Oktoberfest Märzen Style Lager | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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3.88/5
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Oktoberfest Märzen Style LagerOktoberfest Märzen Style Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States
hookerbeer.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,564
Reviews:
168
Ratings:
280
pDev:
10.57%
Bros Score:
4.32
 
 
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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3.92/5  rDev +1%
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!

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3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PatrickCT
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
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;

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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

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3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
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Oktoberfest Märzen Style Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 280 ratings