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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: 683
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 30
Gots: 10 | 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 FSUplumber


2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

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

09-11-2010 00:28:27 | More by FSUplumber
Photo of JackieTH


3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

09-10-2010 17:02:33 | More by JackieTH
Photo of glazeman


2.68/5  rDev -25.1%

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.

09-10-2010 16:14:47 | More by glazeman
Photo of TMoney2591


3.68/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

09-10-2010 04:02:59 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of cjgator3


3.83/5  rDev +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.

09-10-2010 03:20:03 | More by cjgator3
Photo of tempest


3.05/5  rDev -14.8%

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.

09-10-2010 03:16:57 | More by tempest
Photo of tapman


4.53/5  rDev +26.5%

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.

09-09-2010 20:42:51 | More by tapman
Photo of gator0877


3.83/5  rDev +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.

09-09-2010 17:29:13 | More by gator0877
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +2%

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.

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

District of Columbia

3.13/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

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


3.63/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

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

District of Columbia

3.4/5  rDev -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.

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


3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

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!

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


3.78/5  rDev +5.6%

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!

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


4.28/5  rDev +19.6%

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.

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

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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).

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


3.58/5  rDev 0%

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.

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


3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

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


2.98/5  rDev -16.8%

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...

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


3.63/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

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


3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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

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


3.1/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

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


3.48/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

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


3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

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


3.53/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

09-03-2010 06:47:41 | More by rootbeerman
Bell's Octoberfest Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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