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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: 698
Reviews: 429
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 31
Gots: 13 | 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 FanofHefe
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

Poured into Duvel tulip.

A: light orange color with one finger head that dissipates quickly.

S: Light fruity smell with a light bread/yeast notes.

T: Not overwhelming in any one flavor; light ale/lager effect with slight yeasty taste. Slight bitterness that blends fairly well.

M: Not too carbonated, but smooth feel in the mouth.

D: Easy to drink and characteristic of a good octoberfest beer. Solid offering.

FanofHefe, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of Landfill21
4.13/5  rDev +15%

This may be my favorite octoberfest beer this season. Poured into a 22oz. bomber. Pours into a burnt orange color and has a nice fruity smell. Has a small head that disappears and leaves no lace on the glass as you enjoy it. Has a very smooth taste with a caramel undertone finish. Is a medium mouthfeel and has great drinkability but I think all octoberfest beers have great drinkability.


Landfill21, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of jpro
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

Poured from the bottle into a Foothills shaker pint...

A: Light copper and crystal clear; a pretty rough pour yields a creamy, white one-finger head that falls pretty quickly to a thin layer of foam, leaving no lace.

S: Light caramel malt and some very light toffee notes; grainy wheat bread / wet bread crust.

T: Doughy malt, some peppery / grassy hops, with a slightly fruity yeast profile.

M: Medium-bodied, with a high amount of tongue-tingling carbonation; a bit thin on the finish.

D: Enjoyable and very drinkable; although, not one of Bell's better offerings; kind of plain.

jpro, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of Morey
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%

This beer pours a pale orangish yellow color. It had a pretty decent one finger white colored head following my medium aggressive pour, but it has faded to almost nothing in a relatively short period of time. Lots and lots of carbonation bubbles headed north from the bottom of my glass. Minimal head retention and/or lacing on the glass.

Smell is mild and typical for the style. Sweet and bready aromas dominate.

There's a little more bite on this one compared to other Octoberfest that I've had this year, mostly due to the carbonation. I'm detecting a slight metallic taste, but otherwise the malty sweetness is pleasant and similar to other beers of this style.

Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat bitey on the front end, but the finish is actually pretty smooth.

I could drink a few of these no problem.

Morey's Bottom Line: Octoberfest are not typically my favorite beers to begin with although I like to have a few each fall. This one was a bit of a let down, especially coming from Bells. I prefer Great Lakes, Victory, and even Sam Adams Octoberfest to this one. Not bad, but I don't see myself spending money on it again.

Morey, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of confer
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

This is number 200.
A- The beer is nearly the color of the label, Burt orange/copper. No head that hangs around

S- Very sweet malty but subdued smell.
T- Fruity start and small bitter finish. I did a blind taste test with Bell's, Left Hand and Penn and they were all so close in taste, but I picked the Bell's as my favorite.
MD- Goes down very easy as most Maerzens do. I would certainly consider this one again.

confer, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of wedge
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%

Pours a clear amber color under a thin, soapy head. Tame, clean, sweet malty aroma with a somewhat odd doughy note. The flavor is a bit more straightforward in the typical Märzen flavors...toasted grain, sweet yet dry, and clean. Nutty and earthy with a bitter finish. Medium-light bodied. Not the most well-crafted Oktoberfest bier out there, but worth a try. I don't see myself buying this again though.

wedge, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of grizzly700
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%

Poured from bottle into twenty two ounce beer glass.. Pours typical amber orange color.. Little head that quickly dissolved.. Some Carmel flavour but nothing special to make me really want more.. Have had other bells offerings that are much better... Still prefer good old Sam Adams or ayinger

grizzly700, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of droomyster
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%

Pours a clear copper that is a shade or two lighter than most Oktoberfests, with one finger of off-white foam that quickly dissipates. Aromas are not bad by any stretch of the imagination, but neither are they consistent with boldly toasty profile of most members of its style. The taste is also too sweet (with mostly notes of honey and sugar) to fit the bill. I typically like Bells' offerings but this one lacks malty depth that draws me to the style in the first place. Pass.

droomyster, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%

A. Pours a clear orange with a huge fluffy white head that dissipates slowly leaving islands of lacing dotting the glass

S. Sweet malt with caramel and slight spiciness.

T. Bit of European hop bitterness with sweet malt caramel, bread, and a bit of apple/pear. Ends with a good level of bitterness.

M. Medium body with medium to high carbonation that has a slight bite.

D. Very drinkable; crisp like the fall weather. Not a great beer, but the first Octoberfest/Oktoberfest of the year so I was pleased.

BeerAndBourbon, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of ribby
3.95/5  rDev +10%

This pours a very clear medium amber, with a moderate amount of large bubbled foam that dissipates pretty quickly.
Nice aroma out of the bottle, some hops and a bit of malty aroma.

The taste is pretty well balanced between spicy hops and slighty nutty malt, and there are no off flavors present.

Mouthfeel is okay, nice bitterness from the hops, but would be better with a more carbonation showing. The strong but not overpowering taste, high level of craftsmanship end up making this a very drinkable Octoberfest.

I have had two other Octoberfests this year. The HackerPschorr tasted like lager with some extra hops sprinkled in, while the Leinie's was somewhat similar to Bells but with some off flavors. Bells is best so far.

ribby, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of rmolledo
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%

A: Fall Maple Leaf Orange with no head but a small white ring around the rim of the glass. not much lacing.

S: Strong Caramel and Toffee heath bar like aroma. some spices and slight hop aroma.

T: Flavor is more mellow than aroma would suggest but still very good. You get the caramel and toffee flavors along with a toasted malt flavor. Some pumpkin pie-esque spices somewhere in the background.

MF: High Carbonation. Like a soda. Dry finish.

D: This is an alright Octoberfest. Nothing special. But this beer is plenty drinkable.

rmolledo, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of thunderclops
2.3/5  rDev -35.9%

A- Great looking beer, very clean tan/orange color. However, no lacing whatsoever and no head.

S- Faintly resembles the smell of stale urine mixed with cheap beer, definitely not pleasing.

T- Taste is also associated with the smell of urine only with a light finish of light barley.

M - Very light and crisp, surprisingly pleasant.

D- Not good, I would not recommend this beer because of the bad smell and the taste which is not enjoyable whatsoever.

Severely disappointed.

thunderclops, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of hosehead83
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Bell's pint glass. Clear, copper/orange in color, with a rather short head of white foam.
Aroma-Faint malt and grain profile
Taste-Sweet toasted malt, faint caramel notes.
Pretty "plain Jane" and middle-of-the-road for a Bell's offering. O.K. for the style, but nothing to shout out about here.

hosehead83, Sep 13, 2010
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%

12oz bottle into pint glass.
A: A white head pours thick and retreats quickly, all that is left is a thin layer. The body is a bright, clear orange. No lacing is left on glass.
S: The aroma is overall, very light and hard to find. A subtle note of roasted malt and hints of clove.
T/M: A bit on spice on the front, this holds the benchmark Oktoberfest taste, but is missing key lingering tastes. The brew, once it is off the palate, there is not a hint of taste that remains. The mouthfeel is crisp and nice for the style.
D: I find this to be a very refreshing Oktoberfest, easy drinking and light on the palate. I would see this ranking higher if overall taste was a bit more bold.

GDBEERMAN, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of wchesak
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%

Poured into pint glass

A - orange gold color, a lot like the outside edge of the bottle, not much head on it, off white

S - light sourdough bread smell, warm caramel, honey, crushed grain; light fruit starts to show as the beer warms

T - more bready notes, nice hop bite at the end, finishes rather dry with a slight sweetness to it

M - good stream of bubbles from the bottom, pretty smooth

D - nothing really outstanding from the beer, like the bit of hop at the end in the taste, will stick to Germany for my oktoberfest

wchesak, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of FSUplumber
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

I have not drank alot of octoberfest so try it. It may be very good. These are my thoughts on a beer from a very fine brewrey.

A- Dark wheat straw crystal clear the head was thin and faded quickly with a small ring that lasted through the glass

S- hop up front than all malt maybe a touch of cardboard

T- Smooth, crisp, hops linger on the tounge.

M- lite, crisp and dry

D-Good I could drink a few

FSUplumber, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of JackieTH
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

Appearance: Translucent pumpkin orange with a light beige head.

Smell: Toasted bread, yeast, subtle caramel.

Taste: Malty, caramelly smooth initially with some toasted bisquit and butter, mild hop bitterness follows. Not too sweet or spicy.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied although somewhat creamy.

Drinkability: I'm typically not a big consumer of Oktoberfest style beers, but I really enjoyed this one, possibly because it's less sweet with more hop. I did have three last night and was ready for more.

JackieTH, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of glazeman
2.68/5  rDev -25.3%

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Can't believe it is fall already.

A: This beer pours a golden straw color with a 2 finger white head. Excellent head retention and great lacing.

S: Perhaps I don't have a very refined nose, or much experience with this style, but this just smells like BMC to me. Actually, it's probably more intense smelling than BMC, it smells more like malt liquor.

T: I somewhat enjoyed the taste of this, maybe just because I was outside on a fall day. I get a little bitterness and straw up front with a tad bit of pumpkin and sweetness at the end. Still, it tastes similar to mass produced beer.

M: Okay. Nice level of carbonation and appropriate viscosity.

D: Ehhhh. I guess I could have a few of these, but it really was quite boring.

glazeman, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to VDubb86 for this bottle!

It's gettin' to be that time o' year again, when O-Fests run the world. This one pours a lightly hazed orange amber topped by a half-finger of seemingly ecru foam. The nose comprises red apple, cinnamon, caramel, cashews, nutmeg, and a touch o' citrusy hops. The taste holds notes of orange peel, caramelized caramel (okay, I've been advised by VDubb that it'd be better to call it burnt caramel...either way, you get the picture), red apple skin, oak, and a slight bit o' lime. The body is a heavy light, with a moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a solid O-Fest, not one of the heavier hitters but pretty good nonetheless.

TMoney2591, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of cjgator3
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%

12oz bottle

A- Pours a golden yellow/orangish color with a nice off-white head.

S- The aroma is typical of the style, nice toasted malts and a touch of caramel. 

T- The taste like the aroma is filled with toasted malts and a mild hop bitterness in the finish. Just enough hops to compliment but not overpower the toasted malts.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is my first fall seasonal of the year and it didn't disappoint. Overall, this is a solid O-Fest that is definitely worth a try.

cjgator3, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of tempest
3.05/5  rDev -15%

Had a glass on-tap at Tap and Table in Emmaus. The clear amber lager looked nice enough, but there was an odd floral and plastic twist to the caramel malts I just couldn't get into. Yes, there was the light bread and caramel character, but it doesn't dominate the beer like it should. The body is drinkable, but the flavor isn't.

tempest, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of tapman
4.53/5  rDev +26.2%

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.

tapman, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of gator0877
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%

A Poured into a pint glass with a copper orange color and 1/2 inch head that dissapeared quickly.

S Big malt smell. No hops at all but wasn't expecting any.

T Caramel and biscuts really jump out at me. Not as sweet as some American versions. There is not a trace of alcohol.

M There is not much in the way of carbonation. Somewhat of a thin body.

D I really do like this. It is probably my favorite American Octoberfest. I could drink this all day.

gator0877, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of avalon07
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

avalon07, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of yourefragile
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

yourefragile, Sep 09, 2010
Bell's Octoberfest Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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