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

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Bell's Octoberfest BeerBell's Octoberfest Beer
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3.63/5
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1,086 Ratings
Bell's Octoberfest BeerBell's Octoberfest Beer
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:
#36,234
Reviews:
506
Ratings:
1,086
pDev:
12.12%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
112
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,086 |  Reviews: 506
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

Photo of tigg924
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, orange-copper in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is dark bread, caramel malt and grain. Medium bodied, very clean, sweet, with low carbonation. Makes for an excellent domestic example of the style...Could do several.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a clear mug, the appearance was a slim golden to copper color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off fairly slow. Some messy lace ran here and there.
The aroma captured a nice blend of semi-thick caramel/toffee malts measuring in on some biscuit-like lager yeast, slight toast and a light earthiness.
The flavor was mainly sweet through the malt bill that grabbed an ever so slight nuttiness to play with the toast/lager-like structure. Just a tickle of an aftertaste which was mainly just some caramel to biscuit malts.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied, perhaps just a touch under with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt on par. Slight acceptable stickinesss. Smooth malty finish.
Overall, as an Oktoberfest by an American brewer and one that I respect I would say this is a worthy one to have again.

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Photo of mjurney
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Amber-gold, clear. Lots of carbonation rising. Thick off-white head.

Aroma:
Malty, toasted, clean lager yeast, slight spicy.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Bready malt, toasted, biscuit, just a little pilsner malt. Clean lager yeast character. Hop bitterness is mild, spicy-herbal. Finish is crisp. Medium bodied, smooth, soft carbonation.

Overall:
It's an outstanding Oktoerfest!!

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

Wunderbah...true to style! Das est ein gout bier!!

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

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

Photo of Vetbidder
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

See through light amber look with a big head from an aggressive pour. Pretty straight forward toasty malt Oktoberfest scent. This beer has a more mineral flavored taste along with the toasty malt to produce a distinct flavor that's pretty decent. Pretty well carbonated and maybe a little watery. Pretty good Oktoberfest.

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

Photo of DrKarl
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Babydave
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of cdwil
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Cbubbles
4.74/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely love this beer wait for it all year long!

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

Photo of larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a darker golden yellow with a slight rust like almost amerish color.

Rich toasted malt and biscuit like sweetness, with a touch of noble hop aromas.

Biscuit and toast like sweetness but underwhelming.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, crisp, crushable.

Overall, very underwhelming overall, but a crushable brew.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Premo88
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
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 -7.4%
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 try...you may have a different feel for it. Enjoy it.

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Photo of AuntBea
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Bell's Octoberfest Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 1,086 ratings
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