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

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BEER INFO

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

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
Ranking:
#35,925
Reviews:
505
Ratings:
1,084
pDev:
12.12%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
112
Trade:
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Photo of animal69
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ri0
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into pint glass. Clear amber color with a 1 finger white head. Very light, sweet caramel aromas from the malts. Not much for hops. Just an average Oktoberfest and I would expect more from Bells. It is too light and could use more overall flavor.

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Photo of archero
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Caveworm
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bell's Octoberfest Beer | Bell's Brewery, Inc Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, the head is four fingers thick and off-white, with webbed lacing, and a clear nearly oak-like amber body.

I smell slightly sweet caramelized malts, just as we all expected.

The taste is also that of slightly sweet caramelized malts, with a clear and refreshing finish.

Medium-light mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

I'll rate Bell's Octoberfest Beer | Bell's Brewery, Inc. with an overall 4.25

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Photo of vrbulldog22
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AColtonOfBeer
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thirstygoat
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ledouge
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Can_has_beer
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nater919
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BubbleChamber
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber colored. Head dissipates to 1 finger, no substantial lacing. Nose is malty. Flavor is malty, too, only bordering on sweet. Just of tinge of hop bitterness. Finish is a little drying on the tongue, prompting another sip (or gulp). Body is lightish. A good brew from one of my favorite breweries, but I would prefer more carbonation to make it crisper. —Reviewed 2017/09/22

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tillmac62
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

BOD 8/17/17. Pours a clear amber with a nice garnet hue. Outstanding head volume and retention, good lacing.

The nose is good but lacks intensity and complexity. There is a bready malt sweetness, a touch of nutty biscuit and a hint of herbal hops. The color suggests caramel but it was not easily detected. You have to search for it, which is surprising.

The body is heavy light with a nice smooth texture. The carbonation / body balance is good. Effervescence is light mid-palate and only slightly prickly on the finish.

The flavor profile is good. Like the nose, complexity and intensity are lacking. Balance is outstanding. Little sweetness is present and consequently a very mild herbal flavor is dominant. Bitterness is quite mild. A touch of nutty biscuit is noted while the bready notes of the nose are absent. The finish is a slow fade and lacks crispness. The herbal hop note lingers.

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Photo of Sparty1224
4.46/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Founder's Black Party pint. Bottled on 8/16/17, making this 2 months old.

A: Pretty clear and filtered orange-amber color. Minimal head.

S: Pretty clean lager, corn, nut, bread.

T: Nice and clean. Smooth bready malts, corn, and a little bit of sweetness.

M: Clean and crisp, good carbonation.

O: Making a great Octoberfest beer can be tough. Most American versions can end up too malty or too sweet. Most I've had this season fall into that category. This Bell's classic, however, hits it on the nose. Nice a crisp, easy drinking, not too sweet or overly malty, and just the right hop balance. This is the ultimate Octoberfest, at least in Michigan. This has always been my favorite Octoberfest beer, and it's great to see it bottled consistently again.

Recommendation: Easily the best Octoberfest beer in Michigan, you should seek this out every Fall.

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Photo of Trevor_martin
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange with a 1 finger head. Aroma- sweet, fruity, berries, dirt, pear. Taste- pear, nutty, caramel, fairly clean finish. Almost a Belgian yeast to it. Mouthfeel is medium carbed. Overall- kinda different take on this style. Still good though.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Found at flying saucer. Kiss!

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Photo of Riff
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice amber color with about a half finger of white head that fades to a little lacing. Smell is caramel, toffee, biscuit, and a little earth. Taste is a little on the sweet side, cracker, caramel with a little biscuit aftertaste. Feel is medium-light, light carbonation. Pretty good beer, not my favorite marzen but pretty good.

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3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of marlinsrock
2.33/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Very bland. Get Great Lakes Ocktoberfest instead.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of davisrin
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A good, basic Octoberfest beer, but it had a harsh aftertaste to me. Not that that's a deal-breaker, but it suffers from comparison to Great Lakes, to me. I will drink it again this year (because Great Lakes Oktoberfest is out of stock where I buy my beer), but it's not one I would necessarily seek out in future.

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Photo of aclockworkchris
2.47/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

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Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 1,084 ratings
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