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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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225 Ratings

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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 24
Gots: 8 | 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 mrskunk


3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

04-13-2012 23:14:07 | More by mrskunk
Photo of neil2me


3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

01-03-2013 03:14:02 | More by neil2me
Photo of Liverpool08


3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden dark orange. Nice white head with some lacing. Aroma of malts and hops. Much more hoppy than I expect from an Oktoberfest. Taste is at first malty and caramel, but then ends with a bitter hop bite. Still a nice beer but not what I was looking for from this style.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 20:53:53 | More by Liverpool08
Photo of JMD


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

A: Pours a rich dark copper color with small off-white head that leaves a little lacing down the glass.

S: Toasted carmel malt, some bread and sweet brown sugar.

T: Sweet upfront with carmel malt, brown sugar and molasses. Also some bready and nutty notes. Some light spice, but very subtle. Finishes with a light touch of hops.

M: Medium to full bodied. Very smooth with moderate carbonation.

D: This is one of my favorite Oktoberfests. Smooth and flavorful, I can drink these all night. Another solid offering from Thomas Hooker.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 21:12:19 | More by JMD
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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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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
Photo of rsant


2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

02-02-2012 04:28:01 | More by rsant
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

09-03-2013 08:09:17 | More by Duesler
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-30-2011 02:30:51 | More by andylipp
Photo of eagles22


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

Appearance: nice 2 finger white head with a dark copper body

Smell: roasted malts also caramel and toffee notes

Taste: caramel and biscuit taste at first but than i get hit with alittle hop bitterness that makes it very unique

Mouthfeel: no complaining here..very smooth

Drinkability: very good ofest beer..great for a session...its even better when it warms up!!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 23:03:23 | More by eagles22
Photo of Sixpoint

New York

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2005 12:28:47 | More by Sixpoint
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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle sent to me by....someone. I've done a few trades recently, and can't remember them all. I can remember who sent me the Hooker pint glass I'm using- that was UnionMade, in my very first beer trade.

Nice clear copper colour, with a very healthy tan head, mostly tight bubbles. Head falls slowly, so no official word on the lace yet, but there doesn't really appear to be much.

The smell has some spice notes, and a weak underlying maltiness. I'm getting a bit of almond and orange. Higher points if the smell magically gets stronger, so I don;t have to touch my nose to the head. :)

Some nice fruitiness up front, with a woody quality paired up with it. Ther's some nice spice here, as well- a bit peppery.
The spice gets more intense at the finish.

A bit too much carbonation for my taste. The liquid is hearty and even underneath.

I rather like this one, and I would not turn it down. If the carbonation were toned down just a touch, it might get another half-point on drinkability.

Be well

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2006 06:13:03 | More by UncleFlip
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3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark amber brown color with a half a finger thick head that quickly disappears to a ring around the rim. There is no lacing due to dissipation of the head.

S: The main smell is of roasted malt. There is a hint of a chocolate aroma as well.

T: The aroma carries through to the taste. A hint of chocolate and a roasted malt taste. I like it, but it is just a tad too bitter for my tastes.

M: It has a nice thickness that makes it enjoyable in the mouth. However, there is no carbonation at all. I think it would be much more enjoyable with at least some carbonation.

D: The bitterness makes this one a sipper for me. I enjoyed this one a lot, but there was no way I could knock it back.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 00:16:33 | More by GatorBeerNerd
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3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no freshness date.

A: Amber, dark apper cider colored. The head went quickly.
S: Almost nothing, with a touch of yeast.
T: A nice bold typical Marzen flavor.
MF: It laid fairly flat in the mouth, but went down nicely.
D: Very drinkable.

Overall, good, not great, oktoberfest choice.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 00:30:33 | More by AChamberlain
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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a clear amber. Bubbles rise up from below, but the head remains small, and has limited lacing.
Light smell of malt and toast. Some spicy aroma in there too.
Nice bread/toast flavor in the background. Nicely sweet. A spicy german hop falvor and bitterness in there as well.
Medium bodied. On the dry side for an Oktoberfest, which I tend to like. Seems to be somewhere between the dryer Paulaner and sweeter Ayinger brands. Nicely carbonated with a clean finish.
Great Oktoberfest. One of the better ones I've had by memory.
Thanks to far333 for this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 22:53:44 | More by BeerRun13
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-27-2011 03:35:40 | More by OBIrish24
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4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2003 00:23:24 | More by OatmattStout
Photo of 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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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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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

03-26-2013 01:12:36 | More by SuomiHobbit
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4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a mug
This beer pours a nice dark red copper color with a thin white head that fades quickly. The smell is some sweet malts, caramel and butterscotch with a touch of spicy hops. The taste is much like the smell a little sweet from the malt with a hint of bitterness and spice. Mouthfeel is good decent medium body average amount of carbonation with a smooth clean finish. All together it's not a bad marzen definitely goes done easy, an oktoberfest beer that tastes good in any month.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2007 01:21:26 | More by fank2788
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4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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..

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2005 23:49:03 | More by bigbeerdrinka
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

09-28-2013 19:19:14 | More by lobos62
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4.25/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 23:52:24 | More by drcarver
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4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased single bottle from Charles St Liquors.

Appearance = Good looking dark orange, amber, semi-transparent, decent 3/4 inch head that dissipated quickly , alright lacing.

Smell = Fresh hops and sweet carmel malt. Smells like it's nicely balanced , extremely fresh and clean scent.

Taste = A nice crisp intial taste with strong malt flavors: toasted grain, coffee. There is a bit of hops to balance it. Aftertaste is a bit sour but doesn't greatly detract from the experience. This one has a lot more bite and flavor than Sam Adams and Otter Creek's version.

Overall = I don't think I really like this style but Thomas Hooker has the best Octoberfest I've tasted this year. Definitely recommended for fans of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2005 18:29:55 | More by LPorter33
Thomas Hooker Octoberfest Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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