Thomas Hooker Munich-Style Lager - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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Reviews by FirstMan:
4.2/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Had this for the first time at the Linwood in Boston. In fact, it was MY first time at the Linwood - and what a great first time it was. This was actually the first thing I tried that night - mainly because I wanted to start light and knew that the evening would eventually move on to more daunting beer (like an aged V-12 and a Panil Barique). But that's another story.
I love a good American style lager. Mainly the reason I love them is because when you have a good one - like this one or Skagit River's "Dutch Girl" - you realize just how low Macrobrewing in America has gone.
This is a beautiful clear deep orange-golden beer. It has enough dark coloring to it that you know you aren't dealing with a weak beer here. Nice little bubbles in the head that settle into splotchy patches of rising bubbles. Very nice looking.
Great nose. Malty sweet with the low-tone grain/grassy character letting you know it's a lager.
Taste is clean, yeasty, and delicious. Notes of toasted grain and grass with a sweet backend. Makes me want to slap it. Hop brightness balances out the mellow lager yeast nicely.
Great mouthfeel on this one. Not overly corn-syrup sweet and parching the way so many low-end American lagers are. This one is smooth with enough carbination to keep it interesting.
Overall a very good lager. I like it.
Serving type: on-tap
08-31-2005 17:49:51 | More by FirstMan
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4.4/5 rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
This beer is simply DELICIOUS. Reviewing straight from the bottle, as I prefer lagers in bottles.
A - Served in a brown bottle, so perception of appearance was minimal. Noticed a slight cloudiness, but not sure if it was the bottle or the beer. Rated a 4 for being "interesting".
S - Nice clean lager smell. Just a slight hint of earthiness. Smells a tad heavier than your typical macro lager.
T - Where the beer really shines. What I loved about this beer is that it didn't really taste different or unique, it simply tasted better. Nice clean smooth watery lager taste with hardly enough earthiness for you to notice, but it's definitely there.
M - Excellent smooth clean mouthfeel. I am using the word "clean" a lot because that is what comes to my mind, after drinking many complex and exotic craft brews lately. This beer wont do anything funny to your tongue, it just goes down easy and tastes great.
O - This was a pleasant surprise for me. I normally prefer craft ales for their complexity, but I found this beer to be simple and reassuring. It doesn't taste funky, it just tastes good. Super easy to drink, would certainly bring a twelve-er to a party (to share of course). To some up my opinion, cheap lagers typically leave something to be desired. This beer, as simple as it is, is wholly satisfying on its own.
Would love to drink this one again ice cold at a hot summer barbecue. Or tomorrow night.
Serving type: bottle
03-21-2013 22:12:04 | More by fatstakkz
Thomas Hooker Munich-Style Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.