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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 | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by hoppymeal on 09-11-2006

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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Photo of malty
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ultra fresh 12 oz. bottle (strangely no batch # though).

Pours brilliantly clear bright amber with an ultra fluffy loose light beige head. Carbonation is bountiful with visible tiny bubbles rising north to support the settled 1/2" head. Healthy lacework.

A few swirls of my HB Munchen .3L 'tumbler' glass evokes a yummy sweet, toasted and fresh grain bill. Caramel apples galore, then bright notes of freshly cracked almonds and straight from the oven crusty sourdough bread. Marvelous scents for sure.

Clean flavors sprout all around my mouth of toasted caramel malts with spritzy, dry and somewhat (bitter?) notes fresh walnuts. Flavor diminishes quickly though.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied that's very clean and has an interesting and inviting dry finish. Carbonation is very nice, though I was hoping for a bit more depth or 'traction' regarding the mouthfeel.

Drinkability is superb. Where's my 2L boot? I'd imagine this might Bell's #2 introduction to 'better beer' selections (with Oberon being #1). I really dig the dry finish.

Overall a fantastic take on the style. Not too sweet, not lacking in flavor...just wished it held-on a bit longer when it comes to the flavor/mouthfeel experience. I like to savor my O'Fests, while this one begs gulp after to gulp to savor IMHO. But then again, if that's what most people thought (and I was the brewer), I would be very happy, as the sales would be steady. Great O'Fest that I'll put on my 'to buy' list every year. Good job Larry & Co. !

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Photo of Tballz420
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark gold into orange color, small white head disappears fairly quickly. Sweet, grainy scent. Slightly fruity, caramel malt with strong grain overtones on the taste. Some slight bitter hop taste in the backround. Touch of alcohol. Creamy mouth. I could drink these until I forget my name.

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Photo of peabody
1.78/5  rDev -50%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pours out a clear reddish amber with hardly any suds. Mabey the growler doesn't have as much carbonation?
Smell is dirty water and soap suds. A hint of sour apple and some caramel sugars way in the back.
Taste is of dirty water and nothingness.
This is where this one goes very very bad. This is the worst beer I have had in a long time. I tried cleansing my palate but to no avail.

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Photo of danielocean03
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is a clear caramel-hued golden light brown, with an off white fizzy head that quickly dissipated to a whitish film with moderate lacing that clings to the glass. Aroma is light, sweet caramel/toffee notes, roasted malts make up the body of this brew. Taste is also light, sweet maltiness, caramel and toffee again, light grassy hoppiness also present. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, light bodied, lower levels of carbonation. Drinkability is good, but mainly due in fact to the beer's lighter characteristics and it's 5% ABV. Overall a solid session O'fest, but a little sweeter and not malty enough in my opinion. Would consider purchasing again, wouldn't necessarily seek out.

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Photo of bradley194
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Burnt orange/Reddish in color with a thin head that did not last for very long.

Smell- Carmel, sweet smell. Nothing particularly impressive.

Taste- A bit bland for me. Tastes a little bit on the more bitter side rather than sweet. Honestly just tastes a lot like carbonated water. Not quite the kind of flavor I hope for from an Oktoberfest beer.

Overall- Not quite as flavorful as I had hoped. I am a bit disappointed. I think it would be good for someone who is just starting out with trying more "craft" beers.

* If you want an all around amazing Oktoberfest try the Great Lakes!

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This brew pours a clear golden color with stunning amber hues. The head is large, fluffy, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of bready malts, and noble hops, but is somewhat faint and simple. The taste is like the aroma. It has a nice bready backbone, but the hops are very light and bitterness is low. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation, and a velvety smoothness. Overall, this is a pleasant beer to drink, but it lacks any sort of complexity. It is an odd thing for Bell's to make a beer that I don't love, but they did so here. I could drink it again, but I don't think I will.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Single bottle from Riley’s.

Appearance: Lighter then some, copper Marzen with a thin but lasting white to off-white head.

Aroma: Toast, caramel, toffee, and sweet german malts. On the light side.

Taste: All the key qualities of an octoberfest: toast, caramel, toffee, and hints of spicy german hops…just rather light.

Mouthfeel: Sweetish, light to medium bodied. Clean.

Drinkability: Easy to drink but not wowing and a touch sweet for not having much oomph.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The tasty but subdued caramel palate features a nice toffee hint, toasted malt character and a slightly sweet bready note in the finish.

Quite good: smooth, toasty and very drinkable. Too bad I was too cheap to spring for the six-pack, I could have gone through it with no problem.


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Photo of Wildman
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear copper color and formed a foamy white head that left little lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, hops, and caramel. The flavor was of malt, caramel with a hint of pepper. It has a slightly creamy medium light body and a hint of sweetness in a finish. Not bad for the style.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one cause I haven't had a Bell's beer yet that didn't impress. Pours a deep orange color with a finger of white head that dissolves to little puddles of white foam on top. Looks solid, although it's nothing to write home about. Nose is mostly light caramel malt and some fruity, drying hops as well. A little grainy. Taste is interesting, although maybe because I haven't had too many Octoberfests. Some dry, roasted malt, and some breadiness. Also a bit of spiciness, and maybe a touch of molasses or brown sugar. There's a light hint of hops at the tail end of this one, but it's definitely dominated by malt. Feel is medium bodied with solid carbonation. This one's okay; I'll need to try more of the style to see if it's better or worse than whatever else is out there.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

T'is the season for more and more Oktoberfest beers. I didn't even know Bell's did one (is this the first season for this style at Bell's?) but couldn't wait to give her a go.

Pours a bright copper color with a nice thick white head of foam. No lace to speak of. The aroma is bready and rather dull. I would have expected maybe some sweeter malty, fruity scents here, but they are faint and not very descriptive. The taste is thick and bready too. A bit muted up front, with lots of yeasty, bready goodness following suit. Finishes slightly spicy/peppery and malty sweet. Mouthfeel is firm, and almost creamy at times.

Not my favorite example of the style out there, but this is not a bad beer by any means. A bit too bready at times, but on the whole an entirely drinkable beer. I love Bell's, and they do some excellent beers, so it's nice to see them trying out new seasonal stuff.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Its a nice light amber copper color with a two finger head that dissipated quickly. Crystal clear. The beer's aroma is exceedingly bready and slightly yeasty. The slight fruit aromas I get are of the German hops, but the aroma of them isn't strong. The taste starts off with the bready yeast flavor but turns into sweet malts, toasty and slightly solvently. The mouth feel is light and crisp up front. It smooths out as it moves along, and has a slight residual bitterness right all the way through to the finish. All in all, an Oktoberfest, a nice plate of light cheddar maybe, or some bavarian pretzels would be a nice compliment.

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Photo of weeare138
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a transparent copper with a small, off-white head that quickly fades into a film and collar. Small spots of lacing are left around the glass. Steady streams of CO2 rise to the top.
Smell is of sourdough, toffee, raisins, light dough, fresh grains, gentle fruity sweetness.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas but it seems to drop off slightly from the enticing scents.
Mouthfeel is sweet up front, medium bodied, doughy, and semi-dry.

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Photo of putnam
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber/caramel clear with sheet of white on top. Easy, steamy pale malt aromas scented with moist vegetation and cereal. Workable, watery texture punctuated with fizz and oily bitterness that provide definition for apple, straw and green plum tartness. Overall, a drinker. I want just a little more texture and viscosity.

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Photo of franksnbeans
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear as day copper with a fluffy head that dies quick. Smells of bread and grain. Tastes as it smells, bread, grain, some very mild sweetness and tiny bite at the finish. Feels medium to light in the mouth with good carbonation. Goes down very easy. A tasty Octoberfest brew but nothing that stands out.

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Photo of genog
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a bubbly white head that lingers and slowly fades away. Smell is grains, rice, and a maltiness. Taste is Sweet and smooth with some spices. Limited carbonation on this one makes for a crisp smooth drink. Nice offering, and look forward to drinking the rest.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Oktoberfest was a pretty good representation of the style. Didn't have that high, craggy head that the great German Ofests do, but had some nice malts, could've used a few more, very smooth with a slight hoppy kickback. Highly drinkable on a fall night. Some slight caramel flavoring and a nice orangish/brown color. An overall decent interpretation of an Oktoberfest.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 8-25-07
Batch 8038

Pours a dark amber/orange with a fizzy white head that bubbles away.

Smell is clean and sweet, with a subtle fruitiness.

Taste is sweet at first, with a crisp spicy flavor coming in next. The nicely balanced malt definately conveys a sense of fall.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated and fizzy, adds to the spicier flavors.

Drinkability is very good, no flavor is too intense or harsh.

Overall, one of the better octoberfest beers I've had. Very sessionable and enjoyable.

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Photo of david131
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden, clear, orange, a little luminescent. Very small head that settles to a splotchy covering. Lots of streams of rising carbonation.

S- Malty, brown sugar, apple juice. A little bit of spiciness. Not a whole lot there unless you really search for it.

T- Sweet, crisp and malty. Spicier flavor than in the nose. Some more brown sugar and apple juice.

M- Dry and maybe just a bit too much carbonation.

D- A great sessionable beer. This is fall in the bottle. Another worthwhile addition to Bell's line-up.

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Photo of Avagadro
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper in color and crystal clear. The color resembles an orange autumn leaf. Head is an off white with moderate retention. Looks good.

S: Malty sweet in the nose with a very light hop presence. The aroma isn't aggressive, but it is very pleasing.

T: A light malty sweetness dominates this delicate brew. The sweetness is well balanced with s slight spicy hop finish.

M: Light bodied, Clean mouthfeel, and a moderate amount of carbonation. Nothing seems off.

D: This is a great light autumn brew. Very delicate, but very pleasing. Nothing to be searched for, but it is a good buy if you're looking of something new.

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Photo of xav33
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bells Octoberfest Beer
12 oz bottle
Moderate pour in a shaker.
No batch number, recent brewing, absorbed 08/07.

Poured a clear copper amber with a medium fizzy white somewhat diminishing head.

Smelt of moderate toffee, caramel malt, grain, dry leaves.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet toffee and or caramel malt with a light fruitiness and bitter grain followed by a strong bitter dry leaves yeast finish and more moderate to light sweet caramel and fruit on an average length finish.

Palate was light to medium bodied, creamy, lively carbonated and light to moderate astringency.

Overall, this was a very respectable octoberfest. It seemed a bit disappointing at first but it opened up towards the end. It definitely strays a bit from the authentic German style though.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear amber body. Off-white head. Carbonation can be seen throughout. A little retention and very mild lacing.

Smell: Caramel apples, some oat/grain, toffee, and nuts.

Taste: Roasted nuts come through first then with the caramel red apples. The toffee, oats and grain linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Nice carbonation.

Drinkability: You can pound these back all night.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on December 9, 2006. On tap at the Downtowner Lounge - Houghton, MI. This keg has probably been on for a good while, as this isn’t the type of bar where people would drink this beer. I was quite glad to still find this on tap, it seems to be a rather rare Bell’s draft, despite having been released throughout the state. Lemon fringed with an orange core, creamy froth of off-white. Light wispy aroma of creamy malts and light oatiness. A touch of graininess. Sweet sugary, lightly estered malt, with some barnyard oat qualities and a touch of hay. Not as much of the heavy Munich malt character as I expected from the style. Backend presents a slightly sourish, lemon tang and a nip of aged yeast. I can tell this keg has been on for a while, but it doesn’t seem to detract. The smack is one of the more profound of any beer I’ve had for a good while. A long lingering, clean mint and lemon bite, that hangs out along with a jumble of barnyard, sweet malt esters and clear mid-roasted unfermented crystal character. An interesting rendition, in my opinion. I’m sure why everyone else has this beer so down. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Nicely refreshing and light.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly 4 years ago, I gave this one a poor review, and I've returned to redeem it. Maybe it's improved, or maybe I was in a bad situation. Either way, here's it's second chance.

Milky froth atop a clear, copper-y/ amber hue. Fits the part.

Aroma: cereal grains, vegetal, herbal nose. Subdued maltiness.

Taste: clean, but plump with malty flavor. Excellent balance, not too forward in any way, minor hops, just enough to give a bit o' bitterness. Grainy malt just below, but, again, not too sweet, not too sickly, just right.

Medium bodied, medium finish, plenty of flavor, restrained in every degree. Keeps delivering this great balance of malt and hop. They keep skirting around each other, showing their virtues, and holding excesses in.

Must remember to stop comparing perfectly fine examples of a style against those versions that skirt outside the boundaries.

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Bell's Octoberfest Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 436 ratings.
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