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Left Hand Oktoberfest - Left Hand Brewing Company

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707 Ratings

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Ratings: 707
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 25
Gots: 18 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rowew on 08-22-2006)
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4.1/5  rDev +10.2%

Tried this beer for the first time last night.

Appearance: Nice medium brown color, medium head.

Smell: Smelled a hint of caramel, with a slight spice in the background.

Taste: Caramel with a little hop to it.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, very easy to drink.

Drinkability: As said above, very easy to drink these and very good tasting. I'd definitely recommend this one to anyone who likes this style of beer!

12-09-2009 21:14:58 | More by Aberration
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3.6/5  rDev -3.2%

Poured 12 oz bottle in tulip glass.

A - Pours Sienna Burst (a brown color common for drum kits, was told this by my fellow taster), translucent, 1 inch creamy white head, little retention or lacing

S - Surprisingly, big whiff of smokiness followed by faint caramel. Followed by some alcohol, not fusel thought so it is pleasant.

T - As with the scent, big smoky note, possibly hickory. Underlying the smokiness is a dose of caramel that does not linger very long. Finishes with some alcohol heat.

M - Light/medium body, nice carbonation, nothing lingers on the palate.

D - Everything about this beer is pleasant...but just pleasant, nothing stands out. If I was craving a marzen style and couldn't get my hands on a Paulaner, I would grab one of these.

11-13-2009 17:07:27 | More by strictly4DK
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3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours a very clear light copper color with a 3 finger cap of creamy light tan foam. Retention is slightly above average and lacing is decent.

The smell of this beer is very much like toffee. There's a bit of bread loaf in there and just a faint glimmer of some grassy hops. Nose really is not all that big, even for an amber lager.

Taste strikes a nice balance of bitter hop presence and sweet caramel maltiness. The relatively high ABV is detectable but certainly does not approach being hot. Carbonation is somewhat low for a lager and the mouthfeel is a tad below medium. This one is a pretty fast drinker and I was surprised this bottle was the last of a six pack bought a week or so ago. Sure there are better O-fests out there, but this one is pretty solid and I will be ready to buy again next year, I am glad we finally get this offering in Tx.

11-10-2009 00:44:13 | More by twiggamortis420
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4.13/5  rDev +11%

I didn't think much of this when I first had it 2 months ago, but my review bottle has been hangin out in the fridge for that time, and it is much tastier now than the first few.

Great look - 2F of cream colored head atop of a deep amber body, with a fair amount of carbonation.

Smell is full of sweetness - caramel, with some zucchini bread.

Flavor is nice - touch of floral hop bitterness, but dominated by the sweet malts. Some sweet spice, sort of carrot-cake-like.

Mouthfeel is quite smooth... no aftertaste.

12oz went down quick, and I'm sure a fat Liter would do the same.

11-07-2009 22:58:27 | More by BeerImmediately
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4.03/5  rDev +8.3%

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug. Bottled on 07.06.09 (or thereabouts--the ink has bled a bit), consumed 10.31.09 (I feel the need to drink this before the end of the month).

Pours a deep, clear, rich copper with a large, fluffy off-white head that lasts and leaves nice sticky lacing.

Clean and fresh on the nose, with malty aromas of caramel and a grainy breadiness and just a touch of earthy hops. More of the same on the palate, with a larger dose of earthy hops that linger just a bit after the swallow before finishing clean and light. There's a mild spice quality that shows up after a few sips, but this thankfully never gets to a level higher than a simple, subtle accent, and in fact quickly departs.

Medium bodied, leaning toward light and moderately carbonated. Clean and quenching on the whole. A relatively simple, uncomplicated, solid marzen.

11-01-2009 21:33:32 | More by wnh
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New York

3.33/5  rDev -10.5%

App: A beautiful orange with hues of red that screams autumn. A frothy off-white head

Smell: This is where I get very picky with marzens. The aroma is strong caramel, perhaps reminiscent of a bock. Not what i look for in a marzen.

Taste: A solid taste. Greeted by a nice crisp bite from the hops and alcohol. You can definitely taste the 6%. It's a detractor of the style overall, but I like it in this particular brew. The hops show a subtle spiciness that yields to the malt. A sweet, biscuit malt brings us to the end and lingers on the palette. As it warms the flavors shift around with more lingering bitterness. As said above, a solid flavor profile.

Medium bodied with a slight film from the hops. A bit crisp for a marzen.

10-30-2009 21:46:04 | More by emsroth
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3.95/5  rDev +6.2%

12 ounce bottle poured into the standard pint glass. Bottled on date of 7.8.09.

Pours a copper color with a fair amount of carbonation and a 2 finger head that fizzes away. Minimal lacing lines the glass. Nose is malty with notes of caramel and bready dough. Taste is quite sweet with floral notes along with fruits and raisins. Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied and drinkability is solid. The appearance and taste are right on queue. As far as Marzen's this is up there near the top on my list.

10-30-2009 01:22:42 | More by abrand
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2.85/5  rDev -23.4%

Typical bright orange with a light creamy head and mild lacing.

Weaker than expected by the color (typically the darker orange, the heavier the scent and taste). Caramel malts present and light alcohol.

Sweet caramel malts and alcohol. Very average.

Pretty fizzy but goes to smooth with a medium body.

Average oktoberfest flavors with a decent ABV. Not too high but with all sweet beers, this can get you in trouble. Good stuff.

Was expecting a bit more from Left Hand but still a decent effort. Try their Milk Stout.

10-30-2009 00:02:53 | More by CRichardsMN
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3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours an orange-amber color with a small white head, which quickly dissipates. Smell is very malty, with some caramel and bread aromas. About what you would expect from a Marzen. Taste is malty sweetness with a lot of fruit in the flavor. Little to no hops are apparent. The beer is very crisp, but a litte thin on the mouthfeel.

10-28-2009 00:57:49 | More by Mora2000
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Really nice color. On the browner side of copper, I'd say. Produced a nice head that carried up some of the color. It has a familiar Marzen sweet malt aroma, and a little sourness that I can't identify. The taste was dissappointing. To me, the hops and malts are clashing. It's like there is a good Marzen in there, but it is being subdued by a harsh metallic bite. Maybe the high carbonation contributes to this. Great brewery, but I don't care for this one.

10-27-2009 16:30:12 | More by TripT
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a clear, dark brown color. head formation is very strong, 2mm, very well retained. Bubbling is very strong. Certainly filtered.

S - Malt forward, a combination of malt sweetness from 2 row and some bready vienna or pilsner malts. No hopping - in line with style there. Yeast breadines is restrained.

T - Starts off with a light malt sweetness, very restrained - well hidden. Moves to a sharp lager crisp hop bite which combines with a malt sweetness for a pretty balanced marzen. Finishes with a caramel and smoked note. Aftertaste is a pretty much non-existent.

M - Moderate to light body, beer is thin - carbonation makes up for it. Some bite hits the tongue from the high carbonation. Perhaps a bit high for me on a marzen. Does leave behind a bit of oily residue.

D - Moderate drinkability - abv is manageable. Flavors are in line for a malt forward beer. A bit filling due to its higher than average carbonation.

A serviceable Marzen, but by no means on the top of my list.

10-20-2009 04:51:44 | More by katan
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North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -6.5%

A - Clear mahogany color with a small off white head. Scattered lacing.

S - Strong caramel aroma with a touch of cherry and earthy hops.

T - Sweet malts up front with a lot of spices and bittering hops to balance things out. The finish is fruity sweet, but it leaves a slightly sour aftertaste. Not bad, but not really what I expect from the style.

M - Rich and tongue-coating. Moderate carbonation.

D - After drinking one, I really don't have the urge to open another. Still, it's a good beer, and a unique interpretation of the style.

10-18-2009 00:48:50 | More by gabe23
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Left Hand does its usual good job on a brew. The appreanace of the brew is just what I want from a Marzen. A nice small bubbled head that leaves ia bit of lace, a bit of malty aroma and a clear whiskey colored look.

The mouth is average, not too thin but could be a tad heavier.

The taste is about average for a Marzen from the USA. Muted with a little malt, a taste that goes well with a wide range of foods. A great pizza beer.

10-17-2009 21:30:35 | More by DarrellK
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4.15/5  rDev +11.6%

Appearance: A rough pour brings an opaque, deep, copper colored brew with a good half inch of thick bubbly head that fades quickly leaving behind some nice soapy lacing on my DFH glass.

Smell: A stronger than expected sweet, biscuity kind of malty sweetness. One of the more impressive noses on an oktoberfest so far this season.

Taste: Does not disappoint. Like the smell, the taste is stronger than expected. Most of the oktoberfests I've had this year have been mild and subdued. The strong, smooth, bready, biscuity sweetness of this brew is a welcome change.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly full bodied and much thicker than what I expected. Seriously, this brew is surprising me every step of the way.

Drinkability: Absolutely one of the most enjoyable oktoberfests I've ever had. I wasn't expecting this beer to be as enjoyable as it is. Awesome.

10-16-2009 22:33:31 | More by krisandajt
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3.6/5  rDev -3.2%

Nice mahogany colored beer, with a very slight head. Pleasant but faint nose, with a good malt, lightly toasted. The flavor is predominantly malty, though not it is not very assertive, with some light breadiness, and a touch of caramel. Bitterness is moderate, but no hop flavor to be found.

Decent enough beer as a good drinking oktoberfest, though not enough to buy again.

10-15-2009 02:23:08 | More by allengarvin
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2.17/5  rDev -41.7%

I lied in my last review when I stated I was finally done with Oktoberfests this season, somehow this bottle landed in my lap so I ought to review it.

Pours a lot more reddish than most Oktoberfests, with a big dirty white head.

Smell is typical but with a hint of toecheese. The smell is awful for an Oktoberfest

This is one freaky tasting Oktoberfest, hops are there but it is ultra fruity and metallic.

One of the worst Oktoberfests I have tasted.

10-14-2009 23:09:00 | More by crossovert
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3.55/5  rDev -4.6%

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear 16oz glass mug. Bottled on date stamped on side of front label. Single purchased at Market Street Wine Shop (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.59.

A: Very red-amber with a frothy, 2-finger head with good retention and a thick reticulated lace ring and more trails of lace down my mug.

S: Malt reigns supreme with a cola-like sweetness and a small spicy hops contribution

T: The flavor is very sweet, like cola-flavored frosting with a lot of caramel and toasted maltiness that doesn't leave much room for hops, but they just sneak in with some spice and herbal qualities. Aftertaste is very malty and long with a cake-like sweetness.

M: Excellent coating quality with low carbonation and solid medium body.

D: A good but overly sweet marzen that is interesting but not in the upper tier.

10-14-2009 04:17:06 | More by argock
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North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -7.3%

A: Pours a dark orange/copper color with a fairly creamy head that deposits some frothy rings of lace. Nice retention over the top. Color isn't as vibrant as other examples of the style I've had, but it looks decent.

S: Aroma showcases some floral notes and light fruity esters. Sweet almost caramel like malt presence melds with the familiar earthy, deep notes of Munich malt. It's a bit unconventional, but it smells good!

T&M: Too hoppy for a marzen. Not as much of that earthy Munich malt bite. The front end is a bit too sweet. Nice caramel malty flavors and a small dose of earthiness, but there's too much latent floral hop flavor in here. Body is medium/full with a zesty carbonation that fits the style well.

D: Too sweet and hoppy to be truly sessionable. A decent marzen, but there's several others that are better, in my opinion.

10-13-2009 22:44:59 | More by BamaBeerBuff
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Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy amber color lager with a medium size foamy head with good retention and not much lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt is really dominant. Taste is more accentuated then expected with huge caramel malt backbone with nice balancing residual sugar aftertaste. Body is full with some limited filtration and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very well done for the style with great character.

10-09-2009 02:20:16 | More by Phyl21ca
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4.18/5  rDev +12.4%

A- A deep clear orange liquid with a thin white head. Darker than most in the style, but appealing.

S- Sweet caramel with a bit of cinnamon. Very nice.

T- Sweet caramel and a touch of spice. Not the Oktoberfest I am used to be very nice for a fall beer.

M- Crisp and clean with a slight astringent quality in the finish.

D- A fantastic take on the style. Tasty and makes for a great beer on a cool evening.

10-06-2009 02:16:55 | More by david131
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3.53/5  rDev -5.1%

Poured into a pilsener glass. Coppery/orange in color with an inch of off-white head that leaves lacing down the side of the glass.

The aroma is mostly caramel and toffee with a touch of hop spiciness and toasty malt.

The taste is definitely heavy on the caramel and toffee. Hop flavor barely comes through and some mild toasty and bready malt complexity is hidden beneath the caramel malt. It finishes a bit on the sweet side with a lingering hop bitterness on the back of the throat.

Overall, a decent Oktoberfest but it's a little heavy on the caramel-type malts for my liking.

10-02-2009 23:55:26 | More by bump8628
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3.35/5  rDev -9.9%

Had 9/25
This beer pours a vibrant amber with a one finger offwhite head. Head recedes to a film relatively quickly leaving spotty but sticky lacing on the glass. Nose is this is pretty much all malts - definitely pick up on caramel malts the most, with a hint of breadiness and grains. Slight touch of hops in the background.
Taste is surprisingly of hops at the get go. Nice major hop bite at the start the leads in to a bready flavoring capped by toffee and caramel malts. Light to medium bodied,medium carbonation, goes down smooth with a slightly sticky finish. Not a bad beer, but I wouldn't seek it out.

10-02-2009 13:02:30 | More by Jayli
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3.18/5  rDev -14.5%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - A darker amber color. Not much head or lacing.

S - Bread, Malt, and some earthy notes.

T - A bit too sweet for my taste at first. I gave it a chance and the finish was nicely balanced with some light hops.

M - Medium body, mild carbonation.

D - Goes down pretty smooth. A bit too sweet for me to have more than a couple.

10-02-2009 01:47:23 | More by DNICE555
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3.4/5  rDev -8.6%

This is probably going to be my last Octoberfest of the season as these beers get old pretty fast. Gonna start moving on to pumpkin ales after this. Lets see what Left Hand can do with the style.

A: Pours a deep orange-amber. Head doesn't last more than a minute, which is typical for the style.

S/T: Aroma is very subtle. Get some sweet malts, but thats about it. Taste is a little more balanced than most Octoberfests, but still rather marginal overall. Its got a good balance of sweetness, caramel, and the earthy notes commonly found in the style. Somewhat toasty. Also get a hint of maybe cherry in there. Overall, a decent tasting beer.

M/D: Light-medium bodied. Pretty clean and crisp. Drinks better than a lot of Octoberfests as the sweetness is rather tame.

Not a bad effort from Left hand. After trying about half and dozen different Octoberfests this year, I would say that Bells Octoberfest and Great Lakes Octoberfest are the two best ones I have had. Seek those ones out before any of the other big name ones. This one is better than most, but still nothing to write home about.

10-01-2009 18:54:47 | More by OldSchoolGamer
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

12 oz. bottle, 6% abv. Pours a darker amber color. Thin white head disappears rather quickly. No lace.

Bready, caramel malt. A bit toasty. Smooth bit of earthy hops at the back. Aroma is well rounded.

Nice toasty, sweet malt up front. A litter deeper in character than other marzens. Earthy hops at the end are light, but provide good balance.

Medium body, adequate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink and overall enjoyable.

10-01-2009 00:36:07 | More by Bierguy5
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