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Left Hand Oktoberfest - Left Hand Brewing Company

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690 Ratings

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Ratings: 690
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 23
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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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 Gueuzedude


3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled August 2006, Sampled November 2006
Pours with a pretty, almost clear, amber red color and is topped by a frothy, initially two-finger thick, tan colored head. The aroma is definitely malt focused and can be described by a light caramel note, a fresh bready character and a noticeably biscuit-like flavor. There is a light, herbal hopiness to the aroma that lays in the background of the malt.

The flavor is sweet and malty up front. Notes of caramelized malt sugars are prominent and almost evoke a soft berry like fruitiness. This finishes with a nice balancing bitterness, which tends to morph into a light herbal character. This could definitely use more bready malt character though. It is quite drinkable as is though (and I will be happy to drink this again), but it is just not a stellar Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 22:18:18 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a moderate head that displays good retention and an occasional bit of lace

Smell: Biscuity with a layer of caramel

Taste: Starts with a good Munich malt base with a strong biscuit flavor; after the swallow, the brew builds in earthy complexity with modest balancing hops; the finish has contains a considerable biscuit and caramel quality

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: One of the better Anerican-brewed examples of the style

Thanks, Oxymoron, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 02:11:49 | More by brentk56
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear amber golden with a tannish head which rose well and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was nutty and toasty with a strong malty caramel presence. The Munich and Vienna malt aroma showed a strong backbone to the lightly spicy character given off by the hops. The beer was otherwise clean and without and strong esters.

The flavor was malty with more of the nutty and toasty Munich/Vienna presence and a lightly spicy hop bittering and flavor that went very nicely with the strong malt backbone. Some caramel character was notable but the beer was very clean and well done.

The finish was just dry with lasting impressions of malt and spicy hops into the aftertaste. The body was medium or just above and went nice with a moderate level of carbonation. Not a bad rendition of an Oktoberfest at all. Well played...

12 ounce bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 23:32:48 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a copper color with a 1" head that slowly falls. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: caramels and malts are light but easily detectable.

Taste: caramel, hint of nuts, decent bitterness, and a touch of fruit sweetness. Not overwhelming but a solid brew.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is long on the caramels and nuttiness.

Drinkability: pretty good marzen here. Definitely worth a try. Had this after a Victory Fest, so it is a bit milder in flavor than that one.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2006 02:01:19 | More by Gavage
Photo of billybob


3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a one to two finger head with some lacing to the finish. smell is of cooked cabbage or cooked glazed carrots. taste has some hop to it, more malt, sweet at the end with a little chocolate there. nice beer easy beer to drink. i would like to try some other beers from this brewer.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 16:36:00 | More by billybob
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As mentioned in my previous review, a lot of O'Fests can tend to inadvertently lump themselves together in that most aren't poorly made, but their just bland/average overall. The Stoudt's O'Fest that I just reviewed bucked this trend, the Left Hand one did not.

It pours a decent looking copper/orange colour with a very thin head that leaves a bit of residue on the glass.

Aroma is sweet but faint: caramel leads the way with s barely noticeable hint of hops and some malt as well. Very simple overall.

Flavour is more of the same but caramel gives way to a bit more earthiness and even a bit of a rubbery flavour. Mouthfeel is light bodied but a bit chewy and flat at the same time.

This one is not bad in any area, just bland and doesn't do much for me. It's a typical O'Fest. It won't offend but it won't wow you.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 04:16:49 | More by guinness33
Photo of rajendra82


2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The clear, amber colored body topped by a one finger thick head gave this pour into the mug a classic look. Smell was also authentic, which is to say quite malty with a touch of spice. Taste was a little too sweet and underattenuated to be a good fest bier. Oddly earthy hop bitterness kept lingering on, and felt out of place for the style. Was this only 6% ABV, as it became too much of a tedium to drink rapidly. Is this a bold interpretation of the style, or is it good intentions gone wrong? Hard to say for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 03:41:29 | More by rajendra82
Photo of Darkale


4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice American take on this style. Brilliantly clear, cheery copper in color with a good head and spare lacing. Rich taste, deeper, sweeter, and smokier than the average Oktoberfest, and almost chewy. Aroma is not particularly strong, but my nose never catches much from Oktoberfests, anyway. Well done. Well worth trying out.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2006 23:13:16 | More by Darkale
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a clear and bright coppery amber, vivid and carbonated. A finger of off-white, with an almost gray cast, head fades to thin froth. Droops of lacing cascade down the inside of the glass.

The aroma delivers a full maltiness, earthy and with a mellow berry sweetness. A touch of caramel and cherry play off the merest hint of hop spice.

Upon sipping, there's a bubble of malt sweetness, with caramel and simple fruit, that soon loses its roundness to a toasted grain crustiness. A yeasty dough note plays through softly, and a light pepper caress sails along. A mild malt redux slides into a very understated but crisp bitterness that lingers well into the finish. It stays close to the middle of the road, and is quite good at toeing the line.

Medium bodied, the malt coats nicely and trace spiciness gives some small counter.

This one's all about malty goodness. The aroma is unremarkable, but the flavor capably makes up for that. And it's the flavor that makes this enjoyably drinkable. So as I have another, I am now convinced that this is my favorite Left Hand beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 16:29:21 | More by Foxman
Photo of Domingo


4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap amongst a few other offerings (both German and American) and I was shocked how well it stacked up.
Came a dark orange color. Probably the 2nd darkest of all the ones I've seen or tried.
Smell is a crisp grain smell, but with a little boozy sweetness mixed in.
Tastes very hearty and has a wonderful matly sweetness. One of the stronger flavored O-fests out there. Hops are there in the finish and add a great complexity.
Mouthfeel's a little thicker than I'd like. It's not quite "Ayinger thick," but certainly moreso than most of the others.
Drinkability is high...I like the stronger flavor of this brew. It's the best of a lot of different worlds.
This is a very nice take on a Oktoberfest because it's got the distinct German lager flavors that have been kicked up ever so slightly. This is a really good beer for the season. I love the fact that they're starting to utilize the Tabarnash German brews at Left Hand.

EDIT: For anyone who checks older reviews, the 2008 version is even more authentic than before. The hops come out in the middle like in the Hacker-Pschorr and Paulaner versions. Sweetness is still there, but it's been mellowed a tiny bit. Yum! Probably the best O-fest available in the US.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2006 22:59:22 | More by Domingo
Photo of benito


3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First things first, I should own up to the fact that in general I'm not a huge fan of Left Hand beers. With the exception of Juju Ginger and the Milk Stout, I'll leave the whole lot (admittedly, this summer's Twin Sister DIPA was passable as well). So, I was skeptical at best when I picked up a sixer of their new Oktoberfest, a revamped version of the old Tabernash Octoberfest that has been retired.

The bottle is eye candy. A blue-checkered background with two steins (also with blue checkered designs of them) in full toast position. This is a reddish copper brew, a little too amber for the style but eye-catching nonetheless with a good head and lacing. The bouquet is muted, a quality which is somewhat expected, yet I would have liked a stronger malt presence and some of that oh-so-enticing toastiness.

Fortunately, this beer's got character when it actually gets down to drinking. A sweet and softish malt presence up front is well-balanced by a hop splash mid-palate and a nice dry finish. This is meant to be a straightforward and emminently enjoyable beer. And it is.

Very drinkable overall, this is certainly one of Left Hand's more worthwhile offerings. A strong new brew like this is great for the Colorado beer scene, and it's good to see it come from Left Hand. If they start putting out seasonals of this quality, I might become a part time convert.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2006 22:43:03 | More by benito
Photo of gbarron


4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. bottle.

A - bronze/copper, nearly clear. Head is very puffy, white, retention is excellent. Lacing very strong. Pretty much the perfect rendition of a marzen.

S - slightly sweet, metallic aroma of noble hops. Dry, grainy background. Some alcohol.

T - flavor tilted towards sweet grain, toffee. Lightly roasted nuts, hearty bread. Hop flavors are in the background, metallic. Bitterness is subdued, but evident in the aftertaste, as is tangy hoppiness. Tastes like a marzen/maibock.

M - medium to medium thin, some alcohol warming, slight chewiness. Dry, grainy finish.

D - tasty interpretation of a classic style. I could drink a few of these any time of year.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2006 01:03:40 | More by gbarron
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Left Hand- Oktoberfest

Appearance- light caramel orange with a thin head that quicly disappated. No lacing.
Smell- Yeasty bread and sweet caramel malt.
Taste- Sweet malt with hints of vanilla.
Mouthfeel- Bitter at first but becoming sweet and slightly cloying further in.

Overall- A nice Marzen, nothing outstanding here but a beer I quickly drank down. I could drink a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2006 20:13:12 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of filabrazilia


3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper/orange with a small tan head. A nice looking beer.

A faint malt aroma dominates the nose. Not too bad.

This is a fairly bready and malty beer that has a lightly crisp finish. It is an easy beer to drink.

This is a medium bodied beer that has a little substance to it. It's not a chewy as some but not as light as others.

This is a nice beer. I'm glad they have offered this style for the season.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2006 15:15:25 | More by filabrazilia
Photo of rowew


4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: My first Oktoberfest of the year! 12 oz longneck. Label has two Oktoberfest steins with the left hand logo. Bottled on date and ABV clearly marked. This one was bottled 5 days ago - so this is fresh off the line.

Appearance: Pours the clear copper I would expect from the style. Nice head that has good retention.

Smell: Bready malt, a hint of sulphur, and some crisp noble hops.

Taste: Highly drinkable. The malt dominates here, with a bready sweet flavor - just a bit of hop taste in the finish to mellow out the sweetness.

Overall impression: Nice Oktoberfest - glad to see they revived this. According to the website this is a new recipe and name from the old Tabernash. I never tried that one to compare, but this is a solid beer that I will be enjoying through the fall months.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 22:17:29 | More by rowew
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