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Thomas Hooker Munich-Style Lager | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Thomas Hooker Munich-Style LagerThomas Hooker Munich-Style Lager

Brewed by:
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States

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.

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3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Clear, straw yellow color. Medium sized, creamy, white to off-white head.

Spicy, peppery, floral and herbal. Malt fairly subdued in nose.

Nice balance, hoppy & some sweet. Honeyed wheat bread. Hops mainly at finish - herbal, pepper & other spices.

Light to medium body. Medium + carbonation. Somewhat dry.

A good beer. Nice taste profile and relatively light.

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Photo of Jredner
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is a rich grainy thing that smells a bit like bread and wheat husks, but with a faintly dusty note. The body is bright gold and holds a fluffy, but mildly bubbly, white head. Grain accented fore is hearty and yet still light on the tongue. Tastes like a baked wheat cake with notes of barley and oats. That flavor gives it a thicker feel than the liquid itself possesses. Very light, mostly floral, hops with a slightly salty finish.

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Photo of carln26
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at RedBones Wednesday night. Deep gold to amber color, mildly hazy with a thin tan head. Rich malty aroma of dates caramel much toffee. Taste has a lot of caramel, slight peanut brittle, almost chocolate. Nice rich mouth feel. This beer is the closest thing to a year-round Octoberfest that I’ve seen. Nice every day beer. Great drinkability.

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Photo of Hautacam
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy gold..frothy head..drops quickly to a film.
Smells very malty...almost like a wheat.Some mild hop aroma.
Taste is fuller than I thought it would be. Heavy bready malt...sweet..hint of cider..nice balance of hop-bitter. This is very good...more than I expected from a golden lager.
Mouthfeel is light..good medium carbonation.
This is very drinkable stuff....I will buy this again...was a bargain at $3.29 for a bomber.

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Photo of BuckSpin
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500ml swing top bottle in a fluted Pilsener glass

I'm digging these wide bottom, 500ml swing top bottles. They pour with a great gurgle.

Poured with a gurgle (see above) yet very smooth, even a bit syrupy. Sweet, fruity nose, stone fruits like apricot, peach, maybe some ripe fig. Caramel quality is sweet, not burnt, a faint butterscotch quality. Pinelike hops are just barely noticeable in the background. With some air & warmth stony malts come alive, but with time the overall nose is pretty much gone. Head was, well, this was odd. There was none.. Nada. Zip. I'm actually quite surprised and a little bummed. It poured like a Braggot. How ironical that a beer from a brewery named Hooker didn't give me any....never mind....

On that note, it looks like a Braggot as well. Beautiful golden amber hue, hazy & clouded, transitioning from a richer, slightly brassy orangish hue near the top to a pale, straw toned gold at the bottom.

Very smooth, even. Mildly spicy hops play with sweetened malts, creating an almost syrupy sensation on the tongue. While this may sound odd, this is possibly the "thickest" tasting lager I've ever had...an unusual comment & mouthfeel, but nice. To that end its very wet, with only a peep of dryness in the very background.

With the bottle's remnants I refill with a straight pour to try to jumpstart any excuse of a head, but to no avail...odd.

The spice quality takes on a wee bit of heat with some ginger qualities over the subtly bitter hops & sweet malts. Not dry in the least, the wet taste does the syrupy mouthfeel well. Its super clean, easy to drink, with a very nice, straightforward, no nonsense, it is what it is taste.

It grows more even & balanced on the palate with everything coming together, more sweet than bitter, a trace of some dryness, then finishes with a flip-flop of more bitter than sweet (a nice transition), leaving a bittersweet, syrupy aftertaste that is clean and just a little to the bitter end.

This was pretty good. A lager lover's lager. As I said it is what it is. By no means a taste bomb, but yet a nice, clean, interesting lager. Could be paired with a lot of food styles but they would all have to be simple, non-spicy fare or it would overwhelm it. A nice change of pace. I'd recommend it and drink it again...give it a shot.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a deep yellow lager, with not much head.

The aroma was of aromatic hops, almost a hint toward skunky, with a slight sweetness and touch of vanilla.

The taste was crisp, lightly hoppy, with hints of citrus... definitely a European lager taste.

Overall, the beer was pretty good... not as good as the beers of theirs I tried at the Connecticut River Brewfest, but good in its own right.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Max Fish in Glastonbury, Conn.

A: Poured a nice clear golden amber with a thin veil of carbonation that lent to a nice lacing for the most part.

S: Smells a little sweet, but mostly clean toasted grains.

T: The taste is pretty delicate, with a definitive maltiness and a slight dry hopping finish. The taste carries a bit of sweet lemon with it, but it's not a dominating flavor.

M: Moutfeel is a tad on the watery side, but it's not supposed to be a big, sticky beer. Very clean and refreshing.

D: This brew was easy drinking and tasty. The ABV is sessionable and there's nothing offensive about the brew. That said, it might not hold the attention of some who demand more complex palates.

Hooker has had some nice offerings outside of their staple of fairly non-impressive variety pack brews. I should seek out an Old Marley Barleywine of there's still some to be had, just to see how they step outside the box.

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Photo of Boto
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught: This one pours a clear, somewhat darker golden color. There was a bit of a white head to it, which lingered a little while. The aroma is very malty, but not overly sweet. Some hint of hops and floral notes in the background. The taste is very crisp and clean. Somewhat less than medium bodied. A good malt flavor, with some sweetness and a hint of hops. Makes you wonder why the big 3 can't make a lager this tasty.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a bright gold with a nice medium head that lasted very well. There's not much lace.

The smell was mediocre, consisting mostly of grains and light hops. It seems a little off. The taste is a bit better, being crisp and bright with a touch of honey. The mouthfeel is good and clean while the drinkability is very good.

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Photo of kfoss99
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One pint six ounce brown bottle, poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance – The truth in advertising award goes to…Thomas Hooker Munich Style Golden Lager. This beer is as gold as an Oscar, with a fluffy and creamy white head, and as bubbly as victory champagne.

Smell – mild yeast notes are present and light hops play hide-and-seek in the background.

Taste – Apples and honey are balanced by a late arriving hops presence.

Mouthfeel – Very smooth. A spark to the tip of the tongue accompanies the medium-body of the lager.

Drinkability – This beer would be a great beer to drink with friends, or anywhere in which you don’t want to think about the beer your drinking. It’s an unassuming beer, one that would win best supporting actor, not best lead actor.

Thanks to ErikTheRed for this lager.

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Photo of TrickKnee
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wow, not being a big fans of lagers did not know what to expect but was very impressed. heard the Munich Lager was unbelievable on tap and they were definetly right. There was not to much a presence on the hops to take away from the overall taste and smell. Poured a beautiful yellow-orange color, but with very little head. Would definetly get it on tap again, if of course you can find it on tap. Actually was sitting next to the brewer from Hooker at the time Paul, so that just made it special too for some reason.

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Photo of wyllder
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, orange-amber with a good 1/2 inch off-white head. Head recedes and leaves very little lacing as you go.

Smell is a light mix of roasted malts and lemongrass.

Taste is sweet, almost lemony. Carbonation adds a crisp edge to it. Lemongrass tones are evident and the finish is both slightly tart and bitter.

Quite drinkable and pleasant on a hot afternoon.


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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots o' li'l bubbles that make this beer almost fizzy at first--but it mellows out to a very smooth and just slightly crisp but with hints of an ever-so-slight creamy finish. Poured a light brown-gold and with no head (but that was a result of the over carefule pour). Nose is crisp and clean with some strong grain tonesand herbs. Flavor is toast and bread and just a tad chewy. For some reason this beer makes me think of the mahogany and saw dust from the old work shop. Hops are very toned down, almost oldish, and provides some nice herbal and lemon hints.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thomas Hooker Style Golden Lager
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 16 oz pilsner glass

Pours a golden yellow-light orange color. Random spotted sticky lace on the sides of the glass.

Whiffs of malt, spiced apples and sweet grains.

The drinkability level on this beer is off the charts. Very clean and smooth with a fruity apple sauce quality. German hop snap bite on the finish, but the juicy malt combo takes over.

Clean tasting and easy to drink. This is the beer that could convert the masses from macro produced beers. Enjoy.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous gold in body, with a sticky bright white head and constant upward carbonation bubbles. Almost perfect. Aroma is a different story, with not much there, only some slight cereal notes. On the palate, clean and clear, with some nice fruit to the malts (sweet berries?) and a finish that's just shy of dry, but long and buzzy nonetheless. Mouthfeel features zippy carbonation and a good weight for the style -- substantial but not heavy. This is a very good, very drinkable brew... one of the better Hooker beers, I would say.

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Photo of davey101
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a sam adams perfect pint. Born on date of 3/22/2011.

A - Dark straw yellow body. Small soapy head.

S - Sweet bready malts. Just a dash of spice and hops.

T - Crisp and bready. Sweet and malty. Really easy drinking and refreshing.

O - Nice lager. Has a good amount of flavor without being too complex or challenging. Seems like a really solid summer session beer.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

appearance: stright up orange with just enough carbonation shining through and a quickly dissolving head. this looks like something i'd refer to as 'beer juice'.

aroma: very buttery with malt backup and just enough roasted hop to accent the nose. nothing to strong, besides.. the beer is rather fresh and rather cold.

taste: hardcore roasty flavors.. smoky with malt and a great hops support. a great flavor is built here which peaks in a mouth-coating intensity. light body and a bit watery, but the munich possesses a david-like flavor that surprises those who order it expecting something more saccharine. watery isn't necessarily bad here, makes this beer more drinkable. hints of black pepper and licorice round this fine brew out.

thanks paul for enhancing my cinco de biere-o

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Photo of BlindPig
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours with a big white head on a light cloudy yellow/golden body. Nice thick lacing and it sticks to side of glass as well.
S- Bready, light spices, some kind of light funkiness, and some classic German malts.
T- Full flavored, Munich malts, decent hop spice, medium to high bitterness (especially for a lager). Flavors are well balanced and slight complexity to it.
M- Full body with medium carbonation.
D- It is pretty good for the style. Not one of my favorite styles but it is drinkable.

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Photo of Riggsy
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden yellow with minimal white head.

Smell: Light herbal hop aroma alongside biscuity/grainy malt. After a few sips also detect fruity citrus aroma

Taste: Very refreshing. Detect noble hop flavor also some fruit. Noy sure the fruit flavor is part of the munich style but I wouldn't expect it in a lager. This did not take away from the experience however.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, well carboanted.

Drinkability:Flavorful and easy to drink,would be even better in the summer as it would be quite refreshing.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale gold color with a thick, foamy, white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is of honey and malt with a tiny bit of hops.

T: Malty, sweet taste of honey & lemon. There’s also an unexpected touch of smokiness that I wasn’t expecting. I’m getting very little hops in this one even as it warms, which translates into no bitterness at all. That may be good for some, but bad for those that like the hops bite. The after-taste is faint but sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, with a light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, mostly clean finish, but does leave a bit of a sticky residue.

D: This is the kind of beer that is drinkable because it’s got some flavor to it, but it isn’t over-powering. It’s not very filling at all and goes down quite easily. One of those beers that you “forget” you’re drinking. I think this beer can best be described as “how a micro does macro”. It was pretty good, but not out of the ordinary.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice carbonated golden hue into an American pint glass, with a finger of white head and decent lacing. The smell was decidedly malty, but I could also detect a bitter balancing hop presence. The taste was better than expected; certainly a heap of malt in this one, but also some caramel and toffee flavor mixed with some hop bitter dryness, and finishing on a dry note. Very nice carbonated, medium-bodied mouthfeel. Very good session beer.

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Photo of Wolfsdenbrew
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice thick head, light straw colored. Head lasted for quite awhile. Fairly thin lacing, bb sized bubbles cling to side. The color was a golden amber with just a touch of haziness.

Aroma was a caramel malty sweetness, with a little hay grain in the background. Didn't notice much if any floral hop aroma.

Full bodied flavor with very little hop character, just a slight lingering of dry, hop bitterness in the finish. Yeasty, like homemade sourdough bread.

Mouthfeel was full bodied, good carbonation. Just a faint metallic, penny taste in the finish.

Overall, this was a good representation of the style, very enjoyable.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, pours light amber orange, mostly clear, some chill haze. White head, nice lacing going on. Nose is spicey and malt. Not real familiar with the style. Quite dry on the tongue, medium bodied. Notes of orange peel, pepper and some bready malt. Crisp, dry and refreshing. This brew is crying out for a nice salad and some cheese to mingle with. Another tasty concoction from Hooker.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Clear golden color, that left some lace on the glass. Good amount of carbonation.

smell - Malts and grapes here with some hops.

taste - Has some malt taste with a lemons, and some hops at the end. Has some grapes taste to it.

mouthfeel - Medium

drinkability - Easy drinking summer beer, enjoyed this one

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Photo of Stimack
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was able to pick this up on a recent trip to CT, actually surprised that it made it this long? The brew poured to a clear golden color with a slight white head that broke down quite quickly but did leave a little lacing at the top of the glass. The aroma seems to be very doughy with a mix of grassy notes. The taste is very smooth, malt characteristics stand out giving it a toasted flavor and ends with just a light hop flavor that rounds it out very well. At 5.3% ABV this is a nice session brew, would be fantastic during the warmer months I would think. Overall a good offering from Troutbrook.

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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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