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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Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jjwisenheimer
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.26/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours an appropriate orange leaf color with a popcorn shaded head of 2 fingers. Leaves webs behind as it recedes.

Smells like a Budweiser with nutmeg. Floral and spicy notes collide with an amber malt backing.

Flavor is uncooked pale grains, some dirt, then a nice roasted malt flavor, fading quickly though - in its place, wet paper (possibly oxidation), cardboard, some chemical, and then finally a sharp hop.

Feel is semi-sticky with a papery feel and semi-dry finish.

Overall, a major fail. I'd actually prefer the Budweiser over this. Blech.

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

Photo of ABabbidge
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Clear burnt orange color. Thin white head.

S: Bready, but something just seems off about it. Not sure how to describe it.

T: Caramel malt and some honey. A little bit of hoppy bitterness to keep the sweetness somewhat balanced.

F: Medium body and carbonation. Fairly sweet.

O: It's just okay.

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Photo of rjd722
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ristaccia
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Raime
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nicholas2121
4.53/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Octoberfest Beer brewed by Bell's Brewery, Inc., with an ABV of 5.50% This Oktoberfest brew pours out a nice deep golden amber color with a small white head. There is also a decent amount of lacing to this Oktoberfest. The smell of Bell's Octoberfest Beer is rich with roasted grians and malts. There are also some nice hop and bitter, sweet notes in the smell of this Oktoberfest brew. Now for the taste, it is rich and bold with flavors. You first pick up on the light roasted grians and malts. There is also a nice mild sweetness to the taste. There is a nice amount of hops bitterness at the end of the taste of this Oktoberfest brew. Bell's Octoberfest Beer, has a super nice balance to it. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it goes down nice and smooth. I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down. I would drink this Oktoberfest on a cool October day. The mouth feel of Bell's Octoberfest Beer is Bold, Rich, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving this Octoberfest a 4.50 out of 5. This is one of the smoother Oktoberfest brews on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. I would definitely buy this brew again. Bell's Brewery, Inc., did a real nice job with this brew.

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Photo of Boone757
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Keith27614
4.36/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 guzzleacoldone
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of caahare
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 beaulabauve
3.07/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Hendrick24
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GlennWB
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good Octoberfest beer.

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Photo of C_Pel
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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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3.58 out of 5 based on 1,005 ratings.
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