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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 MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
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 +5.9%
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%
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 +12.6%
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%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding Oktoberfest, probably my favorite one thus far. This is one of my most preferred 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 this 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 +12.6%
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 +8.3%

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 -2.4%
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%
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 +13.6%

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 +13.6%

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 -0.5%
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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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +7%

Pours a clear amber color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of toasted malt with some spiciness.

Tastes of the full, toasted malts with a supportive hoppiness. Malts lead off with notes of caramel, toffee, and toasted bread. Nutty flavors come through as well. Hops come add in some herbal and earthy spiciness. Finishes fairly clean with a light sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a nicely done Oktoberfest.

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Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Clear deep golden color with ok head and lacing. Aroma of malt and bread. Taste is sweet malt and bread with possibly some toasted almond. Finish is pretty clean with a bit of bitterness from what I would guess is the hops. Pretty balanced brew !!

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%

A: Deep and rich copper. Brilliant clarity. Slight head. Fades quick (4/5)

S: Toffee and treacle. Very alluring malt smell. Subtly spicy. Strong caramel. Some fruity bubblegum. I think this may have too much that takes away from simple maltiness. (3.75/5).

M: Superbly smooth and easy to drink. Medium bodied. Semi-dry finish. Light carbonation. Some alcohol on finish (4.75/5).

T: Nice and sweet upfront. Caramel, toffee, and something like apple florality. Herbal hop flavor mid. Nice toasted biscuit throughout. Tastes like fall. As good as American Marzens get imho. (4.25/5).

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color. The head is around a finger high, and shaded heavily off-white. Its fizzy texture doesn't retain that well, nor does it leave behind much lacing. (3)

Smell: The nose leans heavily towards juicy stone fruits, like apricot or even cherry. Of course, the traditional caramel backbone is definitely there, along with touches of grain and spicy hops. Still, the enjoyable fruitiness is this brew's calling card. (3.75)

Taste: Quite big as far as marzens go. It starts off fairly sweet from fruit punch-laden hops, and ends fairly sweet from caramel maltiness. Faint hop spiciness ties everything together...but not that well. Each element doesn't seem quite balanced or cohesive, and that's the biggest letdown here. Having said that, it's still moderately likable. (3)

Mouthfeel: Its bigness can be felt on the palate - it's slightly heavier and sweeter than others in the style. Because it's so rich (relatively speaking), it isn't as eminently quaffable as I'd like. Huge carbonation only helps things out somewhat. (3)

Overall: Not bad - I certainly wouldn't ever refuse a free one of these. It's big and flavorful, but also imbalanced. I would rather buy other examples of the style first. (3.25)

3.23/5: A competent marzen that's slightly too big for its own good

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Photo of bnes09
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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Photo of delta490
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

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Photo of AyeMito
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%

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!

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Photo of michjason
3.89/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of Act25
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of rangerred
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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!

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Photo of dwren89
4/5  rDev +7%
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!

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