Left Hand Oktoberfest | Left Hand Brewing Company

Left Hand OktoberfestLeft Hand Oktoberfest
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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 Spaceman_Jer
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lobos62
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CPAles
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nicholas2121
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Left Hand Oktoberfest brewed by Left Hand Brewing Company, with an ABV of 6.60% This Oktoberfest pours out a nice deep golden brown color with a nice small white head. I really like the copper color of this brew. There is some thin spotty lacing to this brew. It dose stick to the side of the glass somewhat. The smell is rich grains and malts. You also pick up a nice amount of hop bitterness in the smell, along with a slight sweetness. Now for the taste, it is Bold and rich with flavors. You pick up a nice smooth roasted grains and malts. The hops are nice mild bitterness not overpowering. That slight sweetness is a real nice note to this Oktoberfest brew. There is a lot going on in this Oktoberfest, one of the more enjoyable ones. The body of Left Hand Oktoberfest is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. It is really hard to pick up on the 6.60% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich,Smooth,was. And Refreshing. Overall I'm giving Left Hand Oktoberfest a 4.25 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Left Hand Brewing Company, did a real nice job with this brew.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug, the appearance was a medium dark orange color, somewhat rusty with a quickly dissipating foamy to bubbly sort of head that barely left any lace.
The aroma had some crisp sweet nuts, semi-stiff caramel/toffee malts and a smooth sweet bready to biscuit character blending nicely. Light grassy hop bitterness at the end.
The flavor was moderately sweet with a sly grassiness at the end ever so slightly. Aftertaste was all about the malts - crisp, nutty and full of caramel/toffee sweetness
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied, perhaps just a touch under with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt a touch under, but that didn't bother me. ABV felt appropriate.
Overall, pretty nice American Oktoberfest that I would come back to.

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Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deereless
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Agriverbear
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Barley_Warlock
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured directly from the bottle into a Saint Arnold stein glass. The beer itself is a lovely amber color and there was only a minor head before it dissipated. The beer is a very solid Oktoberfest, which is exactly what I was looking for. It has a solid wheat taste up front with a bit of sweetness that doesn't linger long after. Over all, I will be getting more of these for drinking and if you're looking for a very solid Oktoberfest beer I would recommend it.

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Photo of Celtics76
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of beervionics
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a sample of this so I thought I would try out a 6 pack. Upfront malt but lacking in the body found in good german marzens. Has a dry finish. Its an easy drinker but falls a little short for the style. Overall not a terrible beer but nothing that makes it stand out.

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Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma comes at you with sweet roasted grain notes and a mix of floral and herbal hops. The flavor is balanced on the sweeter side with tasty caramelized malt slowly giving way to hop bitterness. It has a firm med to full body with a slightly sticky feel. At 6.6% abv this is no lightweight and I would definitely recommend enjoying this with rotisserie roasted chicken covered in herbs and garlic! I also love this style of beer with Halloween candy like Milky Way or Snickers. Anything with caramel nougat and nuts. (Gigady)

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Photo of mmmbeer89
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gruves33
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gmartin75
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drgonzo767
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a six pack at The Keg, New Albany IN.

A: Pours a dark red amber. Where's the head? No real lacing.

S: Huge malts, toasty good wheat bread, caramel, some sweetness.

T: Sweet, deep dark malt, caramel, toffee, light raisin maybe? A little spice, light hop balance on the finish. Very good. Alcohol is hidden.

M: Mild carbonation. Medium body, very clean, creamy yet a little dry on the finish from the hop balance. A little spice on the tongue.

O: Let down only by the lack of head and lacing, a little sweet for the style but standing on its own as a very good beer, the hop balance is such a nice contrast to the sweetness, and much better than that "big name" Octoberfest that has gotten worse every year. Recommended.

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Photo of XsoldoutX
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jkblr
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle bb November 9, 2017 poured into a .5L krug at fridge temp 6.6% ABV. The beer pours bright and deep reddish amber in color. The head is tan to light brown in color and and recedes to a cap in minutes. The aroma is toasted malt and yeast. The taste is full and smooth with deeply toasted malt upfront. The middle presents some hop character and then it's back to an almost roasty caramel aftertaste that persists. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated and
mostly dry in finish. Overall, good. This beer is well put together and could be trouble in a night of drinking at 6.6%. Comparing this beer to a German Marzen is like comparing an American IPA to an English version.

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Photo of shadyside
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dogleg_left
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 finger head that disappears without evidence. Deep golden hue. Pils up front with a little sweet note. Flavor follows. Smooth and crisp.

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Photo of Myboymi
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Caveworm
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oktoberfest from Left Hand Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, the the the head is three fingers thick and off white, with solid lacing, and a deep amber body with a slight ruby tinge.

Smells like a slightly hoppier take on the average märzen lager.

I taste a more roasted malts kind of deal, with the hops still present without taking this brew out of bounds. Clean and refreshing in all.

Medium mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll rate this with a 4.25

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours a clear Amber with good head of foam. Smells malty as in toasted with bread. No real over sweet notes. Yum. Bready malt, toasted, light bitterness, this is a tasty OFest. I get caramel too but the sweetness level is kept in check. I am a hard ass when it comes to the style so my praise isn’t to be taken lightly. Medium body with mildish carbonation. From their sampler pack.

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Photo of OriginalWayOut
4.88/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with small one finger head.
The aroma is toasted malt caramel and a hint of spiciness.
It's a very good octoberfest. Very sweet and malty with a toasty bitterness. The finish has a dry spiciness that reminds me of rye. It's a fantastic beer.

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Left Hand Oktoberfest from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 59.9% out of 100 with 1,240 ratings
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