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

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Bell's Octoberfest BeerBell's Octoberfest Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

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
Reviews:
455
Ratings:
920
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
17.88%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
70
For Trade:
1
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Reviews by neonbrown82:
Photo of neonbrown82
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent Oktoberfest. I've had better, but this one was definitely worth trying. The beer pours to a clear golden orange color. Decent carbonation. The head is fairly small and drops to a thin film in less than a minute. No lacing.

The smell is good. A good mix of biscuit and caramel malt aromas. A light bit of hops. Kind of an odd sweetness to it, accompanied by that distinct lagery aroma.

The taste is good as well. Biscuity up front followed by a gentle caramel sweetness in the early finish. Not quite as sweet as the nose suggests. The late finish shows the hops, albeit just a little. Just a touch of vegetal lager yeast flavors.

The mouthfeel is thin and crisp. Good balance between sweetness, toastiness, and bitter hops. Could stand to be just a tad bit more drinkable, but it was worth trying.

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Photo of Dr_Bahmbay13
5/5  rDev +39.7%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
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 woodychandler
3.04/5  rDev -15.1%
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 +9.2%
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 oberon
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor,poured into a standard pint a clear medium copper with a decent but quick to fade head,caramel and sweet dough mainly in the nose a bit toastiness not much detectable hop presence.Flavors are somewhat sweet upfront with some real caramel and sweet dough coming thru a firm toastiness held up well to the sweetness a bit of spicy hop dried it out a bit in the finish.A bit middle of the road not bad and its drinkable just not earth shattering.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Single bottle from Riley’s.

Appearance: Lighter then some, copper Marzen with a thin but lasting white to off-white head.

Aroma: Toast, caramel, toffee, and sweet german malts. On the light side.

Taste: All the key qualities of an octoberfest: toast, caramel, toffee, and hints of spicy german hops…just rather light.

Mouthfeel: Sweetish, light to medium bodied. Clean.

Drinkability: Easy to drink but not wowing and a touch sweet for not having much oomph.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of brownbeer
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale orange with a thin, frothy white head that stays around for the duration atop armies of big rising bubbles.

Smells of fresh grains, caramel, subtle spicy hops, with hints of pear and apple.

Taste is similar to the nose with sweet grain up front and a smooth transtion to a mildly bitter hoppy finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied,soft and encouraging.

A very well made, flavorful example of an octoberfest. I would definately pick this up over a lot of others.

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Photo of blackearth
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. Pours a bright amber body with a thin white head that caps the beer and lasts. Aroma is a light malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation, toasted sweet malt flavors with a low bitterness in the finish an a hint of honey flavor. Overall a terrific take on the Marzen style.

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Photo of bdkucharski
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of DWolf
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of chip26
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of MrUse
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Torey
2.7/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of ryancl
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of bsp77
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit Pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly dull yellow-orange with thin white head. Only a hint of the expected copper color.

Smell: Very faint biscuit and caramel. Definitely the weakest smelling Marzen I have tried.

Taste: Very biscuity (which is true to style), with a caramel sweetness to round out the flavor. The noble hop profile is minimal. Overall, a little too sweet for a Marzen.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, not very dry for a Marzen.

Drinkability: Decent somewhat sweet lager, but a fairly weak example of a Marzen. C'mon Larry, you can do better.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.19/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of iparules
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of deebo
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint in tap at Lowry in MPLS

A-a nice amber color with ruby highlights. Completely clear served with a ringing of white head.

S-not a ton going on. Some caramel malt Marzen goodness with a fair amount of alcohol aroma and a bit of cooked corn-lager style

T-much better than the smell as the alcohol and DMS taste is much weaker than the aroma and the typical caramel toasted barley malt comes to the forefront. A bit of that taste is noted on the back end which hurts this beer

M-medium bodied with average carbonation and a adjunct lager finish

O-I'm afraid I've come to expect more from Bells but this is just an average attempt from an American brewer at the German Marzen. Many better options out there.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Bready aromas and flavors, crystal clear orange-ish gold with a 2 finger head with good lacing on the glass. Very rich malty flavors, malt driven like an Oktoberfest. Good body and carbonation, with rich foam. The malt balances well with the bitterness.

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