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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Ratings: 1,256 |  Reviews: 457
Photo of Brewsed
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

sampled on 10/4/14 with my good friend. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a glass .3l 'das boot'.

Pours a pretty dark amber in color with a small beige head that settles to a very thin layer on top and sides. Some spotty sticky lacing is seen when sipped. Lots going on with the aroma with what I can pick out, some caramel malts, toffee, bread and malts. More going on with the taste as it is full of flavor with some sweetness in the mix as well with some spice, nuts with a ever so slight hop finish. Very tasty and smooth brew overall. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. It could compete with some good German Oktoberfest brews! PROST!

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep orange wit a good off white head and some sticky lace.

Good toffee, sweet malt, toast, and candied aromas. Some fruit and grain, but this one has some sugary complexity.

Sweet malt, with some bitter edges (burnt sugars). Bread crust, some fruit, light alcohol, and a long bitter-sweet finish. Pretty good.

Fuller bodied, with enough viscosity to make this lasting in the mouth.

Overall, I dug this. A great domestic version. Sweet, toasted, light bitter, fruit, clean. I mean, what more can you ask for?

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Photo of crbnfbr
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a dimpled mug.

The beer is the purest of deep, rich copper. A cream colored head recedes to a thinnish film with light lacing.

Smells of malts, caramel, and a cinnamon spiciness.

Tastes so rich and in the Americanized marzen fashion. A great malty presence where the caramel sweetness isn't too much. There's a clever hint of spices and cinnamon in the end. Almost a bubblegum type of sweetness as well.
Mouthfeel is sharp and dry, medium body.

Overall, just a great marzen. Very drinkable and spicy.

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Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of fossage78
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of hosehead83
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Dark copper in color, with a moderate head of foam that hangs around for a while.
Aroma-Subtle, sweet malt, caramel note
Taste-Toasted sweet malt, caramel notes, slight hop bite that seems to stand apart, rather than playing nicely with the malt, giving a bit of an unbalanced feel. That being said, a pretty nice version of the style.

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Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Matt141
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - It pours a deep ruby-amber hue, capped with white froth that recedes into a wispy archipelago.

S - A vaguely floral-fruity hop and yeast contribution melds with rich (but not sweet) honey tones and caramel-toffee maltiness. This is a style that is over-produced, and yet it never seems to offer quality; this is seemingly an exception, or the new wind.

T - Very good tasting brew. Take the nose, add slight buttery-nutty impressions, and some light biscuit flavor as well, and you have a delicious Marzen. I can't think of a better tasting example.

M - Good. Richness and maltiness in harmony.

D - Very good stuff.

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Photo of DavidHume
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of MaddDogg84
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of JeffTheJuice
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Eaglefan344
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of NateMac13
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Sellen
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of q33jeff
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25


AROMA: Grains, brown sugar.
LOOK: light copper color, clear. no head.
TASTE: is caramel. brown sugar, grains.
FEEL: very little carbonation. Medium Body.

OK....Enjoyed the 2nd one more than the first. 2.60 to 3.08.


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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange-amber in color. Crystal clear. Not a lot of head and fine, thin lacing.

Smells of malts and sweet fruits with a smidge of caramel and hops, slightly floral.

Tastes typically octoberfest, caramel malts and fruits, lightly bitter hops. Not bad, decent for the style.

Feels smooth but slightly watery. Very low carbonation. A slick feeling in the mouth lingers with some very light bitterness.

Drinks a bit average-ish. There are better octoberfest beers available that are also a better beer value.

the blue and white checkered tiger bottle art is a bit strange for the style, tho this of course did not affect my review in any way.

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Photo of OldTime
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of cultclassic89
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ffshore545
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MonkeyPilates
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Jayli
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had 9/25
This beer pours a vibrant amber with a one finger offwhite head. Head recedes to a film relatively quickly leaving spotty but sticky lacing on the glass. Nose is this is pretty much all malts - definitely pick up on caramel malts the most, with a hint of breadiness and grains. Slight touch of hops in the background.
Taste is surprisingly of hops at the get go. Nice major hop bite at the start the leads in to a bready flavoring capped by toffee and caramel malts. Light to medium bodied,medium carbonation, goes down smooth with a slightly sticky finish. Not a bad beer, but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of Act25
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Perhaps the best American Oktoberfest I have tried. Stronger 6.6% with more aroma, weight, body.

Appearance: Pours clear, deep Brown-Amber body with a modest, frothy, white head. Fair lacing.

Smell: Toasted, bready, malty grains in the fore of the nose with a Apple, Spice, Hops, and wet fall earth in the finish.

Taste: Follows the smell. Earthy, spicy and leafy hops combine with malty, caramel softness and then finish as a wholesome, clean bitterness. Finishes dry. Toast and jam. Great with food! In this case, shrimp, soft cheese, the last pepper from the garden which has turned yellow, lemon olive oil, and whole wheat baggette. A must try.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body and carbonation. Feels just right.

Best in class American Marzen? Must try. Eager to share with friends. A bit more alcohol than others.

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Left Hand Oktoberfest from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 1,256 ratings
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