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Thomas Hooker Nor'Easter Lager - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
76
okay

122 Ratings
THE BROS
36
awful

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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 23.94%
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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PeteRiz

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +21.2%

02-15-2012 18:36:55 | More by PeteRiz
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rusty3335

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -9.1%

02-08-2012 23:03:57 | More by rusty3335
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tempest

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 01:21:44 | More by tempest
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rsant

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

02-02-2012 04:26:49 | More by rsant
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steveslow

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -9.1%

01-30-2012 04:40:45 | More by steveslow
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bluesplit63

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +21.2%

01-15-2012 21:10:05 | More by bluesplit63
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rwrk42

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour: Pours amber, medium brown with limited head if any at all
Smell: Not very strong with a faint malty smell and apples
Taste: Smooth and light. A flavor with a hint of caramel and apples. Slight hop bitterness to even it out nicely
Overall an okay beer. Was hoping for a bit more hop & malt flavor

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 04:15:50 | More by rwrk42
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metter98

New York

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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).

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 02:37:51 | More by metter98
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zildjian2800

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

01-11-2012 00:00:42 | More by zildjian2800
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Stratocat0

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +21.2%

01-10-2012 14:54:12 | More by Stratocat0
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barleyroad

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is amber with a nice light cream foam. Smell, in very faint and lacking in the aroma area. Mouthfeel is very clean and crisp, lays well in the mouth. Taste is nice and the hints of herbs are nice. This beer is balanced well in the spices and herbs. We had a 2010 and this 2011 is much better. Good with some stew or chowder.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 23:54:15 | More by barleyroad
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Gavage

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 22:52:23 | More by Gavage
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dexterk1

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Not really much head. Color is dark reddish or light brownish. Appearance is good overall.
Odor is light and sweet. Like fruity candy. Not really much else beyond that.
Taste is pretty average I would say. Not bad, but just to much cinnamon or spice. Not really balanced all that well. Has a nice smooth fell to it though.
Overall a pretty average beer and nothing really to rave about. Not bad however, just not very memorable.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 00:52:56 | More by dexterk1
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OBIrish24

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

12-27-2011 03:33:17 | More by OBIrish24
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layapandora

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +21.2%

12-22-2011 20:54:03 | More by layapandora
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newenglandontap

Connecticut

1/5  rDev -69.7%

12-21-2011 21:50:20 | More by newenglandontap
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Billolick

New York

3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 00:12:01 | More by Billolick
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BeerLover99

Illinois

1.48/5  rDev -55.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 19:15:08 | More by BeerLover99
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 02:18:47 | More by donkeyrunner
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pokey1

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -9.1%

12-08-2011 21:17:33 | More by pokey1
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zipyth3pinhead

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -9.1%

12-06-2011 06:22:29 | More by zipyth3pinhead
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pjs234

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -9.1%

11-20-2011 15:04:24 | More by pjs234
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willstafa24

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +21.2%

11-18-2011 02:17:52 | More by willstafa24
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blknikon

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -39.4%

11-16-2011 20:25:40 | More by blknikon
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nor'Easter smells of spices, apple pie, and Christmas. The brew does contain "mild apple pie spices"--though the brewer's website says "mild winter spices"--and there are definite touches of allspice and clove in the nose, as well as a healthy dose of brown sugar, and a fresh bread/pie crust malt aroma.

On the tongue, the apple pie spices come out in full strength, bringing not only the aforementioned allspice and clove tones, but cinnamon as well. The malts bring a further apple-like fruitiness, as well as bread-like notes and brown sugars. Hops are barely noticeable over the malts and spices, despite the brew having three different varieties of hops, and mainly exist as a slight tingle at the edges. The aftertaste is mainly apple, bread, and spice, and lasts for a while. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, the beer is good, and definitely lives up to the apple spice flavors noted on the packaging--i.e. if you're not into flavored brews, this one is not for you. It would, however, go excellently with a big bowl of vanilla ice cream and a roaring fire.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 03:49:26 | More by jondeelee
Thomas Hooker Nor'Easter Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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