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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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a pretty nice yellowish color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy/foamy white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some spice notes. The taste is malty, yeasty, spicy, Medium body. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25


AROMA: Grains, brown sugar.
LOOK: light copper color, clear. no head.
TASTE: is caramel. brown sugar, grains.
FEEL: very little carbonation. Medium Body.

OK....Enjoyed the 2nd one more than the first. 2.60 to 3.08.


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Photo of KMillard
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a very heavy, very malty octoberfest, I suppose the American style upped a notch by a brewery known for dark beers. It is caramel sweet and a bitter ending. Better than many in its same class, which I call dark microbrew octoberfest.

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Photo of bwood06
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I decided to give this one a whirl since I saw no other local options that I felt compelled to order while my wife and I were munching on some pizza in Green Bay the night before the Colts @ Packers game. I've had plenty of Left Hand beers before and figured that this one would be good too. This beer pours a dark amber with light carbonation visible through the clear liquid. A thin white head dissipates quickly to a thin creamy lacing that is retained. 3.5/5 The aroma is very sweet with caramel, toffee, dark malted grains, and toasted wheat bread each having their time in the sun. Typical of the style, the grainy sweetness pervades throughout the aroma profile. 3.75/5 The flavor is very fruity and sweet with caramel, toffee, dates, raisins, red wine grapes, dark malted grains, and toasted wheat bread all coming out and melding together into a cacophony sweetness. This is probably the most fruity Oktoberfest that I have ever had. 3.5/5 A moderate carbonation burn hits the tongue straight away and transitions into a medium body that is a bit drier and less creamy than most other beers of this style that I have had. 3.5/5 I've gotta say, I was expecting something completely different. The fruitiness really throws me here and it just doesn't feel right for an Oktoberfest. I can't say that I will be revisiting this one any time soon, although it is tasty. It's just not for me... 3.5/5

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle

Pours copper red amber with a creamy frothy off-white foam head. Smells like sweet honey grain, grape, pear, apple, toasted brown bread crust, raisins, caramely molasses-like malt, mild spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like toasted brown bread crust, honey grain, grape, pear, apple, raisins, caramely molasses-like malt, mild spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice Oktoberfestbier.

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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 dhannes
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint.
L=Perfect deep red color...head was a tad thin and dissipated quickly.
S=Bit musty, like a basement.
T=Sweetness dominates, with a hint of caramel and citrus. Nice maltiness, hint of hops. Other than the sweetness, a very tasty beer.
F=Very light carbonation...hard to gauge due to sweetness.
O=An above average märzen, but it was a bit too sweet for my liking.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This FINE fest pours a brilliant clear
ruby mahogany with an excellent head of off white foam that subsides to a thick
ring, thin layer, and features some very nice sudsy lacing. Nose of heavy
caramel, brown sugars, and rich breaded malts. Flavors follow the nose with
perfection----brown sugar touched breaded malts and caramel malts on all
sides with a nice medium bittering herbal hop note on the rear to bring it all
into balance with a touch of alcohol warmth. Excellent mouth feel, smooth,
rich, coating, light carbonation, and darn near a perfect finish that is lightly
sweet and herbal hopped. Overall an excellent example of the style from an
excellent brewery here in America.


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Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.
The deep amber colored body has excellent clarity and a moderate size, semi-durable head. Minimal lacing.
The aroma is hoppy for style but the flavor has a typical hop/malt balance.

Overall: a solid, mainstream marzen.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from keg many times into a glass. Pretty dark for a marzen and a good head on it. Smell is earthy, spicy, bit floral, dark biscuits. Taste is caramel, brown bread with a spicy, floral Hop bitter finish. Bit boozy as well. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Definitely an American take on the style being slightly more hoppy, higher abv and having a bolder flavor. It works ok together. Not in the caliber of the top German staples but an interesting take on the style from an American view.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another brewery I admire and an Octoberfest offering that I can sum up in one word: Spicy...

Th brew has a burnt caramel color with no head or lacing, but I find the color quite nice, thank you. The smell of spice, I mean the hot-kind, not only assails your nose, but the mouthfeel and the taste as well. It was most certainly the most distinctive Octoberfest / Marzen I have had to date. The smell was a nice biting spice of an odor, without the lager smell, the mouthfeel also finished dry (a plus), and the spicy flavor added to the robustness of this lager. What a nice surprise and it epitomizes why I try so many different crafts - you never know what your gonna get, and sometimes, it is really, really good...

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into dimpled seidel. Fizz, no head. Bit of lace shaped like a comet. Bold amber color.

Nose is malt and caramel sweetness,

Taste is also malty sweet, some autumnal spice there too, mostly hop-inspired. Very bready.

Mouth is fine.

Typical darker American style Märzen. Although it doesn't distinguish itself much in the style, it does nothing wrong, drinks so smooth, and is very revisitable. Fans of doppelbock and scotch ale would enjoy this as well.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber color with gold hues within. Slightly low carbonation still manages to create a nice tan colored foam cap with average retention abilities.
A subtle malty sweet aroma, amber malt with grown sugar, herbal spice hop round out the nose.
The flavor is spot-on Marzen style. Sweet, biscuity malt, honey, and spice, the later from the hops. The hops provide a great balance from the dominant maltiness. The first sip is all malt, then finishing, dry but crisp, earthy and herbal. Nice transition from malt to hop experience. The feel is very light, but slick while finishing dry.
The lable reads "toasty malt flavors" which is very true. "Noble hops lead to a spicy and superbly clean lager finish" ....also very true.

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Photo of lastmango
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured a clear copper brown with no head and no lacing. Aroma was of biscuit and malt. Taste was the same on the front end with just a tad of hops on the end. Maltier than the Munich versions. Light moderate feel with almost no carbonation. I had the faint feeling of wateriness. While the beer is drinkable, I see nothing remarkable here.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love this beer...and it pains me to say this, considering that I am over (and have been for a long while) the over-hopped beers, but I think that this beer is actually too malty, especially when compared to German brewer marzen's. Overall though, the beer looks great, feels great and I love that biscuit flavor. While this would not be my go to Marzen, I would/will continue to pick it up when available.

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Photo of utopify
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very carmely and robust Octoberfest. I think one of the more under-rated fall brews. It is one of the best lagers to capture what I believe is a true fall brew. However, my one complaint is that if I told you there were a dozen pennies at the bottom of every bottle, you'd taste it. There is a very metallic flavor that hits towards the end of the flavor spectrum. There is a nice carmel note that hits you first, followed by a nice nutty body....but there is an almost overwhelming metallic copper flavor that is distracting to the finish.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear deep copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate amber + golden yellow + garnet red highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy light tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of biscuit, caramel, and toasted malts with a light amount of light fruit (white grape + apple) yeast smells. There light to moderate aromas of spicy + earthy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of biscuit, caramel, and toasted malts with a light to moderate amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of light fruit (white grape, apple, and pear) yeast and light to moderate flavors of spicy + earthy hops. There are light amounts of hoppy bitterness in the finish which fades pretty quickly leaving a very light lingering malty sweetness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Overall there is a pretty good balance between the malty sweetness and the hop bitterness in this beer while still showcasing the respective flavors. Enough complexity to keep me interested and easy to drink since the mouthfeel is just light enough.

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Photo of spoony
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 355 ml bottle (best by November 11, 2016) to a nonic glass.

A-The beer is a nice looking copper-amber color. Head is short and retention is short too. No lacing. I like the color, but I could use more foam.

S-The aroma is relatively earthy and subdued. It is malty with suggestions of barley, grain husk, biscuit, and just a little bit of honey sweetness. No hops to be found.

T-The taste is little sweeter than the smell would suggest. More honey and nut flavors to go with the aforementioned malted barley, husk, and biscuit. I taste a little tin on the finish.

M-The body is just heavier than average for the style. Carbonation is slightly low and semi-crisp. The beer drinks easily but it fills me up a bit and I'm not sure that I would want more than one or two.

O-This is a nice fall beer, but nothing stands out. The color is damn near perfect for the style, but everything else is merely average. I would not turn this away, but I would not seek it out, either.

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Photo of Holderness
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L -- Pours a medium amber with minimal head or lacing. No haziness whatsoever.
S -- Brown bread, pear, malt, almonds
T -- Malt with a slight hoppy aftertaste
F -- Remarkably similar in feel to an unfiltered ale, but with a dryer finish
O -- Boldness and high clarity of flavor make for a very sessionable beer

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Photo of SawDog505
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass. Pours a very attractive deep amber with a 2 inch off white head that leaves behind spotty lace.

Smell is caramel, almonds, brown sugar, dates, and toffee.

Taste follows sweet caramel, dark fruit, brown sugar, and toffee.

Mouthfeel is probably medium, low carbonation, a little dry, and easy drinking.

Overall this is a very good beer, bold for the style, almost like a winter warmer.

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Photo of KevCan
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought a 6-pack of 12-oz. cans at Whole Foods in Arlington, VA. Best by 11/30/16.

Look: Copper reddish in color, clear, with healthy off-white head.

Smell: Malty, a bit of hops, a slight metallic penny smell.

Taste: Heavily malty, just enough hops, very clean from start to finish, a slightly metallic aftertaste.

Feel: Medium-high body, medium carbonation.

Overall: Solid Oktoberfest beer. Not one of my favorite styles, but well-done nonetheless.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. The Best By date was smudged but it looks like November 2016. Sampled on September 11, 2016. Serving around 40 degrees as they suggest.

The pour is an attractive looking mahogany amber but with only a small off-white head that fades fast.

Notable burnt caramel malt sweetness in the aroma. Low to no hop profile but this style does not require much in the way of hops.

Medium body.

Same very sweet caramel malt flavor with a kind of melted or burnt amber note in there. Quick mild bitter ending.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A day of Oktoberfests continues as I continue to winnow down the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody. I purchased this one at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop (where I will be visiting tomorrow), but as with so many bottles, it fell into my abyss.

From the bottle: "Brewed on the banks of the mighty St. Vrain"; "Toasty malt flavors dominate up front and Noble hops lead to a spicy and superbly clean Lager finish,"; "Enjoy at 40-50 [Deg.] F in a 1Liter Mass or Pub Glass"; "Design by Moxie Sozo[;] Artist: Charles Bloom".

I really wanted to Pop! the cap on this one since their caps are so distinctive. I performed a gentle pour and then did a swirl, producing a finger of foamy, tawny head that quickly fell to wisps. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity and amber highlights. Nose was exactly like putting your snout into a hay bale! Man, I miss being on or near a farm in the summertime. Warming, I caught a bready-biscuitiness, but hay was prevalent. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was of freshly-baked bread and newly-mown hay and/or grass. My maternal grandparents had a house that directly abutted a working farm when I was a lad & this was evocative of late-Summer/early-Fall as the harvest was underway & I was in the kitchen with my grandmother, cooking, baking, learning. Finish was dry, but a bready dry. It reminded me of that first slice off of the loaf straight out of the oven. It needed a glass of iced tea, water or coffee, but I was not gasping for breath. A very pleasant example of the style.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear medium amber, with a modest white head, and small fine-beaded lacing.

Aroma: Toasted and caramel malt dominate the aroma.

Taste: Toasted malts dominate the taste from start to finish. Modest herbal hops offer some balance, but its all about the malt.

Mouth feel: Full and soft, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: quite good, very drinkable.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of monkeybeerbelly
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very attractive beer but a little darker than I expected, maybe even to dark for a marzen. Nose is bready, toasty, malty, and even a little nutty. Slight Floral hop notes and a prominent lager yeast aroma. The taste follows the nose and is an excellent lager yeast flavor and nice malty flavors. The mouthfeel is what wins me over, slightly creamy and oh so easy to drink. Going down way to fast. Another major winner by left hand

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