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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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118 Reviews

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Reviews: 118
Hads: 176
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 38
Gots: 18 | 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:
Beer added by: UnionMade on 09-27-2003

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.
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Reviews: 118 | Hads: 176
Photo of rebelthrower
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of drtth
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of dag06001
4.71/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of Beerislife652854
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of JMD
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Deuane
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.95/5  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.

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Photo of ghebb
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of sbe1
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.08/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

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Photo of Soozy
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of tempest
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Farmhouse, served in a pint glass.

It's clear, light gold in the glass with a short white head. The aroma immediately hits me with spicy, grassy Euro hops, with bready malts in the background. The flavor is spot on for the style with a mix of biscuit and light toast paired evenly with gentle, but spicy hops. While this beer isn't drastically different from other helles lagers in terms of the flavors present, I believe it stands out because everything is so rich as a whole. This beer is drinkable, yet more aromatic and full-flavored than many of the best in this style.

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Photo of AltBock
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My Golden Lager came in one of those old fashioned swing top bottles instead of the 22 bomber bottle pictured on BA. It's the same type of bottle that the Liberator use to come in. Simple sky blue label with the name of the beer in big yellow letters and 2 squared lion heads at the ends of the name. To the left and right of the lion heads in yellow squares is the address of Thomas Hooker, US Govt. warning, barcode, and refund values. For some reason, this one didn't have a brewed year yellow strip over the swing top.

Appearance: When poured into a Sly Fox Imperial pint glass, this Golden Lager is a hazy and bright golden lemon color. On top of this brew was a tall 1 1/2 to 2 inch fluffy head of white foam. This white head of foam had really good retention that left behind a 1/2 inch left over head of foam and quite a few streaks of white lace around the glass. Basically, it's what a Golden Lager should look like to me. Great color and a nice head of white foam!

Smell: The aroma to this beer is very dry with a few drops of lemon, subtle toasted malts (So subtle that it was hard to tell they were even there), a dash of black pepper, and some yeast here and there. In the beginning it was mostly yeasty, but as it warmed up a bit, the yeast receded and the lemon and pepper came out from the background.

Taste: I thought Thomas Hooker would take a basic Golden Lager and work on it to make it more than just your average lager. That wasn't the case with this Lager. It was just plain and simple dry and lightly hoppy taste of toasted biscuit malts, a hint of lemon, a splash of grapefruit, and some bitter citrus hops at the finish. It felt like the hops were increased a bit, but it was still just a basic Golden Lager.

Mouthfeel: It's a light bodied beer like a Golden Lager should be, but it had a nice little dry and yeasty aftertaste of bitter citrus hops and lightly toasted biscuit malts.

Drinkability: It's just a simple Golden Lager, but hell if it isn't highly drinkable. Overall, it was just a nice refreshing light beer that would make a nice choice for a summer Lager session beer. I thought it just came in those expensive swing top bottles, but it's nice to see that it now comes in a 22 oz. bomber bottle.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.

A: Poured a medium straw with light reddish hues and a thick, sticky white head that clung to the sides of the glass.

S: a light faint aroma of sweet malt and buttery toast.

T: For flavor there was lightly toasted grains, floral hopping and a light sweet maltiness.

M: The mouthful was light-medium bodied but crisp on the finish. There was a sligtht grainy texture.

D: A great semi-sweet malted lager that was crisp clean and left you waiting for the next sip.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.85/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rcently revisited after not having one for a few years. This pours a clear golden with A SMALLISH WHITE HEAD THAT DOESN'T LAST AS LONG AS IT SHOULD, LEAVING THE GLASS STARK OF LACE.

The aroma is clean and mild, with plenty fresh malt notes, toasted bread, and tangy, herbal hops.

The flavor is crisply malted with biscuits, roasty grain, light caramel and a healty dose of spicey, grassy hops. Balanced and tastey.

Body is on the light side with a creamy mouthfeel and light carbonation. 22 ounces disappears quickly.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Clear golden color, that left some lace on the glass. Good amount of carbonation.

smell - Malts and grapes here with some hops.

taste - Has some malt taste with a lemons, and some hops at the end. Has some grapes taste to it.

mouthfeel - Medium

drinkability - Easy drinking summer beer, enjoyed this one

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Photo of jswigart
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am not typically a fan of lager beers. I tend to prefer ales and heavier beers, but I find myself drawn to this particular lager. First of all, it is very drinkable. No aftertaste. Not very heavy, but not too light either. Color is a dark, deep gold hue. Does not seem to hold much carbonation or form much head - would be nicer if it did - so I dinged it a bit for appearance. I can't explain the smell, but I like it. Taste is a bit bland, but very pleasant. In all, this is for me, a very solid lager and one I would choose over many other lagers. I think Thomas Hooker is an underrated brewery.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber picked up on my way back from MA.

Poured into a pilsner glass.

This one pours a tinted gold hue with a pillowy two finger white head that slowly dies down to a solid layer. Little to no stickiness with bubbles racing to the top throughout the entire tasting. Smell is of big noble hops, pepper, butter, and some faint caramel malt. Probably the best smelling lager I've ever sampled. Clean buttery biscuit flavors up front with some pepper and spice emerging midway. Aftertaste is very weak and almost fades away to nothing, but a bit of a hop bite lingers. Mouthfeel is a creamy medium body with a good amount of carbonation. What a great lager. I really wish this was available in Central New York because this could easily become my staple summer beer. If you're someone who appreciates a solid lager, definitely get your hands on this one.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TheManiacalOne for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus foamy head, some sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, slightly hoppy, some spicyness, and some caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, slightly spicy, and some caramel thrown in. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is another awesome brew from Thomas Hooker, they do a Helles justice, recommended.

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Photo of elinash
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sadly, this might be one of the last T.H. beers I'll taste...

Their Munich Lager has been one of the best lagers I've had. ever. I am a huge fan of most helles lagers, though.

Swingtop bottle.

It pours really nice, with lots of head at first that disappears after a while. The color is rich and slightly cloudy. There was some yeast in the bottom that I dredged up for the last pour.

Aroma is slight grass, malt, some yeast. It smells really fresh.

Taste is full with great yeast, bread, and grass/ hay. I detected a light ash quality on the finish. The long finish is slightly dry and a little acidic.

I've already said it, but this beer is great and super drinkable.

I know that some of the swingtop bottles are off, so if you get a bad one, you'll know it from the non-enthuastic pop on the swingtop.

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Photo of AChamberlain
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Thomas Hooker Munich-Style Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.