble drifted upward.

Aroma: Very German. Subtle wafts of toasted, sweet Bavarian malts (caramel and something pilsnery) and hints of apples. Very inviting. Smelled very authentic.

Taste: As expected by the inviting aromas, an extremely balanced, well-executed version of the style. Sweet and malty first, then slightly spicy, then a zing of apple cider and a touch of noble hop bitterness that gently coated and dried my mouth. It begged me to take another sip. Very authentic.

Mouth: Medium-bodied with just enough carbonation to keep your tongue awake. As mentioned above, dry at the finish.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable. Great great great for the season. Lovin' it. Thanks again to UnionMade for the opportunity. (942 characters)

Photo of markman
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thomas Hooker Octoberfest Lager:

Crystal clear copper color, really nice to look at. Appears as though it has it’s own light source…just kind of sits there and shimmers. Minimal head that settles to a gossamer film and hangs there a while. Wow, a Märzen to marvel. Toasty, malty sweetness with a spicy almost rye-laced hop bite at the end. Lacing is beautiful, and nice served at slightly less than cellar temperature. But as it warms the dry maltyness fills the palette even more. Really good, the best O’fest I’ve had to date.

Cheers… (548 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle. No freshness date and contract brewed & bottled in Saratoga Springs, NY.

A- Billowing foamy head, clear deep pumpkin orange color.

S- Mildly sweet malt character with suggestions of toasted grain and caramel.

T- Heavy waves of sweet toasted malt with a slight caramel backing. The hops are ample enough to balance and leave a kiss of herbal flavor in the semi-sweet finish.

M- Very crisp and smooth with a creamy mouth feel.

D- Hearty enough to show the rest that it has more character, enough flavor to keep on wanting more. (560 characters)

Photo of Schmidts
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
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! (517 characters)

Photo of DousedInStout
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer poured a beautiful, bright orange color with a solid head and long lasting lacing. The nose was sweet and malty, and the taste was prefect to style. Very well balanced - caramel malt at first followed by some noble hop crispness. Overall, the best Octoberfest I've had this year. (289 characters)

Photo of Greenlabel
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had heard that this product received a silver medal at last years's GABF so I really wanted to try it. After picking up a 6-pack in CT, I now understand why the product was so highly regarded. Definitely an outstanding Octoberfest from the bright orange pour, lacy foam and pleasant mouthfeel to the lack of any unpleasant aftertaste. A drier rather than sweeter Octoberfest interpretation with roasty malt overtones. Now I need to get back to CT for a few more 6-packs as I don't believe it's sold out of its local market. (525 characters)

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Thomas Hooker Octoberfest Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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