Left Hand Oktoberfest | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Left Hand OktoberfestLeft Hand Oktoberfest

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is no festivus for the restivus, on the contrary, we start brewing in the spring and it takes a full two months to reach lagered perfection. Biscuity, malty goodness dominates upfront while the noble pedigree hops lend a properly spicy, dry finish.

Added by rowew on 08-22-2006

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Reviews: 436 | Ratings: 1,208
Photo of dcscientist
4.87/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding Oktoberfest, probably my favorite one thus far. This is one of my most preferred styles, and Left Hand knocks it out of the park. Make sure you try this one in the fall. A good friend who usually stays away from anything in this realm tried this and declared "that is a damn good Oktoberfest", so there's all the endorsement you need.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.86/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This deep ruby brew is topped with a short lived one finger head. This is a pretty hue, but it's unfortunate that the head is so small since I poured this VERY aggressively into my big snifter. Swirling helps the head build back up to a solid finger after falling down to a wispy haze, and some very good looking crusty lace sticks to the glass like super glue.

S - Malty as hell with hints of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and cinnamon. In my opinion, this is what O-Fests are all about.... malty caramely goodness with a nice "autumn leaf" hop note playing second fiddle. This fits the stlye to a "T" and I could go on smelling this one for hours. There are some complimentary nutmeg, cinnamon, toffee, and mineral notes going on here, with a gentle touch of what almost seems to be bubblegum. This kicks ass.

T - Brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, caramel, toffee, light mineral undertones, and a really nice but tastefully understated dose of "wet-brown-leaf" hops. I hail from an area of the country known for it's historically German population and the abundance of German lager-brewing mastery, and I have to give props to a Colorado brewery for showing restraint with the hops (for once) and brewing a genuinely malty and tasty O-Fest. For the record... I loves my hops, but for this style, (which happens to be one of my favorites), malt is king, and Left Hand is doing everything in their power to outdo the Germans themselves!

M - Medium bodied, firm, biscuity, and solid. This is EXACTLY what a good session beer should feel like... not oppressing and heavy, but far from light bodied. Carbonation is restrained and silken, while the finish is sweet and full of carrot cake notes. Whoo! This is good!

D - As if you haven't noticed, I've been really impressed with this brew. This is one of the most sessionable beers in this most sessionable of styles. Could be a new "go-to" beer for me.

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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.

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Photo of JDK
4.72/5  rDev +26.2%
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.

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Photo of MattBeer
4.71/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is hard to think of a better example of this category. Like this destroys Karl Strauss and even Spaten. And Ayinger. And others that know what they're doing.

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Photo of Vashtar
4.57/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great Oktoberfest!

It pours a really clear medium brown that turns golden brown toward the thin parts. The head is perfect, and it has nice lacing. Head retention could be better.

The smell has a perfect balance of beer, bitter and sweetness.

It tastes like a dream beer. It seems to have a sap that sticks with you. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is sticky, fairly light, and even throughout.

Overall, I'd definitely get this beer for my friends for a party.

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Photo of ordybill
4.54/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Appearance, has a murky orange color with a small white head. The aroma is big on sweet wheat and hops. The flavor is full of malt with fruit and wheat filling in the gaps. The brew is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and has a creamy texture. A really fine version of an Oktoberfest beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Brilliant reddish orange under a 1” foam cap that hugs the side of the glass. S: A moderately light nose offers up some spicy grain and hops. T: Very clean and spice with a rich malt profile. F: Medium to a little above on the body with medium to a little low on the carbonation. O: A well balanced, clean and smooth Oktoberfest.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

sampled on 10/4/14 with my good friend. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a glass .3l 'das boot'.

Pours a pretty dark amber in color with a small beige head that settles to a very thin layer on top and sides. Some spotty sticky lacing is seen when sipped. Lots going on with the aroma with what I can pick out, some caramel malts, toffee, bread and malts. More going on with the taste as it is full of flavor with some sweetness in the mix as well with some spice, nuts with a ever so slight hop finish. Very tasty and smooth brew overall. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. It could compete with some good German Oktoberfest brews! PROST!

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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!

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Photo of Mike-Dean
4.49/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the BEST version of this style I've had to day. Pours a rich caramel Amber color topped off by of for-white, creamy head. Good clarity. Aroma is wonderful, bready and toasted goodness. Medium mouthfeel with perfect hop balance to the malt forward, toasty flavor. A real treat to start the fall.

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Photo of rjmclaw
4.48/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought a six pack of 12 oz bottles and enjoyed it enough to buy a case when I returned from Colorado to Minnesota... so the samples I took were exclusively from bottles

The color was just what I expect from a Marzen... amber with a bit of copper tone

it smells slightly sweet and malty with a hint of hops

the taste was sweet and malty with a bit of hops bitterness but not too much

the feel was above average in fullness

I could drink these all damn night... if only the alcohol content was higher maybe I would be forced to rethink that... I love to drink a lot of beer but the most of these I drank at one time was a 12 pack

I really like this beer enough to miss colorado based solely on that basis... although there are additional reasons

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Photo of StoutSlayer
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New '10 Oktoberfest from a bottle. Wow, props to Left Hand because this is a great example of a Marzen done right. Talk about balanced. Pours a beautiful carmel/orange color with a decent head that quickly recedes. Taste and drinkability is where this beer really shines. Nothing is overpowering. You experience that caramel, bready sweetness you expect from a Marzen, but it finishes surprisingly crisp with no syrupy aftertaste or mouthfeel you might expect. Each sip is like experiencing this beer anew. Drinkability is through the roof and i could easily drink more than a six pack if i wanted to take it to the limit. I highly recommend this beer. For lager fans it's a must, for beer fans in general you can't miss with this one.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Two and a half fingers of head form a bubbly pillow on top of a transparent amber beer. The dense, white head leaves forms of lace all around the glass.

S: Malt is obviously the name of the game with this one, with bready, toasty, and sweet notes coming through simultaneously. The sweetness is somewhat odd, or at least unique, in that it somewhat resembles a Werther's Orginal, but ever-so faintly.

T: Up front there is lots of bread and toasty malt notes, with that light caramel/toffee flavor hidden in there as well. Hop presence is a little more dialed up than your traditional German Oktoberfest, but not to the point of distraction, and actually balances quite well, in my opinion. Finish is gentle and slightly cloying, with a tiny residual presence of hops.

M: Medium bodied goodness, with the carbonation at a near-perfect level. Bit of a slick hop feel noticeable, but mostly an enjoyable malt fest.

D: Rather drinkable, as the style often lends itself to, but also rather different. This interpretation is a little bolder than expected, which I came to admire. Went nicely with a serving of swiss cheese and water crackers.

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Photo of Winter
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous copper with a thick tan head. Sweet, bready malty aroma with hints of nut. Mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied with carbonation along the edges. The bready malt that was so prevalent in the nose comes though in the taste on the first sip of this O'fest. Nice hearty flavor to it. Some nuttiness midway. Bitterness appears toward the back and helps to balance out the malt sweetness. There's just of a touch of that 6% alcohol in the finish.

Very impressive. I'm always on the lookout for new Oktoberfests this time of year and Lefthand's O'fest, though familiar to the area, is the first I recall seeing it here this year. Very drinkable and an enjoyable example of the style. I need to seek more of this out before it's gone.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've heard a lot of good things about this Oktoberfest and decided to grab a sixer in Nashville recently..

Pours out a beautiful mahogany color and forms a thick frothy head that sits like a pillow... Beautiful looking O-fest..

Rich aroma of malts, honey, nuts, and the faintest of hops...2 for 2 so far...

Oh, damn...this is like liquid bread with honey and nuts thrown in... A wonderful rendition of a style that most American brewers haven't yet mastered.. This is just delicious! Absolutely delicious...

I knew I should've picked up more than one sixer of this. Its delicious and everything I look for in an Oktoberfest brew.

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Photo of bashiba
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy golden copper with two inches of creamy wheat, minor lacing with decent retention.

Smell was a nice full toasted grain and fresh bread aroma.

Taste was spot on, strong toasted malts, a bit of light sweet fruity notes, and just enough light citrus hops to even it out.

Mouthfeel had plenty of good carbonation and a light and slighty oily feel.

Very easy to drink and good, great session beer, and one of my new favorite Okotberfests.

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Photo of Labeorphile
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Normally, I am not a big fan of lagers. Too boring, too simple.

This one poured a nice coppery color with a thin head that quickly disappears, leaving no lacing.

Smell is better than expected. Very malty and caramel, with a hint of spice.

The taste is where this beer really shines. The caramel flavor is rich in the maltiness. The hint of spice late in the taste really sets this beer apart. Mouth is thin as per style, but this is overall a beer that may bring me back to lagers.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into mug.

This one pours pretty impressively, as it creats a one inch head with little effort. The head creates a solid wall of lacing toward the top of the beer, which is a slightly orange-tinted amber hue.

Slightly roasted malts mixed with a little bit of caramel and some dark candy sugar. I actually think this is what a good Oktoberfest should smell like. Although it can never be perfect, this one is pretty close. I have yet to go to Germany and try a fresh Oktoberfest, but until then, this one is my benchmark.

Toasty grains once again mixed with some caramelized sugar flavors. A little bit of balancing hops show up toward the end, they are well hidden though. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The finish is mostly the fading grain.

This one wasn't bad at all. I think this one goes at the top of my list as far as American Oktoberfests go. For my preference, it seemed to have all the correct characteristics, and it tasted pretty good too. Recommended.

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Photo of Da314man
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear auburn to burnt orange hue. Nice thin white head. Balanced mouthfeel. Pretty much perfect taste for a Marzen style. No real heavy aroma to speak of. Who doesn't look forward to mid-August every year? Fall and Winter Seasonal's is when most breweries get to expand their horizons without being "weird". This offering from Left Hand is for sure a good one to get your hands on.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.39/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

BBD 12/4/14. Clear amber pour with a beautiful dark ruby cast. Normal head and retention, excellent lacing. Light nose of biscuit with caramel hints over a faint pear like citric note. Almost medium body with a distinct creamy texture. Heavier than most Oktoberfests, which is a plus. Above average carbonation with a nice effervescence throughout. The wonderful flavor profile is intense, complex and well balanced. It begins with a burst of biscuit against a caramel backbone that effervesces into a mild bitterness in the middle. The bitterness is herbal in nature (with a bit of rind), gives the tongue a nice tart pucker, then releases into pear notes. The finish is clean and leaves you with a mild bitterness over a faint biscuit sweetness that is somewhat dry. One of best!

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Photo of justintcoons
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Clear amber with 1/2 finger of off-white head. Decent retention and heavy carbonation.

Sweet brown breads and caramelized brown sugar.

Sweet brown bread, banana bread and caramelized brown sugar. Candy-like sugar notes and some earthy, leafy hops. Touches of lemongrass.

Medium bodied, smooth, silky, crisp and refreshing.

This is definitely one of the better Oktoberfests! Don't miss out on it.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A clear deep orange-brown color with visable carbonation. Off-white head, about 1 finger, that is fluffy in texture. Great lacing and head retention.

S: A sweet malty backbone with a bready aroma and earthy tones. No evident hops in the nose.

T: A clean and soft flavor that is well balanced. Flavors of bread, grains, sweet caramel, & dark fruits are picked up with a slight dry bitter aftertaste.

M: A smooth and creamy texture that is medium body and carbonation.

D: I could easily drink 6 or more of these at a time. A very good beer.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a dimpled mug.

The beer is the purest of deep, rich copper. A cream colored head recedes to a thinnish film with light lacing.

Smells of malts, caramel, and a cinnamon spiciness.

Tastes so rich and in the Americanized marzen fashion. A great malty presence where the caramel sweetness isn't too much. There's a clever hint of spices and cinnamon in the end. Almost a bubblegum type of sweetness as well.
Mouthfeel is sharp and dry, medium body.

Overall, just a great marzen. Very drinkable and spicy.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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