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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
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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 superdedooperboy
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

Day nine of Oktoberfest brings Left Hand Brewing's offering.

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle with "Bottled On" date of 08/06/08 printed on the label.

Poured a crystal clear rich copper hue, giving rise to a one-finger head of light tan foam that quickly settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a light amount of lacing.

Aroma is mostly herbal hops combined with a slight nose of sweet, fruity, toffee malt.

Fairly light on the palate, flavors of sweet caramel appear up front, followed by a somewhat herbaceous hop bitterness and a very noticeable hit of fresh earth in the middle, finishing with a hint of sweetness and lingering long and dry.

Very drinkable and an excellent example of the style, with a great balance that seems lacking in some other variants. The higher level of alcohol than usual does have a noticeable effect on an empty stomach, though, so beware.

superdedooperboy, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of beveritt
3.58/5  rDev -4%

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label shows two large steins superimposed over the blue and white Bavarian lozengy background. Bottled on 08/06/08.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of light tan head. This settles slowly, leaving behind nice lacing. The beer itself is a deep mahogany and perfectly clear. No sediment int he bottle.

Smell: Rich caramel and toffee with slight vegetal hoppiness; almost like overcooked peas.

Taste: Caramel malt, somewhat subdued by a decent carbonation bite. Mild hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Slightly lower than average carbonation level. Body is very good.

Drinkability: Easily one of my favorite beer seasons, I need to find my favorite Oktoberfest. This one is good, but I still think some of the actual German examples I have had are my leaders.

beveritt, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of Beaver13
2.03/5  rDev -45.6%

12 oz bottle. Pours red orange amber with a large creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is toasted malts and maybe a touch of alcohol.

The flavor is sweet toasted caramel malts and some weird off flavors that increase as it warms (nitrogen?). The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, it's just pretty bland and uninspiring and the off-flavors make it rather unpleasant.

Beaver13, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of uwmgdman
3.88/5  rDev +4%

The beer pours a clear amber-copper color with a thin white head. The aroma is moderate-high malt, toasty and sweet and a bit oxidized (year old bottle). The flavor is highly malty, biscuity and toasty. There is also a moderate spicy hop flavor. The finish is just a bit dry and rather smooth. Moderate carbonation and medium body. Overall a solid Oktoberfest.

uwmgdman, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%

Got this on-tap at The Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a clear brown color with some red highlights. Head is two-fingers of white foamy goodness that sticks around before dissipating into a patchy layer on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is phenomenal for an Oktoberfest.

Smells good. Lots of roasted and sweet malt aromas up front, with just a hint of mild hops.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. There's a big roasted flavor to kick things off, followed by a smooth malt sweetness, and ending with a subtle earthy hop flavor. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is good. Thickness is right on, and the carbonation is just right. This goes down very smoothly.

Drinkability is very good. This beer goes down almost too easily.

Overall this is at the top of my list for Oktoberfests. It's comparable to Victory's Festbier in body and flavor, but with more of a toasted flavor. A must try for Marzen fans.

glid02, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%

It's that time of the year again, and what better way to celebrate than by getting a good Octoberfest beer? Most of the ones on sale in the stores around me were the same as last year, but this one was new this year. After sampling the Milk Stout and Haystack Wheat, I figured that I'd give this a shot too (it doesn't hurt that I'm left-handed as well!). A lot of Octoberfest beers tend to taste the same and blend into each other after a while, but this one stood out as a solid, well-crafted brew that subtly grew on me. Amazingly enough, it's not spicy either!

I wish the pour was a bit better. The copper hue was nice but the head and lacing were notwhere to be found. The aroma was a bit weak too, but once I took a sip, it was pretty obvious why. The hops can't be felt here at all. What does stand out is a beautiful mix of roasted malt, molasses, chocolate, and a smokey autumnal aroma, with a hint of caramel thrown in. Somehow, these all work harmoniously together, and it's a welcome change from the ash/cinnamon/nutmeg/pumpkin/vanilla mix that so many beers take this time of the year. It goes down well and the aftertaste is surprisingly light, given the heavy tone of many of the flavors.

I'm normally a hophead in what I prefer but in this case, I've been won over! Additionally, I have no idea what the ABV % is but in this case, I don't care. Even though it's still in the 60's outside, this is a great brew to welcome the upcoming cool weather with. Have it after dinner or with a slice of pumpkin pie and whip cream - once again, Left Hand has an offering worthy enough to be held in mine!

JerzDevl2000, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured a deep copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sweet doughy malt and some flowery hop.

The taste was upfront soft sweet malts, some cereal grain huskiness and a light hop spice. The flavors were a bit too blurred for my taste.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller and creamier side for the style.

Overall a tasty and certainly easy to drink Octoberfest.

plaid75, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of mashedpotatoes
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

Beer pours a dark amber color with a large 3 finger head that dissipates quickly. Lacing remains pronounced on topmost level. Smell is delicate/intricate, flowery/carmelly. Taste is very well balanced, a bit of roasted malt a hint of molasses. Mouthfeel is superb, very well rounded and robust again, aftertaste is quite strong but not offensive in any way. More of a reminder of a quality beer. Drinkability is high. This is one of the better handcrafted Oktoberfests I've tried this year.

mashedpotatoes, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

I first tried this one, alongside 3 others at the weekly tasting offered at the local beerbar. It surprised me out of the bunch, and I have looked forward to trying a bottle for purpose of a full review (and to see if it was more than just a good first impression)

A: Quite a bronze tone - on the darker side of the style, compared with a dozen or so others. Head is mediocre, retention the same - it does leave a nice trim right around the edges that helps out, though.

S: Sharp malt scents - quite pronounced. Something of an almost nutty aroma in there, a little bit of a caramel touch.

T: A similar profile to the aroma... a nuttiness in the malts, and a little bit of a soft tartness. There's something kind of similar to a brown ale about this, which is a little strange, but not necessarily a bad thing at all.

M: Medium body, rather straight forward. The carbonation leaves a little bit of a prickling sensation in its wake, and there is a hint of alcohol warming on the finish.

D: It continued to impress over the course of a bottle, though it did seem like it might get a touch intense for the style with a couple or more. A good beer, nonetheless, and one I'll be looking for again before the season is through.

Proteus93, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of cjgator3
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark copper color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is a little on the faint side for me, with a nice malty nose and some alcohol.

T- The taste starts off smooth and malty. It is pretty full bodied for an Oktoberfest with a small bite in the finish from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- This is a pretty decent Oktoberfest, but not exactly sessionable.

Overall, Left Hand Oktoberfest is a decent Oktoberfest, but probably not a beer that I would purchase again. It is worth a shot though.

cjgator3, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of bark
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%

The colour is nut brown with a hint of amber. The finger thick head sinks down to a pale beige lid. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is malty with some nutty hints of bread, light syrup, hints of boiled vegetables and a mild bitterness.

The taste is very malty with a quickly passing sour flavour. Roasted sweet bread-like flavours, notes of boiled vegetables, meat and gravy. The aftertaste brings a nutty flavour, some sweetness and a dry pleasant gentle bitterness. Toasted bread in the finish.

The carbonation is medium strong; small gentle bubbles. The liquid is very smooth.

If I would just have read about Oktoberfest beers and never actually had drunk one, I think that this one would come very close to my expectations. It is very drinkable but still with a lot of character. Reminds a lot of a brown ale.

bark, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%

A: Clear, deep amber color. Poured a two finger off-white head that persisted. Light lacing was a bit inconsistent

S: Grainy wet malts and a bit of citrus.

T: Bready malts; lightly sweet caramel. Hops were well-hidden; slightly out of balance with malt. Not terribly complex.

M: Medium body. Pleasantly balanced carbonation.

D: Very drinkable; decent ABV, not too filling nor tiring. It would be nice to kick back a few of these.

Haybeerman, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of Bananaman
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

I've had quite a few october beers already this year, and it's only september! And Left Hand Brewing does not dissapoint! The best octoberbeer so far, though there have been one or two that have been almost in the same class.

Mahogny colored beer with a nice white head, though it doesn't stay for long.

Smells lots of butterscotch, some sweet malts and some fruit, probably dried plums or something like that.

Taste is pretty similar too the smell, but there some strange very sweet note that disturbs slightly. I really like it though, and the palate is really good!

Bananaman, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of Ljunkan
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours a dark amber color with a nice foamy head.

Nice smell of malt, toffee and hops.

The taste is good with a good malty sweetness, toffee, some nice aromatic flowery hops together with a decent bitterness.

Mouthfeel is slightly better than average; feels quite filling, smooth and overall nice.

Drinkability is good also. It goes down very easy. You can easily have a few of these.

Ljunkan, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of froghop
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%

pours a clear copper with a red tint, small beige head, some lacing.

smell of caramel, roasted nuts, somewhat earthy.

taste is crisp, caramel, light amount of tin, some nuts, ends oily and thick with a little bitterness, as it warms becomes more watery.

froghop, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%

A. 12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass. Amber in color with a head that recedes to a halo.

S. Very faint grain and slight medicinal hop. Malts in there as well.

T. This is a malty one and I like it. Caramel malt provides a sweetness. Ghost like nobel hop balance. A roasted flavor comes through well into drinking this.

M. A good overall mouthfeel. The carbonation is perfect. It is crisp. On the lighter side of medium bodied.

D. Very sessionable. This is a very good Oktoberfestbier. Rivals Sam Adams....

Stinkypuss, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%

A: Slightly cloudy reddish copper color. Poured with about half a finger of white head. Some lacing.

S: Faint malt smell. Some hints of caramel. Slight hop nose which is unusual for the style. Little bit of spice as well.

T: Nice mixture of malt and fruit in the taste. Still kind of subtle. The spice has an artificial taste to it. The malt lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Nice slightly thick body. Leaves a nice sweetness on your tounge.

D: A nice example of the style but there are better out there. I find left hand to be totally hit or miss. This is something in the middle.

aerozeppl, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours a very promising rich amber hue with good white head. Nose is slightly hoppy for the style, but the malt is there. Taste follows, a good malty flavor, but an akward profile, not quite the caramely flavor you get out of most german examples. Hops are more present than usual for the style, but still defenitely in the back seat. a strange malt profile here, still a good brew, but slightly strange for the style. Mouthfeel is good, but slightly thick. Drinkability is quality, but not amazing. Overall a good brew, and a good attempt, but still doesn't quite seem like the real deal. The malt profile is a bit off. Still an enjoyable beer, and great for the season.

AKBelgianBeast, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of czfreeman
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%

Happy Month Of Oktoberfest!
Left Hand's offering pours out a deep brown-light mahagony with light ruby tones. Nice, creamy highly-drinkable cap foams at the top of the mug. Looks good so far.
Biscuity malt aromas, Hallertau hop-bites,wheats, toast aromas..but overall a rather watery nose to begin with.
Taste is biscuity malts, bitterness from the hops, long slighty bitter dark-bread on the finish. Overall a little watered down here as well.
This beer I would say tastes like a watered-down Oktoberfest. Not very hearty, no malty sweetness typically found in these beers, rather an over tone of bitterness. This tastes like a fair ESB, and I would drink it for those qualities, but not my cup-o-seasonal brew.

czfreeman, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of SUjunkie
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%

Poured into pint glass.

A: Copper color. 1/2 inch head.

Smell: caramel malt. Smells like an amber/lager.

Taste: Toffee and caramel. The flavor is sweet. Malty. The finish is more herbal which is part of the reason I'm not a big Octoberfest fan. It's what it should taste like, but not a huge favorite of mine.

Mouthfeel: Malty. Slight burning sensation perhaps from the carbonation.

Drinkability: One only for me. I'm still hunting for a more sessionable Octoberfest.

SUjunkie, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of JDK
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

Poured an medium amber with not much of a head. What was there quickly disappeared.
Very nice smell of hops
Nice mouthfeel but little flat
Very good taste of light hops and mild spices. One of the best Oktoberfest beers I've had! I could very easily drink a 6 pack in one setting.
You should try it if given the chance.

JDK, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of abankovich
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours with a nice light tan head that looks good with the deep golden-amber color of this beer. It has a decent darkness to it for an Oktoberfest beer.

The aroma on this one is way malty. Some nice subtle roasted notes as well. But mostly the sweetness of the malts comes through with some caramels and brown sugars.

Sweet, roasted malts are really what this beer is all about. Not an overpowering sweetness, but a great balance in my opinion. Although I always prefer hop dominant beers, this one has a perfect amount of malt sweetness so that it isn't overpowering but is very enjoyable. Some mild, very minimal hop bitterness finds its way through somewhere in the middle along with some spiciness. But this is all very subtle and fades to a thick creamy malt sweetness on the back end.

Mouthfeel is very rich and creamy and a solid medium body. Goes down incredibly smooth. The creaminess and sweetness from the malt leaves a good aftertaste as well. This is a great session beer. I don't know if I could drink them all night long, but certainly could have a few at a time.

abankovich, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of Doomcifer
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

Aaaahhh, Oktoberfest season is upon us...almost. Anyway, this is my first of the '08 season. Pours a very clear, bright reddish amber with a decent 1/3 inch head that dissipates pretty quickly. Smells of grains, german malts, light signs of cherry, some hop spice. Flavor is more graininess, german malts, yeast, doughy, very light hop spice to even things out. Very balanced and extremely drinkable. Oktoberfests are THE session beers. Perfect carbonation, medium bodied, slightly dry finish. Great Oktoberfest offered up by Left Hand Brewery. I'm pumped for the '08 Marzen Season. Bring 'em on! Now all I need is the crisp autumn air and the leaves to turn to foliage.

Doomcifer, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of lastdoctor
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%

Pours a nice copper color with a three finger head that dissipates fairly quickly. Good lacing.

Smell is pleasant. Sweet malt with a hint of spice.

Taste is caramel and nutty, with lemon zest and a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is not quite full bodied.

Although I'm not a fan of anything lemon, this is a drinkable beer.

It's a decent stab at a wonderful style.

lastdoctor, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of Goliath
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%

Pours a nice, fairly clear, deep amber color and has a nice one inch off white head sitting on top. Good retention.

Aroma is fine. Hints of citrus, and a grainy malt profile.

Taste is fine. Some caramel and bread dominate. Not very complex, and I suppose I'm having some difficulty picking out all the flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a gentle carbonation tingle.

Drinkability is moderate to high. Flavors are fine and beer is easily sessionable. I think it would just get annoying after a while though.

Goliath, Aug 19, 2008
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