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Thomas Hooker Octoberfest Lager | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Thomas Hooker Octoberfest LagerThomas Hooker Octoberfest Lager
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Thomas Hooker Octoberfest LagerThomas Hooker Octoberfest Lager

Brewed by:
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

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

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2.6/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a medium chestnut. Small head. Decent lacing however

S-sweetish roasted malt. Not much else

T-man this is sweet. Caramel malt dominates with vague hints of bitterness in the aftertaste. Really this is a one sided affair. There is a bit of toast in here as well making it slightly better.

D-slightly syrupy.

D-way too sweet for an Oktoberfest beer. I prefer a dry crisp one. I actually considered dumping it. So many good oktoberfests, wy choose this one.

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Photo of donniecuffs
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured amber-orange into an American pint glass, with very little white head, spotty lacing, and mild carbonation presence. I really couldn't discern much of anything in the nose...just some caramel and maltiness. As for the taste, while the maerzen style is known (and loved by me) for its maltiness, this one was off the malty deep end; too much malt sweetness for me. No balance was evident, and furthermore the finish wasn't as dry as I would have liked. The body was a firm medium, but less carbonation than was expected. Thin enough to session, but way too sweet for me.

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3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3.02/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.12/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice aroma, but I’m not crazy about the taste. My biggest gripe is the impression it gives during my first few sips. It’s difficult to explain what I don’t like about the initial taste other than it’s a copper flavor that seems awkward with the sweet and spicy background. I’m not thrilled with it, and probably would not buy again. medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour.

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3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz long neck. Consumed 11/03/09

A) Pours with a two finger head. Foamy. Settles slightly. Lacing is big, bubbled and sticky. Amber in color. Clear body.
S) Malty caramel. Grainy.
T) Fairly bitter up front. Some sweet malt mixed in but not enough to compensate for the bite. A third of the way through the hop bite mellows slightly. A mild bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.
M) Fizzy. Light to medium bodied. Tannin - slick tongue feel.
D) An alright Oktoberfest not a stand out.

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3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a Thomas Hooker Sampler. I was a little surprised to find in there since it wasn't listed as one of the beers included.

Poured from 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance--Orange/brown in color. Minimal head. Notable carbonation.

Smell--Very sweet smelling brew. Quite malty. Caramel notes.

Taste/Mouthfeel--Nothing outstanding here. Not nearly as malty as the smell led me to think it would be. It sort of lacks any real identity up front, and as it goes further back on the palate, there's a bit more of a smooth malty flavor. Crisp, almost sharp mouthfeel, that is rounded out by having a solid body.

Drinkability--I could have another, but I probably won't go out of my way to pick this up in the future.

I may need to revisit this one. The taste really kind of puzzled me.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very clear auburn. A foamy beige head full of soapy bubbles fell quickly to a thin cap. Clumpy lacing was short lived. Grainy malt aroma, a little toasty, with herbal hop notes. Pleasant malt, but bitterness is definitely out front here. Herbal, grassy hops stand out while sweet, toasty malt sits in the background. The malt tastes a bit thin and there's a lingering metallic bitterness that is a little distracting. Medium/light bodied with moderate carbonation level that felt a little coarse. I still thought it was okay, but it just seemed to miss the mark for the style.

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3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark amber body with a frothy, off-white head.

Smell: Toasy caramel malt aroma with mild, floral hop notes.

Taste: Again, more toasted caramel flavors with a bit of apple and earthy cinnamon. Fine, floral hop flavor and bitterness. Finishes flat and wholly underwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not really one of my preferred oktoberfests.

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3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red-orange with a thick and peachy colored head. The aroma is like a standard lager but with gentle floral noble hops of those detected. German-american style here. Not a personal favorite in regards to aroma I must say. Taste is bright, german of course, malty, and minimal hops. This is probably according to style, but overal as a beer this is booring and hard to drink. A lager gone wrong to my palate. Mouthfeel is extra bright, full, with full on carbonation and a medium body. Lackluster. Overall, this is okay but not a good style for me and not a beer I'll return to, but others somehow enjoy this, so YMMV.

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3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Creamy two finger, yellowed-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a thin layer of foam on top of the beer. Head collapse is marked on sides of glass by some good streaking. Color is deep, dark amber/orange/brown with a bit of yellow on top when light shines through it.
S: There's something of a potent metallic smell (is it the water used?), along with evidence of malt and caramel scents as the beer warms.
T: The metallic essence in the smell briefly appear in the first sip. Malt follows, a bit sweet and a bit like paper. This is brought to a conclusion by a fair amount of hop bitterness that leads into a dry finish with a malty/biscuity aftertaste. Quite good, aside from the metallic and papery bit.
M: Mild carbonation gives way to a somewhat creamy, medium body. Nothing exceptional, but nothing to scoff at, either.
D: Thomas Hooker stays true to the style with the big, malty backbone and dry, hoppy finish. The aspects of this beer that didn't fit were the metallic presence and slightly thin taste. This may simply be limited to the pack I bought, and I'd be willing to give some more of this beer another try.

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