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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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BA SCORE
76
okay

132 Ratings
THE BROS
37
awful

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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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Photo of newenglandontap
1/5  rDev -69.6%

Photo of Billolick
3.37/5  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

Photo of BeerLover99
1.46/5  rDev -55.6%
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!

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of pokey1
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of zipyth3pinhead
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of pjs234
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of willstafa24
4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of blknikon
2/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of jondeelee
3.12/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.8/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Photo of Homebrew35
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a half fingers worth of white head, clear amber brownish body. Smells sweet and Carmely, some toffee, cinnamon clove mixed with a typical lager yeasty quality. Tastes of Carmel, bready yeast and malts, cinnamon, clove and allspice. Medium body, low carbonation, medium dry finish with some lingering hop bitterness. Overall this is fairly good. When fresh this is a nicely spiced beer that's an easy drinker. I'm updating my previous review because the bottle I reviewed apparently was quite old. $8.50 a sixer

Photo of Drew966
3.06/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thomas Hooker Nor'Easter Lager pours a reddish brown with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is dominated by caramel malt. The flavor is also on the malty side, some dark fruit also makes itself known, there is also a mild spicy flavor of some sort. Mediocre.

Photo of PEBKAC
1.38/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Time to get tough. Fridge needs clearing. More winter warmers.

Hazed, Vienna lager-sorta color. Inch of insecure cream-colored head.

Smell is a sharp, soured & browned. Thick with sticky malt & sprinkled with bitter nutmeg. Smells like an infection, except I can't tell if just the additives at work.

First off, feel is nearly flat. Frothy & thin. Tangy, lightly honeyed, bit limey, tea-ish. Empty spices, flat grain finish. Bit of whiskey. A flat score of "1" is reserved for beers that actually make you nauseous, while this was just misshapen.

...And here comes the headache.

Photo of Doomcifer
1.14/5  rDev -65.3%
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.

Photo of mountdew1
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a dark golden amber with a very thin off white head. Head clung to the sides very well. Aroma was sweet and fruity with a hint of malt. Almost an overly strong barley wine at times. Taste finished off a vanilla flavor with hints of malty but also had hints of salty sour. Terrible feeling in the mouth. A small amount coated well, but most of it felt watery. Went down easily, but I couldn't see any reason to drink. The flavor was just off, and coupled with the moutfeel it wasn't a hit.

Photo of cbutova
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Photo of Jason
1.37/5  rDev -58.4%
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.

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.

Thomas Hooker Nor'Easter Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.