Thomas Hooker Nor'Easter Lager | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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149 Ratings
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Thomas Hooker Nor'Easter LagerThomas Hooker Nor'Easter Lager
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
Ratings:
149
Reviews:
67
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
22.78%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
15
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 149 |  Reviews: 67
Photo of blknikon
2/5  rDev -40.8%

Photo of jondeelee
3.12/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nor'Easter smells of spices, apple pie, and Christmas. The brew does contain "mild apple pie spices"--though the brewer's website says "mild winter spices"--and there are definite touches of allspice and clove in the nose, as well as a healthy dose of brown sugar, and a fresh bread/pie crust malt aroma.

On the tongue, the apple pie spices come out in full strength, bringing not only the aforementioned allspice and clove tones, but cinnamon as well. The malts bring a further apple-like fruitiness, as well as bread-like notes and brown sugars. Hops are barely noticeable over the malts and spices, despite the brew having three different varieties of hops, and mainly exist as a slight tingle at the edges. The aftertaste is mainly apple, bread, and spice, and lasts for a while. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, the beer is good, and definitely lives up to the apple spice flavors noted on the packaging--i.e. if you're not into flavored brews, this one is not for you. It would, however, go excellently with a big bowl of vanilla ice cream and a roaring fire.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle consumed at our Christmas in July tasting this past weekend. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a clear light copper color with a very thin white head and a spot or two of lacing. The nose brings forward some light grain and a bit of fruit. There's some light grain to both the nose and flavor, but then quite a bit of oxidation comes into the flavor. Mild sherry and fruit throughout. Light body and moderate carbonation. Nothing too offensive, but not very tasty either.

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Photo of Homebrew35
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a half fingers worth of white head, clear amber brownish body. Smells sweet and Carmely, some toffee, cinnamon clove mixed with a typical lager yeasty quality. Tastes of Carmel, bready yeast and malts, cinnamon, clove and allspice. Medium body, low carbonation, medium dry finish with some lingering hop bitterness. Overall this is fairly good. When fresh this is a nicely spiced beer that's an easy drinker. I'm updating my previous review because the bottle I reviewed apparently was quite old. $8.50 a sixer

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Photo of Drew966
3.06/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thomas Hooker Nor'Easter Lager pours a reddish brown with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is dominated by caramel malt. The flavor is also on the malty side, some dark fruit also makes itself known, there is also a mild spicy flavor of some sort. Mediocre.

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Photo of PEBKAC
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.

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Photo of Doomcifer
1.14/5  rDev -66.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I usually take a whiff of my beers as soon as I pop the cap off the bottle....this time I was smacked upside the dome with an aroma of rotten apples that were left out in the hot summer sun; fermenting in their own slimy filth. Ugh, WTF is going on here?! Have I been duped?!

Upon closer inspection of the bottle: "Lager with artificial flavor" ...huh?! I wish I had seen that lil subtitle before purchasing this. It all makes a bit more sense now.

I guess I'll pout the contents and give it a shot. What the hell, right? I work pretty hard for my money. It pours a cloudy amber color with minimal head or retention. Smells like hard cider produced from pressed rotten apples. The aroma doesn't even resemble beer at all. Flavor takes a detour into artificial territory with the finish. Starts off with a hard cider taste along with sour notes and then melds into a weird artificial caramel candy apple flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty watered down. Not much body to speak of. I think the statements I made above can clue you in on the drinkability factor.

Thomas Hooker brewery hardly ever disappoints me but they have truly struck out with this offering. This "beer" presents us with a whole 'nother level of putrid. How is this rated a B? How can anyone drink this shit with a straight face?! "A Winter Embracing Brew" my ass. More like an appropriate substitute for Drano. Pardon me while I go pour this down my slow draining bathtub drain. I'll post the results.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a dark golden amber with a very thin off white head. Head clung to the sides very well. Aroma was sweet and fruity with a hint of malt. Almost an overly strong barley wine at times. Taste finished off a vanilla flavor with hints of malty but also had hints of salty sour. Terrible feeling in the mouth. A small amount coated well, but most of it felt watery. Went down easily, but I couldn't see any reason to drink. The flavor was just off, and coupled with the moutfeel it wasn't a hit.

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Photo of cbutova
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Always cautious about the artificial addition of flavors, see how this pans out.

A- Hazy brown with a fizzy white cap that has poor retention. A cloud and ring stay behind and leave some sticky suds but only a few spots of lace.

S- The first impression is sour apple/cider with a caramel over tone. A spice/raisin feel in the background.

T- Might be the artificial flavoring, there is a tart apple feel to this one. Caramel and light spice are in the backdrop. Slight banana, clove and raisin. Yeast bread.

MF- Lighter body with the aforementioned sour punch. Carbonation is on the high side.

DB- I can't tell if this is infection or just a strange concoction. Each sip brings on more of a sour punch but it doesn't totally remind me of bottles with lactic infections I have experienced. I will have to give this another shot but will keep this here for reference.

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Photo of Jason
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.

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Photo of number1bum
2.36/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a pretty clear, slightly reddish amber color with about two fingers of beige head. Keeps a thin lace, thicker around the rim, with a splash of stick here and there.

Smell has a buttery caramel sweetness to it, along with some hints of chocolate and a bit of a nondescript spice component. Gets even more buttery as it warms, like butterscotch to some extent.

The nose did not prepare me for the overwhelming butterscotch flavor that the first sip let loose on my tongue. Overwhelming and unpleasant. Butterscotch is never a flavor I enjoy from beer and this is particularly bad. It overwhelms anything else that might be there, is sweet to nearly sickening proportions and is just plain bad.

Mouthfeel - and I'm trying to be generous here - is pretty creamy but is sticky sweet. It's medium bodied and the carbonation is fine, but that butterscotchy sweetness is hard to wipe from the mouth.

Ugh, I'm not pleased that I bought a 6 pack of this. Lager with spices sounded interesting, but if the word butterscotch had appeared on the label it still could not have prepared me for this sickening butterscotch sweetness. I did not enjoy this at all.

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Photo of wcintula
4.01/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought home by the best wife ever. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Beautiful amber body with a finger-depth creamy looking head which is only retained on the edge of the glass. Smells nice and spicy with the slightest touch of alcohol and a nice caramel note. The taste is all this and more: strong pale grain flavor with that tell-tale lager taste. Great beer, velvety mouthfeel. If you love your big beers, don't discount it because it's a lager, because this thing is baaaad ass. Thank wife I have 64 oz of this.

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Photo of TimHoss
4.75/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great lager! Read the reviews on BA and thought they were right on for the most part. Don't pair this with anything, I suggest you sit down and have this when you want to enjoy a very tasty adult beverage. Great after dinner drinlk.

Nor'easter starts out with a mildly carbonated pour that develops a thin head. This is the where the crew at Thomas Hooker got it right. You get very subtle hints of caramel and spices. From here you are treated to very smooth drink with a great after taste that I can best describe as a full Christmas dessert. Nor'easter is filling beverage that will leave you very satisfied. I am looking forward to my next one! Happy Holidays.

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Photo of ianmhall
4.35/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 batch bottled two days ago...

a- brownish red hued elixir with a whiteish head...

s- slight herbal and sweet; a bit minty and fruitcakey... definite hints of chocolate.... big big chocolate caramel blast mmm....

t- refreshing caramel and chocolate, some notes of spice, a bite of clove and orange zest with a nice hoppy toastiness that reminds me of a very sweet and leaded molasses pumpernickel...

m- sweet with aggressive carbonation, aggressive but small bubbles very nice graphite feel on my tongue... good weight a medium to full bodied beer...

d- i have not had too many hooker ales that i have truly enjoyed... spiced ales are also not my favorite of styles but this is a very good batch, i will recommend this beer! Better and better as it warms 91/100

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Photo of jmdrpi
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

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really like Thomas Hooker beers... I have yet to have a bad one. So I looked forward to this one.

On the pour, there was a thin layer of head atop a clear amber body. The head subsided, but a ring remained.

Aroma started out with caramel malts, followed by cinnamon and other spices. There was a little funky smell though... almost like marsh water. Kind of weird.

Taste started out with an odd combination of spices, with a sweet undertone. Some caramel came out afterward, and the finish was very slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel was OK... body just OK. Reasonably carbonated.

Drinkability is just all right. Not as good as I had hoped. Better than a macro brew, but there are many better beers out there.

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Photo of bonkers
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.

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Photo of sholland119
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear honeyed amber with a pool of off white head and a nice sheet of sticky lacing.

S-Caramel malts, cinnamon and other sweet spices.

T-Mulling spices blend with sweet malt to produce a holiday blend with some strong apple cider notes. Not quite as beer-like as I like my beer, but not bad.

M-Medium bodied, a bit heavily carbonated.

D-While I am not a big fan of the style, I can appreciate a well made spiced beer. This is just ok for me though.

HV

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Photo of Thads324
2.9/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A : a dark amber color. Good light head, tan in color, dissipates quickly with little lacing.

S : no hop scent, but has a subtle bit of winter spices. A bit of toasted malt also.

T : bland. This beer smelled like it was going to be packed with flavor, but it was very short on taste, with a hint of spice and a little roasted malt towards the end.

M : carbonation is perfect.

D : This lager is quite drinkable, although based on the lack of flavor and complexity I won't be trying it again.

Although the beer looked and smelled spot on for the style, the lack of flavor really was disappointing. Maybe it is the artificial flavors added, maybe it is better out of the bottle. Whatever it may be, I'd give this one a big thumbs down. Til next time TH...

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Photo of WesWes
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry pilsner and crystal malt scent as well as a light roasted character. The taste is good. It has an interesting malt profile. It's dry and roasted up front with some sweet caramel notes next, finishing with a dry spiced character It's not terribly bitter or hoppy, but it does seem to have a moderate contribution. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking winter seasonal. It's lightly spiced and riddled with excellent malt flavor and excellent mouthfeel.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger light beige head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Spicy nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is malty, spicy, hints of caramel. $2.00 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of JMD
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

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Photo of glaze0101
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.

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Photo of ribby
2.94/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Lager with artificial flavor"

This beer poured to a clear medium brown color. The head and carbonation were both on the low side. There was very little aroma to my sense.

The taste was slightly sweet, with a flavor that I can't quite place, maybe chocolate or caramel? I am not sure whether this was the malt or the artificial flavors. A bit of yeastiness poked through, but no detectable hops (at least to my burned out taste buds.)

The mouthfeel was okay, considering the low carbonation. Drinkability was compromised by the yeastiness and low carbonation.

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Thomas Hooker Nor'Easter Lager from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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