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

Not Rated.
Bell's Octoberfest BeerBell's Octoberfest Beer

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435 Reviews
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Reviews: 435
Hads: 822
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 17.7%
Wants: 34
Gots: 46 | 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:
Beer added by: hoppymeal on 09-11-2006

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Reviews by kkipple:
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4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at The Olney Place in Penn Yan, NY.

This pours an orange-ish copper, with a half inch head, and just a small amount of lacing.

Smells like caramel, bready malt, and a bit of slightly fruity lager yeast.

Tastes like a pretty typical and well constructed Octoberfest, some caramel, good amount of toasty malt, some dried fruit, and a little bit of hop character.

This is medium bodied, with a warm and toasty mouthfeel.

A nice domestic rendition of an Oktoberfest. Won't knock down the originals, but still quite good anyway.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of brownbeer
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of blackearth
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of bdkucharski
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of DWolf
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of chip26
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of MrUse
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Torey
2.7/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of ryancl
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of bsp77
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.19/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of deebo
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

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Photo of Tom0527
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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Bell's Octoberfest Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.