Left Hand Oktoberfest - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Reviews: 370
Hads: 975
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 36
Gots: 86 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of bnes09
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Copper colored lager with good clarity. Mildly roasted, caramel and spicy herbal aroma. Nutty flavor. Lots of caramel. Spicy hop. Earthy texture. Crisp finish. Well carbonated. Good stuff. (189 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%

Pours a beautiful deep amber with a short lasting foamy white head. There is no lacing. The aroma is fruity with a hint of earthy. The taste has some of the fruit notes but also adds a nice bready depth to the malt profile. There is just a hint of hops on the finish. The body has a nice weight to it with a smooth finish and just a hint of carbonation. My first tastes weren't as good but it opened up with some air and a little warming. (438 characters)

Photo of AyeMito
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%

I really enjoyed this Oktoberfest. Its smooth and rich with caramel, honey, and buttery roasted malts. I also get lighter notes of orange peel, baking spice and toffee. Altogether, its one of the best Oktoberfest beers I have had in a while! love it! (250 characters)

Photo of michjason
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A Warm copper and rosy, very clear, small head with big bubbles, light bubbles

S Bright floral notes giving way to buttery malts. Not the best part of this beer, however.

T Caramel and toasted marshmallow, orange citrus finish

M Very smooth and medium-heavy body; light carbonation

O The caramel malts pair well with an orange-citrus finish; extremely smooth and buttery body. Great balance and a great marzen. (420 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle received in trade with cfrancis

Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, hay/straw/grass

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and light hops. There is also some tea, straw/hay and a grassiness.

Overall - Not my favourite style, but a pretty decent effort. Not something I'd seek out again, but worth a try. (585 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Perhaps the best American Oktoberfest I have tried. Stronger 6.6% with more aroma, weight, body.

Appearance: Pours clear, deep Brown-Amber body with a modest, frothy, white head. Fair lacing.

Smell: Toasted, bready, malty grains in the fore of the nose with a Apple, Spice, Hops, and wet fall earth in the finish.

Taste: Follows the smell. Earthy, spicy and leafy hops combine with malty, caramel softness and then finish as a wholesome, clean bitterness. Finishes dry. Toast and jam. Great with food! In this case, shrimp, soft cheese, the last pepper from the garden which has turned yellow, lemon olive oil, and whole wheat baggette. A must try.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body and carbonation. Feels just right.

Best in class American Marzen? Must try. Eager to share with friends. A bit more alcohol than others. (824 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nearly clear deep copper with a one finger white head. Head retention and lacing are pretty poor but it is not awful.

Aroma is heavy on caramel, toffee, and candy. Some fruity yeast esters sneak through and some dark bready malt. Nice.

Lots of toffee and caramel in the taste. More hard candy and yeasty fruit. Grassy/floral hops burst through leading to a moderate bitterness to balance out the sweetness. Mouthfeel is moderately dry with a slightly sticky finish.

Overall, a really nice Oktoberfest. It is definitely "American" in terms of strength and hoppyness but it pulls it off well. A good beer. (646 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, clear amber color, speckled with reddish highlights, and a quarter of a finger of off-white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that collected in the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very malty and bready, with notes of caramel, black pepper, orange zest and clover.

Taste: Like the aroma, the beer is very malty and bready, like freshly baked baguettes or bagels, followed by some caramel-like sweetness, spices of black pepper and orange zest, finished by some nicely balanced hoppy bitterness. Very, very good!

Mouthfeel: Medium to slightly chewy. There’s some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds, and with an ABV of 6.6%, there is a hint of alcohol on the palate, but a pleasant hint.

Overall: Another very, solid American version of an Oktoberfest beer. Very, very good! Great balance between malt, sweet and bitter. Certainly another beer to add to my Oktoberfest rotation! (1,041 characters)

Photo of dwren89
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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! (403 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark bronze color with a decent head and fair lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, bit of citrus and trace of grain.

T: Taste of malt sweetness, bit of caramel, mild citrus and just a bit of spice. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth, subtle malty character and nicely balanced.

O: Enjoyable beer, good seasonal offering. (359 characters)

Photo of mayerale
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: A light copper/amber look with minimal head.

S: There is a mild caramel aroma. A very crisp smell that doesn't linger.

T: There is a definite hoppiness to this beer that you don't find in most Octoberfest style beers. For those of us that enjoy hoppy beer (as I do), this is a nice note to a full flavored beer. There is a slight bitterness, but the flavor doesn't stay on the tongue for long.

M: This is very easy on the mouth. It is a full bodied, full flavored beer that doesn't hit it hard with overly strong notes. A light bitterness that disappears quickly from the tongue.

O: A nice change for an octoberfest style beer. I love the hop taste that it ads. A solid beer that I would definitely drink again, though I don't know that I would actively seek it out. (814 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This pours a clear, amber color with a slight off-white head. The aroma is mild with scents of toasted malt and spices. The texture is smooth and creamy delivering a great tasting Oktoberfest. Finishes with a slight hoppy spice after taste. Very well made and probably one of the better Oktoberfest beers I have had in awhile (325 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a nice ruby brown body with a small head that hangs out for a little bit. The aroma has a malty, sweet carmel aroma to it. The taste has a great strong malt flavor up front then it mellows out towards the finish. The mouthfeel is very nice and a very good represation of the style. (295 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - amber mahogany with white head

Smell - malty sweet smell of caramel

Taste - malty caramel flavor, nutty, some hops at the back end

mouthfeel - sweet and toasty upfront, slight bitterness from the hops

Overall - pretty good representation of the style (267 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic

Pours a clear orange color with a half finger of foam that fades quickly. Aroma is a subtle maltiness with just a kiss of floral hops.

Malty, clean, munich malt flavor. Rather thin-bodied. The 6.6% ABV is well disguised, it doesn't taste boozy in the slightest.

This is a refreshing beer, albeit a little unremarkable. I wouldn't mind drinking this again, but won't go out of my way to do so. (430 characters)

Photo of dillon_1005
4.34/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another good Oktoberfest to enjoy this fall. I am a fan of Oktoberfest's, this one did not disappoint. An amber, rich copper color, good off white head, great lacing. Smelled of caramel malt, a nuttiness in there. Taste was just the right balance of everything in an Oktoberfest, there was the slight sweetness offset with the bitterness, nice crispness. Over all one of my new favorites (387 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got a bottle of Left Hand's Oktoberfest that my friend Ben brought over for me to try. I'm always down to try an Oktoberfest that I haven't tried before and i'm interested to see how this one is, so lets see how it goes. 2013 release. Poured from a brow 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks pretty good, I like it and I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a fairly clear darker caramel color that took on some amber hues when held to the light with two and half fingers worth of off white head that quickly faded away and left a little lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, but I thought the head faded rather quickly.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness and a lot of malty aromas with some bready, toasted malts, and some light caramel malt aromas coming through. Up next comes a slight nutty aroma with just a slight alcohol aroma. The aroma was pretty nice, the alcohol could have been a little more hidden, but other than that it was pretty true to style.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly lower amount of medium sweetness followed by lots of malts which impart some toasted malts and bready aroma with bread crust seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes some light herbal hops that impart a very light amount of medium bitterness that's right on the border of being lightly bitter and it has a really malty and bread crust like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer that was pretty true to style.

M- Smooth, pretty clean, slightly sticky, on the thicker side of being light bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and an above average example of the style, it was pretty true to style and it had most of the things that I look for in a good Marzen, This beer had nice drinkability, it's a little strong for the style but it was still pretty smooth and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I don't think it would be a problem for me to drink a couple of these. What I liked the most about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was pretty nice, true to style and I liked how clean it was. What I liked the least about this beer was the alcohol, I think it should be toned down just a little to make this even more true to style. I would buy this again next year, I'm not sure I would get a whole six pack. but I'm sure I would revisit it again and it's priced well. I would recommend this to anyone who likes the style, All in all I thought this was a pretty solid example of an Oktoberfest, it's not my favorite of the style, but it's still pretty above average. Good job Left Hand, this is a worthy Oktoberfest. (2,763 characters)

Photo of Jparker37
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Seidel.

A - Medium sized cap of off-white head falls to a ring around the glass. Color is on the dark end of the guidelines; dark amber. Perfect clarity but no lacing.

S - Layered toasted malt grazes the spectrum of caramel. Robust with some sweetness. Clean fermentation.

T - Very dense/rich toasty malt right up front and well into the taste. Shows a short glimpse of sweetness. Spicy hop flavor meshes with a breath of alcohol at the finish. Bitterness is moderate and balances well.

M - Medium body, medium to medium-light carbonation, short and sweet in the middle yet dry finish.

O - Solid interpretation. Good looking beer, great fresh and rich flavor. Aroma seemed to be a little too heavy on crystal malt. The heftiness is appreciated because some Marzens undershoot for drinkability sake. Alcohol continues to creep into the aftertaste more and more as temperature rises.

Judgement - Try (932 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

first time having this, 12oz bottle with no date

look is a sorta cloudy pumpkin color with a ring of foam. smell is light and pleasant: pulpy pumpkin, some spice, sweet caramel malt. there is a slight burnt flavor (and some of that dry leaves going on) but it's mostly clean and not too sweet or spiced. (304 characters)

Photo of KevinandBeer
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Got this for the first time in a 64oz growler. Pours well, nice 1/4" thick, foamy head. Appears a clear amber/golden brown. Crisp initial taste, malty. Goes down very well. A mild hoppiness towards the end and finishes with a crisp. Not a huge Oktoberfest-type beer fan, but this one does it well. (297 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant deep caramel with a dense cream head that lingers.

Deeply toasted, nutty malt and light fruity yeast esters form the initial aroma. Floral hops added complexity as it warms. Lacks the rich melanoidin character found in better examples.

Flavor reveals banana/bubblegum esters initially, which I thought I caught a hint off in the nose. Malt character is somewhat complex, nutty and toasted. Starts on the sweet side, but the bready character dries out the finish, and there's a touch of hop bitterness. Metallic notes emerge.

Body is on the full side, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Malt forward, as expected, with good toasted character, but the esters and metallic notes are slightly offputting. Had they not been present, this would've fared better. (794 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, some sweetness. Taste is of malts, a bit of spice, toasty, some alcohol is present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer, a bit stronger than most of this style, but still highly drinkable. (306 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.26/5  rDev +14.8%
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!! (401 characters)

Photo of BierStein711
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smooth beer

This bottle was poured into my dimpled pint, the appearance is dark brown, off white head, this was a thick beer

Smells: bread, pretzels, malt,toast, spicy hop

Taste: Malty, toasty, bready, with a spicy hop finish.

Mouthfeel: thick

Overall, this was fine, but I wasn't too blown away. (301 characters)

Photo of Labeorphile
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
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. (524 characters)

Left Hand Oktoberfest from Left Hand Brewing Company
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