Bell's Octoberfest Beer - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.13/5 rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
So one of my friends, who I won't mention here, but is actually Khiasmus, constantly gives me grief about my reviews, how I score too low, etc, etc. So Joe, I hope you are out there reading this review to see how I can go against the grain (lol) when I feel there is a wrong to be righted.
There is no way this Bell's Octoberfest I'm drinking is a B- beer. There just ain't. Vintage 2009, bottled on August 18th.
First off, it looks swell: a lacy, fat and happy looking foamy white head sits on a clear, early autumn-amber beer that looks downright tasty. Not as dark as many American Ofests, this looks more like the lighter German Marzens are wont to be. High marks.
Let this warm up a bit to around maybe 57 degrees, and things really start to shine. Very clean all around, and well blended. There is a light, yet complex, grainy nose, all sweet and honeyed with hints of vanilla, nutty, toasted malt and hints of toffee. Yes, I know the BJCP says the last is inappropriate. Screw them, this is good smelling beer.
Flavor follows suit. A grainy, fresh and clean malt profile that boasts a really nice depth, avoids being overly bitterly hopped, (or too strong), and is really easy to drink. Layers of light malt sweetness pipe up and are just barely tempered with some pleasant noble-tasting hop. Finishes toasty and dry, gently bitter. Medium body and carbonation aid a "soft" feeling the mouth. I can and will drink this very fast.
I want another bottle, but alas, I only have the one.
I had this right after a Brooklyn Ofest and the Bell's simply blows it out of the water, drags the corpse to land and proceeds to defile it in all manner of hideous ways. This may be my favorite American Octoberfest to date. It almost... and I hesitate to say this, but it must be said... almost reminds me of the Holy Grail of Marzens: Ayinger. "No he didn't!" Yes. Yes, I did.
So to sum: Bell's Octoberfest is just shy of being superb and it's a crime the score on this site is so low. I rate fairly and my ratings are correct. Eat your heart out, Joe.
Serving type: bottle
09-24-2009 02:06:26 | More by kkipple
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