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Thomas Hooker Nor'Easter Lager - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Thomas Hooker Nor'Easter LagerThomas Hooker Nor'Easter Lager

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BA SCORE
76
okay

127 Ratings
THE BROS
36
awful

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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 23.64%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed to celebrate Winter in New England, Nor'Easter Lager possesses a Hearty Malt flavor delicately accented by mild winter spices.

16 IBU

(Beer added by: Boto on 11-29-2008)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by BigDank:
Photo of BigDank
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Matilda glass.

Just recieved this one an hour ago in a trade. Pours a darker orange / amber color with a small white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. Call me strange but I think it smells similar to a barleywine with a few extra spices added. Not very good at picking out the separate scents but smells malty and sweet spicy. Taste is that of bread with a fair amount of sweetness. Once again can't pick out specific spice but reminiscent of those in christmas cookies or banana bread. Mouthfeel is smooth and easy with lower carbonation. Beer rolls easily across the tongue. Not an outstanding brew but drinkable anyway. Would suggest this one as a holiday drink to be had with sweets like bread and cookies or with a turkey dinner. Something to help balance out the flavor of the beer. Not something I would drink regularly probably but I would still say drinkability is high as it's an easy going beer with subtle flavors and an average ABV. Glad to have tried it.

BigDank, Jan 06, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

SuomiHobbit, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of Doomcifer
1.15/5  rDev -65.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I usually take a whiff of my beers as soon as I pop the cap off the bottle....this time I was smacked upside the dome with an aroma of rotten apples that were left out in the hot summer sun; fermenting in their own slimy filth. Ugh, WTF is going on here?! Have I been duped?!

Upon closer inspection of the bottle: "Lager with artificial flavor" ...huh?! I wish I had seen that lil subtitle before purchasing this. It all makes a bit more sense now.

I guess I'll pout the contents and give it a shot. What the hell, right? I work pretty hard for my money. It pours a cloudy amber color with minimal head or retention. Smells like hard cider produced from pressed rotten apples. The aroma doesn't even resemble beer at all. Flavor takes a detour into artificial territory with the finish. Starts off with a hard cider taste along with sour notes and then melds into a weird artificial caramel candy apple flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty watered down. Not much body to speak of. I think the statements I made above can clue you in on the drinkability factor.

Thomas Hooker brewery hardly ever disappoints me but they have truly struck out with this offering. This "beer" presents us with a whole 'nother level of putrid. How is this rated a B? How can anyone drink this shit with a straight face?! "A Winter Embracing Brew" my ass. More like an appropriate substitute for Drano. Pardon me while I go pour this down my slow draining bathtub drain. I'll post the results.

Doomcifer, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of glaze0101
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This amber colour lager had a nice head and is nothing exciting. I was told it was an "amber", a bit dark for an "amber" (the lighting sucked so it is even darker looking in the photo). Hooker is a hit or miss brewery to me, this was a hit, in the sense that I would drink it again.
After a bit of research I realized it was a darker lager and in that sense the colour was fine.

glaze0101, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of Jason
1.33/5  rDev -59.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

"Lager With Artificial Flavor" YIKES!!!

Clear and tawny with a nice looking head on top. Perfume-like cinnamon toothpaste, brown apples pulp, faint alcoholic esters and some graininess in the nose ... not too pleasing. Some smoothness in the medium body. Hint of caramel from the malt the this odd artificial flavor drops on the palate and knocks the beer off kilter ... a chore to get past. With each sip it becomes more annoying to the point of being undrinkable.

Seriously ... is there a need to add this garbage to beer? Pass on this one, there are too many other winter seasonals that are better or at least drinkable.

Jason, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of Billolick
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, "Born on 2011-10-19" etched onto the neck of the bottle.

Pours is hazed medium plum, under a very moderate and timid off white head, that departs rapidly and leaves just a hint of a tiny bubble film and near no lacing.

Slight sniff of sweet fruit and hard candy.

Moderate fruityness, slight winter spicing, with some licorice in the finish. Ehh, not my favorite winter seasional, but likely to do in a pinch on a cold winters night

Billolick, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Homebrew35
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a half fingers worth of white head, clear amber brownish body. Smells sweet and Carmely, some toffee, cinnamon clove mixed with a typical lager yeasty quality. Tastes of Carmel, bready yeast and malts, cinnamon, clove and allspice. Medium body, low carbonation, medium dry finish with some lingering hop bitterness. Overall this is fairly good. When fresh this is a nicely spiced beer that's an easy drinker. I'm updating my previous review because the bottle I reviewed apparently was quite old. $8.50 a sixer

Homebrew35, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of tigg924
4.22/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, clear, reddish brown in color, high carbonation

Smell: bread and light holiday spice

Taste: bread is dominant, but there is vanilla, toffee, cinnamon, other spices, and sweet fruit. This beer has more going on but it is hard to describe.

Mouthfeel: sweet, medium bodied, high carbonation

Drinkability: I love the fruity and bready taste. This is one of the top holiday seasonals I have had this year and maybe my favorite from the brewery. Wish I was able to find a six instead of a single. It is like a liquid fruit cake. The spices are subtle but pleasing.

tigg924, Jan 08, 2010
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3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nor'Easter smells of spices, apple pie, and Christmas. The brew does contain "mild apple pie spices"--though the brewer's website says "mild winter spices"--and there are definite touches of allspice and clove in the nose, as well as a healthy dose of brown sugar, and a fresh bread/pie crust malt aroma.

On the tongue, the apple pie spices come out in full strength, bringing not only the aforementioned allspice and clove tones, but cinnamon as well. The malts bring a further apple-like fruitiness, as well as bread-like notes and brown sugars. Hops are barely noticeable over the malts and spices, despite the brew having three different varieties of hops, and mainly exist as a slight tingle at the edges. The aftertaste is mainly apple, bread, and spice, and lasts for a while. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, the beer is good, and definitely lives up to the apple spice flavors noted on the packaging--i.e. if you're not into flavored brews, this one is not for you. It would, however, go excellently with a big bowl of vanilla ice cream and a roaring fire.

jondeelee, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of far333
3.98/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at a Friday happy hour at the brewery. Dark amber honey colored with a beige frothy head that recedes slowly.

Aroma of toasted biscuit malt and cinnamon. Rich flavor of medium toasted malt, cinnamon and vanilla, maybe just a touch of cocoa. Semi-sweet, not cloying.

Even mouthfeel, full and rich, moderate carbonation. Very drinkable beer, I had about 5 draughts of this during the evening.

far333, Jan 03, 2009
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

jefftuck47, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of OBIrish24
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

OBIrish24, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of steveslow
3/5  rDev -9.1%

steveslow, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of jmz62565
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark red with a smallish tan head that leaves no lacing. The Smell is only average with scents of apple,bread yeast,holiday spices,and roasted malt. The taste is creamy with roasted malt,bread yeast,apples,and vanilla. The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing well. A very tasty beer,that will down well with Holiday meals.

jmz62565, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of tempest
2.83/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed a bottle at Euro Market. The bottle date says it's about 3 months old. Well, the spice certainly hasn't died down here. It reminds me of the same spice profile of Southern Tier Pumking, heavy on clove and nutmeg. Unfortunately I think I'm also pulling a light sour note of this from infection.

I gotta say I'm not crazy about this beer. It's all spice and I'm not getting much (or any) barley and hops. There's a little caramel malt as it warms, but the sour lemon is also growing. Pass.

tempest, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of blknikon
2/5  rDev -39.4%

blknikon, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of grahuba
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

grahuba, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of Enriquehopnog
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Enriquehopnog, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of KTCamm
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle (part of a six-mix) into a pint glass.

Pours medium amber with quick foam. Very little trace left. Deep rich malty nose. Taste is a rich caramel malt, modestly sweet. Very mild bite bitter at the finish, but more sweet than not. Easy drinker winter for sure. If anything, maybe a touch too sweet.

KTCamm, Dec 25, 2012
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3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Not really much head. Color is dark reddish or light brownish. Appearance is good overall.
Odor is light and sweet. Like fruity candy. Not really much else beyond that.
Taste is pretty average I would say. Not bad, but just to much cinnamon or spice. Not really balanced all that well. Has a nice smooth fell to it though.
Overall a pretty average beer and nothing really to rave about. Not bad however, just not very memorable.

dexterk1, Dec 31, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

ChrisChagnon, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.69/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a iced tea like color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, bready. Taste is good, lots of malts, nutty, bready, a bit of a caramel sweetness, a touch of spice. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

tone77, Dec 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

Peter1977, Jan 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

Goldndomer, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of u2carew
3.98/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz long neck. Consumed 01/08/10

A) Pours with a thin head that quickly settles. Very little lacing. Body is clear and amber in color.
S) Sweet. Subtle herbs. Notes of dates, cranberry, raspberry, cherries maybe even some heather.
T) First initial taste - a wow! A mouthful of herbs. Heather, maybe some jasmine and lavender. Dark fruits - cherries! Finishes flavorful and with a lingering cherry aftertaste.
M) Earthy sweet. Closer to medium body. Slightly crisp and fizzy up front. Mostly mellow and smooth.
D) A yummy seasonal brew. Nice job T-Hook!

u2carew, Jan 09, 2010
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Thomas Hooker Nor'Easter Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.