Tabernash Oktoberfest | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Tabernash OktoberfestTabernash Oktoberfest

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Todd on 09-18-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 41
Reviews by SeanChouffe:
Photo of SeanChouffe
2.68/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an orange/red color, a full bubbly tan head, low CO2, and descent lacing. The smell is of malt and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet with a biting finish that becomes more apparent as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is watery, without a lot of substance, and a slightly dry finish. For the most part, an unremarkable beer.

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Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was happy to get it here in nc,good color not much of a head wich is fine.Good caramely-earthy flavor.Great to see good interpertations of the style available in this country.Fine example.

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Photo of Todd
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Bottled on date stamped on the side.

Appearance: Rich and clear medium amber to copper coloured beer with a decent semi-sticky, patchy cream foam lace that holds its own to the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Clean aroma with caramel and light fruity esters in the nose.

Taste: A full, flavourful and malty brew with an even sweetness, toasted, caramel, soft grain and strong biscuit malt flavours. Things crisp up a bit in the middle with the beer's carbonation and hop snap combo. Hop flavours are a tad citrusy with a soft bitterness that fades back into the malt profile and blends with light fruit flavours. Finish is dry with grain, tannin and bready residual flavours.

Notes: Overall a very refreshing and tasty märzen lager to celebrate the festive occassion with. However on a personal note I think there's too much grain tannin/biscuit flavours going on. That aside ... I enjoyed it a lot.

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Photo of Jason
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with a bottled on date on the label (083104).

Appearance: Patchy lacing with a bright orange amber hue.

Smell: Caramel and hint of coffee from the malts, fresh at that.

Taste & Mouth Feel: A little light on the carbonation with a slick and creamy mouth feel. Sweet malt meets toasted grain with a kiss of hops. Finishes a tad sweet with an underlying hop flavor.

Drinkability & Notes: Nearly balanced and tasty, on par with most of the American Oktoberfest beers. Worth a try.

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Photo of ADR
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark clear orange, little head to speak of. Malty, cinnamony aroma. Definite O-Fest profile, a little caramel malt up front but with a slightly early bitterness that seems hop-related but is a little metallic. A bit of corn-huskiness to the mouthfeel. On the lighter-bodied side, low carbonation. OK, not really wonderful.

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Photo of cokes
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ruby-copper with a rapidly-fading bleached khaki topping.
Caramel-coated apples, black cherries and dilute brandy on the nose.
Initiates itself with a big caramel swell. Quite malty, and impressive in that it replicates the authentic German grungy leather malt hues that usually accompany real-deal bocks and dunkels. And those are the two style that this seems to rest between. Rather fruity, with grape and pear notions. Not toasty to any significant extent. Hops are lightly herbal, but don't seem to balance the malt load. Alcohol is pretty obvious as well.
Medium-bodied heading towards full. This is a pretty large festbier.
While it has some flaws and it's not really to style, it is certainly tasty.
But I doubt I'd chose to fill my 2L stein with this. No, too out-of-whack for that.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer in my fridge for about a year or so now, just never got around to it. The aroma is malty and bready as well as sweet with maybe some figs or spice, or even caramel or nutty overtones, coming through that I like and it is very aromatic. The appearance rich to a red copper in color and almost rustic with a medium-sized head on top that is an off-white in color and diminishes to a thin lacing that coats the glass well. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth with very nice sweet malt complexity with not much of any hoppy profile with a palate that is rich and almost creamy and damn nice.

The flavor is of sweetness, maltiness, freshly baked bread with maybe a bit of saltiness in the aftertaste with a finish that lingers and is very pleasant with some sweet spice on the very back end. Overall, what a beer this was and I did not expect much from this one but it ended up being a great example of the style and is very smooth and easy to drink even given the 6.5%ABV; awesome beer here for sure! I also would like to add, my bottle says Left Hand Oktoberfest not Tabernash but I do understand these two names are one in the same. "

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.12/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This beer is darker than the style would indicate, which at least is different for an Oktoberfest. It’s still a pretty young beer, which may account for its grainy taste. Also a little winey. Still, I can't call any of that a distraction, since I've had so many Oktoberfests this past season that I'm looking for something to make it stand out from the crowd.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Being the beginning of ferbruary I was skeptical of buying this oktoberfest but the local store marking it down to 4 bucks a sixer convinced me. Pours a copper color with a nice beige head that retains alright. The aroma is retrained but has some nice matly character ( toasted bread, caramel), as well as some light floral hops and a hint of esters and alcohol. The flavor begins with some toasted bread, caramel, some spicy and floral hops, fruity esters and a dry, grainy finish. The mouthfeel is chewy and rich (for an oktoberfest), and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is quite good, and i could definately session this one. A tasty oktoberfest (although probably past its prime), thats extremely drinkable.

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Photo of Imbiber
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber in colour. Aroma is noticeably malty, vinous, slightly sugary even. Quite a high level of carbonation. Flavour is slightly sweet at first, but malt and hops push through to an extent. Aftertaste as malty with a sweetness that has lingered from the start; caramel is in evidence.

Not a bad beer, maybe a touch too sweet.

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Photo of Darkale
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Immense malty aroma at first, with a short head that does not last. Nice hops tang. Moderate carbonation at first. Slightly cloudy. Taste is rather thin, with a slight alcohol burn. Not very chewy, but then, that is not really a characteristic of the style. Seems to have gone flat too easily; however, it's March as I write this, and I got this from a beer store's singles rack; Lord knows how long it's been waiting there.

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Photo of Murph
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice bright copper color with a decent tan head that, rather disappointingly, fades very quickly and leaves no lacing behind. Toasty malt dominates the nose with the slightest hints of hops in the vague background. A quick bite of bitterness is the first thing to hit your tongue. The toasty malt flavors then take over and comprise most of the flavor profile of the brew as it grows sweeter the longer it is on your tongue. The maltiness seems a bit overpowering right at the end, leaving a slightly sticky/sweet taste in the mouth. Nice medium body gives this beer just enough of a presence on the tongue but it loses some points on the stickyness. Not really an outstanding brew but definitely worth giving a try.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer spills from the bottle a translucent mahogany color, the head is average in size, frothy in texture and a light tan in color, lace is sufficient to cover the glass. Nose is sweet malt, light hints of caramel, crisp and clean with the start sweet and fairly well malted, top is light to medium in feel. Finish is mild in its carbonation, the hops apropos to the style, dry semi-sweet aftertaste, drinkable, but nothing to scream about.

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Photo of Loki
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Tawny color with a big, but quickly retreating white head. Nice lacing. Solid appearance, but nothing special.

Smell: Nose of malt, grains, caramel, and hops you would expect to find in any Oktoberfest, but nothing above average. The smell is not strong enough to really draw you into the beer.

Taste: A little more of the malt and caramel than in the nose. Solid performer with a little above average malt profile with nice caramel notes and a good transition to the hop and spice finish. Very clean on the finish, but lacks body. Very drinkable but there are better offerings for this seasonal.

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Photo of GreenWBush
2.67/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer came in a packaged set of American "craft brews" that a relative gave over the Christmas holiday. I was surprised that she gave me something like this, for the best beer she's probably had is a Sam Adams Light. Still, I really appreciated the gesture, and since this was my first experience with the brewery, I felt a review was necessary.

The beer pours out into a into a reddish brown copper, with a small head that only leaves a very tiny lacing. When I cracked the 12 oz bottle, I was amazed at the smell; it was something like a pan of freshly baked brownies, quite unlike the rush of hops I usually anticipate.

There is a huge malty quality to this beer, quite like some of the bigger-in-distribution English brews. I must complain that this beer is sickeningly sweet - with that offsetting, diet-coke syndrome that many lesser quality micros suffer from. I had to admit, it was rather difficult for me to even get through this beer.

At least this beer finishes with a nice taste, and has a decent mouthfeel throughout. I think that some people might enjoy this beer, just not me. It tries to be an English beer, but it just can't stand on its own, let alone compared to the legacy of amazing UK beers.

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Photo of mobyfann
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid $0.94 for a single on a seasonal sale...

This beer pours a somewhat hazy amber-brown base with a small light-brown colored head, ok retention and a few signs of lacing. The aroma is very malty and thats about it.

The taste is like a weak barleywine versus a traditional Oktoberfest. It's very grainy and very mild. The beer is nice all the way down throughout the mouth, aftertaste is nowhere, but the palette is not complaining. The drinkability wins here, a 6.5% that feels almost like a light beer, this one is a clear session beer that will put you to bed.

Final Thought: I'm impressed by this one, but it's not like any Oktoberfest I've had before, very grainy beer.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark red bodied beer, clear but much darker than your standard oktoberfest. The head is just a creamy thin layer on top of the beer. Smell is a carmel/bready smell, very malt intensive. Taste is also heavy on the malt, sweet and enhanced by a fullness from the alcohol. Reminiscent to a Dopplebock in some regards, but definitely not what I think of when I think Oktoberfest. Still good, I would not turn down another one.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling a 12 oz bottle that is slightly chilled and poured into a pint glass. I purchased the beer to cook with but only used about a 1/3 of the bottle so figured I would drink the rest and write down some notes.
The beer pours a clear chestnut color with a fizzybeige head of about 1 cm foaming up and fading fairly quickly to an edge layer. The aroma is all malt with caramel and brown sugar mixing with a bit of toffee as well. Generally sweet with little to no hop presence. The first sip reveals a lighter body than expected with very fine carbonation. The carbonation is almost non-existent.
The flavor is fairly sweet as well with caramel and toffee and also a bit of maple syrup flavor mixed in. I think I find just a bit of herbal hop character in the finish, but it is mild.
The beer is very esay to drink, but may get a little too sweet after a few. Not a bad brew, glad to have tried it.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of an uglyish label, brewed in September of '04, pours a copper amber with little lacing to speak of but good head at the start. Smells pretty good, lots of caramel malts and brown sugar. The taste is pretty good, with caramel malts with some brown sugar, but it fades a little fast. Body is good, but not all that fantastic, and this beer is drinkable but not something I'd bay much for or have too often.

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Photo of jahred
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another one of the O-fests I sampled at Goose Island's Beer Academy. Pours a dark, organe brown color with a medium brown head. The scent is quite nutty, and the taste is surprisngly sweet, yet balanced with an equally surpisringly bitter finish. Nice, though not quite as clean (for lack of a better word) as I feel an O-fest should be.

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Photo of frazbri
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear auburn body with a nice cream colored head. Mild malty aroma. Sweet and bready. Fairly well balanced and clean tasting. Moderate body with medium carbonation.

A solid if not spectacular Octoberfest. This would be a good choice for your non-BA friends. It is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good tight Marzen that kept its promise of a nice drink to savor. The tawny amber look is topped by a nice cream head that becomes thin, but laces well as it settles down.

The nose is full of caramel malt which also comes through in the flavor as it is sweet on the palate at the start but mellows to a drier sense as it finishes. The feel is medium with nice light carbonation and a clean finish. Decently drinkable beer.

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Photo of clvand0
2.39/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is of coffee and caramel. The flavor is bready. Some caramel in there, but not in an enjoyable way. I didn't care much for this beer. The bready taste mixed with the burned caramel just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of filabrazilia
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant orange-amber with a nice tan head. A vert nice looking beer.

There is a strong malt presence in the nose that is just a touch too mild for my liking.

There is a burnt malt taste that is understated in the mouth. I did notice that, as the beer warms, it does gain more flavor. A bitter finish punctuates the taste.

There are definite hops in this brew as they grab the back of the tongue. This has a firm bitterness that almost overwhlems the malty sweetness. It is a smooth and easy to drink beer.

I must confess, I didn't like this beer to start. But, as it warmed, it gained more complexity and character. Not bad.

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Photo of DarthMalt
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Tabernash didn't pull any punches on this one, as it tastes as good and smooth as any reputable German Oktoberfest.

Maybe--just maybe--there's a little hint of those hearty/earthy American hop pellets in there, but it only adds to what is a perfect execution of the style--something only an American brewery could achceive.

Not much to add, aside from the typical Ok-Fest rave. For what it's worth, I think this O-Fest has more heart in it than the imports.

No need to look overseas for this mermaid anymore. Tabernash has it tied up in chains.

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Tabernash Oktoberfest from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 41 ratings