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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:
#35,963
Reviews:
505
Ratings:
1,084
pDev:
12.12%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
112
Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Champagne Cellars. This was spot on the style but not all that drinkable. Sweet, fast disapearing foaming head on copper fruity coloured body. Malty pleasant aroma. Middling mouthfeel. Not unpleasant, just not something I could finish.Understated hops (nobel).

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For bells this isn't all that impressive. It has a proper copper orange color, clear, and holding an inch of white suds for a few minutes before settling. Aroma is sweet and rich, autumnal, bigger in grain character than most of these, sweeter too in the middle, but seems alright. Minimally hoppy in nose and taste, these could be increased a little for balance and depth. Toffee and lager yeast in the flavor, long flavor too, but lacking nuance. Because it's a little bolder than others, it's hard to drink a whole lot of it, but maybe that's part of its charm. hints of nuts and honey, almost like a granola or something there in the middle of this, but i am making it sound far more unique than it actually is. More filling and hearty for later fall, a little sturdy while its still hot out, makes sense, but this is nowhere near as compelling as other bells brews. i have not had many lagers from them, and while i like this pretty well in the right context, i would have expected something a little more noteworthy from bells for this time of year.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out with a nice look golden orange color with a fizzy white head on top that doesn't lace too much. The smell of the beer has some nice aromas of grains and hints of autumn spice. The taste of the beer was pretty good, it had some decent caramel notes and some decent autumn flavors in there. The mouthfeel of the beer was typical, it got to be a little flat by the end though. Overall it's not my favorite Fest beer but it's not a bad one to try.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
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 BEERchitect
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, straight-to-style type of beer, but a little ordinary in the whole scheme of Oktoberfests. Standard orange / copper color with terrific head retention and brilliant clarity. Aromas are malty, hopped for balance, and a touch of caramel malt -- all coming together quite well. Flavors are bready and rich, with hops off-setting the sweetness, and contributing a light grassy flavor. Textures are firm and creamy, providing a firm pillow for the mellow flavors and spices. Finishes with a mild dry, hop finish. Good beer, but likely gets lost in the shuffle.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of oline73
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a finger of fluffy off white head. A layer remains with decent lacing.

Smell: A very mild smell. Some malt and perhaps a mild floral or fruity note.

Taste: Malty like you would expect for the style. There is a mild floral note. The finish is quite bitter. Not as clean as I would like for an Oktoberfest.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a good amount of smooth carbonation and a slight dryness in the finish.

Overall: I would have liked a much smoother hop bitterness in the finish. I wouldn't search this one out again.

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Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a good deal of carbonation. It had a two-finger, ivory head of foam that left trails of soapy lace.

S - It smelled of caramel maltiness and some fall seasonal spices.

T - It had nice malt and caramel sweetness with a bitter grassy hop kick for balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied brew.

D - This is a nice Octoberfest. Yet another worthy brew from Bell's.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 8/15/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of cracker, toasted biscuit, light caramel/nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of bready malts and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, toasted biscuit, light caramel/nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Slightly drying from bitterness as well. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/grainy, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.5%. Overall this is a very nice Oktoberfest. All around nice robustness and balance of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mothman
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 9235

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass

Poured somewhat vigorously yielding two fingers of creamy light orange white head. Decent retention leaving some really nice lace. Color is clear light harvest orange.

Aroma: A very basic beer. Has some light roasted malts, caramel notes, grain, and some very dry hops. Nothing to spectacular so far.

Taste: A lot of grain notes with light roasted malts again. Some very faint caramel notes and dry earthy hops. This beer just doesn't have a lot of depth to it.

Mouthfeel: Very dry and crisp feel to it. Light to medium bodied with low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a very dry malty aftertaste.

Overall, this is one of Bell's beers that just didn't impress me. It is better than some octoberfests, but I expected more flavor considering it was brewed by Bell's. Probably not something I will be drinking a lot of.

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Photo of chinchill
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beerhan for this one.

Pours a fizzy 1 finger head that fades semi quickly, no real lacing, crystal clear slight orange amber yellow color.

Nose almost smells like fruit juice, like apple juice, with a bit of sweet malts, hint of reddish malts and caramel, plenty of fruity lager aromas, light crisp lager aromas, maybe the slightest hint of herbal earthy hops.

Taste starts lighter, with light pilsner malts, slight reddish malt flavor, hint of caramel and some light toasty malts, doesn't really get straw flavor but nice toasty earthy malt flavors. Plenty of crisp lager flavors, lots of lager fruit again almost apple juice like flavor but not really bad apple flavor, the yeast may have been slightly stressed but it's not bad. Some light hops do come through, touch of herbal and slight earthy floral hops bringing a hint of bitterness and spicy taste. Finish is a bit sticky so not very clean, but somewhat crisp, more fruit juice and hint of light malt flavors.

Mouth is a bit lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, surprisingly not loaded with caramel and reddish malts which is a nice change, nice light toasty malts, hops are barely there and nice additions so a bit more of those would have been better, and the other big thing is the tons of fruit juice, which comes from the yeast probably fermenting a bit to hot and stressed, but not too bad.

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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor,poured into a standard pint a clear medium copper with a decent but quick to fade head,caramel and sweet dough mainly in the nose a bit toastiness not much detectable hop presence.Flavors are somewhat sweet upfront with some real caramel and sweet dough coming thru a firm toastiness held up well to the sweetness a bit of spicy hop dried it out a bit in the finish.A bit middle of the road not bad and its drinkable just not earth shattering.

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Bell's Octoberfest Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 1,084 ratings
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