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

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Bell's Octoberfest BeerBell's Octoberfest Beer

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Ratings: 781
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 32
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: hoppymeal on 09-11-2006

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Reviews by brownbeer:
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of bsp77
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of deebo
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of pat61
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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of brow1901
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dull straw color with perfect white head. Nice and clear. Head retention and lacing is lacking though.

S- Not much stands out here. The smell of lager hops (Saaz?) is dominant in my opinion or that could be the lager yeast. I prefer the Marzens that have rich caramel malt scents.

T- Good hop spice, decent caramel malt backbone. Again nothing is extremely exciting, actually its kinda bland.

M- very light and crisp on the tounge. Nice carbonation.

D- Good dirinkablity, however this seems more like a summer refresher rather than a rich full bodied fall oktoberfest.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear amber body. Off-white head. Carbonation can be seen throughout. A little retention and very mild lacing.

Smell: Caramel apples, some oat/grain, toffee, and nuts.

Taste: Roasted nuts come through first then with the caramel red apples. The toffee, oats and grain linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Nice carbonation.

Drinkability: You can pound these back all night.

Photo of glid02
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Trappeze in Athens, GA.

Pours a clear orange-amber color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of mild caramel malts with hints of bread and herbal hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet caramel malt flavors up front with hints of earthy hops that fade before a mildly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a decent thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished my glass but I'm not sure about another.

Overall this was a lackluster attempt at the style from a brewery that doesn't usually miss hitting the nail on the head. The flavors don't pop enough and it just doesn't have enough body.

Photo of FredTheSeal
4.24/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz into a pint glass.

A - Pours with a thin fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. Crystal clear dark golden color.

S - Malty, slightly spicey/estery. Smells like a German beer but slightly more mild than one imported from Germany (if that makes any sense)

T - Has a great German malty sweetness! Hop bitterness comes in towards the end but it's definitely muted. I've had more assertive oktoberfests but I'm enjoying the mildness.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation. As it rolls off the tongue the malt flavors change.

D - I'm typically not crazy over oktoberfests but I really like this one. The mildness makes it very drinkable but it still boasts plenty of flavor. I could easily go through a 6 pack.

Photo of guntherhophead
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's rarely disappoints. This is the best octoberfest I've had so far this season(I know, it's early) Pours a glowing orange amber with a rich, frothy head. Perfect carbonation. The taste has the right amount of malt with subtle peppery spice. I had this just after a leinenkugel octoberfest and Bell's was far superior. I could drink this one all night.

Photo of hughesm4
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very light brown/yellowish color. Smells a little bit of roasted malts and tastes pretty much the same. Doesn't have much of a hoppy taste at all. It goes down very smooth. The first half of my glass tasted watered down but it filled out towards the bottom of the glass.

Photo of apbarwood
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A light brownish-orange color with a decent white head to start but not much lace in the long run. The aroma is mostly hops and while it's not bad it's not quite great. Could have used more malt. Same goes with the flavor but for the most part it's blended a lot better and the malt steps forward a little bit more. Good carbonation and well-integrated bitterness makes this one particularly refreshing. One of the better Octobers I've had this year and another solid effort from Bell's.

Photo of Brenden
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is just a bit darker than gold, not quite but very nearly amber. A light tan head is one finger high off the pour and retains itself well, leaving a sturdy foam behind that drops a good amount of pretty thick lacing.
The aroma is toasted, a bit malty but mostly giving up notes of grains and some fruits. It doesn't seem up to par for Bell's, and could use more depth.
The same could be said of the flavor. Toasted malts that one expects from the style are here, but otherwise it's more grainy than anything with a yeasty note that gives flavor of wood and earth. Hops are here, and not weak, but it seems something in here actually clashes just a little. Overall, it's above average, but I wouldn't give it much more.
The mouthfeel has a bit of crispness that goes spritzy and a smoothness is here but seems to act as cover for a body that's weaker than it should be.
Overall not a bad Octoberfest, in actuality pretty good. Two thing, though:
1: Bell's is better and
2: There are many better to try out there

Photo of weasbri
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not quite a deep orange color to this one, very little head or lacing present either.
Familiar toasty malt aroma.
A good balance between the malt and the hops, I think. The malt is less sweet, more bready than anything. Good hop bite but it leaves a bit more of an aftertaste than I'd expect from the style.
Even so, it's pretty good, regardless of how well it fits a style.

Photo of prdstmnky
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

*review from notes on 9/26/10*

Batch #9832

Pours clear, with a lighter amber body and a finger of quickly fading head. Malty nose, with a touch of pumpkin too. Not digging the taste of this Marzen...There are some sweet bready and toasted malt flavors, but also some odd metallic notes that I cant get past. Also a very bitter finish that was unexpected. Lighter in the body for the style with adequate carbonation.

I tried this twice during the fall and just not a fan of it - not bad, just others I enjoy much more.

Photo of asabreed
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Lighter copper-colored body with not much head retention or head or lacing or anything. Body's a nice color for fall and all, but I was hoping for more.

Smell: Nice malt aromas with some spiciness, maple, vanilla and caramel, and a faint backbone of citrus hop bitterness.

Taste: Initial bitterness backed by some nice malt flavors, which is interesting since I thought the bitterness would be the background and not at the forefront. Maple and spices and vanilla and caramel malts. This could be great, but as it stands now it's solid and drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Seems like there's it's a bit watery and more slick than it should be, with a more medium body.

Drinkability: Not one of the best I've had, and I'd expect better from Bell's, but it's pretty easy to drink, flavorful, and very nice for the season of course.

Photo of Dave128
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip from an orange festive looking bottle with bottle date 8-18-11 printed on the side.

A - A rigorous pour yields a less than average 1 finger or so head on top of a golden amber body. Lacing pretty much nonexistent.

S - Smells a little musty at first then I get a smell of some lighter malts, but not really the deep caramely maltiness that I look for in such a beer. alcohol is detected pretty easily.

T - Much better than the nose. Quite complex for this style of beer as far as malt profile. I get a fruity taste on some sips seems to be a yeast affect. I can't really taste much hops, but their bitterness is certainly there in the finish.

M - At first by the head and lacing of this beer, I thought the body was going to be a little to light and not full enough for a marzen, but it was well medium bodied and not overcarbonated.

O - An average Marzen. Certainly not disappointed but not too impressed either.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mikesgroove for sending this one my way.

Pours a totally clear amber/red glow with a fizzy white head that reduces fast, but the half cm of it left stays a while.

Nose is nice and malty with little to no hoppage, some odd metallic flavor in the nose here, a bit of spice.

Taste is pretty good. Rich malty lager with some extra graininess and a slight bit of fall spice. A bigger hop bite than most of the style, but still pretty insignificant, as the style is not exactly a hoppy one. There is an odd metallic taste here, but it is fairly ignoreable. The malt profile is close, but i think it needs some slight tweaks or something, there is just a wierd metallic flavor that should not be there.

Mouthfeel is pretty good for the style, slightly undercarbonated and a touch thick, but overall ok.

Drinkability is good, but that odd metallic note really hampers it a bit. The bitterness is slightly too high here as well.

Overall this is an ok representation of the style, and a decent beer, but probably not an okto i would revisit, as oktoberfest should really be a sessionable beer, and this one i find to be just a bit too odd to session regularly. Certainly not a bad beer, it just needs some minor adjustments. Try it, its pretty good.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown longneck bottle.

Appearance: Hazy amber color with a nice tan head. Decent retention and some sticky lacing.

Nose: Mild floral hops and toasted malts.

Taste: Citrus hops are up front and slightly bitter, finishes dry with a little malt. This one would benefit from a better malt balance.

Mouth Feel: Medium-body with good carbonation.

Overall: Not a bad beer at all, but there are several better examples of the style around. I probably wouldn't seek this one out again.

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