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Left Hand Oktoberfest - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Left Hand OktoberfestLeft Hand Oktoberfest

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411 Reviews

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Reviews: 411
Hads: 1,128
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 21.39%
Wants: 57
Gots: 161 | 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:
Beer added by: rowew on 08-22-2006

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Reviews: 411 | Hads: 1,128
Photo of Blakaeris
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich red copper with a modest off-white head.

Aroma is toasted caramel malt. Grainy, fruity, with a touch of earthy hop.

Taste has a strong grainyness to it. Malt is bready, nutty, and sweet with caramel and toffee. Hops step in with a warm earthy quality. Finish has some hop spice and a slight metallic sting.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied. Chewy and sticky.

A pretty tasty O-fest. Surprisingly grainy with generous hops for the style.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Nice copper color with a offwhite head. Did leave some lace on the glass.

smell - Caramel, malt, amd bread here.

taste - Nice malt taste, with some caramel present. Some mild hops at the end of the taste.

mouthfeel - Medium-body.

drinkability - This was bery good, might be my favorite so far to date for this style. Worth a try on this one.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I like the label, with its giant mugs of brew against the blue and white checkered backround. Fairly authentic looking and brings back good memories. Anyhoo, the color is a light amber and the head dissipates quickly even for the style. The nose is likewise unremarkable with solid caramel notes and a tiny whiff of vanilla.

Extremely malty throughout the sip, with more than a hint of alcohol in the flavor. Bread and caramel notes dominate. A bit heavy for the style and would be difficult to drink in large quantities, at least not without getting cotton mouth and pretty tanked pretty quickly.

An interesting take on the style but not something I'd recommend to our friends from Deutchland.

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Photo of gabeerfan
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this in a liter stein at BSP's Oktoberfest.
Arrived a very clear, light amber color. Small head that faded to a thin cap and ring.
Very malty aroma. Lots of caramel and brown sugar. No detectable hops.
Flavors mirror the aromas pretty closely with some very slight hints of honey coming in too.
Medium-light mouthfeel. The sweetness did coat the mouth a little, but didn't stick around too long.
Quite drinkable. It's an Oktoberfest, so it's meant to be consumed in large quantities.
Very good beer. Not the best beer I had that night, but I would still recommend it without hesitation.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this from Gullifty's in Rosemont, PA.

A: Pours a dark amber, body with an off-white head with nice retention and lacing.

S: A sweet, malty smell with some honey-like undertones.

T: A sweet, malty taste with some sweet honey tastes evident in the aftertaste.

M: A smooth mouthfeel with a slight lightness to it. A nice mouthfeel for the style.

D: A nice combination of mouthfeel and taste. A nice example of this style; a nice Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Tolann
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a NB globe glass

A - Copper orange in color. Not a lot of head and more white. Crisp clear color and not a lot of bubbles

S - More nose than I anticipated. Mostly malty sweet. Some herb/spice notes. caramel sweetness

T - Sweet caramel and malty.

M - light/medium mouth feel. Easy drinking. Not a lot of carbonation. A little bit of heat in the back of my throat after the swallow.

D - Easy to drink, but not my typical style of beer. Good to enjoy and be in the spirit of the season, but not something I'd ask for year-round

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Photo of mountdew1
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a reddish brown with a 2 finger bubbly head. Smell had tinges of vanilla and pepper. Taste was slightly milky sweet with a spicy aftertaste. Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation was slightly strong, but the liquid coated well. Easy to drink, alcohol was extremely well hidden, went down smooth.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is a small nose, with a bit of caramel sweetness. The head on the beer is about 1 cm, good retention, good lacing, and a lot of carbonation. The beer is very caramely and has a nice sweetness. The lager bite comes through at the end to make the beer crisp. There isn't much toasty/biscuit flavours coming though. Very nice mouthfeel. The taste is a bit too one dimensional though. Pretty drinkable.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orangish, copper body with a decent head and some lacings. A good smell of caramel malt and a hint of hops; sweet smelling. Low on spices and a mild sweet malt taste but real smooth and filling. Goes down easy and is a good Oktoberfest, but not the best.

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Photo of NoonanDBarbarian
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours with an orange color and no rolling bubbles. leaving a 1/4 head that drifts away. it has a great smell of having trouble explaining other than sweet. followed by a very rich and smooth start followed by a bitter finish. Though it doesn't show any carbonation it has plenty in the feel. This is a very drinkable beer but there are many more much better.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Bright orange amber colored beer with a thick layer of frothy white head that bubbles down fairly slowly. There are some nice sticky sheets of lacing down the glass.
S: Sweet caramel malts and some earthy grains. Not much hoppiness there.
T: Plenty of sweet malts. Perfectly pleasant taste, but it's rather one-dimensional.
M: Really pushes the sweetness.
D: Pretty good, but one or two at a time is enough for me.

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Photo of explosivebeer
2.73/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Day nine of Oktoberfest brings Left Hand Brewing's offering.

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle with "Bottled On" date of 08/06/08 printed on the label.

Poured a crystal clear rich copper hue, giving rise to a one-finger head of light tan foam that quickly settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a light amount of lacing.

Aroma is mostly herbal hops combined with a slight nose of sweet, fruity, toffee malt.

Fairly light on the palate, flavors of sweet caramel appear up front, followed by a somewhat herbaceous hop bitterness and a very noticeable hit of fresh earth in the middle, finishing with a hint of sweetness and lingering long and dry.

Very drinkable and an excellent example of the style, with a great balance that seems lacking in some other variants. The higher level of alcohol than usual does have a noticeable effect on an empty stomach, though, so beware.

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Photo of beveritt
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label shows two large steins superimposed over the blue and white Bavarian lozengy background. Bottled on 08/06/08.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of light tan head. This settles slowly, leaving behind nice lacing. The beer itself is a deep mahogany and perfectly clear. No sediment int he bottle.

Smell: Rich caramel and toffee with slight vegetal hoppiness; almost like overcooked peas.

Taste: Caramel malt, somewhat subdued by a decent carbonation bite. Mild hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Slightly lower than average carbonation level. Body is very good.

Drinkability: Easily one of my favorite beer seasons, I need to find my favorite Oktoberfest. This one is good, but I still think some of the actual German examples I have had are my leaders.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.07/5  rDev -44.7%
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.

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear amber-copper color with a thin white head. The aroma is moderate-high malt, toasty and sweet and a bit oxidized (year old bottle). The flavor is highly malty, biscuity and toasty. There is also a moderate spicy hop flavor. The finish is just a bit dry and rather smooth. Moderate carbonation and medium body. Overall a solid Oktoberfest.

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Photo of glid02
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's that time of the year again, and what better way to celebrate than by getting a good Octoberfest beer? Most of the ones on sale in the stores around me were the same as last year, but this one was new this year. After sampling the Milk Stout and Haystack Wheat, I figured that I'd give this a shot too (it doesn't hurt that I'm left-handed as well!). A lot of Octoberfest beers tend to taste the same and blend into each other after a while, but this one stood out as a solid, well-crafted brew that subtly grew on me. Amazingly enough, it's not spicy either!

I wish the pour was a bit better. The copper hue was nice but the head and lacing were notwhere to be found. The aroma was a bit weak too, but once I took a sip, it was pretty obvious why. The hops can't be felt here at all. What does stand out is a beautiful mix of roasted malt, molasses, chocolate, and a smokey autumnal aroma, with a hint of caramel thrown in. Somehow, these all work harmoniously together, and it's a welcome change from the ash/cinnamon/nutmeg/pumpkin/vanilla mix that so many beers take this time of the year. It goes down well and the aftertaste is surprisingly light, given the heavy tone of many of the flavors.

I'm normally a hophead in what I prefer but in this case, I've been won over! Additionally, I have no idea what the ABV % is but in this case, I don't care. Even though it's still in the 60's outside, this is a great brew to welcome the upcoming cool weather with. Have it after dinner or with a slice of pumpkin pie and whip cream - once again, Left Hand has an offering worthy enough to be held in mine!

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Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sweet doughy malt and some flowery hop.

The taste was upfront soft sweet malts, some cereal grain huskiness and a light hop spice. The flavors were a bit too blurred for my taste.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller and creamier side for the style.

Overall a tasty and certainly easy to drink Octoberfest.

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Photo of mashedpotatoes
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a dark amber color with a large 3 finger head that dissipates quickly. Lacing remains pronounced on topmost level. Smell is delicate/intricate, flowery/carmelly. Taste is very well balanced, a bit of roasted malt a hint of molasses. Mouthfeel is superb, very well rounded and robust again, aftertaste is quite strong but not offensive in any way. More of a reminder of a quality beer. Drinkability is high. This is one of the better handcrafted Oktoberfests I've tried this year.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first tried this one, alongside 3 others at the weekly tasting offered at the local beerbar. It surprised me out of the bunch, and I have looked forward to trying a bottle for purpose of a full review (and to see if it was more than just a good first impression)

A: Quite a bronze tone - on the darker side of the style, compared with a dozen or so others. Head is mediocre, retention the same - it does leave a nice trim right around the edges that helps out, though.

S: Sharp malt scents - quite pronounced. Something of an almost nutty aroma in there, a little bit of a caramel touch.

T: A similar profile to the aroma... a nuttiness in the malts, and a little bit of a soft tartness. There's something kind of similar to a brown ale about this, which is a little strange, but not necessarily a bad thing at all.

M: Medium body, rather straight forward. The carbonation leaves a little bit of a prickling sensation in its wake, and there is a hint of alcohol warming on the finish.

D: It continued to impress over the course of a bottle, though it did seem like it might get a touch intense for the style with a couple or more. A good beer, nonetheless, and one I'll be looking for again before the season is through.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark copper color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is a little on the faint side for me, with a nice malty nose and some alcohol.

T- The taste starts off smooth and malty. It is pretty full bodied for an Oktoberfest with a small bite in the finish from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- This is a pretty decent Oktoberfest, but not exactly sessionable.

Overall, Left Hand Oktoberfest is a decent Oktoberfest, but probably not a beer that I would purchase again. It is worth a shot though.

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Photo of bark
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is nut brown with a hint of amber. The finger thick head sinks down to a pale beige lid. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is malty with some nutty hints of bread, light syrup, hints of boiled vegetables and a mild bitterness.

The taste is very malty with a quickly passing sour flavour. Roasted sweet bread-like flavours, notes of boiled vegetables, meat and gravy. The aftertaste brings a nutty flavour, some sweetness and a dry pleasant gentle bitterness. Toasted bread in the finish.

The carbonation is medium strong; small gentle bubbles. The liquid is very smooth.

If I would just have read about Oktoberfest beers and never actually had drunk one, I think that this one would come very close to my expectations. It is very drinkable but still with a lot of character. Reminds a lot of a brown ale.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, deep amber color. Poured a two finger off-white head that persisted. Light lacing was a bit inconsistent

S: Grainy wet malts and a bit of citrus.

T: Bready malts; lightly sweet caramel. Hops were well-hidden; slightly out of balance with malt. Not terribly complex.

M: Medium body. Pleasantly balanced carbonation.

D: Very drinkable; decent ABV, not too filling nor tiring. It would be nice to kick back a few of these.

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Photo of Bananaman
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had quite a few october beers already this year, and it's only september! And Left Hand Brewing does not dissapoint! The best octoberbeer so far, though there have been one or two that have been almost in the same class.

Mahogny colored beer with a nice white head, though it doesn't stay for long.

Smells lots of butterscotch, some sweet malts and some fruit, probably dried plums or something like that.

Taste is pretty similar too the smell, but there some strange very sweet note that disturbs slightly. I really like it though, and the palate is really good!

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Left Hand Oktoberfest from Left Hand Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.