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Octoberfest Beer | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States

Style: German 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.

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Ratings: 1,189 |  Reviews: 540
Reviews by Calculat0r:
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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Photo of Dr_Bahmbay13
5/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Perfect Oktoberfest , The Perfect Brewery, from The Perfect State. Pours beautiful bright amazing perfectly clear and crisp looking PERFECT orange copper color. The smell is a PERFECT marzen character, a Bouquet of Perfect roasted malts, caramel, toffee, slight hops presence. The smell alone is PERFECTLY INTOXICATING! Taste?! Perfect, no other Oktoberfest I have had comes close to complexity of this Perfect Beer. The feel is absolutely Perfect, crisp, roasted , Perfect carbonation, every sip reminds me of fall , football, MSU kicking the shit out of ohio state (losers). fishing for salmon, bonfires,good food , and family.Do yourself a favor and try the Perfect OKTOBERFEST!

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Photo of jkblr
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottled 8/11/17 poured into a .5L krug at fridge temp 5.5% ABV. The beer pours bright honey amber color with khaki head. The head recedes to a ring eventually with a few spots of sporadic lacing. Aroma is faint but mostly crackery malt. Taste is semisweet malt with cracker and nutty elements transitioning to dry slightly nutty finish. Mouthfeel is thinner bodied, well carbonated and mostly dry. No off flavors or defects even though its only been in the bottle for a week. Overall, good. Perhaps a classic American version with just enough imported malt to keep it from being overly sweet. Very easy drinker and quite enjoyable, unless you're looking for a traditional Munich Marzen.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.04/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Frankly, even though it is only 09 Sept 2016, October cannot come quickly enough this year. This has been a swelteringly hot summer with one of the highest average temperatures on record. Fortunately, I am sammich-fed, beer-cooled, intrinsically-driven so my machine keeps going. I wish that I could say that this was a part of The CANQuest (tm), but alas, it is a mere bottle.

From the bottle: "Fall is my favorite time to drink beer. The weather turns cooler, there's a bounty of foods, and beer just seems to taste better. I hope you enjoy this traditional beer as much as I do. Prosit! [undersigned] Larry J. Bell".

I Pop!ped the cap and gave it a solid, if not aggro, pour which produced two fingers of dense, foamy, tawny head with decent retention. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity. This prompted a visit from The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Croesus & Midas, all anxious for a taste. Nose was lightly sweet, with a cereal-like quality. It was certainly malt-driven, but I have had richer versions of the style, especially from Germany. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not exactly watery, but not much beyond it, either. The taste was mild, sweet, mildly sweet, but kind of lacking in Oooomph! I initially thought that this might be a new beer that they brought out, but it has been around for a decade. It seems that there is a reason that I have not bothered with it until now. Finish was semi-sweet, but it was about as memorable as the traffic that passes by Chez Woody. Once it's gone, it is forgotten. It was not a "bad" beer, per se, just lacking in any of the qualities that make the style a semi-annual treat.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, straight-to-style type of beer, but a little ordinary in the whole scheme of Oktoberfests. Standard orange / copper color with terrific head retention and brilliant clarity. Aromas are malty, hopped for balance, and a touch of caramel malt -- all coming together quite well. Flavors are bready and rich, with hops off-setting the sweetness, and contributing a light grassy flavor. Textures are firm and creamy, providing a firm pillow for the mellow flavors and spices. Finishes with a mild dry, hop finish. Good beer, but likely gets lost in the shuffle.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at The Olney Place in Penn Yan, NY.

This pours an orange-ish copper, with a half inch head, and just a small amount of lacing.

Smells like caramel, bready malt, and a bit of slightly fruity lager yeast.

Tastes like a pretty typical and well constructed Octoberfest, some caramel, good amount of toasty malt, some dried fruit, and a little bit of hop character.

This is medium bodied, with a warm and toasty mouthfeel.

A nice domestic rendition of an Oktoberfest. Won't knock down the originals, but still quite good anyway.

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Photo of Winter
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bell's O'fest pours a clear copper in color with a khaki colored head. Aroma has hints of light caramel malt, some biscuit. I also get a hit of unexpected perfume that combines with a slight fruitiness... almost like apple. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and rather carbonated. The taste is malty on the forefront. Middle has a really odd seltzer like quality to it, which is unfortunate. The finish is harsher than expected for an Oktoberfest. Grainy and alcoholic, but mostly flavorless and dry.

I was disappointed in this offering. I've had plenty of great Bell's beers in the past and this was quite a letdown. Flavors were off and rather unenjoyable for an Oktoberfest beer. I kind of wish I didn't waste the money on a six pack of it.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A different take on the style but I'm digging that hop presence... Certainly not overpowering but present and accounted for... Does a great job of balancing the beer out... Not much sweetness to that malt backbone but I love the earthiness shown here as everything melds and blends terrifically...

Enjoyed with veal bratwurst, Swabian potato salad and a tangy Dusseldorf mustard....


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Photo of bierenutz
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a clear golden amber color with a finger thick head leaving no lacing on the glass.
S-Malty with hints of brown sugar otherwise not much.
T-Bready malts and sweet caramel and bitter afternotes.
M-Thinnish with mild to moderate carbonation.
D-This is only an average beer for this style. Somewhat of a dissapointment for this brewery.

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Photo of JJStorm
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Hop_God
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: clear amber with subtle orange and red hues. thin redish white head

S: malt, cloves, baking spices

T: spices, malt, hops, cloves.

F: clean and crisp. bitter spicy bite

O: pretty solid Marzen style brew

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Photo of daledeee
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Riverwarrior
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of herman77
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, light honey/orange with a small white head that fades to a collar and cap. Hardly any lacing.

S: Cereal grains, lightly toasted malt and a little bit of carmel sweetness.

T: Malty carmel sweetness is the main flavor here, not as much as Summit's O-fest I had last night though. Lots of breadiness to it too, just a touch of hop bitterness, would be nice if it had more to balance all the malt flavors. Finishes somewhat crisp with a cereal grains.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation that feels pretty soft and slick. Nice.

D: Okay drinkability. A little too much one sided.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This wasn't memorable but it was solid enough...

The thing I liked the most about this beer was its coloration - a color reminiscent to a pumpkin, if it were in liquid form. The brew tops off with a nice white, thin foam (in terms of height but thick in terms of its presentation to the eye. The odor that emanates from this is mostly weak, not much to pick out in my opinion, which is followed by a watery mouthfeel that eased up on carbonation as it warmed. Taste-wise this wasn't anything overly special, it pretty much follows the style, good enough in my book and better than any macro take on this. Overall, I rated this good as i definitely enjoyed it on a lazy Sunday evening.

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Photo of moundbz
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of grover37
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FSUplumber
2.77/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have not drank alot of octoberfest so try it. It may be very good. These are my thoughts on a beer from a very fine brewrey.

A- Dark wheat straw crystal clear the head was thin and faded quickly with a small ring that lasted through the glass

S- hop up front than all malt maybe a touch of cardboard

T- Smooth, crisp, hops linger on the tounge.

M- lite, crisp and dry

D-Good I could drink a few

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Photo of lupercmda
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of OGShotzy
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of cichief
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a tasting glass.

A- Pours a nice deep gold, with a nice white head, very clear.

S- Malty with a nice subtle hops nose.

T- Malty but clean, not too hoppy, but finishes nicely.

M- Smooth, almost creamy, well carbonated, but not effervescent.

D- Very nice, maybe the best Octoberfest I have had this year.

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Photo of glid02
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Trappeze in Athens, GA.

Pours a clear orange-amber color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of mild caramel malts with hints of bread and herbal hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet caramel malt flavors up front with hints of earthy hops that fade before a mildly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a decent thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished my glass but I'm not sure about another.

Overall this was a lackluster attempt at the style from a brewery that doesn't usually miss hitting the nail on the head. The flavors don't pop enough and it just doesn't have enough body.

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Photo of aasher
1.94/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This one was poured into a Guinness pint glass. It poured light and kind of watery with the lightest of heads. It was a light, light orange that was very translucent. The smell was strange. It had both yeasty and lunchmeat aromas, yes, lunchmeat. I have no idea why it smelled like that, considering it's very, very fresh. The taste was bland and also had a slint tint of lunchmeat to it. What's happening? At least it was fresh and crisp but it was a little light. I don't know where Bell's went wrong on this one. I didn't think it was awful last year but this bottle was horrible. Not drinkable whatsoever.

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Photo of JMurphy41
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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Octoberfest Beer from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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