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Bell's Octoberfest Beer - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Octoberfest BeerBell's Octoberfest Beer

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BA SCORE
82
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772 Ratings
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Ratings: 772
Reviews: 431
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 32
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hoppymeal on 09-11-2006)
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Ratings: 772 | Reviews: 431 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by MDekker:
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3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Coppery brown in color with some fizzy head that dissipates pretty quickly leaving a little ring around the edge.

S: I've a number of Oktoberfests lately, and this one smells like the others - it's mostly malty, breadlike in nature, and dry.

T: Crisp at the beginning with a foundation of grain, but tasting of caramel, with some faint fruity notes too. Subtle finish, with decent balance.

M: Fizzy carbonation, a little slick and watery. Not creamy.

D: Oktoberfests rarely turn out great in my book, and this one fits the same bill. I'm not lusting after another, but it's a decent brew.

MDekker, Sep 21, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, straight-to-style type of beer, but a little ordinary in the whole scheme of Oktoberfests. Standard orange / copper color with terrific head retention and brilliant clarity. Aromas are malty, hopped for balance, and a touch of caramel malt -- all coming together quite well. Flavors are bready and rich, with hops off-setting the sweetness, and contributing a light grassy flavor. Textures are firm and creamy, providing a firm pillow for the mellow flavors and spices. Finishes with a mild dry, hop finish. Good beer, but likely gets lost in the shuffle.

BEERchitect, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor,poured into a standard pint a clear medium copper with a decent but quick to fade head,caramel and sweet dough mainly in the nose a bit toastiness not much detectable hop presence.Flavors are somewhat sweet upfront with some real caramel and sweet dough coming thru a firm toastiness held up well to the sweetness a bit of spicy hop dried it out a bit in the finish.A bit middle of the road not bad and its drinkable just not earth shattering.

oberon, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Single bottle from Riley’s.

Appearance: Lighter then some, copper Marzen with a thin but lasting white to off-white head.

Aroma: Toast, caramel, toffee, and sweet german malts. On the light side.

Taste: All the key qualities of an octoberfest: toast, caramel, toffee, and hints of spicy german hops…just rather light.

Mouthfeel: Sweetish, light to medium bodied. Clean.

Drinkability: Easy to drink but not wowing and a touch sweet for not having much oomph.

DaPeculierDane, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

DanGeo, Sep 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

tectactoe, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of brownbeer
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale orange with a thin, frothy white head that stays around for the duration atop armies of big rising bubbles.

Smells of fresh grains, caramel, subtle spicy hops, with hints of pear and apple.

Taste is similar to the nose with sweet grain up front and a smooth transtion to a mildly bitter hoppy finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied,soft and encouraging.

A very well made, flavorful example of an octoberfest. I would definately pick this up over a lot of others.

brownbeer, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of blackearth
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. Pours a bright amber body with a thin white head that caps the beer and lasts. Aroma is a light malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation, toasted sweet malt flavors with a low bitterness in the finish an a hint of honey flavor. Overall a terrific take on the Marzen style.

blackearth, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of bdkucharski
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

bdkucharski, Feb 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

danthehopslamman, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

warnerry, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of DWolf
3/5  rDev -16.4%

DWolf, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

BuckeyeSlim, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of Torey
2.7/5  rDev -24.8%

Torey, Nov 12, 2014
Photo of ryancl
4/5  rDev +11.4%

ryancl, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of bsp77
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit Pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly dull yellow-orange with thin white head. Only a hint of the expected copper color.

Smell: Very faint biscuit and caramel. Definitely the weakest smelling Marzen I have tried.

Taste: Very biscuity (which is true to style), with a caramel sweetness to round out the flavor. The noble hop profile is minimal. Overall, a little too sweet for a Marzen.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, not very dry for a Marzen.

Drinkability: Decent somewhat sweet lager, but a fairly weak example of a Marzen. C'mon Larry, you can do better.

bsp77, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer at Mad Mex in Robinson.
The head was slightly off white,thick,good retention.
Amber/coppery colors, a cloudy appearance,looks unfiltered.
The smell was caramelly,sweet,spicey and fruity a little subdued though.
Tasted bisquity,caramelly,chocolaty,not a tastey as i would have liked it to be.
The mouthfeel was a bit grainey,with a dryness,and a bittersweet finish.A bit of a light mouthfeel for an Ofest though.
A bit lacking in character.
Very drinkable,not a bad Octoberfest,it just didn't do anything for me.Just a middle of the pack Octoberfest.
I really like the Bell's beer,this one was just a little disapointing to me.

jcdiflorio, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of iparules
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

iparules, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of deebo
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint in tap at Lowry in MPLS

A-a nice amber color with ruby highlights. Completely clear served with a ringing of white head.

S-not a ton going on. Some caramel malt Marzen goodness with a fair amount of alcohol aroma and a bit of cooked corn-lager style

T-much better than the smell as the alcohol and DMS taste is much weaker than the aroma and the typical caramel toasted barley malt comes to the forefront. A bit of that taste is noted on the back end which hurts this beer

M-medium bodied with average carbonation and a adjunct lager finish

O-I'm afraid I've come to expect more from Bells but this is just an average attempt from an American brewer at the German Marzen. Many better options out there.

deebo, Sep 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Bready aromas and flavors, crystal clear orange-ish gold with a 2 finger head with good lacing on the glass. Very rich malty flavors, malt driven like an Oktoberfest. Good body and carbonation, with rich foam. The malt balances well with the bitterness.

pat61, Sep 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Tom0527, Jun 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright and slightly cloudy amber orange with lots of bubbles. Solid three finger white head with a decent retention. Lacing is pretty light.

Smell: Lots of caramel and toasty malts with hints of toffee and biscuit. Also some wheat grains and some spicy, earthy noble hops in the background. Very caramel driven.

Taste: A fairly sweet taste of caramel, toffee, and toasted malts. A solid presence of wheat grains. Some slightly spicy and herbal hops linger around in the background. Malt driven but well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy, crisp, and smooth.

Overall: A pretty good take on a Marzen. Full flavored and well balanced.

MattyG85, Sep 28, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

GOBLIN, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is slightly clouded copper with a large off white head leaves a collar of lace dwindles down and leaves behind specks of lacing. Aroma has fruity caramel sweet bready mix from the malt profile with a slight spicy character with bitey, grassy noble hop presence, seems a bit muted even after warming the brew for a little in my hands. Taste has a light noticeable alcohol note with creamy light fruty subtle caramel malt flow light bitterness with a quality overal mix of flavors finishes like a light herbal tea. My excitement exceeded the actual experience of trying this brew, I'm a pretty much overall Bell's fan but this one left me wanting a bit more flavor. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation somewhat creamy textured with mild prickly bubbles hitting the palate. Drinkability is pretty good overall but due to the somewhat lack of flavor I'd much rather go with a Penn or Great Lakes Octoberfest brew. Nice to see a cloudy fest and I will drink it again, but I was under wowed by it.

WVbeergeek, Oct 08, 2006
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Bell's Octoberfest Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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