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

Bell's Octoberfest BeerBell's Octoberfest Beer
BA SCORE
43.5%
Liked This Beer
3.62 w/ 1,039 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:
#35,624
Reviews:
491
Ratings:
1,039
Liked:
452
Avg:
3.62/5
pDev:
12.15%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
95
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,039 |  Reviews: 491
Photo of puck1225
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overall, a good Octoberfest beer. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Orangish yellow color with a nice but short lived head, not much lacing. Pleasant smell. Malty sweet taste.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Golden orange amber body color with a good amount of clarity. Pinhead carbonation slightly, slowly rising to meet an off white two finger slightly creamy soapy head.

Mild sensing herbal hop, with a light touch of caramel on the nose. Clean but with a fairly subtle malt aroma. Faint touches of nutty chocolate hiding out in the background.

Palate takes a bit of a backseat to a slightly wet mouthfeel. Wet bodied caramel that gets more into brown wet bread crust for a faint toast angle. Slightly chalky and flour like finish, with a faint herbal touch of hop, that's not particularly noticeable.

A rather ordinary marzen.

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Nice head retention, crystal clear, burnt orange color
S: On point for the style, brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and toast
T: Similar to the nose but with more prominence toward the toast, and with a nice floral/herbal hop finish. Ever-so slightly more prominent hop bitterness than other readily available domestic marzens, which is certainly a welcomed thing
F: Super light, refreshing, and drinkable, very smooth. Easily sessionable, Carbonation light-medium
O: First beer from Bell's, been wanting to try their beer. Looking forward to trying more, this is a great marzen.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 5.5% abv

Appearance- Bright copper in color, thin white head quick to dissipate, and crystal clear.

Smell- Fresh milled grains, caramel, lightly toasted bread, somewhat nutty

Taste- Crisp barley malt. Hints of cracker with a just barely toasted bread crust flavor. Caramel mixing it. Hop character evident with just a touch of citrus. Ending bitter, with hints of the caramel sweetness still lingering.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with medium carbonation.

Overall- A fine Oktoberfest. Crisp malt flavors, just enough caramel, and good hopping. This one is crisp and well suited for a cool night. Awesome label art as well. I would buy this one again.

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Photo of MMOSNN
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jldoyle89
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of travelguy
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sethcroisant
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jkblr
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottled 8/11/17 poured into a .5L krug at fridge temp 5.5% ABV. The beer pours bright honey amber color with khaki head. The head recedes to a ring eventually with a few spots of sporadic lacing. Aroma is faint but mostly crackery malt. Taste is semisweet malt with cracker and nutty elements transitioning to dry slightly nutty finish. Mouthfeel is thinner bodied, well carbonated and mostly dry. No off flavors or defects even though its only been in the bottle for a week. Overall, good. Perhaps a classic American version with just enough imported malt to keep it from being overly sweet. Very easy drinker and quite enjoyable, unless you're looking for a traditional Munich Marzen.

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

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

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

Photo of Timc32
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bbtkd
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bell's Octoberfest, 5.5% ABV. Pours thin and golden, with less than a finger of white foamy head. Nose is a slight hoppiness, taste is pretty smooth malt balancing hops, with a slight bitter close. Mouthfeel is OKish, given that it is thin and over-carbonated. Overall just OK, but to be fair, I am drinking this three months past the three month drink-by date. Could be better fresh - I forgot I had it.

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Photo of Jodio
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A fantastic marzen. Review taken in autumn 2016. Hop it comes back!

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

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beergoot
3.14/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear, copper-colored body; very thin, soapy head. Nice aroma of old, ripe fruit; apple cider. A rather nondescript flavor; some toasted grain flavor; vague hop bitterness. Warm yet flat mouthfeel.

It seems like previous bottles from the same six pack packed more flavor and visual appeal, but today's sample came across as bland and boring across the board. There was no real, lasting head as such and the smell and taste were muted. I'll definitely re-review this one on down the road as this doesn't seem to live up to Bell's general quality.

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Photo of LooseMoose1978
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of duceswild
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of deereless
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmg480
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bell's Octoberfest Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 43.5% out of 100 with 1,039 ratings
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