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Left Hand Oktoberfest - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

687 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 687
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 22
Gots: 16 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rowew on 08-22-2006)
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 21:23:07 | More by jlindros
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Mora2000

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 00:57:49 | More by Mora2000
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 00:32:46 | More by StonedTrippin
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 20:54:21 | More by jwc215
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 22:48:57 | More by smcolw
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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
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kojevergas

Texas

2.78/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 07:06:54 | More by kojevergas
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.5%

01-23-2012 16:28:25 | More by imperialking
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2006 17:48:59 | More by weeare138
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-14-2012 03:46:02 | More by MarkyMOD
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 04:07:21 | More by tempest
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

12-09-2013 04:56:01 | More by XmnwildX12
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.4%

05-05-2013 22:15:56 | More by ejimhof
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +3%
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....

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 23:47:05 | More by Stinkypuss
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

11-29-2011 20:35:08 | More by brandoman63
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superspak

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 03:53:17 | More by superspak
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plaid75

New York

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 02:41:48 | More by plaid75
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a bright coppery-orange with a 1 finger creamy off white head that was moderately lasting.

S: a light toasty malt sweetness, fresh bread, floral hopping and a touch of fruitiness (apples).

T: The flavor was pretty much the same, a caramel fruitiness starts things with only slight hints of malt sweetness. The palate was bready with toasted cereal grains and a floral hopping.

M: a little light, with moderate carbonation, with some warm moist bread notes coating the tongue.

D: Overall a easy drinking October, decent session though much better examples are out their to pass the time with.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 14:11:46 | More by beerthulhu
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber/orange. Pretty good clarity. Thin beige head. Lace is solid. Nice toasted malt aroma with a sweet underlying malt presence on the nose. This is another decent tasting Ofest, but really not all that hearty. And I like my Ofests pretty damn hearty. To me, a great Ofest should be like a thick beef stew on a 50 degree October day. Something to reload your body and fortify. This one falls short in that area (as most do) but is still likeable. Has some nice toasted malt flavors and a little of that lager yeast character. Easy drinking. Decent enough, just not great in my opinion.

(BTW, 2 Ofests that ARE like Beef Stew are New Glarus Staghorn and Summit Ofest. These are my measuring sticks when it comes to Ofests.)

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 02:55:56 | More by Bighuge
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 21:55:31 | More by LXIXME
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 11:40:01 | More by tdm168
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glid02

Georgia

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

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2008 03:08:05 | More by glid02
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

11-18-2012 20:12:28 | More by sendbeer
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Tone

Missouri

3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, red/amber color. 2/3 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast, slight roasted malt, slight hops, and some grain. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, yeast, slight roasted malt, sweet malt, and a little nut. Overall, a rather watery mouth feel and only average body.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 03:46:42 | More by Tone
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