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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 Darkale
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice American take on this style. Brilliantly clear, cheery copper in color with a good head and spare lacing. Rich taste, deeper, sweeter, and smokier than the average Oktoberfest, and almost chewy. Aroma is not particularly strong, but my nose never catches much from Oktoberfests, anyway. Well done. Well worth trying out.

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Photo of Foxman
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a clear and bright coppery amber, vivid and carbonated. A finger of off-white, with an almost gray cast, head fades to thin froth. Droops of lacing cascade down the inside of the glass.

The aroma delivers a full maltiness, earthy and with a mellow berry sweetness. A touch of caramel and cherry play off the merest hint of hop spice.

Upon sipping, there's a bubble of malt sweetness, with caramel and simple fruit, that soon loses its roundness to a toasted grain crustiness. A yeasty dough note plays through softly, and a light pepper caress sails along. A mild malt redux slides into a very understated but crisp bitterness that lingers well into the finish. It stays close to the middle of the road, and is quite good at toeing the line.

Medium bodied, the malt coats nicely and trace spiciness gives some small counter.

This one's all about malty goodness. The aroma is unremarkable, but the flavor capably makes up for that. And it's the flavor that makes this enjoyably drinkable. So as I have another, I am now convinced that this is my favorite Left Hand beer.

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Photo of Domingo
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap amongst a few other offerings (both German and American) and I was shocked how well it stacked up.
Came a dark orange color. Probably the 2nd darkest of all the ones I've seen or tried.
Smell is a crisp grain smell, but with a little boozy sweetness mixed in.
Tastes very hearty and has a wonderful matly sweetness. One of the stronger flavored O-fests out there. Hops are there in the finish and add a great complexity.
Mouthfeel's a little thicker than I'd like. It's not quite "Ayinger thick," but certainly moreso than most of the others.
Drinkability is high...I like the stronger flavor of this brew. It's the best of a lot of different worlds.
This is a very nice take on a Oktoberfest because it's got the distinct German lager flavors that have been kicked up ever so slightly. This is a really good beer for the season. I love the fact that they're starting to utilize the Tabarnash German brews at Left Hand.

EDIT: For anyone who checks older reviews, the 2008 version is even more authentic than before. The hops come out in the middle like in the Hacker-Pschorr and Paulaner versions. Sweetness is still there, but it's been mellowed a tiny bit. Yum! Probably the best O-fest available in the US.

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Photo of benito
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First things first, I should own up to the fact that in general I'm not a huge fan of Left Hand beers. With the exception of Juju Ginger and the Milk Stout, I'll leave the whole lot (admittedly, this summer's Twin Sister DIPA was passable as well). So, I was skeptical at best when I picked up a sixer of their new Oktoberfest, a revamped version of the old Tabernash Octoberfest that has been retired.

The bottle is eye candy. A blue-checkered background with two steins (also with blue checkered designs of them) in full toast position. This is a reddish copper brew, a little too amber for the style but eye-catching nonetheless with a good head and lacing. The bouquet is muted, a quality which is somewhat expected, yet I would have liked a stronger malt presence and some of that oh-so-enticing toastiness.

Fortunately, this beer's got character when it actually gets down to drinking. A sweet and softish malt presence up front is well-balanced by a hop splash mid-palate and a nice dry finish. This is meant to be a straightforward and emminently enjoyable beer. And it is.

Very drinkable overall, this is certainly one of Left Hand's more worthwhile offerings. A strong new brew like this is great for the Colorado beer scene, and it's good to see it come from Left Hand. If they start putting out seasonals of this quality, I might become a part time convert.

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Photo of gbarron
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. bottle.

A - bronze/copper, nearly clear. Head is very puffy, white, retention is excellent. Lacing very strong. Pretty much the perfect rendition of a marzen.

S - slightly sweet, metallic aroma of noble hops. Dry, grainy background. Some alcohol.

T - flavor tilted towards sweet grain, toffee. Lightly roasted nuts, hearty bread. Hop flavors are in the background, metallic. Bitterness is subdued, but evident in the aftertaste, as is tangy hoppiness. Tastes like a marzen/maibock.

M - medium to medium thin, some alcohol warming, slight chewiness. Dry, grainy finish.

D - tasty interpretation of a classic style. I could drink a few of these any time of year.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Left Hand- Oktoberfest

Appearance- light caramel orange with a thin head that quicly disappated. No lacing.
Smell- Yeasty bread and sweet caramel malt.
Taste- Sweet malt with hints of vanilla.
Mouthfeel- Bitter at first but becoming sweet and slightly cloying further in.

Overall- A nice Marzen, nothing outstanding here but a beer I quickly drank down. I could drink a few of these.

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Photo of filabrazilia
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper/orange with a small tan head. A nice looking beer.

A faint malt aroma dominates the nose. Not too bad.

This is a fairly bready and malty beer that has a lightly crisp finish. It is an easy beer to drink.

This is a medium bodied beer that has a little substance to it. It's not a chewy as some but not as light as others.

This is a nice beer. I'm glad they have offered this style for the season.

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Photo of rowew
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: My first Oktoberfest of the year! 12 oz longneck. Label has two Oktoberfest steins with the left hand logo. Bottled on date and ABV clearly marked. This one was bottled 5 days ago - so this is fresh off the line.

Appearance: Pours the clear copper I would expect from the style. Nice head that has good retention.

Smell: Bready malt, a hint of sulphur, and some crisp noble hops.

Taste: Highly drinkable. The malt dominates here, with a bready sweet flavor - just a bit of hop taste in the finish to mellow out the sweetness.

Overall impression: Nice Oktoberfest - glad to see they revived this. According to the website this is a new recipe and name from the old Tabernash. I never tried that one to compare, but this is a solid beer that I will be enjoying through the fall months.

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