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

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Bell's Octoberfest BeerBell's Octoberfest Beer

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Reviews: 431
Hads: 782
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 32
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: hoppymeal on 09-11-2006

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Reviews: 431 | Hads: 782
Photo of KDawg
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a rich and dark orange color with a head that disappears kinda quickly.

Much more german in style with the notes on the nose. Lots of malts, grains, and crackers along with some spice tones and a touch of hops

Fuller bodied with a very good spice and grain finish. This wasn't a domestic oktoberfest trying to masquerade as an oktoberfest or trying to put its own spin on it. Takes the style and runs with it very well (427 characters)

Photo of dmfrench
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lightly malted, herbal hoppy Oktoberfest.
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A: Light and hazy pretty pumpkin orange with a somewhat persistent one finger tight off white head.

S: Typical dusty, herbal Euro hops balanced by a sweet fruity malt. Not too much bread or caramel.

T: On the hoppier side of the Oktoberfest equation, those hops being herbal and lightly spicy like the nose, but still pretty traditional. What I'm missing is a big caramel malt backbone.

M: Light and fizzy and highly drinkable.

O: Not a bad effort, but I could really use more malt. (536 characters)

Photo of climax
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The burnt sienna body from the pour sits below an inch creamy tan foam. The retention is excellent.

The aroma is all Oktober. Caramel and biscuit flavors are assertive but not intense. Lesser tones of spice, pumpkin, and raisins sneak their way in to add subtle complexity.

The flavor starts out smooth and easy, before the much more profound malt finish. Toasted bread crust, dates, mild fruitiness, and a dash of alcohol are all present.

The smoothness seems to lighten the heft of the body, because this one isn't thin by any stretch. The carbonation and slick feel make it very easy to drink, as well it should.

This is a solid easy to drink Oktoberfest, I did expect a bit more from Bell's though. However, this sixer will become a memory before too long. (768 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (531 characters)

Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (325 characters)

Photo of NeutroMan
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (406 characters)

Photo of TheSarge
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of clint1019
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (255 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
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 (641 characters)

Photo of Ezone024
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
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. (269 characters)

Photo of dorianmarley
4.42/5  rDev +25.2%
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. (432 characters)

Photo of dbossman
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
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 (442 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of Fish113d
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (622 characters)

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of samie85
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of SpdKilz
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (583 characters)

Photo of GavDomDadGH
4.45/5  rDev +26.1%
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 (401 characters)

Photo of Jishguy
2.6/5  rDev -26.3%
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. (650 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (611 characters)

Photo of DannyDan
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (915 characters)

Bell's Octoberfest Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.