Oktoberfest | Left Hand Brewing Company

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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
Ranking:
#22,663
Reviews:
458
Ratings:
1,261
pDev:
12.47%
Bros Score:
4.27
 
 
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Photo of Holderness
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L -- Pours a medium amber with minimal head or lacing. No haziness whatsoever.
S -- Brown bread, pear, malt, almonds
T -- Malt with a slight hoppy aftertaste
F -- Remarkably similar in feel to an unfiltered ale, but with a dryer finish
O -- Boldness and high clarity of flavor make for a very sessionable beer

79/100

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Photo of SawDog505
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass. Pours a very attractive deep amber with a 2 inch off white head that leaves behind spotty lace.

Smell is caramel, almonds, brown sugar, dates, and toffee.

Taste follows sweet caramel, dark fruit, brown sugar, and toffee.

Mouthfeel is probably medium, low carbonation, a little dry, and easy drinking.

Overall this is a very good beer, bold for the style, almost like a winter warmer.

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Photo of KevCan
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought a 6-pack of 12-oz. cans at Whole Foods in Arlington, VA. Best by 11/30/16.

Look: Copper reddish in color, clear, with healthy off-white head.

Smell: Malty, a bit of hops, a slight metallic penny smell.

Taste: Heavily malty, just enough hops, very clean from start to finish, a slightly metallic aftertaste.

Feel: Medium-high body, medium carbonation.

Overall: Solid Oktoberfest beer. Not one of my favorite styles, but well-done nonetheless.

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Photo of dannycohen62
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nater919
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gemini6
3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hockeypuck
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewSTL
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stanale
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tykechandler
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of puboflyons
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. The Best By date was smudged but it looks like November 2016. Sampled on September 11, 2016. Serving around 40 degrees as they suggest.

The pour is an attractive looking mahogany amber but with only a small off-white head that fades fast.

Notable burnt caramel malt sweetness in the aroma. Low to no hop profile but this style does not require much in the way of hops.

Medium body.

Same very sweet caramel malt flavor with a kind of melted or burnt amber note in there. Quick mild bitter ending.

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Photo of runeatdrink
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thoglund
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of akolb
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dewsby
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of telescifly
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of CBrodbeck
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of KrissyKat6
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Malty, sweet.

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Photo of naciml
4.56/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best Oktoberfest Marzens out there.

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Photo of craigbelly
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A day of Oktoberfests continues as I continue to winnow down the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody. I purchased this one at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop (where I will be visiting tomorrow), but as with so many bottles, it fell into my abyss.

From the bottle: "Brewed on the banks of the mighty St. Vrain"; "Toasty malt flavors dominate up front and Noble hops lead to a spicy and superbly clean Lager finish,"; "Enjoy at 40-50 [Deg.] F in a 1Liter Mass or Pub Glass"; "Design by Moxie Sozo[;] Artist: Charles Bloom".

I really wanted to Pop! the cap on this one since their caps are so distinctive. I performed a gentle pour and then did a swirl, producing a finger of foamy, tawny head that quickly fell to wisps. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity and amber highlights. Nose was exactly like putting your snout into a hay bale! Man, I miss being on or near a farm in the summertime. Warming, I caught a bready-biscuitiness, but hay was prevalent. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was of freshly-baked bread and newly-mown hay and/or grass. My maternal grandparents had a house that directly abutted a working farm when I was a lad & this was evocative of late-Summer/early-Fall as the harvest was underway & I was in the kitchen with my grandmother, cooking, baking, learning. Finish was dry, but a bready dry. It reminded me of that first slice off of the loaf straight out of the oven. It needed a glass of iced tea, water or coffee, but I was not gasping for breath. A very pleasant example of the style.

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Oktoberfest from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 1,261 ratings