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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 184 |  Reviews: 119
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 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 neil2me
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of necoadam
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

They did it again! Damn this is so good and tasty.

Appearance: Pours out a golden/brass color with a nice big head that develops and takes a little bit to settle down.

Smell: Quite malty with a touch of hops in there for a nice balancing effect. It was also more on the sweet side, but it wasn't too overwhelming.

Taste: Nice malt backbone to this beer starts off. Hops blend in with some bready notes which mixes in with some ctirus and caramel flavors. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth and creamy and goes down quite fast. Carbonation was fairly good. Nothing out of control here.

Drinkability: Damn, feels like this 22oz bomber went like a 12oz bottle. Picked up three bottles Saturday and killed them all. This is just so damn tasty. If you see this Hooker, do pick it up!

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Photo of raythealeman
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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 cameraman
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber, with wonderful golden color and nice head at the top. Light citrus aromas with a touch of flowers, with a little bit of malt coming through at the end. The taste comes in with the roasted malt at the start and then some lite hops comes in at the end. The feel is medium bodied with a nice crisp, clean finish. This is a really drinkable beer, particularly in sessions, with great malt flavor, but with enough hops to balance it out. This is a great starter beer for thos who drink prodominantly macro brews.

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Photo of Rideguy64
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of sacfly
4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appeared first in a flight glass, and then was selected for a full pint. It was actually an alternate choice in the flight of five samples- but lucky me they were sold out of the first choice. Was a nice golden/copper color with a medium bubbled head. Smell was like sticking my head in a bag of Munich malt grain. Sweet. My wife described it as “sweet mulch smell” which was right on the money. The taste was sweet and tasted exactly as I would expect a “Munich Lager” to taste. The after taste was amazing. I homebrew and like to taste the grains that I am using. This tasted-especially the aftertaste-like chewing on Munich grain. Wonderful Munich grain aftertaste. Did I mention the Munich grain aftertaste? Wow.

This is by far the best lager I have ever had. If you think lagers lack diversity and character, try this one. It will tear down ever preconceived notion of what a lager is and can be.

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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 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 vbiliyar
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of yankeeheel
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty copper-amber with a small and active off white head. Little ring of lace is all that's left. Smells mildly citrusy and honey sweet. Tastes a lot more malty than I would've thought. Solid bit of caramel with a distinguished backbone of lemon and grass. Moderately thin like a lager should be. Easily drinkable and downright tasty.

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Photo of Jim_DemonDeacon
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of hopsaplenty
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle, brewed and bottled by Troutbrook Brewing Company, Hartford, CT. No date, but 6642 202 was ink jetted on the bottom of the bottle.

Vibrant pour, generating a tall eggshell colored head of loosely packed small and medium bubbles. The head is slow to settle, and leaves no lacing. Brassy gold with tons of jetting carbonation streams. The smell is clean and slightly husky with some grassy hops. The taste is sweet and husky also a bit grainy with a gentle spicy hop finish. Nice and well meshed, not dominant in any one area. Medium bodied and light on the tongue, with moderate carbonation. Refreshing and enjoyable, this was a nice beer, if just a touch sweet. Quite drinkable and an easy suggestion for new craft drinkers.

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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 braugon
2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of rsant
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of AChamberlain
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought from Bierkraft. A great Helles. Almost perfection. Golden yellow with a foamy white head. Biscuity malt aromas. Drink more lagers. More maltiness and bread in the flavor, delicious. Crisp and smooth at the same time. Soft and luscious. Again, great lager. I feel this style is underappreciated, it's one of my favorites, great session beer.

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Photo of gpcollen1
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with a huge head into my Kronenbourg 1664 glass. Head retention is nice, leaving a fluffy pillow on top for a long while. Aroma is crisp and clean with a hint of malt and hops.

Taste is clean and refreshing. The carbonation is mild and the light hoppy taste rolls from the middle to the end.

This is a nice treat once in a while. I would,t drink many of these but find it very refreshing.

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Photo of cheesepuffs
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jefftuck47
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Lnedrive14
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Cambridge Common:

Whoa baby - this ain't your daddy's lager. I actually didn't particularly care for this brew. I found the hops and fruits a bit too strong when they blended together. Rather than the crispness which I expect, I found a stringent tingly sensation. Just not that drinkable.

A highly interesting brew and one that I recommend trying, but not one that was really my style.

N.B. Served way too cold on draft - not sure what effect this had.

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Photo of Jersh67
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of OldSock
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance and Presentation – 22oz bomber poured into my .5L mug. The beer is a clear golden yellow with a creamy white head. There is large amount of streaming carbonation shooting through the beer that keeps the head up nicely for most of the drink.

Smell – Even sitting back from the beer I can detect the strong herbal hops. Taking a closer inhale I get more hops, herbal and spicy, with just a hint of grain sweetness. This beer has a very high quality, powerful aroma.

Taste – Stellar, loads of fresh noble hops, mostly herbal with hints of spiciness. The slightly toasted sweet malt come in at the front, but gives way to the hops in the back. There is not a lot of malt complexity, but that’s fine for the style.

Mouthfeel – Good mouthfeel, medium bodied with perfect carbonation that is strong but not overwhelming.

Drinkability and Notes – This is flavorful and easy to drink, particularly on a hot summer afternoon. This is one of the better Munich style lagers that I have had and yet another reason to drink local. Most imported light lagers, in my experience, have an oxidized/skunked component that this does not have because it did not have to be shipped across the ocean.

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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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