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Left Hand Oktoberfest - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Reviews: 398
Hads: 1,080
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 21.45%
Wants: 51
Gots: 137 | 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 Mike-Dean
4.49/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the BEST version of this style I've had to day. Pours a rich caramel Amber color topped off by of for-white, creamy head. Good clarity. Aroma is wonderful, bready and toasted goodness. Medium mouthfeel with perfect hop balance to the malt forward, toasty flavor. A real treat to start the fall.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Deep amber/copper color with a large creamy head. Bready malts and caramel in the aroma. Light sweetness initially in the flavor, followed by toasted malt, that makes way for an overlying dry finish. Clean and crisp as a Märzen should be. One of the better American-made versions I've had in quite some time.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of toasty malts rise from a dark amber pour. Light head and carbonation, dry for a marzen style and well done. Nice balance and the light touch on the hops makes for a very nice Oktoberfest. Now, where's my sauerbraten.

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Photo of atr2605
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-pours a reddish amber color that is clear and has an off white head with good retention and lacing
S-spice, caramel, nuttiness
T-caramel and nuttiness with spice throughout, toasted biscuit, nice hop balance without lending a lot of flavor
M-medium bodied and smooth
O-really tasty brew, great beer for the fall seaon

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a brick red color with a solid and fluffy head. The aromas are of roasted oats, caramel. and peppery spice. The flavor leads with a caramel sweetness, followed by a toasted bread flavor, and a nice, mellow but bitter finish. The mouthfeel is expansive, the beer seems to turn to more foam as you drink. Overall this is a great beer that has plenty going on, but that you still don't need to think to hard about.

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Photo of colingaiser
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderately poured from bottle into a nonic pint glass...

L: I wasn't able to get much of a head, but there is still a beautiful, effervescent, deep caramel color

S: The aroma is faint, but I can get a little nuttiness and burnt toast, with maybe some butterscotch

T: Awesome malty notes, starts out sweet and almost buttery before caramel, toasted nut, and burnt marshmallow come through leaving a slightly bitter but clean finish ... dynamic and delicious

F: Carbonation is high, but complements the flavors well along with the light body and slight stickiness

Overall, this is a rich, dynamic, and delicious Märzen, one of the better examples of the style I've come across. Definitely worth seeking out, especially for the malt-heads out there.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pub glass

Appearance, pours a copper color with a white creamy head, lots of tiny bubbles, beer is clear, color has different degrees of copper, decent amount of carbonation, on the nose, toffee and sweet, roasted caramel aromas, toasted nuttiness, slight honey, smells pretty good. Taste, up front there is an introduction of toasted nuttiness, some spiciness in the middle, finishes with toffee and sweet caramel, hint of honey at the end, finishes semi-dry. Mouthfeel, medium body, very drinkable and smooth. Overall, this is very good, has some different characteristics than other oktoberfest beers I've tried, but I think this is an excellent example of the style.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a burnt copper color with a solid head of cream-colored froth that evokes a milkshake. Aroma is par for the course, with some caramel, Bavarian hops, apple skin, and a slight nuttiness.

The taste follows the nose precisely, with the addition of lightly toasted bread from the malt. There is also an alcoholic presence that I’ve scarcely encountered before in an oktoberfest. It’s not disruptive; just unusual. Hints of milk chocolate emerge as the beer warms. Medium-light body and subtle carbonation make for a smooth, drinkable mouthfeel, albeit a little thin.

Overall, this is a full-flavored oktoberfest that bears all the hallmarks of the style, alcoholic character notwithstanding.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint at ~40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a perfectly clear coppery red-amber, and forms a pale tan head with a shorter lifespan than a Taylor Swift relationship. Okay lacing.

Smell: Malt. Yeah, that pretty much covers it. There's toast, bread, and caramel, all sweet, with some vague nuttiness and shades of biscuit.

Taste: Malt. Yeah, that pretty much covers it here, too. Toast and bread get the marty (that's malt-party) started, with a heavy dose of caramel sweetness coming in like a crowd of already-drunk crashers bursting in and instantly raising the volume level to 11. Some faint hints of walnut and Brazil nut drift in behind that, like a handful of introverts clinging to the walls, keeping their heads down and not talking, even to each other. Towards the end of the marty, earth and dirt come trundling on in to put the kibosh on all that sweet, bready noise, not unlike a pack of cops in riot gear with tasers in hand.

Mouthfeel: Yep, that's a marzen.

Overall: I enjoyed this one - not too much hop presence, plenty of malt. Would repeat.

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Photo of mynie
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice bottle--it's aesthetically pleasing and it announces what you're about to buy: a heavily Americanized version of a dark German Marzen.

Pours a dark, clear amber with a white head that dissipates quickly. Smells toasty with a little bit of nuttiness and a zippy yeast that's almost bockish.

Tastes straightforward up front, maybe even a little tame for the style. Roasty malt with some light nut and biscuit complexities. Ends even tamer than it begins, with straightforward American Lager flavors that almost seem a little adjuncty. As it warms, some booziness becomes present, but it's offset pretty nicely by grain complexities that are very similar to the aftertaste of Grain Belt.

It's quite smooth and drinkable for its somewhat elevated ABV, but it doesn't quite come together well enough to enter into the top tier of American marzens. Still, pretty good.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear copper pour with thinnest of tan on top. Aromas are malty toast and caramel. Flavor is more of the same. Simple, tasty, though slightly too carbonated. Great for the style - glad I got six. This is a winner.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Bert's
Deep copper color off white head.
Big bready caramel maltiness. A bit too much caramel for the style. Earthy spicy hops to counter. Middle of the road American attempt at a classic German style.

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Photo of TLWalsh
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep bronze color with a creamy head. Has a malty toffee aroma with a medium density mouth feel. There's plenty of rich smooth full flavor, toasty and well balanced. In my opinion this is one of the better marzen/octoberfests available.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had this poured into my mug. Color is outstanding, rich transparent syrupy brown with a malt head and orange highlights. The aroma is some maple, brown sugar, and malt, a bit light though. Mouthfeel is very nice for a marzen, super smooth.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; bronze in color; 1 finger khaki head that receded to a thin collar; nice lacing;

S: brown sugar, toffee, a sweet dark bread;

T: nutty up front; slightly metallic from mid-palate through the finish; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied' light to moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: flavor was disappointing; otherwise, this was really good;

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Photo of TooGood
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber with 2 inch head and excellent lacing. Smell is slighty sweet (caramel) with a hint of spice. Taste is sweeter than smell with caramel and bready malt dominating. Terrific beer.

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Photo of Prager62
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this single recently to sample more of this style. There is a best by date of 11/26/15 stamped on the bottle. I'm pouring it into my 12oz. Comrade tulip glass.

Look- A very dark amber color with a finger of light colored tan foam.

Smell- A spicy yeast aroma to begin, followed by caramel and baked bread.

Taste- Caramel sweetness up front with some spice following. Perhaps a bit of nutmeg? It finished like fresh bread.

Feel- Crisp and clean albeit a little on the sweet side.

Overall- It's pretty much on par with others of the style. A refreshing cooler weather, easy drinking beer that I would have scored 4 across except for the bit of sweetness in the flavor.

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Photo of teromous
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A darker shade of brown without reducing any visibility through its very transparent body. The head is an eggshell white that stands very well and leaves ample lacing. It looks great. It's the type of beer that would get attention sitting on the table.

Aroma: There isn't a lot of aroma. There is a bit of a yeast aroma and to me it smells a bit like pet food. I'm not a huge fan of the aroma.

Taste: There is a nice caramel sweetness followed by a bold grain flavor. A hop bite with just an edge of spice follows on the palate. The hop character is very nice but overall this beer has quite a bit of flavor. It's hard to relay this but although the array of flavors is small they are huge.

Mouthfeel: It has far too much body for an Oktoberfest. I never thought I would ever say that about an Oktoberfest. The carbonation is good but drinkability is reduced on this beer because of the huge body.

Overall: I find myself at a cross-roads here. On one hand there is an extremely full flavored beer that delivers a fantastic flavor and full bodied experience. On the other hand there is a beer that has so much body and flavor that a person could end up nursing a mug of this. In the end I can't fault a beer for having so much flavor and character but I can't say that is perfect because it lacks restraint. It is an outstanding beer and if you are looking to kick up your Oktoberfest a bit then this beer is for you. If you find the average Oktoberfest too light or flimsy then this beer is for you. If you prefer the more classic lighter approach to an Oktoberfest then this could be a bit much for you.

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Photo of KonigObHops
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a nice penny colored copper with an almost tan head that was about 1 1/2 finger widths.

The aroma is earthy with a hint of toasted malt. Not what I was expecting for this style.

The initial taste is gives off the caramel toasted malt that you would expect from an Oktoberfest. The moddle is complex... Earthy, malty, and a bit bitter. The beer finishes with a mellow hoppiness.

The mouthfeel is rather thick. The carbonation is minimal.

This was not your standard Oktoberfest. It was on the heavy side as far as lagers go, but had enough of the characteristics of an Oktoberfest to be an interesting interpretation of the style. A good Beer if you are looking for an Oktoberfest that is a bit more complicated than the standard fare.

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Photo of kpoole25
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried 2 bottles on different days. Had all the classic sight, smell and flavor of this style...but I kept getting this pronounced alcohol note in the taste. It was distracting, one of the first tastes that hits you. 6.6% isn't that big of a beer, and it had a great malt backbone, so possibly a fermentation thing? I didn't finish the 2nd bottle.

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Photo of Chris585
3.99/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
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!

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Photo of VikingBeer
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of tlema1
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Left Hand Oktoberfest from Left Hand Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.