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

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Bell's Octoberfest BeerBell's Octoberfest Beer

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Ratings: 773
Reviews: 431
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 33
Gots: 21 | 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:
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(Beer added by: hoppymeal on 09-11-2006)
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Photo of oline73
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a finger of fluffy off white head. A layer remains with decent lacing.

Smell: A very mild smell. Some malt and perhaps a mild floral or fruity note.

Taste: Malty like you would expect for the style. There is a mild floral note. The finish is quite bitter. Not as clean as I would like for an Oktoberfest.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a good amount of smooth carbonation and a slight dryness in the finish.

Overall: I would have liked a much smoother hop bitterness in the finish. I wouldn't search this one out again.

oline73, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of clint1019
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Gold in color with a thin cream colored head.

S - Has some caramel and fruity notes to it.

T - Once again Caramelly and fruity and finishes with a slight hop bitterness.

M - Light bodied.

O - A pretty awesome oktoberfest. Has a really nice flavor.

clint1019, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Freshness date of 8/16/11, thanks Bells for including this with the batch date!

Pours amber with a finger of sand colored head. Great lacing & above average head retention

S: Bready & grainy, metallic hops

T: Follows the nose, hints of apple skin & herbal hop bitterness up front, plus a touch of white grape hiding behind caramel. Breadyness & a touch of grainyness asserts itself as this warms. Finishes slightly bready with some grainy & grassy notes, plus a moreish herbal hop twang with a a touch of granny smith apple as well

MF: Medium bodied with firm carbonation, great balance

So easy to drink, a super-solid take on the style

russpowell, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of Ezone024
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a rich transparent copper with nice bubbles and a 1 inch white head that disappears quick. It carries subtle notes of the german rusty malts, very traditional tasting. very warm body to it. candy sweet after taste

great full flavored traditional octoberfest.

Ezone024, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of dorianmarley
4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

dorianmarley, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of dbossman
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden copper hue with a thin quickly fading head and fairly minimal lacing

S: Caramel malts and slightly sweet smelling with grainy undertones; some subtle herbal and citrus hops; fairly subtle and subdued aromas but pleasant

T: Crisp and malty: grainy, caramel, touch of citrus and brown sugar; subtle and quite pleasant

F: Medium body and crisp with a bit of beer that clings to the mouth

O: A nice, simple, subtly sweet Oktoberfest

dbossman, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper body with off-white head.

Smell is bready, light earthy hops, and brown sugar.

The taste is simple, but pleasant. Bready malts are front and center. There's a light caramel sweetness and earthy tones. Slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall, a good, but not great example of the style. It was enjoyable but I'd rather try another offering of this style than give this one another try.

Vonerichs, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of Fish113d
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange peel amber color with a minimal white head that quickly "fizzes out" to a slight surface layer in the glass. Nothing fancy.

Aroma is fairly sweet made up of caramel and some orange slices. The malts are definitely apparent.

Sipping reveals a similar sweetness. Citrus fruits jump out at me at first followed by a sweeter caramel and some slight florals. Definitely hits the style well. Crisp finish with a fizzy feel. Again, nothing "fancy" but just solid for the style.

Great feel and a very easy drinker if you like a sweeter brew. I can have 4 or so until I have to switch it up. Great session brew.

Fish113d, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of ChopperSmith
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

ChopperSmith, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of samie85
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours an orange/copper color with about a finger of white head.

S-Spicy and herbal hop notes with light and toasty as well as some dark caramel malt notes.

T-Bitter herbal hops upfront with some light caramel and finishes spicy and herbal.

M-Light side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a slick, yet light feel with drying finish.

D-This is one of my favorite stateside Marzens. I wish I could get more than a few months out of the year.

samie85, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Light orange color. ABout an inch of head in a pint glass with slight lacing.

Smell – Not much going on here slight smell of malt.

Taste – Sweet caramel malts and bread.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied,smooth, easy drinker.

Overall – Good beer that finishes a little dry.

ejimhof, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a nice orange color. About a finger of slight head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Very little aroma to be honest, and that which I can smell is not the most pleasant. Floral hops, caramel malts, slight metallic overtones.

Taste – Nice hop profile, though more caramel malts. Lots of biscuit, spices, and floral notes as well.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall – An okay Octoberfest, but to be honest I’d much rather have a SA Octoberfest over this one.

SpdKilz, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of GavDomDadGH
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
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

GavDomDadGH, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of Jishguy
2.65/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured a clear, deep, ruby red colored body. Very thin and minimal one finger head, which dissipates quickly. Literally no lacing on the glass.

T-Bread and caramel malts barely poke through behind the very unpleasant skunkiness that dominates the aroma. The overall aroma almost reminds me of a wet dog. There is also a tiny bit of earthy hops.

T- Much of an improvement from the aroma. Sweet caramel and bread/cracker-like malts. There is a tiny hint of earthy hop bitterness in the backbone. The finish is dry, and slightly tart.

M- Average. A bit thin, but not too much. Carbonation is pretty spot on. Just could have a bit more in the body.

Jishguy, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounces served in a shaker pint on draft at a local bar. Beer is amber / reddish and clear with a soft big white head of small bubbles, nice lacing, steady but low carbonation, nice retention, looks fine.

Almost no aroma, mild malts, some yeast. Disappointing.

This beer is drinkable, not much in the way for flavors but it is mildy malty with a nice not dry finish. It is easy going the entire time, nothing wrong with it but they forgot the flavor.

drabmuh, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of RoamingGnome
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Enjoying this during the countdown to kickoff.

A) A clean looking amber with a 1/2 inch of white head with a slight orange hue. Minimal retention and minimal lacing.

S) Malty presence with a touch of hops. A bit bready with a hint of flower petal.

T) Lightly roasted malt with a pleasing blend of hops. There is some sweetness and a mild fruit undertone.

M) Lighter side of medium with adequate carbonation. Smooth to the finish.

O) This is a nice fall drinker. Picked this up as a single in a mix pack, but I'd be plenty happy to have five more in the fridge.

RoamingGnome, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of DannyDan
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out an amber orange with a one finger whitehead that quickly fades leaving a little retention, sparse lacing and good carbonation. The smell consists of caramel, some bread and sweet malts. The taste starts out with some caramel, apple, some sugary sweet malts and than some hops sneak in to balance the taste and finishes off with some hops and caramel in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth, but dry and overall I thought this was a good beer that I'll try again.

DannyDan, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of zeledonia
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch 10552, bottled 16 August 2011.

Pours a clear deep orange amber with one finger of orange-tinted whitish head. Head fades fast, but leaves a nice cap and some good lacing. A bit of carbonation visible in the glass.

Smell is lots of biscuity toasted malts. A little noble-ish vegetable hop aroma sneaks through all that cookie. Decent, but not a ton of depth.

Taste is lighter on the toast than the smell, with more sweetness. It's still mostly bready. Finish passes quickly, but there's nothing notable about it. It's not really dry, it just sort of disappears.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, kinda thin for the style, with tons of very fine carbonation (like pop rocks). It feels a little like a carbonated soda - rather watery but brought up by the carbonation. Finish continues to tingle on the tongue as it fades away.

Not my favorite Bell's beer. Thin and rather soft on flavor. Decent, but not great.

zeledonia, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very light amber color with great 2 finger, foamy head that dissipates very slowly. Good looking Octoberfest here.

S - Lots of malt here, bread, some caramel sweetness, a tinge of grassy hops.

T - Good full flavor. Wow. A nice bit of sweet caramel up front that fades into a full mouth of breadyness, wrapping up with some hop bitterness. Actually very impressed by this marzen.

M - Full bodied, yet crisp. Leaves the mouth ever so dry.

Overall - I thought this was one of the better Octoberfest beers I've had. I've never found marzens to be particularly complex, but this one actually displays some nice complexity. Well done by Bell's.

BeerBuckeye, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of pzrhsau
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer did not have a very good head, it poured a weak white color and never really stuck to the glass. The body has a nice pale autumn orange color.
S: The beer has a nice sweet dark malt flavor that reminds me of a fall night.
T: The flavor is rich bread and dark chocolate/roasted malt. The flavor is very basic for the style but there isn't much depth to the flavor as a whole.
M/O: Crisp and rich flavor, the beer has a great carbonation. Overall a decent interpretation of the style.

pzrhsau, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of adamette
2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. brown bottle that I bought as a single last week from Save-On in Mentor, Ohio for $1.68 into my “The Second City” Weizen glass. “10552 PKG 8/16/11” stamped on the bottom of the back label. This is my 29th review from Bell’s Brewery, a midwest classic craft brewery.

A Creamy very light brown head over a translucent caramel colored body with only minimal carbonation rising up from the bottom. Rather basic look really. 3.0

S Distant smell. It took some “swishing” but I was able to pick up the barley malt. I am dissapointed that the smell is not more obvious as I look for it from this style. 2.0

T Barley malt taste is moderate and there is a slight hops taste that I do not really care for. Not there is a strong barley malt taste and the slightly bitter hops drives down the drinkability for me. 2.5

M A bit too harsh when it comes to this style. I look for (and often find) and exceedingly drinkable, smooth beer. I have found that in Great Lakes Oktoberfest and Victory Festbier to name two. 2.5

D/O Drinkability is only fair due to the relative harshness (when compared to other beers in the style) and overall I am left wanting more. 3.0

adamette, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of VncentLIFE
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark straw color into a Pilsner Flute. Minimal head with no lacing. Rather average if you ask me.

Smells sweet, like a good Oktoberfest should smell. Very one-sided with the malt.

Taste is rather reminiscent of Great Lakes Oktoberfest, but more sweet. The malt is rather dominant, to a fault. I hoed for a little balance and smoothness, but what I got was all smoothness and no balance. Still good for an Oktoberfest, but there are many better.

Leaves the sweet flavor with a slightly astringent bite on the tongue.

VncentLIFE, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of wingman14
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich copper with a frothy off white head. The smell is mostly malt with spice undertones. The smell isn't very potent, but very inviting. The taste is nice, not as sweet as other oktoberfests, but very enjoyable. The malt is the focus and plays out very nice. The mouthfeel is medium, nice carbonation, good balance and depth to the flavor. Overall an enjoyable oktoberfest, only a few minor differences to set itself apart from the rest, but still enjoyable nonetheless.

wingman14, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of Kromes
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Slightly hazy light copper color with a thin line of bubbles on top.

S: A sweet malt aroma with some metallic tones.

T: A sweet malt flavor with a little bit of bitterness and a mineral off flavor.

M: Light body with higher than normal carbonation.

O: An average octoberfest with an unfortunate mineral flavor that lingers.

Kromes, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of Star80
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love grabbing the first seasonals I see on the shelf because I know they are fresh. This one pours out a bright copper color with cream colored head. The smell is rich and malty, with bready aromas like pumpernickel, with some faint herbal hops. The taste is rich and slightly sweet, but with a nice herbal hops balance. I detect some faint toffee flavors from the roasted malts. I am not a huge fan of the style since I favor hoppier beers but this one is quite nice. I am afraid that a lot of the German imports could be pasteurized, sure they meet Reinheitsgebot but what about *after* they are brewed? To that point I may never know what a real Oktobefest beer tastes like, but I think Larry Bell has put together a very nice, drinkable one. Prosit!

Star80, Sep 04, 2011
Bell's Octoberfest Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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