Left Hand Oktoberfest | Left Hand Brewing Company

BA SCORE
84
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1,214 Ratings
Left Hand OktoberfestLeft Hand Oktoberfest
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
lefthandbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,214
Reviews:
439
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
12.83%
 
 
Wants:
67
Gots:
197
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,214 |  Reviews: 439
Photo of lanciloti
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Yeldarb92
4.53/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EdFed
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CTbrew32
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cdub70085
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 ColoradoRich
4.52/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nobledust
2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of DesertFox24
3.07/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JohnBradSC
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Fubudu187
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 10Crumra
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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 6thstreetbrewpub
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 MGibbons
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 Dirtyhands
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of drews240
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Left Hand Oktoberfest from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.74 out of 5 based on 1,214 ratings.
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