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Left Hand Oktoberfest - Left Hand Brewing Company

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686 Ratings

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Ratings: 686
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 21
Gots: 15 | 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:
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(Beer added by: rowew on 08-22-2006)
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Photo of GRPunk


3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a mug.

A- 1-finger, khaki head drops to a moderate-light film that leaves really good (great?), sticky rings. The body is a clean copper with moderate carbonation.

S- It's a nice balance between caramel and bready malts and grassy hops. There's a touch of raisin and alcohol with a little warmth that seems just a touch out of place.

T- Rich caramel initially is cleaned up with spicy hops. While I normally like a really malty Oktoberfest, it's just a touch too sweet.

M- It's a little syrupy. Moderate to heavy carbonation mixed with solid hopping provides a good tingle.

D- It's a decent version of a Marzen. It's quite substantial and malty. It might not be quite as refined as the upper echelon.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 18:16:52 | More by GRPunk
Photo of Nerudamann


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

Look - Semi-murky, amber in color. About 2.5 fingers of head that dissipates somewhat slowly. Slow carbonation.

Smell - Fairly hoppy-smelling, maybe a little spiced up, but with a sweet, perhaps caramel aroma.

Taste and Mouthfeel - fairly hoppy in taste too, but with a sweetness to balance it out and make it less bitter. Bitterness is still there, mostly present in the finish. Not much of an aftertaste though. Can't define the sweetening agent being used, but I don't think it's the caramel that I thought I smelled. General texture is slightly toward the creamy side.

Drinkability - not a bad brew at all. Not quite as full-bodied as I would have hoped for , but still interesting. Good tasting and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 03:32:14 | More by Nerudamann
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New York

3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a half liter hand glass.

Pours a nice copper color with some red orange and re highlights. The aroma has that peanut shell goodness and lager yeast that makes this closer to it's German counterparts. There is a caramel initial taste but a bitter flavor at the end that leaves the palate dry. Nice carbonation and a nice sweetness that plays well. Overall this is a good example of American marzens and what they can bring to the table. Not the best but good.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 02:20:20 | More by Augustiner719
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4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Germans started a good thing with the 'fest. This particular version is the standard 'fest-issue deep marzen color - red-orange, with quickly disappearing head. Like a late night fire blazing from a recent battle, licking toward the sky.

I smelled it and then smelled again, trying to soak it all up. Sweet and highly malted on the nose - like a giant German malt bomb - beer-krieg is imminent.

A frontal malt-assault on the senses - straight to the trenches with sweet a sticky malts. Raisins, toasted sugar, and some nuttiness. Reinforced with a good hop balance though - enough to march across the tongue.

Pretty big on the tongue - grander than a traditional 'fest - like a whole brigade. It works really well in that context though.

Though it was bigger than expected, I enjoyed it for a change from the traditional 'fest seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 02:38:25 | More by mdcrouser
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New York

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is for the 2012 Left Hand Oktoberfest Marzen Lager:

A - Tan with orange red tinge

S - nutty with a tang

T - nutty slightly smoky, a tiny bit of sweetness but with a good balance

M - slightly fizzy

O - nice, good balance of nutty, smoky and tiny bit of sweetness would have again

Older 2010 bottle

A - reddish orange tinge no head at all - thin layer of bubbles that dissipated immediately

S - the faintest hint of sweetness and a tiny bit of malt but barely any smell at all

T - Sweet almost no bitterness at all - a tiny bit of citrus and barely any malt at all (until it warmed up a bit then the malt came through better) - can't taste any hops - almost sugary. Got a little less sugary and a bit more flavor as it warmed up. Definitely needed to warm up a bit to let more of the flavor and depth come through. The sugar mellowed and darkened as it warmed up.

M - nice set of tight bubbles that keep it perky. Really enjoyed the carbonation.

D - Not much depth but it is tasty - very smooth and light , has just enough body. Could drink several of these without feeling full over overloaded. Would drink again but would wait for the beer to get more close to room temperature first.

Would probably go well with Chinese, Japanese, or Thai food - though I have no way of knowing this

(chilled bottle poured into a pint glass)

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 03:09:28 | More by Kiwano
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3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a bright clear copper/cherry wood color with shiny gold highlights. It has a ¼" off-white head that soon recedes to a ring and irregular patch of foam. Sipping leaves patches of foam and minimal lacing that soon slide back down to the liquid. The foam and ring are gone long before the beer.

Smell: The aroma is faint but there is some caramel and toasted malt character along with some grassy hop detectable.

Taste: The flavor has some toasted sweet honey and caramel malt flavor tinged with slightly grassy and floral bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and there is adequate carbonation. The finish is medium length, begins with the malt sweetness dominant and trails off into the light dry earthy bitterness.

Drinkability: This beer is "ok" for drinkability. I've had better Oktoberfests though and so I would drink it if offered but not go out of my way to have another.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2010 16:45:07 | More by drtth
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3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Left Hand's Octoberfest poured a bright copper orange with almost perfect clarity. The tan head was relatively weak and faded to a film very quickly.

The nose had a definite German presence. Raisins, fruit snacks, and cinnamon were distinct flavors from the get-go. Toasty bread and dark sugar notes came through as it warmed.

Buttery biscuits and brown sugar created a cloying syrupy malt
fiesta in my mouth. The dry finish had a grassy dryish finish that aided in the balance department.

The body was good and viscous without being too syrupy. The carbonation was spot on, keeping it sharp through the dry clean finish.

This one was a malt showcase, and a pretty good one at that. The overall sweetness was solid, but kept in check by a sturdy hop bill. Definitely drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 21:59:55 | More by climax
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3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (bottled on 080410, drank 9-20-2010) into Samuel Adams sensory glass. 2 1/2 finger off-white to superlight tan head reduces to a cap with sheets of foam sticking to the glass. Clear but deep amber color.

Aroma of honey lemon and hint of grass, very sweet almost overripe fruity caramel. Sweet bready malt forward taste, bitter grape soda taste as the slightly citric hops bitterness rises up. A bit of a sour tang with bitterness in the finish rides over the big maltiness. Medium carbonation and medium to medium low body.

Nicely malty but hops bitterness a little harsh and more assertive than I prefer, different from some of the German Oktoberfests or marzens. Not the best but far from the worst...

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 23:06:57 | More by milkbaby9
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3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a mostly clear copper color with a 1 finger head some lacing on side of glass it looks good..smell is malts some spice a vienna malts smell with toffee and bread...taste is malts and bread with some spices like nutmeg and cinnamon some hops and citrus come into play and some toffee malts..mouth feel is medium its tasty and typical of a marzen ..drinkable and tasty not the best but still good

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 22:42:00 | More by gatornation
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4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. Bottled on: Space available, no date.

A - Perfect clarity shows off the carbonation rising in the beautiful golden pumpkin orange beer. An uneventful pour leaves only a finger of cream head behind. Not even the carbonation can sustain it. Little wisps of lace left.

S - The initial aroma is flooded with delicious toasted amber and Vienna malts followed up by a hearty dose of caramel melted on top. Mild but nicely balanced hops spike the malts with a floral component. Awesome oktoberfest nose!

T - Awesome malty profile that mirrors the aroma with a distinctive toasted Vienna and Munich malt flavor and drizzle of caramel over the top. Refreshing hops balance it out very nicely and add subtle, delicate floral notes.

M - Crisp and refreshing, it has a medium body but a carbonated, crisp finish.Leans just a bit to the sweeter side with a pinch of dryness on the finish.

D - Fantastic fall beer! It's a very well-brewed oktoberfest with epic drinkability. I'd pour these into a liter mug if I had enough!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 12:28:12 | More by BeerFMAndy
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3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass
I have to commend Left Hand's new label designs. They are consistently great. I would hang a print of this Oktoberfest label art in my house.

Pours a light, butterscotch & pulled caramel colored body. Lots of clarity to the body; translucency isn't crystal clear but pretty close. Two fingers of buttermilk head quickly turn into a single, large-bubbled, finger's worth. Lacing is just adequate. I was feeling lager tonight, and this beer looks very much in line with what I was craving.

I don't care for the aroma here. There's no balance or cohesion to it. The malts are very strong smelling, like there's a slight sour mash quality to them. Too much toasted bread aroma. The hops are assertive, too. Together the strong sourdough smell and the tinny hops smell clash. There may be some diacetyl too. This isn't the clean lager aroma I was looking forward to.

The flavors make more sense on the tongue. The malts are stronger than in other marzens I've had. Left Hand takes the breadcrusts and nutty flavors and lager yeast flavors and amplifies them. The hops are beefed up here too in an effort to match up with the strong malt. Grassiness from those hops coaxes out a bit of appleskin flavor from the malt. The finish is nutty with a flush of apple. I want to rate this a 3.0 but I think it is ever so slightly above average. This isn't my preference in Marzen flavor profiles but I can see the appeal.

Those increased malts mean a sizable increase in thickness. I find this beer to be too viscous for the style. It feels unnatural and it prohibits drinking. I am sort of treating this beer like a sipper, even though it has no reason to be. That is the fault of mouthfeel and drinkability.

This is not the sessionable sort of Oktoberfest that you are probably looking for. Compared to, say, Sam Adams' subtle, excellent example of the style, Left Hand's is downright imperialized. This will appeal to some people. I was looking for a crisp Marzen and this heavy, flavor-dense rendition of the style wasn't it.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 04:26:14 | More by Reaper16
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3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

Left Hand Oktoberfest was a dark amber color with good clarity. It had a creamy beige head that didn't last but managed to leave some lacing behind. The smell was sweet malt and a touch toasty. The taste was full of toasty malt with a little spice and fairly dry finish. Mouthfeel was good; just over medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinkabity was good. This is a good Oktoberfest and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 00:04:13 | More by afinepilsner
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3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber/orange with sticky head. Slightly herbal aroma. Herbaceous notes continue in flavor profile, but there was a slightly odd acidic tartness up front that ran through the flavor and seemed out of place for the style. Not enough to be a major problem, but a discordant note in an otherwise well made beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 15:17:04 | More by Brent
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3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark copper with one finger of off-white head with that holds itself aloft for quite a while. Aromas are predominantly sweet, with more toffee than toastiness. There's a hint of earthy hops in there if you sniff at it hard enough. Overall the nose is nice but unrepresentative of the style. The taste is a bit closer to that of a traditional Oktoberfest, with plenty of toast on the front and mid-palates. A strong brown sugar flavor makes it a bit sweeter than most Oktoberfests, but the extra richness doesn't turn me off; it just makes me sip it a bit slower. A low hopiness on the finish adds an additional layer. Overall, it's fun to sip but is not even remotely sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 06:55:36 | More by droomyster
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4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Light amber in color very clean.

S- Smell of floral hops and malt and ev en a hint of caramel in there too

T- Bready biscuit, some sweet malts and some floral hops and the end

M- Semi Dry very smooth with hops and sweet malt linger through out sip.

D- My first Left Hand Octoberfest. Very good between light hops and sweet malts. Very drinkable.


Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 04:32:00 | More by SamuelJackson45
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Rhode Island

2.73/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 20:59:07 | More by BigD1972
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4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Amber yellow with a white head

S- Malty caramel sweetness with some floral hops in there too

T- Bready biscuit, some sweet malts and finishes clean with some floral hops

M- Medium, creamy with great carbonation

D- Complex malts make it very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 18:48:16 | More by aepb1
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Showed a brownish orange with good head and retention. Smell was faint of sweet malts, some caramel and bready notes as well. Taste was similar, light bodied, high carbonation, all malt. Very sweet and mellow. Some good malt complexity.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 04:54:31 | More by stingrayvr6
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3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Went to buy a lager, found this and got it.

12 oz bottle into a belled beer glass. The beer is a deep anber with a tan head.

Smells are a sweet grainy lightly fruity mix that implies a rich drinking experience. Taste is cleaner and less sweet than I thought it would be judging by the smell. I am pleased that the fullness is unaccompanied by the oversweetness that could so easily be present. A full but mellow drinker this one.

I ;like the mouthfeel too as it is a medium bodied beer with a good carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability is high as it should be with an Octoberfest beer.

I recommend it for the season.


Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 02:14:42 | More by meeekyh
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3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden amber with a thin head; lacing is good

S: Sweet caramel and grains; a bit subdued and a little bit of a grainy hay funk

T: Grainy, malty, slightly sweet; all on top of a biscuity, toasty, caramel goodness

F: Decent feel though a bit watery on the back end

D: A good, session Oktoberfest

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 01:01:22 | More by dbossman
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3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Solid amber/copper color; very clear. Good start to the head. Leaves some spotty lace.

Rich malt smell with a touch of sweetness. Lots of caramel.

The flavor matches the smell profile. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Slightly sweet, this is a malty beer of lighter crystal (or darker pale). There's enough hop to be noticeable--still it's subtle.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 22:48:57 | More by smcolw
Photo of confer


3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is reddish brown, some of the white hangs around for a while.
The smell is malty and not very strong.
I like the taste but it seems to be not fully developed. It does finish with a bit of hoppiness.
This beer feels good and is very easy drinking as most Maerzens tend to be. It was a decent start to the Oktoberfest beer season.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 01:50:03 | More by confer
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4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A clear deep orange-brown color with visable carbonation. Off-white head, about 1 finger, that is fluffy in texture. Great lacing and head retention.

S: A sweet malty backbone with a bready aroma and earthy tones. No evident hops in the nose.

T: A clean and soft flavor that is well balanced. Flavors of bread, grains, sweet caramel, & dark fruits are picked up with a slight dry bitter aftertaste.

M: A smooth and creamy texture that is medium body and carbonation.

D: I could easily drink 6 or more of these at a time. A very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 23:23:28 | More by BrewCrew2010
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3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange-amber in color. Crystal clear. Not a lot of head and fine, thin lacing.

Smells of malts and sweet fruits with a smidge of caramel and hops, slightly floral.

Tastes typically octoberfest, caramel malts and fruits, lightly bitter hops. Not bad, decent for the style.

Feels smooth but slightly watery. Very low carbonation. A slick feeling in the mouth lingers with some very light bitterness.

Drinks a bit average-ish. There are better octoberfest beers available that are also a better beer value.

the blue and white checkered tiger bottle art is a bit strange for the style, tho this of course did not affect my review in any way.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 20:46:36 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hard pour into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass, while listening to the Kanye mix on pandora... cause nothing screams Oktoberfest like Chicago hip-hop.

A - Light amber body with a nice fluffy slightly tan head. Good retention with little lacing.

S - Fantastic herbal hop aroma with plenty of rich caramel and dark fruit notes from the caramel malt. The yeast leaves nothing but sulfur lingering in the aroma. Textbook.

T - Rich plum and raisin really dominates in the mouth, with little grainy flavors imparted from the malts. Nice cooling herbal flavors (not really mint, but something like that...) and spice are contributed by the hops, with a bitterness that just barely balances. Incredibly clean finish, with light prickly alcohol lingering and light cooling herbs.

M - Body strikes me as being on the fuller side for the style, quenching, but with some weight. Has enough carbonation to clean up some duck sausage.

D - The only complaint I could think of is that the dark fruits seem to take over the alt flavors in the rich example of an Oktoberfest-style beer. Fantastic otherwise all around. One of the best examples of its style I have ever enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 02:22:26 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
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