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.

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Photo of KI9A
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First fresh Marzen of the year...on August 3rd. Bottled on 7/7/09

A: Clear, copper. Creamy tan head, hangs on bit, nice lace splashes.

S: Sweet brown sugar. Nutty, toasted malts.

T: Above, plus, green apples, and an almost "Belgiany" candy taste.

M: Light, some slight bitterness on the back.

D: Very quaffable. I judge this by how quickly I make the return move to my lips...this is a quick one!

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Photo of riored4v
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 10/1/10

Poured into a pint glass. Crystal clear, copper colored body. 1 finger, off-white head that faded quick to a thin layer.

Smell was caramelly with hints of raisin. Slight roasty and nutty aroma. Good malty sweetness.

Taste had notes of raisin with a slight roast flavor. Good amounts of caramel. Mildly nutty along with notes of dark fruit. Very mild bitterness in the finish

Mouthfeel had a medium body with carbonation. Slightly chewy with a sticky finish.

Drinkability was good. Strange dark fruit flavor was a little off-putting.

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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 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 hckyfn9999
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a nice off-white head that leaves very good lacing. Aroma is toasted bread, caramel, toffee, and a faint hop pressence in the background. Taste is toasted, bready malt and some sweet caramel. Some herbally hops are present in the back. Mouthfeel is medium with a nice carbonation level. Very drinkable version. A nice o'fest from a Left Hand.

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Photo of aepb1
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Amber yellow with a white head

S- Malty caramel sweetness with some floral hops in there too

T- Bready biscuit, some sweet malts and finishes clean with some floral hops

M- Medium, creamy with great carbonation

D- Complex malts make it very drinkable

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Photo of benito
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First things first, I should own up to the fact that in general I'm not a huge fan of Left Hand beers. With the exception of Juju Ginger and the Milk Stout, I'll leave the whole lot (admittedly, this summer's Twin Sister DIPA was passable as well). So, I was skeptical at best when I picked up a sixer of their new Oktoberfest, a revamped version of the old Tabernash Octoberfest that has been retired.

The bottle is eye candy. A blue-checkered background with two steins (also with blue checkered designs of them) in full toast position. This is a reddish copper brew, a little too amber for the style but eye-catching nonetheless with a good head and lacing. The bouquet is muted, a quality which is somewhat expected, yet I would have liked a stronger malt presence and some of that oh-so-enticing toastiness.

Fortunately, this beer's got character when it actually gets down to drinking. A sweet and softish malt presence up front is well-balanced by a hop splash mid-palate and a nice dry finish. This is meant to be a straightforward and emminently enjoyable beer. And it is.

Very drinkable overall, this is certainly one of Left Hand's more worthwhile offerings. A strong new brew like this is great for the Colorado beer scene, and it's good to see it come from Left Hand. If they start putting out seasonals of this quality, I might become a part time convert.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark orange/copper color with a fairly creamy head that deposits some frothy rings of lace. Nice retention over the top. Color isn't as vibrant as other examples of the style I've had, but it looks decent.

S: Aroma showcases some floral notes and light fruity esters. Sweet almost caramel like malt presence melds with the familiar earthy, deep notes of Munich malt. It's a bit unconventional, but it smells good!

T&M: Too hoppy for a marzen. Not as much of that earthy Munich malt bite. The front end is a bit too sweet. Nice caramel malty flavors and a small dose of earthiness, but there's too much latent floral hop flavor in here. Body is medium/full with a zesty carbonation that fits the style well.

D: Too sweet and hoppy to be truly sessionable. A decent marzen, but there's several others that are better, in my opinion.

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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 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 dhannes
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint.
L=Perfect deep red color...head was a tad thin and dissipated quickly.
S=Bit musty, like a basement.
T=Sweetness dominates, with a hint of caramel and citrus. Nice maltiness, hint of hops. Other than the sweetness, a very tasty beer.
F=Very light carbonation...hard to gauge due to sweetness.
O=An above average märzen, but it was a bit too sweet for my liking.

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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 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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Left Hand Oktoberfest from Left Hand Brewing Company
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