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Left Hand Oktoberfest - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

968 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 968
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 35
Gots: 84 | FT: 1
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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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Ratings: 968 | Reviews: 378
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer review from BA Mag Oct 2007.

While many beer geeks dream of one day going to Munich to celebrate Oktoberfest, many others have come to appreciate locally brewed Oktoberfest beer right in their back yard. Left Hand uses both Munich and Pilsner Malt with German Magnum and Vanguard hops to achieve their autumnal offering.

The carbonation has no problem pushing up a sizable head, which seems to take forever to dissipate. Glowing orange-amber-color shows a stunning clarity. Big malt nose with aromas of toasted bread, grainy crackers and a hint of sweetness that lays up against an herbal hop. Creamy mouthfeel with a rolling crispness that comes off the top of the medium body. Quick breath of alcohol. Biscuity flavor all around, sticking to the palate. Very clean from top to bottom. Hop bitterness shows just enough to balance and leaves a bit of herbal flavor from middle to end. Finishes toasty sweet with a light lingering hop.

We sized this one up and it came through like a champ. Not only does it have the upper hand for freshness compared to its German counterparts, but it drops a complex but drinkable malt bomb on the taste buds. Worthy of a mass ja!

Photo of Jason
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
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!!

Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Man are the Oktoberfest's comming out early this year. Good to see this new arrival popping up this week. Aromas give a medium malty, bready, caramelly rich nose; with hints of barley flavors and grains mixed in. The appearance is a brightly hued color of copper, golden, and amber--quite nice. Very clear with a continuous layer of foam, but little lacing. Flavors give a medium character of deep, rich barley malts with light caramel, bread, and hints of nuttiness. However flavors of grains soon make their way in, above the moderate bready flavors. The feel is a little light / thin, not allowing the rich maltiness to last deep into the aftertaste. Instead, a mild grain husk flavor gains intensity and follows deep into the lingering. Good beer, I just demand more from a good Oktoberfest.

Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Although Iam a self cofessed hop head I do like to drink the fest-marzen style during this time of year and I seek em out.This poured a brilliant bronze color with a lacey white head,aromas were of German malt, iron and toast etc...I like the fact that caramel doesnt dominate the flavor profile,way to many American versions are to sweet for me,this isnt.Flavors have toasty element to it with light caramel sweetness,in the finish there is a herbal smack wich is nice.This seems to be more traditional than alot of other American versions,very nice.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.66/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Maduro. $3 pint poured into a Bell’s pint glass a bit too cold for my liking. I tend to like Oktoberfests at near room temp.

Appearance: Very nice Marzen orange with some reddishness and a thick, creamy white-tan head. Good retention.

Aroma: Initially hit with the same sweet strawberry fruitiness in that I find in the saw tooth ale. It’s really overpowering and not befitting of an Oktoberfest. That is followed by a more generic fruitiness, caramel, toast, and a nutty finish.

Taste: Sweet light fruit, caramel, a pinch of toast, and a slightly drying/nutty finish. Much too light on flavor for me even when warmed up a bit. There is also way too much fruit flavor for an Oktoberfest.

Moutheel: Well carbonated but too light and not creamy enough. Overly sweet and somewhat unbalanced.

Drinkability: Sessionable but somewhat bland.

Photo of explosivebeer
2.73/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours with a thick, creamy white head that dissipates to a thin, lasting layer. It has a typical light amber color for the style. Very light malty aroma with some alcohol present. The flavor is a bit bland and the finish is unspectacular. It's a decent beer but I probably won't be getting it again anytime soon.

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

Enjoyed on-tap at Stub and Herbs in Minneapolis, MN. Poured a deep, dark amber body with a thin off-white head. Aroma of spice and sugar. Medium bodied with medium carbonation, this beer's flavors were mainly toasted and caramel malts. Very good version of an Octoberfest beer.

Photo of Beaver13
2.07/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours red orange amber with a large creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is toasted malts and maybe a touch of alcohol.

The flavor is sweet toasted caramel malts and some weird off flavors that increase as it warms (nitrogen?). The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, it's just pretty bland and uninspiring and the off-flavors make it rather unpleasant.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aaaahhh, Oktoberfest season is upon us...almost. Anyway, this is my first of the '08 season. Pours a very clear, bright reddish amber with a decent 1/3 inch head that dissipates pretty quickly. Smells of grains, german malts, light signs of cherry, some hop spice. Flavor is more graininess, german malts, yeast, doughy, very light hop spice to even things out. Very balanced and extremely drinkable. Oktoberfests are THE session beers. Perfect carbonation, medium bodied, slightly dry finish. Great Oktoberfest offered up by Left Hand Brewery. I'm pumped for the '08 Marzen Season. Bring 'em on! Now all I need is the crisp autumn air and the leaves to turn to foliage.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a frosted pint glass.

A - 1-finger head dissipated quickly, leaving circular lace on the surface that remained until the glass was almost finished. Foggy apricot/orange/copper color.

S - This beer really needed to warm up to release the nose, but as it did, it's mouthfeel changed, too. Early on, whole wheat biscuit. As it warmed, fruit candy and honey showed up along with subtle, soft hops.

T - Creamy malt. Yummy. Caramel, apricot, mandarin orange, figs, and buttery wheat biscuit all flowed over the tongue. Light hops on the finish gives it a nice, subtle balance that cleans off the sugar.

M - Creamy smooth, almost chewy at first. Reasonably substantive body with medium carbonation. Palate gets cleaned on the finish from the hops that lingers and makes you want to reach for another taste. Early on while chilled, this would be a great beer to polish off rather quickly after a good bike ride when you want refreshment and carbs. Once it warms up, it becomes more of a beer you fill your mouth with and enjoy on the tongue before swallowing.

D - A delicious, malty sweet Marzen well-balanced on the finish that makes it easy to reach for another. Goes great with buttered popcorn watching movies. Because of its malt dominance, I'd look to pair it with something like brats and sauerkraut.

Are there better Marzens out there? Sure, but you could do much worse than enjoying a few pints of this beer in the cooler days of fall, especially if you're not a hop head.

Photo of tigg924
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, dark orange brown, clear, medium carbonation

Smell: toasted malt

Taste: honey, toasted malt, and hops

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, a bit watery, asweet start with a bitter and dry finish, medium bodied

Drinkability: I am glad I tried it, but it is one of my least favorites from Left Hand. The usual over the top maltiness from Left Hand is missing from this one. Just an OK Octoberfest, I will not be seeking this one again.

Photo of Mora2000
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange-amber color with a small white head, which quickly dissipates. Smell is very malty, with some caramel and bread aromas. About what you would expect from a Marzen. Taste is malty sweetness with a lot of fruit in the flavor. Little to no hops are apparent. The beer is very crisp, but a litte thin on the mouthfeel.

Photo of bsp77
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit Pint glass.

Appearance: Clear copper-amber with foamy white head (looks like a root beer float on top) with excellent lacing, especially for a lager.

Smell: Biscuit, toast, sweet fruit, metallic bitterness. Little too mild.

Taste: Slightly sweet toast and biscuit backbone with some fruit and caramel undertones. Finishes with a moderate spicy hop bitterness. Definitely more bitter than standard for the style.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body (fairly full for a lager). Despite the slightly sweet backbone, it finishes very dry.

Drinkability: Excellent Marzen, although the bitterness is a bit high for the style. Paulaner had always been my favorite. This year, now that I have experienced a lot more beer, I prefer this one over it. Great job.

Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of dwren89
4/5  rDev +7%
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!

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

Appears a deep caramel amber near ruby red with a large off white tan head formed leaves behind thin even speckled lacing patterns down the sides of my liter mug. Aromatics offer up roasted malt and caramel tones with a touch of alcohol and mild herbal hop flow. A very bready texture of house lager yeast noted as well. Flavor is rich with cereal grains and caramel amber malt flavors, subtle nuttiness with a punctual noble hop bitterness adds to the incredible balance this version of the style has. Probably without a doubt one of my favorites of the season along with Great Lakes O fest. Texture is smooth with crisp even carbonation, definitely grab a whole sixer of this brew light to medium bodied it won't let you down. Drinkability like I said to enjoy this grab at least a half liter mug and enjoy it two at a time, so far I know Left Hand can pull off some good lagers, Pole Star and their collaboration Terrapin.

Photo of timontheroad
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

Photo of glid02
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this on-tap at The Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a clear brown color with some red highlights. Head is two-fingers of white foamy goodness that sticks around before dissipating into a patchy layer on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is phenomenal for an Oktoberfest.

Smells good. Lots of roasted and sweet malt aromas up front, with just a hint of mild hops.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. There's a big roasted flavor to kick things off, followed by a smooth malt sweetness, and ending with a subtle earthy hop flavor. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is good. Thickness is right on, and the carbonation is just right. This goes down very smoothly.

Drinkability is very good. This beer goes down almost too easily.

Overall this is at the top of my list for Oktoberfests. It's comparable to Victory's Festbier in body and flavor, but with more of a toasted flavor. A must try for Marzen fans.

Photo of DarrellK
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Left Hand does its usual good job on a brew. The appreanace of the brew is just what I want from a Marzen. A nice small bubbled head that leaves ia bit of lace, a bit of malty aroma and a clear whiskey colored look.

The mouth is average, not too thin but could be a tad heavier.

The taste is about average for a Marzen from the USA. Muted with a little malt, a taste that goes well with a wide range of foods. A great pizza beer.

Photo of LXIXME
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smallish off white head settles into a nice lacing above a clear rusty copper colored beer.

Sweet roasted caramelized grain malts with a hint of light spices adding to the aroma.

Roasted toasted caramel malts, light spices, with lighter grains coming through in the taste.

A dryish aftertaste with some of the roasted caramel malts taste hanging around for quite some time on this medium bodied beer.

A pretty solid tasting Oktoberfest with a nice sweetish caramelized taste, one of the better drinks for this time of year.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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!

Photo of Aberration
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this beer for the first time last night.

Appearance: Nice medium brown color, medium head.

Smell: Smelled a hint of caramel, with a slight spice in the background.

Taste: Caramel with a little hop to it.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, very easy to drink.

Drinkability: As said above, very easy to drink these and very good tasting. I'd definitely recommend this one to anyone who likes this style of beer!

Photo of dacrza1
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thin, even white head on a classic orange brown body with normal clarity...nice roasted malts with a slight sweet, doughy aroma...medium to full palate, with a smooth texture and finish...sweet, even malts...a lingering finish, impressive in its singular effect...another winner from Left Hand, a beer equally made for sessioning or swigging....bring on the candy corn.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Left Hand- Oktoberfest

Appearance- light caramel orange with a thin head that quicly disappated. No lacing.
Smell- Yeasty bread and sweet caramel malt.
Taste- Sweet malt with hints of vanilla.
Mouthfeel- Bitter at first but becoming sweet and slightly cloying further in.

Overall- A nice Marzen, nothing outstanding here but a beer I quickly drank down. I could drink a few of these.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very promising rich amber hue with good white head. Nose is slightly hoppy for the style, but the malt is there. Taste follows, a good malty flavor, but an akward profile, not quite the caramely flavor you get out of most german examples. Hops are more present than usual for the style, but still defenitely in the back seat. a strange malt profile here, still a good brew, but slightly strange for the style. Mouthfeel is good, but slightly thick. Drinkability is quality, but not amazing. Overall a good brew, and a good attempt, but still doesn't quite seem like the real deal. The malt profile is a bit off. Still an enjoyable beer, and great for the season.

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Left Hand Oktoberfest from Left Hand Brewing Company
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