Nor'Easter Lager
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

Nor'Easter LagerNor'Easter Lager
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Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #260
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3.38 | pDev: 22.19%
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States
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
Reviews: 68 | Ratings: 155 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Jason from Massachusetts

1.37/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

"Lager With Artificial Flavor" YIKES!!!

Clear and tawny with a nice looking head on top. Perfume-like cinnamon toothpaste, brown apples pulp, faint alcoholic esters and some graininess in the nose ... not too pleasing. Some smoothness in the medium body. Hint of caramel from the malt the this odd artificial flavor drops on the palate and knocks the beer off kilter ... a chore to get past. With each sip it becomes more annoying to the point of being undrinkable.

Seriously ... is there a need to add this garbage to beer? Pass on this one, there are too many other winter seasonals that are better or at least drinkable.

Jan 04, 2011
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another in the line of winter beers for me to review.

A: Light fluffy head less than a finger semi quickly fades. Very clear copper color.

N: Very light sweet malt aroma and some crystal malt, some crisp lager like aromas. Little bit of toastiness and touch of spices.

T: Wow! Taste starts creamy, sweet, candy, apple, toasty, toffee. Lots of candy like. It has a candy/caramel coated apple like flavor, way out there. Some sweet malt flavors. The candy is crazy. Some toasty flavors as well mingle with the rest, and some toffee, caramel, and creamy flavors seem to fade last. The abv seems a little low for being a winter warmer, but from what I've reviewed so far perhaps that is becoming a usual occurrence.

M: Medium body, decent carbonation.

F: Finishes a little sweet with the lingering candy, caramel, and toffee slowly fading away. Light sugar coating on the mouth. As I open and close my mouth, somewhat smack it, I get more apple and caramel coated apple flavors. More toffee flavors seem to linger a bit, very slightly giving way to almost a coffee flavor. Actually, for being what it is, a spiced lighter feel, lower abv, with fruit and candy, I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected to. An interesting beer to sip and enjoy as a dessert.

Dec 01, 2009
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy dark copper color, but the head almost immediately disapears completely. looks flat, even though its not. smells a spicy almost boozy whiskey smell, even though it's not high alcohol. toffee and carmel in the aroma as well. a heavy sweetness in the taste that I can't quite but a finger on, but I like it. lower carbonation. body is thinner, but has an intersting "sticky" aftertaste.
suprising tasty for being probably 8 or 9 months old, I'd like to taste it fresh

Aug 27, 2010
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BidYouABrew from Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nov 10, 2019
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Gavage from Nevada

4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a reddish amber color with a two inch head that slowly falls.

Smell: bready with some spiciness.

Taste: caramel, bread, nutmeg, ripe plums and red apples, a moderate bitterness, and a floral flavor that is hard to describe but pleasant.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish. Short aftertaste.

Overall: a nice winter beer that definitely fits the season. Very easy to consume and almost a sessionable beer. Well balanced.

Jan 01, 2012
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Boto from Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from the Brewery: This one pours a clear, ruby tinged dark amber color. There was a pretty decent tan head on it, but it subsides quickly. There is a nice aroma to it. The spices are up front, but not overpowering. The spices seem to be those that would be in an apple pie, plus a bit of oatmeal. Caramel malts also. The taste is good also. Spices are there, but not overdone. Some oatmeal and biscuity flavors also. A good malt body, but just a hint of sweetness. Nice brew.

Nov 29, 2008
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruit, caramelized malts, coffee, chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with strong and creamy flavors of coffee and chocolate, then some dark fruit in the background. The hops presence is mild and the malt character is hearty creating a decent balance. It seems like a toned-down version of Liberator. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, this beer's complexity makes it worth drinking for a little while if you want something with substance that is slightly different.

Feb 11, 2010
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mdebonee from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +18.3%

May 31, 2012
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metter98 from New York

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige head that quickly died down, leaving a thin film covering the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of caramel malts and hints of a variety of spices in the nose—cinnamon and nutmeg seem to stand out in particular.
T: The overall taste is quite malty and like the smell it has added flavors of spices with some hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes like a hybrid between the maltiness of a Vienna Lager and the spiciness of a Winter Warmer (but without the full-bodied nature and alcohol warming).

Jan 12, 2012
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PEBKAC from New York

1.38/5  rDev -59.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Time to get tough. Fridge needs clearing. More winter warmers.

Hazed, Vienna lager-sorta color. Inch of insecure cream-colored head.

Smell is a sharp, soured & browned. Thick with sticky malt & sprinkled with bitter nutmeg. Smells like an infection, except I can't tell if just the additives at work.

First off, feel is nearly flat. Frothy & thin. Tangy, lightly honeyed, bit limey, tea-ish. Empty spices, flat grain finish. Bit of whiskey. A flat score of "1" is reserved for beers that actually make you nauseous, while this was just misshapen.

...And here comes the headache.

Jan 29, 2011
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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
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confer from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -11.2%

Oct 03, 2014
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JMD from Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Rich mahogany color with small off white head that quickly fades. A small amount of lacing.

S: Sweet malty aroma. Carmel, cookie dough and lots of fresh fruit. hints of spice as well.

T: Same as the aroma, sweet and fruity, but not overpowering. Carmel malt with hints of ripe fruit. Light vanilla and spice.

M: Medium bodied with little carbonation.

D: Nice winter offering from Thomas Hooker. I was skeptical at first, I thought this one would be too sweet. But its nicely balance and very drinkable.

Feb 16, 2010
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Durge from Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottled beauty shows a deep mahogany color with a fair light tan colored head with very solid lacing. The aroma suggests yeasty malt and sour mash. Almost a kind of hard boiled egg sulphur edge. The flavor is a beautiful sweet creamy malt with some vanilla and nutmeg egg nog. Very unique, sweet and floral hopped with some pleasant spice and more of that juniper edge that dominates the aroma. Nougat and orange clove come into the mix in this very solidly mid-bodied brew with pleasant carbonation. Fairly drinkable but not a guzzler. Real nice stuff from Mister Hooker.

Dec 30, 2009
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Gambrinus1184 from Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Hooker pint glass from a growler obtained at the Thomas Hooker Brewery in Bloomfield, Conn.

A: Poured a copper-tinged amber brown color with a two-finger head of tannish foam which left a little lace, but the head faded halfway down the brew.

S: Smells a little sweet and bready, with the faint aroma of ginger, nutmeg, vanilla and other spices.

T: Flavor is a light brush of oak-aged vanilla and cinnamon to start. This gives way to a healthy caramel malt base with notes of ginger and sweet, slightly spicy cake. The flavor wears a little thin around mid-palate, but finishes with a faint vanilla smoothness.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not too heavy or astringent with spices.

D: A nice, mellow vanilla and spiced flavor with some sturdy caramel malts make this a decent winter brew. Not overpowering in the spice department, which is a good thing, but when it was done, I felt like it was pulling a punch or two.

I was told at the brewery that this brew started as the Octoberfest base, which got me all jazzed up, but felt a little let down by the overall impression left by the Nor'Easter. Not too bad, but I'd have liked to see more hop spiciness come through the sweet vanilla spices presented here. Worth a try though for the holidays.

Dec 15, 2008
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erosier from Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice dark amber color with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass some on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, some wintery spices after - cinnamon, vanilla, and some nutmeg I detected.
T: Tastes much like the aroma - sweet roasted malts upfront and then a nice cinnamon/vanilla flavor to finish it off.
M: Very smooth, some sweetness to it, nice amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, though I would have classified it under winter warmer, but nonetheless, it is a good beer.

Dec 09, 2008
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a auburn brown with a good head that slowly receeded and a subdued fruity hop smell with mild malt smell as well. Mild taste, creamy and smooth, with some sweetness like caramel and vanilla along with some juicy and orange like fruit tastes that give the beer a crisp finish. A good beer to have in the winter.

Dec 23, 2009
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Duhast500 from Rhode Island

3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 18oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a dark reddish gold with a minimal amount of head and no lacing.

The smell is a bit spicy with some nice cinnamon and brown sugar. The smell brings to mind breakfast which is of coarse from the cinnamon but there is a slight bread flavor as well.

The taste is has a bit of a malt flavor at first. It has a bit of a creamy flavor that mixes with the spicy cinnamon, brown sugar and slight ginger flavor.

This beer is medium bodied and is really easy drinking. It goes down well and is refreshing for a winter beer

Dec 07, 2009
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BigDank from South Dakota

3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Matilda glass.

Just recieved this one an hour ago in a trade. Pours a darker orange / amber color with a small white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. Call me strange but I think it smells similar to a barleywine with a few extra spices added. Not very good at picking out the separate scents but smells malty and sweet spicy. Taste is that of bread with a fair amount of sweetness. Once again can't pick out specific spice but reminiscent of those in christmas cookies or banana bread. Mouthfeel is smooth and easy with lower carbonation. Beer rolls easily across the tongue. Not an outstanding brew but drinkable anyway. Would suggest this one as a holiday drink to be had with sweets like bread and cookies or with a turkey dinner. Something to help balance out the flavor of the beer. Not something I would drink regularly probably but I would still say drinkability is high as it's an easy going beer with subtle flavors and an average ABV. Glad to have tried it.

Jan 06, 2010
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rsant from Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -26%

Feb 02, 2012
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nmann08 from Virginia

3/5  rDev -11.2%

Nov 26, 2014
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glaze0101 from Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This amber colour lager had a nice head and is nothing exciting. I was told it was an "amber", a bit dark for an "amber" (the lighting sucked so it is even darker looking in the photo). Hooker is a hit or miss brewery to me, this was a hit, in the sense that I would drink it again.
After a bit of research I realized it was a darker lager and in that sense the colour was fine.

Jan 31, 2010
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bonkers from New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My cousin brought this down from Conneticut. I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my SA perfect pint glass. It pours a deep amber with a 2 finger white head, no lacing. The aroma is sweet, there are hints of mulling spices. This is a sweet lager. Lots of sweet caramel with mulling spices rounding out the flavor. It finishes dry. It is light/medium in body and well carbonated. Too sweet for me, but it is not a bad beer. A good beginner beer for macro drinkers.

Apr 17, 2010
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Kelp from New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

May 31, 2013
Nor'Easter Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 155 ratings