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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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132 Ratings

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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 23.4%
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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Ratings: 132 | Reviews: 64
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3.89/5  rDev +18.2%
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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3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +14%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -24%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +14%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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2.69/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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.

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2.5/5  rDev -24%

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3.75/5  rDev +14%

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3.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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)

Filtering: Filtered

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 lovingly refer to 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.

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -24%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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1/5  rDev -69.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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Thomas Hooker Nor'Easter Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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