Nor'Easter Lager | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed to celebrate winter in New England, Nor'Easter Lager possesses a hearty malt flavor delicately accented by mild winter spices.

16 IBU

Added by Boto on 11-29-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#45,353
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
154
pDev:
22.96%
Bros Score:
1.37
 
 
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Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of luke12345
3.52/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JeffKowalek
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Murph106157
3.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jimmers
3.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CTHomer
3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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;

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Photo of mkyer
3.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CTmantis
2.62/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Dodo2step
3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of JLK7299
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fettpopps
1.5/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of TTripp725
2/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of tuowl74a
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Duffman79
4.03/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Yellolab2010
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheOilman16
4.08/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of crossfit_lunatic
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of DPB2262
4.53/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sswilliams41
4.03/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tbone2131
2.99/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Slatetank
3.89/5  rDev +17.5%
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

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Photo of bwam2mil
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Rideguy64
3/5  rDev -9.4%

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Nor'Easter Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.31 out of 5 with 154 ratings