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

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BA SCORE
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good

779 Ratings
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Ratings: 779
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 33
Gots: 29 | 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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4.63/5  rDev +29%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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4.62/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Only available on tap but worth seeking out in September, October and (if you're lucky) November.

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4.52/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.48/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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4.48/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

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Bell's Octoberfest Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 779 ratings.