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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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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty nice marzen look, light to deep copper with a about an inch of off-white, medium bodied head.
Scent has a good notes of malted barley and some sweet malt.
Taste is full of malted notes, with sweetness and some grain on the back end.
Finish isn't clean and there is a small sweet malt after-taste.
Drinks very well, perfect autumn beer.

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Photo of abrand
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into the standard pint glass. Bottled on date of 7.8.09.

Pours a copper color with a fair amount of carbonation and a 2 finger head that fizzes away. Minimal lacing lines the glass. Nose is malty with notes of caramel and bready dough. Taste is quite sweet with floral notes along with fruits and raisins. Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied and drinkability is solid. The appearance and taste are right on queue. As far as Marzen's this is up there near the top on my list.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a half liter hand glass.

Pours a nice copper color with some red orange and re highlights. The aroma has that peanut shell goodness and lager yeast that makes this closer to it's German counterparts. There is a caramel initial taste but a bitter flavor at the end that leaves the palate dry. Nice carbonation and a nice sweetness that plays well. Overall this is a good example of American marzens and what they can bring to the table. Not the best but good.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.11/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle. Substantial head with rings of lacing. Clear amber color. Aroma is sweet and malty with a hint of apple. The lfavor is uncomplicated. Lightly malty and sweet. Texture feels a little watery. Finishes clean but unfortunately with some mild tinniness.

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

The Germans started a good thing with the 'fest. This particular version is the standard 'fest-issue deep marzen color - red-orange, with quickly disappearing head. Like a late night fire blazing from a recent battle, licking toward the sky.

I smelled it and then smelled again, trying to soak it all up. Sweet and highly malted on the nose - like a giant German malt bomb - beer-krieg is imminent.

A frontal malt-assault on the senses - straight to the trenches with sweet a sticky malts. Raisins, toasted sugar, and some nuttiness. Reinforced with a good hop balance though - enough to march across the tongue.

Pretty big on the tongue - grander than a traditional 'fest - like a whole brigade. It works really well in that context though.

Though it was bigger than expected, I enjoyed it for a change from the traditional 'fest seasonal.

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Photo of uustal
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper, nice red and orange hue. Off-white head with OK lacing and retention. Sweet smell, caramel and toffee mostly. Very malty flavor profile. Big sweet caramel malt, toffee and biscuit. Great malt combination. A hint of the usual octoberfest hops at the finish, but not much balance to be found. Still a very good taste. The malts are really excellent. Very creamy and thick mouthfeel for a Marzen that goes down easy.

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Photo of dcscientist
4.87/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | 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 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 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 jjamadorphd
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another brewery I admire and an Octoberfest offering that I can sum up in one word: Spicy...

Th brew has a burnt caramel color with no head or lacing, but I find the color quite nice, thank you. The smell of spice, I mean the hot-kind, not only assails your nose, but the mouthfeel and the taste as well. It was most certainly the most distinctive Octoberfest / Marzen I have had to date. The smell was a nice biting spice of an odor, without the lager smell, the mouthfeel also finished dry (a plus), and the spicy flavor added to the robustness of this lager. What a nice surprise and it epitomizes why I try so many different crafts - you never know what your gonna get, and sometimes, it is really, really good...

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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 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 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 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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Left Hand Oktoberfest from Left Hand Brewing Company
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