Left Hand Oktoberfest - Left Hand Brewing Company
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Reviews by abankovich:
3.95/5 rDev +5.9%
Pours with a nice light tan head that looks good with the deep golden-amber color of this beer. It has a decent darkness to it for an Oktoberfest beer.
The aroma on this one is way malty. Some nice subtle roasted notes as well. But mostly the sweetness of the malts comes through with some caramels and brown sugars.
Sweet, roasted malts are really what this beer is all about. Not an overpowering sweetness, but a great balance in my opinion. Although I always prefer hop dominant beers, this one has a perfect amount of malt sweetness so that it isn't overpowering but is very enjoyable. Some mild, very minimal hop bitterness finds its way through somewhere in the middle along with some spiciness. But this is all very subtle and fades to a thick creamy malt sweetness on the back end.
Mouthfeel is very rich and creamy and a solid medium body. Goes down incredibly smooth. The creaminess and sweetness from the malt leaves a good aftertaste as well. This is a great session beer. I don't know if I could drink them all night long, but certainly could have a few at a time.
08-26-2008 21:15:34 | More by abankovich
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3.9/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
09-15-2009 21:39:51 | More by oberon
2.65/5 rDev -29%
On tap at Maduro. $3 pint poured into a Bells 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. Its 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.
09-11-2007 15:09:31 | More by DaPeculierDane
2.75/5 rDev -26.3%
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.
09-30-2008 00:37:08 | More by explosivebeer
4.25/5 rDev +13.9%
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!
07-07-2010 00:36:34 | More by BeerAdvocate
4/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
09-15-2009 18:48:49 | More by blackearth
2.03/5 rDev -45.6%
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.
09-22-2008 03:49:40 | More by Beaver13
3.98/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
08-24-2008 00:55:58 | More by Doomcifer
4.15/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
10-20-2010 11:32:44 | More by BuckeyeSlim
4.24/5 rDev +13.7%
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!!
09-23-2013 01:01:36 | More by Jason
3.2/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
09-21-2009 02:05:13 | More by tigg924
3.73/5 rDev 0%
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.
10-28-2009 00:57:49 | More by Mora2000
3.98/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
09-01-2009 01:48:00 | More by bsp77
4/5 rDev +7.2%
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!
10-23-2013 00:02:50 | More by dwren89
4/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
11-02-2008 12:13:23 | More by WVbeergeek
4.35/5 rDev +16.6%
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.
09-19-2008 03:08:05 | More by glid02
3.75/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
10-17-2009 21:30:35 | More by DarrellK
Left Hand Oktoberfest from Left Hand Brewing Company
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