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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Left Hand - Oktoberfest

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Where to Dig Up More About This Beer
Left Hand Oktoberfest
Left Hand Brewing Company
1265 Boston Avenue
Longmont, CO USA
Est. 1994 

Brain Damage Quotient = 6.0 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 12.0 

Postmortem Brew Review
Amber and translucent.
Malty sweet smells. Minimal hops aromas. Notes of caramel.
Tan colored, two finger head that lasts to the bottom of the glass.

Rings of lacing down the side of the glass.
Rich roasted malt and chocolate tastes, moderate carbonation.
Medium to full bodied mouth feel; pleasantly warming aftertaste. 

Grim Reaper's Eulogy
Left Hand makes some darn fine brews. This one is no exception.  There is however a malty sweetness to it that I don't expect of an Oktoberfest style. Let's just call it a modification. This does enhance the flavor and makes for a great brew, but as for a traditional Oktoberfest style, I found it probably wouldn't make a session beer for my tastes.  The sweetness is fine, but keeps coming. Maybe a bit more finishing hops would change my mind.

All in all, I really liked the beer and would recommend you try it to see what Marzens can be, given variation and interpretation by each brew house.

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