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

Bell's Octoberfest BeerBell's Octoberfest Beer
BA SCORE
3.63/5
1,073 Ratings
Bell's Octoberfest BeerBell's Octoberfest Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Crafted as a flavorful session beer and perfect for autumn, Octoberfest spends a full six weeks fermenting.

With herbal hop aromas, this balanced amber lager focuses on lightly toasted malt that lends body without too much sweetness. Perfect for a week-long wedding celebration in Germany or the start of the Michigan autumn.

Added by hoppymeal on 09-11-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,377
Reviews:
503
Ratings:
1,073
pDev:
12.12%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
105
Trade:
0
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Photo of BubbleChamber
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber colored. Head dissipates to 1 finger, no substantial lacing. Nose is malty. Flavor is malty, too, only bordering on sweet. Just of tinge of hop bitterness. Finish is a little drying on the tongue, prompting another sip (or gulp). Body is lightish. A good brew from one of my favorite breweries, but I would prefer more carbonation to make it crisper. —Reviewed 2017/09/22

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Photo of dd53grif
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tillmac62
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

BOD 8/17/17. Pours a clear amber with a nice garnet hue. Outstanding head volume and retention, good lacing.

The nose is good but lacks intensity and complexity. There is a bready malt sweetness, a touch of nutty biscuit and a hint of herbal hops. The color suggests caramel but it was not easily detected. You have to search for it, which is surprising.

The body is heavy light with a nice smooth texture. The carbonation / body balance is good. Effervescence is light mid-palate and only slightly prickly on the finish.

The flavor profile is good. Like the nose, complexity and intensity are lacking. Balance is outstanding. Little sweetness is present and consequently a very mild herbal flavor is dominant. Bitterness is quite mild. A touch of nutty biscuit is noted while the bready notes of the nose are absent. The finish is a slow fade and lacks crispness. The herbal hop note lingers.

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Photo of Sparty1224
4.46/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Founder's Black Party pint. Bottled on 8/16/17, making this 2 months old.

A: Pretty clear and filtered orange-amber color. Minimal head.

S: Pretty clean lager, corn, nut, bread.

T: Nice and clean. Smooth bready malts, corn, and a little bit of sweetness.

M: Clean and crisp, good carbonation.

O: Making a great Octoberfest beer can be tough. Most American versions can end up too malty or too sweet. Most I've had this season fall into that category. This Bell's classic, however, hits it on the nose. Nice a crisp, easy drinking, not too sweet or overly malty, and just the right hop balance. This is the ultimate Octoberfest, at least in Michigan. This has always been my favorite Octoberfest beer, and it's great to see it bottled consistently again.

Recommendation: Easily the best Octoberfest beer in Michigan, you should seek this out every Fall.

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Photo of Trevor_martin
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange with a 1 finger head. Aroma- sweet, fruity, berries, dirt, pear. Taste- pear, nutty, caramel, fairly clean finish. Almost a Belgian yeast to it. Mouthfeel is medium carbed. Overall- kinda different take on this style. Still good though.

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Photo of Beerucee
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Found at flying saucer. Kiss!

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Photo of Riff
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice amber color with about a half finger of white head that fades to a little lacing. Smell is caramel, toffee, biscuit, and a little earth. Taste is a little on the sweet side, cracker, caramel with a little biscuit aftertaste. Feel is medium-light, light carbonation. Pretty good beer, not my favorite marzen but pretty good.

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Photo of blissfulNemo
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of marlinsrock
2.33/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Very bland. Get Great Lakes Ocktoberfest instead.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of davisrin
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A good, basic Octoberfest beer, but it had a harsh aftertaste to me. Not that that's a deal-breaker, but it suffers from comparison to Great Lakes, to me. I will drink it again this year (because Great Lakes Oktoberfest is out of stock where I buy my beer), but it's not one I would necessarily seek out in future.

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Photo of aclockworkchris
2.47/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of tigg924
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, orange-copper in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is dark bread, caramel malt and grain. Medium bodied, very clean, sweet, with low carbonation. Makes for an excellent domestic example of the style...Could do several.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a clear mug, the appearance was a slim golden to copper color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off fairly slow. Some messy lace ran here and there.
The aroma captured a nice blend of semi-thick caramel/toffee malts measuring in on some biscuit-like lager yeast, slight toast and a light earthiness.
The flavor was mainly sweet through the malt bill that grabbed an ever so slight nuttiness to play with the toast/lager-like structure. Just a tickle of an aftertaste which was mainly just some caramel to biscuit malts.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied, perhaps just a touch under with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt on par. Slight acceptable stickinesss. Smooth malty finish.
Overall, as an Oktoberfest by an American brewer and one that I respect I would say this is a worthy one to have again.

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Photo of mjurney
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Amber-gold, clear. Lots of carbonation rising. Thick off-white head.

Aroma:
Malty, toasted, clean lager yeast, slight spicy.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Bready malt, toasted, biscuit, just a little pilsner malt. Clean lager yeast character. Hop bitterness is mild, spicy-herbal. Finish is crisp. Medium bodied, smooth, soft carbonation.

Overall:
It's an outstanding Oktoerfest!!

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wunderbah...true to style! Das est ein gout bier!!

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Photo of VicVinegar
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nstygles
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vetbidder
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

See through light amber look with a big head from an aggressive pour. Pretty straight forward toasty malt Oktoberfest scent. This beer has a more mineral flavored taste along with the toasty malt to produce a distinct flavor that's pretty decent. Pretty well carbonated and maybe a little watery. Pretty good Oktoberfest.

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Photo of godawgs
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrKarl
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chiefbender
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Babydave
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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