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Left Hand Oktoberfest - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 967
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 36
Gots: 82 | FT: 1
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: rowew on 08-22-2006

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Ratings: 967 | Reviews: 378
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - copper body, creamy ivory head, nice clarity, good head retention
S - sweet, grain, caramel, spice, earth
T - bready, caramel, spicy yeast, grassy, toasty grain
M - creamy, sharp, fairly clean, semi-dry finish
O - very solid American brewed Märzen for Oktoberfest.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of claytong
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

this is a good classic oktoberfest with nothing special about it.

appearance - hazy pale orange. white one inch head. not very good retention but good lacing.

smell - bread, grass, sweet malts, minor hops

taste - follow the nose. hard to pinpoint everything

mouthfeel - good carbonation, medium body to thick bodied for style. very very drinkable.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a beautiful deep copper with a frothy head indicative of the style. the nose is biscuity, definitely malty. vibrant mouthfeel, malty but not sweet. extremely palatable but not a standout amongst the autumn offerings. better on drinkability than most as well, ill enjoy the other 5 tonight.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Beertopia in Omaha, NE.

Poured into a US pint glass.

Pours a 1cm head that decreases to a ring around the glass with an island of fizz in the center. Lacing sinks slowly back into the ring after each sip. Transparent copper-brown color, not much visible carbonation.

Aroma is fairly bland, but I'm picking up a bit of butternut squash (roasted or baked), caramelized sugars, and malted barley.

Upfront flavors of sweet-ish bread with a bit of hop spiciness, leading to stronger hop presence - not bitter, but spicy - with malt backbone behind, then finishing with a biscuity maltiness with lingering hop presence. Aftertaste of malt sweetness.

Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Dry finish.

A fair representation of the style, not particularly exciting, refreshing, or inviting to me. I don't think I'd buy this again, but would drink if gifted.

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a nice orange brown color, perfect for the time of year it's released in. The head was white and a fizzy. There really isn't much lacing here. The smell of the beer has some nice earthy spice notes on the nose. The taste of the beer has a little more of a hoppiness that I wasn't expecting. The mouthfeel of the beer was decent, had a nice balance and everything but just wasn't overly impressed by it. Overall this beer isn't a bad one for the style. I'd drink it again if I saw it around.

Photo of MTNboy
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad American tribute to a Bavarian classic. It pours a nice red color with an orange hue. There is some light tan head and lace that is a bit sticky with about average retention. There is a good malty aroma. The flavor is very sweet and grainy. There is a bitter finish that is very refreshing. The body is medium and true to the style.

Photo of happygnome
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing from notes

A: Pours a orange and amber color with an eigth inch of head that disappears quickly leaving a thin layer of spotty lacing on the glass and top of the beer. Carbonation bubbles can be seen rising to the top.

S: Bready and caramel malts, some hop bitterness to balance but the aroma is malt heavy

T: Bready and caramel sweetness, hop bitterness to balance. The taste is more sweet than bitter

M: Medium bodied beer with good carbonation

Overall, this is a pretty good beer, not my favorite Oktoberfest, but very solid

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 25 Sep 2010. Poured in the Seabright 20th Anniversary mug.

Large spongy orange head. Medium carbonation. Clear dark caramel color. Aroma is sweet, lightly toasted, nutty, a bit astringent. Malty and nutty to start. Some notes of lactose (according to A). Light mineral finish. Some almond skin bitterness in the aftertaste. Medium creamy body, moderate ethanol.

Decent example of the style.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper-orange color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head faded down to a thin ring leaving behind some spots of lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts and some floral hops. Touch of dark fruit and some spices in there as well.

T - Starts off with sweet caramel malt and some background honey sweetness. There is just a touch of floral hops and some nuttiness. Through the middle, some stronger hops and a touch of bready malts come through. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts and floral hops with some fruit flavor mixed in that lingers nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels really smooth and crisp. The finish has a touch of lingering sweetness.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors are nice and there is a bit of variation on the normal marzen style. The hop presence and fruity additions were very welcomed.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into dimpled glass. One of my top oktoberfest biers. Pours brilliant copper with a solid stand of off-white head. Aroma is fairly sweet with lightly toasted malts and some noble hops (especially on the pour) imparting some nice cherry and oaky notes. Flavor is mild and pleasant with a soft, clean lightly toasted maltiness. Moderately dry throughout, but moreso in the finish. Body is rather light, but the mouthfeel is smooth with medium light carbonation. This is a really easy drinker and pretty solid style-wise.

Photo of Samp01
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear dark amber with a small offwhite head. Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, some fruitiness. Taste is same as aroma with some light hops. Palate is medium body, good carbonation. Finish is sweet bready malts, caramel, some light bitterness. Overall an easy drinking brew.

Photo of secondtooth
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This attractive and arty beer (with complex and creative bottle renderings) pours a deep amber with an average head. The olfactories reveal an odor of fruit and yeast. Quite appealing already! The taste is crisp and even sweet up front, followed by a slight hop zing in the followthrough. Seems stronger and heartier than most lagers, and this one was a pleasure to finish.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a moderate copper-bronze color with a white head and some pretty good lacing. The nose is some light caramel and bready plus some earthy, floral, and lightly-spicy hops. Really nice. I appreciate what they've done with these beers. While this may be overdone with some styles, I like how there's a fairly-pronounced hop presence in this brew. Good feel and all around this is a nice brew. Also, doesn't hurt that the artwork on the label is totally awesome.

Photo of riored4v
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 10/1/10

Poured into a pint glass. Crystal clear, copper colored body. 1 finger, off-white head that faded quick to a thin layer.

Smell was caramelly with hints of raisin. Slight roasty and nutty aroma. Good malty sweetness.

Taste had notes of raisin with a slight roast flavor. Good amounts of caramel. Mildly nutty along with notes of dark fruit. Very mild bitterness in the finish

Mouthfeel had a medium body with carbonation. Slightly chewy with a sticky finish.

Drinkability was good. Strange dark fruit flavor was a little off-putting.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - It pours a deep ruby-amber hue, capped with white froth that recedes into a wispy archipelago.

S - A vaguely floral-fruity hop and yeast contribution melds with rich (but not sweet) honey tones and caramel-toffee maltiness. This is a style that is over-produced, and yet it never seems to offer quality; this is seemingly an exception, or the new wind.

T - Very good tasting brew. Take the nose, add slight buttery-nutty impressions, and some light biscuit flavor as well, and you have a delicious Marzen. I can't think of a better tasting example.

M - Good. Richness and maltiness in harmony.

D - Very good stuff.

Photo of cpanossian
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 07 08 10.

Poured a clear orange/apricot into a heavy glass mug. Thick 1-2 finger head that settled down nicely. Good swath of lacing on wall, with thin clumpy bit of foam floating on surface.

Aroma is very subtle, earthy, biscuit.

Taste is mellow sweet malt, nicely balanced with a little spicy hop.

Mouthfeel is terrific - could drink large quantities of this no problem.

Nice job overall - fits in very well with the spririt (nice artwork) and drinkability (minimal ingredients) of the style.

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Left Hand Oktoberfest from Left Hand Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 967 ratings.