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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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159 Ratings

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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 30
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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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

11-18-2012 22:27:57 | More by anelson86
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

11-10-2012 23:31:58 | More by Jim_DemonDeacon
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

09-24-2012 03:17:11 | More by Gregwa
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

09-13-2012 17:19:53 | More by udubdawg
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-29-2012 01:43:50 | More by Juice-O
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

07-15-2012 23:19:20 | More by RMoeNay
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2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

06-01-2012 16:52:29 | More by chrispoint
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

05-28-2012 01:53:09 | More by vbiliyar
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

05-23-2012 01:57:03 | More by DirtyPenny
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

04-05-2012 01:10:22 | More by raythealeman
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

02-19-2012 01:22:36 | More by jfcaa193
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

02-02-2012 04:26:33 | More by rsant
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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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New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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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4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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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4/5  rDev +1.3%
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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3/5  rDev -24.1%

12-09-2011 04:51:04 | More by rab53
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-08-2011 20:03:07 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-18-2011 01:40:51 | More by patm1986
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

11-14-2011 17:15:54 | More by ghamel
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1.6/5  rDev -59.5%
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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New York

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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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3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
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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3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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
Thomas Hooker Munich-Style Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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