1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Left Hand Oktoberfest - Left Hand Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Left Hand OktoberfestLeft Hand Oktoberfest

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

961 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 961
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 33
Gots: 78 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rowew on 08-22-2006

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Left Hand Oktoberfest Alström Bros
Ratings: 961 | Reviews: 378 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a clear medium colored amber with 2 fingers of foamy off-white head. Thin, creamy retention that skims the top, leaving a nice cascade of lace that hangs on the sides of the mug. The aroma is a rich mix of malt sweetness, bread, citrus, and floral hop character.

The taste is toasted caramel malts and tangy citrus character that is well balanced by a tingling profile of Noble hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a firm yet creamy carbonation and an easy feel.

This was very nice for the style from Left Hand with a lot of attributes that just work well for me. I last had this about 2 years ago, enjoyed it then, and still really enjoyed it now. Solid.

Photo of jlindros
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottled 08/08/07

Pours an effervescent copper/caramel with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: A little bit of grainy cereal & caramel as this warms

T: Caramel & grainyness up front. A hint of herbal hop bitterness & a some breadyness as this warms. Finishes with some caramel & hints of pralines & breadyness, plus toast, let this warm up

MF: Medium-bodied, slightlty undercarbonated, a little sticky & good balance

Drinks pretty easy, not as good as last years, so far that's the trend, so maybe it's me? Still liked this considerably more than Sam Adams, no contest

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lefthand Oktoberfest Marzen Lager
12 oz brown bottle, purple & blue checkered patternbehind a design of 2 dimpled steins of yellow liquid being clinked together over a blue and white checkered pattern. Did I need to tell you that? Maybe not. I poured it into a Paulaner stein, clear, with handles...didn't have a dimpled one available. Well I did, but it wasn't from a German brewer...I didn't need to tell you that, either.

Hazy, amber appearance, smallish off-white head.

rich, malty aroma. earthy. vegetal. big and beefy. very much marzen.

Big blast of hops at the top, brisk carbonation...a little too much. I could use it a bit more medium. Kind of clean, after the fizz.

Medium to light bodied, faint finish, a little sweetness at the end, some caramel, toffee flavors. But not too memorable. Fairly average offering for the style.

Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a 1/2" off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has an incredibly malty scent that boasts of pilsner, Munich, and bisquit malts. There is a real caramel/toffee feel here. The taste is decent as well. Again, it's a little bit over done with the malts. It has a dry, caramel/toffee flavor that goes down easy with some prickly carbonation. There are some light bready notes in there as well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty good Marzen/Oktoberfest. It's big on malts and very drinkable.

Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with a foamy, off-white head that thins, but sticks around. Some thin, broken rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is malty - carmelized grain with subtle spiciness.

The taste is of caramel and dough. Earthy, slightly woody, background. Malty with a hint of hop bitterness/spice in the back. Some warming alcohol is in the semi-sweet finish.

Medium-bodied with an unfortunate amount of fizz that creates some astringency.

It's nice, but I don't think I would include this in my O-fest line-up, as it doesn't have the smoothness that I look for in the style.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Solid amber/copper color; very clear. Good start to the head. Leaves some spotty lace.

Rich malt smell with a touch of sweetness. Lots of caramel.

The flavor matches the smell profile. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Slightly sweet, this is a malty beer of lighter crystal (or darker pale). There's enough hop to be noticeable--still it's subtle.

Photo of kojevergas
2.8/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a true imperial pint glass in high altitude Denver, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are moderately high.

A: Pours a two finger head of good cream and thickness, and good retention. Colour is a semitransparent amber.

Sm: Nuts, caramel, cream, and heavy toasted malt. A mild strength aroma.

T: Toasted malt, badly balanced caramel, and light cream. In classic bad Marzen fashion, it's simple and boring. Maybe some light candied sugar. Strangely balanced and badly built.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavour generally. Nothing special here.

Dr: Very drinkable, like most Marzens, but also simple, boring, and scattershot on the balance. It's alright but I certainly wouldn't have it again. Meh.

Photo of Mora2000
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange-amber color with a small white head, which quickly dissipates. Smell is very malty, with some caramel and bread aromas. About what you would expect from a Marzen. Taste is malty sweetness with a lot of fruit in the flavor. Little to no hops are apparent. The beer is very crisp, but a litte thin on the mouthfeel.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +7%

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

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 8/7/2012. Pours slightly hazy orange copper color with a small foamy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big pear, apple, biscuit, toast, caramel, earth, herbal, and light nuttiness. Nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of caramel, biscuit, toast, pear, herbal, apple, earth, and nuttiness. Lingering notes of caramel, light fruit, biscuit, toast, and herbal on the finish for a bit. Good balance of malt flavors; with no cloying sweetness after the finish. A slight twangy flavor noted on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice Oktoberfest. Good flavor profile and balance; very smooth to drink. Quite enjoyable.

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

Smallish off white head settles into a nice lacing above a clear rusty copper colored beer.

Sweet roasted caramelized grain malts with a hint of light spices adding to the aroma.

Roasted toasted caramel malts, light spices, with lighter grains coming through in the taste.

A dryish aftertaste with some of the roasted caramel malts taste hanging around for quite some time on this medium bodied beer.

A pretty solid tasting Oktoberfest with a nice sweetish caramelized taste, one of the better drinks for this time of year.

Photo of weeare138
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to witbier for this...
Appears a russet toned, transparent amber with a light haze. A small, off-white head quickly fades out. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of sweet, fruity, toffee, toasted nuts, caramel, sourdough bread, along with sugary candy. Very nice and surprising considering this style is usually "ho-hum" for me.
Taste is of a nice blend of aromas with a creamy, doughy, candy flavor coming through.
Mouthfeel is smooth, lager malty, with a light cinnamon spice along the palate.

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aside from an off aroma (smells dusty or like a bottle even poured in a glass), this was a pretty decent beer. The flavor was a little low until it warmed up and gave a really nice mellow caramel malt flavor. There's nothing complex going on, but it's tasty and quite drinkable. Maybe not a standout for the style, but a decent take on it.

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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....

Photo of tdm168
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark ruby amber with a soft, off white head that fades to a thin lacing

S - lager yeast, fruity, toasty

T - fruity, sweet, caramel, bitter hops, lager yeast

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a flavorful marzen but the intense yeast notes throughout are overpowering. the hops are a bit bitter as well and interfere with the caramel. In the end it's a highly drinkable and sessionable. It's worth a try, but I think there are better Oktoberfest beers out there.

Left Hand Oktoberfest from Left Hand Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 961 ratings.