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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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Ratings: 1,253 |  Reviews: 456
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Bert's
Deep copper color off white head.
Big bready caramel maltiness. A bit too much caramel for the style. Earthy spicy hops to counter. Middle of the road American attempt at a classic German style.

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Photo of tdm168
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark ruby amber with a soft, off white head that fades to a thin lacing

S - lager yeast, fruity, toasty

T - fruity, sweet, caramel, bitter hops, lager yeast

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a flavorful marzen but the intense yeast notes throughout are overpowering. the hops are a bit bitter as well and interfere with the caramel. In the end it's a highly drinkable and sessionable. It's worth a try, but I think there are better Oktoberfest beers out there.

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

Appears a deep caramel amber near ruby red with a large off white tan head formed leaves behind thin even speckled lacing patterns down the sides of my liter mug. Aromatics offer up roasted malt and caramel tones with a touch of alcohol and mild herbal hop flow. A very bready texture of house lager yeast noted as well. Flavor is rich with cereal grains and caramel amber malt flavors, subtle nuttiness with a punctual noble hop bitterness adds to the incredible balance this version of the style has. Probably without a doubt one of my favorites of the season along with Great Lakes O fest. Texture is smooth with crisp even carbonation, definitely grab a whole sixer of this brew light to medium bodied it won't let you down. Drinkability like I said to enjoy this grab at least a half liter mug and enjoy it two at a time, so far I know Left Hand can pull off some good lagers, Pole Star and their collaboration Terrapin.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug, the appearance was a medium dark orange color, somewhat rusty with a quickly dissipating foamy to bubbly sort of head that barely left any lace.
The aroma had some crisp sweet nuts, semi-stiff caramel/toffee malts and a smooth sweet bready to biscuit character blending nicely. Light grassy hop bitterness at the end.
The flavor was moderately sweet with a sly grassiness at the end ever so slightly. Aftertaste was all about the malts - crisp, nutty and full of caramel/toffee sweetness
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied, perhaps just a touch under with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt a touch under, but that didn't bother me. ABV felt appropriate.
Overall, pretty nice American Oktoberfest that I would come back to.

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Photo of rolltide8425
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a clear light brown, with a small white head, and a good bit of lacing.

This smells like bittersweet caramel, spicy brown bread, and spicy hops.

This is definitely a little bit too sweet for the style, but it's still very good. It's got caramel leading the way, with a healthy dose of spicy hops keeping it very balanced, and a nice amount of breadiness.

This is medium bodied, crisp and pretty clean, with a good level of carbonation.

This is definitely one of the better domestic examples of the style. Not the best, but very close.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with a foamy, off-white head that thins, but sticks around. Some thin, broken rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is malty - carmelized grain with subtle spiciness.

The taste is of caramel and dough. Earthy, slightly woody, background. Malty with a hint of hop bitterness/spice in the back. Some warming alcohol is in the semi-sweet finish.

Medium-bodied with an unfortunate amount of fizz that creates some astringency.

It's nice, but I don't think I would include this in my O-fest line-up, as it doesn't have the smoothness that I look for in the style.

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Photo of Tone
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, red/amber color. 2/3 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast, slight roasted malt, slight hops, and some grain. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, yeast, slight roasted malt, sweet malt, and a little nut. Overall, a rather watery mouth feel and only average body.

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

Lefthand Oktoberfest Marzen Lager
12 oz brown bottle, purple & blue checkered patternbehind a design of 2 dimpled steins of yellow liquid being clinked together over a blue and white checkered pattern. Did I need to tell you that? Maybe not. I poured it into a Paulaner stein, clear, with handles...didn't have a dimpled one available. Well I did, but it wasn't from a German brewer...I didn't need to tell you that, either.

Hazy, amber appearance, smallish off-white head.

rich, malty aroma. earthy. vegetal. big and beefy. very much marzen.

Big blast of hops at the top, brisk carbonation...a little too much. I could use it a bit more medium. Kind of clean, after the fizz.

Medium to light bodied, faint finish, a little sweetness at the end, some caramel, toffee flavors. But not too memorable. Fairly average offering for the style.

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Photo of BeerOps
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a pretty nice yellowish color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy/foamy white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some spice notes. The taste is malty, yeasty, spicy, Medium body. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, some sweetness. Taste is of malts, a bit of spice, toasty, some alcohol is present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer, a bit stronger than most of this style, but still highly drinkable.

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Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a copper color with a 1" head that slowly falls. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: caramels and malts are light but easily detectable.

Taste: caramel, hint of nuts, decent bitterness, and a touch of fruit sweetness. Not overwhelming but a solid brew.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is long on the caramels and nuttiness.

Drinkability: pretty good marzen here. Definitely worth a try. Had this after a Victory Fest, so it is a bit milder in flavor than that one.

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Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of ShanePB
2.81/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aside from an off aroma (smells dusty or like a bottle even poured in a glass), this was a pretty decent beer. The flavor was a little low until it warmed up and gave a really nice mellow caramel malt flavor. There's nothing complex going on, but it's tasty and quite drinkable. Maybe not a standout for the style, but a decent take on it.

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

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Left Hand Oktoberfest from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 1,253 ratings
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