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

Bell's Octoberfest BeerBell's Octoberfest Beer

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Ratings: 665
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%

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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Photo of arguemaniac


3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The tasty but subdued caramel palate features a nice toffee hint, toasted malt character and a slightly sweet bready note in the finish.

Quite good: smooth, toasty and very drinkable. Too bad I was too cheap to spring for the six-pack, I could have gone through it with no problem.


Serving type: bottle

09-07-2007 02:18:33 | More by arguemaniac
Photo of Wildman


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

This beer poured a clear copper color and formed a foamy white head that left little lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, hops, and caramel. The flavor was of malt, caramel with a hint of pepper. It has a slightly creamy medium light body and a hint of sweetness in a finish. Not bad for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2007 01:17:26 | More by Wildman
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

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

Got this one cause I haven't had a Bell's beer yet that didn't impress. Pours a deep orange color with a finger of white head that dissolves to little puddles of white foam on top. Looks solid, although it's nothing to write home about. Nose is mostly light caramel malt and some fruity, drying hops as well. A little grainy. Taste is interesting, although maybe because I haven't had too many Octoberfests. Some dry, roasted malt, and some breadiness. Also a bit of spiciness, and maybe a touch of molasses or brown sugar. There's a light hint of hops at the tail end of this one, but it's definitely dominated by malt. Feel is medium bodied with solid carbonation. This one's okay; I'll need to try more of the style to see if it's better or worse than whatever else is out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 22:14:11 | More by soupyman10
Photo of Atlas1


3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

T'is the season for more and more Oktoberfest beers. I didn't even know Bell's did one (is this the first season for this style at Bell's?) but couldn't wait to give her a go.

Pours a bright copper color with a nice thick white head of foam. No lace to speak of. The aroma is bready and rather dull. I would have expected maybe some sweeter malty, fruity scents here, but they are faint and not very descriptive. The taste is thick and bready too. A bit muted up front, with lots of yeasty, bready goodness following suit. Finishes slightly spicy/peppery and malty sweet. Mouthfeel is firm, and almost creamy at times.

Not my favorite example of the style out there, but this is not a bad beer by any means. A bit too bready at times, but on the whole an entirely drinkable beer. I love Bell's, and they do some excellent beers, so it's nice to see them trying out new seasonal stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 20:04:55 | More by Atlas1
Photo of quasimoto


3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Its a nice light amber copper color with a two finger head that dissipated quickly. Crystal clear. The beer's aroma is exceedingly bready and slightly yeasty. The slight fruit aromas I get are of the German hops, but the aroma of them isn't strong. The taste starts off with the bready yeast flavor but turns into sweet malts, toasty and slightly solvently. The mouth feel is light and crisp up front. It smooths out as it moves along, and has a slight residual bitterness right all the way through to the finish. All in all, an Oktoberfest, a nice plate of light cheddar maybe, or some bavarian pretzels would be a nice compliment.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 21:20:49 | More by quasimoto
Photo of weeare138


3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a transparent copper with a small, off-white head that quickly fades into a film and collar. Small spots of lacing are left around the glass. Steady streams of CO2 rise to the top.
Smell is of sourdough, toffee, raisins, light dough, fresh grains, gentle fruity sweetness.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas but it seems to drop off slightly from the enticing scents.
Mouthfeel is sweet up front, medium bodied, doughy, and semi-dry.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2007 20:31:57 | More by weeare138
Photo of putnam


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

Amber/caramel clear with sheet of white on top. Easy, steamy pale malt aromas scented with moist vegetation and cereal. Workable, watery texture punctuated with fizz and oily bitterness that provide definition for apple, straw and green plum tartness. Overall, a drinker. I want just a little more texture and viscosity.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 16:26:18 | More by putnam
Photo of franksnbeans


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

Pours a clear as day copper with a fluffy head that dies quick. Smells of bread and grain. Tastes as it smells, bread, grain, some very mild sweetness and tiny bite at the finish. Feels medium to light in the mouth with good carbonation. Goes down very easy. A tasty Octoberfest brew but nothing that stands out.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 23:10:36 | More by franksnbeans
Photo of genog


3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a bubbly white head that lingers and slowly fades away. Smell is grains, rice, and a maltiness. Taste is Sweet and smooth with some spices. Limited carbonation on this one makes for a crisp smooth drink. Nice offering, and look forward to drinking the rest.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 02:01:03 | More by genog
Photo of bigdeuce


3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Oktoberfest was a pretty good representation of the style. Didn't have that high, craggy head that the great German Ofests do, but had some nice malts, could've used a few more, very smooth with a slight hoppy kickback. Highly drinkable on a fall night. Some slight caramel flavoring and a nice orangish/brown color. An overall decent interpretation of an Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 00:52:54 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of BMoney575


3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 8-25-07
Batch 8038

Pours a dark amber/orange with a fizzy white head that bubbles away.

Smell is clean and sweet, with a subtle fruitiness.

Taste is sweet at first, with a crisp spicy flavor coming in next. The nicely balanced malt definately conveys a sense of fall.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated and fizzy, adds to the spicier flavors.

Drinkability is very good, no flavor is too intense or harsh.

Overall, one of the better octoberfest beers I've had. Very sessionable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 21:19:35 | More by BMoney575
Photo of david131


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

A- Golden, clear, orange, a little luminescent. Very small head that settles to a splotchy covering. Lots of streams of rising carbonation.

S- Malty, brown sugar, apple juice. A little bit of spiciness. Not a whole lot there unless you really search for it.

T- Sweet, crisp and malty. Spicier flavor than in the nose. Some more brown sugar and apple juice.

M- Dry and maybe just a bit too much carbonation.

D- A great sessionable beer. This is fall in the bottle. Another worthwhile addition to Bell's line-up.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 03:09:16 | More by david131
Photo of Avagadro

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper in color and crystal clear. The color resembles an orange autumn leaf. Head is an off white with moderate retention. Looks good.

S: Malty sweet in the nose with a very light hop presence. The aroma isn't aggressive, but it is very pleasing.

T: A light malty sweetness dominates this delicate brew. The sweetness is well balanced with s slight spicy hop finish.

M: Light bodied, Clean mouthfeel, and a moderate amount of carbonation. Nothing seems off.

D: This is a great light autumn brew. Very delicate, but very pleasing. Nothing to be searched for, but it is a good buy if you're looking of something new.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-27-2007 01:53:23 | More by Avagadro
Photo of xav33


3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bells Octoberfest Beer
12 oz bottle
Moderate pour in a shaker.
No batch number, recent brewing, absorbed 08/07.

Poured a clear copper amber with a medium fizzy white somewhat diminishing head.

Smelt of moderate toffee, caramel malt, grain, dry leaves.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet toffee and or caramel malt with a light fruitiness and bitter grain followed by a strong bitter dry leaves yeast finish and more moderate to light sweet caramel and fruit on an average length finish.

Palate was light to medium bodied, creamy, lively carbonated and light to moderate astringency.

Overall, this was a very respectable octoberfest. It seemed a bit disappointing at first but it opened up towards the end. It definitely strays a bit from the authentic German style though.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 22:06:30 | More by xav33
Photo of stereosforgeeks


3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear amber body. Off-white head. Carbonation can be seen throughout. A little retention and very mild lacing.

Smell: Caramel apples, some oat/grain, toffee, and nuts.

Taste: Roasted nuts come through first then with the caramel red apples. The toffee, oats and grain linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Nice carbonation.

Drinkability: You can pound these back all night.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2007 20:58:33 | More by stereosforgeeks
Photo of CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

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

Originally reviewed on December 9, 2006. On tap at the Downtowner Lounge - Houghton, MI. This keg has probably been on for a good while, as this isn’t the type of bar where people would drink this beer. I was quite glad to still find this on tap, it seems to be a rather rare Bell’s draft, despite having been released throughout the state. Lemon fringed with an orange core, creamy froth of off-white. Light wispy aroma of creamy malts and light oatiness. A touch of graininess. Sweet sugary, lightly estered malt, with some barnyard oat qualities and a touch of hay. Not as much of the heavy Munich malt character as I expected from the style. Backend presents a slightly sourish, lemon tang and a nip of aged yeast. I can tell this keg has been on for a while, but it doesn’t seem to detract. The smack is one of the more profound of any beer I’ve had for a good while. A long lingering, clean mint and lemon bite, that hangs out along with a jumble of barnyard, sweet malt esters and clear mid-roasted unfermented crystal character. An interesting rendition, in my opinion. I’m sure why everyone else has this beer so down. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Nicely refreshing and light.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2006 15:05:41 | More by CharlesDarwin
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly 4 years ago, I gave this one a poor review, and I've returned to redeem it. Maybe it's improved, or maybe I was in a bad situation. Either way, here's it's second chance.

Milky froth atop a clear, copper-y/ amber hue. Fits the part.

Aroma: cereal grains, vegetal, herbal nose. Subdued maltiness.

Taste: clean, but plump with malty flavor. Excellent balance, not too forward in any way, minor hops, just enough to give a bit o' bitterness. Grainy malt just below, but, again, not too sweet, not too sickly, just right.

Medium bodied, medium finish, plenty of flavor, restrained in every degree. Keeps delivering this great balance of malt and hop. They keep skirting around each other, showing their virtues, and holding excesses in.

Must remember to stop comparing perfectly fine examples of a style against those versions that skirt outside the boundaries.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2006 10:41:53 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of kmpitz2


4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz pour. From notes. The beer was a mild golden color with a small head that fell to a small island over top of the brew. Clarity was fantastic and a mild carbonation was present cascading towards the surface. Good looking, but maybe a touch light in color. Aroma was grainy, fairly light with a mild bready sweetness in the background. Flavor was very bready with mild sweetness and toastyness. The grainyness was pretty full in there, and a mild bitterness hit on the finish. I thought it was tasty. Mouthfeel was a solid moderate with a light carbonation that gives the brew the feel of more thickness than it truly had. Overall, I liked the brew. It was a little more grainy than I would have liked and the nose was lighter than expected, but it was an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2006 20:10:40 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of dirtylou


4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Maduro, 3$ during happy hour

appearance: poured into pint glass...medium amber body, light beige head with some bubbly lacing, a tad cloudy

smell: toasted malt/grain dominate the aroma, sweet red apple, caramel, toffee, roasted nut

taste: pretty good octoberfest from bell's that ive been interested in trying for a while now...big roasted nut flavor, sweet gala apple, caramel and toffee, toasted grain, toasted malt...pretty standard but thats not a bad thing

mouthfeel: medium body, smooth

drinkability: easy drinking

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2006 00:19:44 | More by dirtylou
Photo of WVbeergeek


3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is slightly clouded copper with a large off white head leaves a collar of lace dwindles down and leaves behind specks of lacing. Aroma has fruity caramel sweet bready mix from the malt profile with a slight spicy character with bitey, grassy noble hop presence, seems a bit muted even after warming the brew for a little in my hands. Taste has a light noticeable alcohol note with creamy light fruty subtle caramel malt flow light bitterness with a quality overal mix of flavors finishes like a light herbal tea. My excitement exceeded the actual experience of trying this brew, I'm a pretty much overall Bell's fan but this one left me wanting a bit more flavor. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation somewhat creamy textured with mild prickly bubbles hitting the palate. Drinkability is pretty good overall but due to the somewhat lack of flavor I'd much rather go with a Penn or Great Lakes Octoberfest brew. Nice to see a cloudy fest and I will drink it again, but I was under wowed by it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2006 22:20:46 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2006 22:02:05 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of adammills


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

I had this beer today over dinner with the family. I have been drinking a lot of Oktoberfest of late and looked forward to this offering from Bells. I had a pint on tap, it was a pleasing amber with a thin head with slight lacing. The flavor of the beer was a bit mild and lacking for my taste. I have been drinking German Oktoberfests and am unsure if i am spoiled or what. It is a good enough beer but there are better choices out there.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2006 00:53:02 | More by adammills
Photo of mmcave


3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was the only thing on tap I had not had at the exchequer pub in down town, so I tried it. I have to admit I wasn’t able to spend as much time on this one as I do with most. Simply because I was with company, however I did make some quick mental notes during the course of my meal. It had a decent head not too wild. Looked like a lager with a slightly more caramely tarnished color. Smell was subtle hints of spice, hay maybe and some sweet malt. Taste was decent, some caramel, a little hops, kind malt and spice. Again I didn’t get to spend too much time with this, but over all I thought it was a decent seasonal beer. Mostly likely I would not buy a bottle until I've had a couple more Oktoberfests for referance, but if it was at a fest and cheep I might go for it right away.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2006 02:55:11 | More by mmcave
Photo of ypsifly


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

On tap at Slow's in Detroit.

Clear copper with a small white head that settles to a thin layer and leaves the tiniest amount of spotty lace.

Lightly toasted caramel and biscuits. Faint hop dryness. Rather weak overall.

Good amount of caramel and toast upfront with just enough hop backing. Faint spice and a rather clean finish. Tastes a lot fuller than it smells.

Moderate mouth with just enough carbonation. Its drinkable and could make for a good dinner beer, but it is a rather standard Okto fest and I wouldn't go to any great lengths to seek this one.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2006 16:48:47 | More by ypsifly
Photo of edbeered


3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a hazy amber color, with a substantial yellowish white head and leaves substantial lacing on the glass. The smell is the least pleasant thing about this beer-there is a distinct sulfery odor. Thankfully, there is no trace of that in the taste. There is a distinctly grassy flavor, along with a creamy caramel blast at the finish. The mouthfeel is nicely rich and the only thing hampering the drinkability is the aforementioned smell. A very nice Octoberfest.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2006 05:35:36 | More by edbeered
Bell's Octoberfest Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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