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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 bbtkd
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bell's Octoberfest, 5.5% ABV. Pours thin and golden, with less than a finger of white foamy head. Nose is a slight hoppiness, taste is pretty smooth malt balancing hops, with a slight bitter close. Mouthfeel is OKish, given that it is thin and over-carbonated. Overall just OK, but to be fair, I am drinking this three months past the three month drink-by date. Could be better fresh - I forgot I had it.

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Photo of beergoot
3.14/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear, copper-colored body; very thin, soapy head. Nice aroma of old, ripe fruit; apple cider. A rather nondescript flavor; some toasted grain flavor; vague hop bitterness. Warm yet flat mouthfeel.

It seems like previous bottles from the same six pack packed more flavor and visual appeal, but today's sample came across as bland and boring across the board. There was no real, lasting head as such and the smell and taste were muted. I'll definitely re-review this one on down the road as this doesn't seem to live up to Bell's general quality.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DATE: Wednesday, November 9, 2016... OCCASION: Back in Bloom at Filet 18 to celebrate our fifteenth anniversary... a herd of bubbles moves steadily upwards... off-white head, swampy and effervescent... a somewhat hazy, light amber body... first scents offer a metallic ping--bready and pretzel-like... big, medium-bodied with caramel and sweet malts.... not much of the signature Two Hearted hops to speak of... some activity on the teeth, nicely nuanced for a fest... overall, a nicely malted, fresh experience, full, sweet and complete as another fine Bell's 22 ounces and $5, quite a deal....

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.26/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours an appropriate orange leaf color with a popcorn shaded head of 2 fingers. Leaves webs behind as it recedes.

Smells like a Budweiser with nutmeg. Floral and spicy notes collide with an amber malt backing.

Flavor is uncooked pale grains, some dirt, then a nice roasted malt flavor, fading quickly though - in its place, wet paper (possibly oxidation), cardboard, some chemical, and then finally a sharp hop.

Feel is semi-sticky with a papery feel and semi-dry finish.

Overall, a major fail. I'd actually prefer the Budweiser over this. Blech.

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Photo of ABabbidge
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Clear burnt orange color. Thin white head.

S: Bready, but something just seems off about it. Not sure how to describe it.

T: Caramel malt and some honey. A little bit of hoppy bitterness to keep the sweetness somewhat balanced.

F: Medium body and carbonation. Fairly sweet.

O: It's just okay.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.53/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Octoberfest Beer brewed by Bell's Brewery, Inc., with an ABV of 5.50% This Oktoberfest brew pours out a nice deep golden amber color with a small white head. There is also a decent amount of lacing to this Oktoberfest. The smell of Bell's Octoberfest Beer is rich with roasted grians and malts. There are also some nice hop and bitter, sweet notes in the smell of this Oktoberfest brew. Now for the taste, it is rich and bold with flavors. You first pick up on the light roasted grians and malts. There is also a nice mild sweetness to the taste. There is a nice amount of hops bitterness at the end of the taste of this Oktoberfest brew. Bell's Octoberfest Beer, has a super nice balance to it. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it goes down nice and smooth. I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down. I would drink this Oktoberfest on a cool October day. The mouth feel of Bell's Octoberfest Beer is Bold, Rich, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving this Octoberfest a 4.50 out of 5. This is one of the smoother Oktoberfest brews on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. I would definitely buy this brew again. Bell's Brewery, Inc., did a real nice job with this brew.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Deep golden color with a small white head. Aroma is German malt with touches of honey. Flavor is the same with a medium thick body and a quick slightly bitter finish. Not a bad example of the style.

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Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear amber yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of earthy and toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The beer tastes quite malty and has flavors of toasted malts, but hardly any sweetness is perceptible due to a delicate underlying balance of hops, which contribute floral and spicy notes to the finish. Some earthiness is also noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked how this beer tasted very rich and malty but wasn’t that heavy on the palate. There is a good balance between the malts and hops.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BB1313
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #16277. Bottled on 8/18/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a burnt golden with a subtle haze but still has some clarity; small white head that fades leaving solid retention and some lacing. The aromas have lots of grains and bread. Malts are there with some hints of caramel. The flavors basically follow the nose. More grains and bread. Some grass notes with some very subtle hints of pine. It's slightly earthy. More caramel. Very subtle bitterness with a decent malt backbone. It's not sweet. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a nice Oktoberfest. It's pretty refreshing. Well crafted and very fun to drink. I really like it.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled 08/18/16, served in a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange-amber with very fine dispersed and suspended sediment. Thin white head across the top. A small amount of persistent lacing noted.

Smell: A bit malty with a hint of noble hops.

Taste: Very nice toasted malt, with a classic Marzen malt sweetness and a nicely crisp noble hop finish. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, smooth and a thickness just a bit more than water.

Overall / Drinkability: Definitely a well crafted Marzen that I could drink a half liter of or more without blinking. This may be my 2nd favorite American Marzen next to Great Lakes Oktoberfest. If it didn't have the finely dispersed sediment I think I would have rated it higher in appearance and perhaps higher overall.

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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 TH28
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. 8/18/16 bottle date. Appearance: Dark copper, with a slight haze and a thick off white head with great lacing. Aroma: Bready malt with a slight touch of spicy hoppiness. Taste: Bready, lightly toasted malt with a moderate bitterness, strong for the style, that lends some herbal and spicy notes. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Finish: A touch of sulphur, with bitter toast that lingers. Overall: A decent, but not great marzen. Seems to be a little light on the bready, Munich malt character of the style, and the lighter maltiness lends to a stronger perceived bitterness. Very clean, crisp and easy drinking, but pretty far removed from the true German Marzens

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Photo of patre_tim
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange with lots of sediment floating within. No visible carbonation. Topped with 4 fingers of orange tinged head.

Smells of clean linen, corn, and a hint of acridness.

Tastes slightly sweet of corn, with hints of yeasty, cracker, and bread qualities.

Medium, slightly syrupy body, with little carbonation.

Got in Kalamazoo last week, drinking in New Hamburg, ON, Oct 12th, 2016. Really well done to style. The cloudiness is the only thing making it different from a typical German counterpart. Well worth a try.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
bottled 8/18/16

A- pours a clear golden-amber color with a one finger creamy white head that has good retention and leaves some lacing behind

S- mild overall, light bread crust, caramel, a hint of herbal hops

T- sweet and malty up front with notes of brown bread, toasted bread crust. Mid-palate is light with a hint of caramel and herbal hop. Finish is toasted and semi-dry

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns creamy into the finish, high drinkability

O- good sessional fall beer

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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 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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Photo of chinchill
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle. 18 August 2016 brewing date stamp.

Deep amber body with visible carbonation rising to a moderate size, bone-colored head that soon reduces to a thin top coat.

Aroma: mild; with a touch more hops than malts.

Flavor: mainstream marzen with a bit less malt than I prefer. Malts and hops in balance.

Medium body with near medium, lively carbonation.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Less sweet and with more hop character than many other style examples. I like it, but I'm not sure this take is my preferred interpretation as I would much, much rather grab a Great Lakes, Jack's Abbey, or Ayinger to satisfy my marzen cravings. That's just me, though.

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Photo of 57md
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with a half finger of head. The nose is mildly bready but there is also a definite hop spice as well. The flavor profile is malt forward but not as much as I expect for this style.

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Photo of Suds
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a clear copper color... the head is medium in size, white, and densely bubbled. I like the aroma on this one...malt and bread crust...light toast. The flavor is moderately sweet, and very malty. It's spot-on for an Oktoberfest. Full in body and flavor.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 8/12/16. DFH Tulip.

A: pours a deep orange gold with 1/2 finger off white head, slightly hazy, just barely, moderate carbonation. Excellent lacing. A little light for the style, but a pretty beer.

S: smells like a Marzen; lager yeast, toast - I swear it really does smell like wheat bread, toasted- and a little sourdough sweetness, perhaps a drop of honey.

T: light malty and bready arrival, not as sweet as many in the style; but not quite as light as the festbier style; honestly, I'd say it is closer to a festbier. Some mild honey on that arrival. Pretty bland and lagery across the middle, with malty notes and some clean noble hop asserting at the end, and a faint floral hop lingering.

M: lighter end of midweight with ample, but appropriate carbonation. Quite clean on the finish. Really perfect. Malty, but extremely drinkable and refreshing.

O: Classic Bell's, not really pushing the boundaries of the style; if anything, cutting them back for the sake of drinkability. This is one that I had passed up before on several occasions, but I think this is one I could drink six of. Glad I got it, will be buying again.

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Photo of MNAle
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pale amber. The first one had substantial carbonation, the second, almost still with little carbonation, both from the same 6 pack. What's up with that? A 1 inch white, thick head. After a time, it receds to a rim, but leaves spotty lacing that hangs around quite awhile. Aroma of spicy bread, fruit, with a touch of sweetness. Mouth feel is thick and creamy for the style, but the almost completely still carbonation (or lack of same) in the 2nd one leaves the overall mouth feel a bit bland. Smooth taste, consistent with the aroma: bread, spice. No real sweetness in the taste, it seems even a bit dry. Finish is fairly clean, with a bit of clinginess and some bitterness in the aftertaste. Not nearly as complex in taste as some other Märzens, especially the Ayinger and Schell's.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint on draft at the Beer Grotto in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Pours a medium golden-orange body, one finger white head with nice retention and lots of lacing. Smells of toasted malt, noble hops, floral and grass, light earth, mild caramel sweetness. Nothing too over the top, but well rounded aroma. Flavour is toasted malt, noble hops and a bit of caramel. Works better than it sounds, and it is essentially what you'd expect from a marzen. Maybe a bit less of the toffee and breadiness, and more of the caramel than you'd expect. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, good carbonation, eminently drinkable especially in the fall weather.

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Photo of Vixie
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice copper color with about an inch of off white head.

Mainly bread like scent, touch of spice.

Malty and bread like up front. There is a hint of spice at the end, with a lingering bitterness.

Spicy with a lot of carbonation going down, makes it feel a bit on the hot side.

Pretty nice beer here, maybe a bit less subtle than examples I have tried from Germany, but does hit the right notes. I had this on tap at the brewery and brought a bottle home, wish I had a couple more.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bell’s Octoberfest Beer has a thin-to-medium, off-white, creamy head, a mostly clear, amber appearance, and minimal lacing left on the sides of the glass. The aroma is of bread crust and a touch of hop spice. Taste is of the sweet, white bread crust, some syrupiness, and a slight spicy hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Bell’s Octoberfest Beer finishes mostly dry and very drinkable.


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