Oktoberfest | Left Hand Brewing Company

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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 kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.36/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a beautiful deep copper with a frothy head indicative of the style. the nose is biscuity, definitely malty. vibrant mouthfeel, malty but not sweet. extremely palatable but not a standout amongst the autumn offerings. better on drinkability than most as well, ill enjoy the other 5 tonight.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by: 11/21/15.

Pours a hazy dark reddish-orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thick swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and nut aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, nut, and slight metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid aromas and flavors for an American take on the style.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a nice orange brown color, perfect for the time of year it's released in. The head was white and a fizzy. There really isn't much lacing here. The smell of the beer has some nice earthy spice notes on the nose. The taste of the beer has a little more of a hoppiness that I wasn't expecting. The mouthfeel of the beer was decent, had a nice balance and everything but just wasn't overly impressed by it. Overall this beer isn't a bad one for the style. I'd drink it again if I saw it around.

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Photo of djrn2
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear copper in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that quickly died down but left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and webs of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts and spices in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but a little more complex with flavors of caramel and toasted malts as well as hints of spices. Just the slightest hints of bitterness and sweetness are detectable; the finish is both malty and spicy.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and quite smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Although this beer is quite malty, it’s rather easy to drink because the body isn't that heavy.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Man are the Oktoberfest's comming out early this year. Good to see this new arrival popping up this week. Aromas give a medium malty, bready, caramelly rich nose; with hints of barley flavors and grains mixed in. The appearance is a brightly hued color of copper, golden, and amber--quite nice. Very clear with a continuous layer of foam, but little lacing. Flavors give a medium character of deep, rich barley malts with light caramel, bread, and hints of nuttiness. However flavors of grains soon make their way in, above the moderate bready flavors. The feel is a little light / thin, not allowing the rich maltiness to last deep into the aftertaste. Instead, a mild grain husk flavor gains intensity and follows deep into the lingering. Good beer, I just demand more from a good Oktoberfest.

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2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a true imperial pint glass in high altitude Denver, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are moderately high.

A: Pours a two finger head of good cream and thickness, and good retention. Colour is a semitransparent amber.

Sm: Nuts, caramel, cream, and heavy toasted malt. A mild strength aroma.

T: Toasted malt, badly balanced caramel, and light cream. In classic bad Marzen fashion, it's simple and boring. Maybe some light candied sugar. Strangely balanced and badly built.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavour generally. Nothing special here.

Dr: Very drinkable, like most Marzens, but also simple, boring, and scattershot on the balance. It's alright but I certainly wouldn't have it again. Meh.



Highly drinkable. Not too sweet like many Yank-brewed Marzens. A nice stab at the style for an American brewery.


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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 11/7/2017. Pours slightly hazy orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and slight lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Fairly clean on lager flavors, a bit fruity/yeasty. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy/sticky, and fairly crisp balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.6%. Overall this is a nice Oktoberfest. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink; with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Could definitely benefit on toning down the earthy hop presence, but otherwise really tasty with rich Munich malt flavors. A nicely enjoyable offering, and good style example.

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Photo of zeff80
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, orange color with deep ruby hues. It had a bubbly, caramel colored head of foam. It left some trails of soapy lace.

S - It smelled very malty with a biscuity aroma. Lots of caramel aroma.

T - This beer has lots of caramel sweetness and rich malty flavors. This really tasted like a true German o-fest.

M - It was soft and smooth. A light to medium-bodied brew.

D - This is a great Octoberfest. I really enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a moderate head that displays good retention and an occasional bit of lace

Smell: Biscuity with a layer of caramel

Taste: Starts with a good Munich malt base with a strong biscuit flavor; after the swallow, the brew builds in earthy complexity with modest balancing hops; the finish has contains a considerable biscuit and caramel quality

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: One of the better Anerican-brewed examples of the style

Thanks, Oxymoron, for the opportunity

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy amber color lager with a medium size foamy head with good retention and not much lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt is really dominant. Taste is more accentuated then expected with huge caramel malt backbone with nice balancing residual sugar aftertaste. Body is full with some limited filtration and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very well done for the style with great character.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smallish off white head settles into a nice lacing above a clear rusty copper colored beer.

Sweet roasted caramelized grain malts with a hint of light spices adding to the aroma.

Roasted toasted caramel malts, light spices, with lighter grains coming through in the taste.

A dryish aftertaste with some of the roasted caramel malts taste hanging around for quite some time on this medium bodied beer.

A pretty solid tasting Oktoberfest with a nice sweetish caramelized taste, one of the better drinks for this time of year.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
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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3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful label! It pours a slightly hazy deep copper body with gleeming golden highlights beneath a creamy cap of off-white. The head retention is fair and it leaves average spots of lace about the glass.

The aroma, oddly, offers a thread of phenolic (single batch?) amidst toasty, bready, and subtly candy-sweet malts. Mild grassy and floral hops are present, but stay towards the back.

In the mouth it's smooth with a medium body and standard carbonation that gently tingles the tongue.

The flavor is as might be expected, with the toasty and somewhat sweet or "juicy" malts dominating, backed by grassy, leafy, and mildly spicy hops. It's well-balanced and nicely rounded, and it finishes dry with a long-lingering toasty and bready maltiness.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
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 jlindros
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Oktoberfest of the season, despite being early August.

A: A fluffy white head rises to about 1 finger and fades slowly, over a brilliantly clear amber toasty orange maple wood colored beer.

N: Some light sweet malts, toasty malts, a lager crispness to the aroma too, very light fruits, and a touch of a syrupy almost extract aroma. Also a little light on the nose.

T: Pretty sweet to start. Again toasty and sweet malts, but heavier this time. A definite heavy toast malt flavor to it with lots of Munich malt, a lot more like an Oktoberfest than a typical lager. It has that harvest malt flavor to it. A crisp lager taste as well, mostly clean. A very light syrupy taste adds to the sweetness. It has a very slight hint of a spicy hop bitterness.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation, although I would have liked a hint more carbonation.

F: Finishes mostly dry, with just a touch of that lingering syrupy sweetness. More of the harvest toasty malts with the syrup. A bitterness comes out a little more on the finish as well, with a hint of spicy hops. Mostly clean and crisp, a nice Oktoberfest IMO.

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Oktoberfest from Left Hand Brewing Company
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