Thomas Hooker Octoberfest Lager | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

very good
272 Ratings
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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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 Samp01
3.4/5  rDev -13%
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 LostHighway
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sspeer1
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of PeteRiz
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of BlindPig
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Big light tan head on a clear dark ruby body.
S- Grass hops, sweet caramel malts, some fruits, munich malt?, and a few others I just can't put my finger on.
T- Sweet caramel malts with a big dry bite to them. Rougher fruits, some kind of grass hop that leaves a light bitterness on tongue, and some light hints of pumpkin.
M- Thin body with medium carbonation.
D- It is alright. I wouldn't get this again though.

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Photo of donniecuffs
2.93/5  rDev -25.1%
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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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange, almost amber color with a thin white head that trails the glass. The wheat and malt come through nicely. The taste was mellow but well balanced with everything to make a delicious and filling oktoberfest style beer. Enjoyed it a lot.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
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 Homebrew
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Duesler
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of waughbrew
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Orange cranberry hue with a stunningly perfect creamy off-white head that sticks and stays. Aroma is surprisingly-sweet caramel toffee in that nice German way. Flavor is candy cookie-dough and although it has a spicy hop bitterness trying to make its presence felt, it is sweet. A bit of egg, a touch of roast, and a pinch of tobacco. Med-thick body and sweetness would make it relatively tough to drink more than two. Surprisingly good in a style that is hard to be surprisingly good.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very heart-felt thank you to rabidawg for allowing me the opportunity to sample this absolute gem. A deep and rich dark copper color out of the bottle, this Bier left a respectable head at the onset, and left a little lacing along the side of the glass as a token of rememberance. The aroma was slightly semi-sweet, and rather shewy of the tasty malted goodness that was forthcoming. A fantasticly rich, yet super smooth brew, this one paired well with sausages with peppers and onions. This is one of, if not my fave micro Oktoberfest to date.


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Photo of twelvsies
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a decent effort, but not really a killer Octoberfest as I might've expected from Hooker. An orangy amber color, but the little head that is on there fades quickly. A nice sweet and malty character to this one, with decent hop balance, but something just lacks to finish this off. A subtle smoky quality as well, but there's another odd kind of bitter taste that sort of clashes with the smooth sweetness of this beer. Good, just not particularly interesting.

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Photo of lobos62
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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

Seasonal on tap at the British Beer Company in Walpole, MA.

Appearance: Pumpkin orange, perfect for the style, good head, nice lacing.

Smell: Spicy & Malty

Taste: Follows the smell, rich malty flavor with a really nice spice. This is the best domestic American version of an Oktoberfest beer I've had to date. My favorite for the style is Hacker-Pschorr and this is a close second.

Mouth feel: Good carbonation, smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, fall seasonal, will definitely seek out in bottle form.

Really solid Oktoberfest beer for someone seeking an American version that's superior to Sam Adams.

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Photo of ScottieD
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of oldedog
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of hopsputin
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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 jackorain
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber, almost brown, slight chill haze. 1-inch head fell to tall collar and really nice splotchy thick coat.

Smells of sweet malt, caramel and biscuit too, alittle yeast

Tastes of caramel maltand biscuit up front. The middle is toasty. There is a nice balance in the hop bitterness but it is fleeting as the mlats come back t finish this beer.

Medium body and quite fizzy.

decent drinkability. I would not be adverse to having a couple of these.

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Photo of neil2me
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of tregan_20
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ne0m00re
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review of a 12 oz bottle courtesy Pabs311.
A: A nice clear copper with a good constant creamy head and some lacing.
S: A nice deep caramel toffee, while green crisp leafy hops come out as well as an earthy hops character. Peachy/banana fruit. Good. Very good.
T: A nice caramel with slight roast hints and a metallic banana. A slight hint of rum booze lingers. Pretty good, but not as outstanding as the aroma.
M: Nice medium body with creamy and frothy carbonation.
D: Good. A pint or two would be fine.

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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 raythealeman
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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