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 wescj
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep amber color, orange pushing towards red. Head is thin after a liberal pour, and leaves nothing but scant, whispy traces on the surface and tiny ring of foam around the edges after a few seconds. Lace is modest, splotchy, and not very pleasing.

Smell is pretty good, though not very powerful. Aromas of malts, nuts, bread, and hops on the back end.

Tastes great. A bready dominance of malts, followed by the notes hinted at in the aroma. A nice and malty caramel sweetness.

Not as crisp as I would like on the mouth. Crisp enough, but pushing towards syrupy.

Very drinkable. Not very exciting, but a pretty decent take on the style compared to other American O-fests.

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Photo of Pencible
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a clear auburn with a bit of dark tan head. It smelled like roasted barley and wheat malt with copper and lemon hops. It tasted like strong copper hops and sweet barley and caramel malts, with a bit of cider spice. It was watery with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this had pretty good flavor and decent body, but seemed a little too hoppy for an Oktoberfest. It was clean and easy to drink, so I enjoyed it, but not as this style.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish amber with a thick head of tan foam leaving some very trace amounts of lace as it quickly dissipates. The nose is bready with a caramely sweetness. The flavors are much the same,dry earthy leafiness,bread crust,with a slightly off taste. Subtly bitter and pretty malty for a Marzen,not too malty just on the high side of the spectrum. The mouthfeel is good and has some creaminess and a solid body.

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

Appears a deep caramel amber near ruby red with a large off white tan head formed leaves behind thin even speckled lacing patterns down the sides of my liter mug. Aromatics offer up roasted malt and caramel tones with a touch of alcohol and mild herbal hop flow. A very bready texture of house lager yeast noted as well. Flavor is rich with cereal grains and caramel amber malt flavors, subtle nuttiness with a punctual noble hop bitterness adds to the incredible balance this version of the style has. Probably without a doubt one of my favorites of the season along with Great Lakes O fest. Texture is smooth with crisp even carbonation, definitely grab a whole sixer of this brew light to medium bodied it won't let you down. Drinkability like I said to enjoy this grab at least a half liter mug and enjoy it two at a time, so far I know Left Hand can pull off some good lagers, Pole Star and their collaboration Terrapin.

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Photo of kmeves
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an ultra clear amber brown with a diminishing small white head. Aroma is medium sweet, nutty, light fruit and light floral. Flavor is much stronger than the aroma, nutty and sweet with adequate bitterness. Medium bodied, slick texture. Long carmelly sweet finish.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've heard a lot of good things about this Oktoberfest and decided to grab a sixer in Nashville recently..

Pours out a beautiful mahogany color and forms a thick frothy head that sits like a pillow... Beautiful looking O-fest..

Rich aroma of malts, honey, nuts, and the faintest of hops...2 for 2 so far...

Oh, damn...this is like liquid bread with honey and nuts thrown in... A wonderful rendition of a style that most American brewers haven't yet mastered.. This is just delicious! Absolutely delicious...

I knew I should've picked up more than one sixer of this. Its delicious and everything I look for in an Oktoberfest brew.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a pilsner glass. Poured a reddish amber with a thin off white head. Pretty good aroma of caramel malt with some noble hops. Medium to light bodied. Malt sweetness, not terribly complex. Some noble hops in the finish. Smooth and easy drinking. I'm usually not a fan of American Oktoberfests, but this one is pretty good.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a typical pint glass. It poured a dark orange-reddish color, with an off-white head, about two fingers I guess.

The smell was malty, sweet, a little bit of nuts... very inviting. The taste had no surprised to it... pretty much an exact follow-up of the aroma. A strong sweet malty kick at the front, some nutty hops at the end.

I've gotta say that this is a quite refreshing beer, definitely high marks for drinkability.

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It had a nice deep copper hue with a two finger head that held up well. There was very little carbonation activity.

It smelled of well balanced malt and fragrant hops.

It had a nice malty taste. However the malt was quickly overpowered by the hops. The balance that was earlier detected in the smell was not present in the taste. It had a nice lite to medium body that was crisp and refreshing.

It is a drinkable beer. I think hop heads will enjoy it more.

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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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Left Hand Oktoberfest from Left Hand Brewing Company
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