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

253 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
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:
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 Greenlabel
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of SteveO1231
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle with an orange label. Pours a dark reddish copper with a very nice tan head that melts into the glass quickly. Low carbonation, tiny bit of white lacing. Aroma is full of German malts, fruity, hints of chocolate, caramel, and honey oat bread. Medium to full bodied. Sweet caramel, honey flavor, hint a chocolate. Finish is nutty with a drying bitterness. Very crisp, excellent O-fest, really good beer for this time of year.

Cheers!

Photo of UnionMade
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The beer is a deep reddish amber, topped with a thin white head. The head diminishes to nothing about halfway through, leaving a little bit of cobwebby lacing at the top of the glass.
The aroma is mainly a rich, robust caramunich maltiness. Lots of caramel, with some toastiness. Mild noble hops, providing a slightly herbal charater. Very clean, no off aromas. A light waft of alcohol is present.
The flavor starts with a rich, sweet caramel maltiness. Some toasted flavor, with the barest hint of fleeting smokiness towards the middle. Mild hopping comes through towards the end. Herbal, with a touch of citric bitterness. Some apparent alcohol in the very end, leaving off with a malty caramel aftertaste, which retreats quickly. Medium to full bodied, with gentle, small bubbled carbonation. A very mild, smooth mouthfeel, yet robust and strong.
Extremely clean, particularly for an american brewed beer. This one could definitely pass for an authentic german brewed version. An excellent local oktoberfest marzen. Probably my favorite this year. Very drinkable, although a sixer of this in one sitting will definitely put me down for the count.

Photo of DNICE555
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brass city crewfest

A - burnt orange color with a white head

S - Malt and grain

T - Malt, grain, somewhat bitter up front with a sweet finish

M - One of my favorite octoberfests. Enough bitterness to balance it away from being a malt bomb. Very smooth and hearty.

D - Very well done. Compliments a nice fall day very well.

Photo of albertjr21
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
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...

Photo of Doomcifer
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, bright amber color with a fantastic cream colored, frothy head that retains very nicely. Smells biscuity, bready malts, earthy tones. Taste is more bready and biscuity maltiness, earthy, noble hop spice, very pleasing and balanced. Fantastic Marzen. Slightly creamy mouthfeel, crisp. Very drinkable and one of, if not the best, Marzen I have had this year.

Photo of drcarver
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep amber color with a frothy 2 finger, offwhite head. Head thins quickly to a 4mm thickness leaving nice lacing down the side of the glass. Great looking beer.

S - I'm digging the prior descriptions of graham cracker, but I'm getting a little cookie in the malt as well.

T - Alcohol followed by steel/iron (almost like it was out of a can). Finished with a roasted malt flavor. The first flavor is there and gone quickly. Needed another quaff to find the cookie malt in the forefront. Creamy and medium-full bodied. Sweet aftertaste sits in the back of the mouth for quite a while.

D - Great Oktoberfest beer. Generally not a fan of Thomas Hooker, but this is a real winner. Paired with a nice stew or pot roast on a cool fall day and I'm 1 step from heaven.

Photo of Hagbard
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge tan head forms from an average pour. Four inches, it fills the entirety of my half-liter mug. The color is mahogany and it is fairly clear, allowing sight lines to some tiny carbonation bubbles. The aroma is subdued when it's cold, but strengthens a bit as it warms. It is comprised of a strong maltiness and bread, nice but not assertive enough. Thankfully the taste makes up for this. The maltiness and breadiness are there and are still the stars, but there is much more going on. There is some sort of fruity sweetness in the background that lasts until a certain hoppy bitterness comes in. An unsweetened chocolate taste comes on during the finish. This is a great tasting Oktoberfest that has some untraditional marzen flavors that work very well and provide a depth of flavor and nuance to the beer not found in most examples of the style. Extremely clean, there are no off-tastes making it very drinkable. A must try for anyone who can get it.

Photo of Zorro
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled through sinstaineddemon and Secret Bunny '08 BIF.

Clear amber to reddish brown colored lager with a strong tan head.

Smell is very clean with a fair amount of caramel. Lots of toasted grain aroma and a faint grassy aroma. What is absent is much hop aroma at all, just a little grass.

The taste starts out sweet and malty with lots of Munich malt and a solid drying bitterness. Flavor doesn't change a lot as you drink it; it's just plain good. Little bit of raisin bran flavor here, like you see in a lot of Octoberfest beers.

Mouthfeel is good.

Quite nice drinkability here, I would have no problems drinking this for a month or six as my only beer. Add a little more dry hops and this would be about perfect.

Photo of erosier
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice amber orange color with a medium sized and medium bodied white head that laces the glass on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, some caramel, and a slight earthy hoppy aroma at the end.
T: Very big malty base that makes up the body of this beer. Nice caramel notes and then some fainter earthy hops at the end.
M: Very crisp, fresh, and lighter feeling than I thought it was going to be. Nice amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer and I wish they had these seasonals all year round.

Photo of bjohnson
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep copper almost reddish color with a one finger cream colored fizzy head. Dissipates quickly but leaves a film on top.
S: Good sweet malt presence with notes of caramel and some spices. Toasted grains with a sugary presence to them.
T/M: Maltyness dominates the taste buds with distinct flavors of caramel and burnt sugar with a spicy interlude. Creamy yet fizzy as it crosses the palate. Slight fruity hop presence which I first mistook for dark fruit malt usually noticed in bocks. Fizzyness is a bit overpowering, but doesn't hinder anything. Medium body with a smoothness to it.
D: Very drinkable O'fest. One of the better ones I've had this season so far. The abv is a tad higher than the others I've had, but it's not noticeable

Photo of Carolvs
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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!

Photo of pittvkyle7
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 2006
A-A hazy dark amber/brownish color, white heads that fades to a ring in about two min. Some lacing but it's not very sticky.

S- Candy sugars and some yeast, very sweet, no hop aroma

T- again on the sweet side of things, tastes like a lot of other octoberfests I've had. toasted sugars, nutty, just a bit of hop bitterness to even it out.

M- At first I felt it was more carbonated than other TH beers, whatever the case, it is still smooth and goes down easy. light mouth feel

D- good drinkablility

Edit:
I had the 2008 version, and I have to say that is the BEST Octoberfest I've had all season. It is just full of flavor and makes others seem watered down, just really good stuff!

the 2006 got a B from me, but now I'm changing its score for 2008

Photo of Soozy
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice amber/orange color

S - Malt, caramel, some hops

T - Awesome. That's all I can say. Tastes like pure caramel, crystal malts, nice hop finish. Very, very pleasant. Easily the best Oktoberfest I had this year.

M - Low carbonation, great for style

D - Pretty good; I was not expecting this to be 6%. I could drink a few of these in a row, but probably not the six.

I had a different Oktoberfest immediately following this one and I was surprised at how watered-down it tasted... it couldn't hold a candle to it. I

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle.

This Oktoberfest poured a clear, copper color with creamy, tall, light brown foam that persisted but slowly settled. The smell was malty with a hint of sweetness and a touch of caramel. The taste was malty with a bit of bread, a touch of caramel, a hint of Munich Malt, and a mild, modest hoppiness in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth with good carbonation and medium body. Overall this beer was nicely dry with a malty aftertaste. This was a very rich and malty Oktoberfest, but was very easy and enjoyable to drink.

Photo of Boto
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught at CT River Brewfest. Paul has refined this just a hair more this year. The beer has a nice dark amber color with hints of orange. There was a small light tan head. Malty aroma, with hints of roastiness, spices and hops. A really well balanced taste. Another fine brew from Paul.

Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful bronze color with light amber highlights and an easy going white head that leaves just a minimal lacing. Aromas are a mix of nuts and caramel with just a simple earthy spicy hop tone. Flavor are a nice mix of caramels and toasted malts with just a touch of roast like flavors and an light earthy spicy german hop finish. The mouthfeel to this brew is full and creamy which makes this brew truly stand out. A nice offering by Troutbrook..

Photo of Sixpoint
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hooked this one up via my man Jim. Yeah Jim.

Appearance? Love the deep amber of the Oktoberfests. Nice head and lacing. The mark of a well-crafted beer...

Smell? Awesome. Usually it's all malt. Melanoidins and caramel. And then malt. Screw that.

This is America! There's even a picture of a wreath of hops on the label. Only in America can you get away with emphasizing the hops in an Oktoberfest.

That's why I love Thomas Hooker. They emphasize the hops but not annoyingly so. The balance and proportions are tipped in favor of the hops, but just enough to give you the right amount of zing. Booya.

I could drink this one all day. I think I'll try to procure a six-pack with my Thanksgiving dinner.

Thanks Jim.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a good copper/amber color with a decent sized head, fades slowly to leave an alright ring of lace.

Smell has a good malty backing with a good spiciness, some roasted, lots of caramel.

Taste is similar to the smell, with the taste mostly contributed from the caramel malt and some nice spicy kicks to the sides of the tongue.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a dimpled mug. The beer appears a slightly hazed rich apricot color with an inch of pillowy bone white foam. The foam sticks around through nearly the entire mug, settling only slightly. Flavor and aroma consist of medium toasted bread, sweet malt, pleasantly fruity (apple, pear). A rather tasty marzen to say the least. About medium bodied with ample carbonation. Festbier fans need to give this one a try.

Photo of searsclone
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
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

Photo of BobZ
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seasonal on tap at the British Beer Company in Walpole, MA.

Appearance: Pumpkin orange, perfect for the style, good head, nice lacing.

Smell: Spicy & Malty

Taste: Follows the smell, rich malty flavor with a really nice spice. This is the best domestic American version of an Oktoberfest beer I've had to date. My favorite for the style is Hacker-Pschorr and this is a close second.

Mouth feel: Good carbonation, smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, fall seasonal, will definitely seek out in bottle form.

Really solid Oktoberfest beer for someone seeking an American version that's superior to Sam Adams.

Photo of ne0m00re
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of francisweizen
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber with a nice off-white/khaki head of foam that lasts and gives good lacing as well. Aromas are all fresh heavily German malts, and fresh bavarian hops as well. Taste follows through on the aroma with a very lovely FRESH maltiness and a nice hop complexity that lays in the background where it should be. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to thick per the style, drinkability is good, as one can drink this on en mass. Classy, and classic. A great o-fest for the 2005 season! Prosit!

Photo of uconnalum2
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, deep copper color with a one-finger tan head that goes down quickly. The smell is predominantly of sweet malts and a little bit of spice. The taste is also of lightly sweet malts and some spices coming on later. This is a nice clean taste with a dry finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. Drinkability is very good. Overall, this is a tasty and very enjoyable beer that I'm sure I'll return to each fall.

Thomas Hooker Octoberfest Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.