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Left Hand Oktoberfest - Left Hand Brewing Company

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378 Reviews
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Reviews: 378
Hads: 1,005
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 47
Gots: 101 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: rowew on 08-22-2006

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Photo of Chris585
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Frothy. Very nice lacing. Sweet malty and rich. Very dry finish with some tartness in the middle. Refreshing! Little too much heat if closer to room temp but still pretty enjoyable. I prefer Marzen beers to be highly drinkable and smooth. This one does that for me but the flavor profile is a little lacking. Good beer. (320 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by: 11/21/15.

Pours a hazy dark reddish-orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thick swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and nut aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, nut, and slight metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid aromas and flavors for an American take on the style.

Serving type: bottle. (605 characters)

Photo of hopphead31415
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Left Hand brewing is amazing, but I have only tried their Nitro and Milk Stout. Since the season for Oktoberfest is upon us imminently I decided to give this one a try. It is 6.6% ABV and full of flavor so let’s take a look.

Look-It pours a crystal clear amber color with noticeable red hues among the copper orange glinting in the light. The colors remind me of the pumpkin and autumn leaves that are characteristic of fall. The lacing is moist, delicate, and dispersed.

Smell-The smell is not very impressive. It has a standard wax-candle and vanilla tinge with some grassy notes.

Taste-This brew is malty and caramel-based. It also has some hints of the pumpkin and spice that is common in pumpkin pie and chai tea.

Mouthfeel-It is silky smooth and medium-bodied at most. It has a slight lingering coating on the tongue that is vanilla-based and malty. It finishes dry on the middle palate.

Overall-I’d say that it is hard to make a perfect Oktoberfest. Most of them are good and don’t deviated from the mean very much across the board. That being said, this one by Left Hand is one of the better Oktoberfest varieties out there! (1,144 characters)

Photo of VikingBeer
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving type: off tap.

Pours a pretty golden amber, with a fluffy, off-white head that lasts forever and leaves a near-immortal lacing.

Smell is roasted walnuts, pecans, and hazelnuts, wheat bread from malts and yeast, and a kiss of herbal, slightly lemony hops. Very appetizing indeed.

Taste is excellent: nuts as per the nose, plus that same wheat-bread malt/yeast flavor, all lead the way, followed closely by a nicely balancing hit of grassy, herbal, and slightly lemony hops on the mid-palate. Finish is on the dry side, with persistent wheat-bread and nutty notes and a remaining ghost of hops. I would keep this in the fridge year-round if possible. (660 characters)

Photo of tlema1
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: deep Amber color, very little head
S: not much aroma, typical for the style
T: malty, Carmel taste
F: malt, a little sweet, not a lot going on
O: not a bad representation of the style, not one that I would recommend (219 characters)

Photo of October
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty deep amber with minimal head. Nose is bready malts with hints of caramel. Taste-wise, this is a malt bomb. The finish is very clean, like any lager should be. Pleasant mouthfeel. Overall this is a great example of the style and a very solid beer. (261 characters)

Photo of FriedSlug
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice amber color with a head that disappeared almost completely and left practically no lacing. The smell is malty with caramel malt and some alcohol. The taste is sweet with a delicious malt and caramel flavor. There seems to be some brightness, almost citrus notes to it. There is a mild hop bitterness at the end with a lingering sweetness. This is a fantastic beer that is well made and delicious. (403 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Way too much caramel sweetness on this guy. Evident on the nose (where it's not quite as off putting, even if not to style), but the palate really suffers for it. Easily visible in the glass as well, definitely on the darker end of the spectrum. Touch sour in the finish. Just can't stack up with more authentic versions of the style. (334 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Brilliant reddish orange under a 1” foam cap that hugs the side of the glass. S: A moderately light nose offers up some spicy grain and hops. T: Very clean and spice with a rich malt profile. F: Medium to a little above on the body with medium to a little low on the carbonation. O: A well balanced, clean and smooth Oktoberfest. (334 characters)

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The aroma is toasty, biscuity, and sweet with a touch of toffee and a little citrus and flowers after a couple minutes. Deep copper and mostly clear with an off-white head. The flavor is smooth and malty with spicy, woody, and somewhat citrusy hops. Moderately bitter. The alcohol is mild but noticeable. Smooth with a medium body, restrained carbonation, and a good amount of crispness.

The aroma and flavor are both nice enough but neither is extraordinary. The flavor in particular has plenty of malt, but it competes with the woody bitterness and alcohol. Not bad, at any rate. (583 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best By 12/26/14. Bought about two months ago in a mixed six.

Eye-catching label graphic of an open-mouthed jungle cat.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Clear copper with a finger plus thick offwhite head which receded to thin surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Bread crust.

t; Bready to caramel up front with some hop bite following. Finish is mostly dry. Light fruit notes develop later.

m: Medium with good body and some carbonation tingle.

o: A solid Marzen which I'm drinking a bit late for the season but which still works as a good dinner brew with fried scallops and baked potato. (628 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.39/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

BBD 12/4/14. Clear amber pour with a beautiful dark ruby cast. Normal head and retention, excellent lacing. Light nose of biscuit with caramel hints over a faint pear like citric note. Almost medium body with a distinct creamy texture. Heavier than most Oktoberfests, which is a plus. Above average carbonation with a nice effervescence throughout. The wonderful flavor profile is intense, complex and well balanced. It begins with a burst of biscuit against a caramel backbone that effervesces into a mild bitterness in the middle. The bitterness is herbal in nature (with a bit of rind), gives the tongue a nice tart pucker, then releases into pear notes. The finish is clean and leaves you with a mild bitterness over a faint biscuit sweetness that is somewhat dry. One of best! (791 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

This is a decent Marzen.....sweet balanced by maize malt base. The beer was a rich clear amber with thin head....that did not lace. Body was medium with decent carbonation. Overall...it was good. (198 characters)

Photo of HipCzech
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%

Serving: 12 oz can poured into a Libbey Gibraltar 7 oz glass.

Appearance: Clear medium amber; thick, foamy, off white head; minimal lacing.

Smell: Lightly malty, sweet and grainy.

Taste: Full, malty body; toasted cereal, caramel and sweetish fruit (apple). Lightly herbal, hoppy, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Fuller, malty Märzen with layered malt flavors and some good hop balance. (433 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a mug.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, toasted, bready, doughy, and grassy.

Taste: Sweetness up front with everything else in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, low to medium carbonation, and a little chewy.

Overall: Pretty nice oktoberfest. A bit sweeter than most, but still nice. It is on the border of being a bock. (536 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%

Bright copper. Mildly bready nose. The body was pretty good. The flavor profile had a healthy maltiness upfront and a dry bitter finish. This is a very, very good Oktoberfest. (179 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +21%

sampled on 10/4/14 with my good friend. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a glass .3l 'das boot'.

Pours a pretty dark amber in color with a small beige head that settles to a very thin layer on top and sides. Some spotty sticky lacing is seen when sipped. Lots going on with the aroma with what I can pick out, some caramel malts, toffee, bread and malts. More going on with the taste as it is full of flavor with some sweetness in the mix as well with some spice, nuts with a ever so slight hop finish. Very tasty and smooth brew overall. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. It could compete with some good German Oktoberfest brews! PROST! (680 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a stein glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A toasty, bready, and fairly sweet malt forward aroma with hints of caramel, toast, and subtle fruit. Toasted malt with upfront hints of biscuit, toasted bread, grains, caramel, toffee, and lager yeast. Subtle dried fruit hints of apple, lemon, and orange. Floral and spicy hints of German hops. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a nicely bready, toasty, and sweet malt driven taste with notes of toast, sweet caramel, and fruit. Upfront toasted malt with notes of biscuit, toast, caramel, toffee, grains, cracker, and lager yeast. Nice fruit undertones with notes of apple, orange, and lemon. Spicy and floral backing presence of European and Pilsener hops. A nice tasting Marzen.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, smooth, and fairly drying on the finish.

Overall: A pretty solid take on the German Marzen style. Good toasty malt notes with some nice backing hops. (1,138 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clear dark amber/orange color, with a one-finger head, left no lacing. Very malty aroma, with some herbal hop notes and just a touch of spice. Taste is bready malt and some noble bitter hops- "herb" as the Germans would say- just what an Oktoberfest beer should taste like. The mouthfeel is light, with a bit of prickly carbonation, again, reminds me of Oktoberfest!Overall, a pretty fine representation of the style- Left Hand gets it again! (447 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a fluffy off white head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a clear copper that is a bit orange in color as well. The smell has a strong malty caramel smell and a tangy orange hop smell. The beer taste is similar to the smell. Although, the sweetness is a bit sweeter. The tangy orange hop taste works well because of the huge contrast between the two tastes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but on the lighter side. The finish is smooth with very little carbonation. Overall, a pretty good Oktoberfest and one worth getting when available. (562 characters)

Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Deep translucent amber that glows in the light. The head is small and there is no lacing when sipped.
S- A rich malty aroma invites a taste.
T- A strong undertow of malts swirl around on the tongue and then hang ten with a glorious sweet hop crispness that fades cleanly and pleasantly down the hatch.
M- The carbonation is perfect and in combination with the malt profile leaves a lingering sweetness on the tongue.
O- This is a brilliant Oktoberfest. (458 characters)

Photo of dcscientist
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

Outstanding Oktoberfest. This is one of my favorite styles, and Left Hand knocks it out of the park. Make sure you try this one in the fall. A good friend who usually stays away from anything in the amber realm tried this and declared "that is a damn good Oktoberfest", so there's all the endorsement you need. (313 characters)

Photo of cambabeer
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was a great october fest. Very malty and crisp, nice carbonation. Deep ruby mahogany color and a thin head on the top. Mild lacing on the way down. Chives and cinnamon make up some nice undertones with the alcohol more noticeable to me than with many oktoberfests. Nice hop finish. Bought this as a single bottle... going back for a 6 pack tomorrow. (354 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%

This poured a lovely orange with yellow hues in it and good clarity. Had a fat head that fell slowly and left lace. Simply gorgeous in the glass. Reminds me of a pretty girl with a stature if you will. Nose is tempting with a hefty hit of toasted bread crust first that gives way to some light but luscious caramel. A faint bit of herbal on the nose a small hint that the very kernel of this grain might just be a bit nutty. Tastes just like that. Smooth, malty, a grainy little edge and a light little herbal. Sweet too. Rounds out at the back palate with a faint bitter. Drying, dry and lingers with a bit of malty sweetness. Lovely, clean and very good. Medium mouthfeel that is thin meaning not thick or heavy. Perfect! (723 characters)

Photo of misternebbie
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoyed this, not easily found in my area, nice and coppery, more foamy than lacy in the glass, very complex flavors, bread caramel and pepper. I would love to try this one on tap, have only seen around me in bottles (226 characters)

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Left Hand Oktoberfest from Left Hand Brewing Company
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