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Left Hand Oktoberfest - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

832 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 832
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 33
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rowew on 08-22-2006)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by Labeorphile:
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4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Labeorphile, Sep 20, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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!

BeerAdvocate, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of Jason
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
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!!

Jason, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.65/5  rDev -29%
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.

DaPeculierDane, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of explosivebeer
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

explosivebeer, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of blackearth
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

blackearth, Sep 15, 2009
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2.03/5  rDev -45.6%
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.

Beaver13, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

SmellsofMahagony, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of Doomcifer
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Doomcifer, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of Guden
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%

Guden, Sep 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

BuckeyeSlim, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of tigg924
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

tigg924, Sep 21, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

KolbMarley, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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.

Mora2000, Oct 28, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

maki88, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of bsp77
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

bsp77, Sep 01, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

HopsForBrains, Aug 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

TKEbeerman, May 01, 2013
Photo of Legra
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Legra, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of Rejohnson
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Rejohnson, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of wo87810
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

wo87810, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of dwren89
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

dwren89, Oct 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

WVbeergeek, Nov 02, 2008
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Left Hand Oktoberfest from Left Hand Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 832 ratings.