So this is turning into a series of weekly review Oktoberfest and Pumpkin Ales that I’ve already tried in the past. I’m calling it my “Take II” series. How clever of me. I figured it would be cool to try them again and see what I think of them now. Hopefully, you figure its cool too!
Left Hand Oktoberfest was something of a trick. I was in my beer store place and they had a bunch of Oktoberfest singles available. I was looking for beers I didn’t try yet, and I see this one from Left Hand. The problem is I did try Left Hand Oktoberfest – last year! It seems they changed their label and so I thought it was something I hadn’t tried before – hence its place in the ‘Take II’ files!
Last year, it turned out to be my favorite domestic Oktoberfest and I gave it a very respectable 3.5 stars. Looking back on my glowing praise and trying it again this year, I ‘d say that its a good Marzen with the characteristic breadyness and maltyness that I’ve come to love from this style.
Heck, this 6.6% ABV seasonal beer is made with German ‘Magnum’ and ‘Vanguard’ hops as well as German Munich and Pilsner Malts, so I guess its got its European beer credentials in order! I enjoyed it this year as much as I did last year so I’m kind of happy I got tricked into buying it again from the new label!