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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
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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:
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(Beer added by: rowew on 08-22-2006)
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Photo of Jayli


3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 13:02:30 | More by Jayli
Photo of DNICE555


3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 01:47:23 | More by DNICE555
Photo of OldSchoolGamer


3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 18:54:47 | More by OldSchoolGamer
Photo of Bierguy5


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

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

Really nice and interesting beer. But I'm torn. A hoppy, herbal amber lager which has some other malt characteristics peaking through.

But is this really a Marzen? I know, I know...expand my mind. Don't be constrained by styles. Well, don't sell it as a Marzen lager. Sorry.

A little bit murky. Interesting. I'm just looking for a classic Marzen right now. It's late September.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 02:35:13 | More by GeoffFromSJ
Photo of Spineypanda


3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I can enjoy Left Hand brews, but would only really try each once. They are not bad beers by any means, just not what I look for when I buy beer.

The Oktoberfest has a nice amber color, to be expected, and a bit of caramel scent to it.

The taste is what brings me back to the first statement, in that it is a good beer, with earthy tastes to it and the caramel malts coming out but just nothing that makes me say "Give me another of those!"

By no means is this a bad beer, and it should definitely be tried.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2009 23:21:25 | More by Spineypanda
Photo of champ103


3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear reddish color. A two finger off-white head forms and leaves some good sticky lace behind.
S: Sweet malt, bread an biscuit aromas. Light hops.
T: Follows the nose. Some sweet caramel malt and bread/biscuit flavors. Not cloying at all. A very light hop flavor lingers on.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Easy and smooth to drink. I can quaff a few of these.

A pretty good American version of an Oktoberfest. A good fall beer that is worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2009 00:20:22 | More by champ103
Photo of wsmith1625

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Summer's over and I'm ready for some oktoberfest. Asked the guy at my liquor store which octoberfest he preferred and he pointed me to Left Hand. Never had any Left Hand brews before so I grabbed it.

Drank it straight from the bottle, so I cannot attest for appearance. I was expecting to get punched in the mouth with flavor but this oktoberfest was not nearly as complex as I was hoping for. Kind of flat and not much fun. I'm not going to waste a single bottle, but I would not purchase them again.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 00:01:52 | More by wsmith1625
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep, slightly glowing reddish-amber. The tall head has a caramel tint and a dense, frothy texture. Retention is nice, with some solid lacing.

S: Solid caramel malt aroma. Toasty and a bit earthy. A rather spicy herbal hop character. Oddly, I get a phenolic vibe as well.

T: Some toasty caramel malt sweetness up front. Rather earthy flavor profile - kind of difficult to pinpoint. Hop flavor is spicy and herbal, with medium-mild bitterness. Again, an unusual quasi-phenolic nature to this one.

M: Medium-light body. Carbonation is subdued. A bit dry into the finish.

D: One of the more differently-flavored American marzens I've tasted. Quite earthy and rather spicy. Distinctive, but in a mostly neutral way. Worth a try at least.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 03:09:23 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of beerwolf77


3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another festbier. Here goes. Poured into my pint glass the beer is dark orange brown with just a touch of haze. The head is about an inch and light beige in color. The head leaves a decent amount of creamy lace around the rim. The aroma is mild malt. Some sweetness with a touch of wet grass. The flavor is malty up front then a sweet grassiness with a nice bready finish. Dry as a bone with medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall a nice marzen. Put on the pile with others.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 23:14:41 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of tigg924


3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, dark orange brown, clear, medium carbonation

Smell: toasted malt

Taste: honey, toasted malt, and hops

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, a bit watery, asweet start with a bitter and dry finish, medium bodied

Drinkability: I am glad I tried it, but it is one of my least favorites from Left Hand. The usual over the top maltiness from Left Hand is missing from this one. Just an OK Octoberfest, I will not be seeking this one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 02:05:13 | More by tigg924
Photo of webbcreative


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

Dark cooper colored with white head that quickly turns to just a very thin layer barley hanging on, with no real lacing to speak of either. aroma malty upfront, toasted. and a bit of alcohol flavor in there aslo, but just barely. Taste is malty sweetness up front, but not huge, hops are there to balance it out, but dont really make a very big apperance in the flavor. barely a toasted malt flavor, but none of the bready-ness I would expect to find. finishes semi-sweet. mouthfeel is nice slighty fuller than medium.

overall this is a good, easy drinking o-fest, but there are too many that are far better, so i probably wont buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 20:24:43 | More by webbcreative
Photo of hossua34


3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear, reddened brown of a medium darkness. A very thin and shortlived head. Little lacing to speak of. Very average looking.

S - Malty, with some caramel and bread notes. Not particularly overwhelming. A subtle undertone I can best describe as celery-like (??).

T - Very bready, and very sweet. Some toasty malts there, but overall a very generic and "hollow" taste (as in, there should be more flavor or complexity there, but is not).

M - Mouthfeel is pretty good. Consistency and carbonation are right on.

D - I've had a lot better (as well as a lot worse) marzens. A little over-sweet and one dimensional. Somewhat boring.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 19:39:28 | More by hossua34
Photo of BedetheVenerable


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

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, clearly marked best-by date, nice Oktoberfest-themed label

Appearance: Medium brown beer, high clarity, with some burnt orange tints and a nice creamy ivory cap with decent retention

Smell: Really nice sweet toasted caramelly tones...lots of biscuit; sweet and malty

Taste: Awesome toasted sweet graininess...fades a bit fast, however, and there are some slightly odd mineral and fruit notes on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light-medium

Drinkability: Medium-high

Conclusion: Starts really nice, but ends a bit short. Decent enough Oktoberfest bier, nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 17:39:24 | More by BedetheVenerable
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into my pint glass. Pours a dark amber with an inch's worth of ivory head on top. Pretty good retention. Leaves some sip rings along the glass. This smells like toasted malts, and some caramel. Pretty sweet smelling.

The mouth is crisp, yet smooth. Moderate amount of carbonation. The flavor is a bit different than the other O'fest beers I've sampled this fall. This one is much maltier and full of caramel goodness. This reminds me of a tamed down amber ale. This was pretty good. I like the take on the style here. I'd have this again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 19:15:24 | More by Onenote81
Photo of sml505


3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium amber with off white, diminishing head

S - Malty with toasted grain, caramel, biscuit

T - Munich malt with biscuit flavor. Earthy, caramel, and some hop bitterness

M/ D - Med mf and moderate carb. Good for style and has nice earthy flavors to balance with great malt flavor

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 04:09:05 | More by sml505
Photo of malty


2.7/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The 'bottled on' section on the side of the front label was empty, but I'm guessing this is a very fresh bottle (?).

Pours a briliantly clear russet color with a massive fluffy off-white head that stays around 2". Little visible uprising carbonation. Beautiful bold rings of clingy lace all the way down.

The scents are clean and minerally (like wet river rocks) and a malty sweetness.

The taste is surprisingly rigid, colliding with an almost void malty sweetness as I detected in the nose and a weird astringent alcohol flavor that is very unpleasant. As I sip more of this, I'm baffled at how awkward tasting it really is.

Mouthfeel has basicaly no carbonation with a lighter-than-medium body that's oily. Definitely not the way this style should feel.

Drinkability is bad. I don't think I'll finish this bottle.

Overall a great looking beer and then it goes down hill very steeply and quickly. I am glad I only bought a single of this. Many more much better O-fests out there for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 21:49:37 | More by malty
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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

Although Iam a self cofessed hop head I do like to drink the fest-marzen style during this time of year and I seek em out.This poured a brilliant bronze color with a lacey white head,aromas were of German malt, iron and toast etc...I like the fact that caramel doesnt dominate the flavor profile,way to many American versions are to sweet for me,this isnt.Flavors have toasty element to it with light caramel sweetness,in the finish there is a herbal smack wich is nice.This seems to be more traditional than alot of other American versions,very nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 21:39:51 | More by oberon
Photo of blackearth


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

Enjoyed on-tap at Stub and Herbs in Minneapolis, MN. Poured a deep, dark amber body with a thin off-white head. Aroma of spice and sugar. Medium bodied with medium carbonation, this beer's flavors were mainly toasted and caramel malts. Very good version of an Octoberfest beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2009 18:48:49 | More by blackearth
Photo of Spidey13


3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love a good-looking Oktoberfest and Left Hand is one of them. It pours a beautiful clear copper/amber color with a small white head. I honestly had some trouble getting much out of the aroma, but what was there was grass/hay and caramel.

The flavors are pretty good with sweet caramel leading the way. There is a brief pop of spice from the hops followed by a lingering, sweet toffee aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium/thin with medium/low carbonation.

Overall, a nice drinkable Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 10:59:49 | More by Spidey13
Photo of bbeane


3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a 16oz tumbler... Nice white head that eventually recedes, not leaving any lacing. Reddish amber color with what looks like light carbonation

S- Not a whole lot going on... mostly smells bready, but can get a hint of malty sweetness after a swirl of the glass

T- Starts out a with a hint of sweetness. Finishes with a toasted hoppy taste... bit bready

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation

D- Pretty tasty okfest beer... definately easy to drink. I would have more


Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 01:52:31 | More by bbeane
Photo of BlackBearForge


3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear coppery amber, with a foamy off white head which fades quickly leaving some nice oily lacing. Looks like an Oktoberfest!

The aroma is malty with a bit of caramel and nice grassy note.

The taste has a full toated malt sweetness with a nicely balanced hop bitterness on the finish. There are a few tones of mild caramel.

Mouthfeel is medium light, finely carbonated so it's a bit creamy and even though it is fairly light as an Oktoberfest should be it has a nice full bodied feeling.

Very drinkable and a nice addition to the Oktoberfest beers I have tried. I purchased this six pack at Richey's East in Pensaola. I wish this brewery were distributed here in Tallahassee. This is a good solid beer and I want to try more from this brewery now!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 22:11:44 | More by BlackBearForge
Photo of zeff80


4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, orange color with deep ruby hues. It had a bubbly, caramel colored head of foam. It left some trails of soapy lace.

S - It smelled very malty with a biscuity aroma. Lots of caramel aroma.

T - This beer has lots of caramel sweetness and rich malty flavors. This really tasted like a true German o-fest.

M - It was soft and smooth. A light to medium-bodied brew.

D - This is a great Octoberfest. I really enjoyed this brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 01:28:47 | More by zeff80
Photo of kshankar

District of Columbia

3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber with smaller head. Retention is okay. Layer film at the top.

Aroma is of sweetish caramel malts.

Taste is following the aroma. Its fine and is a little syrupy with the caramel sweetness. But its not that complex. A bit one dimensional

Mouthfeel is medium and coats your mouth as a marzen should

Drinkability is eh. Its not bad, its just bland. Not robust enough.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 04:31:47 | More by kshankar
Photo of Tone


3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, red/amber color. 2/3 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast, slight roasted malt, slight hops, and some grain. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, yeast, slight roasted malt, sweet malt, and a little nut. Overall, a rather watery mouth feel and only average body.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 03:46:42 | More by Tone
Left Hand Oktoberfest from Left Hand Brewing Company
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