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Left Hand Oktoberfest | Left Hand Brewing Company

417 Reviews
Left Hand OktoberfestLeft Hand Oktoberfest

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rowew on 08-22-2006

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Reviews: 417 | Ratings: 1,144
Photo of mothmanscott
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep amber producing 1.5 fingers of beige, frothy, variously bubbled, somewhat lasting head that diminishes to cap islands of chunky foam that leaves only minor lace. Aroma is toast, caramel malt, bread crust, hard candy, pound cake, lager yeast, with only a hint of floral hop essence in the background. Taste is very malty like the nose with toast, pound cake, caramel, nuts, hard candy, grain & lager yeast followed by a tiny hop bite in the finish that rolls over into, but rapidly diminishes in the aftertaste. The hop character becomes more intense as the brew warms. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, creamy, slick & juicy with a light peppery prickle.

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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 BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An incredibly good Oktoberfest beer. Great spice profile that accentuates the malts almost perfectly. Filling, but not overpowering. A great example of its kind.

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

Pours a clear coppery amber, with a foamy off white head which fades quickly leaving some nice oily lacing. Looks like an Oktoberfest!

The aroma is malty with a bit of caramel and nice grassy note.

The taste has a full toated malt sweetness with a nicely balanced hop bitterness on the finish. There are a few tones of mild caramel.

Mouthfeel is medium light, finely carbonated so it's a bit creamy and even though it is fairly light as an Oktoberfest should be it has a nice full bodied feeling.

Very drinkable and a nice addition to the Oktoberfest beers I have tried. I purchased this six pack at Richey's East in Pensaola. I wish this brewery were distributed here in Tallahassee. This is a good solid beer and I want to try more from this brewery now!

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Photo of dcscientist
4.75/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding Oktoberfest, probably my favorite one thus far. This is one of my most preferred styles, and Left Hand knocks it out of the park. Make sure you try this one in the fall. A good friend who usually stays away from anything in this realm tried this and declared "that is a damn good Oktoberfest", so there's all the endorsement you need.

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Photo of krisandajt
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A rough pour brings an opaque, deep, copper colored brew with a good half inch of thick bubbly head that fades quickly leaving behind some nice soapy lacing on my DFH glass.

Smell: A stronger than expected sweet, biscuity kind of malty sweetness. One of the more impressive noses on an oktoberfest so far this season.

Taste: Does not disappoint. Like the smell, the taste is stronger than expected. Most of the oktoberfests I've had this year have been mild and subdued. The strong, smooth, bready, biscuity sweetness of this brew is a welcome change.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly full bodied and much thicker than what I expected. Seriously, this brew is surprising me every step of the way.

Drinkability: Absolutely one of the most enjoyable oktoberfests I've ever had. I wasn't expecting this beer to be as enjoyable as it is. Awesome.

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Photo of BierStein711
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smooth beer

This bottle was poured into my dimpled pint, the appearance is dark brown, off white head, this was a thick beer

Smells: bread, pretzels, malt,toast, spicy hop

Taste: Malty, toasty, bready, with a spicy hop finish.

Mouthfeel: thick

Overall, this was fine, but I wasn't too blown away.

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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 Spineypanda
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I can enjoy Left Hand brews, but would only really try each once. They are not bad beers by any means, just not what I look for when I buy beer.

The Oktoberfest has a nice amber color, to be expected, and a bit of caramel scent to it.

The taste is what brings me back to the first statement, in that it is a good beer, with earthy tastes to it and the caramel malts coming out but just nothing that makes me say "Give me another of those!"

By no means is this a bad beer, and it should definitely be tried.

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Photo of wnh
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug. Bottled on 07.06.09 (or thereabouts--the ink has bled a bit), consumed 10.31.09 (I feel the need to drink this before the end of the month).

Pours a deep, clear, rich copper with a large, fluffy off-white head that lasts and leaves nice sticky lacing.

Clean and fresh on the nose, with malty aromas of caramel and a grainy breadiness and just a touch of earthy hops. More of the same on the palate, with a larger dose of earthy hops that linger just a bit after the swallow before finishing clean and light. There's a mild spice quality that shows up after a few sips, but this thankfully never gets to a level higher than a simple, subtle accent, and in fact quickly departs.

Medium bodied, leaning toward light and moderately carbonated. Clean and quenching on the whole. A relatively simple, uncomplicated, solid marzen.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is a small nose, with a bit of caramel sweetness. The head on the beer is about 1 cm, good retention, good lacing, and a lot of carbonation. The beer is very caramely and has a nice sweetness. The lager bite comes through at the end to make the beer crisp. There isn't much toasty/biscuit flavours coming though. Very nice mouthfeel. The taste is a bit too one dimensional though. Pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Labeorphile
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Normally, I am not a big fan of lagers. Too boring, too simple.

This one poured a nice coppery color with a thin head that quickly disappears, leaving no lacing.

Smell is better than expected. Very malty and caramel, with a hint of spice.

The taste is where this beer really shines. The caramel flavor is rich in the maltiness. The hint of spice late in the taste really sets this beer apart. Mouth is thin as per style, but this is overall a beer that may bring me back to lagers.

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Photo of UnderPressure
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice burnt orange colored beer. Clear. One inch head melts to a fizzy ring after a minute.

Not much aroma to speak of. Slightly alcoholic. Faint pale malt.

A balance of sweet, roasted malt and bittering hops with an accompanying metallic flavor.

Light to medium bodied beer with a nice, delicate carbonation.

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Photo of Darkale
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice American take on this style. Brilliantly clear, cheery copper in color with a good head and spare lacing. Rich taste, deeper, sweeter, and smokier than the average Oktoberfest, and almost chewy. Aroma is not particularly strong, but my nose never catches much from Oktoberfests, anyway. Well done. Well worth trying out.

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Photo of CMW
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark golden yellow with large off-white head. Plenty of carbonation visible.

S - Roasted malt, corn, and slight hops.

T - Roasted malt is the main flavor with some nice grain mixed in. Slight hop zing in the end.

M - Nice carbonation and fitting for the style.

D - Very easy to drink.

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

12 oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint at ~40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a perfectly clear coppery red-amber, and forms a pale tan head with a shorter lifespan than a Taylor Swift relationship. Okay lacing.

Smell: Malt. Yeah, that pretty much covers it. There's toast, bread, and caramel, all sweet, with some vague nuttiness and shades of biscuit.

Taste: Malt. Yeah, that pretty much covers it here, too. Toast and bread get the marty (that's malt-party) started, with a heavy dose of caramel sweetness coming in like a crowd of already-drunk crashers bursting in and instantly raising the volume level to 11. Some faint hints of walnut and Brazil nut drift in behind that, like a handful of introverts clinging to the walls, keeping their heads down and not talking, even to each other. Towards the end of the marty, earth and dirt come trundling on in to put the kibosh on all that sweet, bready noise, not unlike a pack of cops in riot gear with tasers in hand.

Mouthfeel: Yep, that's a marzen.

Overall: I enjoyed this one - not too much hop presence, plenty of malt. Would repeat.

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

Poured into a pint glass, pours an hazy brownish orange with a fluffy head that does not hang around long but does leave a ring and also some lace on the glass. Smell is very breadywith malty backbone also that car smell that all left hand beers have in it. Taste is a malty smooth gem, I can taste a bit of roasted malt and also some roasted nuts in there, this goes down very smooth and was quite enjoyful, also a bit of carmel corn in the finish as well. Overall this was a pretty enjoyable beer from Left Hand and one of my favorites from them.

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Photo of OsoRojo
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Revisiting this beer after an initial tasting a few weeks back. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass...medium head, wonderful mild copper color. Nice aroma, malty with hints of spice. Classic Marzen body and taste. A very nice beer for this style, enjoyed best as the Fall sets in. Enjoy!

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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into pint...

A: a cloudy, dark amber brew with a sudsy tan head. has good retention on the way down. The cloudiness causes this one to lose style points.

S: aroma seems faint at first, but as the beer warms, the sweet caramel aroma is met with green raisin and baked apple. this is much better around 50 degrees.

T: very sweet malt and and some dry fruit(plum and apple skins) that fades to a bittering noble hop finish.

M: medium body with a low carbonation making it much fuller. finishes off dry

Overall, a well put together marzen with some unique fruitiness to it. I think I'll have another.

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

A : Pours a nice copper with a good head that disappears quickly. Good lacing

S : Lots of sweet malt.

T : Same as the smell, tons of sweet malt. I could get very little hop taste from the beer. It's too much on the malts. I'd like to see that toned down some and a little stronger on the hops

M : Medium-bodied, almost too think

D : It wasn't bad, wasn't great. For a Oktoberfest, it's not as close to the German ones as I would like.

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Photo of svenness
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by 12/12/15 on bottle

L: Brilliant amber-red, good head retention
S: Grainy, caramel, faint herbal
T: Bready, caramel malt, some sweetness
F: Medium body/carbonation, mild astringency
O: Beautiful looking beer, easy to drink

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

A: Two and a half fingers of head form a bubbly pillow on top of a transparent amber beer. The dense, white head leaves forms of lace all around the glass.

S: Malt is obviously the name of the game with this one, with bready, toasty, and sweet notes coming through simultaneously. The sweetness is somewhat odd, or at least unique, in that it somewhat resembles a Werther's Orginal, but ever-so faintly.

T: Up front there is lots of bread and toasty malt notes, with that light caramel/toffee flavor hidden in there as well. Hop presence is a little more dialed up than your traditional German Oktoberfest, but not to the point of distraction, and actually balances quite well, in my opinion. Finish is gentle and slightly cloying, with a tiny residual presence of hops.

M: Medium bodied goodness, with the carbonation at a near-perfect level. Bit of a slick hop feel noticeable, but mostly an enjoyable malt fest.

D: Rather drinkable, as the style often lends itself to, but also rather different. This interpretation is a little bolder than expected, which I came to admire. Went nicely with a serving of swiss cheese and water crackers.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
2.85/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark copper color. Darker than other O-fests I've had. No head retention or lace.

Smell is of subtle toffee and bread. Very subtle.

Taste is way off for an Octoberfest methinks. Bready malt and a hint of coffee and chocolate in the finish.

Way over-carbonated.

Overall, the worst O-fest I've had so far this year. Does not come close to the German versions. Doesn't even resemble other American versions.

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

Dark cooper colored with white head that quickly turns to just a very thin layer barley hanging on, with no real lacing to speak of either. aroma malty upfront, toasted. and a bit of alcohol flavor in there aslo, but just barely. Taste is malty sweetness up front, but not huge, hops are there to balance it out, but dont really make a very big apperance in the flavor. barely a toasted malt flavor, but none of the bready-ness I would expect to find. finishes semi-sweet. mouthfeel is nice slighty fuller than medium.

overall this is a good, easy drinking o-fest, but there are too many that are far better, so i probably wont buy it again.

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Photo of abuliarose
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Color is the distinct burnt orange with a fine-textured head supplied by big bubbles. The head stays nicely and creates drool-worthy lacing. Smells are muted, but I can detect some soft malts overlaying floral hop. Really there isn't as much to smell here as with others of its kind.

Tastes... more than it smells, at least! Citrusy, savory malts with a slightly bitter ending and hints of fruit undertones. The savory flavors really penetrate my tongue and remind me somewhat of roasted winter squash. One of the things I envy with Left Hand is how insanely smooth their ones that I've tried are. This one is very, very smooth with fine and gentle carbonation and a medium body. I have to wonder if they're priming with some lactose.

Overall a pretty enjoyable offering. It's not at the top of my Oktoberfest list, but it'd do in a pinch!

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Left Hand Oktoberfest from Left Hand Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.
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