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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
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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falloutsnow

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the bottle after warming, the beer features a body colored golden, hazy though no apparent sediment. The head is slightly off-white, just over two centimeters in height and comprised of small bubbles. As the head descends, there is little lacing (and this continues during drinking as well), and what remains is a persistent, thin layer of foam atop the beer.
Aroma is mildly bready with some detectable hops, rather weak in strength and presentation. Taste is similar: bland, malty with a small amount of bitter/spicy hops, a bit of lemon zest, and yeastiness.
The beer is a bit overcarbonated for the medium to medium-light body, resulting in too much foaming on the palate. While this does not make the beer terribly unpleasant to drink, it doesn't encourage further sipping, either. Overalll, nothing truly distinguishing about this lager. No aspect is that far from average, but without any particular strengths or aspects of the beer blending well (such as a solid maltiness mixed with a present, but ephemeral hop nuance) there's no reason to return to it.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2006 01:30:47 | More by falloutsnow
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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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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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hopsaplenty

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle, brewed and bottled by Troutbrook Brewing Company, Hartford, CT. No date, but 6642 202 was ink jetted on the bottom of the bottle.

Vibrant pour, generating a tall eggshell colored head of loosely packed small and medium bubbles. The head is slow to settle, and leaves no lacing. Brassy gold with tons of jetting carbonation streams. The smell is clean and slightly husky with some grassy hops. The taste is sweet and husky also a bit grainy with a gentle spicy hop finish. Nice and well meshed, not dominant in any one area. Medium bodied and light on the tongue, with moderate carbonation. Refreshing and enjoyable, this was a nice beer, if just a touch sweet. Quite drinkable and an easy suggestion for new craft drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 01:52:28 | More by hopsaplenty
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Lnedrive14

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2006 19:14:59 | More by Lnedrive14
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Hautacam

Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy gold..frothy head..drops quickly to a film.
Smells very malty...almost like a wheat.Some mild hop aroma.
Taste is fuller than I thought it would be. Heavy bready malt...sweet..hint of cider..nice balance of hop-bitter. This is very good...more than I expected from a golden lager.
Mouthfeel is light..good medium carbonation.
This is very drinkable stuff....I will buy this again...was a bargain at $3.29 for a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2006 01:24:40 | More by Hautacam
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Riggsy

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2006 14:02:07 | More by Riggsy
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cameraman

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber, with wonderful golden color and nice head at the top. Light citrus aromas with a touch of flowers, with a little bit of malt coming through at the end. The taste comes in with the roasted malt at the start and then some lite hops comes in at the end. The feel is medium bodied with a nice crisp, clean finish. This is a really drinkable beer, particularly in sessions, with great malt flavor, but with enough hops to balance it out. This is a great starter beer for thos who drink prodominantly macro brews.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2006 06:33:11 | More by cameraman
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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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jmz62565

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a reddish gold color with a huge head.There is alot of carbonation in this beer.The smell is very floral and full of yeast.This is a very good taste with a full flavor of malt, some spices, and hops.The m/f is very well balanced between hops and malt.This is a very crisp,clean beer thats very refreshing and would go down great on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2005 22:24:57 | More by jmz62565
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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to say that I have been very impressed with all of the "Hooker" offerings thus far. This beer pours out a slightly cloudy straw-yellow color with a good size white head. The smell is yeasty, zesty with hints of hay and malt.

Taste is much more full bodied than I expected. Malt and light citrus notes come through quickly as well as something sweet. Then they give may to some floural hop notes and more hay-ey hints. Overall the taste is so much better than I expected.

Overall just a wonderful beer. Full of flavor and way more complex than I would have imagined. I only wish that Troutbrook comes out with different styles of lagers.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 21:19:02 | More by CharlesRiver
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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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Hibernator

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thomas Hooker Style Golden Lager
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 16 oz pilsner glass

Pours a golden yellow-light orange color. Random spotted sticky lace on the sides of the glass.

Whiffs of malt, spiced apples and sweet grains.

The drinkability level on this beer is off the charts. Very clean and smooth with a fruity apple sauce quality. German hop snap bite on the finish, but the juicy malt combo takes over.

Clean tasting and easy to drink. This is the beer that could convert the masses from macro produced beers. Enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2005 02:39:26 | More by Hibernator
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Matthew

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2005 17:15:56 | More by Matthew
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radshoesbro

California

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2005 15:33:35 | More by radshoesbro
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meathookjones

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured out an almost crystal clear golden yellow with a good sized white frothy head. Aroma is rich with grain and a nice light grassy hops. Some doughy malts were present as well. Flavor was similar with a big grain and biscuit malt. Light lemon with a faint crisp hoppiness. Light toastiness as well. Finishes on a lightly bitter grassy note. Crisp clean and solid body. Just about as drinkable as water. Very smooth going down and refreshing. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2005 22:27:06 | More by meathookjones
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carln26

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at RedBones Wednesday night. Deep gold to amber color, mildly hazy with a thin tan head. Rich malty aroma of dates caramel much toffee. Taste has a lot of caramel, slight peanut brittle, almost chocolate. Nice rich mouth feel. This beer is the closest thing to a year-round Octoberfest that I’ve seen. Nice every day beer. Great drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2005 22:23:43 | More by carln26
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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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FirstMan

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this for the first time at the Linwood in Boston. In fact, it was MY first time at the Linwood - and what a great first time it was. This was actually the first thing I tried that night - mainly because I wanted to start light and knew that the evening would eventually move on to more daunting beer (like an aged V-12 and a Panil Barique). But that's another story.

I love a good American style lager. Mainly the reason I love them is because when you have a good one - like this one or Skagit River's "Dutch Girl" - you realize just how low Macrobrewing in America has gone.

This is a beautiful clear deep orange-golden beer. It has enough dark coloring to it that you know you aren't dealing with a weak beer here. Nice little bubbles in the head that settle into splotchy patches of rising bubbles. Very nice looking.

Great nose. Malty sweet with the low-tone grain/grassy character letting you know it's a lager.

Taste is clean, yeasty, and delicious. Notes of toasted grain and grass with a sweet backend. Makes me want to slap it. Hop brightness balances out the mellow lager yeast nicely.

Great mouthfeel on this one. Not overly corn-syrup sweet and parching the way so many low-end American lagers are. This one is smooth with enough carbination to keep it interesting.

Overall a very good lager. I like it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2005 17:49:51 | More by FirstMan
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice offering, picked up thanks to a generous fellow BA...

Dispensed into my Victory MassKrug... Nice and heady with subtle aroma notes of doughy goodness and faint hops. Clean and golden in color.

Smooth and clean, this lager offered flavour notes of some light biscuity twang with that great Helles-style balance...

A nice offering. Not the creme de la creme, but damn fine. I would not hesitate to make this a staple in my arsenal...

Prosit!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2005 11:03:28 | More by goindownsouth
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alexwag

New York

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

A: Clear and bright copper color (befitting the style), light foamy head, lots of bubbles. I'm almost refreshed just looking at it.

S: Smell is similarly crisp, hints of spice and fruit, faint malts.

T: Very nice! Light malts and spices swirl on the middle of the tongue, then the bubbles make their appearance known and it all fades pleasantly and with fruity notes. A dynamic and pleasing symphony.

M: In keeping with character, light and refreshing; never boring.

D: One of the best beers I've had -- probably the best for summer.

I might have given more 5s where I put 4.5s, but it's sort of against my principles. But it merits at least one. Hooker does damn fine work. Big ups to CT.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2005 23:18:15 | More by alexwag
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots o' li'l bubbles that make this beer almost fizzy at first--but it mellows out to a very smooth and just slightly crisp but with hints of an ever-so-slight creamy finish. Poured a light brown-gold and with no head (but that was a result of the over carefule pour). Nose is crisp and clean with some strong grain tonesand herbs. Flavor is toast and bread and just a tad chewy. For some reason this beer makes me think of the mahogany and saw dust from the old work shop. Hops are very toned down, almost oldish, and provides some nice herbal and lemon hints.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2005 10:54:09 | More by MuddyFeet
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OldSock

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2005 17:22:37 | More by OldSock
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mini cobalt blue flip top bottle from the brewery.

A- As bright and as clear compared to all beers I have had, such a glowing golden color. Thin lacing leaves a few rings of lace down the glass and a semi-active carbonation rushes bubbles to the top.

S- Doughy biscuity malt, suggestions of red grape skin and a faint herbal hop.

T- Big dry malt character of Munich malt, lightly toasted with a ghost like grape skin flavor. Hint of dusty husk and a lemony herbal hop flavor, modest bitterness to keep the malt out front.

M- Bold crispness wrap its self around the malt in a perfect way.

D- We need more lagers like this in the NE, packed with flavor and so easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2005 20:59:28 | More by Jason
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sun driven gold with a small loosened white cap that crumbles at a steamy pace. Slow rising bubbles within tend to keep a light skim always present. Light stringy lace.

Soft aroma of sweet white bread grains and fresh doughy crusts. Slight grassy-like hopping.

Nice taster! Lovely sweet bready malts with a buttered corn crispness and tender grassy induced spice and mild bitterness. Pale malt finish with drying breadyness and lighter transference of dull caramel.

Gentle and firm well-rounded full-bodied, malt saturated feel. Tender carbonation; soft and chewyish. Solidly sweet with the white breads, but milded in tone enough for super extreme slopping down of this liquid. Nice addition of grass/spiced hops add an outstandingly fine balance. An excellent quaffer in which one bomber exceeds in its bounty and more then one is definately required and/or suitably easy to handle. Damn fine stuff!

Thanks to danadeny for the acquistions!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2005 00:27:00 | More by tavernjef
Thomas Hooker Munich-Style Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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