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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: 775
Reviews: 431
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 32
Gots: 26 | 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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Photo of Bung
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange pour, quite fluffy whitish head. A good amount of carbonation in this one, but not overly offensive. Standard malt and caramel sweetness. Light/med bodied with some biscuit/breadiness. Hopping cuts down the sweetness pretty well. I'd say this is sessionable if not quite drinkable. One of the very few Octoberfests I cared for this year. Worth trying, a slightly above average take on the style.

Photo of schellsbeer
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not my style but since it is Bell's, I had to give it a shot.

Just as I thought, really not an Oktoberfest sort of beer drinker. Not really my style.

A - Nice Orange color. Thin. White small head that stayed around a while. Good looking beer. Light shines right through.

S - More than most oktoberfest beers. Orange. Spices. Nutmeg. Sweet.

T - Yep, this is an Oktoberfest beer. Better than many that I have had. Maybe because it is from Bells. Thin and lower alcohol than most...which is nice. Not a big heavy syrup flavor and texture.

M - Best part of this beer. Thin and crisp. I really like it. Not too Heavy. Much appreciated.

D - Ok. Will I seek this out again. No. Not because it wasn't good, but because it is not my preferred style. Nice lower alcohol content. Wish I liked it.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mikesgroove for sending this one my way.

Pours a totally clear amber/red glow with a fizzy white head that reduces fast, but the half cm of it left stays a while.

Nose is nice and malty with little to no hoppage, some odd metallic flavor in the nose here, a bit of spice.

Taste is pretty good. Rich malty lager with some extra graininess and a slight bit of fall spice. A bigger hop bite than most of the style, but still pretty insignificant, as the style is not exactly a hoppy one. There is an odd metallic taste here, but it is fairly ignoreable. The malt profile is close, but i think it needs some slight tweaks or something, there is just a wierd metallic flavor that should not be there.

Mouthfeel is pretty good for the style, slightly undercarbonated and a touch thick, but overall ok.

Drinkability is good, but that odd metallic note really hampers it a bit. The bitterness is slightly too high here as well.

Overall this is an ok representation of the style, and a decent beer, but probably not an okto i would revisit, as oktoberfest should really be a sessionable beer, and this one i find to be just a bit too odd to session regularly. Certainly not a bad beer, it just needs some minor adjustments. Try it, its pretty good.

Photo of paco1029384756
2.78/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange color with a small white head and a lot of carbonation.

Scent of malts and yeast, not much going on here, pretty mediocre.

Taste is more of the same, malts and yeast with a hint of caramel, but still not that good.

Mouthfeel is light and clean.

This beer is very average, there are much better Oktoberfest beers around, and this is one I can not recommend under any conditions.

Photo of chaunur
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass a clear med amber with a hint of orange with a 1 in head that quickly disappeared. Malty, semi-sweet aroma with a hint of spice. Flavor was not as sweet as I expected with a stronger hop influence than I was looking for and a little 'off' at the finish. I've had a few different Bells beers and this one just isn't up to their standards. Overall just a very average Marzen

Photo of semihobo
2.4/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Batch 8610, bought this single at the general store in Kalamazoo.

Pours with a big creamy head, two fingers, and subsides to a respectable thin layer of white. Body is a dark amber or a very thin light brown. Minor bubbling.

Smells of caramel, more caramel apple than caramel malt. Maybe a little pale malt as well. Sweet. A little bit of wet woody hops.

Sugary taste, generic caramel. Like ordering iced tea at a diner in Georgia (what can I say, I'm a Yankee)... no nuance and too sweet. Hops kick in on the finish but it's too little too late. Slightly acidic finish, tree bark-like bitterness.

Fairly thick and creamy mouthfeel, adequate carbonation, finish is a little sticky.

Kind of disappointing, mix a generic malt profile with subpar hops and smudge the details, charge a little too much and here we are. One was plenty... a slightly below average Octoberfest.

Photo of philipquarles
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to adamharbaugh for my first Bell's brew!

Pours a clear orange gold with a small white head that dissipates quickly.

Smells almost exclusively of malt, though some hop bitterness also comes through. Slight spices at the end. Taste is similar, though not as sweet as expected. Hops again, but that's about it; not very nuanced. Also a slight skunk.

Not offensive, but not a great oktoberfest either. Maybe my bottle was slightly off?

Photo of nsmartell
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 120z bottle to my .5L Hobrau mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a thick white head that disappears quickly.

Smell: Smells of yeast and slightly toasted malts.

Taste: Malts and bread taste dominate. Slightly swee and nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Very good.

Drinkability: Very easy drink. Will definitely seek this out next year.

Photo of HopDerek
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear golden copper color with 2 fingers of big foamy white head that fades quickly leaving some spotty lacing. Smells fruity up front, like apricot and oranges, then some floral hops, caramel, and toasted grainy malt. Tastes of honey, orange and grapefruit juice up front, then some cereal and doughy bread malt mixed with caramel, finishes with some bitter grassy notes. Medium in body with moderately high carbonation. Sweet and toasty, smooth, with a metallic bitterness in the finish. A good sessionable lager, but different enough from others in the style that this isn't what I'd grab first if I wanted an Oktoberfest .

Photo of sleazo
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A_Pours a beautiful clear copper/bronze hue with a two finger cloudlike off white head. Retention is very strong as is the lacing. A steady stream of bubbles replenishes the ample crown. One of the better looking beers regardless of style I have seen in a while.

S_A medium strength aroma wafts from the glass, redolent of toasted and caramel malts. There is also a mild noble hop aroma present.

T_Initially the foremost flavours are solidly malty. Caramel and toasted grain give way to a mild grassy hop note. The aftertaste is mildy astringent which detracts from the overall picture. Some diacetyl butteriness(is that a word?) can be detected as well. Still it is mostly strong.

M_Crisp and lighter bodied.

D_A fairly decent Oktoberfest. The potential to be great is there but the flaws prevent it. Still I did enjoy it and would go back for another as it still manages to trump some of the less malty versions of the style.

Photo of CAP1868
2.38/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served out of a 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A-Appearance was a light copper with a small foamy head that quickly disappeared.

S- The smell was a varying display of bitterness and maybe oranges

T- Awful, just really not into it at all, very bitter almost like scotch it seemed, not what I was looking for in an Oktoberfest brew

M- Mouthfeel was light and crisp, which is fine but the taste detsroyed this.

D- Sure you could drink a few, but I poured mine down the drain.

Photo of Rennpferd
3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It poured golden yellow with a nice three finger head and moderate carbination. The head quickly retreated back to about one finger and held.

It had a nice mild balanced scent of malt and hops.

It was had a mild malt flavor up front that yielded to an astringent bitter off taste. It then finished with a medium strong bitter hop taste. It had a lite body.

It's an easy drink but only a so-so Marzen.

Photo of Spidey13
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Octobefest pours a crystal clear, gold/copper with a small, beige head. It looks very nice. I also smells very good, with sweet caramel notes with some noble hops.

The taste has that sweet caramel flavor up front. There are some seemingly floral flavors from the hops, with just a small pop of hop bitterness that quickly leads to a sweet, bready, almost cinnamon roll aftertaste that is OK for a bit but gets a little cloying around mid-bottle. The mouthfeel is medium with a fairly high amount of carbonation - both of which is appropriate for the style.

Overall I thought it is a very good Octoberfest, though maybe not the best American example I've had.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: An orangish/reddish color. Very bright. Yields a minimal head that quickly disappears.

S: Not much going on at first, after a few minutes of warming, gave off a bready and caramel aroma, with some earthy hop undertones. Some metallic scents as well.

T: The caramel is the main flavor. Starts sweet, has some bitter hop flavor and ends sweet again.

M: A slight bitterness and metallic aftertaste. Moderately carbonated.

D: A decent session beer, not my top choice, but a solid offering.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another one I was bound and determined to try this year as I started branching out looking for more and more of these seasonal. Twelve ounce bottle was served cold right out of the fridge and poured into a pilsner glass. Consumed on 10/05/2008.

The pour was fairly standard fair with a dark amber colored liquid coming through immediately. This was followed up closely by some nice carbonation that could be seen through the very clear liquid that was in the glass. No real substantial head on this one which was kind of surprising, and this led to not much in the way of side glass lace either.

The aroma was rather light and muted, some decent malts, and a ton of bready like flavors, but overall just a touch too light for me. Crisp, clean feel, which was nice and adequately carbonated, but again, just a touch too light to really be effective. Smooth flavor started with a light hint of caramel and a touch of earthy grains. This quickly floated away though and the only thing left was a nice touch of biscuit like flavor that linger for a moment. Very session able as it was light enough to be thoroughly and quickly enjoyed.

Overall not a bad beer by any aspect, just expected a little bit more out of Bell's to be honest. Still though I would not turn my nose up at this one, even though I cannot say it was much more then average.

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DT tulip. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Batch # 8610

Listed on the bottle as 5.5% abv.

A: Pours a clear & bright golden-orange color with a small, creamy, bright-white head sporting some rather active carbonation. Lace is of the spotty variety.

S: Nice aromas of toasted malt, lemon-y hops, and breadcrust.

T: Flavors of toasted malt, lemon-y noble hops, caramel, toasted breadcrust, and a cool, metallic, grain flavor profile.

M: Full and creamy with a nicely dry malty backbone. The finish is dry, roasty, and quite spicy.

D: This is a pretty good Octoberfest beer. Maybe not as hearty as some examples from the Fatherland but rewarding nonetheless.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, 5.5% ABV. Batch 8610. Pours a very clear copper color. Thin white head disappears very quickly. Still, a good looking beer here.

Bready, slightly toasty malt aroma. A bit of earthy and floral hops in the back, but they play only a minor role.

Malt character seems a bit bready, but not toasty as the nose indicated. A bit of a sweet, caramel flavor thrown in as well. A bit of earthy hops in the finish. A very subtle lingering fruity flavor.

Medium body, low carbonation. Pretty simple and easy to drink. Not bad.

Photo of neenerzig
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes as this was enjoyed by me on-tap 15 days ago at The Buckeye Beer Engine.

Served in a standard pint glass. This beer is a clear golden/orange/amber color. Nice white head 1 inch thick when served to me. Settles to 1/4 inch and eventually to a decent surface coating with a nice white ring lining the inside of the glass. Sweet, malty aroma with some caramel notes an bits of spice. The taste is pretty much the same, Sweet caramel and malt flavor with some spicy hints. Rounded out with a little bit of citrus hops. Good indeed. Has a crisp, smooth, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. easy to drinkt he way a good beer needs to be. I think I did enjoy this one a bit more out of the bottle though.


Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Chip's in Kill Devil Hills, NC.

A: The lagerbier is brilliantly orange, bright with no sign of haze. A small head is congregating atop the beer, afraid to disperse.

S: The aroma is clean, malty with a sweet underbelly that exudes caramel. Not much hop-wise but the malt aromas are robust.

T: The beer has a crisp taste, heavy on the malts up front with a noticeably bready finish. Toasty grains and caramel mix with a bit of hops. Lots of grain in the finish.

M: THe mouthfeel hits some high notes but generally stays behind the bready flavors.

D: A good but not great oktoberfestbier. The maltiness is a little too much.

Photo of Pencible
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured a clear, dark gold with white head. It smelled like robust caramel malt and cultured German yeast with sweet lemon hops. It tasted like cultured yeast and caramel malt with lemon hops, and a bit of barley and pumpkin spice. It was fairly thick with no carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was a clean and somewhat drinkable beer. It had good body, but I didn't particularly care for the flavor. I could still drink it, but this was not my favorite Octoberfest.

Photo of jtothamo
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Given the time of year and the vast amount of specials on Oktoberfest beers at my favorite local pub, I decided to give the Bell's a try because of my great experiences with other Bell's products.

A- It looked like a nice beer. A light copper color. The off-white head fell flat quickly (nearly disappeared by the second sip).

S- Not overwhelmed by any one particular scent. A bit fruity.

T- Not too impressed The taste just fell flat for me. Kind of middle of the road.

M- Again, it fell flat. Pretty dull.

D- I was a bit let down by this beer. It was fairly average for an American produced Oktoberfest beer. Would I order another? Probably not. But, it wasn't to the point where I refused to finish the beer.

Photo of Kegatron
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, medium copper with a finger of brite-white head that fizzles down pretty quickly, leaving behind a spotty retention that skims the surface and leaves some moderate looking lacing behind. The aroma is bready malts, caramel, citrus, floral notes, and a fairly prominent spicy hop character.

The taste is toasty caramel malts that glide underneath spicy Noble hop character. The overall flavor profile is mostly sweet and toasty though. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with creamy carbonation that moves easily along the feel. Probably could use a bit more crispness.

This was OK for the style but it was the little things lacking here and there that kept me from really liking this. Not bad but I expect a little more from Bell's.

Photo of ibashmuck
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a medium foam head on a light amber body. Smells of sweetness, caramel, a touch of floral, and a whiff of hoppiness. Taste was along the same lines, with the hoppiness coming through at about medium. None of the flavors were remarkable, however. They're there, just not "excitingly". It has above average hcarbonation, but remains smooth a fairly easy to drink. A pretty good brew, easy enough to drink, but there are others in the style that are much better.

Photo of bozebus17
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a light orange. There is a tight white head without a lot of staying power. Lacing was minimal.

This beer doesn't have any extremely strong nose. I detect caramel malt and a bit of grain husk. I also notice hints of fresh baked bread.

The flavor exhibits caramel malt, and some breadiness, almost sourdough. Hops are kept to a minimum, as they should be for the style. The mouthfeel was a bit thin for my tastes; not substantial enough for an O'fest.

I must say that I was pretty let down by this beer. It was good, and not terrible by any means, but it was simply average in every way. This beer could definitely use more toasted malt character. I hope they play with the recipe next year. There are all kinds of better Octoberfests out there.

Photo of ATPete
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz thanks Adam!

pours an extremely clear orange brown color with a semi sticky white head. Very slow rising carbonation. Spicy roasted malts in the nose, woody and musty. Very bright with flavor, dried fruits, cinnamon and peppery spice and nicely balanced. Good hoppy twang, and solid malt backbone. Nothing to write home about but damn this brew is drinkable as hell. Im loving it, highly recommended, wish we had some in NJ...

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