Left Hand Oktoberfest - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Reviews: 370
Hads: 975
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 38
Gots: 86 | FT: 0
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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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
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 +11.1%
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 +1.1%
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 +18.3%
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 -5.7%

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 +5.1%

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 +1.6%
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 +6.2%

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 +21.3%

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 +12.1%
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 +6.7%
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 +10.2%
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 +13.5%
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 +28%

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 +13.5%
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 +9.2%

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 -1.6%
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)

Photo of Roxie_B
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Left Hand Oktoberfest
Serving: Bottle
Looks: Clear warm amber with a small head that quickly dispersed into lace.
Smell: Pears and whole wheat bread predominate backed up by a hint of white grape skin.
Taste: Cracker like yeast, sweet pear and grape with some noble hops. A bit of earthiness and then a little kiss of sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Dry and effervescent. (361 characters)

Photo of OsoRojo
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Revisiting this beer after an initial tasting a few weeks back. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass...medium head, wonderful mild copper color. Nice aroma, malty with hints of spice. Classic Marzen body and taste. A very nice beer for this style, enjoyed best as the Fall sets in. Enjoy! (288 characters)

Photo of logicalparadox
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

This Oktoberfest beer pours with a thick, luscious head that sticks to the glass; just what I love to see from a beer. A nice color, with aromas of biscuity, toasted grains and a faint sweetness. Flavors of grain predominate, with hints of cotton candy in the back. A nice offering of this style! One worth a second (or third!) try!. (333 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Malt bomb with a profile that's both sweet and clean. Smells like fall, a blend of pumpkin and stewed apple under a blanket of bread dough. As for the palate, it's all about rich malt character: buttery pie crust, pumpernickel, wheat toast, hints of apricot, marshmallow, and jammy stone fruit. Hops are faint, slightly peppering the back end of the profile for a more clean, balanced finish (though the beer as a whole is nowhere near dry). A little on the sweet side for me, but that's its only flaw - everything else spells great drinking. (543 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours a clear amber color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of toasted malt with some spiciness.

Tastes of the full, toasted malts with a supportive hoppiness. Malts lead off with notes of caramel, toffee, and toasted bread. Nutty flavors come through as well. Hops come add in some herbal and earthy spiciness. Finishes fairly clean with a light sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a nicely done Oktoberfest. (513 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Clear deep golden color with ok head and lacing. Aroma of malt and bread. Taste is sweet malt and bread with possibly some toasted almond. Finish is pretty clean with a bit of bitterness from what I would guess is the hops. Pretty balanced brew !! (247 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.23/5  rDev +14%

A: Deep and rich copper. Brilliant clarity. Slight head. Fades quick (4/5)

S: Toffee and treacle. Very alluring malt smell. Subtly spicy. Strong caramel. Some fruity bubblegum. I think this may have too much that takes away from simple maltiness. (3.75/5).

M: Superbly smooth and easy to drink. Medium bodied. Semi-dry finish. Light carbonation. Some alcohol on finish (4.75/5).

T: Nice and sweet upfront. Caramel, toffee, and something like apple florality. Herbal hop flavor mid. Nice toasted biscuit throughout. Tastes like fall. As good as American Marzens get imho. (4.25/5). (583 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color. The head is around a finger high, and shaded heavily off-white. Its fizzy texture doesn't retain that well, nor does it leave behind much lacing. (3)

Smell: The nose leans heavily towards juicy stone fruits, like apricot or even cherry. Of course, the traditional caramel backbone is definitely there, along with touches of grain and spicy hops. Still, the enjoyable fruitiness is this brew's calling card. (3.75)

Taste: Quite big as far as marzens go. It starts off fairly sweet from fruit punch-laden hops, and ends fairly sweet from caramel maltiness. Faint hop spiciness ties everything together...but not that well. Each element doesn't seem quite balanced or cohesive, and that's the biggest letdown here. Having said that, it's still moderately likable. (3)

Mouthfeel: Its bigness can be felt on the palate - it's slightly heavier and sweeter than others in the style. Because it's so rich (relatively speaking), it isn't as eminently quaffable as I'd like. Huge carbonation only helps things out somewhat. (3)

Overall: Not bad - I certainly wouldn't ever refuse a free one of these. It's big and flavorful, but also imbalanced. I would rather buy other examples of the style first. (3.25)

3.2/5: A competent marzen that's slightly too big for its own good (1,341 characters)

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Left Hand Oktoberfest from Left Hand Brewing Company
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