Left Hand Oktoberfest

12 oz bottle as a single from Total Wine, Perimeter, Atlanta, GA, USA.
If the truth be known, disappointed considering the usual quality of Left Hand beers and my general enjoyment of the style.
In an O’fest I’m looking for a few key characteristics and this beer fell down on several of them.
Firstly I want a really, bright orange hue with outsanding clarity and an observable carbonation. For me this provided none of those and in fact I would decscribe the beer as being “muddy” in its appearance. Decent head and lace though which made up the disappointing color and clarity somewhat.
Secondly in terms of taste, I’m seeking that sweet, malt based sharpness with a clean edge. Again there was a muddy character to the taste with too much going on and a much greater dose of hoppy bitterness than I care for in the style.
For me, the beer lacked definition, and that’s a big problem in my O’fest’s. I’m looking for sharp, clean lines in appearance and taste and this delivered neither of those very well.
Unoffensive ceratinly, but an average representation of the style in my book.

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10/11/2009
Format:
bottle
ABV: 6.0 %
Appearance: 3
Taste: 2
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 3
Overall: 2
Total: 2.4
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