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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: 6 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

duceswild, Mar 21, 2013
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2/5  rDev -49.2%

tmars13, Mar 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

oriolesfan4, Feb 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

neil2me, Jan 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

FutureOBrew, Nov 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

anelson86, Nov 18, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Jim_DemonDeacon, Nov 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Gregwa, Sep 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

udubdawg, Sep 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Juice-O, Aug 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

RMoeNay, Jul 15, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

chrispoint, Jun 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

vbiliyar, May 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

DirtyPenny, May 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

raythealeman, Apr 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

jfcaa193, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

rsant, Feb 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

WhaleHopper, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of iheartchicken
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%

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

iheartchicken, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of BeerResearcher
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

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!

BeerResearcher, Jan 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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?

TheCorkStopsHere, Jan 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

rab53, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Burt, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

patm1986, Nov 18, 2011
Thomas Hooker Munich-Style Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.