Left Hand Oktoberfest - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

973 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 973
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 36
Gots: 85 | 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

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Beer added by: rowew on 08-22-2006

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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 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 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 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 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.

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 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 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 plaid75
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

This is a decent Marzen.....sweet balanced by maize malt base. The beer was a rich clear amber with thin head....that did not lace. Body was medium with decent carbonation. Overall...it was good.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of Tone
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, some sweetness. Taste is of malts, a bit of spice, toasty, some alcohol is present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer, a bit stronger than most of this style, but still highly drinkable.

Photo of Bighuge
3.65/5  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.)

Photo of cjgator3
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of bark
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of glid02
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle received in trade with cfrancis

Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, hay/straw/grass

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and light hops. There is also some tea, straw/hay and a grassiness.

Overall - Not my favourite style, but a pretty decent effort. Not something I'd seek out again, but worth a try.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Kind of bubbly with a thin layer of head that settles to a mild lace ring. Color is a nice clear amber brown with again great carbonation.

S - Munich malts, touch of caramel, pilsner like malts and some bread.

T - Taste is mildly skunky with a hoppy finish. Bread and caramel highlight typical for the style but the harsh grains are kind of distracting.

M - Light to medium.

Overall not bad and really nothing I would seek out again. A side note very sick cover art a wolf with fire breathing dragons? WOW!

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.49/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. Bottled on: Space available, no date.

A - Perfect clarity shows off the carbonation rising in the beautiful golden pumpkin orange beer. An uneventful pour leaves only a finger of cream head behind. Not even the carbonation can sustain it. Little wisps of lace left.

S - The initial aroma is flooded with delicious toasted amber and Vienna malts followed up by a hearty dose of caramel melted on top. Mild but nicely balanced hops spike the malts with a floral component. Awesome oktoberfest nose!

T - Awesome malty profile that mirrors the aroma with a distinctive toasted Vienna and Munich malt flavor and drizzle of caramel over the top. Refreshing hops balance it out very nicely and add subtle, delicate floral notes.

M - Crisp and refreshing, it has a medium body but a carbonated, crisp finish.Leans just a bit to the sweeter side with a pinch of dryness on the finish.

D - Fantastic fall beer! It's a very well-brewed oktoberfest with epic drinkability. I'd pour these into a liter mug if I had enough!

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.77/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich, clear, dark honey-brown with a thin but somewhat persistent head. Aroma is strong, malty and spicy - I got hints of cloves and cinnamon - with a touch of hops. Flavor is rich, mouth-filling, mainly malty, with spicy undertones. Smooth and very pleasing, this is an excellent autumn beer.

Photo of barnzy78
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - copper body, creamy ivory head, nice clarity, good head retention
S - sweet, grain, caramel, spice, earth
T - bready, caramel, spicy yeast, grassy, toasty grain
M - creamy, sharp, fairly clean, semi-dry finish
O - very solid American brewed Märzen for Oktoberfest.

Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orangish, copper body with a decent head and some lacings. A good smell of caramel malt and a hint of hops; sweet smelling. Low on spices and a mild sweet malt taste but real smooth and filling. Goes down easy and is a good Oktoberfest, but not the best.

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