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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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128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 23.71%
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)
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Photo of JMD
3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Rich mahogany color with small off white head that quickly fades. A small amount of lacing.

S: Sweet malty aroma. Carmel, cookie dough and lots of fresh fruit. hints of spice as well.

T: Same as the aroma, sweet and fruity, but not overpowering. Carmel malt with hints of ripe fruit. Light vanilla and spice.

M: Medium bodied with little carbonation.

D: Nice winter offering from Thomas Hooker. I was skeptical at first, I thought this one would be too sweet. But its nicely balance and very drinkable.

JMD, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of glaze0101
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
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 ribby
2.95/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Lager with artificial flavor"

This beer poured to a clear medium brown color. The head and carbonation were both on the low side. There was very little aroma to my sense.

The taste was slightly sweet, with a flavor that I can't quite place, maybe chocolate or caramel? I am not sure whether this was the malt or the artificial flavors. A bit of yeastiness poked through, but no detectable hops (at least to my burned out taste buds.)

The mouthfeel was okay, considering the low carbonation. Drinkability was compromised by the yeastiness and low carbonation.

ribby, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of u2carew
3.98/5  rDev +21%
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
Photo of tigg924
4.22/5  rDev +28.3%
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
Photo of BigDank
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
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
Photo of jmz62565
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
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 Durge
4.28/5  rDev +30.1%
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.

Durge, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

clayrock81, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of donniecuffs
3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured bronze with one finger of offwhite head into an American pint glass, with nice lacing. The smell was toffee, pink grapefruit, and malt. The taste was much more interesting: toasted popcorn (maybe cracker jack?), toffee, cocoa powder, and nuttiness, with a definite almond/hazelnut sweet finish and aftertaste. Creamy, medium-bodied mouthfeel, with not much carbonation. A pleasant winter warmer, but not the best that I've tried.

donniecuffs, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of gromis
3.93/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

gromis, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

smcolw, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of justwright
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

[A] Red-Mahogany color - no head.

[S] Smells like someone overfilled an apple pie and the sugary goo overflowed the pan and burned on the bottom of the oven. The lingering sweet fruit aroma are a bit over the top.

[T]This beer tastes out of balance to me. I think the carbonation is too low. There is no bite and a little carbonic acid & bubbles may break up the syrupy-ness.

[M] Good body. Nice roundness, but again - I think more bubbles would help.

[D] Very rich. Like dessert...I could only have a little (Disclaimer: this beer is not my favorite style).

justwright, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of Katahdin
4.7/5  rDev +42.9%
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.

Katahdin, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of Duhast500
3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 18oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a dark reddish gold with a minimal amount of head and no lacing.

The smell is a bit spicy with some nice cinnamon and brown sugar. The smell brings to mind breakfast which is of coarse from the cinnamon but there is a slight bread flavor as well.

The taste is has a bit of a malt flavor at first. It has a bit of a creamy flavor that mixes with the spicy cinnamon, brown sugar and slight ginger flavor.

This beer is medium bodied and is really easy drinking. It goes down well and is refreshing for a winter beer

Duhast500, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

jlindros, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of Vinny71
4.8/5  rDev +45.9%
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.

Vinny71, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of TheMattJones88
4.1/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

TheMattJones88, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of alpinebryant
4.22/5  rDev +28.3%
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.

alpinebryant, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of thespaceman
4.15/5  rDev +26.1%
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!

thespaceman, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of stemcell001
3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this on tap. I haven't heard of this offering from Hooker, so I was really interested in trying it. I didn't know what to expect because I forgot to ask what style of beer it was. So it was rather interesting to see a very nice brown to garnet body with a cream thick head. From the name (I was told only that it was Nor'Easter not Nor'Easter Lager) I was expecting a stout. It had a pleasant bready, malt smell with some hints of spices and tastes much like it smelled. It had a very smooth mouthfeel. If I had been to the restaurant for more than just lunch with my family, I would have ordered a few more.

stemcell001, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.96/5  rDev +20.4%
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!

oriolesfan4, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of far333
3.98/5  rDev +21%
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
Photo of Soozy
4.1/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

Soozy, Dec 28, 2008
Thomas Hooker Nor'Easter Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.