Thomas Hooker Octoberfest Lager | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
272 Ratings
Thomas Hooker Octoberfest LagerThomas Hooker Octoberfest Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States
hookerbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
272
Reviews:
165
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
10.74%
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
30
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of ScottieD
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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 ejimhof
3/5  rDev -23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of searsclone
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle into a flared pint glass.

hazy copper color with a sticky tan head and good lace

smell is malty sweet and earthy

taste is malt and caramel with a slightly bitter hop finish. nice balance

mouthfeel is chewy with a wet finish

overall, tasty and easy to drink

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Photo of Damian74
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of KTCamm
4.69/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light to medium copper, orange hints. Foam vanishes fast. Clear looking. Malt bomb nose, some hints of spice - cinammon/nutmeg. Taste is a delicious malt full of flavor and smooth. Some sweetness which is balanced by a full bodied mouthfeel, Wow, really kicked me back a bit - just outright excellent.

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of IronLover
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright copper orange in color with a slight chill haze at the onset that ultimately cleared nicely. Poured with a thick foamy off-white foam that left a ladder of sticky lacings down the backside of the glass. Earthy, sweet caramel, toasted malt and toffee aromas with earthy grain and floral hop aromas. Delicate, smooth, velvety feel with subdued carbonation upfront that thickens through the middle and toward the finish. Flavor is a nice carbonation of floral hops, caramel and toasted malts from beginning to end. This is a nit more hop forward than your average oktoberfest. Finishes crisply with a light floral hop character followed by toasted malt. A nice, drinkable, slightly hoppy fall offering.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of JayQue
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good One!!! From a style that can often be pretty bland. Pours a hazy orange amber color with and average size off-white head. Average head retention and good size bands of lacing around the glass.

Smell is fairly mild, mostly malty.

Taste is very good. Strong, somewhat sweet malty backbone and good robust bitterness. Not IPA bitterness but some subdued European hops. The balance is great. This is not some bland watery beer.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp. Just right for the style. The bitterness is a treat for the tongue at the end of a malty sip.

This is what a Marzen should be. Not the most exciting style in the world but a great beer for pitchers and mass quantities on a fall day.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -42.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

12 oz. bottle. Born on 8-21-2012.

Tawny, burnt sienna body. Clear. Finger of moderately thick, bright light khaki head. Some lacing. Nose full of malt: caramel, butterscotch, cookies, and blondies are all over the place. Maybe a slight vegetal hop hint.

Toasted biscuity malt up front. Spicy, vegetal hop bitterness also shows up, but stays in the background. Very caramel-y, with plenty of cookie dough and a little butterscotch. Butterscotch and brown sugar into the finish. Spicy hop bitterness lingers a while, as does the cookie-ish malt. Medium bodied, with a slightly syrupy feel. A very nice ofest!

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear copper. Whitish head and lacing. Good looking brew.
Smell: Yeasty bread, slightly earthy. not a lot happenin but nice.
Taste: much like the nose. Bready and malty. Tasty though not exceptional.
Overall: Decent enough. Enjoyable but no standout.

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Thomas Hooker Octoberfest Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 272 ratings.
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