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
80
good

64 Reviews
THE BROS
37
awful

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 132
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.56%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | 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 metter98
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige head that quickly died down, leaving a thin film covering the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of caramel malts and hints of a variety of spices in the nose—cinnamon and nutmeg seem to stand out in particular.
T: The overall taste is quite malty and like the smell it has added flavors of spices with some hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes like a hybrid between the maltiness of a Vienna Lager and the spiciness of a Winter Warmer (but without the full-bodied nature and alcohol warming). (803 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle consumed at our Christmas in July tasting this past weekend. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a clear light copper color with a very thin white head and a spot or two of lacing. The nose brings forward some light grain and a bit of fruit. There's some light grain to both the nose and flavor, but then quite a bit of oxidation comes into the flavor. Mild sherry and fruit throughout. Light body and moderate carbonation. Nothing too offensive, but not very tasty either. (478 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
1.89/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This one poured out as a deep orange color with a cream colored head on top. The retention is completely gone withing a few minutes and there is zero lacing. Very bland looking. The nose is a little spicy with some hints of apple pie or cinnamon. The taste is strong with a spice kick upfront followed by some malt sweetness in the finish. The mouthfeel is decent, nothing too special. Overall the more I drink the more I don't care for it. I got this in a mixed case from a friend and pretty glad there is only one bottle to get through. I wouldn't seek this one out again. (574 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruit, caramelized malts, coffee, chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with strong and creamy flavors of coffee and chocolate, then some dark fruit in the background. The hops presence is mild and the malt character is hearty creating a decent balance. It seems like a toned-down version of Liberator. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, this beer's complexity makes it worth drinking for a little while if you want something with substance that is slightly different. (837 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (1,260 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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! (485 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.89/5  rDev +12.1%
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 (792 characters)

Photo of Jason
1.37/5  rDev -60.5%
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. (668 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color with an ever-so-slight chill haze. Good starting head that dies to a single bubble layer. Nearly no lace.

Malty and slightly sweet to the nose.

Creamy body with a flavor that reminds me of maple syrup and vanilla. Dryer than the smell indicates. The finish is a chewy brown sugar flavor. (306 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.37/5  rDev -2.9%
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 (451 characters)

Photo of tempest
2.88/5  rDev -17%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger light beige head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Spicy nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is malty, spicy, hints of caramel. $2.00 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me. (260 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (266 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a auburn brown with a good head that slowly receeded and a subdued fruity hop smell with mild malt smell as well. Mild taste, creamy and smooth, with some sweetness like caramel and vanilla along with some juicy and orange like fruit tastes that give the beer a crisp finish. A good beer to have in the winter. (317 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.18/5  rDev +20.5%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of cbutova
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Always cautious about the artificial addition of flavors, see how this pans out.

A- Hazy brown with a fizzy white cap that has poor retention. A cloud and ring stay behind and leave some sticky suds but only a few spots of lace.

S- The first impression is sour apple/cider with a caramel over tone. A spice/raisin feel in the background.

T- Might be the artificial flavoring, there is a tart apple feel to this one. Caramel and light spice are in the backdrop. Slight banana, clove and raisin. Yeast bread.

MF- Lighter body with the aforementioned sour punch. Carbonation is on the high side.

DB- I can't tell if this is infection or just a strange concoction. Each sip brings on more of a sour punch but it doesn't totally remind me of bottles with lactic infections I have experienced. I will have to give this another shot but will keep this here for reference. (869 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
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 (471 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (483 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (327 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up while visiting lovely Brookfield CT.

Clear cola to copper color with a thin, insta-vanish head. Smells like a subtle apple pie spice, rum cake, Hershey's chocolate bar and a wet stick. Tastes like apple pie infused rum and dark bready chocolate - kinda like chocolate biscotti.

When I discovered my newly acquired souvenir beer was an apple pie spice infused winter warmer I was scared of something along the lines of McDonald's apple pie and an over-spiced Sam Adams winter bock. The spice is fairly reserved and it's actually pretty good. (558 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
1.46/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: shiny faint amber, zero head, no lacing

S: cinnamon, caramel, hint of apple
and then big vegetable nose...odd.

T: mild sweet cinnamon, caramel, light malt,
then sour/mild bitter vegetable finish

M: light/med body, semi-dry mouth

O: I'm shocked at this beer.
like this brewery and style, but
this did not work. Stuck with another
5 more of these beers, rarely have this
feeling of regret.

TERRIBLE, PLEASE AVOID! (422 characters)

Photo of Doomcifer
1.14/5  rDev -67.1%
look: 2.5 | 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. (1,466 characters)

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