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

Bell's Octoberfest BeerBell's Octoberfest Beer

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665 Ratings
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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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jsprain1

Minnesota

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

A- Pours a standard octoberfest orange-brown. Head is one finger, though retention is subpar.
S- Smell is slightly grainy, with caramel, toffee, and a raw nuttiness coming through.
T- It's a bit mild compared to others in the style. Light caramel, a bit of general malty sweetness, and just a wee bit of a raw almond character.
M- Medium body, medium carbonation, sweet finish.
O-It's an ok octoberfest but I'm left with kind of a meh feeling. Compared to Great Lakes or some of the German examples, this one isn't all that great.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 04:00:32 | More by jsprain1
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DesMoinesMike

Iowa

3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Six pack from Grand Ave Hy-Vee served in a SA glass.

Medium copper color, slightly hazy, plenty of foam. The aroma seems light with more of an emphasis on the hops than the malt. The taste was similar with a tad more malt noticeable, with some cinnamon and nutmeg hiding in the back. The body is good and it's fairly smooth.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 21:14:27 | More by DesMoinesMike
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NeutroMan

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Nevin's Pub in Evanston
Reviewed from notes dated 13 September 2011

Clear copper color. Virtually no head and no lacing. Malt aroma is grainy and metallic. Taste has similar bready/grainy malts, very clean. A hint of apple and caramel. Quite sweet. Minimal hop bitterness, although it becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Medium-light bodied, carbonated and smooth. Definitely sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 19:31:16 | More by NeutroMan
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TheSarge

Illinois

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

This brew pours decently. Has a two finger thick and tightly forming white cranium, and a semihazy copper colored body.

The aroma is mild toffee in character with a cereal grain huskiness.

Taste wise it's toffee up front with a slightly cooked veggie ending.

Not too rich and mildly carbonated leaves this Oktoberfest beer very quaffible. The appearance could be cleaned up a bit for a better presentation rating.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 19:29:46 | More by TheSarge
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oline73

Maryland

3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 18:15:01 | More by oline73
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clint1019

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 23:24:03 | More by clint1019
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 02:30:30 | More by russpowell
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Ezone024

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 22:57:58 | More by Ezone024
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dorianmarley

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 01:44:35 | More by dorianmarley
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dbossman

Nebraska

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 18:52:10 | More by dbossman
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 01:47:06 | More by Vonerichs
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 00:53:19 | More by Fish113d
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ChopperSmith

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 20:53:27 | More by ChopperSmith
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samie85

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 02:40:16 | More by samie85
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 00:45:55 | More by ejimhof
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SpdKilz

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 23:18:50 | More by SpdKilz
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GavDomDadGH

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +24.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 05:34:34 | More by GavDomDadGH
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Jishguy

Indiana

2.65/5  rDev -26%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 03:21:34 | More by Jishguy
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2011 02:33:50 | More by drabmuh
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 23:47:30 | More by RoamingGnome
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DannyDan

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 07:50:55 | More by DannyDan
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 02:38:24 | More by zeledonia
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BeerBuckeye

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 00:15:09 | More by BeerBuckeye
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pzrhsau

District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 22:08:43 | More by pzrhsau
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adamette

Ohio

2.53/5  rDev -29.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 01:22:43 | More by adamette
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