Left Hand Oktoberfest | Left Hand Brewing Company

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84
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1,214 Ratings
Left Hand OktoberfestLeft Hand Oktoberfest
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
Ratings:
1,214
Reviews:
439
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
12.83%
 
 
Wants:
67
Gots:
198
For Trade:
0
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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful label! It pours a slightly hazy deep copper body with gleeming golden highlights beneath a creamy cap of off-white. The head retention is fair and it leaves average spots of lace about the glass.

The aroma, oddly, offers a thread of phenolic (single batch?) amidst toasty, bready, and subtly candy-sweet malts. Mild grassy and floral hops are present, but stay towards the back.

In the mouth it's smooth with a medium body and standard carbonation that gently tingles the tongue.

The flavor is as might be expected, with the toasty and somewhat sweet or "juicy" malts dominating, backed by grassy, leafy, and mildly spicy hops. It's well-balanced and nicely rounded, and it finishes dry with a long-lingering toasty and bready maltiness.

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Photo of jlindros
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Oktoberfest of the season, despite being early August.

A: A fluffy white head rises to about 1 finger and fades slowly, over a brilliantly clear amber toasty orange maple wood colored beer.

N: Some light sweet malts, toasty malts, a lager crispness to the aroma too, very light fruits, and a touch of a syrupy almost extract aroma. Also a little light on the nose.

T: Pretty sweet to start. Again toasty and sweet malts, but heavier this time. A definite heavy toast malt flavor to it with lots of Munich malt, a lot more like an Oktoberfest than a typical lager. It has that harvest malt flavor to it. A crisp lager taste as well, mostly clean. A very light syrupy taste adds to the sweetness. It has a very slight hint of a spicy hop bitterness.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation, although I would have liked a hint more carbonation.

F: Finishes mostly dry, with just a touch of that lingering syrupy sweetness. More of the harvest toasty malts with the syrup. A bitterness comes out a little more on the finish as well, with a hint of spicy hops. Mostly clean and crisp, a nice Oktoberfest IMO.

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

A: Pours a crystal clear deep copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate amber + golden yellow + garnet red highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy light tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of biscuit, caramel, and toasted malts with a light amount of light fruit (white grape + apple) yeast smells. There light to moderate aromas of spicy + earthy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of biscuit, caramel, and toasted malts with a light to moderate amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of light fruit (white grape, apple, and pear) yeast and light to moderate flavors of spicy + earthy hops. There are light amounts of hoppy bitterness in the finish which fades pretty quickly leaving a very light lingering malty sweetness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Overall there is a pretty good balance between the malty sweetness and the hop bitterness in this beer while still showcasing the respective flavors. Enough complexity to keep me interested and easy to drink since the mouthfeel is just light enough.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -19.8%

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 nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of smithj4
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%

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

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia. Bottled on: 6/10/09.

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep amber body with a smallish, frothy, whitish head. Fair amount of splotchy lacing.

Smell: Toasted, bready grains in the fore of the nose with a dull hint of apple fruitiness and spicy, earthy hops to follow.

Taste: One part pilsener malts and two parts deeply toasty, sweetish Munich malts. Vague hint of apple-ish fruitiness. Earthy, lightly spicy and leafy hops with a restrained amount of good, wholesome, clean bitterness. Finishes dry, faintly bitter with a loitering toasty quality and that indistinct fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad, decently drinkable, and certainly better than when I had it a few years prior on draft.

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Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottled 08/08/07

Pours an effervescent copper/caramel with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: A little bit of grainy cereal & caramel as this warms

T: Caramel & grainyness up front. A hint of herbal hop bitterness & a some breadyness as this warms. Finishes with some caramel & hints of pralines & breadyness, plus toast, let this warm up

MF: Medium-bodied, slightlty undercarbonated, a little sticky & good balance

Drinks pretty easy, not as good as last years, so far that's the trend, so maybe it's me? Still liked this considerably more than Sam Adams, no contest

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Photo of atrocity
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%

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

Solid amber/copper color; very clear. Good start to the head. Leaves some spotty lace.

Rich malt smell with a touch of sweetness. Lots of caramel.

The flavor matches the smell profile. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Slightly sweet, this is a malty beer of lighter crystal (or darker pale). There's enough hop to be noticeable--still it's subtle.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Candied kumquat orange with a polished bronze glow. Atop the beer is a generous crown of tight-bubbled foam that is some combination of pale orange, pale gold and ecru. What lace has been laid down so far is a treat for the eyes. It also looks like it'll hang around for the whole dang shootin' match. I recognize a wonderful looking Oktoberfest when I see it.

The nose is malt-dominant with that distinctive toasted earthiness born of Munich malt. The hops (German Magnum, Vanguard) are, to some extent, lost in the olfactory shuffle. While typical for the style and without fault, the aroma fails to excite.

Left Hand Oktoberfest has an odd (or at least a different) flavor profile that will take some getting used to. If I was drinking it from the tap, I'd suspect dirty lines. It isn't anywhere near that bad, but I can't think of any other way to describe it. Clay-like? Maybe backing off the Munich and adding some amount of caramel malt would help.

The hops that have been used have Hallertau-like qualities. Unfortunately, they aren't allowed to show them off because of the dominance of the malt. It's probably just the hophead in me, but I like a little balancing hoppiness in my O-fests. Warming brings out the malt sugars to an even greater extent.

The mouthfeel is full of rounded edges and is the highlight (outside of the appearance). It's medium-full for the style and stops just short of stickiness, providing an ideal amount of mouthcoating that promotes flavor linger. Whether that's a good thing or not is up to you.

As suspected, I've gotten more used to Oktoberfest's flavor now that I'm drinking the final few ounces. Either that or it improves as it approaches room temperature. Give it a whirl if you love the style, but there are others out there that are more deserving of my money.

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Photo of Jason
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Look: Clear brass color, excellent lacing

Smell: Clean, deep maltiness, faint taffy, loaf of bread, peppery, faint whiff of alcohol

Taste: Super clean, lots of bready tones, crust and toast, noticeable hop bitterness, herbal flavor, mild spice, nutty graininess, drying and still very clean aftertaste

Superb, one of the best of its style. Great job guys!!

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at Barleys a little while back and just found my notes from the review. Served in a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/30/2008.

The pour was decent enough. A nice light amber color with good clarity and a nice bit of carbonation sneaking up the sides of the glass. A two inch head of white capped off the top of the glass and settled down gently into a smooth crown across the top,

The aroma was loaded down with bready malts as one might expect. Hints of earthy grains and a somewhat vinous hop profile underneath, but a touch light overall. The flavor was clean, crisp and decent. Nice hints of light malts, some cereal grains and a good overall profile of light herbal hops. Crisp finish was smooth, with a light body that was decently carbonated.

Overall while not my favorite fest beer of the season, it was definitley drinkable. A little light, and not as full of flavor as I would have liked, but still decent. I would give this one a shot again.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of woodychandler
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
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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Photo of ZEB89
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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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Left Hand Oktoberfest from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.74 out of 5 based on 1,214 ratings.
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