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

Bell's Octoberfest BeerBell's Octoberfest Beer
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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 Premo88
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into nonic
(best before XXX)

L: clear copper, topped with almost 1/2-inch head of offwhite foam, keeps think collar

S: grain, slight medicinal note, toasted apricots ... if you dig deep after it warms, the fruity malt note is very nice

T: earthy toasted malt, slight sweetness but a dirt-hop bite tames it; might be a bit medicinal; grain flavor in big swallows, toasted corn

F: light and crisp, easy to handle, has a moreish quality that really helps the overall presentation

O: a solid drinker, there's nothing about it that stands out, but working through this six-pack is fun and it does offer a slight contrast from other Octoberfests; the medicinal note could be an earthy hop aftertaste ... it's not offensive; might be a candidate for aging a month or two to see if the malt can take over and give it some depth

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Photo of HellsRanger
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Starts with a nice rich amber color with nice tan/blonde head which disapates somewhat quickly, but nice color. Has a lack of aroma that I was expecting and a little lacking in taste that I was expecting as well. It has a nice smooth feel...not like some octoberfest that just slam you at the start. It is a very good drinking beer, but was expecting a little bit more depth and excitement from Bell's. it is still worth a may have a different feel for it. Enjoy it.

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Photo of AuntBea
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SSGCujo
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of moundbz
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bammer21
3.07/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of juicebox
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of detroitpat
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zaktcc
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hackattack
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another success from Bell's! Pours an amberish color which is surprising considering the flavor is much like a darker, richer beer. Great malty taste with hops in the background.

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Photo of BigMike
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of luke12345
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of matcris
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear, caramel/amber in color, with a finger of quickly dissipating white head. Slight lacing down the glass. The aroma is of toasted grain/malt, bready, a bit of caramel, a mild sweet floral note, and a mild spicy note. The flavor is, rich. Nice and bready, mild caramel, but not obnoxious, balanced between sweet and spicy; quite delicious. The feel is perfect, full carbonation, medium body, and dry, but, a bit sticky on the lips. I think I love it.

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Photo of j0hnc2468
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The clear dark amber/copper beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1" off white head that slowly but visibly recedes to a ring and a thin cap of foam and that leaves an arch or two of lacing on the sides of the glass that gradually disappear. Sipping creates some scattered small and medium size patches and arches of lacing, many of which slowly slide back down to the liquid.

The aromas are mostly about the toasted bready malt with some light grassy herbal hops in the background.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with some cracker and lots of toasted bready malt along with just a bit of sweetness. In the background there's a noticeable touch of grassy herbal bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth with some moderate, persistent small bubbled carbonation. The finish begins as the toasty bready flavors being to slowly recede to let the hops and their light bitterness show a bit more. Then the hops slowly recede into the background while the bready malt finishes the show as the sweetness also disappears into a dry ending.

On the whole I thought this was a nicely drinkable example of the style that I'll be happy to have again. The balance of flavors shifts around a bit, so there's a bit of complexity as neither the malt nor the hops totally dominate through out the full flavored beer.

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Photo of mattmarka1
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of teromous
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The back label states: "Shelf Life - 3 Months" "PKG 08/18/2017 PRN 19022"

Appearance: It started with a nice looking but short white head which quickly faded out to a thin film leaving no lacing on the glass. The body of the beer is a nice amber color with brilliant clarity.

Aroma: There isn't much aroma here. At times it smells a bit like cereal grains but there really isn't any aroma.

Taste: There is a light toasted grain flavor. The beer is very clean but light on flavors.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice medium body with good carbonation. Decent drinkability.

Overall: It's a fairly average tasting Oktoberfestbier with just enough flavor to scrape by. It tastes a lot like many of the average commercially available offerings for the style but it doesn't have any qualities that make it stand out from the pack. I would pass on it unless nothing else is available. It's a decent enough replacement beer if you can't find one of the larger commercial beers from Germany but it doesn't hold a candle to some of the more refined or flavorful competitors.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a one liter mug from draught at Firkin on September 8, 2017.

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Photo of BuckyNBeer
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bell's Octoberfest pours a golden amber hue with a one fingered head that dissipates to a decent lacing. The aroma is sweet with caramel and bread being most prominent. There is a bit of spices as well. The taste reminds me of caramel and a bit of bread. There is just a hint of spice with very little bitterness. The finish is a bit too smooth in my opinion. All in all this is a decent take on the style.

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Photo of sparx1100
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrismattlin
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of udfan07
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyed this beer. Has notes of caramel and really feels like a fall beer. Very smooth taste and really enjoyable to drink. A decent Octoberfest beer.

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Photo of mchegash
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle dated 8/16/17 (date of review, 9/8/17)

L: An extremely clear brown-orange...matches the label quite well. A good amount of off-white head. A lot of visible carbonation rising up the beer. Looks fantastic.

S: Malts, a metallic tinge (a negative), some mustiness, and a bit of hops.

T: Very similar to the smell. A decent maltiness, with a sort of barnyard must, hops, and metallicness mixed in.

F: Medium bodied. Light carbonation. Smooth drinking.

O: At first it seemed a bit too metallic (my tastebuds are especially sensitive to metallic flavor), but after drinking half the beer the metallic flavor had disappeared a bit, which allowed me to enjoy the beer more. Overall, this was a decent octoborfest.

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Photo of mando31
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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