Thomas Hooker Munich-Style Lager | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
184 Ratings
Thomas Hooker Munich-Style LagerThomas Hooker Munich-Style Lager
BEER INFO

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

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A true Helles style, our lager is golden in color with a pleasant, malty aroma balanced by a rich, smooth flavor. Using only the finest Bavarian malts and finished with Saaz hops, one sip will make you feel like you're in one of Germany's finest beer gardens.

Added by UnionMade on 09-27-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
184
Reviews:
119
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
11.59%
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
20
For Trade:
0
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Photo of George1005
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of brentk56
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a bounteous head that lasts forever and deposits wands of lacing around the glass

Smell: Doughy aroma, slightly sweet

Taste: Starts with a slightly sweet biscuity flavor; after the swallow, a touch of herbacious bitterness kicks in to provide balance to this clean, slightly sweet brew

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: Not being a lager drinker, this is not one of my favorite styles; however, this is a very well made example of a Munich Helles

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Photo of TheCorkStopsHere
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After a recent visit from the Thomas Hooker representative, I wanted to try the full variety of brews. I've had most (if not all) of the Hooker beers over the past couple years, after all they are practically right down the road. There's also a few rumors floating that some new beers are on the way, so revisiting the old favorites is becoming even more of a priority.

This brew from Hooker Brewing is the Munich Style Lager. There is often a shortage of Lagers among craft brewers, largely because of the extended brewing time compared to that of Pale Ales and IPAs. This Munich Style Lager is cool-fermented and aged for 6 weeks, compared to the average ale which can be ready in just 2-3 weeks.

Munich Style Lager pours out a clear golden color, with just a thin layer of white foam. The head fades back pretty quickly, as you can see by my 3-seconds too late photo. The aromas are what I think of as the quintessential smell of beer. Just a touch of hops is largely overwhelmed by the firm backbone of malts. This isn't the candy-sweet style of malty aromas though, I'm talking about the just slightly sweet, bready/grainy style of hops. It smells much like the best lagers in the business, such as Augustiner and Weihenstephaner.

On the palate, this Lager is almost exactly what I expected: crisp, clean, and easy-drinking. There's a touch of malty sweetness up front, which just a slightly dry finish on the back-side. A deliciously balanced brew! I now know why this Munich Style Lager is ranked so highly on beerAdvocate! Why did I not try this one sooner?

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a reddish gold color with a huge head.There is alot of carbonation in this beer.The smell is very floral and full of yeast.This is a very good taste with a full flavor of malt, some spices, and hops.The m/f is very well balanced between hops and malt.This is a very crisp,clean beer thats very refreshing and would go down great on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Fish113d
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring at room temperature into a tulip glass, it pours a golden copper color with very nice cascading, leaving a spongy white head about 1/2" tall. During dissipation it leaves nice edge lacing on the glass and a nice surface layer throughout the tasting.

Aroma is of some sweet apricots and vanilla malts with some earthy hops and grains- nothing spectacular though.

Taste is much better than aroma. Sweet apricot beginning with a grainy body that remains rather sweet. Some honey and nutmeg take this taste a long way!

A very smooth brew with relatively light carbonation. A well-balanced brew with not much bite and a slight wheaty finish.

Overall...very very drinkable...easy to consume and enjoy! Another nice brew from Troutbrook!

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Photo of Bierman9
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this in the fridge for a month or so, and last night opted to drain the 22oz bomber. No freshness date evident on the label anywhere.

Pours a clear, bright golden color, with plentiful, large carbo-bubbles rising steadily within. Head is off-white and creamy, laying in at about 1/2" and holding there a bit, until finally ebbing to a fine, thin layer. Sticks well down the glass during quaffing. as a robust nose of crackery malts with light sweetness, along with some lightly floral, grassy hop-action. A touch spicy, too, perhaps? This Hooker has a solid medium body, though with a sprinkle of prickliness on the tongue.

Nice malt evident here, a crackery/bready combo leaving a light coating of sweetness on the tongue, which lingers well. Hops are also well represented, with a super grassy aspect plus, again, a spicy, perhaps Saazy (?), character. Goes down quite well. Could do a Maß of this solid rendition easily.

Prosit!!

overall: 4
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4.5

895

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Photo of JMD
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a cloudy auburn with a foamy white head that fades slowly. Leaves light lacing on the glass.

S: Clean aroma of fresh grains, light carmel malt and some honey. faint hops as well.

T: Notes of grain, sweetbread, and some light honey. Fresh hop flavor provides a gentle bite as it finishes.

M: Light bodied and ample carbonation.

D: As the style was intended, this beer is highly drinkable. Nice flavor, and smooth. I could drink these one after another, all night long. These will be a staple in my fridge all summer long.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SteveO1231
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml brown swing top bottle. Pours a light golden yellow with a beautiful, fluffy cotton head. Slow strands of carbonation. Bready aroma of Munich and pilsner malts, nice herbal hop smell. Creamy texture and smooth mouth feel, light bodied. Light sweetness of German malts at first with a herbal/ grassy hoppiness about midway. The finish is very clean and crisp, lightly bittered. Really a great beer, balanced perfectly. An awesome, smooth drinking lager. Much better in bottle than samples I've tried on tap.

Cheers!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TheManiacalOne for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus foamy head, some sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, slightly hoppy, some spicyness, and some caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, slightly spicy, and some caramel thrown in. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is another awesome brew from Thomas Hooker, they do a Helles justice, recommended.

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Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mini cobalt blue flip top bottle from the brewery.

A- As bright and as clear compared to all beers I have had, such a glowing golden color. Thin lacing leaves a few rings of lace down the glass and a semi-active carbonation rushes bubbles to the top.

S- Doughy biscuity malt, suggestions of red grape skin and a faint herbal hop.

T- Big dry malt character of Munich malt, lightly toasted with a ghost like grape skin flavor. Hint of dusty husk and a lemony herbal hop flavor, modest bitterness to keep the malt out front.

M- Bold crispness wrap its self around the malt in a perfect way.

D- We need more lagers like this in the NE, packed with flavor and so easy to drink.

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Photo of ghebb
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured golden and clear, w/ a thick white head that lingers.

Aroma reminds me of freshly baked sweetbread, very nice. Taste is definetly malt oriented dominated by bready and slightly toasty malt flavors, with a faint grassy hop presence lurking in the background. Full mouthfeel, with slightly lower than average carbonation seems to enhance the malty flavors of this brew, without hampering the drinkability. One of my favorites from Hooker.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint glass.
Pours a pale yellow golden color with a solid snow-white head and some webby and trailing lacing throughout.
The aroma carries a mild noble hoppiness and a grainy bread smell upfront. A light whiff of wild flowers and herbs peeks through.
The flavors are very balanced. The lightly roasted malt has a touch of sweetness. The hops provide some metallic tang and a mild lime-like citrusy bitterness.
While the body is light in color, it has some depth. As the spritzy carbonation fades, a sweet and rounded caramel sweetness emerges providing a slick and refreshing, gulpable brew. Lots of flavors for a fairly small beer!

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber picked up on my way back from MA.

Poured into a pilsner glass.

This one pours a tinted gold hue with a pillowy two finger white head that slowly dies down to a solid layer. Little to no stickiness with bubbles racing to the top throughout the entire tasting. Smell is of big noble hops, pepper, butter, and some faint caramel malt. Probably the best smelling lager I've ever sampled. Clean buttery biscuit flavors up front with some pepper and spice emerging midway. Aftertaste is very weak and almost fades away to nothing, but a bit of a hop bite lingers. Mouthfeel is a creamy medium body with a good amount of carbonation. What a great lager. I really wish this was available in Central New York because this could easily become my staple summer beer. If you're someone who appreciates a solid lager, definitely get your hands on this one.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice offering, picked up thanks to a generous fellow BA...

Dispensed into my Victory MassKrug... Nice and heady with subtle aroma notes of doughy goodness and faint hops. Clean and golden in color.

Smooth and clean, this lager offered flavour notes of some light biscuity twang with that great Helles-style balance...

A nice offering. Not the creme de la creme, but damn fine. I would not hesitate to make this a staple in my arsenal...

Prosit!

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Photo of AlexJ
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rcently revisited after not having one for a few years. This pours a clear golden with A SMALLISH WHITE HEAD THAT DOESN'T LAST AS LONG AS IT SHOULD, LEAVING THE GLASS STARK OF LACE.

The aroma is clean and mild, with plenty fresh malt notes, toasted bread, and tangy, herbal hops.

The flavor is crisply malted with biscuits, roasty grain, light caramel and a healty dose of spicey, grassy hops. Balanced and tastey.

Body is on the light side with a creamy mouthfeel and light carbonation. 22 ounces disappears quickly.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to say that I have been very impressed with all of the "Hooker" offerings thus far. This beer pours out a slightly cloudy straw-yellow color with a good size white head. The smell is yeasty, zesty with hints of hay and malt.

Taste is much more full bodied than I expected. Malt and light citrus notes come through quickly as well as something sweet. Then they give may to some floural hop notes and more hay-ey hints. Overall the taste is so much better than I expected.

Overall just a wonderful beer. Full of flavor and way more complex than I would have imagined. I only wish that Troutbrook comes out with different styles of lagers.

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Photo of sbe1
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like the previous reviewer, I got this in a growler from the tap at New Beer Distributors on Chrystie St. in Manhattan.

Appearance: a dark rich coppery gold color with a white foamy head that had some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet and bready with faint spice from the hops(pepper, and herbs).

Taste: Toasted malt, sweet cream, mild spice and citrus, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light, smooth, refreshing, slightly creamy, light carbonation.

Drinkability: excellent, a fantastic refreshing session beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Harvest gold with a small splash of tangerine. Atop the beer rests a smallish cap of ivory colored foam whose upper surface features hundreds of glassine bubbles that are busy popping in rapid succession. A thick collar of lace adds to the visual appeal.

The aroma is both 'bass line' pale malty and 'top note' brightly hoppy. I'm thrilled that I don't have to inhale the beer to appreciate what the nose has to offer. Golden Lager smells like it will be one of the best versions of this style that I've ever had. Here's hoping.

This is wonderful beer. As in the nose, malt and hops dovetail beautifully. From a start that favors the former to a finish that favors the latter. How is it that the best craft brewers are able to inject such depth and personality into the simplest of styles? I guess that's why they're the best craft brewers. Kudos to Troutbrook/Thomas Hooker.

The malt side of the flavor profile tastes like lightly buttered, lightly sweet, sun-riped cereal grains. Another obvious comparison is a slice of yeasty French bread, straight from the oven (except cooler). The hop side of the flavor profile is German nobles on parade. Grassy, spicy and herbal are all present, as is a hint of bitter lemon. This is a beautifully balanced lager.

The brewery describes the flavor as 'delicate, yet hearty'. I couldn't agree more. Those are also words that I'd use to describe the mouthfeel. It has that telltale lager smoothness, yet is also incredibly... uh... hearty. A subdued amount of carbonation helps to give it a substantial, weighty feel in the mouth. Trust me, drinkability doesn't suffer as a result.

Munich Style Golden Lager is a delicious version of this often overlooked style. It's the best domestic Munich helles that I've had and is easily the equal of the (also exceptional) Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier. Thanks scthaden.

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Photo of elinash
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sadly, this might be one of the last T.H. beers I'll taste...

Their Munich Lager has been one of the best lagers I've had. ever. I am a huge fan of most helles lagers, though.

Swingtop bottle.

It pours really nice, with lots of head at first that disappears after a while. The color is rich and slightly cloudy. There was some yeast in the bottom that I dredged up for the last pour.

Aroma is slight grass, malt, some yeast. It smells really fresh.

Taste is full with great yeast, bread, and grass/ hay. I detected a light ash quality on the finish. The long finish is slightly dry and a little acidic.

I've already said it, but this beer is great and super drinkable.

I know that some of the swingtop bottles are off, so if you get a bad one, you'll know it from the non-enthuastic pop on the swingtop.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with Wyllder. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a big ol' 2" slightly off-white head above the amber brew. Laces excellently, and aroma is mainly of pale malts, with an effervescent undertone. Taste is maltier than any other golden lager I've had, which is nice, and well-balanced. Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent as well. Still wishing they could get these over the northern border, would make my daily brew choices that much harder.

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Photo of Wizzle32
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rajendra82
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bomber came to me courtesy of BeerAdvocate spritdeus via a trade. After poring, the beer revealed a clear golden colored body, and a two inch tall foamy off white head. The aroma was clean with honey like pilsner malt, and faint florally grassy hops. The taste was malt driven, with a sweet honeysuckle flavor and very mild hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was creamy and soothing with a medium thick body. This style is supposed to be difficult to pull off as there is no way to hide any off flavors. And Troutbook is clearly at the top of their game, as they have brewed a beer that does not possess any off flavors that would need hiding.

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Photo of jswigart
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am not typically a fan of lager beers. I tend to prefer ales and heavier beers, but I find myself drawn to this particular lager. First of all, it is very drinkable. No aftertaste. Not very heavy, but not too light either. Color is a dark, deep gold hue. Does not seem to hold much carbonation or form much head - would be nicer if it did - so I dinged it a bit for appearance. I can't explain the smell, but I like it. Taste is a bit bland, but very pleasant. In all, this is for me, a very solid lager and one I would choose over many other lagers. I think Thomas Hooker is an underrated brewery.

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Photo of WhaleHopper
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at sushi restaurant in West Hartford. A very satisfying, cleanly made golden lager. Carbonation level was great, held a nice head throughout most of it, and was a great pairing with the sushi. Could have been served colder, but that's not the beer's fault. Overall, among the better new england golden lagers on the market.

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Thomas Hooker Munich-Style Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 184 ratings.
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