Thomas Hooker Octoberfest Lager | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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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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Reviews: 164 | Ratings: 271
Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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 rajendra82
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The second Oktoberfest beer in the package from spritdeus, this one came is a brown 12 oz. bottle, and poured out deep reddish orange. The beer had low carbonation and lacked any head. The aroma was grainy and clean with the presence of floral hops in the background. The taste was proper for a festbier, with sweet toasted grainy malt and a low level of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was medium thick. Easy to drink, but a bit too simplistic to make it great.

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Photo of edchicma
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wyllder for this excellent offering. An interesting brew...Malty on the nose but with a hint of spice and flowery essence. It poured a dark copper, with a lustrous head that laced very nicely. Taste was an interesting blend of malt, light (pumpkin?) spice and a distinct hop presence. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite of the most drinkable Octoberfests I've tried.

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Photo of necoadam
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours out a murky amber/brown/orange color with a nice head that goes into lacing after a while. Smell consisted of toasted malts with some sweet caramel. The nose was pretty rich and had some good depth to it. Taste was pretty good. Malty with some good toastiness to it. Some caramel mixes in and then the hops come and join the party. Finished with some tea-like flavors, probably from the hops (floral or herbal flavors). Medium body but it is very, very smooth and the carbonation just mixes in with the right amount. Mouthfeel was beyond exceptional with this beer. The slight hop bitterness blended in with some toasted flavors and was excellent. A good oktoberfest and will pick up more of this stuff for the middle of the fall time. This brew will go perfect for that time. Do pick up a 6 pack, or just go for the 24 bottle case.

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Photo of kennyo
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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 far333
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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 ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Wyllder. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" light tan head above the deeply reddish amber brew. Laces well, and aroma is malty, with a balancing hops presence. Taste follows is as the aroma portended, malty with a hoppy bitterness. The bitterness quashes the mouthfeel a tad for me, but still a great marzen.

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Photo of Boto
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught at CT River Brewfest. Paul has refined this just a hair more this year. The beer has a nice dark amber color with hints of orange. There was a small light tan head. Malty aroma, with hints of roastiness, spices and hops. A really well balanced taste. Another fine brew from Paul.

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is a redish/orange amber color with a really nice head and nice lacing. The smell was of toasted grain, sweet bready malt with a faint sour dough nose quality. The first impression is a really nice full mouthfeel of flavor. The flavors are a rich malty sweetness with a small hop balance. Has a slight spicyness to it that really makes it enjoyable. It was the best of the octoberfest I tasted out of 15 at an octoberfest tasting I attended recently.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The beer is a deep reddish amber, topped with a thin white head. The head diminishes to nothing about halfway through, leaving a little bit of cobwebby lacing at the top of the glass.
The aroma is mainly a rich, robust caramunich maltiness. Lots of caramel, with some toastiness. Mild noble hops, providing a slightly herbal charater. Very clean, no off aromas. A light waft of alcohol is present.
The flavor starts with a rich, sweet caramel maltiness. Some toasted flavor, with the barest hint of fleeting smokiness towards the middle. Mild hopping comes through towards the end. Herbal, with a touch of citric bitterness. Some apparent alcohol in the very end, leaving off with a malty caramel aftertaste, which retreats quickly. Medium to full bodied, with gentle, small bubbled carbonation. A very mild, smooth mouthfeel, yet robust and strong.
Extremely clean, particularly for an american brewed beer. This one could definitely pass for an authentic german brewed version. An excellent local oktoberfest marzen. Probably my favorite this year. Very drinkable, although a sixer of this in one sitting will definitely put me down for the count.

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Photo of Greenlabel
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had heard that this product received a silver medal at last years's GABF so I really wanted to try it. After picking up a 6-pack in CT, I now understand why the product was so highly regarded. Definitely an outstanding Octoberfest from the bright orange pour, lacy foam and pleasant mouthfeel to the lack of any unpleasant aftertaste. A drier rather than sweeter Octoberfest interpretation with roasty malt overtones. Now I need to get back to CT for a few more 6-packs as I don't believe it's sold out of its local market.

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Photo of 86MonteSS
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice, golden-amber appearance and a small head that diminishes quickly. The first thing I tasted was a well-balanced maltiness, but that was soon replaced by crisp, unsubtle hops. Maybe this was chilled too much but it seems to have a little too much bite, which might also be the carbonation. A good beer nonetheless. Finishes with an enjoyable burnt flavor.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very tasty brew, thanks to fellow BA Venom for the bottle.

Poured a clear dark copper, nice head which has settled was of a thick foamy tan. Aroma is fresh, of molasses and bread. Taste is very nice, as it warms the alcohol presents itself a bit more. I've been nursing this for about an hour, and thankfully it still tastes good, even as it has warmed. I'm getting a bit of a German dark bread note, with a slightly bitter finish. I don't find this sweet at all, and the mouthfeel is still just as soft as at the start.

Despite the alcohol level, I think this would make a pretty tasty session beer. Thanks! Pat

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Photo of rabidawg
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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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