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Left Hand Oktoberfest - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 774
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 32
Gots: 33 | 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 hosehead83
3.88/5  rDev +4%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Dark copper in color, with a moderate head of foam that hangs around for a while.
Aroma-Subtle, sweet malt, caramel note
Taste-Toasted sweet malt, caramel notes, slight hop bite that seems to stand apart, rather than playing nicely with the malt, giving a bit of an unbalanced feel. That being said, a pretty nice version of the style.

hosehead83, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of Vdubb86
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%

Served in a pint glass

Pours a rich/deep orange color with a nice light white foam that dies down in a short period of time to leave but a small remnant on the surface. When first sniffed after the pour there is a large malty smell to the beer that reminds of citrus. There is a distinct aroma from the german hops as well. The taste is quite pleasant on the tastebuds. The beer is dead on for the style an in my opinion as good of a version as you're going to find in America on the store shelves. Those german hop varieties so through slightly in the taste but don't leave any bitterness in the beer which is highly desirable for myself. The yeast flavoring on the back is quite interesting it has slight and very short lived hints of banana and cotton candy. Neither of which are strong enough to detract from the rich malty flavor of the beer itself. The feel is quite smooth and an appropriate viscosity. This is a highly drinkable, highly refreshing beer. Overall it is quite delicious and a definite recommendation from this reviewer.

Vdubb86, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours deep orange wit a good off white head and some sticky lace.

Good toffee, sweet malt, toast, and candied aromas. Some fruit and grain, but this one has some sugary complexity.

Sweet malt, with some bitter edges (burnt sugars). Bread crust, some fruit, light alcohol, and a long bitter-sweet finish. Pretty good.

Fuller bodied, with enough viscosity to make this lasting in the mouth.

Overall, I dug this. A great domestic version. Sweet, toasted, light bitter, fruit, clean. I mean, what more can you ask for?

OtherShoe2, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of jampics2
3.88/5  rDev +4%

12oz bottle, purchased as a single at Warehouse beverage. I think I had this on tap a year or two ago next to some other Octoberfest beers and I really enjoyed it. So, I'm excited to see how it's doing these days.

Looks decent in the glass. Copper color with some golden edges and just a little white head. More retention would be better, but still a nice looking beer.

Smells of toasted Munich malt, fresh baked bread, caramel, and some flowery hoppiness. Sweet and just a little spicy. Falls short of anything I'd be writing home about, though, mostly due to total malt dominance and lack of intricate touches.

Taste is nice but again just doesn't offer anything exceptional. Malt driven, sweet and sticky, with toasted edges and minimal flowery, earthy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbed with a clean finish. Just a touch too sticky/sugary for me. Overall, I enjoyed this but there are some better O-fest beers out there. This one is just average even among the American takes on the style and isn't as stand-out as I remember.

jampics2, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of ksimons
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

A-pours an orange amber with just a tiny bit of lacing around the top

S-smells mostly of malts and some fruity sweetness

T-very light, some malts and dry hops stick out the most

M-medium carbonation, light body, sort of thin

D-not bad, it goes down very easy, but not the most interesting beer

ksimons, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of LairdChisholm
2.63/5  rDev -29.5%

A - Pours a deep orange into my glass. A small, half finger, tan head bubbles up at the end of the pour, which bubbles down to a ring around the edge shortly after. Hardly any carbonation bubbles here.

S - Very faint sweet malts. Maybe some pumpkin or cinnamon. Nothing special here.

T - A really odd taste here. I don't know if I have a bad batch or something but I get some sweet malts up front. Maybe mixed with some cinnamon. The aftertaste is what really got me though. It was pumpkin mixed with a mealy fruit. If I had to guess I would say watermelon. Really wasn't expecting any of this.

M - A real lack of carbonation on this one. I feel like it makes the beer lacking some punch, thus making it feel thin.

D - With the odd taste and the lack of carbonation, finishing these is not the easiest task.

LairdChisholm, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of thegodfather2701
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

A-Pours a nice amber color with a small off white colored head.

S-Very malty, as it should be. There are some caramel notes and a touch of hops.

T-Very nutty and toasty. Malts of course are dominant with a hint of hops. Its very smooth and tastes great.

M-Slightly syrupy with a hint of carbonation. Its not too thick which is nice.

D-Very drinkable Oktoberfest. I only purchased a single, but will be buying more when it gets cooler outside. Great beer.

thegodfather2701, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of bort11
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%

12 oz bottle poured into a Franziskaner .5 L glass. As a side note, this glass has been getting a lot of use lately. It's great for lagers and wheats. I recommend getting one. An inch of rocky looking head quickly recedes to a tight cap of foam on the surface. Marbled lacing surrounds the glass with each sip. Body color is a bright and clear amber orange.

Smell is a spicy noble hops with a dry biscuity hops. There is some hints of cloves, but not very strong. Taste is more malty. More bready with a touch of uncut oranges. Hops give a subtle spicy tone. It starts off citrusy and finishes with more of a spice bite.

Mouthfeel is a medium body, maybe a little on the lighter side. Carbonation could probably use a little extra kick to cut the sticky texture, but overall it is mostly in the right place. Very nice drinkability, I could easily get into the Oktoberfest spirit and put a few down in short time.

bort11, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

My first Oktoberfest of the season, despite being early August.

A: A fluffy white head rises to about 1 finger and fades slowly, over a brilliantly clear amber toasty orange maple wood colored beer.

N: Some light sweet malts, toasty malts, a lager crispness to the aroma too, very light fruits, and a touch of a syrupy almost extract aroma. Also a little light on the nose.

T: Pretty sweet to start. Again toasty and sweet malts, but heavier this time. A definite heavy toast malt flavor to it with lots of Munich malt, a lot more like an Oktoberfest than a typical lager. It has that harvest malt flavor to it. A crisp lager taste as well, mostly clean. A very light syrupy taste adds to the sweetness. It has a very slight hint of a spicy hop bitterness.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation, although I would have liked a hint more carbonation.

F: Finishes mostly dry, with just a touch of that lingering syrupy sweetness. More of the harvest toasty malts with the syrup. A bitterness comes out a little more on the finish as well, with a hint of spicy hops. Mostly clean and crisp, a nice Oktoberfest IMO.

jlindros, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of GallowsThief
4/5  rDev +7.2%

* I love Fest beers so take this review for what it is. I tend to like even what others consider the worst of Fests*

12 oz. bottles poured into a Duvel Tulip Glass.

A - Pours a clear copper color. Medium head with just a bit of lacing.

S - A bit lighter of a smell then I expected. Malty but light.

T - A nice sweet malty taste. A touch of bitter which is a nice compliment to the taste.

M - Light carbonation. Smooth with no aftertaste.

D - Good drinkable Fest beer.

GallowsThief, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of Bizz88
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured a clear medium dark mahogany amber with a less than one finger off white head with a little lacing. Sweet malty aromas dominated thru out with a slight grassy hops tint finish. Clean, crisp, with a nice sweet malty punch to the palette with good carbonation for this medium light Marzen. I give this brew two thumb up on the drinkability scale.

Bizz88, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of chickenflea
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%

12-oz bottle. Substantial head with rings of lacing. Clear amber color. Aroma is sweet and malty with a hint of apple. The lfavor is uncomplicated. Lightly malty and sweet. Texture feels a little watery. Finishes clean but unfortunately with some mild tinniness.

chickenflea, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -4%

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a 1/2" off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has an incredibly malty scent that boasts of pilsner, Munich, and bisquit malts. There is a real caramel/toffee feel here. The taste is decent as well. Again, it's a little bit over done with the malts. It has a dry, caramel/toffee flavor that goes down easy with some prickly carbonation. There are some light bready notes in there as well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty good Marzen/Oktoberfest. It's big on malts and very drinkable.

WesWes, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of armock
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

A - Poured a copper color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet caramel malt

T - Follows the nose sweet caramel malt not all that much going on

M - This beer has a medium body with lighter carbonation to it

D - This is an easy to drink ofest beer that won't really challenge you good to drink while listening to ompa music on a fall day

armock, Jan 31, 2010
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Semi clear deep copper with orange and amber highlights. A finger of offwhite head that dissipated quickly. Some splotchy lacing.

Sweet caramel, malty bread, tangy. In the background: woody cherry, apple ester, herbal hops.

Sweet candy toffee bread with tangy tart cherry. Earthy refreshing peppery herbal hop character. Mild pleasant earthy bitterness.

Med body, semi smooth, semi dry, above average carbonation.

Good drinkable okto style brew. Good for those cool fall nights. Not my favorite in the style, but a decent brew.

CHILLINDYLAN, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

This seems to be my last oktoberfest purchase for the year since the seasonal batches look to be drying up.

Dark copper liquid filled my glass with a small amount of head that could not hide the malty goodness that filled my nose. For taste there was a sweet mixture of toffee and grain. After finishing my glass I felt that it was very nice. Sorry, no fancy review tonight.

DesMoinesMike, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of sprucetip
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

From notes. Pours clear copper, very active, foamy off white head, good retention and patchy lacing.

SMELL rich caramel malty, with a bit of booze, fruit and grain.

TASTE sweet maltyness balanced well by modest hop flavors and bitterness. Almost fruity. Pretty smooth and balanced.

FEEL strong fiz and warming sensation detracts from richness in the feel.

Goes down easy. Looks, tastes and smells good. For some reason I got kinda into this one this fall.

sprucetip, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of Aberration
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

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!

Aberration, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of strictly4DK
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

strictly4DK, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

twiggamortis420, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

BeerImmediately, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of wnh
4.03/5  rDev +8%

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.

wnh, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of emsroth
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

emsroth, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of abrand
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

abrand, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of CRichardsMN
2.85/5  rDev -23.6%

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.

CRichardsMN, Oct 30, 2009
Left Hand Oktoberfest from Left Hand Brewing Company
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