Left Hand’s contribution to the season is their own Oktoberfest Marzen Lager. I really do enjoy Left Hand brews, but I felt like the Oktoberfest was a bit of a letdown. It just didn’t have the “oomph” I was looking for in this style of beer.
The beer poured a deep copper color and the head was plentiful but settled quickly.You can see the thin layer of head in the photo.
The aroma presented a little yeasty with definite overtones of malt. The beer had a nice taste of toasted malt and didn’t linger long. It wasn’t bitter at all.
Now that summer is almost over, I’ve been reminiscing on one of my favorite summer traditions. I love, more than anything, to load a cooler up with a huge variety of beers and play a sort of “brewery Russian roulette” when we get to our party destination. Never knowing what might come out of that cooler makes beer taste better in my opinion. Also, I’m absolutely famous for purchasing beer (and wine, for that matter) solely based on how cool the label looks. This purchasing strategy has gotten me in to tasting trouble on more than one occasion. However, this summer my label buying and my Russian roulette worked out to my advantage.