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Thomas Hooker Munich-Style Lager - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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88
very good

164 Ratings
THE BROS
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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 rsant
4/5  rDev +1.5%

rsant, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of AChamberlain
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

AChamberlain, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of gpcollen1
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with a huge head into my Kronenbourg 1664 glass. Head retention is nice, leaving a fluffy pillow on top for a long while. Aroma is crisp and clean with a hint of malt and hops.

Taste is clean and refreshing. The carbonation is mild and the light hoppy taste rolls from the middle to the end.

This is a nice treat once in a while. I would,t drink many of these but find it very refreshing.

gpcollen1, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of Matthew
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Popped open the bottle I had in my stash to start the thanksgiving day off with. This beer pours a golden yellow color and has a nice big fluffy white head.
Smells slighly yeasty, citrusy, and theres a slight hop aroma lingering in there too.
This is a nice crisp, smooth tasting beer. The citrus aroma in the nose is matched but this pleasent citrus taste hiding within the hops and a nice malt body.
This beer is very drinkable and very refreshing. Thomas Hooker continues to prove they are worthy of lots of respect from the beer world.

Matthew, Nov 25, 2005
Photo of Lnedrive14
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
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 OldSock
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance and Presentation – 22oz bomber poured into my .5L mug. The beer is a clear golden yellow with a creamy white head. There is large amount of streaming carbonation shooting through the beer that keeps the head up nicely for most of the drink.

Smell – Even sitting back from the beer I can detect the strong herbal hops. Taking a closer inhale I get more hops, herbal and spicy, with just a hint of grain sweetness. This beer has a very high quality, powerful aroma.

Taste – Stellar, loads of fresh noble hops, mostly herbal with hints of spiciness. The slightly toasted sweet malt come in at the front, but gives way to the hops in the back. There is not a lot of malt complexity, but that’s fine for the style.

Mouthfeel – Good mouthfeel, medium bodied with perfect carbonation that is strong but not overwhelming.

Drinkability and Notes – This is flavorful and easy to drink, particularly on a hot summer afternoon. This is one of the better Munich style lagers that I have had and yet another reason to drink local. Most imported light lagers, in my experience, have an oxidized/skunked component that this does not have because it did not have to be shipped across the ocean.

OldSock, Aug 01, 2005
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
Photo of DirtyPenny
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

DirtyPenny, May 23, 2012
Photo of sraimondi
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is a pretty regular offering at The Cambridge House in Granby, CT, which is where I have had it. I very much like Helles beers in general, and this one is quite good in the bottle. However, it excels on draft. The mouthfeel is much softer, which makes the drinkability excellent. The appearance, smell and taste are on style. If you like this in the bottle, seek it out on draft; it is worth it.

sraimondi, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of braugon
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

braugon, May 20, 2014
Photo of Riggsy
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden yellow with minimal white head.

Smell: Light herbal hop aroma alongside biscuity/grainy malt. After a few sips also detect fruity citrus aroma

Taste: Very refreshing. Detect noble hop flavor also some fruit. Noy sure the fruit flavor is part of the munich style but I wouldn't expect it in a lager. This did not take away from the experience however.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, well carboanted.

Drinkability:Flavorful and easy to drink,would be even better in the summer as it would be quite refreshing.

Riggsy, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of mikeys01
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from a 22oz bottle, fresh from the brewery. Pours into my glass a scintillating burnished gold color, crystal clear with nice effervescence and a perfectly foamy white head. Aroma is very sweet and malty, with some light german hop notes and just a hint of green apple. Sipping yields a refreshing floral hop character up front that is delicately balanced to complement the massive chewy malt center. I don't know if it's partly the freshness of the beer, but what's stuck with me since my first samples of this beer is that it's a bit like chewing on a handful of fresh cracked malt. A bit sweet, very slightly caramelized, with a nice glimmer of spicy hop bitterness in the finish. A bit of apple noticeable in the initial flavor after a bit as well. Body is not quite medium, which combined with the taste make it immensely drinkable. Excellent beer, cheers to Paul and Troutrook for continuing to crank out some top quality beer.

mikeys01, Aug 11, 2004
Photo of radshoesbro
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HOOKER STRIKES AGAIN!

big 'ol bomber bottle with a no freshness date.

pours a nice hazy golden that isn't toally cloudy, but isn't the typical crystal clear of a lager. big frothy head that leaves some lacing, but not all that much. the head slowly receeds and leaves a nice half finger left that stays over the beer for the rest of the time.

smells very doughy with hints of flowers and mild hops.

has a slight biscuit flavor to it with nice bitterness in the finish. there is a subtle lemon flavor here that combines with the hops in the finish. very complex lager.

definately smooth and creamy with a solid finish. goes great with a beautiful, crisp, new england fall day. i still haven't had anything by thomas hooker that i don't throughly enjoy!

radshoesbro, Oct 27, 2005
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

jefftuck47, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of Juice-O
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Juice-O, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of lostinfla
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

lostinfla, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of mckowned
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

mckowned, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of counselor
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a very good helles lager. Pours golden honey color with 4 finger head in my Lowenbrau 0.5L stange. The aromas are like crisp dry fall day in the woods. The taste is clean, bright malt with a slight nutty grain undertoe. Dry finishing beer that strikes a super balance between the sweet malt flavors and the noble hops. This is a beer that goes down well one after the other.

counselor, Oct 23, 2004
Photo of oxmasterscream
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
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 chefelf
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

chefelf, Aug 22, 2011
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 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 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 wyllder
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, orange-amber with a good 1/2 inch off-white head. Head recedes and leaves very little lacing as you go.

Smell is a light mix of roasted malts and lemongrass.

Taste is sweet, almost lemony. Carbonation adds a crisp edge to it. Lemongrass tones are evident and the finish is both slightly tart and bitter.

Quite drinkable and pleasant on a hot afternoon.

Wyll-

wyllder, Sep 02, 2004
Photo of George1005
4/5  rDev +1.5%

George1005, May 28, 2013
Thomas Hooker Munich-Style Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.