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.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear copper pour with thinnest of tan on top. Aromas are malty toast and caramel. Flavor is more of the same. Simple, tasty, though slightly too carbonated. Great for the style - glad I got six. This is a winner.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Bert's
Deep copper color off white head.
Big bready caramel maltiness. A bit too much caramel for the style. Earthy spicy hops to counter. Middle of the road American attempt at a classic German style.

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Photo of TLWalsh
4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep bronze color with a creamy head. Has a malty toffee aroma with a medium density mouth feel. There's plenty of rich smooth full flavor, toasty and well balanced. In my opinion this is one of the better marzen/octoberfests available.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had this poured into my mug. Color is outstanding, rich transparent syrupy brown with a malt head and orange highlights. The aroma is some maple, brown sugar, and malt, a bit light though. Mouthfeel is very nice for a marzen, super smooth.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; bronze in color; 1 finger khaki head that receded to a thin collar; nice lacing;

S: brown sugar, toffee, a sweet dark bread;

T: nutty up front; slightly metallic from mid-palate through the finish; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied' light to moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: flavor was disappointing; otherwise, this was really good;

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Photo of TooGood
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber with 2 inch head and excellent lacing. Smell is slighty sweet (caramel) with a hint of spice. Taste is sweeter than smell with caramel and bready malt dominating. Terrific beer.

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Photo of Prager62
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this single recently to sample more of this style. There is a best by date of 11/26/15 stamped on the bottle. I'm pouring it into my 12oz. Comrade tulip glass.

Look- A very dark amber color with a finger of light colored tan foam.

Smell- A spicy yeast aroma to begin, followed by caramel and baked bread.

Taste- Caramel sweetness up front with some spice following. Perhaps a bit of nutmeg? It finished like fresh bread.

Feel- Crisp and clean albeit a little on the sweet side.

Overall- It's pretty much on par with others of the style. A refreshing cooler weather, easy drinking beer that I would have scored 4 across except for the bit of sweetness in the flavor.

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Photo of teromous
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A darker shade of brown without reducing any visibility through its very transparent body. The head is an eggshell white that stands very well and leaves ample lacing. It looks great. It's the type of beer that would get attention sitting on the table.

Aroma: There isn't a lot of aroma. There is a bit of a yeast aroma and to me it smells a bit like pet food. I'm not a huge fan of the aroma.

Taste: There is a nice caramel sweetness followed by a bold grain flavor. A hop bite with just an edge of spice follows on the palate. The hop character is very nice but overall this beer has quite a bit of flavor. It's hard to relay this but although the array of flavors is small they are huge.

Mouthfeel: It has far too much body for an Oktoberfest. I never thought I would ever say that about an Oktoberfest. The carbonation is good but drinkability is reduced on this beer because of the huge body.

Overall: I find myself at a cross-roads here. On one hand there is an extremely full flavored beer that delivers a fantastic flavor and full bodied experience. On the other hand there is a beer that has so much body and flavor that a person could end up nursing a mug of this. In the end I can't fault a beer for having so much flavor and character but I can't say that is perfect because it lacks restraint. It is an outstanding beer and if you are looking to kick up your Oktoberfest a bit then this beer is for you. If you find the average Oktoberfest too light or flimsy then this beer is for you. If you prefer the more classic lighter approach to an Oktoberfest then this could be a bit much for you.

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Photo of KonigObHops
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a nice penny colored copper with an almost tan head that was about 1 1/2 finger widths.

The aroma is earthy with a hint of toasted malt. Not what I was expecting for this style.

The initial taste is gives off the caramel toasted malt that you would expect from an Oktoberfest. The moddle is complex... Earthy, malty, and a bit bitter. The beer finishes with a mellow hoppiness.

The mouthfeel is rather thick. The carbonation is minimal.

This was not your standard Oktoberfest. It was on the heavy side as far as lagers go, but had enough of the characteristics of an Oktoberfest to be an interesting interpretation of the style. A good Beer if you are looking for an Oktoberfest that is a bit more complicated than the standard fare.

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Photo of kpoole25
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried 2 bottles on different days. Had all the classic sight, smell and flavor of this style...but I kept getting this pronounced alcohol note in the taste. It was distracting, one of the first tastes that hits you. 6.6% isn't that big of a beer, and it had a great malt backbone, so possibly a fermentation thing? I didn't finish the 2nd bottle.

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Photo of Chris585
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Frothy. Very nice lacing. Sweet malty and rich. Very dry finish with some tartness in the middle. Refreshing! Little too much heat if closer to room temp but still pretty enjoyable. I prefer Marzen beers to be highly drinkable and smooth. This one does that for me but the flavor profile is a little lacking. Good beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by: 11/21/15.

Pours a hazy dark reddish-orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thick swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and nut aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, nut, and slight metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid aromas and flavors for an American take on the style.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Left Hand brewing is amazing, but I have only tried their Nitro and Milk Stout. Since the season for Oktoberfest is upon us imminently I decided to give this one a try. It is 6.6% ABV and full of flavor so let’s take a look.

Look-It pours a crystal clear amber color with noticeable red hues among the copper orange glinting in the light. The colors remind me of the pumpkin and autumn leaves that are characteristic of fall. The lacing is moist, delicate, and dispersed.

Smell-The smell is not very impressive. It has a standard wax-candle and vanilla tinge with some grassy notes.

Taste-This brew is malty and caramel-based. It also has some hints of the pumpkin and spice that is common in pumpkin pie and chai tea.

Mouthfeel-It is silky smooth and medium-bodied at most. It has a slight lingering coating on the tongue that is vanilla-based and malty. It finishes dry on the middle palate.

Overall-I’d say that it is hard to make a perfect Oktoberfest. Most of them are good and don’t deviated from the mean very much across the board. That being said, this one by Left Hand is one of the better Oktoberfest varieties out there!

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Photo of VikingBeer
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving type: off tap.

Pours a pretty golden amber, with a fluffy, off-white head that lasts forever and leaves a near-immortal lacing.

Smell is roasted walnuts, pecans, and hazelnuts, wheat bread from malts and yeast, and a kiss of herbal, slightly lemony hops. Very appetizing indeed.

Taste is excellent: nuts as per the nose, plus that same wheat-bread malt/yeast flavor, all lead the way, followed closely by a nicely balancing hit of grassy, herbal, and slightly lemony hops on the mid-palate. Finish is on the dry side, with persistent wheat-bread and nutty notes and a remaining ghost of hops. I would keep this in the fridge year-round if possible.

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Photo of tlema1
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: deep Amber color, very little head
S: not much aroma, typical for the style
T: malty, Carmel taste
F: malt, a little sweet, not a lot going on
O: not a bad representation of the style, not one that I would recommend

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Photo of October
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty deep amber with minimal head. Nose is bready malts with hints of caramel. Taste-wise, this is a malt bomb. The finish is very clean, like any lager should be. Pleasant mouthfeel. Overall this is a great example of the style and a very solid beer.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice amber color with a head that disappeared almost completely and left practically no lacing. The smell is malty with caramel malt and some alcohol. The taste is sweet with a delicious malt and caramel flavor. There seems to be some brightness, almost citrus notes to it. There is a mild hop bitterness at the end with a lingering sweetness. This is a fantastic beer that is well made and delicious.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Way too much caramel sweetness on this guy. Evident on the nose (where it's not quite as off putting, even if not to style), but the palate really suffers for it. Easily visible in the glass as well, definitely on the darker end of the spectrum. Touch sour in the finish. Just can't stack up with more authentic versions of the style.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Brilliant reddish orange under a 1” foam cap that hugs the side of the glass. S: A moderately light nose offers up some spicy grain and hops. T: Very clean and spice with a rich malt profile. F: Medium to a little above on the body with medium to a little low on the carbonation. O: A well balanced, clean and smooth Oktoberfest.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The aroma is toasty, biscuity, and sweet with a touch of toffee and a little citrus and flowers after a couple minutes. Deep copper and mostly clear with an off-white head. The flavor is smooth and malty with spicy, woody, and somewhat citrusy hops. Moderately bitter. The alcohol is mild but noticeable. Smooth with a medium body, restrained carbonation, and a good amount of crispness.

The aroma and flavor are both nice enough but neither is extraordinary. The flavor in particular has plenty of malt, but it competes with the woody bitterness and alcohol. Not bad, at any rate.

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

Best By 12/26/14. Bought about two months ago in a mixed six.

Eye-catching label graphic of an open-mouthed jungle cat.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Clear copper with a finger plus thick offwhite head which receded to thin surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Bread crust.

t; Bready to caramel up front with some hop bite following. Finish is mostly dry. Light fruit notes develop later.

m: Medium with good body and some carbonation tingle.

o: A solid Marzen which I'm drinking a bit late for the season but which still works as a good dinner brew with fried scallops and baked potato.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.39/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

BBD 12/4/14. Clear amber pour with a beautiful dark ruby cast. Normal head and retention, excellent lacing. Light nose of biscuit with caramel hints over a faint pear like citric note. Almost medium body with a distinct creamy texture. Heavier than most Oktoberfests, which is a plus. Above average carbonation with a nice effervescence throughout. The wonderful flavor profile is intense, complex and well balanced. It begins with a burst of biscuit against a caramel backbone that effervesces into a mild bitterness in the middle. The bitterness is herbal in nature (with a bit of rind), gives the tongue a nice tart pucker, then releases into pear notes. The finish is clean and leaves you with a mild bitterness over a faint biscuit sweetness that is somewhat dry. One of best!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

This is a decent Marzen.....sweet balanced by maize malt base. The beer was a rich clear amber with thin head....that did not lace. Body was medium with decent carbonation. Overall...it was good.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

Serving: 12 oz can poured into a Libbey Gibraltar 7 oz glass.

Appearance: Clear medium amber; thick, foamy, off white head; minimal lacing.

Smell: Lightly malty, sweet and grainy.

Taste: Full, malty body; toasted cereal, caramel and sweetish fruit (apple). Lightly herbal, hoppy, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Fuller, malty Märzen with layered malt flavors and some good hop balance.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a mug.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, toasted, bready, doughy, and grassy.

Taste: Sweetness up front with everything else in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, low to medium carbonation, and a little chewy.

Overall: Pretty nice oktoberfest. A bit sweeter than most, but still nice. It is on the border of being a bock.

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