Left Hand Oktoberfest - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

958 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 958
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 33
Gots: 76 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 Spider889
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
3.48/5  rDev -7%
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
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
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
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
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
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
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
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of nrbw23
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep, clear amber color with a tall head. Head is pretty dense, has good retention leaves some nice lacing.

S- Smells is malt dominanted especially caramel malts. Toasty and a bit earthy. A rather spicy herbal hop character.

T- Taste is toasty caramel malt sweetness and Earthy. A bit of spicy hops and a bit of a metal taste here.

M- Medium-light body and carbonation seems to be right on.

D- Has pretty unique taste compared to others. I find this one pretty easy to drink.

Photo of StaveHooks
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear amber red with a small off-white head that dissipates into a thin layer of bubbles. Slight lacing

S - Sweet rich malt, caramel, vanilla, dried apricots,

T - Follows the nose. Sweet malt up front followed by simple brown sugar syrup and toffee. Some mild bitterness in the middle and finishes semi sweet.

M - Creamy up front and prickly on the finish.

Good malt forward Marzen. It's rich and the complex malt profile will have you guessing.

Photo of AmberMan22
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Guy at the liquor store recommended this one, and I do love me some Märzenbier. I found it to be an interesting take on the style, considerably creamier (thereby sweeter) than some more traditional offerings.

The color looks pretty good, an orange-red/copper tone with an 'antique white' head (imagine just slightly aged paper). The head is gone fairly rapidly, leaving behind only a little lace.

I found the nose underwhelming and distressing. Alcohol came through first, followed by a rather flat malty smell.

The taste was another story, and as I alluded to earlier, different than most. Certainly a buttery beer, caramel malt overwhelming the munich malt flavor. Maybe a tinge of bitterness on the backside. All in all, very drinkable.

The creaminess chimes in a bit too much in the mouthfeel, making this beer feel almost heavy. I would deem this a bit of a puzzle, because despite this, the beer seemed crisp and smooth. Maybe I'm having an off night.

Verdict: one of the more pronounced oktoberfests in terms of flavor. It certainly beats out most of the pale-malted, noble-hopped, domestic excuses for the genre that turn up too frequently.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a frosted pint glass.

A - 1-finger head dissipated quickly, leaving circular lace on the surface that remained until the glass was almost finished. Foggy apricot/orange/copper color.

S - This beer really needed to warm up to release the nose, but as it did, it's mouthfeel changed, too. Early on, whole wheat biscuit. As it warmed, fruit candy and honey showed up along with subtle, soft hops.

T - Creamy malt. Yummy. Caramel, apricot, mandarin orange, figs, and buttery wheat biscuit all flowed over the tongue. Light hops on the finish gives it a nice, subtle balance that cleans off the sugar.

M - Creamy smooth, almost chewy at first. Reasonably substantive body with medium carbonation. Palate gets cleaned on the finish from the hops that lingers and makes you want to reach for another taste. Early on while chilled, this would be a great beer to polish off rather quickly after a good bike ride when you want refreshment and carbs. Once it warms up, it becomes more of a beer you fill your mouth with and enjoy on the tongue before swallowing.

D - A delicious, malty sweet Marzen well-balanced on the finish that makes it easy to reach for another. Goes great with buttered popcorn watching movies. Because of its malt dominance, I'd look to pair it with something like brats and sauerkraut.

Are there better Marzens out there? Sure, but you could do much worse than enjoying a few pints of this beer in the cooler days of fall, especially if you're not a hop head.

Photo of OlRasputin989
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into pint...

A: a cloudy, dark amber brew with a sudsy tan head. has good retention on the way down. The cloudiness causes this one to lose style points.

S: aroma seems faint at first, but as the beer warms, the sweet caramel aroma is met with green raisin and baked apple. this is much better around 50 degrees.

T: very sweet malt and and some dry fruit(plum and apple skins) that fades to a bittering noble hop finish.

M: medium body with a low carbonation making it much fuller. finishes off dry

Overall, a well put together marzen with some unique fruitiness to it. I think I'll have another.

Photo of uustal
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper, nice red and orange hue. Off-white head with OK lacing and retention. Sweet smell, caramel and toffee mostly. Very malty flavor profile. Big sweet caramel malt, toffee and biscuit. Great malt combination. A hint of the usual octoberfest hops at the finish, but not much balance to be found. Still a very good taste. The malts are really excellent. Very creamy and thick mouthfeel for a Marzen that goes down easy.

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

Bottle poured into a mug.

A- 1-finger, khaki head drops to a moderate-light film that leaves really good (great?), sticky rings. The body is a clean copper with moderate carbonation.

S- It's a nice balance between caramel and bready malts and grassy hops. There's a touch of raisin and alcohol with a little warmth that seems just a touch out of place.

T- Rich caramel initially is cleaned up with spicy hops. While I normally like a really malty Oktoberfest, it's just a touch too sweet.

M- It's a little syrupy. Moderate to heavy carbonation mixed with solid hopping provides a good tingle.

D- It's a decent version of a Marzen. It's quite substantial and malty. It might not be quite as refined as the upper echelon.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Semi-murky, amber in color. About 2.5 fingers of head that dissipates somewhat slowly. Slow carbonation.

Smell - Fairly hoppy-smelling, maybe a little spiced up, but with a sweet, perhaps caramel aroma.

Taste and Mouthfeel - fairly hoppy in taste too, but with a sweetness to balance it out and make it less bitter. Bitterness is still there, mostly present in the finish. Not much of an aftertaste though. Can't define the sweetening agent being used, but I don't think it's the caramel that I thought I smelled. General texture is slightly toward the creamy side.

Drinkability - not a bad brew at all. Not quite as full-bodied as I would have hoped for , but still interesting. Good tasting and easy to drink.

Photo of Augustiner719
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a half liter hand glass.

Pours a nice copper color with some red orange and re highlights. The aroma has that peanut shell goodness and lager yeast that makes this closer to it's German counterparts. There is a caramel initial taste but a bitter flavor at the end that leaves the palate dry. Nice carbonation and a nice sweetness that plays well. Overall this is a good example of American marzens and what they can bring to the table. Not the best but good.

Left Hand Oktoberfest from Left Hand Brewing Company
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