Bell's Octoberfest Beer - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.63/5 rDev +29.3%
This is one of my favorite Oktoberfest brews. It has all of the characteristics you've come to expect from a good fall lager: not too heavy, not too light, some bread like malty sweetness, balanced hop character and mild carbonation; everything that reminds you fall is here and the leaves are changing. Served in the proper glassware this makes for a wonderful fall evening.
09-30-2010 06:51:37 | More by DocSkalski
4.53/5 rDev +26.5%
Frothy, beige head that begins at 2 1/2 fingers and subsides rather quickly. Classic medium orange color and crystal clear. I would have preferred better head retention, but everything else is spot on.
Doughy bread, light toast, hint of chrysanthemum flowers and a clean lager yeast aroma.
Rich malt character of 15-30 Lovibond malt. Must be lots of Munich. After that initial taste there is a buttery melting sensation followed by a strong bitterness.
Light and bubbly, not over-carbonated or harsh. Smooth, but not watery.
I thought that this one was a good example of the style. My qualms are minimal: better head retention, maybe a tad less bitterness and some more hop in the aroma. The hoppy aroma is my American opinion so don't yell at me.
09-09-2010 20:42:51 | More by tapman
4.5/5 rDev +25.7%
A: Slightly hazy golden brown pour with about a finger of white head.
S: Predominantly malty with some underlying hops.
T: Bread, crackers, malts, grain, mixed in with a bit more hoppiness than I was expecting and bam you have a great tasting beer. The taste is subtle, but refreshing.
MF: Finishes clean and dry, making you come back for more...and more and more...
O: Extremely drinkable, tasty, great representation of the style.
09-21-2011 02:07:39 | More by russwbeck
4.5/5 rDev +25.7%
Wow, this beer gets no respect, no respect! I'd say this is the Rodney Dangerfield of Oktoberfests.
Pours with a beautiful, rusty-golden hue, small white head. Excellent clarity. Smell is very bready, toasty malt. Extremely clean. Not caramel-forward like in some other examples of the style. Taste is like liquid graham cracker. Big bready flavors. Really fantastic. Dry finish, but with enough malt backbone to provide plenty of balance. Everything I've ever read about what a traditional Oktoberfest should taste like is embodied in this beer (it also fits the BJCP guidelines exactly).
Seriously, a B- average? This is hands-down the best Oktoberfest I've had. Rather than coat my mouth with candy-like caramel flavors, Bell's has gone a more traditional route and focused on the toasty flavors.
09-20-2009 22:44:52 | More by evantwomey
4.47/5 rDev +24.9%
A - a nice reddish orange. Small head that. Leaving a nice lacing on the glass.
S - rich in nutmeg, some malts and a hint of pumpkin
T - rich and creamy. Maybe a bad batch for those who thought it was thin. Great fall flavors as seen with most Oktoberfest beers.
M - again creamy, exactly what I expect from a good Bells beer
O - would recommend this to anybody wanting an overall good Oktoberfest
09-11-2011 05:34:34 | More by GavDomDadGH
4.43/5 rDev +23.7%
The appearance is a cloudy, golden brown with an orange tint. Head fades quickly.
The smell is a fresh floral, with a hearty grain.
It has a strong grain flavor, with caramelized sugar and banana. The aftertaste is mildly acidic with hops and a slight metal.
The mouthfeel has a vibrant carbonation, but is very smooth. It is also very clean and refreshing.
Overall, it is a multidimensional, very flavorful, well-balanced beer.
09-16-2011 01:44:35 | More by dorianmarley
4.43/5 rDev +23.7%
Pours a highly transparent autumn auburn color with little head retention. The nose is crisp and malty. Quite the common and expected for this style. The taste is great, maybe even excellent. Malty, bold, and rich, yet has an outstanding crispness and refreshment factor. Doesnt have the overpowering sweetness of some octoberfests. Nicely done.
The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and the adequate carbonation gives it an excellent crisp feel. An awesome drinker here. I dont know if it would ever get old before spring came around.
10-04-2007 05:45:39 | More by jasonpeckins32
4.38/5 rDev +22.3%
A= pours a total clean golden color with a nice huge two finger head that's creamy and a little rocky. It falls fast and didn't leave that much lacing on it but a decent amount.
S= sweet caramel grains comes through mostly. Really not much else. A little dough.
T= I really love the taste of this one. Sweet grains are balanced perfectly by the doughy bready flavor. It reminds me of eating some of that sweet hawaii bread. There's a slight hop bitterness in the middle but not much. Really tastes like sweet bread.
M= smooth and average for a fest beer. Really nothing impressive but there is a nice lingering taste toward the back of my tongue and into my troat I like.
D= awesome. Super delicious beer. I don't know why it isn't higher rated. Impressed me.
09-02-2009 03:17:38 | More by jjanega08
4.35/5 rDev +21.5%
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.
09-28-2011 06:43:01 | More by MattyG85
4.35/5 rDev +21.5%
Appearance: Pours to a clear, golden color with a medium amount of foam. Foam hangs around nicely, leaving a nice wide lacing on the glass. Very nice appearance.
Smell: Nicely balanced aroma of hops, citrus, and malts.
Taste: Smooth, hoppy opening that is neutral to slightly bitter. Follows with a nice balance of malt, hops, and a touch of spice around the edges. Very tasty and a good gateway to fall -- my favorite season.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Light carbonation enters the feel a bit.
Drinkability: Very good. I like this beer and want another one... now! Very refreshing and good with food.
A nicely balanced brew that I really enjoyed.
09-06-2009 22:58:21 | More by PerroGrande
Bell's Octoberfest Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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