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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

159 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 30
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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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Durge

Connecticut

3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light yellow-orange brew with a slight head that fades quickly. Not much lacing going on. The aroma is vague, bread/wheat, suggests a light refreshing beer. The taste comes on with a lemon highlight and a murky hops, but I detect the sweaty socks syndrome. It has a peppery finish but there is a wheaty sweetness that grows on you as you get to the end. Friends seemed to like this quite a bit but I couldn't see the attraction. It's OK, reasonably refreshing but just not crispy enough for my tastes in this style. Hooker is excellent as a rule so it may be me more than the beer, just not my style.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2007 02:40:18 | More by Durge
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woosterbill

Connecticut

2.55/5  rDev -35.4%
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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Brent

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice, crisp beer, perhaps a little more in line with a North American blonde ale than others in the style. Nice interplay of malt - barely to the sweet side with a touch of clover honey. Just the slightest hint of some orchard fruit - somewhat tart up front.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2004 02:47:46 | More by Brent
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bottle, capped.

This Munich Helles lager poured a slightly hazy, golden to pale amber color with tall, creamy, off-white foam that persisted and clung to the glass in clumps. The smell was hops and malt with a touch of biscuit and a light floral hop aroma. The taste was bready malt with a light sweetness. There was a touch of vinous Munich malt present. It had a mild hoppiness throughout with a bit of floral hops layered on. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium body and modest carbonation. The bready-malty flavor lingered a while in the aftertaste. This was a nice, smooth, easy drinking lager, and it invoked memories of Germany. Thanks to ErikTheRed for this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2005 08:53:30 | More by UncleJimbo
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -22%
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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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this in the fridge for a month or so, and last night opted to drain the 22oz bomber. No freshness date evident on the label anywhere.

Pours a clear, bright golden color, with plentiful, large carbo-bubbles rising steadily within. Head is off-white and creamy, laying in at about 1/2" and holding there a bit, until finally ebbing to a fine, thin layer. Sticks well down the glass during quaffing. as a robust nose of crackery malts with light sweetness, along with some lightly floral, grassy hop-action. A touch spicy, too, perhaps? This Hooker has a solid medium body, though with a sprinkle of prickliness on the tongue.

Nice malt evident here, a crackery/bready combo leaving a light coating of sweetness on the tongue, which lingers well. Hops are also well represented, with a super grassy aspect plus, again, a spicy, perhaps Saazy (?), character. Goes down quite well. Could do a Maß of this solid rendition easily.

Prosit!!

overall: 4
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4.5

895

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2006 13:11:11 | More by Bierman9
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
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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jfcaa193

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

02-19-2012 01:22:36 | More by jfcaa193
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Boto

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2004 11:22:24 | More by Boto
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thans to ppoirtas for this one. It pours a peachy orange color with a finger of head that falls to slightly coat the beer. The nose is caramel sweet and grassy. The flavor is not bad. The grassey/grainey tones are prevalent, but balanced with a caramel sweetness. The everpresent lager funk comes through as well. The feel is moderate, with enough carbonation to carry it through. Not bad at all for a lager. I find it refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2005 00:22:41 | More by kmpitz2
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2004 15:02:28 | More by sulldaddy
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wedge

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep gold with even chill haze and a thin, bubbly white head. Condensation is soaking the outside of the glass...damn its hot out (I love it). Toasted malt and grain aroma with a german hoppiness - got that "lagery" smell. Tastes toasty and pleasantly sweet. Light fruity notes and spiced noble hops balance it perfectly. Medium and smooth with a soft dryness.

Balance is what this lager is all about. Hits the spot on a hot summer evening but would be damn tasty anytime.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2006 00:32:11 | More by wedge
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bditty187

Nebraska

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2005 20:43:05 | More by bditty187
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Todd

Colorado

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 00:10:05 | More by Todd
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Initial pour into a pilsner glass resulted in foam for two-thirds of the glass. After that subsided, a second pour left an attractive three fingers of white froth atop a radiant clear golden body. Good lacing.

Inviting hay/grass nose, with a distant whiff of bakery.

A smooth lightly sweet malty body glides across the tongue, and a very subtle hop presence arises to balance and provide a clean finish which is not quite a snap, but is nicely refreshing.

Nice mouthfeel, not some mealy lager here, this has substance without being overly thick. Flows down the throat without being watery.

Drinkability is so good that the bomber seems more like a single. A bomber bottle that should be bought in quantity.

A highly enjoyable example of what an "everyday" lager should be.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2005 22:47:08 | More by RonfromJersey
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 21:06:48 | More by CRJMellor
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Chugs13

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

06-03-2013 00:29:14 | More by Chugs13
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clvand0

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kmpitz2 for sharing this one. Pours an orange color with a small head that dies off quickly and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma has a clean caramel malt with some grassy hops. The flavor is much the same. Caramel malts with some grassy hops. Well balanced and smooth. Very clean finish. Good lager here.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2005 17:45:30 | More by clvand0
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.3%

06-30-2014 18:52:49 | More by hoppymcgee
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Burt

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-21-2011 23:41:42 | More by Burt
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2008 20:25:04 | More by Gambrinus1184
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2005 03:32:41 | More by orbitalr0x
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far333

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2003 12:33:55 | More by far333
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pt .9 fl oz brown, swing-top bottle.
Served in a pilsener glass.

Pours a whitish-golden in color with remarkable clarity; lots of energetic carbonation. Bright white, sculpted rocky head with amazing retention. Very sticky condensed lacing that hardly budges around the entire glass.

Semi-sweet toasted malt aroma with a fine layer of diacetyl. Spicy hop character: pepper, with an underlying touch of must. A nice balance in aroma between spice and buttered malt.

Almost moderately sweetened in terms of this Helle's malt character up front, with a strong flavor of rounded, malted wheat. The peppered-spice fromt he hops keeps the semi-sweet malt alive throughout the sip, making for a dry finish. Notes of lemon, pepper, and toasted oats linger in the aftertaste.

Light bodied; dry and crisp on the palate. Well balanced spice and butteriness.

A tremendous Helles with balanced flavor and texture. Troutbrook did a nice job bringing some exciting flavor aspects to a pretty mundane style. A nice session lager for springtime when the weather turns a bit warmer.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2007 13:43:33 | More by NEhophead
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UnionMade

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well, I'm down to my last bottle out of a case, so it's time to write a review.
The beer pours into a 23oz hefe-style glass a rich, burnished gold. An energized plume of ivory froth billows up on a gentle pour, creating a gorgeous crown reaching about an inch above the glass. Great clarity, a reverse rainstorm of carbonation rising to feed the head. Head retention is fantastic, with a solid sheet of lace clinging in it's wake. If this isn't the most perfect presentation on a beer, I don't know what is.
The aroma is pretty spot on for the style. Toasty, cake dough sweetness flecked with a soft, floral noble hopping. Perhaps a pinch of saaz spiciness. Very, very clean, with the distinct signature of munich malt. A slight grainy touch abrades the malt like a 220 grit sandpaper.
The flavor starts out squeaky clean, the malt allowed an open road to travel. Cake or sugar cookie sweetness, toasted at one on the dial....maybe two. A ghost of peach esters, perhaps some grassy notes mingling with the incoming hops, moving directly into a mildly hopped finish. Just a slight bitterness, enough to balance, contributing to the flavor with a bright floral tone. The aftertaste snaps off pretty clean, just a slight residual munich malt graininess. Medium to light bodied with that signature Paul Davis microscopically fine-yet-spritzy carbonation. An excellent mouthfeel with a snappy crispness in the finish. My only complaint is that it gets so dry in the finish after about half the beer that my tongue starts to feel rough.
This is really a soft, subtle session bier masterpiece. It's certainly no monster, and won't flood your palate with flavor, but for a normal strength beer, I'm having a hard time thinking of stuff I'd rather drink. It blows my mind that this is brewed in my home state. This is the kind of stuff better suited for sale in the tapered 500ml bottle with lots of german text. Very, very authentic, probably what it's like to go to Munich and drink helles bier from the source. I count myself lucky to have Paul Davis and the folks at Thomas Hooker making beer only 20 minutes away. One hell of a summer beer, and a different style for a change. If you're in Connecticut for the summer, do yourself a favor and buy a few bottles for you and your friends. Very Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2004 22:49:02 | More by UnionMade
Thomas Hooker Munich-Style Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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