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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
88
very good

164 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 31
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of TrickKnee
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wow, not being a big fans of lagers did not know what to expect but was very impressed. heard the Munich Lager was unbelievable on tap and they were definetly right. There was not to much a presence on the hops to take away from the overall taste and smell. Poured a beautiful yellow-orange color, but with very little head. Would definetly get it on tap again, if of course you can find it on tap. Actually was sitting next to the brewer from Hooker at the time Paul, so that just made it special too for some reason.

TrickKnee, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of kfoss99
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One pint six ounce brown bottle, poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance – The truth in advertising award goes to…Thomas Hooker Munich Style Golden Lager. This beer is as gold as an Oscar, with a fluffy and creamy white head, and as bubbly as victory champagne.

Smell – mild yeast notes are present and light hops play hide-and-seek in the background.

Taste – Apples and honey are balanced by a late arriving hops presence.

Mouthfeel – Very smooth. A spark to the tip of the tongue accompanies the medium-body of the lager.

Drinkability – This beer would be a great beer to drink with friends, or anywhere in which you don’t want to think about the beer your drinking. It’s an unassuming beer, one that would win best supporting actor, not best lead actor.

Thanks to ErikTheRed for this lager.

kfoss99, Oct 13, 2004
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a deep yellow lager, with not much head.

The aroma was of aromatic hops, almost a hint toward skunky, with a slight sweetness and touch of vanilla.

The taste was crisp, lightly hoppy, with hints of citrus... definitely a European lager taste.

Overall, the beer was pretty good... not as good as the beers of theirs I tried at the Connecticut River Brewfest, but good in its own right.

connecticutpoet, Oct 15, 2004
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Max Fish in Glastonbury, Conn.

A: Poured a nice clear golden amber with a thin veil of carbonation that lent to a nice lacing for the most part.

S: Smells a little sweet, but mostly clean toasted grains.

T: The taste is pretty delicate, with a definitive maltiness and a slight dry hopping finish. The taste carries a bit of sweet lemon with it, but it's not a dominating flavor.

M: Moutfeel is a tad on the watery side, but it's not supposed to be a big, sticky beer. Very clean and refreshing.

D: This brew was easy drinking and tasty. The ABV is sessionable and there's nothing offensive about the brew. That said, it might not hold the attention of some who demand more complex palates.

Hooker has had some nice offerings outside of their staple of fairly non-impressive variety pack brews. I should seek out an Old Marley Barleywine of there's still some to be had, just to see how they step outside the box.

Gambrinus1184, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught: This one pours a clear, somewhat darker golden color. There was a bit of a white head to it, which lingered a little while. The aroma is very malty, but not overly sweet. Some hint of hops and floral notes in the background. The taste is very crisp and clean. Somewhat less than medium bodied. A good malt flavor, with some sweetness and a hint of hops. Makes you wonder why the big 3 can't make a lager this tasty.

Boto, Aug 19, 2004
Photo of Jredner
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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 carln26
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at RedBones Wednesday night. Deep gold to amber color, mildly hazy with a thin tan head. Rich malty aroma of dates caramel much toffee. Taste has a lot of caramel, slight peanut brittle, almost chocolate. Nice rich mouth feel. This beer is the closest thing to a year-round Octoberfest that I’ve seen. Nice every day beer. Great drinkability.

carln26, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of Hautacam
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy gold..frothy head..drops quickly to a film.
Smells very malty...almost like a wheat.Some mild hop aroma.
Taste is fuller than I thought it would be. Heavy bready malt...sweet..hint of cider..nice balance of hop-bitter. This is very good...more than I expected from a golden lager.
Mouthfeel is light..good medium carbonation.
This is very drinkable stuff....I will buy this again...was a bargain at $3.29 for a bomber.

Hautacam, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of Kookiekwan
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours golden/amber with a 2 finger head and some moderate lacing. The aroma is of roasted malts with hints of some floral grassy hops. The initial taste is sightly hoppy but soon the sweet malty character takes over and it finishes off with a spicy hop bitterness that I didn't expect. The beer is medium bodied, clean, crisp and very drinkable.

Reflection: This is my first beer from the Troutbrook brewing company and I thought it was excellent! I will be this one onto my friends and family.

Kookiekwan, Nov 08, 2004
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 22oz standard bomber. Poured a slightly cloudy golden with an excellent fluffy white head, but no real lacing. Retention was decent. The aroma was quite light and slightly dusty. Sweet cream and lager yeast were predominant. The taste was better with tangy malt and a crisp typical lager flavor with some apple on the finish. The mouthfeel is creamy and delicious. Good matched body for the style- a little heft, but not enough to overwhelm. Pretty nice- I've really enjoyed all the German styles from this brewery.

Georgiabeer, May 15, 2007
Photo of
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Clear, straw yellow color. Medium sized, creamy, white to off-white head.

Spicy, peppery, floral and herbal. Malt fairly subdued in nose.

Nice balance, hoppy & some sweet. Honeyed wheat bread. Hops mainly at finish - herbal, pepper & other spices.

Light to medium body. Medium + carbonation. Somewhat dry.

A good beer. Nice taste profile and relatively light.

, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of Soxfan45
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Soxfan45, Jul 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

nmann08, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

DrunkinYogi, May 30, 2013
Photo of ohoove
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head faded quickly with big bubbles of carb. Lacing fooled me, Ithought it clung pretty well at first then kinda disappeared as did the head to a small bead around the edges. Color was that of a golden/ orange with a murky haze with a "thick " look to the body. first couple nose hits were that of a dank basement and wet wood but towards the last couple fingers I stuck my nose right in the glass and it came back as a watered down rubbing alchohol- strange. Taste was immediately sweet and floral, citrus onthe front with an ever so mellow hop finish, slightly bitter, great balance between malts and hops. Mouthfeel was on the side of a cream ale,nice full body, and surprisingly smooth considering the amount of busy little bubbles that danced throughout the sitting. The first time I tasted this I knew I fouhd a winner so I went out and bought a case (12) of the 1.9 oz. flip top bottles (ouch ) $64 and change. Really hope that Curt and the boys at Troutbrook get away from the fancy (expensive ) bottling and release this in 12 oz. 6 packs. love everything about this except the price.

ohoove, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of Gregwa
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Gregwa, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of Burkbom23
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Burkbom23, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of neil2me
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

neil2me, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of PEBKAC
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler from New Beer. Fourth of July leftovers. Poured into a clear plastic big gulp.

Came out the color of a very greasy paper bag, with about the same amount of visibility through & through. Just a wisp of off-white lace after a slight sizzle.

Smell is grainy, with light Euro carmelization. A touch of honey, but more so, margarine. Faint whiff of soil & wet leaves.

Very light carbonation makes me think this one didn't seal too well. Matter of fact, I think I remember it being filled all the way to the top, impeding any gentle expansion. Anyway, taste is immensely bready. Almost like a double kvass if there were such a thing(There probably already is. I should start an ISO thread). Minerals, giving it a dirty water taste & feel. Green hops that are just barely adding some zest. An obvious amount of "The butter is burning in the pan, where did you put the eggs?!"(not a total deterrent to me). A little salt too. Finish is crackers & bread crust. Alcohol is negligible on my tongue, but apparent after settling on my empty stomach.

I don't know how it use to be before Conn. turned on Hooker for the direction they took, but it could work with a little tuning. I still drank it pretty fast. just eager to clear the fridge for some other stuff I suppose.

PEBKAC, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of Deuane
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Copper kissed golden amber with a thin off-white head that reduced to a wispy veil and left sparse lace.

S-Touch of buttered biscuit, light hop spice and hint of fruit. All in all fairly subtle.

T-Sweet caramel malt up front with a touch of hop spiciness and a "bouncy" fruity note in the finish.

M-Medium-light bodied semi crisp with a building bisuit chewiness in the semi-sweet finish.

D-Not bad, a decent simple, straight forward lager. Decent flavour overall. I like the fruitiness in the background, whether intended or not.

Deuane, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of mcarroll10177
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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 far333
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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 cbl2
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$5.49 500 mL 5.30% No best by date, but this is a 2006 summer release.

Appearance:

Pours from a ceramic flip top, as the name implies this is a crystal clear straw gold in color with a half inch of tight white foam on top.

Aroma:

Light and airy with fresh sweet corn aroma gently masking some mild herbaceous hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

More bitter than the nose would indicate there is an herbal hop presence dominating until midsip when the beer has warmed sufficiently to allow a mild malt sweetness to creep into being. Mouthfeel is moderately smooth with decent carbonation levels, though it is a little thin.

cbl2, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of sulldaddy
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am splitting this bottle with fellow BA Stopper. The beer pours a clear bronze color with a soft bleached white head. Looks nice.
Aroma is some lager malts with caramel and toffee representing. I also get some light floral hops. The aroma is not overpowering but is very pleasant.
First sip, beer is average bodied and has average carbonation levels. The bubbles are very fine and prickly on my tongue. Flavor is toffee sweet up front with a bit of grainy corn presence in themiddle and actually has a bit of a soapy astringent finish. The glass was thoroughly rinsed so I dont think it was residue in the glass. The beer is very smooth and easy to drink. QUite refreshing on a warm Sept evening. Another great beer from Thomas Hooker!

sulldaddy, Sep 05, 2004
Photo of amphion1065
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16 oz. draft served in a pint glass at Area Four in Cambridge.

The body is a straw, pale gold. Quite clear - almost perfect visibility through the glass. A white head clings to my glass and leaves some nice lacing.

Not too much happening in the aroma. Some grass, a touch of malt, but I had a difficult time detecting anything of note.

The taste is pure, unadulterated summer. Freshly cut grass and lemons come through in abundance. This is a really crisp, refreshing beer.

Mouthfeel is a little heavy for the style. More carbonation would help, but this goes down quite easily.

Nicely done. A straightforward representation of the style that was the perfect compliment to a gorgeous August afternoon. I'm not sure I've ever seen this on tap in Boston, but I wouldn't hesitate to order it again given the chance.

amphion1065, Aug 13, 2011
Thomas Hooker Munich-Style Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.