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Left Hand Oktoberfest - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

832 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 832
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 33
Gots: 46 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Inglewood, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of Clydesdale
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep, slightly glowing reddish-amber. The tall head has a caramel tint and a dense, frothy texture. Retention is nice, with some solid lacing.

S: Solid caramel malt aroma. Toasty and a bit earthy. A rather spicy herbal hop character. Oddly, I get a phenolic vibe as well.

T: Some toasty caramel malt sweetness up front. Rather earthy flavor profile - kind of difficult to pinpoint. Hop flavor is spicy and herbal, with medium-mild bitterness. Again, an unusual quasi-phenolic nature to this one.

M: Medium-light body. Carbonation is subdued. A bit dry into the finish.

D: One of the more differently-flavored American marzens I've tasted. Quite earthy and rather spicy. Distinctive, but in a mostly neutral way. Worth a try at least.

Clydesdale, Sep 22, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

tastymug, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of Minkybut
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was an ugly off amber color and poured no head at all. UGLY!. The beer smelled pretty good though with hits of nuttiness. The beer also had good lacing which was strange since it had no head. The beer was pretty good tasting though with that nuttiness that I really liked. I will buy again.

Minkybut, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of chefhatt
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a nice ruby brown body with a small head that hangs out for a little bit. The aroma has a malty, sweet carmel aroma to it. The taste has a great strong malt flavor up front then it mellows out towards the finish. The mouthfeel is very nice and a very good represation of the style.

chefhatt, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of GRPunk
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a mug.

A- 1-finger, khaki head drops to a moderate-light film that leaves really good (great?), sticky rings. The body is a clean copper with moderate carbonation.

S- It's a nice balance between caramel and bready malts and grassy hops. There's a touch of raisin and alcohol with a little warmth that seems just a touch out of place.

T- Rich caramel initially is cleaned up with spicy hops. While I normally like a really malty Oktoberfest, it's just a touch too sweet.

M- It's a little syrupy. Moderate to heavy carbonation mixed with solid hopping provides a good tingle.

D- It's a decent version of a Marzen. It's quite substantial and malty. It might not be quite as refined as the upper echelon.

GRPunk, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of MaddDogg84
5/5  rDev +34%

MaddDogg84, Sep 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

ItsBeer4Me, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of Bockerdoppel91
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Bockerdoppel91, Aug 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

vcoggins, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of stephensinner
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

stephensinner, Oct 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

mwar, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of sixerofelixir
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. An angry, snow leopard-looking beast is on the label.

Pours a DEEP golden orange, decent tannish head. Many slow carbonation trailers. Looks good. Smells good too - deep, dense roasted (but not too toasted) malts that have a high sweet note. Taste is as complex than the smell, dark cake-like with a bit of mineral. The feel is oh-so-smooth and low, with a nice bitterness after the sip. All In all, a darn tasty marzen, and the best brew I've yet to sample from Left Hand. Very nice.

sixerofelixir, Sep 09, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

herrburgess, May 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

zbooks, Dec 15, 2013
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3.64/5  rDev -2.4%

Wayne17, Sep 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

JohnQVD, Mar 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

JSchock7, Aug 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

BamfBacon, Oct 05, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden amber in color with a decent head and retention. Good carbonation. Smell is pretty grainy with an earthy, mild hop presence. Taste is much of the same. A delicate sweetness of caramel along with a touch of toasted bread. Still some grain flavor. Nice earthy hop presence providing a little bitterness. Good mouthfeel, fairly light in body with good carbonation and a light crisp finish. I could have a few of these, no problem. Good stuff overall in my book.

ncvbc, Oct 06, 2008
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3.88/5  rDev +4%

DavidHume, Sep 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Birdlegs, Nov 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Gtg642, Sep 27, 2012
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3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Left Hand Oktoberfest

Poured from 12 oz bottle into mason jar. Served chilled...

A) Darker amber... Not much head generated, but what was there settled to a collar. No lacing to report.

S) Malt forward as expected, slightly sweet, a little biscuity. Nice earthy hops on the nose too.

T) The flavor with this grew on me. Needed to let it warm up just a teeny bit. Quite an earthy/herbal hops presence, but that worked well with the malt sweetness. Finishes clean...

M) Medium body with moderate carbonation. Refreshing and smooth. Easy drinking....

O) This is a solid Oktoberfest. It wouldn't be my first, or second, or third option, but it would be an option at some point.

RoamingGnome, Sep 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Artjsantos, May 10, 2013
Left Hand Oktoberfest from Left Hand Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 832 ratings.