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
97
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 Hojaminbag
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark orange body has quite a bit of activity as far as carbonation goes. The off white head is almost two fingers thick, and is pretty creamy. Good retention, but only a little bit of lacing.

The aroma isn't very powerful. Mostly a lightly sweet malt with perhaps a touch of hops.

Thomas Hooker O-fest is definitely on the maltier side of the style, which is a good thing in this case. Sweet, lightly toasted malt with only a touch of earthy, spicy hop character. The malt profile reminds me of dark bread with a touch of honey added to it. This one reminds me a little bit of Great Lakes O-fest, but I haven't sampled the two at the same time.

The body is a touch of medium, and the carbonation is a little under, which isn't great but doesn't ruin the beer in any way.

Pretty drinkable O-fest, a solid offering from Thomas Hooker; definitely worth trying for O-fest fans.

Photo of mcallister
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, 12-ounce bottle just copped from Nikki's Liquors in Providence, Rhode Island...
"Celebrate Autumn - Our Award Winning German Style Lager" on the orange, front logo sticker...
Appearance: A hefty pour yielded a rustic, deep-copper, orange hue with a decent-sized foamy head that quickly receded and deposited a thin film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Rustic, malty aroma with hints of amber and grains...
Taste: Dead-on in terms of style, yet could've been slightly thicker in terms of mouthfeel... Grains, amber, caramel, slight vanilla bombard the palate...
Good mouthfeel along with a good level of drinkability and warming ABV...
Good stuff...

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, deep, jack o'lantern orange. Large white head leaves several foam splatter rings from glass top to bottom.

Aroma is cinnamon, nutmeg and rum raisin sweetened by toasted malt. Spicey noble hop compliment.

Nutty. Citrus and hop spice interplay over graham cracker malt--nice balance. Blackstrap molasses fade.

Much heartier than most octobers, it's still passive enough to have a few. Body is sufficient but it could showcase the flavors more if it was thicker.

Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of KTCamm
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.

Photo of twenty5
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of JayQue
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.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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 NJBeer265
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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

This beer pours a nice hue of brown with some burnt orange hints to it. A one finger of rocky, creamy offwhite, hint of yellow head sits on top. Head retention is ok, and leaves some wispy lacing on the glass. Nose is chalk full of malts, a nice sweetness of caramel malts is most notable, with a touch of hops laying underneath. Taste is is very sweet caramel malts up front, middle is comprised of toffee malts and some dark fruits, finish has a nice citrusy hops bite to it - it's a mild bite but just enough to compliment the beer. Medium body, mildly carbonated, creamy mouthfeel with a crisp finish. This is easily a highly drinklable beer!

Photo of justintcoons
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Amber with 1 finger of off-white head. Crystal clear with medium-light carbonation.

Nose
Caramel, bread, and brown sugar.

Taste
Caramel, sweet brown breads, and hints of brown sugar. Slight toastiness with touches of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light bodied, crisp, clean, smooth, and refreshing.

Overall
Pretty textbook, pretty good.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Wood n' Tap in Southington, Conn.

A: Poured a deep, rich copper color with a thin, creamy veil of carbonation which left some nice, patchy lace on the glass, which was a Hooker; nice for effect!

S: Smells slightly grainy, with a noticeable sweet bread aroma and some very faint hops.

T: Taste is served with a big rush of sweet, toasted caramel malts and satisfying multi-grain flavors. There's a slightly bitter hop backbone near the finish, but this is a sweet malt treat.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and a little creamy for a marzen.

D: Very tasty, with a sturdy pair of malty legs beneath it, this has to be one of the tastier American marzens I've had. Not much in the way of aroma, and not completely balanced, but really smooth and quite flavorful.

If it were not a work lunch affair, I'd have gone for another one or two. I heard last year's batch didn't turn out quite right from some trusted sources. I'll have to see if this good flavor and strong drinkability will translate from the bottle.

Photo of Onenote81
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gambrinus1184 for a six-pack of this beer recently!

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark amber/orange with a thin white head on top. No lace left behind. Scents of grains, sweet malts, caramel corn and syrup. Nice sweet nose. The mouth is firm, with a good carbonation level. Finish is moderately full.The sweetness carries over into the flavor. This is a malt-forward beer for sure, as it should be. Lots of toasted malts, sweet caramel and toffee, and a light alcohol-singed finish. One of the last Oktos for the year for me. Always look forward to these beers. This is a nice representation. Check it out.

Photo of far333
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper colored with a thin beige head that sinks quickly. Inviting aroma of sweet malt, some corn, and some sweet ripe fruits. Smooth mouthfeel leads to flavors of biscuity malt, sweet pear and honey, and a surprising orange peel tingle in the finish. Very drinkable beer, very enjoyable example of the style.

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It seems like I continue to come across more Octoberfest brews recently. The Thomas Hooker pours from the bottle a deep brownish red hue with a two finger creamy khaki head sitting magestically atop the brew. Really stands out in the glass. Aromas of caramel covered roasty grains along with biscuity undertones. Fruity, nutty and malty with a dash of spicy, herbal hops in the background. Crisp, laid back and quite nice.

First sip brings a nice fruity, caramelly, toasted grain maltiness upfront with big biscuity flavors throughout. Fairly sweet, as it goes down there's a mellow spicy, herbal hop note that peeks out and makes itself known. I get a touch of roasted nuttiness as well. A big, clean, malty oktoberfest brew with an enjoyable balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel is big, chewy and creamy. This is a full bodied oktoberfest that goes down smooth and is really satisfying. Speedy carbonation pulls it through nicely. This would be a nice fall session brew if it was available to me locally. Yet another lovely brew from Troutbrook. Well worth trying...thanks to UnionMade for the opportunity.

Photo of khargro2
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Doomcifer
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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 Phatz
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
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!

Photo of OldTime
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Thomas Hooker Octoberfest Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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