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
76
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132 Ratings
THE BROS
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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
Photo of number1bum
2.36/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a pretty clear, slightly reddish amber color with about two fingers of beige head. Keeps a thin lace, thicker around the rim, with a splash of stick here and there.

Smell has a buttery caramel sweetness to it, along with some hints of chocolate and a bit of a nondescript spice component. Gets even more buttery as it warms, like butterscotch to some extent.

The nose did not prepare me for the overwhelming butterscotch flavor that the first sip let loose on my tongue. Overwhelming and unpleasant. Butterscotch is never a flavor I enjoy from beer and this is particularly bad. It overwhelms anything else that might be there, is sweet to nearly sickening proportions and is just plain bad.

Mouthfeel - and I'm trying to be generous here - is pretty creamy but is sticky sweet. It's medium bodied and the carbonation is fine, but that butterscotchy sweetness is hard to wipe from the mouth.

Ugh, I'm not pleased that I bought a 6 pack of this. Lager with spices sounded interesting, but if the word butterscotch had appeared on the label it still could not have prepared me for this sickening butterscotch sweetness. I did not enjoy this at all.

Photo of wcintula
4.01/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

Photo of TimHoss
4.75/5  rDev +44.4%
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.

Photo of ianmhall
4.35/5  rDev +32.2%
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

Photo of jmdrpi
3.91/5  rDev +18.8%
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

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really like Thomas Hooker beers... I have yet to have a bad one. So I looked forward to this one.

On the pour, there was a thin layer of head atop a clear amber body. The head subsided, but a ring remained.

Aroma started out with caramel malts, followed by cinnamon and other spices. There was a little funky smell though... almost like marsh water. Kind of weird.

Taste started out with an odd combination of spices, with a sweet undertone. Some caramel came out afterward, and the finish was very slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel was OK... body just OK. Reasonably carbonated.

Drinkability is just all right. Not as good as I had hoped. Better than a macro brew, but there are many better beers out there.

Photo of bonkers
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My cousin brought this down from Conneticut. I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my SA perfect pint glass. It pours a deep amber with a 2 finger white head, no lacing. The aroma is sweet, there are hints of mulling spices. This is a sweet lager. Lots of sweet caramel with mulling spices rounding out the flavor. It finishes dry. It is light/medium in body and well carbonated. Too sweet for me, but it is not a bad beer. A good beginner beer for macro drinkers.

Photo of sholland119
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear honeyed amber with a pool of off white head and a nice sheet of sticky lacing.

S-Caramel malts, cinnamon and other sweet spices.

T-Mulling spices blend with sweet malt to produce a holiday blend with some strong apple cider notes. Not quite as beer-like as I like my beer, but not bad.

M-Medium bodied, a bit heavily carbonated.

D-While I am not a big fan of the style, I can appreciate a well made spiced beer. This is just ok for me though.

HV

Photo of Thads324
2.9/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A : a dark amber color. Good light head, tan in color, dissipates quickly with little lacing.

S : no hop scent, but has a subtle bit of winter spices. A bit of toasted malt also.

T : bland. This beer smelled like it was going to be packed with flavor, but it was very short on taste, with a hint of spice and a little roasted malt towards the end.

M : carbonation is perfect.

D : This lager is quite drinkable, although based on the lack of flavor and complexity I won't be trying it again.

Although the beer looked and smelled spot on for the style, the lack of flavor really was disappointing. Maybe it is the artificial flavors added, maybe it is better out of the bottle. Whatever it may be, I'd give this one a big thumbs down. Til next time TH...

Photo of WesWes
3.93/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of JMD
3.83/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +17%
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.

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.

Photo of ribby
2.94/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of u2carew
3.97/5  rDev +20.7%
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!

Photo of tigg924
4.18/5  rDev +27.1%
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.

Photo of BigDank
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of jmz62565
3.85/5  rDev +17%
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.

Photo of Durge
4.25/5  rDev +29.2%
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.

Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.75/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of gromis
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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.

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).

Thomas Hooker Nor'Easter Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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