Left Hand Oktoberfest | Left Hand Brewing Company

1,214 Ratings
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 Jayli
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
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 Bierguy5
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, 6% abv. Pours a darker amber color. Thin white head disappears rather quickly. No lace.

Bready, caramel malt. A bit toasty. Smooth bit of earthy hops at the back. Aroma is well rounded.

Nice toasty, sweet malt up front. A litter deeper in character than other marzens. Earthy hops at the end are light, but provide good balance.

Medium body, adequate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink and overall enjoyable.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The more I drank this one, the warmer it got, and the more it grew on me. I liked the maltiness of it, but a nice little tinge of the hops in the end. It also had a slight smokiness to it, which was present in the taste and the smell. Of course, there's a big nutty/earthy presence throughout. Not too bad of a Marzen.

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Photo of Rayek
3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber color has good clarity and minimal carbonation. Small fizzy head dissipates quickly and leaves no lace.

S: Nice combo of caramel and toasted grains, plus some lemon.

T: Starts out good, but gets lost along the way. Sweet caramel flavors from the malt are front and center, along with a small toasted note. Bitterness comes on with a heavy grapefruit citrus note that's more fitting of an APA than an Oktoberfest. Finishes with a lingering bitterness.

M: Medium body is somewhat syrupy. Carbonation level is right.

D: Certainly a good session beer. I have mixed feelings on this one. It's a good beer overall, but the flavors don't fit the style in my mind.

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

Photo of aerozeppl
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly cloudy reddish copper color. Poured with about half a finger of white head. Some lacing.

S: Faint malt smell. Some hints of caramel. Slight hop nose which is unusual for the style. Little bit of spice as well.

T: Nice mixture of malt and fruit in the taste. Still kind of subtle. The spice has an artificial taste to it. The malt lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Nice slightly thick body. Leaves a nice sweetness on your tounge.

D: A nice example of the style but there are better out there. I find left hand to be totally hit or miss. This is something in the middle.

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Photo of bashiba
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy golden copper with two inches of creamy wheat, minor lacing with decent retention.

Smell was a nice full toasted grain and fresh bread aroma.

Taste was spot on, strong toasted malts, a bit of light sweet fruity notes, and just enough light citrus hops to even it out.

Mouthfeel had plenty of good carbonation and a light and slighty oily feel.

Very easy to drink and good, great session beer, and one of my new favorite Okotberfests.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
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 stephensinner
4.75/5  rDev +27%

Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of thufflife
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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 crossovert
2.17/5  rDev -42%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I lied in my last review when I stated I was finally done with Oktoberfests this season, somehow this bottle landed in my lap so I ought to review it.

Pours a lot more reddish than most Oktoberfests, with a big dirty white head.

Smell is typical but with a hint of toecheese. The smell is awful for an Oktoberfest

This is one freaky tasting Oktoberfest, hops are there but it is ultra fruity and metallic.

One of the worst Oktoberfests I have tasted.

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Photo of bump8628
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsener glass. Coppery/orange in color with an inch of off-white head that leaves lacing down the side of the glass.

The aroma is mostly caramel and toffee with a touch of hop spiciness and toasty malt.

The taste is definitely heavy on the caramel and toffee. Hop flavor barely comes through and some mild toasty and bready malt complexity is hidden beneath the caramel malt. It finishes a bit on the sweet side with a lingering hop bitterness on the back of the throat.

Overall, a decent Oktoberfest but it's a little heavy on the caramel-type malts for my liking.

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Photo of jmccraney
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of utopiajane
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%

This poured a lovely orange with yellow hues in it and good clarity. Had a fat head that fell slowly and left lace. Simply gorgeous in the glass. Reminds me of a pretty girl with a stature if you will. Nose is tempting with a hefty hit of toasted bread crust first that gives way to some light but luscious caramel. A faint bit of herbal on the nose a small hint that the very kernel of this grain might just be a bit nutty. Tastes just like that. Smooth, malty, a grainy little edge and a light little herbal. Sweet too. Rounds out at the back palate with a faint bitter. Drying, dry and lingers with a bit of malty sweetness. Lovely, clean and very good. Medium mouthfeel that is thin meaning not thick or heavy. Perfect!

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Photo of mpalestino
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of dannycohen62
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerSox
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into mug.

This one pours pretty impressively, as it creats a one inch head with little effort. The head creates a solid wall of lacing toward the top of the beer, which is a slightly orange-tinted amber hue.

Slightly roasted malts mixed with a little bit of caramel and some dark candy sugar. I actually think this is what a good Oktoberfest should smell like. Although it can never be perfect, this one is pretty close. I have yet to go to Germany and try a fresh Oktoberfest, but until then, this one is my benchmark.

Toasty grains once again mixed with some caramelized sugar flavors. A little bit of balancing hops show up toward the end, they are well hidden though. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The finish is mostly the fading grain.

This one wasn't bad at all. I think this one goes at the top of my list as far as American Oktoberfests go. For my preference, it seemed to have all the correct characteristics, and it tasted pretty good too. Recommended.

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Photo of MonkeyPilates
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Wayne17
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of RoryOMoore
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Sellen
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PhatAtUT
4/5  rDev +7%

Left Hand Oktoberfest from Left Hand Brewing Company
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