365. Left Hand Brewing – Oktoberfest Marzen Lager

Left Hand - OktoberfestI’m in Boulder, Colorado for a couple of days for work, and I’m hoping to make the most of it by trying a few new brews.  My hotel was on the north side of Boulder and I was excited to see that Upslope Brewing was right around the corner.  I walked down to the brewery, but unfortunately, it wasn’t open.  So I walked down the street and found this little pizza place that had a few local brews available.

Location: Enjoyed this bar-side, poured into this pilsner glass, at Proto’s Pizza in Boulder, CO.

Numbers: 6.6% ABV, 24 IBU’s,  16° Plato, 21 SRM, ~ 135 Calories

Ingredients: Malts: Munich and Pilsner. Hops: Magnum and Spalter Select.

Appearance & Aroma: It was slightly hazy and caramel brown in color.  There was a thin, bright white head on top.  The aroma was  a light sweet caramel malt with some bready notes.

Taste & Feel: The mouthfeel was light and crisp, and it had a light-medium body.  There was a sweet caramel and bready maltiness up front and through the middle, but it was a lighter flavor than other Marzens.  Surprisingly, there was a little bit of an earthy, slightly spicy hop bitterness that slightly crept in during the crisp, somewhat dry finish.  The caramel flavor stuck out a little during the aftertaste.

Food Pairing: The light bready and caramel flavors would probably have gone nicely with the pizzas there at Proto’s.  I think it might also go nicely, adding some complexity to, a light chicken dish, such as a grilled chicken sandwich, salad, or pasta.

Overall Impression: This was my first Oktoberfest beer of the season, and it was a good transition to the fall season.  It provided some nice, sweet, caramel flavors, but they were fairly light – making it a very crisp, drinkable beer.  I enjoyed sitting there at the bar, enjoying the cool Boulder breeze, along with this brew made just up the road in Longmont.  Overall, I thought this was a fairly good, somewhat light, drinkable Oktoberfest.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Author: Kevin

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