Left Hand Oktoberfest | Left Hand Brewing Company

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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
Reviews:
438
Ratings:
1,211
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
12.83%
 
 
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67
Gots:
197
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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 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 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 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 tdm168
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark ruby amber with a soft, off white head that fades to a thin lacing

S - lager yeast, fruity, toasty

T - fruity, sweet, caramel, bitter hops, lager yeast

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a flavorful marzen but the intense yeast notes throughout are overpowering. the hops are a bit bitter as well and interfere with the caramel. In the end it's a highly drinkable and sessionable. It's worth a try, but I think there are better Oktoberfest beers out there.

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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 jwc215
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with a foamy, off-white head that thins, but sticks around. Some thin, broken rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is malty - carmelized grain with subtle spiciness.

The taste is of caramel and dough. Earthy, slightly woody, background. Malty with a hint of hop bitterness/spice in the back. Some warming alcohol is in the semi-sweet finish.

Medium-bodied with an unfortunate amount of fizz that creates some astringency.

It's nice, but I don't think I would include this in my O-fest line-up, as it doesn't have the smoothness that I look for in the style.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lefthand Oktoberfest Marzen Lager
12 oz brown bottle, purple & blue checkered patternbehind a design of 2 dimpled steins of yellow liquid being clinked together over a blue and white checkered pattern. Did I need to tell you that? Maybe not. I poured it into a Paulaner stein, clear, with handles...didn't have a dimpled one available. Well I did, but it wasn't from a German brewer...I didn't need to tell you that, either.

Hazy, amber appearance, smallish off-white head.

rich, malty aroma. earthy. vegetal. big and beefy. very much marzen.

Big blast of hops at the top, brisk carbonation...a little too much. I could use it a bit more medium. Kind of clean, after the fizz.

Medium to light bodied, faint finish, a little sweetness at the end, some caramel, toffee flavors. But not too memorable. Fairly average offering for the style.

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

Pours a clear, red/amber color. 2/3 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast, slight roasted malt, slight hops, and some grain. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, yeast, slight roasted malt, sweet malt, and a little nut. Overall, a rather watery mouth feel and only average body.

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

Appearance: pours a copper color with a 1" head that slowly falls. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: caramels and malts are light but easily detectable.

Taste: caramel, hint of nuts, decent bitterness, and a touch of fruit sweetness. Not overwhelming but a solid brew.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is long on the caramels and nuttiness.

Drinkability: pretty good marzen here. Definitely worth a try. Had this after a Victory Fest, so it is a bit milder in flavor than that one.

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Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aside from an off aroma (smells dusty or like a bottle even poured in a glass), this was a pretty decent beer. The flavor was a little low until it warmed up and gave a really nice mellow caramel malt flavor. There's nothing complex going on, but it's tasty and quite drinkable. Maybe not a standout for the style, but a decent take on it.

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

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a 1/2" off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has an incredibly malty scent that boasts of pilsner, Munich, and bisquit malts. There is a real caramel/toffee feel here. The taste is decent as well. Again, it's a little bit over done with the malts. It has a dry, caramel/toffee flavor that goes down easy with some prickly carbonation. There are some light bready notes in there as well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty good Marzen/Oktoberfest. It's big on malts and very drinkable.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, some sweetness. Taste is of malts, a bit of spice, toasty, some alcohol is present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer, a bit stronger than most of this style, but still highly drinkable.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange-amber color with a small white head, which quickly dissipates. Smell is very malty, with some caramel and bread aromas. About what you would expect from a Marzen. Taste is malty sweetness with a lot of fruit in the flavor. Little to no hops are apparent. The beer is very crisp, but a litte thin on the mouthfeel.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. 12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass. Amber in color with a head that recedes to a halo.

S. Very faint grain and slight medicinal hop. Malts in there as well.

T. This is a malty one and I like it. Caramel malt provides a sweetness. Ghost like nobel hop balance. A roasted flavor comes through well into drinking this.

M. A good overall mouthfeel. The carbonation is perfect. It is crisp. On the lighter side of medium bodied.

D. Very sessionable. This is a very good Oktoberfestbier. Rivals Sam Adams....

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Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sweet doughy malt and some flowery hop.

The taste was upfront soft sweet malts, some cereal grain huskiness and a light hop spice. The flavors were a bit too blurred for my taste.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller and creamier side for the style.

Overall a tasty and certainly easy to drink Octoberfest.

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

Bottled August 2006, Sampled November 2006
Pours with a pretty, almost clear, amber red color and is topped by a frothy, initially two-finger thick, tan colored head. The aroma is definitely malt focused and can be described by a light caramel note, a fresh bready character and a noticeably biscuit-like flavor. There is a light, herbal hopiness to the aroma that lays in the background of the malt.

The flavor is sweet and malty up front. Notes of caramelized malt sugars are prominent and almost evoke a soft berry like fruitiness. This finishes with a nice balancing bitterness, which tends to morph into a light herbal character. This could definitely use more bready malt character though. It is quite drinkable as is though (and I will be happy to drink this again), but it is just not a stellar Oktoberfest.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
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 clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orangish, copper body with a decent head and some lacings. A good smell of caramel malt and a hint of hops; sweet smelling. Low on spices and a mild sweet malt taste but real smooth and filling. Goes down easy and is a good Oktoberfest, but not the best.

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Photo of weeare138
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to witbier for this...
Appears a russet toned, transparent amber with a light haze. A small, off-white head quickly fades out. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of sweet, fruity, toffee, toasted nuts, caramel, sourdough bread, along with sugary candy. Very nice and surprising considering this style is usually "ho-hum" for me.
Taste is of a nice blend of aromas with a creamy, doughy, candy flavor coming through.
Mouthfeel is smooth, lager malty, with a light cinnamon spice along the palate.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark copper color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is a little on the faint side for me, with a nice malty nose and some alcohol.

T- The taste starts off smooth and malty. It is pretty full bodied for an Oktoberfest with a small bite in the finish from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- This is a pretty decent Oktoberfest, but not exactly sessionable.

Overall, Left Hand Oktoberfest is a decent Oktoberfest, but probably not a beer that I would purchase again. It is worth a shot though.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a bright coppery-orange with a 1 finger creamy off white head that was moderately lasting.

S: a light toasty malt sweetness, fresh bread, floral hopping and a touch of fruitiness (apples).

T: The flavor was pretty much the same, a caramel fruitiness starts things with only slight hints of malt sweetness. The palate was bready with toasted cereal grains and a floral hopping.

M: a little light, with moderate carbonation, with some warm moist bread notes coating the tongue.

D: Overall a easy drinking October, decent session though much better examples are out their to pass the time with.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle received in trade with cfrancis

Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, hay/straw/grass

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and light hops. There is also some tea, straw/hay and a grassiness.

Overall - Not my favourite style, but a pretty decent effort. Not something I'd seek out again, but worth a try.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, deep amber color. Poured a two finger off-white head that persisted. Light lacing was a bit inconsistent

S: Grainy wet malts and a bit of citrus.

T: Bready malts; lightly sweet caramel. Hops were well-hidden; slightly out of balance with malt. Not terribly complex.

M: Medium body. Pleasantly balanced carbonation.

D: Very drinkable; decent ABV, not too filling nor tiring. It would be nice to kick back a few of these.

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Photo of barczar
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant deep caramel with a dense cream head that lingers.

Deeply toasted, nutty malt and light fruity yeast esters form the initial aroma. Floral hops added complexity as it warms. Lacks the rich melanoidin character found in better examples.

Flavor reveals banana/bubblegum esters initially, which I thought I caught a hint off in the nose. Malt character is somewhat complex, nutty and toasted. Starts on the sweet side, but the bready character dries out the finish, and there's a touch of hop bitterness. Metallic notes emerge.

Body is on the full side, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Malt forward, as expected, with good toasted character, but the esters and metallic notes are slightly offputting. Had they not been present, this would've fared better.

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Left Hand Oktoberfest from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.74 out of 5 based on 1,211 ratings.
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