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Oktoberfest Märzen Style Lager | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Oktoberfest Märzen Style LagerOktoberfest Märzen Style Lager

Brewed by:
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States

Style: German 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

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Ratings: 289 |  Reviews: 175
Photo of XsoldoutX
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jkblr
3.6/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of rdoggg
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrc1093
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
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...

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Photo of joe1510
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

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Photo of mnrider
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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.


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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of bdiiorio
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of smb71481
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PatrickCT
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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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Photo of Diura
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Murph106157
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of thebeers
3.87/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CTHomer
3.52/5  rDev -9%
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 +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hopsputin
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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 -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bdel34
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tregan_20
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheOilman16
4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Johnct
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Oktoberfest Märzen Style Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 289 ratings