Thomas Hooker Nor'Easter Lager - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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2.66/5 rDev -19.4%
Appearance is hazel with a light cream colored head that leaves almost immediately after a pour. The taste is interesting with a lot of the apple spices they use in the beginning but the end is a little bland while still leaving a lingering aftertaste. The mouthfeel was a more flat than I was expecting. An interesting idea, but overall a pretty boring beer in the end.
03-05-2014 17:04:04 | More by WhiteHillsStore
3.65/5 rDev +10.6%
Personal Drunkenness: 0%; first beer of the day
No. of Tasting: This is my 2nd six-pack of this beer, and I think my 9th bottle overall; however, it has been at least a few years since that 1st six-pack
Coldness: Opened, poured and tasted within 3 minutes out of the fridge
Pour: Started a bit hard, then medium and finally a low (soft?) pour for the last third of the bottle to keep the head level
Glassware: 20 oz. Craft Pub glass (similar to a Stange)
Coloring: Copper with orange and amber hues
Head: Approximately 1.5 inches, which quickly dissipated to a few millimeter ring around the glass
Summary: Really Alström Bros? Awful? I am a bit shocked. After all, this is the same Thomas Hooker (or Hooker, as I lovely refer them) that offers their "world-class" Octoberfest Lager, which I absolutely love. I really appreciate this beer and enjoy drinking it. Let's consider what the brewers at Hooker were striving for with this brew: A lager with the taste of apples and spices (or as they describe it, "Hearty Malt flavor delicately accented by mild winter spices"). It is rare to see apples (or apple flavoring in this case) being paired with beer, but here I believe they succeeded. That apple flavor is not a-hard-slap-in-the-face strong, but it is there, although to me bordering on subtle. The beer certainly delivers a strong, sweet malty taste (it has no less than 7 malts). It leaves a wetness on the tongue with a bit of an aftertaste that does not stick around long. It is very drinkable and goes down fast. The smell is sweet with apples, malts, and a hint of cinnamon. A sweet German-style Oktoberfest lager would be a great way to sum up this brew and it is probably better suited for the Autumn. I have had the pleasure of only sampling 4 or 5 of Hooker's beers and wish I had access to more of their offerings.
02-16-2014 17:59:33 | More by kbrokhoff
3.69/5 rDev +11.8%
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.
12-08-2013 03:08:30 | More by tone77
Thomas Hooker Nor'Easter Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.