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

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Ratings: 780
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 33
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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Ratings: 780 | Reviews: 432
Photo of tburkhart
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a few of these are the brewery awhile back. I should have drank them fresh, but they weren't too bad after a few months.

Pours a light golden that is nice and clean. Very nice carbonation rising throughout the beer to the top of the glass.

Smells like an Octoberfest should, of malts and a hint of German hops.

Malty taste with a bit of hop bitterness.

Decent mouthfeel, nothing spectacular.

Looking forward to trying the brew fresh when it comes around again.

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light copper color with impressive clarity, and a slim head that promptly fades away. Minimal lacing.

S: Toasted malt with a hint of caramel.

T: Toasted malt with suggestions of biscuit, caramel and yeast. Finishes dry with a lightly peppered accent.

M: Full bodied, rich and refreshing. Rough and grainy texture on the palate.

D: Easy drinking. Solid O-Fest.

Photo of WakeandBake
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Notes Sep 26, 2008
A pretty orangish pour,with a thin head. Aromaof sweet caramel, and lightly toasted malt.Flavor was buttery,toffee,some faint hops,and spices, well-balanced, with a thin body,very drinkable.Not as good as I expected but still a solid offering.

Photo of khiasmus
1.96/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I simply don't feel like writing my typical dissection review for this one. Marzen was originally crafted as a lightly malted, lightly hopped beer to drink in vast quantities. This fits those marks. Excellent clarity, minimal head, nutty malty nose, decent hop balance, lightly metallic note in the finish of the flavor, light mouthfeel, high carbonation, clean finish. Above average for the style but certainly not on par with spaten or even clawhammer.

That was on 12/22/2008. On the new batch, 2010, this beer has gotten far worse. The aroma is of cracker malt and almost an adjunct note, much like the nose of a yuengling or coors original, but with a little more biscuit and a hint of outhouse. Flavour is not better. tastes adjunct-ish, with stale crackers and stale hops. This is just bad. Drain pour. Come on, Bell's.

Photo of lhaqq
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark gold/light amber with a thin near-white head that dissipates quickly.
S: Strong smell of sweet malts and diacetyl.
T: Creamy and malty sweetness with a twinge of hoppy bitterness mixed with caramel at the end.
M: Creamy but not much carbonation.
D: Definitely sessionable though I think I prefer the Sam Adams Octoberfest overall a bit more.

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.

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