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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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BA SCORE
81
good

675 Ratings
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Ratings: 675
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 30
Gots: 9 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hoppymeal on 09-11-2006)
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a deep orange color and a clear consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. OK lacing.

S: A decent aroma of roasted malt and some caramel.

T: Tasted like it smelled: Roasted malt, a bit of caramel, and some mild spices. Not a complex taste, but flavorful enough.

M: A solid amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Oktoberfest isn't a complex style to begin with, but Bell's has made a mostly drinkable version of it.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 13:22:17 | More by avalon07
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, batch 9k something.

Tried this side by side with the Great Lakes Oktoberfest and this was a big letdown. While the GL was a fairly faithful, if boring, representation of the style, I'm not sure what the aim was with this. Appearance was a golden copper color with a quickly fading foamy off white head and little lacing. Aroma had the typical toasted malt notes, but very little caramel or hops, or basically any depth at all. Flavor was also lacking malt depth and was oddly tangy and sweet and overly carbonated for the style. Bread and toasted malts dominate with some occasional strong grain presence as well, and the finish has some earthy hops and grains. Mouthfeel is medium thick with strong, fine carbonation. Not a bad beer, but missing a lot for the style, and particularly woeful when compared to the Great Lakes version.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 02:46:26 | More by yourefragile
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Spiekerbox

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice pumpkin orange color, small white head that I had to force while pouring.

S- Malty with citrus hops, more powerful than I expected but a very nice scent on this.

T- Lots of malts, some slightly toasted malt flavors. Some hop flavor at the finish but I didn't find the flavor to live up to the smell which made me expect more flavor, still good though.

M- Big to Medium body with lower carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel that sticks in the back of the mouth.

D- Not my favorite style of beer but another good offering from Bell's, nowhere near my favorite of theirs but still a good beer, would possibly order one if they were serving it at the cafe.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 01:50:37 | More by Spiekerbox
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kshankar

District of Columbia

3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden pour, medium foam, okay retention on the pour.

Caramel-y, sweet malts, but otherwise fairly straightforward. Not much complexity here.

Taste is toasted and caramel-y, some maltiness comes through with a noticeably higher hop profile for the style which actually works well.

Mouthfeel is medium and dry. Drinkability is fine..its a good oktoberfest, but not one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 00:10:58 | More by kshankar
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Vdubb86

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

Pours a nice light clear orange color with a finger of white foam that eventually laces on top. The aroma is of malts and not much more. I think I was able to pick out the scent of a bit of citrus from the hops as well as honey. The taste is quite malty as an Oktoberfest should be. There is a definite undercurrent of noble hops which give it quite a traditional German Oktoberfest flavor. I might be biased but I tend to go for the sweeter American style (personal preference, say what you will). The slight taste of citrus from the hops eventually builds upon the tongue to almost be acidic to the point where it might be mistaken for bitterness in the beer. This creates a rather earthy Oktoberfest. As it should be this beer is extraordinarily smooth and appropriately lightly carbonated. Overall a definite recommendation of a German style Oktoberfest. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 22:21:57 | More by Vdubb86
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Spica66

Indiana

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thank you to Matt for bringing this to our family reunion in Manistee, MI!

A: Dark pumpkin color, very slight head, good carbonation.

S: It is hard to get much smell out of this until it warms up a bit. Once it does, there is a nice, doughy sweet smell to it.

T: The taste is much more pronounced than the smell would lead you to believe. Toasty and rich malt flavors. A good amount of grassy hops on the finish.

M: Medium body and creamy with the correct amount of carbonation to bring out those hops. Finish is slightly dry.

D: Good example of the style. If this is your thing, you will enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 14:01:48 | More by Spica66
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EwaldEichstaett

Jordan

4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite Oktoberfest beer so far this year.

A: a light orange color, average head with light lacing...

S: not much nose on this one, but... the smell it does have is nice. It smells fresh, toasty and malty.

T: Very well balanced Oktoberfest flavor, toasted/caramel malts and earthy floral flavors up front with a decent amount of hops on the back end. It is a bit hoppier than the other beers this season...

M/D: Medium body, very delightful feel. It does dry your mouth out a bit though... I think the drinkability is great. Like I said above, its my favorite so far this year.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 02:44:59 | More by EwaldEichstaett
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a lighter amber color with an off-white head that sticks around nicely. The aroma is exceptionally clean with hay and biscuit notes upfront, along with caramel and toffee, and some floral hops. The flavor starts off with toasted bread, caramel, toffee, musty hay, floral and tea-like hops, and a bit of alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth and drinkability is excellent. This is one of my favorite marzens, and arguably the best American interpretation (along with Victory's).

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 04:17:44 | More by silver0rlead
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Mosstrooper

California

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 400mL Radeburger seidel

Appearance: Pours golden-orange in color with a large white head that dissipates somewhat quickly and leaves behind some lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel and sugary aromas with a note of grassiness.

Taste: Begins with a sweet and slightly tart apple flavor, finishing with caramel malts and a slight spiciness, with more apple flavor as well.

Mouthfeel: Light body with balanced carbonation and a refreshing finish.

DrinkabilityL An easy drinker and definitely right for the Fall, but this isn't necessarily the best of its style.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 03:56:51 | More by Mosstrooper
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Nice to get back to a review after a bit of an extended absence.

A: Love the color here, clear golden orange, almost glowing, and topped with a short, bone white head.

S: Soft and sweet maltiness. Caramel and doughy but difficult to get anything beyond this for me.

T/MF: Slightly nutty and sweet, that dough from the aroma mixed with the crust of a fresh baked loaf of bread. Hops are muted with hints of a light earthiness maybe even a bit of latent citrus. Feel is what makes this beer for me, light with a sturdy carbonation that carries this beer from sip to swallow.

D: Well I can't fight it the weather is changing and the Octoberfest and pumpkin beers are on their way, this beer is a good introduction to a season of new beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 22:58:38 | More by bluemoonswoon
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CurtisLoew

Wisconsin

2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at discount, poured into my staghorn stein. I love the label, as I love everything associate with fall.

A - Pours a very light orange color with perfect clarity. I can see right through it, which for me knocks it down a notch. I like my oktoberfest beers darker.

S - A terrible smells comes from this beer. I can't describe what it is... like rotting grains or something. The smells is the major turnoff for the beer for me.

T - The taste is much better than the smell. I actually drank one straight out of the bottle later on, and it was much better than out of a stein because I couldn't smell it as much. This beer is very caramel tasting... almost like someone poured a shot of caramel into my oktoberfest. Quite sweet and grainy tasting.

M - Light mouthful, not too thin, but not quite thick enough for my taste.

D - Very drinkable out of the bottle, but out of a glass the smell is so off putting it is harder to drink.

Overall, i was dissapointed by this beer, as I am usually blown away by bells. I'll be sticking to staghorn the rest of autumn.

Edit: After finishing the 6-pack, three of the beers had that awful smell, while three were actually mellow and crisp smelling. So I'm not sure what is going on with that...

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 18:37:17 | More by CurtisLoew
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LaeliaPumila

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear brassy gold with a moderate head which disappears fairly quickly

Smell: immediate fruit (apples/pears) and some moderate toasty flavors, very little sweetness in the aroma

Taste: brassy is the word that keeps coming to mind - there's a lot of taste here, but it has a metallic tinge that just does not ring my "Octoberfest" bell. (sorry, bad pun). The hops seem to be just right, I think it's the lack of malt that is off-putting for me.

Mouthfeel: very nice, smooth and well carbonated

Drinkability: good, I put over half of one away and that's a lot for me to do at one time.

I am a huge Bell's fan and love most of their beers, but I think this needed a little more darkness and malt to nail the style. The Dogtoberfest I had a few days ago was much more satisfying. This is good and drinkable, though - just throw the bottle away after you pour and forget it's supposed to be an Octoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 18:16:36 | More by LaeliaPumila
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jsh420

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

batch 9833

pours clear dark gold with a 1+ finger head that left no lacing

smells of lightly toasted grains and apples

taste is much like the nose lightly toasted grains apples and earthy grassy hops

mouthfeel - medium body with good carbonation that gives you the bite upfront and leaves you with a very smooth finish

drinkability is good and was just what the doctor ordered after drinking 2 german oktoberfest failures

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 03:37:40 | More by jsh420
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LairdChisholm

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an orange gold color. A frothy one finger head has decent retention but fizzles out after a little while. No lacing here. Not very much carbonation bubbles.

S - Smells like wet hay soaked in alcohol. Not sure what's going on here.

T - Very disappointed. It doesn't taste bad but I love oktoberfest beers and this is the worst one I've had. No malt tastes, no toffee, no caramel. Really some slight malty tastes upfront and a slight bready aftertaste.

M - Very nice balance here. Good amount of carbonation and a light to medium mouthfeel.

D - The only thing that would make this easier to drink is better taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 01:08:32 | More by LairdChisholm
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Erish

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The search for the perfect Octoberfest continues... I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a vintage 1988 Spuds Mackenzie Pilsner glass... Spuds approved.

A: clear, red-tinged golden color, tiny cream-colored head with blotchy cap and decent lacing.

S: not much here, annoying or good. Just the faintest sweet malt aroma and some earthy yeast funk.

T: There is an earth-tinged malty sweetness up front, the middle is the biggest part of this beer, with a metallic bite, followed by a sweet, fruity core that features a bit of earthy yeasty funk, and the finish is dry, starting with a definitive bread-like taste, walnuts, and finally some faint but distinct crisp, pine-herbal hops. Overall just a bit off-kilter, and not truly harmonious. A disappointment for me, as one of my favorite beers comes from Bell's, though admittedly my expectations were high. :-(

M: middle-weight, creamy, well-carbonated, and just what I would expect from the style, but nothing more.

D: So far Great Lakes leads the Octoberfest pack. Sorry, Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 00:26:26 | More by Erish
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nicksta

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is quite striking. A very translucent gold starts at the bottom and works up into a deep golden rose with ruby interior petals. The smell is bittersweet marzen malts and very light other than that. The taste has that very good, very smooth toasted amber malt quality frequent of good oktoberfests for the first half, and then a very good hop balance comes into play to finish it off. The beer does have a decent body to it and though the hops and 5.5% are great, but nothing to trifle with, the drinkability is above average.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 01:59:14 | More by nicksta
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rootbeerman

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

batch 9832 poured into my duvel tulip

A: pours light amber to orange, with a quickly thinning finger of off white head. The head could stick around a little better.
S: has a strange pumpkin flesh aroma, can't distinguish much else other than sweet malt. pumpkin is just a bit of a turn-off
T: thankfully the pumpkin does not exactly come through in flavor, bready malt does show as well as a light caramel. yet there is a dry grass hop on the lingering aftertaste.
M: seems a tad watery, but not in a bad way, in a easy to drink way.
D: the only reason i keep sipping on this is because of the flavor than the smell. if i want pumpkin ill get pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 06:47:41 | More by rootbeerman
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divineaudio

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle into a pint glass. batch 9832.

pours a transparent amber and gives me a thin cap of head that dissipate quick. no lacing.

smell is toasty, bready malt with a mild funk that i always get from lagers.

taste is sweet with toasted and carmel malts. not quite as rich as i was expecting. hop character comes through with herbal and spice notes before a sweet finish.

body is the lighter side of medium with just enough co2 to give a prickly feel on the tongue.

an easy drinker for sure. not very impressive bit still a good, solid beer. i can imagine this with warm doughnuts from the cider mill.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 02:49:37 | More by divineaudio
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bierenutz

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a clear golden amber color with a finger thick head leaving no lacing on the glass.
S-Malty with hints of brown sugar otherwise not much.
T-Bready malts and sweet caramel and bitter afternotes.
M-Thinnish with mild to moderate carbonation.
D-This is only an average beer for this style. Somewhat of a dissapointment for this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 00:51:13 | More by bierenutz
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cetherid

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass

A.

A nice copper color with a modest head.

S.

a combo of malts and hops. nothing really stands out to me..

T.

a little more bitter than other octoberfest beers i've had. slight malt taste but the hops overpower IMO

M.
very clean and very thin. a little too watery.

D.

A good beer to have with a meal. I would have never guessed this to be an octoberfest beer however.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 04:41:57 | More by cetherid
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jampics2

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Copper with some gold and amber touches. No head retention but a touch of decent lace. Not half bad, we'll call it 'good'.

Smell is decent. Grainy, sweet Munich/Caramunich malt and a touch of toast. Not the best Oktoberfest, even for an American, but it's pleasant, rich, and well crafted. There's just a touch of perceived boiled vegetable weirdness that keeps it from scoring higher.

Bell's Oktoberfest tastes quite nice. There's a touch of grittiness, some wonderful caramel sweetness, and layers of toasted malt. I like this and, fortunately, the off scents I encountered never make an appearance in the taste. I like the way the earthy hops contribute. But there's nothing about this that makes me even think it can hang with the big boys.

Mouthfeel is nice - good medium body and really active but not prickly carb. Finish is sweet and dry. Nice for the style. Overall, this isn't bad, but I'm pretty sure I could homebrew this quality of beer with a little more practice. I guess I just expect a bit more from Bells, and this is just remarkable. Remarkably average, that it.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 02:56:02 | More by jampics2
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thebeerdoctor

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had not had this for a couple of years, and returning to it this time, I think the Bells Oktoberfest uses Lowenbrau, rather Spaten as a base model. A dead giveaway is the color, golden rather than a darker amber. A festive slammer that is not suppose to be pondered, but simply enjoyed. For malty depths there are certainly other choices, Samuel Adams, Dundee and Saranac immediately come to mind.
Although I am now follower of the Bells Beer consumer cult, I must admit this is a good beer. Perhaps not great, but certainly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 16:16:04 | More by thebeerdoctor
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aasher

Indiana

1.93/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This one was poured into a Guinness pint glass. It poured light and kind of watery with the lightest of heads. It was a light, light orange that was very translucent. The smell was strange. It had both yeasty and lunchmeat aromas, yes, lunchmeat. I have no idea why it smelled like that, considering it's very, very fresh. The taste was bland and also had a slint tint of lunchmeat to it. What's happening? At least it was fresh and crisp but it was a little light. I don't know where Bell's went wrong on this one. I didn't think it was awful last year but this bottle was horrible. Not drinkable whatsoever.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 03:25:55 | More by aasher
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass · Fridge · 2009

Appearance: Pours a transparent, golden orange with yellow highlights. Plenty of active carbonation yields a 2.5" ivory head with a cakey appearance. Decent retention, some lace tentacles.

Smell: Very slight aroma of biscuits, caramel malts, and some brown sugar. Not very strong.

Taste: Crisp malt is grassy and biscuit fresh. Caramel malt and grassy green German hops. Cereal.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and clean with a light/medium body. Some sugar and a little bit of booze is noticeable.

Drinkability: A clean beer, but not as flavorful as it could be. A solid concoction. Worth drinking in October.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 15:51:09 | More by Risser09
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle on 12/12/09
batch 9235

A - Pours a clear copper orange with very little foam

S - earthy malt base, a bit of spice, nutmeg & clove

T - malty base, brown sugar and spices with a bit of a hop bite in the finish

M - good carbonation, smooth mouthfeel, a bit syrupy

D - average octoberfest, a bit too syrupy for me

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 17:45:29 | More by mikereaser
Bell's Octoberfest Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 675 ratings.