Thomas Hooker Octoberfest Lager - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Thomas Hooker Octoberfest LagerThomas Hooker Octoberfest Lager

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87
very good

251 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
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:
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 rab53
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Wyllder. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" light tan head above the deeply reddish amber brew. Laces well, and aroma is malty, with a balancing hops presence. Taste follows is as the aroma portended, malty with a hoppy bitterness. The bitterness quashes the mouthfeel a tad for me, but still a great marzen.

Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of DrJay
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very clear auburn. A foamy beige head full of soapy bubbles fell quickly to a thin cap. Clumpy lacing was short lived. Grainy malt aroma, a little toasty, with herbal hop notes. Pleasant malt, but bitterness is definitely out front here. Herbal, grassy hops stand out while sweet, toasty malt sits in the background. The malt tastes a bit thin and there's a lingering metallic bitterness that is a little distracting. Medium/light bodied with moderate carbonation level that felt a little coarse. I still thought it was okay, but it just seemed to miss the mark for the style.

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

12oz single, obtained in a trade from brewfan, thanks for the opportunity to try

appearance: pours into an imperial pint glass...clear dark copper-amber body, light beige foam with little in the way of retention but nice lacing...pretty standard for the style i'd say

smell: strong sweetness on the nose...apple, caramel, toasted grain, toasted malt, light hop bitterness, lightly metallic

taste: nice creamy body...light hop metallic flavor that is actually quite nice, caramel apple, lightly toasted malt and grain...nice fruit sweetness, a touch woody...rich and enjoyable

mouthfeel: rich smooth and creamy, medium body

drinkability: high

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
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.

Photo of Durge
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.

Photo of tavernjef
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Attractive amber color that grows a big, soft ivory foam. Keeps a solid skim on top throughout the session and the lacing is mostly drippy with some globs and displaced sheeting.

Aroma is clean and subdued carrying a tad of toffee with a rounded toasted realm to its waft but mostly dark and malty with a soft sweetness to it.

Taste starts out like many o-fests, full and malty, nicely creamy with very tender notions to toasted toffee, darker fruits, and some nuttyness. Finish creates a slightly dry smokey peet and wet woodyness. A nudge of deep sided hoppyness helps add some depth in the finish as well. Stays favorably clean and firm the whole ride through.

Mouthfeel is fairly full in the front and teeters from there but stays firmly set in its creamy/silken nature and finishes well with subtle tonality and very slight malty warmth.

The overall clean profile of this O-fest by Thomas Hooker is quite remarkable and probably the most intriguing part that I found and liked about it. Not to mention that it helps add some very good downability; that, along with a slimmer 6% ABV just begs for repeat fill ups.

A hearty thanks to goodbyeohio for the many samples!

Photo of puboflyons
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no expiration date or lot code. Sampled on February 22, 2010. The pour is a darker amber-copper with little to no head or lacing. The aroma is pungent with sweet caramel malts and toffee. It comes with a decent body while the flavor is also very sweet and caramel-like with a bitter hop finish. Not all that bad.

Photo of francisweizen
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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 jophish17
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber color with a small off-white head that dissipated into a small cap. The aroma is quite faint, I pick up the caramel malt, brown bread. The taste is a bready toasted malt, caramel, and a touch of metal. A nice malty flavor, could use more of a Saaz hop presence. The feel is moderate with nice carbonation. The brew finishes with a nice malty sweetness balanced with a toasted malt bitterness. A solid malty brew. Something about this brew does not scream out Marzen/Oktoberfest but it is still a good offering. Sample is probably a bit old at this point.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice beer, although I think it blurs the line a little between an Octoberfest and a pumpkin beer. Dark amber with red highlights and a medium sized head. Caramel malt aroma. Likewise in the taste, although fairly sweet. A good deal of spice also. Smooth and enjoyable.

Photo of alexgash
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!

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

Poured a beautiful amber/copper. Overall, a bit less malty and sweet and a bit more aggressively hopped than the average O'fest, almost like a Vienna amber. Held true to what seemed a "Germanic" bent to the hops. A touch of sweetness in the malt, with very nice drinkability. Thanks to far333 for the sample.

Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of cbutova
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark copper color with a fizzy one finger head that has medium retention. Leaves no lacing behind on my glass. Not the best looking beer. Smells primarily of malts (lighter ones) with some nuttiness and a bit of earthy hops. Not a weak smell by any means but not a very complex smell either. Taste has a great malt backbone in the beginning and after tastes. It definitely has that german lager taste, like most Oktoberfests. Nuttyness like that of a brown is detected and adds to the malts well. A tiny bit of earthy hops can be detected with a bit of bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is moderate body with very good carbonation and is very smooth. No alcohol warming or taste at all in this one. A bit of creamyness to the mouth also. Drinkability is great. The beer has a good taste and it only seems to taste better as it goes on. There are no bad or off flavors to complain about. I think I prefer the Brookyln Oktoberfest over this one.

Photo of thegerm87
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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 WDJersey
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Boto
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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 whatname
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Thomas Hooker- Octoberfest

A- Deep dark orange with a small filmy head, filmy lacing too.
S- Very buttery caramel toffee malt with a touch of licorice.
T- Very buttery sweet shortbread biscuit malt, Caramel and toffee with licorice and butterscotch.
M- Very buttery, slick and chewy malt.

Overall- The maltiest butteriest beer I might have ever tried.

Photo of kmpitz2
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an amber golden color with a small head that falls to barely coat the beer. The nose is sweet caramel, with a hint of lager funk, and a light roasted nutty character. The flavor is okay, with the nutty and caramel tones coming through, but with a creamy character to it. The feel is moderate and creamy. Overall, a servicable beer.

Thomas Hooker Octoberfest Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.