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Left Hand Oktoberfest - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Reviews: 377
Hads: 998
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 47
Gots: 97 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 kmeves
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an ultra clear amber brown with a diminishing small white head. Aroma is medium sweet, nutty, light fruit and light floral. Flavor is much stronger than the aroma, nutty and sweet with adequate bitterness. Medium bodied, slick texture. Long carmelly sweet finish. (269 characters)

Photo of emsroth
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

App: A beautiful orange with hues of red that screams autumn. A frothy off-white head

Smell: This is where I get very picky with marzens. The aroma is strong caramel, perhaps reminiscent of a bock. Not what i look for in a marzen.

Taste: A solid taste. Greeted by a nice crisp bite from the hops and alcohol. You can definitely taste the 6%. It's a detractor of the style overall, but I like it in this particular brew. The hops show a subtle spiciness that yields to the malt. A sweet, biscuit malt brings us to the end and lingers on the palette. As it warms the flavors shift around with more lingering bitterness. As said above, a solid flavor profile.

Medium bodied with a slight film from the hops. A bit crisp for a marzen. (735 characters)

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is probably going to be my last Octoberfest of the season as these beers get old pretty fast. Gonna start moving on to pumpkin ales after this. Lets see what Left Hand can do with the style.

A: Pours a deep orange-amber. Head doesn't last more than a minute, which is typical for the style.

S/T: Aroma is very subtle. Get some sweet malts, but thats about it. Taste is a little more balanced than most Octoberfests, but still rather marginal overall. Its got a good balance of sweetness, caramel, and the earthy notes commonly found in the style. Somewhat toasty. Also get a hint of maybe cherry in there. Overall, a decent tasting beer.

M/D: Light-medium bodied. Pretty clean and crisp. Drinks better than a lot of Octoberfests as the sweetness is rather tame.

Not a bad effort from Left hand. After trying about half and dozen different Octoberfests this year, I would say that Bells Octoberfest and Great Lakes Octoberfest are the two best ones I have had. Seek those ones out before any of the other big name ones. This one is better than most, but still nothing to write home about. (1,099 characters)

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Light amber in color very clean.

S- Smell of floral hops and malt and ev en a hint of caramel in there too

T- Bready biscuit, some sweet malts and some floral hops and the end

M- Semi Dry very smooth with hops and sweet malt linger through out sip.

D- My first Left Hand Octoberfest. Very good between light hops and sweet malts. Very drinkable.

Cheers... (364 characters)

Photo of Vendetta
2.9/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Original Rating Date:
September 26, 2008

Pretty average marzen, here. Pours decent with a good head and a typical marzen hue. Smells like a bit of bready malt, but overall a weak nose, nothing impressive. Tastes pretty average, nothing stands out. As it warms some sweetish candy caramel flavor comes through, which is pretty much the single standout flavor of this beer. Overall pretty average with a few special notes, but passable when compared to Flying Dog and Hacker-Pschorr's marzen brews. (497 characters)

Photo of Spidey13
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love a good-looking Oktoberfest and Left Hand is one of them. It pours a beautiful clear copper/amber color with a small white head. I honestly had some trouble getting much out of the aroma, but what was there was grass/hay and caramel.

The flavors are pretty good with sweet caramel leading the way. There is a brief pop of spice from the hops followed by a lingering, sweet toffee aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium/thin with medium/low carbonation.

Overall, a nice drinkable Oktoberfest. (497 characters)

Photo of Jparker37
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Seidel.

A - Medium sized cap of off-white head falls to a ring around the glass. Color is on the dark end of the guidelines; dark amber. Perfect clarity but no lacing.

S - Layered toasted malt grazes the spectrum of caramel. Robust with some sweetness. Clean fermentation.

T - Very dense/rich toasty malt right up front and well into the taste. Shows a short glimpse of sweetness. Spicy hop flavor meshes with a breath of alcohol at the finish. Bitterness is moderate and balances well.

M - Medium body, medium to medium-light carbonation, short and sweet in the middle yet dry finish.

O - Solid interpretation. Good looking beer, great fresh and rich flavor. Aroma seemed to be a little too heavy on crystal malt. The heftiness is appreciated because some Marzens undershoot for drinkability sake. Alcohol continues to creep into the aftertaste more and more as temperature rises.

Judgement - Try (932 characters)

Photo of Rennpferd
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It had a nice deep copper hue with a two finger head that held up well. There was very little carbonation activity.

It smelled of well balanced malt and fragrant hops.

It had a nice malty taste. However the malt was quickly overpowered by the hops. The balance that was earlier detected in the smell was not present in the taste. It had a nice lite to medium body that was crisp and refreshing.

It is a drinkable beer. I think hop heads will enjoy it more. (459 characters)

Photo of Tolann
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a NB globe glass

A - Copper orange in color. Not a lot of head and more white. Crisp clear color and not a lot of bubbles

S - More nose than I anticipated. Mostly malty sweet. Some herb/spice notes. caramel sweetness

T - Sweet caramel and malty.

M - light/medium mouth feel. Easy drinking. Not a lot of carbonation. A little bit of heat in the back of my throat after the swallow.

D - Easy to drink, but not my typical style of beer. Good to enjoy and be in the spirit of the season, but not something I'd ask for year-round (543 characters)

Photo of AmberMan22
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Guy at the liquor store recommended this one, and I do love me some Märzenbier. I found it to be an interesting take on the style, considerably creamier (thereby sweeter) than some more traditional offerings.

The color looks pretty good, an orange-red/copper tone with an 'antique white' head (imagine just slightly aged paper). The head is gone fairly rapidly, leaving behind only a little lace.

I found the nose underwhelming and distressing. Alcohol came through first, followed by a rather flat malty smell.

The taste was another story, and as I alluded to earlier, different than most. Certainly a buttery beer, caramel malt overwhelming the munich malt flavor. Maybe a tinge of bitterness on the backside. All in all, very drinkable.

The creaminess chimes in a bit too much in the mouthfeel, making this beer feel almost heavy. I would deem this a bit of a puzzle, because despite this, the beer seemed crisp and smooth. Maybe I'm having an off night.

Verdict: one of the more pronounced oktoberfests in terms of flavor. It certainly beats out most of the pale-malted, noble-hopped, domestic excuses for the genre that turn up too frequently. (1,154 characters)

Photo of DarrellK
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Left Hand does its usual good job on a brew. The appreanace of the brew is just what I want from a Marzen. A nice small bubbled head that leaves ia bit of lace, a bit of malty aroma and a clear whiskey colored look.

The mouth is average, not too thin but could be a tad heavier.

The taste is about average for a Marzen from the USA. Muted with a little malt, a taste that goes well with a wide range of foods. A great pizza beer. (431 characters)

Photo of dillon_1005
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another good Oktoberfest to enjoy this fall. I am a fan of Oktoberfest's, this one did not disappoint. An amber, rich copper color, good off white head, great lacing. Smelled of caramel malt, a nuttiness in there. Taste was just the right balance of everything in an Oktoberfest, there was the slight sweetness offset with the bitterness, nice crispness. Over all one of my new favorites (387 characters)

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hard pour into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass, while listening to the Kanye mix on pandora... cause nothing screams Oktoberfest like Chicago hip-hop.

A - Light amber body with a nice fluffy slightly tan head. Good retention with little lacing.

S - Fantastic herbal hop aroma with plenty of rich caramel and dark fruit notes from the caramel malt. The yeast leaves nothing but sulfur lingering in the aroma. Textbook.

T - Rich plum and raisin really dominates in the mouth, with little grainy flavors imparted from the malts. Nice cooling herbal flavors (not really mint, but something like that...) and spice are contributed by the hops, with a bitterness that just barely balances. Incredibly clean finish, with light prickly alcohol lingering and light cooling herbs.

M - Body strikes me as being on the fuller side for the style, quenching, but with some weight. Has enough carbonation to clean up some duck sausage.

D - The only complaint I could think of is that the dark fruits seem to take over the alt flavors in the rich example of an Oktoberfest-style beer. Fantastic otherwise all around. One of the best examples of its style I have ever enjoyed. (1,164 characters)

Photo of dwren89
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: auburn brown with thin off white head and great clarity

Aroma: noble hop aroma with smooth nutty malt aroma

Taste: nutty, floral, slight mintyness, and very balanced overall

Mouthfeel: crisp, medium body, medium carbonation

Overall: an awesome American marzen. Great balance, nutty malt character with floral and slightly minty hop character. I Definitely suggest this marzen to anyone! (403 characters)

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

A - Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint mug. Color is deep amber to copper with a small white head that quickly falls leaving a nice ring of lace on the glass

S - A very malty and biscuit smell with just a hint of hops

T - Very much like the smell..very heavy malt (as is the style) with a nice hop finish to even out the sweet

M - Balanced and smooth

D - A very good Ofest beer..I picked up a six and will enjoy all of them (428 characters)

Photo of EwaldEichstaett
2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Second beer in my Oktoberfest tour:

A: Dark copper color, not much head... the beer is rather flat.

S: Not much nose, a bit of caramel malts...

T: Tastes of roasted caramel malts. There is a bad aftertaste, sour and a little hoppy. Not a fan.

M/D: Medium body, average in every way... The beer is definitely not as malty or full flavoured as it should be. average, average, average...

So far, flying dog's offering was much better... (440 characters)

Photo of gabeerfan
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this in a liter stein at BSP's Oktoberfest.
Arrived a very clear, light amber color. Small head that faded to a thin cap and ring.
Very malty aroma. Lots of caramel and brown sugar. No detectable hops.
Flavors mirror the aromas pretty closely with some very slight hints of honey coming in too.
Medium-light mouthfeel. The sweetness did coat the mouth a little, but didn't stick around too long.
Quite drinkable. It's an Oktoberfest, so it's meant to be consumed in large quantities.
Very good beer. Not the best beer I had that night, but I would still recommend it without hesitation. (592 characters)

Photo of danielocean03
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle marked "Bottled on 8.22.07" into a pint glass. Appearance is a clear rust-hued amber, with a thin cap of fizzy head that is an off-white tan color that fell away to light sticky lacing. Aroma is comprised of sweet caramel and toffee, heavy roasted malt notes, light spiciness/hoppiness also mixed in. Taste is roasty malt, caramel, toffee, yeast/bread notes, sweet finish with a dry aftertaste. Mouthfeel is slick and smooth, medium bodied, low carbonation, goes down nice and easy. Drinkability is great, well balanced O'fest, nice malt complexity and heartier substance expected of the style, would purchase again. (643 characters)

Photo of stingrayvr6
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Showed a brownish orange with good head and retention. Smell was faint of sweet malts, some caramel and bready notes as well. Taste was similar, light bodied, high carbonation, all malt. Very sweet and mellow. Some good malt complexity. (276 characters)

Photo of JDK
4.72/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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. (319 characters)

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. (689 characters)

Photo of Tolnik
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer was poured into a pint glass with a deeper red amber coloration and a good half inch of foam. Reducing down to a good light lacing.

S - Goo9d sweeter spice aroma greets the nose.

T - Spiced beer with hints of nutmeg. Overall a good balance between the hops and malts. (283 characters)

Photo of ibashmuck
2.43/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Not usually a fan of Oktober's, but tis the season (sorta). Poured a nice color, darkish amber. Smelled strong of malts, and taste was "malty" as well, but not overpowering. Last drop of bottle was same as first. Didn't get the spice or fruit smells others have with this beer. Though not a favorite, not terribly bad. (382 characters)

Photo of Hokies
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep red color with a thin head and a very thin lace.

Aroma of dark fruits, light caramel aroma with a faint smoke scent.

A nice blend of the dark fruit taste with a more profound caramel taste than in the aroma. Their is also a nice hop bitterness at the end.

A nice Oktoberfest with a decent amount of carbonation that I would pick up again. (394 characters)

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The aroma is toasty, biscuity, and sweet with a touch of toffee and a little citrus and flowers after a couple minutes. Deep copper and mostly clear with an off-white head. The flavor is smooth and malty with spicy, woody, and somewhat citrusy hops. Moderately bitter. The alcohol is mild but noticeable. Smooth with a medium body, restrained carbonation, and a good amount of crispness.

The aroma and flavor are both nice enough but neither is extraordinary. The flavor in particular has plenty of malt, but it competes with the woody bitterness and alcohol. Not bad, at any rate. (583 characters)

Left Hand Oktoberfest from Left Hand Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.