Sunday, September 28, 2014

Left Hand Oktoberfest

This 6.6% ABV marzen lager is from Left Hand Brewing of Longmont, Colorado. 

The beer pours a clear and bright copper and amber in color. There is nearly an inch of light tan foam. The aroma is malty, nutty, caramel, a touch of sweet potato. The taste hits the same malty notes as the aroma, but that is immediately followed by a grassy bitterness that cuts down the malt and brings a quick finish. It has a tingling carbonation and is easy drinking. Fine, but doesn’t really stand out in any particular direction. I generally really like the Oktobefest style, but most of them were pretty blah this year for some reason.

Trying again in 2017: The beer pours a deep, gem-like, amber and copper. There is a short head of off-white foam. The aroma is malty, caramel, nutty, a bit of dark fruit. The taste follows the aromas, malty, with a bit of a fruit tang, some sweetness, but a finish that is mostly dry and lightly to moderately bitter. The beer drinks very easy, nicely carbonated, yet smooth. Hoist a stein of this easy drinker.

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