Left Hand Oktoberfest | Left Hand Brewing Company

Left Hand OktoberfestLeft Hand Oktoberfest
1,250 Ratings
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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Ratings: 1,250 |  Reviews: 455
Photo of drgonzo767
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
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 -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jkblr
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
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 +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dogleg_left
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
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 -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Caveworm
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
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%
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 +29.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
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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Photo of mancavebeercouch
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tvenne
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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 rolltide8425
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of smitbo7
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this brew in February. Copper color, spice and caramel laden palette, beautiful finish.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
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 -1.6%
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 godawgs
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bwood06
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
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 +13.3%
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 fishguyac
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MattBeer
4.71/5  rDev +24.9%
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 -13.8%
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 mpenske
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Left Hand Oktoberfest from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 1,250 ratings
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