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Left Hand Oktoberfest - Left Hand Brewing Company

Left Hand OktoberfestLeft Hand Oktoberfest

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677 Ratings

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Ratings: 677
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rowew on 08-22-2006)
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Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle received in trade with cfrancis

Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, hay/straw/grass

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and light hops. There is also some tea, straw/hay and a grassiness.

Overall - Not my favourite style, but a pretty decent effort. Not something I'd seek out again, but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 01:14:36 | More by spinrsx
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Perhaps the best American Oktoberfest I have tried. Stronger 6.6% with more aroma, weight, body.

Appearance: Pours clear, deep Brown-Amber body with a modest, frothy, white head. Fair lacing.

Smell: Toasted, bready, malty grains in the fore of the nose with a Apple, Spice, Hops, and wet fall earth in the finish.

Taste: Follows the smell. Earthy, spicy and leafy hops combine with malty, caramel softness and then finish as a wholesome, clean bitterness. Finishes dry. Toast and jam. Great with food! In this case, shrimp, soft cheese, the last pepper from the garden which has turned yellow, lemon olive oil, and whole wheat baggette. A must try.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body and carbonation. Feels just right.

Best in class American Marzen? Must try. Eager to share with friends. A bit more alcohol than others.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 00:26:27 | More by Act25
Photo of rangerred


3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nearly clear deep copper with a one finger white head. Head retention and lacing are pretty poor but it is not awful.

Aroma is heavy on caramel, toffee, and candy. Some fruity yeast esters sneak through and some dark bready malt. Nice.

Lots of toffee and caramel in the taste. More hard candy and yeasty fruit. Grassy/floral hops burst through leading to a moderate bitterness to balance out the sweetness. Mouthfeel is moderately dry with a slightly sticky finish.

Overall, a really nice Oktoberfest. It is definitely "American" in terms of strength and hoppyness but it pulls it off well. A good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 01:22:41 | More by rangerred
Photo of Jeffreysan


3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, clear amber color, speckled with reddish highlights, and a quarter of a finger of off-white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that collected in the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very malty and bready, with notes of caramel, black pepper, orange zest and clover.

Taste: Like the aroma, the beer is very malty and bready, like freshly baked baguettes or bagels, followed by some caramel-like sweetness, spices of black pepper and orange zest, finished by some nicely balanced hoppy bitterness. Very, very good!

Mouthfeel: Medium to slightly chewy. There’s some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds, and with an ABV of 6.6%, there is a hint of alcohol on the palate, but a pleasant hint.

Overall: Another very, solid American version of an Oktoberfest beer. Very, very good! Great balance between malt, sweet and bitter. Certainly another beer to add to my Oktoberfest rotation!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 00:33:42 | More by Jeffreysan
Photo of dwren89


4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: auburn brown with thin off white head and great clarity

Aroma: noble hop aroma with smooth nutty malt aroma

Taste: nutty, floral, slight mintyness, and very balanced overall

Mouthfeel: crisp, medium body, medium carbonation

Overall: an awesome American marzen. Great balance, nutty malt character with floral and slightly minty hop character. I Definitely suggest this marzen to anyone!

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 00:02:50 | More by dwren89
Photo of soju6


3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark bronze color with a decent head and fair lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, bit of citrus and trace of grain.

T: Taste of malt sweetness, bit of caramel, mild citrus and just a bit of spice. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth, subtle malty character and nicely balanced.

O: Enjoyable beer, good seasonal offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 20:09:23 | More by soju6
Photo of mayerale


3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: A light copper/amber look with minimal head.

S: There is a mild caramel aroma. A very crisp smell that doesn't linger.

T: There is a definite hoppiness to this beer that you don't find in most Octoberfest style beers. For those of us that enjoy hoppy beer (as I do), this is a nice note to a full flavored beer. There is a slight bitterness, but the flavor doesn't stay on the tongue for long.

M: This is very easy on the mouth. It is a full bodied, full flavored beer that doesn't hit it hard with overly strong notes. A light bitterness that disappears quickly from the tongue.

O: A nice change for an octoberfest style beer. I love the hop taste that it ads. A solid beer that I would definitely drink again, though I don't know that I would actively seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 01:19:37 | More by mayerale
Photo of Lemke10


3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This pours a clear, amber color with a slight off-white head. The aroma is mild with scents of toasted malt and spices. The texture is smooth and creamy delivering a great tasting Oktoberfest. Finishes with a slight hoppy spice after taste. Very well made and probably one of the better Oktoberfest beers I have had in awhile

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 19:07:14 | More by Lemke10
Photo of chefhatt


3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a nice ruby brown body with a small head that hangs out for a little bit. The aroma has a malty, sweet carmel aroma to it. The taste has a great strong malt flavor up front then it mellows out towards the finish. The mouthfeel is very nice and a very good represation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 02:47:50 | More by chefhatt
Photo of keithmurray

New York

3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - amber mahogany with white head

Smell - malty sweet smell of caramel

Taste - malty caramel flavor, nutty, some hops at the back end

mouthfeel - sweet and toasty upfront, slight bitterness from the hops

Overall - pretty good representation of the style

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 20:26:16 | More by keithmurray
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New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic

Pours a clear orange color with a half finger of foam that fades quickly. Aroma is a subtle maltiness with just a kiss of floral hops.

Malty, clean, munich malt flavor. Rather thin-bodied. The 6.6% ABV is well disguised, it doesn't taste boozy in the slightest.

This is a refreshing beer, albeit a little unremarkable. I wouldn't mind drinking this again, but won't go out of my way to do so.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 01:25:14 | More by FickleBeast
Photo of dillon_1005


4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another good Oktoberfest to enjoy this fall. I am a fan of Oktoberfest's, this one did not disappoint. An amber, rich copper color, good off white head, great lacing. Smelled of caramel malt, a nuttiness in there. Taste was just the right balance of everything in an Oktoberfest, there was the slight sweetness offset with the bitterness, nice crispness. Over all one of my new favorites

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 22:36:05 | More by dillon_1005
Photo of StoutHunter


3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got a bottle of Left Hand's Oktoberfest that my friend Ben brought over for me to try. I'm always down to try an Oktoberfest that I haven't tried before and i'm interested to see how this one is, so lets see how it goes. 2013 release. Poured from a brow 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks pretty good, I like it and I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a fairly clear darker caramel color that took on some amber hues when held to the light with two and half fingers worth of off white head that quickly faded away and left a little lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, but I thought the head faded rather quickly.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness and a lot of malty aromas with some bready, toasted malts, and some light caramel malt aromas coming through. Up next comes a slight nutty aroma with just a slight alcohol aroma. The aroma was pretty nice, the alcohol could have been a little more hidden, but other than that it was pretty true to style.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly lower amount of medium sweetness followed by lots of malts which impart some toasted malts and bready aroma with bread crust seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes some light herbal hops that impart a very light amount of medium bitterness that's right on the border of being lightly bitter and it has a really malty and bread crust like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer that was pretty true to style.

M- Smooth, pretty clean, slightly sticky, on the thicker side of being light bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and an above average example of the style, it was pretty true to style and it had most of the things that I look for in a good Marzen, This beer had nice drinkability, it's a little strong for the style but it was still pretty smooth and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I don't think it would be a problem for me to drink a couple of these. What I liked the most about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was pretty nice, true to style and I liked how clean it was. What I liked the least about this beer was the alcohol, I think it should be toned down just a little to make this even more true to style. I would buy this again next year, I'm not sure I would get a whole six pack. but I'm sure I would revisit it again and it's priced well. I would recommend this to anyone who likes the style, All in all I thought this was a pretty solid example of an Oktoberfest, it's not my favorite of the style, but it's still pretty above average. Good job Left Hand, this is a worthy Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 02:58:16 | More by StoutHunter
Photo of Jparker37


3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Seidel.

A - Medium sized cap of off-white head falls to a ring around the glass. Color is on the dark end of the guidelines; dark amber. Perfect clarity but no lacing.

S - Layered toasted malt grazes the spectrum of caramel. Robust with some sweetness. Clean fermentation.

T - Very dense/rich toasty malt right up front and well into the taste. Shows a short glimpse of sweetness. Spicy hop flavor meshes with a breath of alcohol at the finish. Bitterness is moderate and balances well.

M - Medium body, medium to medium-light carbonation, short and sweet in the middle yet dry finish.

O - Solid interpretation. Good looking beer, great fresh and rich flavor. Aroma seemed to be a little too heavy on crystal malt. The heftiness is appreciated because some Marzens undershoot for drinkability sake. Alcohol continues to creep into the aftertaste more and more as temperature rises.

Judgement - Try

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 00:58:45 | More by Jparker37
Photo of jimmah120


3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

first time having this, 12oz bottle with no date

look is a sorta cloudy pumpkin color with a ring of foam. smell is light and pleasant: pulpy pumpkin, some spice, sweet caramel malt. there is a slight burnt flavor (and some of that dry leaves going on) but it's mostly clean and not too sweet or spiced.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 08:26:12 | More by jimmah120
Photo of KevinandBeer


3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Got this for the first time in a 64oz growler. Pours well, nice 1/4" thick, foamy head. Appears a clear amber/golden brown. Crisp initial taste, malty. Goes down very well. A mild hoppiness towards the end and finishes with a crisp. Not a huge Oktoberfest-type beer fan, but this one does it well.

Serving type: growler

09-29-2013 00:38:30 | More by KevinandBeer
Photo of barczar


3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant deep caramel with a dense cream head that lingers.

Deeply toasted, nutty malt and light fruity yeast esters form the initial aroma. Floral hops added complexity as it warms. Lacks the rich melanoidin character found in better examples.

Flavor reveals banana/bubblegum esters initially, which I thought I caught a hint off in the nose. Malt character is somewhat complex, nutty and toasted. Starts on the sweet side, but the bready character dries out the finish, and there's a touch of hop bitterness. Metallic notes emerge.

Body is on the full side, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Malt forward, as expected, with good toasted character, but the esters and metallic notes are slightly offputting. Had they not been present, this would've fared better.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 22:26:57 | More by barczar
Photo of tone77


3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, some sweetness. Taste is of malts, a bit of spice, toasty, some alcohol is present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer, a bit stronger than most of this style, but still highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 23:59:08 | More by tone77
Photo of Jason


4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Look: Clear brass color, excellent lacing

Smell: Clean, deep maltiness, faint taffy, loaf of bread, peppery, faint whiff of alcohol

Taste: Super clean, lots of bready tones, crust and toast, noticeable hop bitterness, herbal flavor, mild spice, nutty graininess, drying and still very clean aftertaste

Superb, one of the best of its style. Great job guys!!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 01:01:36 | More by Jason
Photo of BierStein711


3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smooth beer

This bottle was poured into my dimpled pint, the appearance is dark brown, off white head, this was a thick beer

Smells: bread, pretzels, malt,toast, spicy hop

Taste: Malty, toasty, bready, with a spicy hop finish.

Mouthfeel: thick

Overall, this was fine, but I wasn't too blown away.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2013 14:52:41 | More by BierStein711
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4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Normally, I am not a big fan of lagers. Too boring, too simple.

This one poured a nice coppery color with a thin head that quickly disappears, leaving no lacing.

Smell is better than expected. Very malty and caramel, with a hint of spice.

The taste is where this beer really shines. The caramel flavor is rich in the maltiness. The hint of spice late in the taste really sets this beer apart. Mouth is thin as per style, but this is overall a beer that may bring me back to lagers.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 02:00:10 | More by Labeorphile
Photo of Beric


3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: On tap, pint
Served: 16 September 2013

Appearance: A nice light amber brown. Crystal clear with a foamy, white one finger head at the top. Slight lacing down the sides of the glass. Looks like your typical Märzen.

Smell: Smells malty, with hints of caramel.

Taste: Not sure if I was just imagining things, but I actually tasted hops in this one. Traditionally, Märzen's are supposed to showcase the caramel maltiness that I smelled in the nose, but I actually got a decent amount of hop taste from this one. Minus points because of the beer not being up to style, per se, but that being said, this beer was still delicious and drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation for the style gives the beer a solid body, but keeps it from being too effervescent or heavy.

Overall: A good Oktoberfest, but that hop character I was tasting does not fit the overall style. I would get this again, but keeping in mind that this is not supposed to mimic a traditional German Oktoberfest-Märzen.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2013 01:25:03 | More by Beric
Photo of JGlitz87


3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear dark amber with little to no head. Leaves very little lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Very subtle all around. Little bits of citrus and hops. Sweet smelling overall.

T: Very clean. Hints of citrus and caramel on a base of slightly roasted malts.

F: Smooth. Well balanced carbonation.

O: A good Oktoberfest. Clean and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 21:39:44 | More by JGlitz87
Photo of KYGunner


3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Very light and clear coppery color doesn't purvey much richness but the head was a solid column of foam. It retreated quickly but was impressive while it lasted.

The scent has a touch of robust barley and a nice clean caramel sweetness. There is even a pumpkin spice or nutmeg hidden in the sweet barley tones.

The flavors are all Marzen with a full bodied barley flavor and caramel malts. A little bit of nuttiness can be had along with a toasted bread and roast.

The feel is watery thin with very little carbonated touch. I'd like a thicker more solid feel but other than that I found this to be a rather good Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 20:24:33 | More by KYGunner
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1.53/5  rDev -58.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: A dark copper red appearance, with some minimum head on the edges of the beer and some lingering on the surface of the beer. This is what i'd expect from a oktoberfest.

Smell: high alcohol smell.

Taste: a taste that is high in alcohol and low in flavor. This reminds me of budweiser.

Mouthfeel: Almost no carbonation, and medium thickness. They can atleast get this okay.

Overall: This is pretty bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 03:34:07 | More by Fergyx825
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Left Hand Oktoberfest from Left Hand Brewing Company
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