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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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Reviews: 472 | Ratings: 968
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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Photo of Hop_God
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
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 Taybeh
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a single (with a cool label) into a willibecher, this pours a very attractive cinnamon copper with a huge 3 finger white head, with good retention and lacing. Nose is mainly grainy and toasty, and a whisper of spicy hops. With the taste, I get all that and then some...a little cinnamon and nutmeg, some caramel sweetness. The spicy and somewhat grassy hops are nice complements, and they lively up the finish, in particular, but there's a little too much cinnamon/nutmeg for me at the end. Pretty clean, almost thin despite the substantial flavor, almost high carbonation, kind of dry for the style. This one has a lot of good stuff, and a lot of autumn to it, but it doesn't entirely come together for me and sing.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a .5L mug.

Look: Burnt orange body with a light cream colored head that recedes to a healthy film. Very light lacing.

Aroma: Toasted bread and grains, spicy cinnamon, light toffee and caramel.

Taste: A very bready, toasted grain beginning covered in spicy hops that brings cinnamon into play. Subtle toffee in the middle with a light, tangy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: A very toasty and bready marzen with a good spicy hop bill that brings that cinnamon flavor that I find in American marzens. I really like this.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden copper color with a one finger off white head. Retention and lacing are minimal.

Smell is toasted bready malts, with a hint of sweetness and some floral grassy hops with a touch of hop spiciness.

Taste is similar and very well balanced. The floral notes and toasted bread intertwine wonderfully throughout the sip leading to a balanced finish with some toast and lager yeast maintaining well into the aftertaste.

Feel is light side of medium with moderate carbonation and very clean.

Overall a very good beer. Perfect on a cool fall day.

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Photo of Squire123
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful clear gold color with a constantl stream of tiny bubbles rising from the base of the tulip shaped glass.

Aroma is a combination of toffiesh malt with hops backing. Clear, clean aromas with neither hop nor malt dominating the other.

Taste is full on without going over the top. Oh it has all the elements of what I think of as marzen/fest beer, full malty body, rich without sweetness, restrained dryness, hops over, under, around and through accenting everything, just a marzen but a highly polished complex one. Hops come into play mid palate and finish quietly in the mildly rich aftertaste. No one's asking but if they did I'd say don't change a thing.

Texture is mouth filling medium rich.

Overall it's a class act, just enough without too much, easily the best of the amber domestic octos I've had this season.

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

The beer itself is a very gorgeous looking medium amber that glows copper. IT really is something very nice to look at. The smell is fairly yeasty with a nice caramel malt presence to it. The hop note is very light that you don't notice it until the end. The taste is good. It's a medium caramel malt note with a bit of yeastiness but not much hop to it. Still, the malt and yeast aren't super powerful but pleasant. The beer has a medium body with some decent carbonation to create a nice texture to it. Overall, a decent marzen and definitely worth go out of your way for.

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