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Thomas Hooker Munich-Style Lager - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Thomas Hooker Munich-Style LagerThomas Hooker Munich-Style Lager

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BA SCORE
89
very good

164 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 33
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A true Helles style, our lager is golden in color with a pleasant, malty aroma balanced by a rich, smooth flavor. Using only the finest Bavarian malts and finished with Saaz hops, one sip will make you feel like you're in one of Germany's finest beer gardens.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 09-27-2003)
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Reviews by elinash:
Photo of elinash
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sadly, this might be one of the last T.H. beers I'll taste...

Their Munich Lager has been one of the best lagers I've had. ever. I am a huge fan of most helles lagers, though.

Swingtop bottle.

It pours really nice, with lots of head at first that disappears after a while. The color is rich and slightly cloudy. There was some yeast in the bottom that I dredged up for the last pour.

Aroma is slight grass, malt, some yeast. It smells really fresh.

Taste is full with great yeast, bread, and grass/ hay. I detected a light ash quality on the finish. The long finish is slightly dry and a little acidic.

I've already said it, but this beer is great and super drinkable.

I know that some of the swingtop bottles are off, so if you get a bad one, you'll know it from the non-enthuastic pop on the swingtop.

elinash, Aug 23, 2007
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2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

braugon, May 20, 2014
Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Tiernan, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Munich Style Golden Lager pours from the bomber a very nice cloudy golden orange color with a bubbly arid two finger head atop the brew. Aromas of crisp pale grain maltiness that seems to have a touch of lemon zest along with a forward green, spicy, herbal hoppiness. Sweet cereal grains predominate with a touch of dough. Nice stuff.

First sip brings a crisp, chewy pale, munich maltiness that has a nice sweetness with fruity undertones. Hints of dough come out in the flavor, its a touch nutty as well. The spicy, herbal hops meld into the background and assimilate harmoniously into the rest of the brew. Crisp and well balanced throughout with a slight lingering noble hop presence. Quite an enjoyable brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and chewy with a rush of carbonation that comes with each sip. Easy to drink and really quite refreshing. A tasty representation of the style and an easy candidate for a session brew. I'd sample this more often if it was readily available. Thanks to UnionMade for this one!

orbitalr0x, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of Todd
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz brown bomber bottle. No freshness date. Hazed stricken golden colored brew, topped with thick and tight white foam head with some gentle stick to the glass. Great head retention with this beer. Color seems to become more rich as the beer warms and the haze drops.

Sulfury nose with metallic notes, soft bready grain with herbal hops tucked in the background.

Light on the palate, and very smooth, with a carbonation that creams up on the palate. Thin-ish toasty / bready malts and a malty, not overly, sweet backbone. Light, refreshing citric hop snap and interesting hop herbal and slightly spicy edge that carries into the end, followed by hints of lemon grass with a thin oily coating. Nice grape fruitiness from the German malts. Finish is dry, with hints of powdery grain / husks and cracker. Sweetness really emerges as the beer warms and thickens up the mouthfeel - lovely stuff.

A damn tasty lager, with incredible drinkability, and an excellent crossover beer for your swill drinkin' pals. Probably my favorite out of all of the "lighter" Thomas Hooker offerings.

Let the American Craft Lager Revolution begin!

Todd, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of Jason
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mini cobalt blue flip top bottle from the brewery.

A- As bright and as clear compared to all beers I have had, such a glowing golden color. Thin lacing leaves a few rings of lace down the glass and a semi-active carbonation rushes bubbles to the top.

S- Doughy biscuity malt, suggestions of red grape skin and a faint herbal hop.

T- Big dry malt character of Munich malt, lightly toasted with a ghost like grape skin flavor. Hint of dusty husk and a lemony herbal hop flavor, modest bitterness to keep the malt out front.

M- Bold crispness wrap its self around the malt in a perfect way.

D- We need more lagers like this in the NE, packed with flavor and so easy to drink.

Jason, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, pours light amber orange, mostly clear, some chill haze. White head, nice lacing going on. Nose is spicey and malt. Not real familiar with the style. Quite dry on the tongue, medium bodied. Notes of orange peel, pepper and some bready malt. Crisp, dry and refreshing. This brew is crying out for a nice salad and some cheese to mingle with. Another tasty concoction from Hooker.

Billolick, Jan 17, 2005
Photo of far333
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

True to its name, this beer has a light golden hue, and is topped with a frothy white head that settles down quickly. Light aroma of sweet malt and corn. Flavor is also mostly sweet malt and corn, plus a bit of citrus and butterscotch. Very low hop presence, perhaps just a bit in the finish and aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, with a fresh and crisp flavor.

far333, Sep 27, 2003
Photo of yankeeheel
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty copper-amber with a small and active off white head. Little ring of lace is all that's left. Smells mildly citrusy and honey sweet. Tastes a lot more malty than I would've thought. Solid bit of caramel with a distinguished backbone of lemon and grass. Moderately thin like a lager should be. Easily drinkable and downright tasty.

yankeeheel, Dec 19, 2004
Photo of jefftuck47
4/5  rDev +1.3%

jefftuck47, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of mcarroll10177
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the swingtop bottle into a pint glass

A- light copper color with big offwhite head. color is interesting for the style has the look of an octoberfest style beer. Does not look like a helles

S- some nice hops in the nose

T- a bit over the top for the style. some strong hops, with a slightly bitter finish. A good taste but not a clean as I would have expected for the style

M- good nice carbination, a bit thicker than I expected

D- a nice drinking lager. Not as crisp or as clean as some of the other offerings out there.

Top rated munich helles? A good beer but it is not as good as some of the traditional german helles.

Note- not a big fan of the swingtop. This beer was bumped by another beer in the fridge and it opened up a bit. Give me the traditional cap anyday.

mcarroll10177, May 10, 2007
Photo of watermelonman
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a bright gold with a nice medium head that lasted very well. There's not much lace.

The smell was mediocre, consisting mostly of grains and light hops. It seems a little off. The taste is a bit better, being crisp and bright with a touch of honey. The mouthfeel is good and clean while the drinkability is very good.

watermelonman, Nov 25, 2004
Photo of tastybeer
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden tangerine color with a chill haze and good retention. A pretty lager here. Nose is crisp, refreshing and bright. Floral hops, sweet toasty malt, citric lime and a finishing spicey touch. This is a great lager. Taste is hoppy, malty, spicey, and delightful. Same lime and spicey floral hop with an awesome malt balance. Mild bitter dryness in the finish keeps the lager clarity exciting. Drinkability is none other than....really drinkable.

Great hot day drinking.

tastybeer, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a reddish gold color with a huge head.There is alot of carbonation in this beer.The smell is very floral and full of yeast.This is a very good taste with a full flavor of malt, some spices, and hops.The m/f is very well balanced between hops and malt.This is a very crisp,clean beer thats very refreshing and would go down great on a hot summer day.

jmz62565, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of socon67
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

socon67, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of tempest
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Farmhouse, served in a pint glass.

It's clear, light gold in the glass with a short white head. The aroma immediately hits me with spicy, grassy Euro hops, with bready malts in the background. The flavor is spot on for the style with a mix of biscuit and light toast paired evenly with gentle, but spicy hops. While this beer isn't drastically different from other helles lagers in terms of the flavors present, I believe it stands out because everything is so rich as a whole. This beer is drinkable, yet more aromatic and full-flavored than many of the best in this style.

tempest, Jul 24, 2008
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

Mikedhoppy, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of ghebb
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured golden and clear, w/ a thick white head that lingers.

Aroma reminds me of freshly baked sweetbread, very nice. Taste is definetly malt oriented dominated by bready and slightly toasty malt flavors, with a faint grassy hop presence lurking in the background. Full mouthfeel, with slightly lower than average carbonation seems to enhance the malty flavors of this brew, without hampering the drinkability. One of my favorites from Hooker.

ghebb, Sep 06, 2009
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4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From notes…

Largely clear with a beautiful golden hue that lays a foundation that allows tawny-coppery influences to shine. There is plenty of animation noticed in the liquid. The head was white in color; at the apex the foam was slightly over two fingers in height. Head retention was fair; it faded quickly to a thin, soapy cap. This small cap did last for a while. There was no subsequent lacing. The appearance is average, on the whole. Sure the color is lovely but I want more to look at, if the head retention was better and there was some lace the appearance would be much improved. Oh well. It gets better from here! The nose is soft but ample in maltiness. There are kisses of toffee. I can easily notice whispers of herbal flowers. Caramel biscuits. Toasty. There are very weak, nondescript, fruity notes. The potency is moderate in potency but I really like what it says. Ghost suggestion of spiciness. Clean. This must be from Munich, CT. The nose is dead-on for the style. It is perfectly articulate. I do wish the bouquet had more liveliness though. It is extremely inviting! The palate is fantastic. Addicting. Liquid cocaine. This beer needs to come in liter(s) bottle because 22-ounces is not enough. I am drinking this faster than I can take write things down. I really don’t even want to review this beer anymore; it is so dam tasty. I mean screw it. Really. Shit. I’ll keep righting. The malt profile is perfect in this beer, it is sweet but wide and it encompasses soft caramel flavors and some toffee. There are hints of toasty biscuit with a whisper of honey. Sugar cookie. Toasted bread. Clean at the finish yet the aftertaste has some spicy hoppy notes. Damn this is good. It is simple but it is also everything I want with the style. Lovely. The mouthfeel is relaxing, a touch fuller then medium in body. The carbonation is on the low side but it is very fitting. Drinkability is perfect. I wish I had many more bottles. Wow, this beer is great. I’d love to “session” with this beer. The complexity is low but the end result can’t be ignored. Thanks UnionMade this beer was awesome.

bditty187, Feb 01, 2005
Photo of Lnedrive14
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Cambridge Common:

Whoa baby - this ain't your daddy's lager. I actually didn't particularly care for this brew. I found the hops and fruits a bit too strong when they blended together. Rather than the crispness which I expect, I found a stringent tingly sensation. Just not that drinkable.

A highly interesting brew and one that I recommend trying, but not one that was really my style.

N.B. Served way too cold on draft - not sure what effect this had.

Lnedrive14, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wyllder for the bomber. First, lager is not my first choice in brews, but with som elike this, I could move it up the scale. This offering poured avery light golden amber with a nice head that laced nicely down the glass. Smell was malt and grassy hops...a very nice blend. Taste was equally balanced between a lighytly sweet malt aroma and grassy hops flavors. Mouthfeel is medium, and not overly crisp, but that's fine with me. Easy on the drinkability scale...actually a sipper due to the heavier body...very nice.

edchicma, Aug 31, 2004
Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.

A: Poured a medium straw with light reddish hues and a thick, sticky white head that clung to the sides of the glass.

S: a light faint aroma of sweet malt and buttery toast.

T: For flavor there was lightly toasted grains, floral hopping and a light sweet maltiness.

M: The mouthful was light-medium bodied but crisp on the finish. There was a sligtht grainy texture.

D: A great semi-sweet malted lager that was crisp clean and left you waiting for the next sip.

beerthulhu, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of Jredner
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is a rich grainy thing that smells a bit like bread and wheat husks, but with a faintly dusty note. The body is bright gold and holds a fluffy, but mildly bubbly, white head. Grain accented fore is hearty and yet still light on the tongue. Tastes like a baked wheat cake with notes of barley and oats. That flavor gives it a thicker feel than the liquid itself possesses. Very light, mostly floral, hops with a slightly salty finish.

Jredner, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of oxmasterscream
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle courtesy of UnionMade, big up.

Appearance: Big pillowy off-white head sat atop a beautifully clear, tiny bubble laden, golden lager splashed with just a touch of amber.

Smell: Sour apples, pale malts and a faint bits of floral hops and lime. Very German, authentic aromas. Maybe the best smelling lager ever. I wanted to dive right into the glass.

Taste/Mouthfeel/Drinkability: All at once, crisp sour apples and a touch of spice wrapped in sweet malt, followed by a very mild bitterness and then a sweet malty finish. Very carbonated, light to medium bodied but amazingly smooth and creamy. Taste was extremely fresh, clean and invigorating. Easily the best lager I've had to date. This is easily something worth stocking up on for frequent enjoyment. Must be nice to live in CT. Great, great stuff. Thanks again to UnionMade for the opportunity.

oxmasterscream, Oct 15, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hyper clear bronze and gold amalgamaton with a pillowy white soap-dish head.
Aroma is somewhat classic for style with pale malt leading the way and an faint whiff of caramel and grains. Sone light floral and perfumey hop notes are given off as it warms a bit.
Flavor is sticky sweet, much sweeter than the aroma would indicate with husky, bready grain bits in the middle. Finishes with a very bland but bitter note.
Mouthfeel is lighter side of middle with heavy carbonation. I generally look for balance in this type of brew and just wasn't there. The sweet and bitter just did not flow well and the hop bittering seemed a bit off.
Drinkability was average. Decent;y made but very boring IMHO. I'll stick with the bigger brews from this phenomenal brewery.

CRJMellor, Apr 17, 2006
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Thomas Hooker Munich-Style Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.