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Left Hand Oktoberfest - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

944 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 944
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 35
Gots: 71 | 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)
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1/5  rDev -73.3%

JeffWorcester, Sep 09, 2012
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1/5  rDev -73.3%

Rmesirow, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of Ave
1/5  rDev -73.3%

Ave, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of kwarn
1/5  rDev -73.3%

kwarn, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of Sirath21
1.04/5  rDev -72.2%

Sirath21, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of Fergyx825
1.53/5  rDev -59.1%
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.

Fergyx825, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
1.98/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle, bottled on 7-18-07, served in a pint glass.

A - clear, light amber color with a white head that thinned out pretty quickly, leaving thin bits of lacing.

S - kind of funky malt aroma for a beer that's just a month old.

T - that same funkiness is in the taste as well, this was one of the first Oktoberfest beers available this year and I look forward to the German versions yet to arrive.

M - thin, light bodied with low carbonation.

D - ¾ of the glass was enough of a taste for me.

Final Note: it seems to me that in the rush to put out an Augtoberfest beer, some breweries miss the target with their Marzen. This one was way off the mark

JoeyBeerBelly, Aug 22, 2007
Photo of ChugMan
2/5  rDev -46.5%

ChugMan, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
2.03/5  rDev -45.7%
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.

Beaver13, Sep 22, 2008
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2.16/5  rDev -42.2%

Marcjwrz, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of crossovert
2.17/5  rDev -42%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I lied in my last review when I stated I was finally done with Oktoberfests this season, somehow this bottle landed in my lap so I ought to review it.

Pours a lot more reddish than most Oktoberfests, with a big dirty white head.

Smell is typical but with a hint of toecheese. The smell is awful for an Oktoberfest

This is one freaky tasting Oktoberfest, hops are there but it is ultra fruity and metallic.

One of the worst Oktoberfests I have tasted.

crossovert, Oct 15, 2009
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2.42/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Not usually a fan of Oktober's, but tis the season (sorta). Poured a nice color, darkish amber. Smelled strong of malts, and taste was "malty" as well, but not overpowering. Last drop of bottle was same as first. Didn't get the spice or fruit smells others have with this beer. Though not a favorite, not terribly bad.

ibashmuck, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of Kahlerbock
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Kahlerbock, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of TwelveOunces
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- A slightly hazed golden orange. A big bubbly off white head.

S- Smells like a lager, a bit of grain, some grass. A bit of caramel. Not much on the nose.

T- Very grainy and quite skunky if im to be honest, and mine is as fresh as they come. Lager yeast flavor. Light caramel. Almost bitter or sour.

M- Light mouth feel, high carbonation. Dry and bitter aftertaste.

O- This is a bad beer. Im usually optimistic when reviewing beers but this one is just plain bad. I hope the bottle I got is just a rotten one because left hand's beers are usually pretty decent.

TwelveOunces, Oct 28, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

JohnnyK, Aug 27, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

sneaks2210, Nov 17, 2012
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2.58/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a cranberry red fused with a touch of amber. A quick living greyish white head that leaves rather quickly leaving behind a sampling of it around the edges. A sweet and spicy aroma, malt forward 110% of the way. Bready, caramel, nutty and cloves, cloves, and a little more cloves. Flavor is strong on the clove, the nuttiness, caramel and bread is definitely right there with it too though. A crisp medium to full body to this. Overall, meh. Not too familiar with the style but I do believe Great Divide's Hoss is a similar style, but with rye malt included, and I prefer that to this for sure. Glad I only bought a single of this...though not even sure I care to finish this one bottle of it.

denver10, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of williamt
2.58/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured a clean copper gold with slight amber hue. Thick off white head that settles back to a very thin cap and ring at the glass.

S- Mild malt but just a hint.

T- I think not enough. Just a slight Vienna or Munich malt taste with a little hop bitterness in the finish.

M- Thick, syrupy, coats the palate and stays there.

D- Only bought this one, that will probably be it.

williamt, Sep 02, 2009
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2.6/5  rDev -30.5%

DJFetherolf, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of LairdChisholm
2.63/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a deep orange into my glass. A small, half finger, tan head bubbles up at the end of the pour, which bubbles down to a ring around the edge shortly after. Hardly any carbonation bubbles here.

S - Very faint sweet malts. Maybe some pumpkin or cinnamon. Nothing special here.

T - A really odd taste here. I don't know if I have a bad batch or something but I get some sweet malts up front. Maybe mixed with some cinnamon. The aftertaste is what really got me though. It was pumpkin mixed with a mealy fruit. If I had to guess I would say watermelon. Really wasn't expecting any of this.

M - A real lack of carbonation on this one. I feel like it makes the beer lacking some punch, thus making it feel thin.

D - With the odd taste and the lack of carbonation, finishing these is not the easiest task.

LairdChisholm, Aug 21, 2010
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2.63/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

In my opinion they should have kept their old label art, because the new one is odd. It looks like a winter beer, all cold colors of blue and a weird white tiger???

Pours a redish deep amber with about an inch of white head. Settling to leave a thin cap of retention. Brilliant color here, enjoyable.
Thin rings of lace line the glass.

Aroma is fairly sweet with a juicy yeast apple fruit aroma. Kind of odd and not fitting.
A bit of caramel there as well, but mostly not much to say on the subject of aroma, muted.

Taste seems boozy and peppery at first sip. Some cereal grains come through as do more caramel. Then more peppery spice and boozy warmth .

Not a fan of this one.

Buebie, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.65/5  rDev -29.1%
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
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2.68/5  rDev -28.3%

Coytrain79, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of malty
2.7/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The 'bottled on' section on the side of the front label was empty, but I'm guessing this is a very fresh bottle (?).

Pours a briliantly clear russet color with a massive fluffy off-white head that stays around 2". Little visible uprising carbonation. Beautiful bold rings of clingy lace all the way down.

The scents are clean and minerally (like wet river rocks) and a malty sweetness.

The taste is surprisingly rigid, colliding with an almost void malty sweetness as I detected in the nose and a weird astringent alcohol flavor that is very unpleasant. As I sip more of this, I'm baffled at how awkward tasting it really is.

Mouthfeel has basicaly no carbonation with a lighter-than-medium body that's oily. Definitely not the way this style should feel.

Drinkability is bad. I don't think I'll finish this bottle.

Overall a great looking beer and then it goes down hill very steeply and quickly. I am glad I only bought a single of this. Many more much better O-fests out there for sure.

malty, Sep 16, 2009
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2.73/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had Left Hands Octoberfest for the first time last year. This year it tastes alot different. I found this years to be less flavourful. It almost tastes like a watered down version of a lesser quality Octoberfest. Very dissapointed with this years brew.

BigD1972, Sep 16, 2010
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Left Hand Oktoberfest from Left Hand Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 944 ratings.