Left Hand Oktoberfest - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
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973 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 973
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.37%
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rowew on 08-22-2006

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.74/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Jparker37
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
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

Photo of jimmah120
3.74/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of KevinandBeer
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of barczar
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of Jason
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
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!!

Photo of BierStein711
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of Labeorphile
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Photo of Beric
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: On tap, pint
Served: 16 September 2013

Appearance: A nice light amber brown. Crystal clear with a foamy, white one finger head at the top. Slight lacing down the sides of the glass. Looks like your typical Märzen.

Smell: Smells malty, with hints of caramel.

Taste: Not sure if I was just imagining things, but I actually tasted hops in this one. Traditionally, Märzen's are supposed to showcase the caramel maltiness that I smelled in the nose, but I actually got a decent amount of hop taste from this one. Minus points because of the beer not being up to style, per se, but that being said, this beer was still delicious and drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation for the style gives the beer a solid body, but keeps it from being too effervescent or heavy.

Overall: A good Oktoberfest, but that hop character I was tasting does not fit the overall style. I would get this again, but keeping in mind that this is not supposed to mimic a traditional German Oktoberfest-Märzen.

Photo of JGlitz87
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear dark amber with little to no head. Leaves very little lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Very subtle all around. Little bits of citrus and hops. Sweet smelling overall.

T: Very clean. Hints of citrus and caramel on a base of slightly roasted malts.

F: Smooth. Well balanced carbonation.

O: A good Oktoberfest. Clean and easy to drink.

Photo of KYGunner
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Very light and clear coppery color doesn't purvey much richness but the head was a solid column of foam. It retreated quickly but was impressive while it lasted.

The scent has a touch of robust barley and a nice clean caramel sweetness. There is even a pumpkin spice or nutmeg hidden in the sweet barley tones.

The flavors are all Marzen with a full bodied barley flavor and caramel malts. A little bit of nuttiness can be had along with a toasted bread and roast.

The feel is watery thin with very little carbonated touch. I'd like a thicker more solid feel but other than that I found this to be a rather good Oktoberfest.

Photo of Fergyx825
1.55/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: A dark copper red appearance, with some minimum head on the edges of the beer and some lingering on the surface of the beer. This is what i'd expect from a oktoberfest.

Smell: high alcohol smell.

Taste: a taste that is high in alcohol and low in flavor. This reminds me of budweiser.

Mouthfeel: Almost no carbonation, and medium thickness. They can atleast get this okay.

Overall: This is pretty bad.

Photo of ranger7
3.14/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Picked this up from Central Market as part of a Pick 6.
From the bottle into a Breckenridge pint glass.
(Review from notes)

A - Red-ish amber. Small amount of carbonation. Thin white head.

S - Sweet apple.

T - Very smooth, not much in the way of bitterness or malt. Not bad, but not interesting.

M - Smooth, no carbonation.

Summary - Really, this is almost an amber ale. I'm not impressed. It's not bad, but not a great example of an Oktoberfest Marzen.

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Left Hand Oktoberfest

Poured from 12 oz bottle into mason jar. Served chilled...

A) Darker amber... Not much head generated, but what was there settled to a collar. No lacing to report.

S) Malt forward as expected, slightly sweet, a little biscuity. Nice earthy hops on the nose too.

T) The flavor with this grew on me. Needed to let it warm up just a teeny bit. Quite an earthy/herbal hops presence, but that worked well with the malt sweetness. Finishes clean...

M) Medium body with moderate carbonation. Refreshing and smooth. Easy drinking....

O) This is a solid Oktoberfest. It wouldn't be my first, or second, or third option, but it would be an option at some point.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear deep copper with a slightly off white head which retains well and leaves some lace.
Fairly big malt sweetness provides an enticing welcome to the beer. There is some bread and a touch of fruitiness and hop. Interesting.
Big malty flavor of some sweeter caramel and breadiness. Some spicy and herbal hop.
Drinks smooth with a little prickle.
Very well done American take on the märzen. I'd drink this again.

Photo of OKCNittany
4.19/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Re-reviewing, as I'm picking things up now that I didn't notice 6 years ago.

A: 1 finger light tan head that fell to patchy lace. Clear copper body.

S: Bready and caramel malt. Earthy/herbal hops w/ a touch of fruit (cherry? Apple?). Decent strength.

T. Bready & caramel malt, as you'd expect – but in better than average strength. What's not as expected is a lively herbal/spicy hop presence.

M: Medium body, medium+ carbonation. Lasting caramel bread finish.

O: It stays true enough to style, but it's more complex than most. Somewhat reminiscent of a kirta-halbe. You can drink a lot of it, yet it won't get boring. Very well done.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a seidel.

A: Beautiful amber-brown color. The head retains very well, never dipping under a half-inch crown. A blanket of lacing slides slowly down the walls of the glass.

S: Toasted grain, caramel, and a touch of candied sweetness. Hay. Hops are grassy and lightly spicy.

T: Caramel-like candied sweetness lands briefly before toasted grain and toasted crust come to the forefront. Hay. Hops provide balance and lend tastes of grass and a light herbal spice that extends into the finish. Light touch of alcohol. Very clean. Long semi-sweet finish of toasted grain and light herbal hopping.

M: Medium bodied with some heft. Full with a very firm malt texture. Creamy, maybe even a touch chewy. Moderate scrubbing carbonation.

O: The more I drink this, the more I enjoy it. A little bigger-boned than a lot of Octoberfests on the market these days, but that's the way I like 'em. Up there with the best American-made Octoberfest lagers. Makes me crave some German food badly.

Photo of JayQue
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid Marzen. Not weak and watery as so many are. Pours a beautiful bright copper color with a fairly fast fading off white head. Some lacing on the glass.

Smell is fairly mild, some toasted malts.

Tastes pretty good. Caramel and Toasted malt with just the right amount of bitterness. This is a fairly mild and drinkable style and this beer fits it very well.

Mouthfeel is rich for this style and crisp. Bitterness just right.

Overall a very drinkable Marzen, one of the better ones I have tried.

Photo of BB1313
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a transparent copper; small white head that fades quickly. It doesn't leave much lacing and retention, but the color is great. The aromas are extremely grainy. Lots of bread notes. Hints of caramel, butterscotch, and cherries. There's something off with the aromas, and I can't quite put my finger on it. The flavors are nice. I'm picking up alot of cherries. More caramel in the mix with subtle hints of toffee. There's no alcohol notes. Mouthfeel is awesome! It's extremely fluffy and creamy. It's medium-bodied; active but subtle carbonation. Mouthfeel makes this dangerously drinkable. Nice brew.

This is a very solid Oktoberfest. It's pretty straight forward, but there's enough to keep you interested. Nice flavors.

Photo of justintcoons
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Clear amber with 1/2 finger of off-white head. Decent retention and heavy carbonation.

Nose
Sweet brown breads and caramelized brown sugar.

Taste
Sweet brown bread, banana bread and caramelized brown sugar. Candy-like sugar notes and some earthy, leafy hops. Touches of lemongrass.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth, silky, crisp and refreshing.

Overall
This is definitely one of the better Oktoberfests! Don't miss out on it.

Photo of Da314man
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear auburn to burnt orange hue. Nice thin white head. Balanced mouthfeel. Pretty much perfect taste for a Marzen style. No real heavy aroma to speak of. Who doesn't look forward to mid-August every year? Fall and Winter Seasonal's is when most breweries get to expand their horizons without being "weird". This offering from Left Hand is for sure a good one to get your hands on.

Photo of UnderPressure
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice burnt orange colored beer. Clear. One inch head melts to a fizzy ring after a minute.

Not much aroma to speak of. Slightly alcoholic. Faint pale malt.

A balance of sweet, roasted malt and bittering hops with an accompanying metallic flavor.

Light to medium bodied beer with a nice, delicate carbonation.

Photo of Vashtar
4.57/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great Oktoberfest!

It pours a really clear medium brown that turns golden brown toward the thin parts. The head is perfect, and it has nice lacing. Head retention could be better.

The smell has a perfect balance of beer, bitter and sweetness.

It tastes like a dream beer. It seems to have a sap that sticks with you. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is sticky, fairly light, and even throughout.

Overall, I'd definitely get this beer for my friends for a party.

Photo of TwelveOunces
2.56/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- A slightly hazed golden orange. A big bubbly off white head.

S- Smells like a lager, a bit of grain, some grass. A bit of caramel. Not much on the nose.

T- Very grainy and quite skunky if im to be honest, and mine is as fresh as they come. Lager yeast flavor. Light caramel. Almost bitter or sour.

M- Light mouth feel, high carbonation. Dry and bitter aftertaste.

O- This is a bad beer. Im usually optimistic when reviewing beers but this one is just plain bad. I hope the bottle I got is just a rotten one because left hand's beers are usually pretty decent.

Left Hand Oktoberfest from Left Hand Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 973 ratings.