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Left Hand Oktoberfest - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 912
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 33
Gots: 66 | 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 BrewCrew2010
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A clear deep orange-brown color with visable carbonation. Off-white head, about 1 finger, that is fluffy in texture. Great lacing and head retention.

S: A sweet malty backbone with a bready aroma and earthy tones. No evident hops in the nose.

T: A clean and soft flavor that is well balanced. Flavors of bread, grains, sweet caramel, & dark fruits are picked up with a slight dry bitter aftertaste.

M: A smooth and creamy texture that is medium body and carbonation.

D: I could easily drink 6 or more of these at a time. A very good beer.

BrewCrew2010, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange-amber in color. Crystal clear. Not a lot of head and fine, thin lacing.

Smells of malts and sweet fruits with a smidge of caramel and hops, slightly floral.

Tastes typically octoberfest, caramel malts and fruits, lightly bitter hops. Not bad, decent for the style.

Feels smooth but slightly watery. Very low carbonation. A slick feeling in the mouth lingers with some very light bitterness.

Drinks a bit average-ish. There are better octoberfest beers available that are also a better beer value.

the blue and white checkered tiger bottle art is a bit strange for the style, tho this of course did not affect my review in any way.

AlCaponeJunior, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hard pour into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass, while listening to the Kanye mix on pandora... cause nothing screams Oktoberfest like Chicago hip-hop.

A - Light amber body with a nice fluffy slightly tan head. Good retention with little lacing.

S - Fantastic herbal hop aroma with plenty of rich caramel and dark fruit notes from the caramel malt. The yeast leaves nothing but sulfur lingering in the aroma. Textbook.

T - Rich plum and raisin really dominates in the mouth, with little grainy flavors imparted from the malts. Nice cooling herbal flavors (not really mint, but something like that...) and spice are contributed by the hops, with a bitterness that just barely balances. Incredibly clean finish, with light prickly alcohol lingering and light cooling herbs.

M - Body strikes me as being on the fuller side for the style, quenching, but with some weight. Has enough carbonation to clean up some duck sausage.

D - The only complaint I could think of is that the dark fruits seem to take over the alt flavors in the rich example of an Oktoberfest-style beer. Fantastic otherwise all around. One of the best examples of its style I have ever enjoyed.

SammyDavisJrJrJr, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of off-white foam on a perfectly clear, amber-brown body. The head settles slowly and leaves excellent lace.

S - A smooth, bready aroma of malt with a hint of caramel. Some light, fruity notes of pear and just a hint of herbal hops.

T - Soft, smooth malt up front with some sweet caramel flavor and a hint of toasted grain. More of the toasted character comes out in the middle with light herbal hops. Finishes with a rich, smooth and rounded malt character as well as light, sweet caramel that is balanced by mild hop bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Impeccably balanced with an excellent malt character, this is a perfectly drinkable fest beer. The malt is soft and rich with no harsh edges of husky flavor or burt toast. There is only a light hop presence, but it is enough to balance the beer and influence the palate in a way that brings out the best in the malt. This is a great beer and once of the best lagers that I have had from a US brewery.

nickfl, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of sixerofelixir
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. An angry, snow leopard-looking beast is on the label.

Pours a DEEP golden orange, decent tannish head. Many slow carbonation trailers. Looks good. Smells good too - deep, dense roasted (but not too toasted) malts that have a high sweet note. Taste is as complex than the smell, dark cake-like with a bit of mineral. The feel is oh-so-smooth and low, with a nice bitterness after the sip. All In all, a darn tasty marzen, and the best brew I've yet to sample from Left Hand. Very nice.

sixerofelixir, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of philbertk
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Left Hand Brewing Company--Oktoberfest Marzen Lager--Malt Liquor--Brewed on the banks of the mighty St. Vrain--2009 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.00% ABV--25 IBU's. (4.1 / 5.0) Oktoberfest--Lacy thin off white head. Clear pretty rich bright deep amber color. Malty mild floral hop front with fruit hint. Malty cloying sweet caramel mild fruit smooth rich Marzen body. Smooth mild hop rich satisfying malty lager end. A touch fruity, but nice rich Fest. Sampled 11/17/2009. 6-Pack--$9.75.

Left Hand Brewing Company--Oktoberfest Marzen Lager--Malt Liquor--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 6.60% ABV. 30 IBU's. (4.25+ / 5.0) Thin white orange thin lace head. Clear thin bright pretty rich dark orange ruby color. Mild hop toasted malt ester front. Fully fermented thin dry sweet tangy toasted sweet caramel fruit malty Fest body. Smooth dry sweet mild hop lingering Festy end. Sampled 9/7/2010. 6- Pack Purchased @ PCC--Fremont, Seattle 8/24/2010 For $7.25.

philbertk, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of morimech
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crazy label design with the blue and white cat on the Bavarian color background but it did catch my eye. The beer is a clear, copper color with two fingers of head that had decent retention before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is by far the weakest component of this beer. Like, where is it? Just the faintest whiff of malt. The flavor is on the sweet side but is balanced by a noticeable hop bitterness. The malt flavor is very tasty indeed. Clean and refreshing. The body is light to moderate with a nice carbonation that does not get in the way of consumption. Quite enjoyable fall beer. Well crafted.

morimech, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of JohnQVegas
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass.

Pours a crystal clear deep copper venturing into amber, with a one-finger creamy white head on top. Decent retention, and some light lacing. Loads of streaming bubbles.

Nose is sweet, almost intensely so, with a sharp fruity edge. A bit of an herbal hop note

Taste is big and malty; big, fruity caramel sweetness with just a bit of toasty underlying breadiness, even a hint of breadcrust in there underneath the bright fruit. Herbal hop character provides an interesting and unexpected balancing aspect on the dry-ish finish, turning earthy and lingering awhile on the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, sharpish carbonation, surprisingly dry on the finish.

Nicely drinkable and balanced, though I tend more towards the Ayinger-model of paler, grassier oktoberfests as a personal preference. Does nothing to take away from the fact that this is a pretty nice beer.

JohnQVegas, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of jsh420
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours clear copper with a 1 finger head that faded fast and left no lacing

smells of bready carmel malts

taste has very bready carmel malts with a perfect bitterness from the hops (that have no flavor they are just bitter)

mouthfeel is light/medium with low carbonation that give it the perfect smooth and creamy feel for this style

drinkability is great - this is the 5th and last oktoberfest beer i bought this weekend and it is by far the best

jsh420, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of Stunner97
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- very beautiful brown to amber in color with beautiful little bubbles streaming up thick tan/white head, perfect great appearance just so lively

Smell- nice malty sweet nose thats decently enticing though not overpowering

Taste- wow this is a really nice octoberfest beer in flavor, it starts with alot of really good tasting sharp malts and then hit by firm but soft and supple bitter hop finish, really nice balance and for an october fest beer one of the most complex i have had with several layers of flavor, very nice

mouthfeel- very smooth and creamy and almost nice medium to heavy bodied, good feel

Drinkability- well this is at this point of my life the best octoberfest beer I have ever had, its complex and balance while still hitting the right amount on malts, very delicous and one i will recommend big time to other beer fans to try, an octoberfest at its finest match this up against any german octoberfest out there!

Stunner97, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of StoutSlayer
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New '10 Oktoberfest from a bottle. Wow, props to Left Hand because this is a great example of a Marzen done right. Talk about balanced. Pours a beautiful carmel/orange color with a decent head that quickly recedes. Taste and drinkability is where this beer really shines. Nothing is overpowering. You experience that caramel, bready sweetness you expect from a Marzen, but it finishes surprisingly crisp with no syrupy aftertaste or mouthfeel you might expect. Each sip is like experiencing this beer anew. Drinkability is through the roof and i could easily drink more than a six pack if i wanted to take it to the limit. I highly recommend this beer. For lager fans it's a must, for beer fans in general you can't miss with this one.

StoutSlayer, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of njmoons
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great lager. Tasty representation of Marzen style.

A - Clear brown lager, which forms a moderate head with some staying power. Looks good

S - Rich and clean, malty.

T - Very good. Rich malty clean. Nice carmal notes while retaining a crisp lager finish.

M - As expected

D - These go down fast and easy.

njmoons, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Second beer in my Oktoberfest tour:

A: Dark copper color, not much head... the beer is rather flat.

S: Not much nose, a bit of caramel malts...

T: Tastes of roasted caramel malts. There is a bad aftertaste, sour and a little hoppy. Not a fan.

M/D: Medium body, average in every way... The beer is definitely not as malty or full flavoured as it should be. average, average, average...

So far, flying dog's offering was much better...

EwaldEichstaett, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of Buebie
2.63/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

In my opinion they should have kept their old label art, because the new one is odd. It looks like a winter beer, all cold colors of blue and a weird white tiger???

Pours a redish deep amber with about an inch of white head. Settling to leave a thin cap of retention. Brilliant color here, enjoyable.
Thin rings of lace line the glass.

Aroma is fairly sweet with a juicy yeast apple fruit aroma. Kind of odd and not fitting.
A bit of caramel there as well, but mostly not much to say on the subject of aroma, muted.

Taste seems boozy and peppery at first sip. Some cereal grains come through as do more caramel. Then more peppery spice and boozy warmth .

Not a fan of this one.

Buebie, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of hosehead83
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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 -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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 +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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 +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

* 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 11, 2010
Photo of Bizz88
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
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