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

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Bell's Octoberfest BeerBell's Octoberfest Beer

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

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

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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 KEH
4.68/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bell's Octoberfest is one of the best domestic versions that I've tried. It pours a deep golden color with a thick pale head. The balance of this beer is outstanding. It's got a great malty character, a hint of sweetness, and a subtle crispness from the hops at the end. I really wish this beer was available year-round.

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Photo of DocSkalski
4.63/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite Oktoberfest brews. It has all of the characteristics you've come to expect from a good fall lager: not too heavy, not too light, some bread like malty sweetness, balanced hop character and mild carbonation; everything that reminds you fall is here and the leaves are changing. Served in the proper glassware this makes for a wonderful fall evening.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.56/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a pale clear amber with a large head. The aroma offers up rich malts, with toffee, sticky fruits, melon, dried leaves, and cooked mushrooms. The flavor is semi sweet, with notes of toffee, melon, and many spices - cardamom and cumin. There is a mild but constantly present bitterness, just enough to balanced the sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light and fluffy carbonation. Overall this a a better than average American octoberfest, with nice fruity notes than I really appreciate, and good balance.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.53/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Quite impressive.
Taste is well balanced and refreshing. Bitter, floral, grassy hops upfront. Notes of dried grains. Rich flavors of caramel apples, plums, toffee, fresh biscuits, and honey midpalate. Like any good Marzen, it's toasty and sweet with flavors of caramel and fruit but still maintains a dry, bitter finish to balance it out that leaves you somewhat parched after you take a drink; encouraging you to have another sip. Body is light with low carbonation. Moderate alcohol profile.

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Photo of tapman
4.52/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Frothy, beige head that begins at 2 1/2 fingers and subsides rather quickly. Classic medium orange color and crystal clear. I would have preferred better head retention, but everything else is spot on.

Doughy bread, light toast, hint of chrysanthemum flowers and a clean lager yeast aroma.

Rich malt character of 15-30 Lovibond malt. Must be lots of Munich. After that initial taste there is a buttery melting sensation followed by a strong bitterness.

Light and bubbly, not over-carbonated or harsh. Smooth, but not watery.

I thought that this one was a good example of the style. My qualms are minimal: better head retention, maybe a tad less bitterness and some more hop in the aroma. The hoppy aroma is my American opinion so don't yell at me.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.48/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Slightly hazy golden brown pour with about a finger of white head.

S: Predominantly malty with some underlying hops.

T: Bread, crackers, malts, grain, mixed in with a bit more hoppiness than I was expecting and bam you have a great tasting beer. The taste is subtle, but refreshing.

MF: Finishes clean and dry, making you come back for more...and more and more...

O: Extremely drinkable, tasty, great representation of the style.

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Photo of evantwomey
4.48/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, this beer gets no respect, no respect! I'd say this is the Rodney Dangerfield of Oktoberfests.

Pours with a beautiful, rusty-golden hue, small white head. Excellent clarity. Smell is very bready, toasty malt. Extremely clean. Not caramel-forward like in some other examples of the style. Taste is like liquid graham cracker. Big bready flavors. Really fantastic. Dry finish, but with enough malt backbone to provide plenty of balance. Everything I've ever read about what a traditional Oktoberfest should taste like is embodied in this beer (it also fits the BJCP guidelines exactly).

Seriously, a B- average? This is hands-down the best Oktoberfest I've had. Rather than coat my mouth with candy-like caramel flavors, Bell's has gone a more traditional route and focused on the toasty flavors.

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Photo of GavDomDadGH
4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - a nice reddish orange. Small head that. Leaving a nice lacing on the glass.

S - rich in nutmeg, some malts and a hint of pumpkin

T - rich and creamy. Maybe a bad batch for those who thought it was thin. Great fall flavors as seen with most Oktoberfest beers.

M - again creamy, exactly what I expect from a good Bells beer

O - would recommend this to anybody wanting an overall good Oktoberfest

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.42/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is a cloudy, golden brown with an orange tint. Head fades quickly.

The smell is a fresh floral, with a hearty grain.

It has a strong grain flavor, with caramelized sugar and banana. The aftertaste is mildly acidic with hops and a slight metal.

The mouthfeel has a vibrant carbonation, but is very smooth. It is also very clean and refreshing.

Overall, it is a multidimensional, very flavorful, well-balanced beer.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a highly transparent autumn auburn color with little head retention. The nose is crisp and malty. Quite the common and expected for this style. The taste is great, maybe even excellent. Malty, bold, and rich, yet has an outstanding crispness and refreshment factor. Doesnt have the overpowering sweetness of some octoberfests. Nicely done.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and the adequate carbonation gives it an excellent crisp feel. An awesome drinker here. I dont know if it would ever get old before spring came around.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A= pours a total clean golden color with a nice huge two finger head that's creamy and a little rocky. It falls fast and didn't leave that much lacing on it but a decent amount.
S= sweet caramel grains comes through mostly. Really not much else. A little dough.
T= I really love the taste of this one. Sweet grains are balanced perfectly by the doughy bready flavor. It reminds me of eating some of that sweet hawaii bread. There's a slight hop bitterness in the middle but not much. Really tastes like sweet bread.
M= smooth and average for a fest beer. Really nothing impressive but there is a nice lingering taste toward the back of my tongue and into my troat I like.
D= awesome. Super delicious beer. I don't know why it isn't higher rated. Impressed me.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright and slightly cloudy amber orange with lots of bubbles. Solid three finger white head with a decent retention. Lacing is pretty light.

Smell: Lots of caramel and toasty malts with hints of toffee and biscuit. Also some wheat grains and some spicy, earthy noble hops in the background. Very caramel driven.

Taste: A fairly sweet taste of caramel, toffee, and toasted malts. A solid presence of wheat grains. Some slightly spicy and herbal hops linger around in the background. Malt driven but well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy, crisp, and smooth.

Overall: A pretty good take on a Marzen. Full flavored and well balanced.

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Photo of PerroGrande
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours to a clear, golden color with a medium amount of foam. Foam hangs around nicely, leaving a nice wide lacing on the glass. Very nice appearance.

Smell: Nicely balanced aroma of hops, citrus, and malts.

Taste: Smooth, hoppy opening that is neutral to slightly bitter. Follows with a nice balance of malt, hops, and a touch of spice around the edges. Very tasty and a good gateway to fall -- my favorite season.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Light carbonation enters the feel a bit.

Drinkability: Very good. I like this beer and want another one... now! Very refreshing and good with food.

A nicely balanced brew that I really enjoyed.

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Photo of BierFan
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

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Photo of nocheinsbitte
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this at the Carrboro Bev Company, my first time having this bier.

A: Pour a typical fest color, although it is a tad lighter than most. A good foam head that is thick and full; lasts for a couple minutes and yields consistent lacing on the glass--a good sign.
S: I must apologize, I am a little stuffed up at this point, but I can still get a little orange sweetness, malt, and coriander. Very inviting.
T: As opposed to the other American-made Festbiers, this is the fullest and richest one I have had to date. The taste follows the aroma very well and there are no surprise after tastes or the like. Very satisfying.
M: No harsh after-taste, no acid.
D: A good one, could have many of these without question.

Overall, this is my favorite American-made Oktoberfest bier. I was turned onto Bell's about 1.5 years ago and have not been disappointed in anything so far. Do yourself a favor and pick up many of these. Prosit!!

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Photo of Greggy
4.29/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- After a fairly aggressive pour, I get a 1 finger head that quickly recedes into a bubbly lacing. The body is a lovely orange with no sediment.

S- Nice floral maltiness on the nose with a nice mineral hop oil notes. Very reminiscent of fall.

T- Starts off very thick and malty with nice pear and apricot notes with a nice spice backbone as well. Finish is slightly dry with a nice long residual maltiness.

M- Big thick and malty mouthfeel. Very good.

D- I can't believe how big and thick and malty this is for 5%. One of the better fests I have had this year.

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Photo of JohnnieB71
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is a nice change for an American Oktoberfest marzen. A beautiful copper color. The smell reminds me of Bavarian nuts that you get at your local Oktoberfest. A nice crisp mouth feel and flavor round out this fantastic brew.

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Photo of dogger6253
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a lighter amber color with an off-white head that sticks around nicely. The aroma is exceptionally clean with hay and biscuit notes upfront, along with caramel and toffee, and some floral hops. The flavor starts off with toasted bread, caramel, toffee, musty hay, floral and tea-like hops, and a bit of alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth and drinkability is excellent. This is one of my favorite marzens, and arguably the best American interpretation (along with Victory's).

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Photo of DeeMented
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a glass beer mug.

The beer poured a clear, orange-copper color with a thin, white head. There was some soapsud lacing, but not much.

The aroma was a bit sweet, slightly buttery, earthy and malty.

I'd call the mouthfeel medium-bodied. Not overly carbonated, not overly watery. Very nice, in fact.

The taste was very clean. It started with some yeasty, toasted malts and ended with a dry, just right hoppy finish, with a trace of spice that lingered afterward.

An excellent Oktoberfest. Easily drinkable, and a good introduction to fall.

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Photo of FredTheSeal
4.24/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz into a pint glass.

A - Pours with a thin fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. Crystal clear dark golden color.

S - Malty, slightly spicey/estery. Smells like a German beer but slightly more mild than one imported from Germany (if that makes any sense)

T - Has a great German malty sweetness! Hop bitterness comes in towards the end but it's definitely muted. I've had more assertive oktoberfests but I'm enjoying the mildness.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation. As it rolls off the tongue the malt flavors change.

D - I'm typically not crazy over oktoberfests but I really like this one. The mildness makes it very drinkable but it still boasts plenty of flavor. I could easily go through a 6 pack.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite Oktoberfest beer so far this year.

A: a light orange color, average head with light lacing...

S: not much nose on this one, but... the smell it does have is nice. It smells fresh, toasty and malty.

T: Very well balanced Oktoberfest flavor, toasted/caramel malts and earthy floral flavors up front with a decent amount of hops on the back end. It is a bit hoppier than the other beers this season...

M/D: Medium body, very delightful feel. It does dry your mouth out a bit though... I think the drinkability is great. Like I said above, its my favorite so far this year.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass. Batch 9834.

Pours a very pale copper - almost more of a dark gold with hints of orange. Clear, with nice streams of effervescence. The initial head is almost non-existent, but after a few moments a nice, very long lasting fluffy white cap of about a finger shows up.

Nose is toasty, quite herbal, a bit bready - fairly one dimensional, but not bad.

Taste is very good - exactly how I love my Oktoberfests. Maltiness is bready, a bit toasty, rich without being overly sweet, and supported by a fantastic grassy hop character that lingers with a beautiful light bitterness on the long, full finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit of soft creaminess, and just enough carbonation bite to keep it clean.

Fantastic drinkability rounds out what I consider to be a world-class example of one of my favorite styles. This one hits many of the notes that Ayinger and Stoudt's Oktoberfests do, which puts it in elite company for me, and away from the big syrupy messes many American Oktoberfests end up being.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
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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