Left Hand Oktoberfest - Left Hand Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev +9.9%
Reviewed from notes. Poured into a pilsner glass.
Pours a moderate copper-bronze color with a white head and some pretty good lacing. The nose is some light caramel and bready plus some earthy, floral, and lightly-spicy hops. Really nice. I appreciate what they've done with these beers. While this may be overdone with some styles, I like how there's a fairly-pronounced hop presence in this brew. Good feel and all around this is a nice brew. Also, doesn't hurt that the artwork on the label is totally awesome.
11-14-2010 02:41:38 | More by Thorpe429
3.58/5 rDev -4%
A: The beer is crystal clear copper in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that quickly died down but left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and webs of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts and spices in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but a little more complex with flavors of caramel and toasted malts as well as hints of spices. Just the slightest hints of bitterness and sweetness are detectable; the finish is both malty and spicy.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and quite smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Although this beer is quite malty, it’s rather easy to drink because the body isn't that heavy.
09-22-2012 02:28:02 | More by metter98
3.6/5 rDev -3.5%
Candied kumquat orange with a polished bronze glow. Atop the beer is a generous crown of tight-bubbled foam that is some combination of pale orange, pale gold and ecru. What lace has been laid down so far is a treat for the eyes. It also looks like it'll hang around for the whole dang shootin' match. I recognize a wonderful looking Oktoberfest when I see it.
The nose is malt-dominant with that distinctive toasted earthiness born of Munich malt. The hops (German Magnum, Vanguard) are, to some extent, lost in the olfactory shuffle. While typical for the style and without fault, the aroma fails to excite.
Left Hand Oktoberfest has an odd (or at least a different) flavor profile that will take some getting used to. If I was drinking it from the tap, I'd suspect dirty lines. It isn't anywhere near that bad, but I can't think of any other way to describe it. Clay-like? Maybe backing off the Munich and adding some amount of caramel malt would help.
The hops that have been used have Hallertau-like qualities. Unfortunately, they aren't allowed to show them off because of the dominance of the malt. It's probably just the hophead in me, but I like a little balancing hoppiness in my O-fests. Warming brings out the malt sugars to an even greater extent.
The mouthfeel is full of rounded edges and is the highlight (outside of the appearance). It's medium-full for the style and stops just short of stickiness, providing an ideal amount of mouthcoating that promotes flavor linger. Whether that's a good thing or not is up to you.
As suspected, I've gotten more used to Oktoberfest's flavor now that I'm drinking the final few ounces. Either that or it improves as it approaches room temperature. Give it a whirl if you love the style, but there are others out there that are more deserving of my money.
10-12-2007 14:12:57 | More by BuckeyeNation
4/5 rDev +7.2%
Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a moderate head that displays good retention and an occasional bit of lace
Smell: Biscuity with a layer of caramel
Taste: Starts with a good Munich malt base with a strong biscuit flavor; after the swallow, the brew builds in earthy complexity with modest balancing hops; the finish has contains a considerable biscuit and caramel quality
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: One of the better Anerican-brewed examples of the style
Thanks, Oxymoron, for the opportunity
11-08-2006 02:11:49 | More by brentk56
3.95/5 rDev +5.9%
Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy amber color lager with a medium size foamy head with good retention and not much lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt is really dominant. Taste is more accentuated then expected with huge caramel malt backbone with nice balancing residual sugar aftertaste. Body is full with some limited filtration and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very well done for the style with great character.
10-09-2009 02:20:16 | More by Phyl21ca
3.63/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
08-18-2007 01:44:19 | More by BEERchitect
3.63/5 rDev -2.7%
Had this one on tap at Barleys a little while back and just found my notes from the review. Served in a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/30/2008.
The pour was decent enough. A nice light amber color with good clarity and a nice bit of carbonation sneaking up the sides of the glass. A two inch head of white capped off the top of the glass and settled down gently into a smooth crown across the top,
The aroma was loaded down with bready malts as one might expect. Hints of earthy grains and a somewhat vinous hop profile underneath, but a touch light overall. The flavor was clean, crisp and decent. Nice hints of light malts, some cereal grains and a good overall profile of light herbal hops. Crisp finish was smooth, with a light body that was decently carbonated.
Overall while not my favorite fest beer of the season, it was definitley drinkable. A little light, and not as full of flavor as I would have liked, but still decent. I would give this one a shot again.
11-29-2008 02:47:44 | More by mikesgroove
3.58/5 rDev -4%
12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia. Bottled on: 6/10/09.
Appearance: Pours a clear, deep amber body with a smallish, frothy, whitish head. Fair amount of splotchy lacing.
Smell: Toasted, bready grains in the fore of the nose with a dull hint of apple fruitiness and spicy, earthy hops to follow.
Taste: One part pilsener malts and two parts deeply toasty, sweetish Munich malts. Vague hint of apple-ish fruitiness. Earthy, lightly spicy and leafy hops with a restrained amount of good, wholesome, clean bitterness. Finishes dry, faintly bitter with a loitering toasty quality and that indistinct fruitiness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Not bad, decently drinkable, and certainly better than when I had it a few years prior on draft.
09-05-2009 02:34:27 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.53/5 rDev -5.4%
This brew poured out as a nice orange brown color, perfect for the time of year it's released in. The head was white and a fizzy. There really isn't much lacing here. The smell of the beer has some nice earthy spice notes on the nose. The taste of the beer has a little more of a hoppiness that I wasn't expecting. The mouthfeel of the beer was decent, had a nice balance and everything but just wasn't overly impressed by it. Overall this beer isn't a bad one for the style. I'd drink it again if I saw it around.
08-31-2011 21:00:12 | More by Knapp85
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
4.2/5 rDev +12.6%
A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, orange color with deep ruby hues. It had a bubbly, caramel colored head of foam. It left some trails of soapy lace.
S - It smelled very malty with a biscuity aroma. Lots of caramel aroma.
T - This beer has lots of caramel sweetness and rich malty flavors. This really tasted like a true German o-fest.
M - It was soft and smooth. A light to medium-bodied brew.
D - This is a great Octoberfest. I really enjoyed this brew.
09-12-2009 01:28:47 | More by zeff80
3.83/5 rDev +2.7%
Beautiful label! It pours a slightly hazy deep copper body with gleeming golden highlights beneath a creamy cap of off-white. The head retention is fair and it leaves average spots of lace about the glass.
The aroma, oddly, offers a thread of phenolic (single batch?) amidst toasty, bready, and subtly candy-sweet malts. Mild grassy and floral hops are present, but stay towards the back.
In the mouth it's smooth with a medium body and standard carbonation that gently tingles the tongue.
The flavor is as might be expected, with the toasty and somewhat sweet or "juicy" malts dominating, backed by grassy, leafy, and mildly spicy hops. It's well-balanced and nicely rounded, and it finishes dry with a long-lingering toasty and bready maltiness.
11-10-2007 14:50:11 | More by NeroFiddled
3.83/5 rDev +2.7%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep orange/amber color, with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of caramel, spices, bready malts and some hops.
T: The taste is malty and sweet with flavors of caramel, fruit and spices up front accompanied by a hearty breadiness. There's a decent hops presence that provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a flavorful O-fest and is worth drinking a lot of over the course of an evening.
10-23-2008 02:54:33 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.25/5 rDev +13.9%
A - Pours with two fingers of off-white foam on a perfectly clear, amber-brown body. The head settles slowly and leaves excellent lace.
S - A smooth, bready aroma of malt with a hint of caramel. Some light, fruity notes of pear and just a hint of herbal hops.
T - Soft, smooth malt up front with some sweet caramel flavor and a hint of toasted grain. More of the toasted character comes out in the middle with light herbal hops. Finishes with a rich, smooth and rounded malt character as well as light, sweet caramel that is balanced by mild hop bitterness.
M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.
D - Impeccably balanced with an excellent malt character, this is a perfectly drinkable fest beer. The malt is soft and rich with no harsh edges of husky flavor or burt toast. There is only a light hop presence, but it is enough to balance the beer and influence the palate in a way that brings out the best in the malt. This is a great beer and once of the best lagers that I have had from a US brewery.
09-09-2010 05:01:20 | More by nickfl
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
4.24/5 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
4.05/5 rDev +8.6%
Pours an effervescent copper/caramel with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Above average lacing & head retention
S: A little bit of grainy cereal & caramel as this warms
T: Caramel & grainyness up front. A hint of herbal hop bitterness & a some breadyness as this warms. Finishes with some caramel & hints of pralines & breadyness, plus toast, let this warm up
MF: Medium-bodied, slightlty undercarbonated, a little sticky & good balance
Drinks pretty easy, not as good as last years, so far that's the trend, so maybe it's me? Still liked this considerably more than Sam Adams, no contest
08-25-2007 01:26:34 | More by russpowell
3.98/5 rDev +6.7%
12 oz bottle into a mug.
Pours a clear medium colored amber with 2 fingers of foamy off-white head. Thin, creamy retention that skims the top, leaving a nice cascade of lace that hangs on the sides of the mug. The aroma is a rich mix of malt sweetness, bread, citrus, and floral hop character.
The taste is toasted caramel malts and tangy citrus character that is well balanced by a tingling profile of Noble hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a firm yet creamy carbonation and an easy feel.
This was very nice for the style from Left Hand with a lot of attributes that just work well for me. I last had this about 2 years ago, enjoyed it then, and still really enjoyed it now. Solid.
10-10-2008 17:02:29 | More by Kegatron
3.35/5 rDev -10.2%
Lefthand Oktoberfest Marzen Lager
12 oz brown bottle, purple & blue checkered patternbehind a design of 2 dimpled steins of yellow liquid being clinked together over a blue and white checkered pattern. Did I need to tell you that? Maybe not. I poured it into a Paulaner stein, clear, with handles...didn't have a dimpled one available. Well I did, but it wasn't from a German brewer...I didn't need to tell you that, either.
Hazy, amber appearance, smallish off-white head.
rich, malty aroma. earthy. vegetal. big and beefy. very much marzen.
Big blast of hops at the top, brisk carbonation...a little too much. I could use it a bit more medium. Kind of clean, after the fizz.
Medium to light bodied, faint finish, a little sweetness at the end, some caramel, toffee flavors. But not too memorable. Fairly average offering for the style.
09-18-2007 22:41:05 | More by feloniousmonk
Left Hand Oktoberfest from Left Hand Brewing Company
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