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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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64 Reviews

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 132
Avg: 3.37
pDev: 22.85%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | 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:
Beer added by: Boto on 11-29-2008

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

16 IBU
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Reviews: 64 | Hads: 132
Photo of Vinny71
4.78/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just picked up a six pack at M&R in Glastonbury Connecticut. The ABV is listed as 6% on the six pack.

A- Mahogany colored with a thick dense head.

S- There is allot going on here. Apple, cinnamon, ,some nutmeg and vanilla. A delight for the nose.

T- Incredible! Like a liquid apple pie and a great one at that. Sweet yet not overdone.

M- Nice and thick on the tongue. Rich, creamy, and inviting.

D- Extremly smooth and drinkable. A truly wonderful example of this style.

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Photo of TimHoss
4.75/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great lager! Read the reviews on BA and thought they were right on for the most part. Don't pair this with anything, I suggest you sit down and have this when you want to enjoy a very tasty adult beverage. Great after dinner drinlk.

Nor'easter starts out with a mildly carbonated pour that develops a thin head. This is the where the crew at Thomas Hooker got it right. You get very subtle hints of caramel and spices. From here you are treated to very smooth drink with a great after taste that I can best describe as a full Christmas dessert. Nor'easter is filling beverage that will leave you very satisfied. I am looking forward to my next one! Happy Holidays.

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Photo of Katahdin
4.69/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very exciting winter beer. The pour is smooth and creamy head. The taste overwhelnms with subtle complexities. You can taste hints of cinnamon, ginger and maybe some cloves in the lingering aftetaste on the palate. Very easy to drink and very enjoyable. An excellent beer to enjoy on a cold winter night by a roaring fire without having to worry about big beer alcohol percents.

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Photo of ianmhall
4.35/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 batch bottled two days ago...

a- brownish red hued elixir with a whiteish head...

s- slight herbal and sweet; a bit minty and fruitcakey... definite hints of chocolate.... big big chocolate caramel blast mmm....

t- refreshing caramel and chocolate, some notes of spice, a bite of clove and orange zest with a nice hoppy toastiness that reminds me of a very sweet and leaded molasses pumpernickel...

m- sweet with aggressive carbonation, aggressive but small bubbles very nice graphite feel on my tongue... good weight a medium to full bodied beer...

d- i have not had too many hooker ales that i have truly enjoyed... spiced ales are also not my favorite of styles but this is a very good batch, i will recommend this beer! Better and better as it warms 91/100

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Photo of Durge
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottled beauty shows a deep mahogany color with a fair light tan colored head with very solid lacing. The aroma suggests yeasty malt and sour mash. Almost a kind of hard boiled egg sulphur edge. The flavor is a beautiful sweet creamy malt with some vanilla and nutmeg egg nog. Very unique, sweet and floral hopped with some pleasant spice and more of that juniper edge that dominates the aroma. Nougat and orange clove come into the mix in this very solidly mid-bodied brew with pleasant carbonation. Fairly drinkable but not a guzzler. Real nice stuff from Mister Hooker.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Monster B's in Stamford.
Poured a medium amber color with a white head. Smelled of toasted malt, cinnamon, vanilla.
Hit me with White Chocolate taste off the bat, toasted malt, vanilla and cinnamon . I was drinking a sweet barleywine from Pennichuck directly before this, and this was almost as sweet and delicious.

Nice medium mouthfeel, not syrupy, but almost chewy. A great lager, did not know anything about this beer at the time I was drinking it, nice to know it is a local beer that I can get more of.

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Photo of tigg924
4.18/5  rDev +24%
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.

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Photo of thespaceman
4.17/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Wood-N-Tap in Southington. Poured a nice dark amber in color, creamy head with decent size, good retention. First initial aromas is wheat, some oatmeal, and a bit of honey. Caramel maltiness powered by more of the oatmeal flavorings are hear in the first sip, very bready, toasty. Malt consistency is pretty sturdy, alot of the elements run along the lines of a winter wheat. Mouthfeel is thick, low carbonation, a bit slick in the mouth. Overall, I wish I had this months earlier, I can defintley see having a few of these on a cold winter day.

BTW: Great to see this in bottles for 2009! This beer is excellent!

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Photo of Soozy
4.09/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a light brown, the server gave me one hell of a head (get your mind out of the gutter), but still looked great.

Smells like absolute pure spice. Strong allspice and cinnamon maybe some vanilla and clove.

Tastes just like you'd expect, a Christmas cookie. Smooth, malty, coupled with some of the holiday spices in the aroma. Little to no bitterness. Overall, a great beer. The spices aren't overpowering like you get from a lot of seasonals and they're coupled with a strong malt flavor. Fairly drinkable, but the spices might get to you after awhile, which is expected. Great seasonal brew

I'd seek this one out if you can, definitely recommend it.

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Photo of TheMattJones88
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this on tap at Cousin Larry's in Danbury, CT. So far this is probably the best Winter Warmer that I've had.

Poured from the Tap into a Guinness Pint Glass

A - Pours a dark brown / black with a small creamy head, the head disappeared real quickly.

S - Smells like Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Caramel right off the bat. No hoppiness at all really.

T - This is where this beer wins. It tastes like the sugar cookies that your Grandmother makes around Christmas time. I took a sip and suddenly thought I was sitting in front of a fireplace wearing a sweater. It also reminded me a bit of apple pie, I think it was just the spices mentioned above. A nice aftertaste that sticks around as well. This beer is pretty much dessert in a beer. But while it IS a spiced beer, it isn't over spiced at all, it's pretty much perfectly balanced. Nice and Malty and sweet. Exactly what I want in the winter.

M - Very smooth, not a ton of carbonation, but you can sense a bit of a prickly carbonation on the back of your tongue when it finishes going down.

D - Incredibly drinkable. It's a bit of a heavier beer, but not too heavy. Heavier than say, Newcastle, but not as heavy as Guinness. Apparently these are only 5.8%, and that seems about right. No boozy taste at all in it, just smooth and tasty all the way down the hatch.

I'm pretty sure this is only a limited brew right now, and only on tap in Connecticut, but if you have the means, I highly suggest getting your hands on some. Probably the best Winter Warmer I've had. If Hooker bottled this I'd buy a lot more of it.

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Photo of erosier
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice dark amber color with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass some on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, some wintery spices after - cinnamon, vanilla, and some nutmeg I detected.
T: Tastes much like the aroma - sweet roasted malts upfront and then a nice cinnamon/vanilla flavor to finish it off.
M: Very smooth, some sweetness to it, nice amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, though I would have classified it under winter warmer, but nonetheless, it is a good beer.

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Photo of wcintula
4.01/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought home by the best wife ever. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Beautiful amber body with a finger-depth creamy looking head which is only retained on the edge of the glass. Smells nice and spicy with the slightest touch of alcohol and a nice caramel note. The taste is all this and more: strong pale grain flavor with that tell-tale lager taste. Great beer, velvety mouthfeel. If you love your big beers, don't discount it because it's a lager, because this thing is baaaad ass. Thank wife I have 64 oz of this.

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a reddish amber color with a two inch head that slowly falls.

Smell: bready with some spiciness.

Taste: caramel, bread, nutmeg, ripe plums and red apples, a moderate bitterness, and a floral flavor that is hard to describe but pleasant.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish. Short aftertaste.

Overall: a nice winter beer that definitely fits the season. Very easy to consume and almost a sessionable beer. Well balanced.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Just had this on-tap at the cambridge house in torrington, ct. I like getting the chance to try "draft-only" beers as they seem to be unique and/or good, and this was no different. One of the best winter warmers I've laid my tongue on.. A lot of vanilla flavor but it isn't overpowering, it is blended in wonderfully. Also get a smidgen of cinnamon/nutmeg type of flavors too. It drank very well.. I wonder what the ABV even was? Even so, I loved it and can't wait to go back for more!

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Photo of u2carew
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
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!

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Photo of far333
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry pilsner and crystal malt scent as well as a light roasted character. The taste is good. It has an interesting malt profile. It's dry and roasted up front with some sweet caramel notes next, finishing with a dry spiced character It's not terribly bitter or hoppy, but it does seem to have a moderate contribution. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking winter seasonal. It's lightly spiced and riddled with excellent malt flavor and excellent mouthfeel.

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Photo of barleyroad
3.91/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is amber with a nice light cream foam. Smell, in very faint and lacking in the aroma area. Mouthfeel is very clean and crisp, lays well in the mouth. Taste is nice and the hints of herbs are nice. This beer is balanced well in the spices and herbs. We had a 2010 and this 2011 is much better. Good with some stew or chowder.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.91/5  rDev +16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy dark copper color, but the head almost immediately disapears completely. looks flat, even though its not. smells a spicy almost boozy whiskey smell, even though it's not high alcohol. toffee and carmel in the aroma as well. a heavy sweetness in the taste that I can't quite but a finger on, but I like it. lower carbonation. body is thinner, but has an intersting "sticky" aftertaste.
suprising tasty for being probably 8 or 9 months old, I'd like to taste it fresh

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Photo of Slatetank
3.89/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased this at Brass Rail, enjoyed on Christmas in a mug from the 12oz

The color is dark amber with good clarity and two fingers of beige head with very fine bead and spots of lace. The smell has a lot of malt in the nose with toasted ester and mild berry odor with a light herbal hop scent. The feel has a lot of malt with sweet tinge and light toasted texture with moderately carbonated with semi-dry finish and medium full body with mildly bitter finish.

The taste has a mellow entry with hints of toast and caramel and light fruity element with slight berry aspect and subtle spice with gentle nutty and slight vanilla taste with a hint of herbal hop as it finishes. Overall I think this is a decent lager- nice full malt with style seems to be fest/bock very drinkable and clean

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Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another in the line of winter beers for me to review.

A: Light fluffy head less than a finger semi quickly fades. Very clear copper color.

N: Very light sweet malt aroma and some crystal malt, some crisp lager like aromas. Little bit of toastiness and touch of spices.

T: Wow! Taste starts creamy, sweet, candy, apple, toasty, toffee. Lots of candy like. It has a candy/caramel coated apple like flavor, way out there. Some sweet malt flavors. The candy is crazy. Some toasty flavors as well mingle with the rest, and some toffee, caramel, and creamy flavors seem to fade last. The abv seems a little low for being a winter warmer, but from what I've reviewed so far perhaps that is becoming a usual occurrence.

M: Medium body, decent carbonation.

F: Finishes a little sweet with the lingering candy, caramel, and toffee slowly fading away. Light sugar coating on the mouth. As I open and close my mouth, somewhat smack it, I get more apple and caramel coated apple flavors. More toffee flavors seem to linger a bit, very slightly giving way to almost a coffee flavor. Actually, for being what it is, a spiced lighter feel, lower abv, with fruit and candy, I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected to. An interesting beer to sip and enjoy as a dessert.

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Photo of gromis
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a medium/dark brown/amber. This one has a different nose to it; it's not unpleasant or anything, it's just that I really can't describe it. It has a really nice malt flavor to it and I could find myself drinking a few of these in a session. As a "winter warmer", I really can't discern any additional spices, but I guess the 6.0 ABV is what puts it in this category. Very enjoyable nonetheless; will buy this again in the future.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Hooker pint glass from a growler obtained at the Thomas Hooker Brewery in Bloomfield, Conn.

A: Poured a copper-tinged amber brown color with a two-finger head of tannish foam which left a little lace, but the head faded halfway down the brew.

S: Smells a little sweet and bready, with the faint aroma of ginger, nutmeg, vanilla and other spices.

T: Flavor is a light brush of oak-aged vanilla and cinnamon to start. This gives way to a healthy caramel malt base with notes of ginger and sweet, slightly spicy cake. The flavor wears a little thin around mid-palate, but finishes with a faint vanilla smoothness.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not too heavy or astringent with spices.

D: A nice, mellow vanilla and spiced flavor with some sturdy caramel malts make this a decent winter brew. Not overpowering in the spice department, which is a good thing, but when it was done, I felt like it was pulling a punch or two.

I was told at the brewery that this brew started as the Octoberfest base, which got me all jazzed up, but felt a little let down by the overall impression left by the Nor'Easter. Not too bad, but I'd have liked to see more hop spiciness come through the sweet vanilla spices presented here. Worth a try though for the holidays.

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Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from the Brewery: This one pours a clear, ruby tinged dark amber color. There was a pretty decent tan head on it, but it subsides quickly. There is a nice aroma to it. The spices are up front, but not overpowering. The spices seem to be those that would be in an apple pie, plus a bit of oatmeal. Caramel malts also. The taste is good also. Spices are there, but not overdone. Some oatmeal and biscuity flavors also. A good malt body, but just a hint of sweetness. Nice brew.

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Photo of jmz62565
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Thomas Hooker Nor'Easter Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.