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Thomas Hooker Munich-Style Lager - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

Thomas Hooker Munich-Style LagerThomas Hooker Munich-Style Lager

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BA SCORE
88
very good

155 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.37%


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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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Samuel Smith's imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a clear burnished gold color with a 1/4 " white head that recedes to a small ring of foam around the glass with a small thin patch of foam on the liquid. Throughout the beer sipping leaves some scattered speckles of lacing that slide slowly back down to the liquid.

Smell: The aroma is fresh and clean with light breadiness and no alcohol but some nice floral notes from the hops showing.

Taste: The flavors include pale sweet malt that gives a nice busquity flavor. There is also a light but definite touch of herbal hop bitterness to serve as a counter point to the sweetness of the malt.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied and quite soft with the gentle carbonation. The finish is medium long and basically turns from the sweet bitter balance to a simple dryness with no residual bitterness.

Drinkability: I've quite enjoyed this beer and found it quite drinkable. Each sip has followed quite easily from the last and it was quite easy to have a second one. I'll certainly be happy to have this beer again and am glad to have tried it when I had the chance.

Serving type: growler

08-14-2010 00:29:21 | More by drtth
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dag06001

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is my new favorite. I got this beer at a beer tasting at the Thomas Hooker Brewery in Bloomfield Ct. The beer was really fresh with a nice golden appearance. This beer tastes great and is perfect for summer days. I'd recommend this beer to anyone who likes really light colored beers.

Serving type: growler

06-01-2010 02:30:51 | More by dag06001
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sbe1

New York

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like the previous reviewer, I got this in a growler from the tap at New Beer Distributors on Chrystie St. in Manhattan.

Appearance: a dark rich coppery gold color with a white foamy head that had some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet and bready with faint spice from the hops(pepper, and herbs).

Taste: Toasted malt, sweet cream, mild spice and citrus, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light, smooth, refreshing, slightly creamy, light carbonation.

Drinkability: excellent, a fantastic refreshing session beer.

Serving type: growler

07-12-2009 05:21:43 | More by sbe1
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PEBKAC

New York

3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-08-2009 23:54:29 | More by PEBKAC
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AChamberlain

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought from Bierkraft. A great Helles. Almost perfection. Golden yellow with a foamy white head. Biscuity malt aromas. Drink more lagers. More maltiness and bread in the flavor, delicious. Crisp and smooth at the same time. Soft and luscious. Again, great lager. I feel this style is underappreciated, it's one of my favorites, great session beer.

Serving type: growler

08-20-2007 18:26:15 | More by AChamberlain
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fatstakkz

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
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
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WhaleHopper

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at sushi restaurant in West Hartford. A very satisfying, cleanly made golden lager. Carbonation level was great, held a nice head throughout most of it, and was a great pairing with the sushi. Could have been served colder, but that's not the beer's fault. Overall, among the better new england golden lagers on the market.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2012 21:20:36 | More by WhaleHopper
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iheartchicken

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass

A: small head which removes itself from my sight quickly. straw colored with a slight orange hue

S: very floral, bready, maybe some pale malts in there, and a touch of bright fruit

T: crist and clean, with some grassy/lemony notes

M: smooth with a little kick from the carbonation on the finish

O: I can drink a lot of this, too many. I have never had any other beers of this style but this particular one reminds me of a american light lager with flavor.... way more flavor and complexity especially given its clear and light appearance

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 04:44:29 | More by iheartchicken
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint glass.
Pours a pale yellow golden color with a solid snow-white head and some webby and trailing lacing throughout.
The aroma carries a mild noble hoppiness and a grainy bread smell upfront. A light whiff of wild flowers and herbs peeks through.
The flavors are very balanced. The lightly roasted malt has a touch of sweetness. The hops provide some metallic tang and a mild lime-like citrusy bitterness.
While the body is light in color, it has some depth. As the spritzy carbonation fades, a sweet and rounded caramel sweetness emerges providing a slick and refreshing, gulpable brew. Lots of flavors for a fairly small beer!

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2012 14:45:02 | More by BeerResearcher
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TheCorkStopsHere

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After a recent visit from the Thomas Hooker representative, I wanted to try the full variety of brews. I've had most (if not all) of the Hooker beers over the past couple years, after all they are practically right down the road. There's also a few rumors floating that some new beers are on the way, so revisiting the old favorites is becoming even more of a priority.

This brew from Hooker Brewing is the Munich Style Lager. There is often a shortage of Lagers among craft brewers, largely because of the extended brewing time compared to that of Pale Ales and IPAs. This Munich Style Lager is cool-fermented and aged for 6 weeks, compared to the average ale which can be ready in just 2-3 weeks.

Munich Style Lager pours out a clear golden color, with just a thin layer of white foam. The head fades back pretty quickly, as you can see by my 3-seconds too late photo. The aromas are what I think of as the quintessential smell of beer. Just a touch of hops is largely overwhelmed by the firm backbone of malts. This isn't the candy-sweet style of malty aromas though, I'm talking about the just slightly sweet, bready/grainy style of hops. It smells much like the best lagers in the business, such as Augustiner and Weihenstephaner.

On the palate, this Lager is almost exactly what I expected: crisp, clean, and easy-drinking. There's a touch of malty sweetness up front, which just a slightly dry finish on the back-side. A deliciously balanced brew! I now know why this Munich Style Lager is ranked so highly on beerAdvocate! Why did I not try this one sooner?

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 15:55:28 | More by TheCorkStopsHere
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moosejaw7

Connecticut

1.6/5  rDev -59.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I really don't understand how this beer is rated so highly. It is simply terrible. The taste was so thin and flimsy, I'd rather eat uncooked linguini than take another sip of this terrible beer. I drank about 1/4 of it and then dumped it down the drain.

It's very possible that there was an infection present, because I detected a very faint sour note in the finish, which was the final straw. Speaking of straw, that's what this beer tasted like, and not in a good way. I'd rather drink Stoudt's Gold Lager any day of the week over this atrocity.

I wanted to like this beer because it's a local brewery, which makes it all the more disappointing that I hate it so much. I wish I had something positive to say about the beer but I don't.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 06:08:49 | More by moosejaw7
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chefelf

New York

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first had this as part of a limited edition last summer so I was really excited to see it return this summer. I had it a couple of nights ago and recalled what I'd liked about it so much. This is undoubtedly the highest-rated lager I've ever had.

It has a light straw color and pleasing scent. The taste is somewhat bready with a faint sour taste that if it were any more pronounced may be a too much.

I'm hoping they keep this beer up. I don't know enough about Munich style lagers to know if this is representative of that style but if so there is finally a lager that I've had that has some flavor to it!

Very easy drinking, and low ABV. I highly recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 12:26:37 | More by chefelf
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amphion1065

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2011 17:29:49 | More by amphion1065
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davey101

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a sam adams perfect pint. Born on date of 3/22/2011.

A - Dark straw yellow body. Small soapy head.

S - Sweet bready malts. Just a dash of spice and hops.

T - Crisp and bready. Sweet and malty. Really easy drinking and refreshing.

O - Nice lager. Has a good amount of flavor without being too complex or challenging. Seems like a really solid summer session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 04:13:37 | More by davey101
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woosterbill

Connecticut

2.55/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to vonschplieffen for letting me review this one from the cooler in his back yard.

A: Cloudy light amber body with 2 fingers of frothy, persistent off-white foam. I'd like a clearer lager, but it's got a great head - lovely retention and lace.

S: Hmmm. Underwhelming aroma of sulfur, cooked vegetables, metal, toasty malt, and herbal hops. Some good, some bad, all boring.

T: Follows the nose (sadly) - pretty sweet, with a hefty amount of minerality, DMS, and metallic flavor. Pretty disappointing, but at least it's not totally bland.

M: Smooth, lively body with lots of roiling carbonation. Pretty fun.

O: I was shocked - shocked! - to see the plethora of positive reviews for this beer, as I found it to be a highly flawed, thoroughly forgettable offering. Perhaps I got an old bottle or something; I'll have to look for it on tap. Until then, I'll be glad to stick with fresh Elm City whenever I feel like some light CT lager (I'll be the first to agree that Hooker Liberator is the best overall lager brewed in the state, if not the nation).

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 03:18:01 | More by woosterbill
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rebelthrower

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours golden yellow with a hint of orange. The head had a bit of yellow about a quarter width. The head disappears quickly with no lacing at all.

S - Crisp with a bit of citrus hops.

T - Sweet malt and floral hops. Mild citrus and pepper. Also bready.

M - Carbonation is just about perfect here. Nice crisp to it and a little chewy.

D - Very drinkable. Great beer all around. Great beer for the summer/outdoors.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 00:41:45 | More by rebelthrower
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at bmanning's wedding rehearsal dinner. Served in a beer boot, courtesy of bmanning. Thanks, Ben!

Pour yields a good white head of foam and some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose brings a nice subtle noble hoppiness plus light grain and a bit of bread. Excellent balance between all the components. The flavor is very nice as well with a good lightly-sweetened malt presence and a good level of hop flavor and bitterness to cut through the malt character. Light body and really crisp. Great dry finish and a high amount of carbonation. Really, really solid beer. Thomas Hooker seriously knows how to make lagers. Great way to say cheers.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2011 02:59:38 | More by Thorpe429
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Beerislife652854

Connecticut

4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this one advertised on Connecticut Public Television, believe it or not.

A - Crystal clear amber gold with fine carbonation and a thin head that fades to nothing.

S - A crisp day in October.

T - Nice balance of bitter hops at the beginning, finishes with a slightly sweet aftertaste. Essentially, what a beer should taste like.

M - Carbonation is near perfect. Crisp and refreshing.

D - Very drinkable. Great for outdoors.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 20:01:42 | More by Beerislife652854
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JMD

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a cloudy auburn with a foamy white head that fades slowly. Leaves light lacing on the glass.

S: Clean aroma of fresh grains, light carmel malt and some honey. faint hops as well.

T: Notes of grain, sweetbread, and some light honey. Fresh hop flavor provides a gentle bite as it finishes.

M: Light bodied and ample carbonation.

D: As the style was intended, this beer is highly drinkable. Nice flavor, and smooth. I could drink these one after another, all night long. These will be a staple in my fridge all summer long.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 22:25:48 | More by JMD
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2010 12:53:01 | More by Deuane
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice carbonated golden hue into an American pint glass, with a finger of white head and decent lacing. The smell was decidedly malty, but I could also detect a bitter balancing hop presence. The taste was better than expected; certainly a heap of malt in this one, but also some caramel and toffee flavor mixed with some hop bitter dryness, and finishing on a dry note. Very nice carbonated, medium-bodied mouthfeel. Very good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 04:30:04 | More by donniecuffs
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ghebb

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2009 01:41:32 | More by ghebb
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 4/25/09.

A - Clear, heavily carbonated amber body with half a finger of creamy, off-white head that reduced to a thin film and left sparse but thick lacing around the glass.

S - Sweet malts and buttery diacetyl with some bready/grainy malt in the back. Hop presence is very faint. Pretty subtle aroma overall.

T - Sweet caramel malt up front with an unfortunate buttery diacetyl flavor. Some light leafy, noble hops attempt to conceal the buttery taste, but do so minimally. Maple syrup sweetness appears in the backend, followed by a grainy, bready malt character in the finish.

M - Light to medium bodied with a syrupy texture and moderate carbonation resulting in a slightly bristly mouthfeel overall. Mildly bitter on the palate with some residual sweetness.

D - Not bad, but a little too heavy on the butter flavor, unfortunately. Not overly crisp, either. The diacetyl really detracted from my overall enjoyment of this otherwise tasty style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2009 13:23:10 | More by ffejherb
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Soozy

Tennessee

3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Golden, had a decent head that diminished to lacing. Has a tiny bit of hops in the smell, can't pick up on too much with this one. A very smooth brew, very buttery/biscuity malt and some hops present.

Wasn't too impressed honestly, nothing really stuck out with this one besides the drinkability. Wouldn't go out of my way to find this, but would have it again if I came across it on-tap.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2008 03:40:42 | More by Soozy
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a leaky 500ml flip-top bottle that almost got sent in a trade if not for the wet box, even with the leak, it ended up being pretty decent.

Pours a very hazy golden/orange color, decent head, no lacing.

Smell is very yeasty with a citrus aroma, some coriander.

Taste is smooth and citrusy, bready with a zing, good carbonation (especially considering), quite buttery.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 22:29:44 | More by deltatauhobbit
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Thomas Hooker Munich-Style Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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