Oktoberfest Märzen Style Lager | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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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: 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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,778
Reviews:
174
Ratings:
287
pDev:
10.57%
 
 
Wants:
42
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Ratings: 287 |  Reviews: 174
Reviews by Brian50Oshen1:
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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is a winner.
A successful brewery thats growing and not cutting corners. I reccomend this one highly to anyone while it lasts. This brewer is a rising star. There is a lot of good product coming out of this Connecticut company.
If its available to you,, get some.
(comes in six packs only I believe)

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More User Reviews:
Photo of joe1510
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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 hopsputin
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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Photo of rabidawg
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Ruddy nut-brown with a splash of fizzy carbonation. Looked syrupy and viscous as I poured. Small, foamy white head that settled to a small sudsy cap. Sticky, spotty lacing.

Smell: Sweet roasty malt with a hint of hops. Slightly bready, with alcohol noticeable but not imposing.

Taste: This bier leans toward the dry side of Oktoberfest. Well-carbonated, but not overly so. Definite sweet, sticky maltiness, with thick, sweet, dark fruits and a certain vinous quality. Balanced well by the drying hop finish. A certain yeastiness is present in the finish. Very drinkable and quite enjoyable.


Notes: A tasty iteration, and one that folks who tend to steer clear of overly sweet O'fests should enjoy.

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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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Photo of Carolvs
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
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 Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid brew, just a bit less rich than some other domestic offerings.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It seems like I continue to come across more Octoberfest brews recently. The Thomas Hooker pours from the bottle a deep brownish red hue with a two finger creamy khaki head sitting magestically atop the brew. Really stands out in the glass. Aromas of caramel covered roasty grains along with biscuity undertones. Fruity, nutty and malty with a dash of spicy, herbal hops in the background. Crisp, laid back and quite nice.

First sip brings a nice fruity, caramelly, toasted grain maltiness upfront with big biscuity flavors throughout. Fairly sweet, as it goes down there's a mellow spicy, herbal hop note that peeks out and makes itself known. I get a touch of roasted nuttiness as well. A big, clean, malty oktoberfest brew with an enjoyable balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel is big, chewy and creamy. This is a full bodied oktoberfest that goes down smooth and is really satisfying. Speedy carbonation pulls it through nicely. This would be a nice fall session brew if it was available to me locally. Yet another lovely brew from Troutbrook. Well worth trying...thanks to UnionMade for the opportunity.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice beer, although I think it blurs the line a little between an Octoberfest and a pumpkin beer. Dark amber with red highlights and a medium sized head. Caramel malt aroma. Likewise in the taste, although fairly sweet. A good deal of spice also. Smooth and enjoyable.

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Photo of therealJAYZ
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Doomcifer
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, bright amber color with a fantastic cream colored, frothy head that retains very nicely. Smells biscuity, bready malts, earthy tones. Taste is more bready and biscuity maltiness, earthy, noble hop spice, very pleasing and balanced. Fantastic Marzen. Slightly creamy mouthfeel, crisp. Very drinkable and one of, if not the best, Marzen I have had this year.

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Photo of Jason
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle. No freshness date and contract brewed & bottled in Saratoga Springs, NY.

A- Billowing foamy head, clear deep pumpkin orange color.

S- Mildly sweet malt character with suggestions of toasted grain and caramel.

T- Heavy waves of sweet toasted malt with a slight caramel backing. The hops are ample enough to balance and leave a kiss of herbal flavor in the semi-sweet finish.

M- Very crisp and smooth with a creamy mouth feel.

D- Hearty enough to show the rest that it has more character, enough flavor to keep on wanting more.

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Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled a 12 ounce bottle, which had no freshness dating. Poured, orangy, medium amber, clear with rising bubbles, lifting a slightly off white head. Left some creamy lacing. Nose was of faint malt. Sturdy & flavorfull O'fest brew. Nice medium body and soft, welcoming mouthfeel. Nicely developed malt base, nutty and spicy notes, finishes with a mild but noticable hop note. Well crafted and tasty, a fine fall brew/sessioner

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Photo of uconnalum2
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, deep copper color with a one-finger tan head that goes down quickly. The smell is predominantly of sweet malts and a little bit of spice. The taste is also of lightly sweet malts and some spices coming on later. This is a nice clean taste with a dry finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. Drinkability is very good. Overall, this is a tasty and very enjoyable beer that I'm sure I'll return to each fall.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. brown long neck bottle with a crimped-on cap.

Bright medium amber color with a 1"white head dissapating quickly down to a slight coating of foam with a ring around the glass. Moderate carbination with a few tiny strings of bubbles rising to the surface.

Clean aromas very fruity,hints of fresh apples and sweet carmell with a slight burnt note.

Burnt carmell taste,tart,fruity,grassy hop feel. Finishes with some bittersweetness,tatrness,very clean with a good sharp feel.

Medium mouthfeel clean and refreshing. Good drinkability could easily put back a few of these. A nice Octoberfest beer even in Feburary.

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Photo of wattoclone
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of far333
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper colored with a thin beige head that sinks quickly. Inviting aroma of sweet malt, some corn, and some sweet ripe fruits. Smooth mouthfeel leads to flavors of biscuity malt, sweet pear and honey, and a surprising orange peel tingle in the finish. Very drinkable beer, very enjoyable example of the style.

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Photo of jefftuck47
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of BranfordBound
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of OBIrish24
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A--Two finger creme colored fizzy head that reduced to skim quickly and didn't lace. But the real story here is the body: picture perfect deep auburn sunset combined with some copper. Really really beautiful and spot on for the style.

S--Decent. I'm picking mostly a candy apple thing, with some toffeeish notes alongside a lighter fruity sweetness. Definitely some Munich malt going on here.

T--Wonderful! Good sock of malt here right up front, as the toffee bark flavors come to the fore early on, followed by a more mellow caramel gloss that also picks up the now juicier apple notes toward the back. Really, really accurate representation of the style, very true to German standard, which I prefer. Balanced hop bitterness keeps the malts from taking over and urges you to gulp some more.

M&D--Mouthfeel is appropriately thin without being watery. Carbonation, again, is moderate. All the aspects of the mouthfeel stay out of the way--they're like a good Major League manager: you don't notice them. Drinkability is excellent, as this is smooth enough to throw back a few without being boring in the flavor profile.

If you're a fan of the style, this has to be the must try list for American versions of the style. Tastes like a standard-bearer to me, alongside the Ramstein Oktoberfest.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
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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Oktoberfest Märzen Style Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 287 ratings