Nor'Easter Lager
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

Nor'Easter LagerNor'Easter Lager
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Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States
Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #96
Ranked #29,738
3.31 | pDev: 22.66%
Dec 23, 2021
Nov 29, 2008
Nor'Easter LagerNor'Easter Lager
Notes: Brewed to celebrate winter in New England, Nor'Easter Lager possesses a hearty malt flavor delicately accented by mild winter spices.

16 IBU
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3.62/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Fekim from Connecticut

Brewery description is spot on with malty accented by mild winter spices. Nice amber color, mild carbonation, minimal head , and no lacing. Spice profile is good but could be stronger for my taste. Overall a good winter brew.

Dec 23, 2021
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3.52 by AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut on Dec 12, 2020
3.7 by BidYouABrew from Washington on Nov 10, 2019
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4.05/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

Here comes the fourth (?)/fifth (?) beer in Happy Damn You for Being with the Best Multiple New Hookers with Tea on Sunday When There's Beer, Bro. Woody! (Week 687).

From the CAN: "A Winter Embracing Brew"; "Character: Warmth, Spice and Everything Nice"; "Brewed to celebrate Winter in New England, Nor'Easter Lager possesses a Hearty Malt flavor delicately accented by mild winter spices."

I Crack!ed the vent open & beCAN a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. An in-glass swirl raised just over two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, light-tan head with excellent retention, taking forever to fall & leaving great lacing in its wake. Color was Deep-Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled spicy, fruity and bready, like a fruitcake. Mmm. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not terribly past it, either. The taste was very spicy, initially, with a light sweet chocolatiness and that of dried, dark stone fruits along with a bready yeastiness. It was not quite up to fruitcake, but more like a Black Forest Cake. Yum! My mother's maiden surname is Kirsch & her mother was a fantastic cook who taught me to cook & bake. I always gravitated towards baking & we made great cakes with cherries. Yummy! Finish was dry, as any beer that uses spices as adjuncts should be expected to be. I CAN see using this for my annual Christmas crock pot roast as part of the liquid. It would also do quite well in a double boiler and mulled, maybe even adding some additional spices. I really want more of this in the next Winter!

Apr 22, 2018
3.52 by luke12345 from Pennsylvania on Jan 05, 2018
3.25 by JeffKowalek from Tennessee on Dec 17, 2017
3.42 by Murph106157 from Connecticut on Oct 07, 2017
3.9 by Jimmers from Connecticut on Jul 14, 2017
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3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by CTHomer from Connecticut

A: crystal clear; deep amber in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a wispy cap; very little lacing;

S: baked apples followed by nutmeg and cinnamon;

T: can't define the initial taste, but it morphs into warm apple cider, then into apples baked with brown sugar and cinnamon; very little bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: interesting; not something I would drink except with dessert;

May 09, 2017
3.71 by mkyer from Connecticut on Feb 19, 2017
2.62 by CTmantis from Connecticut on Jan 15, 2017
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3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

A- caramel raisin colored with no head and no lacing

S- plum notes with lager malt notes

F- bready yeasty malts with the caramel and plum notes not present.

M- sour malt mash which is overpowering the other notes in the brew

O- well not sure i will have another. too much in overpowering malts.

Jan 04, 2017
2.75 by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania on Dec 27, 2016
3.5 by JLK7299 from North Carolina on Dec 27, 2016
1.5 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts on Dec 02, 2016
2 by TTripp725 from Pennsylvania on Nov 24, 2016
3.63 by tuowl74a from Pennsylvania on Nov 05, 2016
4.03 by Duffman79 from Connecticut on Jun 11, 2016
3.43 by Yellolab2010 from Pennsylvania on Apr 01, 2016
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4.08/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by TheOilman16 from Connecticut

The seasonal options from T. Hooker are always on par for the season. I've had many Nor Easters poured on tap over the coarse of the past 3 years. I knew when the keg was changed because the consistency of flavor on this beer is all over. Every batch seemed to have a different flavor. However, I purchased a six pack this past year and it was not up to par. Maybe it sat just a bit too long on the shelf but it was not the same Nor Easter I am basing my review off of. I'll try again next year. A consistent darker amber/cinnamon color with lacing and good 2F head. Malty with a mix of nutty and spices.

Mar 07, 2016
3.5 by crossfit_lunatic from Massachusetts on Feb 15, 2016
3.1 by alcohline_trip from Pennsylvania on Jan 14, 2016
4.53 by DPB2262 from Connecticut on Jan 03, 2016
4.03 by sswilliams41 from Connecticut on Dec 23, 2015
2.99 by Tbone2131 from Connecticut on Dec 20, 2015
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3.89/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Slatetank from Pennsylvania

I purchased this at Brass Rail, enjoyed on Christmas in a mug from the 12oz

The color is dark amber with good clarity and two fingers of beige head with very fine bead and spots of lace. The smell has a lot of malt in the nose with toasted ester and mild berry odor with a light herbal hop scent. The feel has a lot of malt with sweet tinge and light toasted texture with moderately carbonated with semi-dry finish and medium full body with mildly bitter finish.

The taste has a mellow entry with hints of toast and caramel and light fruity element with slight berry aspect and subtle spice with gentle nutty and slight vanilla taste with a hint of herbal hop as it finishes. Overall I think this is a decent lager- nice full malt with style seems to be fest/bock very drinkable and clean

Dec 29, 2014
3 by bwam2mil from New York on Dec 22, 2014
3 by Rideguy64 from Massachusetts on Dec 07, 2014
3.75 by paulish from New York on Dec 07, 2014
3 by nmann08 from Virginia on Nov 26, 2014
2.5 by DinoBlueShoes from Maine on Nov 23, 2014
4 by pwdiamond from Connecticut on Oct 07, 2014
3.25 by Jersh67 from Connecticut on Oct 04, 2014
3 by confer from Pennsylvania on Oct 03, 2014
3 by teak from Pennsylvania on Sep 27, 2014
2.75 by zestar from California on Aug 13, 2014
3 by SuperHop18 from Massachusetts on Jul 22, 2014
3.75 by ChrisChagnon from Connecticut on Apr 29, 2014
3 by Hrdqore from Oklahoma on Mar 16, 2014
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2.69/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
by WhiteHillsStore from Connecticut

Appearance is hazel with a light cream colored head that leaves almost immediately after a pour. The taste is interesting with a lot of the apple spices they use in the beginning but the end is a little bland while still leaving a lingering aftertaste. The mouthfeel was a more flat than I was expecting. An interesting idea, but overall a pretty boring beer in the end.

Mar 05, 2014
Nor'Easter Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 157 ratings