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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 Tolnik
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer was poured into a pint glass with a deeper red amber coloration and a good half inch of foam. Reducing down to a good light lacing.

S - Goo9d sweeter spice aroma greets the nose.

T - Spiced beer with hints of nutmeg. Overall a good balance between the hops and malts.

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Photo of Rayek
3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber color has good clarity and minimal carbonation. Small fizzy head dissipates quickly and leaves no lace.

S: Nice combo of caramel and toasted grains, plus some lemon.

T: Starts out good, but gets lost along the way. Sweet caramel flavors from the malt are front and center, along with a small toasted note. Bitterness comes on with a heavy grapefruit citrus note that's more fitting of an APA than an Oktoberfest. Finishes with a lingering bitterness.

M: Medium body is somewhat syrupy. Carbonation level is right.

D: Certainly a good session beer. I have mixed feelings on this one. It's a good beer overall, but the flavors don't fit the style in my mind.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep orange/amber color, with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramel, spices, bready malts and some hops.

T: The taste is malty and sweet with flavors of caramel, fruit and spices up front accompanied by a hearty breadiness. There's a decent hops presence that provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a flavorful O-fest and is worth drinking a lot of over the course of an evening.

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Photo of humanawho
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - very nice amber color nice white head with good lacing

S - mild but pleasant, like spring flowers

T - smooth and mild with a little dirtyness and short bitter hit from the hops

M - mouthfeel is light but not offensive

D - very smooth and drinkable

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the best Oktoberfest biers produced in the USA that I have had. I typically do not care for US Micro produced fest biers, but I rather enjoyed this one. It poured up a lovely orange bronze colour with a slight chill haze. Nose was quite sweet with a bit of maple syrup. Other toasted cereal smells were also present. Flavour was similar to its German couterparts, except there was an easily detectable hop bitterness toward the finish which I do not care for in this style. The hop bitterness is what I do not like about US festbiers in general, actually. It just happens to be less assertive in Left Hand's offering. Not bad. Glad I had the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - Pours a deep amber with 1/2 inch of foam that dissipated quickly

S - I didn't get much in terms of aroma.

T - It just seemed to malty to me, with caramel flavor. Not sure it was what i was expecting.

M/D - I really wasn't into this one. I have really started enjoying Oktoberfest beers lately, just not this one.

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

Deep amber color, excellent clarity, topped by a fist or more of light beige froth. Excellent lacing.

Big inviting bakery aroma of fresh bread, with some sugar cookies mixed about.

Tasty semi-sweet sticky malty beginning has a bit of depth. Just enough noble hops at the swallow to balance. Hint of chocolate in the aftertaste.

Smooth, light mouthfeel. Excellent drinkability, as it should be. The first couple go down very easy.

Exceeded expectations. Good example of the style.

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Photo of Reanimator
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks and smells great. Pours a rich autumnal color with a strong Marzen aroma - sweet and yeasty. The flavor is a bit lacking - nice and malty with a smooth bready finish, but there is a strange bitter twinge on the finish. Mouthfeel might be a bit thin, but no real complaints there.

This would be a great Oktoberfest except for the weird bitter/sour flavor.

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Photo of lbkornlb14
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is really good, nice and malty, and an awesome caramel malt finish, this is one of the better oktoberfests ive had. really good effort by lefthand. Would get again. definitely give this one a try if you see it. It pours a nice dark amber color like octoberfests should and if the rest of left hands beers are as good as this ill be satisfied.

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Photo of jackorain
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-dark amber to light brown color. Light tan head of about 1/2 inch. Fell quickly and leaves a little lace.. Looks like it should

S-not a lot of aroma, touch caramel and nut

T-sweet caramel and lager yeast notes. The slightest hint of earthy hops,

M-light body for O-fest, fizzy carbonation and some alcohol sting

D-its allright, I'll move on

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Photo of Ior
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber color, half-inch off white head that quickly sinks into a thin ring. Some lacing.

Absolutely delicious smell of sweet toasted malts! Overt caramel notes. Little to no hops. Reminds me of a good bock.

Taste is somewhat astringent. Sweetness, toasted and caramel notes dominate, but there is also a notable sourness. Elegant herbal hops appear towards the end. Pleasant bitter finish.

Medium bodied, medium to medium-low carbonation.

Overall a tasty and drinkable beer, though taste could be better integrated and mouthfeel somewhat smoother.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a clear medium colored amber with 2 fingers of foamy off-white head. Thin, creamy retention that skims the top, leaving a nice cascade of lace that hangs on the sides of the mug. The aroma is a rich mix of malt sweetness, bread, citrus, and floral hop character.

The taste is toasted caramel malts and tangy citrus character that is well balanced by a tingling profile of Noble hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a firm yet creamy carbonation and an easy feel.

This was very nice for the style from Left Hand with a lot of attributes that just work well for me. I last had this about 2 years ago, enjoyed it then, and still really enjoyed it now. Solid.

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Photo of sevopie
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A healthy brown color with a gracious amount of off-white/cream colored head.

Smell - A slight alcohol smell to a nutty/malty nose.

Taste - Again, a bit of an alcohol flavor with the malt really ramping it up. Its a little more bitter than the nose lets on, with slight caramel and toffee flavors.

Mouthfeel - Very carbonated with a thick mouthfeel for a lager.

Drinkability - Not too bad. Slightly too bitter to make it an all the time choice, but solid for a Marzen.

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Photo of Hokies
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep red color with a thin head and a very thin lace.

Aroma of dark fruits, light caramel aroma with a faint smoke scent.

A nice blend of the dark fruit taste with a more profound caramel taste than in the aroma. Their is also a nice hop bitterness at the end.

A nice Oktoberfest with a decent amount of carbonation that I would pick up again.

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Photo of Slynger
3.11/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lefty-fest pours a clear rubyed amber with a nice lid of fine and fuzzy light beige.

Flavor sweetness is light, and leans more toward darkish fruits than caramel. Bready, and toasted with moderately spicy, grasy-earthy hops.

Not bad, but I think I may have had too many really good Oktoberfests recently to really like this one.

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Photo of SpecialK088
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Nice dark orange with a low head no real lace.

S-Sweet and spicy with notes of carmel and sweet malt.

T-Sweet malt front with a way to alchol tasteing finish, get some of the spices in the middle but the overwhelming alcohol flavor kinda did this in for me.

M-Ok medium body good carbonation

D-I won't really miss this one, but i'll for sure try it next year

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Photo of McStagger
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not familiar to the world of Marzen beers, but I've heard good things. Had to do some reading up to see what I was getting into.

A: Poured into a standard bar mug. Hell, I need a stein for days like this. Beer Pour a nice copper/amber color. Par for the course. Head retention was a little on the weak side with minimal lacing on the glass.

S: Mild nutty and hop smells. Smell is extremely clean, bordering on minimal

T: Very...different. Sweet, slightly darkened fruit intermingles with green fruit in the beginning. This transitions into a mild hop presence. Almost has a woody...overtone.

M: Very medium bodied beer. Not overly carbonated or crisp, but not flabby and viscous.

D: Not a beer I would really feel like pounding in a bar, but I can see how it would go with pretzels, mustard and bratz.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden amber in color with a decent head and retention. Good carbonation. Smell is pretty grainy with an earthy, mild hop presence. Taste is much of the same. A delicate sweetness of caramel along with a touch of toasted bread. Still some grain flavor. Nice earthy hop presence providing a little bitterness. Good mouthfeel, fairly light in body with good carbonation and a light crisp finish. I could have a few of these, no problem. Good stuff overall in my book.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich red copper with a modest off-white head.

Aroma is toasted caramel malt. Grainy, fruity, with a touch of earthy hop.

Taste has a strong grainyness to it. Malt is bready, nutty, and sweet with caramel and toffee. Hops step in with a warm earthy quality. Finish has some hop spice and a slight metallic sting.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied. Chewy and sticky.

A pretty tasty O-fest. Surprisingly grainy with generous hops for the style.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Nice copper color with a offwhite head. Did leave some lace on the glass.

smell - Caramel, malt, amd bread here.

taste - Nice malt taste, with some caramel present. Some mild hops at the end of the taste.

mouthfeel - Medium-body.

drinkability - This was bery good, might be my favorite so far to date for this style. Worth a try on this one.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I like the label, with its giant mugs of brew against the blue and white checkered backround. Fairly authentic looking and brings back good memories. Anyhoo, the color is a light amber and the head dissipates quickly even for the style. The nose is likewise unremarkable with solid caramel notes and a tiny whiff of vanilla.

Extremely malty throughout the sip, with more than a hint of alcohol in the flavor. Bread and caramel notes dominate. A bit heavy for the style and would be difficult to drink in large quantities, at least not without getting cotton mouth and pretty tanked pretty quickly.

An interesting take on the style but not something I'd recommend to our friends from Deutchland.

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Photo of gabeerfan
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this in a liter stein at BSP's Oktoberfest.
Arrived a very clear, light amber color. Small head that faded to a thin cap and ring.
Very malty aroma. Lots of caramel and brown sugar. No detectable hops.
Flavors mirror the aromas pretty closely with some very slight hints of honey coming in too.
Medium-light mouthfeel. The sweetness did coat the mouth a little, but didn't stick around too long.
Quite drinkable. It's an Oktoberfest, so it's meant to be consumed in large quantities.
Very good beer. Not the best beer I had that night, but I would still recommend it without hesitation.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this from Gullifty's in Rosemont, PA.

A: Pours a dark amber, body with an off-white head with nice retention and lacing.

S: A sweet, malty smell with some honey-like undertones.

T: A sweet, malty taste with some sweet honey tastes evident in the aftertaste.

M: A smooth mouthfeel with a slight lightness to it. A nice mouthfeel for the style.

D: A nice combination of mouthfeel and taste. A nice example of this style; a nice Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Tolann
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a NB globe glass

A - Copper orange in color. Not a lot of head and more white. Crisp clear color and not a lot of bubbles

S - More nose than I anticipated. Mostly malty sweet. Some herb/spice notes. caramel sweetness

T - Sweet caramel and malty.

M - light/medium mouth feel. Easy drinking. Not a lot of carbonation. A little bit of heat in the back of my throat after the swallow.

D - Easy to drink, but not my typical style of beer. Good to enjoy and be in the spirit of the season, but not something I'd ask for year-round

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Photo of mountdew1
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a reddish brown with a 2 finger bubbly head. Smell had tinges of vanilla and pepper. Taste was slightly milky sweet with a spicy aftertaste. Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation was slightly strong, but the liquid coated well. Easy to drink, alcohol was extremely well hidden, went down smooth.

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Left Hand Oktoberfest from Left Hand Brewing Company
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