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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
Brewed by:
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 Proteus93
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
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
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
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
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
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
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
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
3.23/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of nrbw23
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear amber color.

S- Fairly light here caramel malts and a touch of a bready smell.

T- Well balanced between the malts and the hops neither one is jumping out at me but nothing to write home about.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

D- Easy to drink but there are better examples of the style out there.

Photo of Zraly
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours light amber with a decent head. Was expecting slightly more color saturation.

Has a nice bready note in the nose. Soft, barely apparent hop dryness in the finish. In terms of style, the general concept - toasty, bready malty flavors with just a hint of hops - is present, but the execution isn't without flaw. The body is not as full as one would expect for an Oktoberfest - it's a bit light and thin in mouthfeel, taste, and finish. However, it is a smooth drink and is approachable. In some ways it is actually perfect for the late summer weather right now: still warm but the faint feeling of "cool" setting in at night.

Not a bad beer, but not anything special. If you are new to the style, it might be a good place to start.

Photo of BierFan
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tumbler glass.

Copper orange-red in color. An off-white head that disappeared too fast. Looks pretty dark for the style.

Smells sweet and malty. Roasted and caramel malty flavor that gives way to the bitter hops. Sweet and smooth.

I already can't wait to have my second of the sixer. Great Beer.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours brilliantly clear orange-copper in color. Head is modest and doesn't stick around long.

Aroma is toasted caramel malt. Earthy hop spice, lighty fruity, with a bit of a metallic quality.

Taste is clean, toasted malt. Bready, grainy, and sweet. earthy hop spice remains from the nose, and adds a hint of bitterness in the peppery, metallic finish.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side.

I was expecting a fuller flavor from this O-fest. Flavor is sweet, with subdued complexity. Initially I found this offering overly sweet and light in body. However, the more you drink the stronger the toasted malt and spicy hop becomes. That said, this is still a rather light, grainy O-fest. In the future I would probably pick something more robust.

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

Pours a nice, clear light copper color with a small white head that fades down to a covering of the glass. Leaves good ladder like lacing.

Mild malty smell and taste. Smooth, slightly sweet with just a hint of Marzen bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is rich enough, nothing watery or thin about this one.

Drinkability is good. There is nothing dramatic about this beer. I would have liked a bit more bitterness in the finish but I would not turn down a few pitchers of this in a session with friends. A pretty good Oktoberfest.

Photo of GoodKnight1220
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this beer from a bottle into a glass.

Poured a nice golden copper, with no real head.

Smell was wonderful, a sweet caramel and lots of malt.

Tasted very very malty upfront with hints of caramel and ends sweet.

Mouthfeel kind of leaves a dry aluminum taste in your mouth.

Could drink a few of these, not the best though.

Photo of roadhouse
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears golden-orange, but more orange than gold, with a two finger off-white head. Pretty decent lacing is left behind as well.

Aromas of toasted malts, caramel, and some noble hops. Not much else to speak of.

Taste is similar to the aroma. Notes of toasted malt and caramel up front followed by a clean noble hop bitterness. Pretty straightforward, but good.

Mouthfeel is medium-light and fairly crisp. Good for sessions.

Pretty good Octoberfest if I say so myself. Nothing complex, just a good tasty brew perfect for the season.

Photo of Riverwarrior
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had many different "Oktoberfest" beers this year, but this offering has been my favorite. There is a nice, strong malty aroma. The taste also has a strong malty backbone. It's semi-sweet with no perceived bitterness.

The mouthfeel was medium with moderate carbonation. This was incredibly creamy and smooth. Very sessionable indeed.

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

Pours a nice orange with a decent head.

Smells malty and grainy, a bit sweet.

Taste is about what I expect from an Oktoberfest. A bit toasted, some malt, nothing too wild.

Mouthfeel medium density with medium carbonation.

Eh, this was all right. Nothing that really excited me, but a nice simple representation of the style. Bell's has better beers, but this was simple and solid.

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

12oz to standard pint, pours a nice deep orange amber shade, nice carbonation white head fades to nice lacing

smells of germanic malts and hops, slighty skunky in a delicious crisp way

taste is nice biscuity/caramel malt, crisp and light, bitterness is light but hop presence is definitely there and nice!, very very sessionable, yum!

mouthfeel is crisp, very flavorful and good weight - nice overall. definitely what i would want in an octoberfest :D

Photo of donteatpoop
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light amber color with medium white head.

Smells of hops and barley.

tasstes hoppy, very delightful.

A crisp refreshing feeling on the palate; goes down smooth.

I've had quite a few october fests this year from various brewers and this is undoubtedly one of the best Octoberfests out there.

Photo of RedBeerHead
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light amber. The head is very light and dissipates quickly.
was initially concerned that this beer was flat.

hints of spice and hops not much smell.

taste is a little metallic and sweet.

underbrewed. could use more flavor.

at the same time pretty refreshing and easy to drink.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, Batch 8610, packaged on August 22, 2008. Served in a snifter, the beer pours an orange/amber color with an inch white head. Head retention is low, lacing is good. It smells like toasted malt, grassy hops, bread/cereal, and a little bit of apple. Taste is similar to (but a bit stronger than) the aroma, but there's also some caramel malt in the taste too. It is mostly malty, but does have a slight bitter hoppy aftertaste. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium and it has a bit above average carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it's quite sessionable as it's easy to drink and smooth. This is the first O-Fest beer I've had this year, and it's pretty decent. I'd buy this again the next time I'm in the mood for this style of beer.

Photo of dogger6253
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep orange in color with lots of carbonation bubbles rushing to the top. The head falls quickly to a film which dissapates to practically nothing.

There is a strong, corn-like lager smell going on up front. It isn't overpowering, but it most certainly makes it harder for the other scents to come forward. There is a little bit of cherry, caramel and apple that comes out. Please lager yeast! Let them flourish!

Immediately after sipping, I think 'cane sugar' There is a corn-like yeast flavor, bits of cherries, bits of hops, grapefruit, honey, lemon. This thing is pretty tasty. The flavors are very prominent, but work well in the harmony of overall flavor.

The carbonation is pretty heavy and the body is fairly light. Very juicy, very refreshing. This beer is easy to sip, but makes for a great session beer. I would not only get this again, but I would drink it year-round. A tremendous beer to say the least.

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

Body pours to a perfect golden amber alost honey in color. Head is a fluffy tan biscuit that stands at two fingers but quickly fades to just a skim as I finish this sentence. Nose is a soft mineral snap of nutty hints and attractive maltiness. At first sip you cant help but thinking of yourself raising an oversized mug of this in the middle of a German festival singing and eating brats. Super smooth zesty maltiness that is a lot like a buttered bisciut with drizzled honey. A nutty metalic feel sticks to the top of the mouth. There is a slight nop of hops on the end of the palate but it is ever so brief. The malts really create a thick mouthfeel that is common to the style. Overall a good representation of the style Americanized.

Photo of Upgrayedd
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really wouldn't consider this a true Maerzen, but it is a tasty beer. There is hardly any roasted aroma and no maltiness that makes this style so great. It is also a little high in the IBU department. Despite all that, there is a bit of flavoring and aroma hops present, just enough to make this beer very drinkable, especially at cellar temp. I guess I made the mistake of keeping the six pack in the fridge and not letting the first few bottles warm up enough, which made it taste a little too bitter. Drinking it at 50-55 degrees really improved my opinion of this beer.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a big glass mug, the liquid is a medium clear copper with good carbonation. The head is 2 big fingers, tan and leave doos lace.

The smell is a bit weak, caramel malt, mixed with a fruity base.

The taste is good, just about right for the style. However I would have it a bit roasty and toast, which this is not.

The mouthfeel is good. Nice medium body and a good carbonated bit

The Drinkability is good, I good example of the style.

Prosit und Zum Wohl, MK

Photo of BeaBeerWife
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was kind of refreshing to find a simple beer from Bells, somewhat unexpected. One of my favorite Oktoberfest in late 2007 (minus the Germans), and they spelled it correctly. Seemed to vary from a traditional Oktoberfest, not as malty, although I'm uncertain. Great color. After having a Leinenkugels Oktoberfest, this beer was a GREAT refreshment.

I Think we'll see a lot more of this in late 2008.

Photo of stewart124
2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

An amber/orange color that pours clear with a white head that didn't stick around for long. It has now gone down to a small bubbly lace.

Smells of toasty malts and a slight grassy nose. I was expecting smells of some sweeter malts but not in this case. Nothing too impressive but just kind of average.

Tastes of bread and toasted malts. There is a slight hint of nut character that I am picking up. Hops are not overpowering and seem to blend in well. Clean finish but not sharp. Finishes kind of like an ale where coats the tongue and leaves a slightly fruity note.

Aftertaste is sweet and seems to be missing that strong maltiness. There is a toasted feel but I guess I was expecting more from a company that likes to push the envelope.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A very light pumpkin colored hue with an extremely clean complexity to it. Head is small yes visible, touch off white and simple.

S: Bready and toasted. Little bit of yellow apple, yam and caramel to boot.

T: Sublte flavors at work here, especially for an octoberfest. Begins with only a minimal sweetness to it, along the lines of apple pie, toasted grains and sunflower seeds. The next big thing is honey comb…and its really strong. One of the stronges honey tasting beers I’ve ever had and I don’t even know if there is honey in this beer. Finishes with cereal type flavors; honeycomb and corn pops being the primary ones I’m thinking of.

M: Medium body with a straight forward mouthfeel and some carbo sting.

D: Eh. Not too sure about this after taste. Its ok but not fitting the style well enough.

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