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:
29
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 272 |  Reviews: 165
Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Dark amber with a nice off-white/khaki head of foam that lasts and gives good lacing as well. Aromas are all fresh heavily German malts, and fresh bavarian hops as well. Taste follows through on the aroma with a very lovely FRESH maltiness and a nice hop complexity that lays in the background where it should be. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to thick per the style, drinkability is good, as one can drink this on en mass. Classy, and classic. A great o-fest for the 2005 season! Prosit!

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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 justintcoons
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Amber with 1 finger of off-white head. Crystal clear with medium-light carbonation.

Nose
Caramel, bread, and brown sugar.

Taste
Caramel, sweet brown breads, and hints of brown sugar. Slight toastiness with touches of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light bodied, crisp, clean, smooth, and refreshing.

Overall
Pretty textbook, pretty good.

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Photo of socon67
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Thomas Hooker Brewery

A - Pours amber with a tan foam. Clear and with notceable carboantion.

S - Didn't get much more than a malty scent with a bit of spice. Even after settling not much else came out.

T - Taste is a nice crisp marzen that is quite true to style. The robust malty base is complimented by some earthy spices and a raspy, hoppy, bite on the tongue. Great fall beer.

M - Well blanaced, light for the style, and a good beer to session as you watch summer go away.

O - Didn't quite match what I heard about it, but Hooker Octoberfest is a solid beer and I'd like to give it another try to see if maybe in bottle has more of the aroma I was looking for.

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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 bcm75
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Poured a beautiful amber/copper. Overall, a bit less malty and sweet and a bit more aggressively hopped than the average O'fest, almost like a Vienna amber. Held true to what seemed a "Germanic" bent to the hops. A touch of sweetness in the malt, with very nice drinkability. Thanks to far333 for the sample.

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Photo of 57md
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%

Copper color. The nose is malty and has a nutty character to it as well. The flavor profile is malty and bready. It also possesses the same nutty character as the nose. The body is right on for style. This is a perfect beer to enjoy when the temperature outside starts to cool.

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Photo of N1Nkasi
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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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle.

This Oktoberfest poured a clear, copper color with creamy, tall, light brown foam that persisted but slowly settled. The smell was malty with a hint of sweetness and a touch of caramel. The taste was malty with a bit of bread, a touch of caramel, a hint of Munich Malt, and a mild, modest hoppiness in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth with good carbonation and medium body. Overall this beer was nicely dry with a malty aftertaste. This was a very rich and malty Oktoberfest, but was very easy and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, 12-ounce bottle just copped from Nikki's Liquors in Providence, Rhode Island...
"Celebrate Autumn - Our Award Winning German Style Lager" on the orange, front logo sticker...
Appearance: A hefty pour yielded a rustic, deep-copper, orange hue with a decent-sized foamy head that quickly receded and deposited a thin film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Rustic, malty aroma with hints of amber and grains...
Taste: Dead-on in terms of style, yet could've been slightly thicker in terms of mouthfeel... Grains, amber, caramel, slight vanilla bombard the palate...
Good mouthfeel along with a good level of drinkability and warming ABV...
Good stuff...

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Photo of Damian74
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of NJBeer265
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, deep, jack o'lantern orange. Large white head leaves several foam splatter rings from glass top to bottom.

Aroma is cinnamon, nutmeg and rum raisin sweetened by toasted malt. Spicey noble hop compliment.

Nutty. Citrus and hop spice interplay over graham cracker malt--nice balance. Blackstrap molasses fade.

Much heartier than most octobers, it's still passive enough to have a few. Body is sufficient but it could showcase the flavors more if it was thicker.

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Photo of rorjets
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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 kmpitz2
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an amber golden color with a small head that falls to barely coat the beer. The nose is sweet caramel, with a hint of lager funk, and a light roasted nutty character. The flavor is okay, with the nutty and caramel tones coming through, but with a creamy character to it. The feel is moderate and creamy. Overall, a servicable beer.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark orange body has quite a bit of activity as far as carbonation goes. The off white head is almost two fingers thick, and is pretty creamy. Good retention, but only a little bit of lacing.

The aroma isn't very powerful. Mostly a lightly sweet malt with perhaps a touch of hops.

Thomas Hooker O-fest is definitely on the maltier side of the style, which is a good thing in this case. Sweet, lightly toasted malt with only a touch of earthy, spicy hop character. The malt profile reminds me of dark bread with a touch of honey added to it. This one reminds me a little bit of Great Lakes O-fest, but I haven't sampled the two at the same time.

The body is a touch of medium, and the carbonation is a little under, which isn't great but doesn't ruin the beer in any way.

Pretty drinkable O-fest, a solid offering from Thomas Hooker; definitely worth trying for O-fest fans.

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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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