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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: 698
Reviews: 429
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 31
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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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Photo of weeare138
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a transparent copper with a small, off-white head that quickly fades into a film and collar. Small spots of lacing are left around the glass. Steady streams of CO2 rise to the top.
Smell is of sourdough, toffee, raisins, light dough, fresh grains, gentle fruity sweetness.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas but it seems to drop off slightly from the enticing scents.
Mouthfeel is sweet up front, medium bodied, doughy, and semi-dry.

weeare138, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of putnam
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

Amber/caramel clear with sheet of white on top. Easy, steamy pale malt aromas scented with moist vegetation and cereal. Workable, watery texture punctuated with fizz and oily bitterness that provide definition for apple, straw and green plum tartness. Overall, a drinker. I want just a little more texture and viscosity.

putnam, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of franksnbeans
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours a clear as day copper with a fluffy head that dies quick. Smells of bread and grain. Tastes as it smells, bread, grain, some very mild sweetness and tiny bite at the finish. Feels medium to light in the mouth with good carbonation. Goes down very easy. A tasty Octoberfest brew but nothing that stands out.

franksnbeans, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of genog
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours a golden color with a bubbly white head that lingers and slowly fades away. Smell is grains, rice, and a maltiness. Taste is Sweet and smooth with some spices. Limited carbonation on this one makes for a crisp smooth drink. Nice offering, and look forward to drinking the rest.

genog, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of bigdeuce
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%

Bell's Oktoberfest was a pretty good representation of the style. Didn't have that high, craggy head that the great German Ofests do, but had some nice malts, could've used a few more, very smooth with a slight hoppy kickback. Highly drinkable on a fall night. Some slight caramel flavoring and a nice orangish/brown color. An overall decent interpretation of an Oktoberfest.

bigdeuce, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of BMoney575
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%

Sampled on 8-25-07
Batch 8038

Pours a dark amber/orange with a fizzy white head that bubbles away.

Smell is clean and sweet, with a subtle fruitiness.

Taste is sweet at first, with a crisp spicy flavor coming in next. The nicely balanced malt definately conveys a sense of fall.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated and fizzy, adds to the spicier flavors.

Drinkability is very good, no flavor is too intense or harsh.

Overall, one of the better octoberfest beers I've had. Very sessionable and enjoyable.

BMoney575, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of david131
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%

A- Golden, clear, orange, a little luminescent. Very small head that settles to a splotchy covering. Lots of streams of rising carbonation.

S- Malty, brown sugar, apple juice. A little bit of spiciness. Not a whole lot there unless you really search for it.

T- Sweet, crisp and malty. Spicier flavor than in the nose. Some more brown sugar and apple juice.

M- Dry and maybe just a bit too much carbonation.

D- A great sessionable beer. This is fall in the bottle. Another worthwhile addition to Bell's line-up.

david131, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of Avagadro
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

A: Copper in color and crystal clear. The color resembles an orange autumn leaf. Head is an off white with moderate retention. Looks good.

S: Malty sweet in the nose with a very light hop presence. The aroma isn't aggressive, but it is very pleasing.

T: A light malty sweetness dominates this delicate brew. The sweetness is well balanced with s slight spicy hop finish.

M: Light bodied, Clean mouthfeel, and a moderate amount of carbonation. Nothing seems off.

D: This is a great light autumn brew. Very delicate, but very pleasing. Nothing to be searched for, but it is a good buy if you're looking of something new.

Avagadro, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of xav33
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%

Bells Octoberfest Beer
12 oz bottle
Moderate pour in a shaker.
No batch number, recent brewing, absorbed 08/07.

Poured a clear copper amber with a medium fizzy white somewhat diminishing head.

Smelt of moderate toffee, caramel malt, grain, dry leaves.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet toffee and or caramel malt with a light fruitiness and bitter grain followed by a strong bitter dry leaves yeast finish and more moderate to light sweet caramel and fruit on an average length finish.

Palate was light to medium bodied, creamy, lively carbonated and light to moderate astringency.

Overall, this was a very respectable octoberfest. It seemed a bit disappointing at first but it opened up towards the end. It definitely strays a bit from the authentic German style though.

xav33, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%

Appearance: Clear amber body. Off-white head. Carbonation can be seen throughout. A little retention and very mild lacing.

Smell: Caramel apples, some oat/grain, toffee, and nuts.

Taste: Roasted nuts come through first then with the caramel red apples. The toffee, oats and grain linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Nice carbonation.

Drinkability: You can pound these back all night.

stereosforgeeks, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%

Originally reviewed on December 9, 2006. On tap at the Downtowner Lounge - Houghton, MI. This keg has probably been on for a good while, as this isn’t the type of bar where people would drink this beer. I was quite glad to still find this on tap, it seems to be a rather rare Bell’s draft, despite having been released throughout the state. Lemon fringed with an orange core, creamy froth of off-white. Light wispy aroma of creamy malts and light oatiness. A touch of graininess. Sweet sugary, lightly estered malt, with some barnyard oat qualities and a touch of hay. Not as much of the heavy Munich malt character as I expected from the style. Backend presents a slightly sourish, lemon tang and a nip of aged yeast. I can tell this keg has been on for a while, but it doesn’t seem to detract. The smack is one of the more profound of any beer I’ve had for a good while. A long lingering, clean mint and lemon bite, that hangs out along with a jumble of barnyard, sweet malt esters and clear mid-roasted unfermented crystal character. An interesting rendition, in my opinion. I’m sure why everyone else has this beer so down. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Nicely refreshing and light.

CharlesDarwin, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%

Nearly 4 years ago, I gave this one a poor review, and I've returned to redeem it. Maybe it's improved, or maybe I was in a bad situation. Either way, here's it's second chance.

Milky froth atop a clear, copper-y/ amber hue. Fits the part.

Aroma: cereal grains, vegetal, herbal nose. Subdued maltiness.

Taste: clean, but plump with malty flavor. Excellent balance, not too forward in any way, minor hops, just enough to give a bit o' bitterness. Grainy malt just below, but, again, not too sweet, not too sickly, just right.

Medium bodied, medium finish, plenty of flavor, restrained in every degree. Keeps delivering this great balance of malt and hop. They keep skirting around each other, showing their virtues, and holding excesses in.

Must remember to stop comparing perfectly fine examples of a style against those versions that skirt outside the boundaries.

feloniousmonk, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of kmpitz2
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%

12 oz pour. From notes. The beer was a mild golden color with a small head that fell to a small island over top of the brew. Clarity was fantastic and a mild carbonation was present cascading towards the surface. Good looking, but maybe a touch light in color. Aroma was grainy, fairly light with a mild bready sweetness in the background. Flavor was very bready with mild sweetness and toastyness. The grainyness was pretty full in there, and a mild bitterness hit on the finish. I thought it was tasty. Mouthfeel was a solid moderate with a light carbonation that gives the brew the feel of more thickness than it truly had. Overall, I liked the brew. It was a little more grainy than I would have liked and the nose was lighter than expected, but it was an enjoyable beer.

kmpitz2, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +11.4%

on tap at Maduro, 3$ during happy hour

appearance: poured into pint glass...medium amber body, light beige head with some bubbly lacing, a tad cloudy

smell: toasted malt/grain dominate the aroma, sweet red apple, caramel, toffee, roasted nut

taste: pretty good octoberfest from bell's that ive been interested in trying for a while now...big roasted nut flavor, sweet gala apple, caramel and toffee, toasted grain, toasted malt...pretty standard but thats not a bad thing

mouthfeel: medium body, smooth

drinkability: easy drinking

dirtylou, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

Appearance is slightly clouded copper with a large off white head leaves a collar of lace dwindles down and leaves behind specks of lacing. Aroma has fruity caramel sweet bready mix from the malt profile with a slight spicy character with bitey, grassy noble hop presence, seems a bit muted even after warming the brew for a little in my hands. Taste has a light noticeable alcohol note with creamy light fruty subtle caramel malt flow light bitterness with a quality overal mix of flavors finishes like a light herbal tea. My excitement exceeded the actual experience of trying this brew, I'm a pretty much overall Bell's fan but this one left me wanting a bit more flavor. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation somewhat creamy textured with mild prickly bubbles hitting the palate. Drinkability is pretty good overall but due to the somewhat lack of flavor I'd much rather go with a Penn or Great Lakes Octoberfest brew. Nice to see a cloudy fest and I will drink it again, but I was under wowed by it.

WVbeergeek, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%

Had this beer at Mad Mex in Robinson.
The head was slightly off white,thick,good retention.
Amber/coppery colors, a cloudy appearance,looks unfiltered.
The smell was caramelly,sweet,spicey and fruity a little subdued though.
Tasted bisquity,caramelly,chocolaty,not a tastey as i would have liked it to be.
The mouthfeel was a bit grainey,with a dryness,and a bittersweet finish.A bit of a light mouthfeel for an Ofest though.
A bit lacking in character.
Very drinkable,not a bad Octoberfest,it just didn't do anything for me.Just a middle of the pack Octoberfest.
I really like the Bell's beer,this one was just a little disapointing to me.

jcdiflorio, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of adammills
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%

I had this beer today over dinner with the family. I have been drinking a lot of Oktoberfest of late and looked forward to this offering from Bells. I had a pint on tap, it was a pleasing amber with a thin head with slight lacing. The flavor of the beer was a bit mild and lacking for my taste. I have been drinking German Oktoberfests and am unsure if i am spoiled or what. It is a good enough beer but there are better choices out there.

adammills, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of mmcave
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%

This was the only thing on tap I had not had at the exchequer pub in down town, so I tried it. I have to admit I wasn’t able to spend as much time on this one as I do with most. Simply because I was with company, however I did make some quick mental notes during the course of my meal. It had a decent head not too wild. Looked like a lager with a slightly more caramely tarnished color. Smell was subtle hints of spice, hay maybe and some sweet malt. Taste was decent, some caramel, a little hops, kind malt and spice. Again I didn’t get to spend too much time with this, but over all I thought it was a decent seasonal beer. Mostly likely I would not buy a bottle until I've had a couple more Oktoberfests for referance, but if it was at a fest and cheep I might go for it right away.

mmcave, Oct 05, 2006
Photo of ypsifly
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%

On tap at Slow's in Detroit.

Clear copper with a small white head that settles to a thin layer and leaves the tiniest amount of spotty lace.

Lightly toasted caramel and biscuits. Faint hop dryness. Rather weak overall.

Good amount of caramel and toast upfront with just enough hop backing. Faint spice and a rather clean finish. Tastes a lot fuller than it smells.

Moderate mouth with just enough carbonation. Its drinkable and could make for a good dinner beer, but it is a rather standard Okto fest and I wouldn't go to any great lengths to seek this one.

ypsifly, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of edbeered
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%

This pours a hazy amber color, with a substantial yellowish white head and leaves substantial lacing on the glass. The smell is the least pleasant thing about this beer-there is a distinct sulfery odor. Thankfully, there is no trace of that in the taste. There is a distinctly grassy flavor, along with a creamy caramel blast at the finish. The mouthfeel is nicely rich and the only thing hampering the drinkability is the aforementioned smell. A very nice Octoberfest.

edbeered, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of mcallister
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Clear, clean orange in color. Bright and livley. Creamy thick white head with a hint of orange to it also. Sticky thick lace.

Spicy caramel malt, lively acidity, with a toffee aroma ending as well as some hints of floral hop.

One of the better O-fests out there. Great balance & length. Caramel malt dominates, there is a slight floral bitterness to the ending. Roasted peanut and cashew are also notable on the mid-palate.

Creamy carbonated mouthfeel. Easily drinkable.

mcallister, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of alexgash
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. Solid gold orange clear body with a small, but persistent, off-white head. Nice fall weather for drinking this baby outside I might add. Cookie dough malt nose mixes with grassy vegetables and spicy hops. Bursting with juicy cookie malt sweetishness. Peppery spicy hop bitterness fills in the finish. Creamy, moderate body that goes down too easily.

alexgash, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of hoppymeal
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%

Pours a nice burnt orange and light coppery color with a small off white head. Aroma is a lightly sweet maltiness mixed with cooked grains, there is also a little earthy-grassiness. Taste follows the aroma with a gentle malty sweetness that is smooth on the palette and is followed by a nice and light peppery-spicey hoppiness. The beer is very creamy and soft and I found the sweetness to be light and not overpowering and well balanced by the subtle spice and dryness from the hops. I could easily see myself sessioning this and was wishing Bell's had to go containers available as I left.

hoppymeal, Sep 11, 2006
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Bell's Octoberfest Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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