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Left Hand Oktoberfest - Left Hand Brewing Company

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399 Reviews

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Reviews: 399
Hads: 1,087
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 21.45%
Wants: 52
Gots: 142 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 399 | Hads: 1,087
Photo of tlema1
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: deep Amber color, very little head
S: not much aroma, typical for the style
T: malty, Carmel taste
F: malt, a little sweet, not a lot going on
O: not a bad representation of the style, not one that I would recommend

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Photo of October
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty deep amber with minimal head. Nose is bready malts with hints of caramel. Taste-wise, this is a malt bomb. The finish is very clean, like any lager should be. Pleasant mouthfeel. Overall this is a great example of the style and a very solid beer.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice amber color with a head that disappeared almost completely and left practically no lacing. The smell is malty with caramel malt and some alcohol. The taste is sweet with a delicious malt and caramel flavor. There seems to be some brightness, almost citrus notes to it. There is a mild hop bitterness at the end with a lingering sweetness. This is a fantastic beer that is well made and delicious.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Way too much caramel sweetness on this guy. Evident on the nose (where it's not quite as off putting, even if not to style), but the palate really suffers for it. Easily visible in the glass as well, definitely on the darker end of the spectrum. Touch sour in the finish. Just can't stack up with more authentic versions of the style.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Brilliant reddish orange under a 1” foam cap that hugs the side of the glass. S: A moderately light nose offers up some spicy grain and hops. T: Very clean and spice with a rich malt profile. F: Medium to a little above on the body with medium to a little low on the carbonation. O: A well balanced, clean and smooth Oktoberfest.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The aroma is toasty, biscuity, and sweet with a touch of toffee and a little citrus and flowers after a couple minutes. Deep copper and mostly clear with an off-white head. The flavor is smooth and malty with spicy, woody, and somewhat citrusy hops. Moderately bitter. The alcohol is mild but noticeable. Smooth with a medium body, restrained carbonation, and a good amount of crispness.

The aroma and flavor are both nice enough but neither is extraordinary. The flavor in particular has plenty of malt, but it competes with the woody bitterness and alcohol. Not bad, at any rate.

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Photo of scotorum
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best By 12/26/14. Bought about two months ago in a mixed six.

Eye-catching label graphic of an open-mouthed jungle cat.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Clear copper with a finger plus thick offwhite head which receded to thin surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Bread crust.

t; Bready to caramel up front with some hop bite following. Finish is mostly dry. Light fruit notes develop later.

m: Medium with good body and some carbonation tingle.

o: A solid Marzen which I'm drinking a bit late for the season but which still works as a good dinner brew with fried scallops and baked potato.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.39/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

BBD 12/4/14. Clear amber pour with a beautiful dark ruby cast. Normal head and retention, excellent lacing. Light nose of biscuit with caramel hints over a faint pear like citric note. Almost medium body with a distinct creamy texture. Heavier than most Oktoberfests, which is a plus. Above average carbonation with a nice effervescence throughout. The wonderful flavor profile is intense, complex and well balanced. It begins with a burst of biscuit against a caramel backbone that effervesces into a mild bitterness in the middle. The bitterness is herbal in nature (with a bit of rind), gives the tongue a nice tart pucker, then releases into pear notes. The finish is clean and leaves you with a mild bitterness over a faint biscuit sweetness that is somewhat dry. One of best!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

This is a decent Marzen.....sweet balanced by maize malt base. The beer was a rich clear amber with thin head....that did not lace. Body was medium with decent carbonation. Overall...it was good.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

Serving: 12 oz can poured into a Libbey Gibraltar 7 oz glass.

Appearance: Clear medium amber; thick, foamy, off white head; minimal lacing.

Smell: Lightly malty, sweet and grainy.

Taste: Full, malty body; toasted cereal, caramel and sweetish fruit (apple). Lightly herbal, hoppy, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Fuller, malty Märzen with layered malt flavors and some good hop balance.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a mug.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, toasted, bready, doughy, and grassy.

Taste: Sweetness up front with everything else in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, low to medium carbonation, and a little chewy.

Overall: Pretty nice oktoberfest. A bit sweeter than most, but still nice. It is on the border of being a bock.

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Photo of 57md
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%

Bright copper. Mildly bready nose. The body was pretty good. The flavor profile had a healthy maltiness upfront and a dry bitter finish. This is a very, very good Oktoberfest.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

sampled on 10/4/14 with my good friend. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a glass .3l 'das boot'.

Pours a pretty dark amber in color with a small beige head that settles to a very thin layer on top and sides. Some spotty sticky lacing is seen when sipped. Lots going on with the aroma with what I can pick out, some caramel malts, toffee, bread and malts. More going on with the taste as it is full of flavor with some sweetness in the mix as well with some spice, nuts with a ever so slight hop finish. Very tasty and smooth brew overall. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. It could compete with some good German Oktoberfest brews! PROST!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a fluffy off white head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a clear copper bordering on dark amber that is a bit orange in color as well. It's little light compared to other Oktoberfests.

The smell has a strong malty caramel smell and a tangy orange hop smell. The beer taste is similar to the smell. Although, the sweetness is a bit sweeter. The tangy orange hop taste works but adds a little too much sweetness and can be a little overwhelming.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied but on the lighter side. The finish is smooth with very little carbonation.

Overall, a pretty good Oktoberfest and one worth getting when available even though it is sweeter than most.

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Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Deep translucent amber that glows in the light. The head is small and there is no lacing when sipped.
S- A rich malty aroma invites a taste.
T- A strong undertow of malts swirl around on the tongue and then hang ten with a glorious sweet hop crispness that fades cleanly and pleasantly down the hatch.
M- The carbonation is perfect and in combination with the malt profile leaves a lingering sweetness on the tongue.
O- This is a brilliant Oktoberfest.

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Photo of dcscientist
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

Outstanding Oktoberfest. This is one of my favorite styles, and Left Hand knocks it out of the park. Make sure you try this one in the fall. A good friend who usually stays away from anything in the amber realm tried this and declared "that is a damn good Oktoberfest", so there's all the endorsement you need.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was a great october fest. Very malty and crisp, nice carbonation. Deep ruby mahogany color and a thin head on the top. Mild lacing on the way down. Chives and cinnamon make up some nice undertones with the alcohol more noticeable to me than with many oktoberfests. Nice hop finish. Bought this as a single bottle... going back for a 6 pack tomorrow.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%

This poured a lovely orange with yellow hues in it and good clarity. Had a fat head that fell slowly and left lace. Simply gorgeous in the glass. Reminds me of a pretty girl with a stature if you will. Nose is tempting with a hefty hit of toasted bread crust first that gives way to some light but luscious caramel. A faint bit of herbal on the nose a small hint that the very kernel of this grain might just be a bit nutty. Tastes just like that. Smooth, malty, a grainy little edge and a light little herbal. Sweet too. Rounds out at the back palate with a faint bitter. Drying, dry and lingers with a bit of malty sweetness. Lovely, clean and very good. Medium mouthfeel that is thin meaning not thick or heavy. Perfect!

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Photo of misternebbie
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoyed this, not easily found in my area, nice and coppery, more foamy than lacy in the glass, very complex flavors, bread caramel and pepper. I would love to try this one on tap, have only seen around me in bottles

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Photo of Roxie_B
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Left Hand Oktoberfest
Serving: Bottle
Looks: Clear warm amber with a small head that quickly dispersed into lace.
Smell: Pears and whole wheat bread predominate backed up by a hint of white grape skin.
Taste: Cracker like yeast, sweet pear and grape with some noble hops. A bit of earthiness and then a little kiss of sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Dry and effervescent.

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Photo of OsoRojo
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Revisiting this beer after an initial tasting a few weeks back. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass...medium head, wonderful mild copper color. Nice aroma, malty with hints of spice. Classic Marzen body and taste. A very nice beer for this style, enjoyed best as the Fall sets in. Enjoy!

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Photo of logicalparadox
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

This Oktoberfest beer pours with a thick, luscious head that sticks to the glass; just what I love to see from a beer. A nice color, with aromas of biscuity, toasted grains and a faint sweetness. Flavors of grain predominate, with hints of cotton candy in the back. A nice offering of this style! One worth a second (or third!) try!.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Malt bomb with a profile that's both sweet and clean. Smells like fall, a blend of pumpkin and stewed apple under a blanket of bread dough. As for the palate, it's all about rich malt character: buttery pie crust, pumpernickel, wheat toast, hints of apricot, marshmallow, and jammy stone fruit. Hops are faint, slightly peppering the back end of the profile for a more clean, balanced finish (though the beer as a whole is nowhere near dry). A little on the sweet side for me, but that's its only flaw - everything else spells great drinking.

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Left Hand Oktoberfest from Left Hand Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.