Troutbrook Octoberfest | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Fall

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Added by pbrian on 09-12-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by Murph:
Photo of Murph
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper/amber color with a rather fizzy off-white head that slowly fades away. The smell holds some fairly grainy maltiness in it as well as some very subtle hopping. A nice toasty maltiness holds this beer up all the way through with a very assertive hop presence, especially for the style. Medium bodied, this brew is rather drinkable. This would make an excellent session brew, not really spot on for the style, but still rather nice. Thanks to Pbrian for the sample.

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Photo of far333
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light copper/honey color with a huge and foamy orange head that won't go away. Particles are suspended in the liquid. Smell is light, mostly of hops with some sweet malt and orange peel. Slick mouthfeel with low carbonation. Flavor is also light, too light and bland. Faint sweet mailt, some hops, and a lingering hop bitter finish. Aftertaste of citrus creeps in. Pretty average all around.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Contract brewed by Mendecino in NY. Clear. Very deep amber/orange with a creamy head that holds quite well and leaves some good lace. The aroma is lightly fruity, with a gentle toffee note and some light diacetyl. The body is medium with a lightly effervescent carbonation that accentuates the bitterness. The flavor offers some diacetyl right off the bat, but it's not overwhelming - and in fact, even seems enjoyable. The fruitiness found in the nose is also present, over a lightly toasted maltiness that's very well backed by hops. Not alot of hop flavor, just some light piney notes, but with a bold bitterness. Certainly an American take on the style (and I appreciate that the use the term "Octoberfest" - with a "c" rather than "k" on the label). Finishes distinctly dry. More bitter than expected for the style, but crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of OatmattStout
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Starts with a nice creamy head that maintained a good while and left a real nice lacing on the glass. The nose was very nice a sweet malty hint with nice dried fruit aromas. The taste was more dry and hoppy that the smell hinted. It had a nice rich malt presence with some toasted notes. What really stands out is the dryness from the hops. Not a strong hop flavor per say but a dryness none the less. I liked but was not crazy for even though it won an award.

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Photo of pbrian
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle version is better than tap, but no closer to a true Oktoberfest. Pours less red, more amber. Nice white head. Caramel on the nose, some fruit and hops. This beer is much hoppier than any O-fest should be, but I liked it.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours an average looking medium amber, topped with a dissipating off white head. A thin ring remains, and stays through the entire glass.
The aroma is malty, with a good deal of caramel. Ale-like muddiness, with some fruitiness and nutty aroma. Mild hopping, with a sort of coarse graininess.
Flavor starts with some solid caramel malt. Not very clean, with a wierd muddiness to the overall flavor. Some estery fruitiness in the middle, with a moderate hopping in the finish. Slight alcohol. Grainy aftertaste, with some caramel malt. Ok, but nothing special. Some off flavors that really don't help the beer.
This review is for the old version. The new version's review is under the Thomas Hooker Octoberfest.

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Photo of nvsblman
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, deep brown with about a finger of white head. Large bubbles slowly float to the top. Smells of orange peel, yeast, and a little nuttiness. Rich malt, caramel flavor with a nice crisp hop flavor. Just a hint of a metallic aftertaste. Dry finish and well carbonated. This is a really enjoyable beer that would be a great fall session beer.

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Troutbrook Octoberfest from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 7 ratings