Thomas Hooker Octoberfest Lager | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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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Ratings: 274 |  Reviews: 166
Photo of Thads324
3.37/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a vibrant and dark golden orange. Totally clear with a slightly off white head that is sticky and thick. Leaves loads of thick lacing. Aromas of burnt grass and husky grains. A bit if a dry smell as well, like most lagers. Taste starts very sweet and mild. A bit of caramel followed by a grassy taste. Finishes with the marzen yeast taste. Creamy and easy going mouth feel with a medium body. Super drinkable.

Overall a pretty good beer and it is very drinkable. Unfortunately it falls by the wayside against all the more flavorful Marzens out there. I like the creamy feel, but lacks the deep, rich flavors that are necessary.

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Photo of Samp01
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of bigone4
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No freshness date to be found on the bottle. It poured a clean orange amber hue. Perfect looking white frothy two finger sized head that dissipated rather quickly. No real evidence of lacing around the pint. There were smells of strong malt and caramel tones. There are hints of a fruitiness almost raisin like in character. Defiantly has that Marzen Oktoberfest smell to it. Smooth taste with a nice dry hop finish. Also had some alcohol like sweet malt roasted tannin flavor as it warmed to room temp. Good malt sweetness in the start tastes well balanced. Not my favorite Oktoberfest of the season but not a bad offering. Good carbonation from start to finish. Seemed rather light compared to other Marzens I have sampled this season. To my surprise on the side of the bottle it read brewed in NY under Trout Brook supervision. I will give it another shot but seems to fall a bit short for my taste.

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Photo of jrand2621
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gmann
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber color with a small off-white head that dissipated into a small cap. The aroma is quite faint, I pick up the caramel malt, brown bread. The taste is a bready toasted malt, caramel, and a touch of metal. A nice malty flavor, could use more of a Saaz hop presence. The feel is moderate with nice carbonation. The brew finishes with a nice malty sweetness balanced with a toasted malt bitterness. A solid malty brew. Something about this brew does not scream out Marzen/Oktoberfest but it is still a good offering. Sample is probably a bit old at this point.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served right out of the fridge and poured into a Pint Glass

A – Poured a very nice orange tinted amber with a good two finger high head of frothy white lace over the top of the glass. Very nice clarity in this one a you could easily make out the chains of carbonation that were racing towards the top of the glass to replenish the frothy white cap on top. After an average fade what was left behind was a decent amount of side glass lace and a thin film across the rest of the top of the glass. Overall pretty average looks for the style.

S – The aroma was full of musty bready malts. Not overall strong or pungent, it was just rather average with a slight hop twang to it as it started to warm up. There was really a nice grainy back that you could pick up on the aroma and the overall blend of smells was your classic malt filled marzen with a nice little bit of sugary notes added in the back.

T – The flavor was very nice, again rather typical but still very nice with a good amount of bready malts giving it that musty kind of taste. Had a little touch of sugar and a bit more grain and it was kind of skewed a bit towards a red ale to be honest. A slight note of hoppiness floating around in there as well giving the profile a little more depth and a bit more of something to work with then it had had before. Overall again fairly average for the style but still pretty decent overall.

M – Your typically well carbonation light bodied lager here. Nice crisp clean feel, not too thin and defiantly not watered down. The carbonation held up well throughout the entire session and it really was quite a clean feeling ale with no real issues.

D – Superb for a session beer, this was perfect for just sitting back and downing a few with no real issues. There was a really great flavor to it and the carbonation and light body held up very well and really made this something that went down quite quick and you were left looking around waiting for the next one to come.

Overall not bad. I honestly thought I was done with the Oktoberfest beers a long time ago, but I had this one sitting in the closet so I really wanted to be able to clear it out. Not bad overall, not the best I ever had but I would not snub my nose at this one either. Probably a good call in a pinch and something that could go down quite well in the fall.

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Photo of FirstMan
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have to say that I have a little bit of a warm spot in my heart for Thomas Hooker since meeting one of the founders at the Higgins Festival of Ale this year. That's actually where I had the Hooker Oktoberfest for the first time, too, and after a nice conversation at the Hooker table, I got sent home with a free six of this. I say this partially to just give Hooker some kudos for keeping a future customer happy, but also as a bit of a disclaimer on my review. I'm trying to be fair here, but I do like free beer.

Pours a deep amber - a little darker than some other maerzten I've seen this year. Nice thin tannish head settles around the rim of the glass. There's some staying power to the thin layer that remains after a few minutes.

The nose has a yeasty vegetable aspect with a sweet maltiness hiding back behind there.Nice.

A heavyier, more bitter taste than I was expecting, but not necessarily bad. This beer focuses pretty strongly on the vegetable, deeper tones of the lager yeast. There's a little sweetness in there, but not as much as you might find in other Oktoberfests. None of the spicy character that other Oktoberfests sometimes exhibit. This is about the yeast and hops with just a little sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a little bit slick, but with a sharp tingle of bubbly carbination.

Overall this is an interesting Oktoberfest that is quite a bit different from many of the sweeter, spicyier maertzen beers out there this year.

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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 NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thomas Hooker- Octoberfest

A- Deep dark orange with a small filmy head, filmy lacing too.
S- Very buttery caramel toffee malt with a touch of licorice.
T- Very buttery sweet shortbread biscuit malt, Caramel and toffee with licorice and butterscotch.
M- Very buttery, slick and chewy malt.

Overall- The maltiest butteriest beer I might have ever tried.

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Photo of Damian74
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Sarah257
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Not a bad märzen. Poured into a pint glass a burnt orange color with a thin white head that faded fast to a stray layer of bubbles; a little soapy lacing. Malty aroma, grains and floral hops. Sweet caramel malts in the taste, lightly toasted grains, leafy, moderately hopped with some bitterness in the aftertaste. Light-medium body and quite good for an autumn beer.

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Photo of jk3
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of khargro2
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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

this is a very good looking beer, reddish/ orange color very small head, light carbonation. Munich malt aroma with some spice/fruit. Biscuit/sweet caramel malt taste, some alcohol. a very tasty beer. A very good, clean octoberfest, can't really find too many faults. Not a big fan of the style but I can and will drink this beer.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of lobos62
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of jwps214
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Rideguy64
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of neil2me
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of AlbanyIPA
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of N1Nkasi
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Chico1985
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was first ever Oktoberfest last year. For this review I sat in a giant field and drank it out of my glass boot while admiring Massachusetts foliage.

Pours a see-through amber with an off-white head, retains decently and leaves some lacing.

Scent was kind of strange and sort of off-putting, buttery popcorn sort of. A little macro-y.

Taste is definitely better than the smell, lots of buttery malts. Caramel and toffee malts. Grassy hops and a bit of citrus and lemon. Leaves a warm bread aftertaste. Some booze in the last few sips.

Very low carbonation, pretty watery but decent.

This is little too sweet for the style for me, I would've preferred more toastiness, this is kind of a butter/toffee takeover, good though.

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Thomas Hooker Octoberfest Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Beer rating: 71.2% out of 100 with 274 ratings
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