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

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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 daledeee
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright dark yellow with a moderate head. The head went away quickly to become a thin coating but lace still formed. Nose is not real strong but is malty.

The beer tastes clean with roasted malt, barley and hops with citrus in the background. This is a well brewed beer that is very easy to drink.

Photo of blakesell
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a light golden amber with a finger of head that quickly dies to nothing. There is no lacing to be found and really, the appearance doesn't do too much for me. The temperature feels quite nice from the glass though.

Smell- Very little on the nose coming through. Some Munich malts and a perfumey smelling hop. Light caramelized notes. I really expected to get a lot more on the ol' schnoz from Bell's.

Taste- A bit better here on the flavor. Carmel and Munich malts with lightly toasted crystal malts coming through with a light hop finish. A slight twinge of bitterness on the finish, but the beer drinks much smoother than it smells or looks. A little diacetyl.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, lightly bitter, lightly astringent, medium bodied, and medium-light in carbonation.

Drinkability- A smooth drinker for the swilling needs. I may get a sixer just to slam back on a bender. Taste fine for those purposes, but with that in mind, wouldn't it be a better deal to get a Sam Adams Oktoberfest twelve pack?

Photo of PatrickJR
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear copper colored with a finger of white head. Retention is short, no lacing.

S - Big toasted malt aroma with some alcohol pulling through; very surprising. A little spicy.

T - Fairly bland. Slightly toasted and bready malt come through with a hint of sweetness, but the flavor is fleeting. Graininess and some metallic bitterness take over near the end. Earthy finish with more alcohol pulling through.

M - Great stuff here, moderate carbonation and a smooth medium body.

D - What this lacks in flavor it makes up for in drinkability. A very easy brew to handle, though I'm not sure why the alcohol is pulling through so much. I expected more from Bells, and for the price there are better marzens out there.

Photo of luciusgilmer
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. I didn't know what to expect from my first "Marzen" or Octoberfest. I'm not overly impressed, but it was different enough to justify trying it.

A: Just a lovely color with a thin, fizzy head. The head dissipated to a very thin lacing (those getting no head are probably getting bottles that have traveled too much?).

S: The smell does not invite. Though there is a nice flavor here, I find the smell a bit skunky, off-putting.

T: I find it a nice, malty taste, but also a bit plastic like (don't know what that's from; I'm sure someone here does).

M: Not much to say here; it's a bit fizzy, but pleasantly balanced between light and heavy.

D: Easy to drink, with a bit of bitter aftertaste. It's flavorful enough to drink more than one, and perhaps (not knowing) it's ideal for an Octoberfest outdoor party. I'd surmise so.

Glad I could try this; it won't enter a regular, seasonal rotation, though.

Photo of bboven
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfect appearance; like a cross between honey and orange, crystal clear with almost a finger of head that left excellent lacing. This is a prime example of what the style should look like.

Mellow caramel aroma with a bit of hops in the nose. Not something you smell often in this style, but still acceptable. Just Bell's doing their thing.

Taste is a little off but still very good. There is some DMS present from the malt if you know what you re tasting. Still, though, very good.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, just thin enough, and finishes very clean.

Overall, a great beer and defintely worth a try if you like Oktoberfests.

Photo of Minkybut
2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this bland tastless beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a orangey looking color. The beer had a tan head while it was there the quickly ewent away. The beer was sour smelling slightly. I thought it was very tastless for an Octoberfest beer though a little fruity. I will not buy again.

Photo of weasbri
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not quite a deep orange color to this one, very little head or lacing present either.
Familiar toasty malt aroma.
A good balance between the malt and the hops, I think. The malt is less sweet, more bready than anything. Good hop bite but it leaves a bit more of an aftertaste than I'd expect from the style.
Even so, it's pretty good, regardless of how well it fits a style.

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

12-ounce bottle poured into a pint willi glass yields a bright golden body with a tint of orange at the center, capped with off-white foam that recedes to a fat ring and leaves a few scraps of lacing on the glass. Bell's O-fest is very clear and one of the lightest in color I've had of the style.

The smell is sweet and toasty with a fruity note of apples and a zip of lime zest-infused caramel.

The taste is sweet with the same fruity character as the nose. Lacking on a depth of maltiness typical of my favorites of the style, the drink seems almost crisp. A mild, earthy, dry bitterness sticks to the sides of my mouth at the finish.

The drink is medium-bodied with fine carbonation, feel, and drinkability.

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

There is a combination of toasty biscuit malts, with a slight bit of hop aroma there as well. The beer is a copper colour with not much of a head. The flavour is really smooth with a nice bitterness to accompany the main flavour: toated malts. The toasted malts are definitely the main flavour in the beer; it's almost too much and hinders the balance of sweetness and toasted biscuit. A sweetness is also present, but it's more in the background. The mouthfeel is definitely watery. Pretty drinkable.

Photo of Greggy
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- After a fairly aggressive pour, I get a 1 finger head that quickly recedes into a bubbly lacing. The body is a lovely orange with no sediment.

S- Nice floral maltiness on the nose with a nice mineral hop oil notes. Very reminiscent of fall.

T- Starts off very thick and malty with nice pear and apricot notes with a nice spice backbone as well. Finish is slightly dry with a nice long residual maltiness.

M- Big thick and malty mouthfeel. Very good.

D- I can't believe how big and thick and malty this is for 5%. One of the better fests I have had this year.

Photo of BeenJammin
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - good head with not much retention or lacing. Nice golden orangish color.

S - Lots of grains in the nose. A bit of sweet malts in there too.

T - Very grainy to start with some sweet caramels. Has some kind of fruit in there as well. Finishes with some alchohol/lager bite to it.

M - Pretty light and clean, nothing too impressive

D - This is a decent overall oktoberfest beer that I could fathom drinking a sixer of, as long as I don't spill it like I did while reviewing it.

Photo of Kadonny
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into a nonic pint glass.

A: A medium copper orange color with a one finger tight off white head. Minimal glass lacing sticking to the sides.

S: Bready malt with hints of sweetness and a defined hop character to it.

T: Nice bready malt flavor with hints of caramel, dark fruit and earthy sweetness coupled with a nice earthly hop bitterness. More hops than I expected, but hey it is a Bells beer. Nice lingering bitterness on the finish coupled nicely with the sweetness.

M: A bit thin as it doesn't really coat the mouth, but the carbonation is just about perfect and it leaves a nice mild bitterness from the hops. Still, it's a beer you can drink all night.

D: High, this is a very good Octoberfest in my book. If you read my reviews, you know I love hops so this Ofest fits my likes exactly. Very good beer, I would drink this again and will probably seek it out. Bells does it again.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, batch 8610, bottled August 22nd. Into my excuse for a stein, a 24oz mug. Round one of my Battle of the Oktoberfests (BotO)

A: Pours a brilliant copper with a big off-white head that recedes slowly. Excellent clarity, with the carbonation adding to the beers appeal

S: Smells bready with a mild caramel presence. There's a definite hop component too, mildly earthy. In the back, there's a hint of butterscotch

T: Solid caramel flavors with some bread-like notes. Mildly grainy with a faint leafy hop character. Finishes mildly sweet

M: Not as crisp as I'd like with a palate-coating feel. The carbonation isn't up to the task with this beer.

D: Goes down fairly easily and something i can drink very easily but not the best marzen out there

Photo of Seanibus
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Meh. Ok, but not outstanding - a good session beer, but nothing that will leave you wanting more. Certainly expected more from Bells.

Pours a clear orange with a slight head that falls quickly. Ever so faint malt aroma. The flavor displays mild malt, with a little bit floral hops on the back. The mouthfeel is thin and inoffensive. The beer did improve somewhat as it warmed, bringing out the malt and a little bit of hop bitterness, but this remains a merely OK beer.

Photo of MDekker
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Coppery brown in color with some fizzy head that dissipates pretty quickly leaving a little ring around the edge.

S: I've a number of Oktoberfests lately, and this one smells like the others - it's mostly malty, breadlike in nature, and dry.

T: Crisp at the beginning with a foundation of grain, but tasting of caramel, with some faint fruity notes too. Subtle finish, with decent balance.

M: Fizzy carbonation, a little slick and watery. Not creamy.

D: Oktoberfests rarely turn out great in my book, and this one fits the same bill. I'm not lusting after another, but it's a decent brew.

Photo of mentor
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to GCBrewingCo for this one. Batch #8610. Pours a finger of off-white head over a brilliant rich golden liquid. Gorgeous. Smells toasted grains, cherry sour, earthy hops, mild phenolic (a dash of pumpkin pie spice?), carrots. Dry.

Taste has dry malt with dull phenols and some clean alcohol. Malt is toasted with some tannic or astringent edge. Phenols are not quite clovey, more pumpkin pie spice. Aftertaste is mild drying phenol and acrid carbonation sting. Thin body and too strong of carbonation for the style and with the flavors, as stretched as thin as they are.

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

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Lighter copper-colored body with not much head retention or head or lacing or anything. Body's a nice color for fall and all, but I was hoping for more.

Smell: Nice malt aromas with some spiciness, maple, vanilla and caramel, and a faint backbone of citrus hop bitterness.

Taste: Initial bitterness backed by some nice malt flavors, which is interesting since I thought the bitterness would be the background and not at the forefront. Maple and spices and vanilla and caramel malts. This could be great, but as it stands now it's solid and drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Seems like there's it's a bit watery and more slick than it should be, with a more medium body.

Drinkability: Not one of the best I've had, and I'd expect better from Bell's, but it's pretty easy to drink, flavorful, and very nice for the season of course.

Photo of bashiba
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a very light amber color with just a touch of off white head.

Has a lightly toasted grain nose with a touch of grassy hops.

The flavor is a bit bland with moderate grainy malt flavor finishing with some light grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery.

Pretty average Oktoberfest.

Photo of association330
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Beer poured a light amber with a 2-finger head that quickly disappeared to a thin cap with a thick ring of foam. Minimal lacing.

S - Toasted malt, with a touch of fruitiness.

T - Toasted caramel malts dominate, with a kiss of hops to balance out the finish. Not terribly impressive, but solid.

M - The mouthfeel was disappointing. Carbonation was about right, but the palate is too thin for the style.

D - Very simple and mildly enjoyable. You'll put back 2 or 3 easily.

It's not a bad beer, but I've come to expect better from Bell's. This was just average by their standards.

Photo of hops4me
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber with many bubbles fighting for the surface. The amber color was on the light side of amber. The head quickly fell into the glass. Slight fruity smell evident but not easy to detect. Taste was slighty toasted and malty and much like the smell with not alot of umph. Very carbonated with a light body. This wasn't bad but there are plenty of better options on the shelf.

Photo of Proteus93
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden pour, similar to apple juice from concentrate in colour. Head is pretty weak, fizzly like soda, and drops to absolutel nothingness fairly quickly

S: Soft aromas of malts, but a bit nondescript. A little doughiness.

T + M: Rather thin malts with a bitter hoppiness. The flavour is a little lacking with the body, which is a little heavier. Assertive carbonation which is surprising given the apparent lack of carbonation upon first pour.

D: Not as solid as many other Bell offerings, which is surprising. Still drinkable, certainly, but not among the better of the style.

Photo of jeremyd365
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch #8610. Poured a medium-hazy golden-amber with a small whithish head. Appears heavily carbonated and smells malty with perhaps a hint of caramel. It feels medium-thin-bodied in the mouth and comes out with a crisp malt finish. There isn't much to the flavor, but if you like a solid malt, then, by golly, this one's for you. Nothing to write home to mom about, but it seems alright for the style.

Photo of daliandragon
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was a little surprised that this brew isn't higher rated due to how solid Bell's usually is. The color is a bit lighter than usual for the style with a reddish gold hue. No head at all and only a thin peninsula of bubbles in the cap. The nose has plenty of caramel malt with plenty of sugar.

This doesn't seem to have the usual craftsmanship and quality that Bell's put into their beer; this is watery with too much carbonation and a somewhat stale or sour tang to the taste. Malt body is decent but is laced with metal. This is a bit less polished than the average marzen. Not really something I'll look out for in the future.

Photo of Buebie
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date, into an oversized merlot glass.
I like the lable design. Of an orange leafe with nice detail.

2 finger fluffy white head that quickly disapears leaving no retention. No real lace on this one.
Color is a brilliant transparent copper/ orange.

Smell is of rye? Toasted malt, sweet caramel, peppercorn.
Bitter taste up front. Wow, this is skunky. I hope its just a bad bottle. I doubt it though. Just came outta the box from the distributer.
Watery mouthfeel with a bitter sour overtone. Finish is thin and 1 dimensional.

Do not want.


Revisiting this beer for another go. 8/30/2010

Poured from the brown bottle into a pint glass, producing half an inch of white head. Receding pretty darn fast to leave to retention. Spotty lace rings, thin and again quite spotty.
Color is a golden orange, crystal clear see through.

Aroma has a snappy bite of malt, rye spice, dry hay feilds of hops and mild caramel in the backround.

Taste is a bit better then I rememberd. Good amount of malt, fairly bready. A touch of sourdough rye cpice to it. Mild caramel and a bit of minerally water.

Honestly not as bad as I remember, but lacking in several area. A run of the mill oct fest that can easily be skipped for far better versions of the style

Photo of JToad
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared a sixer of this with friends last night.

Pours a dark copper. Little head with even lighter lacing. Smells of biscuity malts. Slight hop profile adds a little bitterness. Tastes of sweet malts. Very light mouthfeel.

Decent overall beer, but nothing exciting. Not the best example of an Octoberfest/Marzen IMHO, but serviceable.

Bell's Octoberfest Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 775 ratings.