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:
28
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 272 |  Reviews: 165
Photo of puboflyons
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no expiration date or lot code. Sampled on February 22, 2010. The pour is a darker amber-copper with little to no head or lacing. The aroma is pungent with sweet caramel malts and toffee. It comes with a decent body while the flavor is also very sweet and caramel-like with a bitter hop finish. Not all that bad.

 344 characters

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of Zorro
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled through sinstaineddemon and Secret Bunny '08 BIF.

Clear amber to reddish brown colored lager with a strong tan head.

Smell is very clean with a fair amount of caramel. Lots of toasted grain aroma and a faint grassy aroma. What is absent is much hop aroma at all, just a little grass.

The taste starts out sweet and malty with lots of Munich malt and a solid drying bitterness. Flavor doesn't change a lot as you drink it; it's just plain good. Little bit of raisin bran flavor here, like you see in a lot of Octoberfest beers.

Mouthfeel is good.

Quite nice drinkability here, I would have no problems drinking this for a month or six as my only beer. Add a little more dry hops and this would be about perfect.

 723 characters

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

Pours with a five-finger cream head that fades quickly and leaves some lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is malty. Starts sweet with a good malt/hop mix, finish is bready. $1.55 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

 266 characters

Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of mltobin
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WDJersey
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

 392 characters

Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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

Photo of DrJay
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

 576 characters

Photo of cbutova
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark copper color with a fizzy one finger head that has medium retention. Leaves no lacing behind on my glass. Not the best looking beer. Smells primarily of malts (lighter ones) with some nuttiness and a bit of earthy hops. Not a weak smell by any means but not a very complex smell either. Taste has a great malt backbone in the beginning and after tastes. It definitely has that german lager taste, like most Oktoberfests. Nuttyness like that of a brown is detected and adds to the malts well. A tiny bit of earthy hops can be detected with a bit of bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is moderate body with very good carbonation and is very smooth. No alcohol warming or taste at all in this one. A bit of creamyness to the mouth also. Drinkability is great. The beer has a good taste and it only seems to taste better as it goes on. There are no bad or off flavors to complain about. I think I prefer the Brookyln Oktoberfest over this one.

 962 characters

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

This is a very nice beer, although I think it blurs the line a little between an Octoberfest and a pumpkin beer. Dark amber with red highlights and a medium sized head. Caramel malt aroma. Likewise in the taste, although fairly sweet. A good deal of spice also. Smooth and enjoyable.

 283 characters

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

12oz single, obtained in a trade from brewfan, thanks for the opportunity to try

appearance: pours into an imperial pint glass...clear dark copper-amber body, light beige foam with little in the way of retention but nice lacing...pretty standard for the style i'd say

smell: strong sweetness on the nose...apple, caramel, toasted grain, toasted malt, light hop bitterness, lightly metallic

taste: nice creamy body...light hop metallic flavor that is actually quite nice, caramel apple, lightly toasted malt and grain...nice fruit sweetness, a touch woody...rich and enjoyable

mouthfeel: rich smooth and creamy, medium body

drinkability: high

 656 characters

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. No date or info.

Thanks to Onenote81 for sending this brew my way in a surprise box!

A - The pour isn't audible in the least even with the height. Not a lot of head formation as the beer transferred over though. A thin skim of bone-colored head and a small arch of lace are left floating over the golden bronze brew.

S - Earthy notes of dry leaves and pine needle come from the hops. A pinch of sweet toasted caramel and Vienna malts balances well. I get a light hint of off butterscotch notes though.

T - A malty backbone shows good support for the refreshing earthy hops. Dry leave finishes out this balanced brew. A touch of something that seems just a bit off makes it into the flavor though.

M - Medium-bodied but somehow it's thin still. A little bit slick perhaps. It finishes dry and clean with a sparkling carbonation mouthfeel.

D - I find myself taking sip after sip to evaluate and I continue to down this brew. I definitely enjoy it for an everyday drinking okto. It goes down and refreshes well.

 1,070 characters

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of papat444
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Flashback #424

14 characters

Photo of Durge
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gambrinus for importing this fresh growler of brew direct from the Bloomfield mother lode. The color was a distinct, clear copper with a weak white head and only nominal lacing. The aroma brought grassy malt and some clove with just a touch of herbal hop. Very nice. The flavor seemed dead on with the aroma so I can only repeat that while malt is the base theme, the grassy-clove idea hung true. It's not quite the clove you get with a Belgian brew but it had that sort of near minty character. I couldn't put my finger on what to call it, but it's likeable enough. It's a medium-light bodied brew though a bit aqueous I thought. The somewhat strong flavor here holds it back from being a big session choice but it works well in conversation with fellow beer enthusiasts. Certainly worth trying as a variation on the Oktoberfest theme.

 846 characters

Photo of grahuba
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of thegerm87
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of khargro2
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

 357 characters

Photo of tavernjef
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Attractive amber color that grows a big, soft ivory foam. Keeps a solid skim on top throughout the session and the lacing is mostly drippy with some globs and displaced sheeting.

Aroma is clean and subdued carrying a tad of toffee with a rounded toasted realm to its waft but mostly dark and malty with a soft sweetness to it.

Taste starts out like many o-fests, full and malty, nicely creamy with very tender notions to toasted toffee, darker fruits, and some nuttyness. Finish creates a slightly dry smokey peet and wet woodyness. A nudge of deep sided hoppyness helps add some depth in the finish as well. Stays favorably clean and firm the whole ride through.

Mouthfeel is fairly full in the front and teeters from there but stays firmly set in its creamy/silken nature and finishes well with subtle tonality and very slight malty warmth.

The overall clean profile of this O-fest by Thomas Hooker is quite remarkable and probably the most intriguing part that I found and liked about it. Not to mention that it helps add some very good downability; that, along with a slimmer 6% ABV just begs for repeat fill ups.

A hearty thanks to goodbyeohio for the many samples!

 1,185 characters

Photo of Gmann
3.48/5  rDev -11%
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.

 581 characters

Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe