Oktoberfest Märzen Style Lager
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

Oktoberfest Märzen Style LagerOktoberfest Märzen Style Lager
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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #26
Ranked #17,633
3.89 | pDev: 10.54%
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States
Very Good
Oktoberfest Märzen Style LagerOktoberfest Märzen Style Lager
Notes: Originally brewed to celebrate the beginning of the German brewing season and the 1810 wedding of crown prince Ludwig of Bavaria and his bride-to-be, princess Therese of Saxon-Hildburghausen. This amber beer was brewed in March ("Marzenbier") and left to age in cool lagering caves during the heat of the summer. Our rich and satisfying Bavarian-style OctoberFest comes from a special blend of imported German malts that creates a full-bodied brew and stresses a malty flavor and lingering aroma. Gently hopped and delicately balanced, its true-to-style, slow fermentation and long, cold maturation produces a luxuriously smooth, award-winning brew.

16 IBU
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jkblr from Indiana

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz canned 8/10/18 (3 months ago) poured into a dimpled mug at fridge temp 6.2% ABV. The beer pours mostly bright dark amber to copper in color with light khaki head. The head recedes to a thin film and ring leaving some lacing behind. The aroma is slightly sweet caramel and very light fruit. The taste is semisweet caramel rolling into a floral and very light citrus (lemon maybe) finish. There is very little bitterness, but the malt bill and attenuation leave it pleasantly dry regardless. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied and adequately carbonated. The beer is clean tasting with no defects. Overall, very good beer, but the lemony finish is distracting to me personally. The can claims this is a "traditional Marzen lager", which I can't agree with.

Nov 05, 2018
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Canned on 8/10/18

Pours a very deep but clear caramelized amber with a fluffy finger of off-white head; good head retention and fair bit of soapy lacing remains.

Aroma is heavy on sweeter, roasted malt intertwined with notes of toffee and caramel; pretty saturated, sticky, and mostly sweet, but with a drying roastiness and faint hop presence that evens things surprisingly well for a bouquet that tiptoes around cloying.

Taste unfortunately doesn’t skirt the same line; I’m getting heavily caramelized malts with background notes of toffee and roast. The flavors are done well enough, but their intensity varies over the course of the profile, making this one far from unpalatable, but not feeling as sharp as I would’ve preferred.

Mouthfeel is mildly sticky on the palate and manages to dry a bit without losing the stickiness completely, which becomes fairly off-putting; I do get a crispness through the finish, evening out the above-average levels of carbonation and adding some character to the at-times lighter body.

Various degrees of cloying throughout and some noticeable inconsistencies don’t do this one many favors; it’s a tolerable “American-style” Oktoberfest, but I wouldn’t give it much more credit than that, at least this time around.

Oct 09, 2018
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got this from a man named Patrick. At least, I think he's a man...

Excellent clarity from Thomas Hooker's rendition. The bright burnt orange body has very little to show for it up above though, with just a few straggling white bubbles scattered after the initial one inch coarse bubbled foam falls. Zero lacing as well. Sad.

Heavy on the sweetness in the aroma. Almost a light syrup or molasses blending with a pinch of spice and toasted bread. A good amount of spicy hop finish to bring it somewhat back to balance.

Big malt influence in the flavor as well. Caramel spiked with nutmeg followed by brown sugar and white bread. Definitely a spicy finish from the hops, but missing that floral punch.

Sweetness again is the driving factor in the feel. It ends with a spiced finish but still manages to pull back in some sweetness to linger between sips. A more full feel as well especially due to its mild carbonation. I'd even say a bit oily. 5 Weight. Still smooth and easy enough to drink though. It's almost already gone as I write this.

Another enjoyable fest beer courtesy of Patrick. I wouldn't hesitate to buy a sixer or two given the opportunity.
Thanks again! Prost.

Oct 02, 2018
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

DATE: September 30, 2018... OCCASION: football watching and soccer waiting... GLASSWARE: Man Skirt willibecker... this pours straight from the can an amber brown with almost no effervescence... its head is off-brown, thin, and creamy--could look a bit livelier... a strong, assertive caramel injects apple, a bit of cinnamon, and cracker--smells like the season... creamy, much livelier than its appearance, with a bite at the teeth and a bit smooth, almost thick, at the finish--medium-bodied and well-tempered at 5.8%... between the caramel and tea, this puckers with a sweetness that bathes in breadiness, thick and full-flavored... it has a hint of hops, but apple and pear round out the experience.. a pleasant find at Abe's Deli, and glad to have bought two... a solid Fest...

Oct 01, 2018
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joe1510 from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Can

Thanks for the beer Patrick! Thomas Hooker's Oktoberfest pours a little darker than most leaning toward a murky orange with some brighter highlights when backlit. It may not be darker actually, it may just be murkier than most. The clean white foam forms easily on the pour and settles at a finger. A long while goes by before it fades to a thin cap and leaves some patchy lacework.

The nose is fairly robust. Big bready malt and loads of caramel. There's a solid dose of sweetness in that caramel. This sample smells pretty fresh, showing of a sturdy dose of herbal hops that help cut through the sweetness. There's a soft apple essence from the yeast expressing itself. This stuff smells best with a little time in the glass to breath.

The flavor follows the nose as to the individual aspects but it's more well rounded, no edges. The caramel takes the lead and is rich. There's a spicy brown bread maltiness that nearly reaches the level of the caramel. The hop profile is also spicy and complementary while cutting through a bit of the sweetness and adding a soft bitterness on the finish. This is a plush, well put together beverage.

The mouthfeel fits well. The body has a bit of weight behind it, it's velvety and soft with carbonation that takes it's time. A bit of sweetness lingers on the swallow but it's met with a soft bitterness as well. With those two balancing each other out this is an easy drinker.

I would pick a sixer of this up every year if it was local. It's a nice sturdy Oktoberfest that leans toward the sweeter varieties. It's robust and well rounded with comforting qualities. Thanks again, Patrick!

Sep 29, 2018
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mnrider from Connecticut

3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 8/10/18 - Rated 8/25

A: Pours a dark red/amber color. Large off white head, which dies down fast leaving a small layer of retention. Lacing Is minimal.

S: Sweet. Lemon. Caramel. Grains and other malt flavors. The aroma is nice but not strong enough.

T/M: Caramel. Light coffee and sugar. Sweet. More malty caramel flavors. Hoping is minimal. Largish body with a sweet crisp feel. Alcohol taste comes through at times. Has a slight linger of sweetness in the aftertaste.

O: This is an enjoyable Oktoberfest Lager. It hits the traditional flavors pretty well. Malt taste is nice. Worth a try for sure.


Sep 05, 2018
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the commander of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, green apples. Taste has lots of malts, caramel, a bit of apples. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking and decent beer.

Jun 28, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

During a recent Happy Damn You for Being with the Best Multiple New Hookers with Tea on Sunday When There's Beer, Bro. Woody! (Week 687), I somehow overlooked this Hooker hiding from me! How cheeky, especially since all of her sisters got included in The CANQuest (tm) that day. Well, no time like to present for adding another Hooker to the list, I say.

From the CAN: It is now identified as "Oktoberfest Märzen Style Lager"; "Character: Malty Aroma, Smooth Caramel Finish"; "Break out those hoodies, light up the fire pit, and take a breath of the fresh Autumn air! Enjoy the rich malty, caramel notes of this traditional Märzen Lager."

I Crack!ed the vent open, revealing a brimful craft CAN. I tempered my excitement by CANducting a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. Unbidden, it formed two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, light-tan head with moderate retention, slowly falling away to wisps, but leaving nice lacing in its wake. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a sweetness like burnt caramel, which actually smelled better than what I am making it sound like. It was very malty, but well within the style guidelines. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was surprisingly less sweet than what the nose had led me to expect. It had a caramel & maple syrup flavor, but it was restrained in terms of its sweetness. This was quite nice since I am not a huge fan of sweet & this was neither cloying nor sugary. Finish was semi-sweet, proving that the yeast had done its job nicely in terms of drying out what were undoubtedly large amounts of fermentable sugars. Very nice!

Apr 29, 2018
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PatrickCT from Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very warm orange amber. Settles to good clarity once it warms. The off white creamy head.
The mild aroma is malty, bready and sweet with a touch of herbal hops.
Malty with a touch of caramel and some apple sweetness mingles with herbal and earthy hops.
Slightly heavy for the style, soft smooth mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Finishes crisp with a hint of grains and sweetness in the finish.

Good job from a Connecticut brewery, a state that seems to struggle with this style.

Oct 28, 2017
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bright orange-amber with a large, light tan head. Malty aroma with mildly roasty caramel and a hint of bread. Clean taste follows the nose. Just enough hops to prevent it from being too sweet. Medium bodied and slightly creamy with good carbonation. Pretty solid version in the marzen style.

Sep 18, 2017
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; amber colored; 1 finger khaki head that receded to a thin cap; OK lacing;

S: toasted malt; no hop character;

T: lightly sweet malt up front that gets a little sweeter at mid-palate (but not cloying); lightly bitter finish, but no hop flavor;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: not bad, but not very interesting;

May 07, 2017
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a: clear dark amber color to the point where it boarders on ruby red. some burnt caramel notes in there as well. aggressive pour yields a 2.5 finger white solid head that could hold up a coin

s: caramel, lemongrass, some earthy grains and hops, coriander, vanilla, and that clean lager aroma you pick up in some beers. there is also a slightly sweet generic berry aroma in the background here.

t: caramel, toffee, burnt caramel, lemongrass, a faint earthy bitterness, and brown sugar. finishes extremely clean

m: medium mouthfeel thats almost leaning towards the heavier side. carbonation level is 6/10, pretty spot on for the style

o: definitely an enjoyable Oktoberfest. it checks off all the things i'm looking for in an American-made Marzen. its extremely easy to drink, and the clean finish is very nice

Oct 14, 2016
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap many a times. Actually one of my favorite home grown marzens. Try this one fresh and you will see why. Nice caramel sweetness through with a touch of herbal hops.

Jul 04, 2015
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WhiteHillsStore from Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange, almost amber color with a thin white head that trails the glass. The wheat and malt come through nicely. The taste was mellow but well balanced with everything to make a delicious and filling oktoberfest style beer. Enjoyed it a lot.

Jan 07, 2015
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digitalflood from New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours an amber red with a good head that reduces to very good lacing. Smells of malts, barley, some smokey peat, and biscuits. Smoked burnt biscuits on first taste. Was honestly kind of off-putting given you're expecting more caramel and sugars courtesy of the Marzen label. If you let it sit and get closer to room temperature that is when all the magic happens. The smoke peals back and reveals a pound cake and coffee combination taste. That happens from the barley and malts dancing around from the nose to the mid-palate. There is some good caramel and malt notes in between. The aftertaste is where the Marzen malt shines. That hint of smoke becomes less noticeable and more part of the taste notes as you move along. At the end of the glass I was very pleased. Nice balance. Complex flavor. Develops well as you move through the session. Started rating this a 3.5 and then went back to 3.75 and landed on 4 out of 5 when all is said and done. Definitely grows on you if you give it a chance.

Oct 23, 2014
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Samp01 from New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber brown with a medium off white head. Aroma is of barley, malt, yeast and fruity notes. Taste is sweet mildly toasted barley, some caramel flavors as it warms up a bit with some moderate amount of bitterness. A medium body, smooth with moderate carbonation. Finishes with some toasted barley and caramel, yeast and bready notes with some moderate bitterness on the end for balance. Overall a good and tasty brew.

Sep 26, 2014
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Amber with 1 finger of off-white head. Crystal clear with medium-light carbonation.

Caramel, bread, and brown sugar.

Caramel, sweet brown breads, and hints of brown sugar. Slight toastiness with touches of earthy hops.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, clean, smooth, and refreshing.

Pretty textbook, pretty good.

Sep 17, 2014
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MMarkMelly from Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Great Clean Taste - No Sharp Bite

Love That This Stuff Is Pure CT - Couldn't Find It In Boston! Compares To Great Beers Had In Munich/Stuttgart/Rottenberg/Tübingen.

Sep 11, 2014
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle &gt; Pint Glass
A - Clear amber with a finger of off white head with some compact bubbles making up some minor lacing.
S - Sweet malts, caramel, bread, earthy tones, some spice, a touch of cinnamon.
T - Classic sweet Marzen kinda flavor with a nice touch of some dark earthy hops, some cinnamon, a little pepper.
M - Partly creamy, well carbonated.
O - Good Octoberfest for sure, like the earthy quality it has to it.

Dec 04, 2013
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Kooz from New York

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nut brown with a tightly packed off-white head.

Smell some kid of spice, maybe cinnamon. Not too strong, but nice.

Tastes nice. Slightly bitter up front, but mellows into a smooth warmth with an occasional pinch, which is nice.

Very good body and a creaminess lacking from a lot of Marzen style beers (maybe intentionally?). I am a fan.

This is a good Oktoberfest beer, the only one I've bothered to rate this year. I recommend it.

Sep 23, 2013
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Carolvs from Texas

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh, clean, and crisp - no unpleasant aftertaste at all.
Not a particularly strong smell one way or the other.
On the appearance side, my only negative comment is that the head was a bit thin and fleeting.

Overall though, fantastic lager that is as smooth as it comes. Makes you feel like you're at a pub in Munich!

Aug 29, 2013
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searsclone from Arizona

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle into a flared pint glass.

hazy copper color with a sticky tan head and good lace

smell is malty sweet and earthy

taste is malt and caramel with a slightly bitter hop finish. nice balance

mouthfeel is chewy with a wet finish

overall, tasty and easy to drink

Dec 18, 2012
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KTCamm from New Jersey

4.69/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light to medium copper, orange hints. Foam vanishes fast. Clear looking. Malt bomb nose, some hints of spice - cinammon/nutmeg. Taste is a delicious malt full of flavor and smooth. Some sweetness which is balanced by a full bodied mouthfeel, Wow, really kicked me back a bit - just outright excellent.

Nov 23, 2012
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright copper orange in color with a slight chill haze at the onset that ultimately cleared nicely. Poured with a thick foamy off-white foam that left a ladder of sticky lacings down the backside of the glass. Earthy, sweet caramel, toasted malt and toffee aromas with earthy grain and floral hop aromas. Delicate, smooth, velvety feel with subdued carbonation upfront that thickens through the middle and toward the finish. Flavor is a nice carbonation of floral hops, caramel and toasted malts from beginning to end. This is a nit more hop forward than your average oktoberfest. Finishes crisply with a light floral hop character followed by toasted malt. A nice, drinkable, slightly hoppy fall offering.

Oct 24, 2012
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JayQue from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good One!!! From a style that can often be pretty bland. Pours a hazy orange amber color with and average size off-white head. Average head retention and good size bands of lacing around the glass.

Smell is fairly mild, mostly malty.

Taste is very good. Strong, somewhat sweet malty backbone and good robust bitterness. Not IPA bitterness but some subdued European hops. The balance is great. This is not some bland watery beer.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp. Just right for the style. The bitterness is a treat for the tongue at the end of a malty sip.

This is what a Marzen should be. Not the most exciting style in the world but a great beer for pitchers and mass quantities on a fall day.

Oct 07, 2012
Oktoberfest Märzen Style Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 295 ratings