Thomas Hooker Nor'Easter Lager | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Thomas Hooker Nor'Easter LagerThomas Hooker Nor'Easter Lager

Brewed by:
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States

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

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Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color with an ever-so-slight chill haze. Good starting head that dies to a single bubble layer. Nearly no lace.

Malty and slightly sweet to the nose.

Creamy body with a flavor that reminds me of maple syrup and vanilla. Dryer than the smell indicates. The finish is a chewy brown sugar flavor.

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Photo of justwright
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

[A] Red-Mahogany color - no head.

[S] Smells like someone overfilled an apple pie and the sugary goo overflowed the pan and burned on the bottom of the oven. The lingering sweet fruit aroma are a bit over the top.

[T]This beer tastes out of balance to me. I think the carbonation is too low. There is no bite and a little carbonic acid & bubbles may break up the syrupy-ness.

[M] Good body. Nice roundness, but again - I think more bubbles would help.

[D] Very rich. Like dessert...I could only have a little (Disclaimer: this beer is not my favorite style).

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Photo of Katahdin
4.69/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very exciting winter beer. The pour is smooth and creamy head. The taste overwhelnms with subtle complexities. You can taste hints of cinnamon, ginger and maybe some cloves in the lingering aftetaste on the palate. Very easy to drink and very enjoyable. An excellent beer to enjoy on a cold winter night by a roaring fire without having to worry about big beer alcohol percents.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.27/5  rDev -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

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Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of Vinny71
4.78/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just picked up a six pack at M&R in Glastonbury Connecticut. The ABV is listed as 6% on the six pack.

A- Mahogany colored with a thick dense head.

S- There is allot going on here. Apple, cinnamon, ,some nutmeg and vanilla. A delight for the nose.

T- Incredible! Like a liquid apple pie and a great one at that. Sweet yet not overdone.

M- Nice and thick on the tongue. Rich, creamy, and inviting.

D- Extremly smooth and drinkable. A truly wonderful example of this style.

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Photo of TheMattJones88
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this on tap at Cousin Larry's in Danbury, CT. So far this is probably the best Winter Warmer that I've had.

Poured from the Tap into a Guinness Pint Glass

A - Pours a dark brown / black with a small creamy head, the head disappeared real quickly.

S - Smells like Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Caramel right off the bat. No hoppiness at all really.

T - This is where this beer wins. It tastes like the sugar cookies that your Grandmother makes around Christmas time. I took a sip and suddenly thought I was sitting in front of a fireplace wearing a sweater. It also reminded me a bit of apple pie, I think it was just the spices mentioned above. A nice aftertaste that sticks around as well. This beer is pretty much dessert in a beer. But while it IS a spiced beer, it isn't over spiced at all, it's pretty much perfectly balanced. Nice and Malty and sweet. Exactly what I want in the winter.

M - Very smooth, not a ton of carbonation, but you can sense a bit of a prickly carbonation on the back of your tongue when it finishes going down.

D - Incredibly drinkable. It's a bit of a heavier beer, but not too heavy. Heavier than say, Newcastle, but not as heavy as Guinness. Apparently these are only 5.8%, and that seems about right. No boozy taste at all in it, just smooth and tasty all the way down the hatch.

I'm pretty sure this is only a limited brew right now, and only on tap in Connecticut, but if you have the means, I highly suggest getting your hands on some. Probably the best Winter Warmer I've had. If Hooker bottled this I'd buy a lot more of it.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Monster B's in Stamford.
Poured a medium amber color with a white head. Smelled of toasted malt, cinnamon, vanilla.
Hit me with White Chocolate taste off the bat, toasted malt, vanilla and cinnamon . I was drinking a sweet barleywine from Pennichuck directly before this, and this was almost as sweet and delicious.

Nice medium mouthfeel, not syrupy, but almost chewy. A great lager, did not know anything about this beer at the time I was drinking it, nice to know it is a local beer that I can get more of.

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Photo of thespaceman
4.17/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Wood-N-Tap in Southington. Poured a nice dark amber in color, creamy head with decent size, good retention. First initial aromas is wheat, some oatmeal, and a bit of honey. Caramel maltiness powered by more of the oatmeal flavorings are hear in the first sip, very bready, toasty. Malt consistency is pretty sturdy, alot of the elements run along the lines of a winter wheat. Mouthfeel is thick, low carbonation, a bit slick in the mouth. Overall, I wish I had this months earlier, I can defintley see having a few of these on a cold winter day.

BTW: Great to see this in bottles for 2009! This beer is excellent!

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Photo of stemcell001
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this on tap. I haven't heard of this offering from Hooker, so I was really interested in trying it. I didn't know what to expect because I forgot to ask what style of beer it was. So it was rather interesting to see a very nice brown to garnet body with a cream thick head. From the name (I was told only that it was Nor'Easter not Nor'Easter Lager) I was expecting a stout. It had a pleasant bready, malt smell with some hints of spices and tastes much like it smelled. It had a very smooth mouthfeel. If I had been to the restaurant for more than just lunch with my family, I would have ordered a few more.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Just had this on-tap at the cambridge house in torrington, ct. I like getting the chance to try "draft-only" beers as they seem to be unique and/or good, and this was no different. One of the best winter warmers I've laid my tongue on.. A lot of vanilla flavor but it isn't overpowering, it is blended in wonderfully. Also get a smidgen of cinnamon/nutmeg type of flavors too. It drank very well.. I wonder what the ABV even was? Even so, I loved it and can't wait to go back for more!

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Photo of far333
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at a Friday happy hour at the brewery. Dark amber honey colored with a beige frothy head that recedes slowly.

Aroma of toasted biscuit malt and cinnamon. Rich flavor of medium toasted malt, cinnamon and vanilla, maybe just a touch of cocoa. Semi-sweet, not cloying.

Even mouthfeel, full and rich, moderate carbonation. Very drinkable beer, I had about 5 draughts of this during the evening.

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Photo of Soozy
4.09/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a light brown, the server gave me one hell of a head (get your mind out of the gutter), but still looked great.

Smells like absolute pure spice. Strong allspice and cinnamon maybe some vanilla and clove.

Tastes just like you'd expect, a Christmas cookie. Smooth, malty, coupled with some of the holiday spices in the aroma. Little to no bitterness. Overall, a great beer. The spices aren't overpowering like you get from a lot of seasonals and they're coupled with a strong malt flavor. Fairly drinkable, but the spices might get to you after awhile, which is expected. Great seasonal brew

I'd seek this one out if you can, definitely recommend it.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of erosier
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

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Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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