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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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Reviews: 436 | Ratings: 825
Photo of jtingue
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint.

Appearance. Pours a beautiful clear amber with a finger and a half of head, which quickly dissipates to a nice layer on top of the beer.

Smell. Lots of malty notes with caramel and some honey. Very faint herbal hop aromas underneath as well.

Taste. Starts with a slightly bitter heabal hop flavor. This is then accompanied by some nice sweet caramely malts. This is followed by some tartness. THe finish is very clean and refreshing. There is a clean but noticeable yeast presence throughout.

Mouthfeel. Thin body with minimal carbonation. Makes the beer quite quaffable. Appropriate for the style.

Not a complex beer by any means, but a very sessional one. Very simple and straightforward taste that is enjoyable.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A lovely clear amber liquid full of carbonation bubbles sits beneath a billowing head that stands tall above the rim of the glass. Very attractive. The smell leaves much to be desired however, as the grain scents are very weak. The taste is primarily biscuit, though hops make their presence known with a floral/herbal flavor in the finish. Nothing special going on in the mouthfeel, though carbonation is just right. Not one of Bell's better brews.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.48/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Slightly hazy golden brown pour with about a finger of white head.

S: Predominantly malty with some underlying hops.

T: Bread, crackers, malts, grain, mixed in with a bit more hoppiness than I was expecting and bam you have a great tasting beer. The taste is subtle, but refreshing.

MF: Finishes clean and dry, making you come back for more...and more and more...

O: Extremely drinkable, tasty, great representation of the style.

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Photo of
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - light ornage with slowly rising carbonation bubbles and a long-lived white head.

Smell - Very Germanic, and typical of this style - lots of malts, biscuit, and spicy hops.

Taste - Sweet but balanced maltiness with just enough bitterness to balance it out.

Refreshing and flavourful.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Bilbo Baggins in Alexandria.

The beer is nearly clear, and appears light orange in color. The head is thick and frothy, measuring a little over an inch thick. The aroma is somewhat muted and weak, though I have yet to experience a really assertive, bold aroma from a beer of this ilk. The flavor is nice, with a strong malt and grain presence, followed by a light dose of pleasant spices. Great feel on the palate. I could throw back a few pints of this. I would have this again.

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

pours a rich and dark orange color with a head that disappears kinda quickly.

Much more german in style with the notes on the nose. Lots of malts, grains, and crackers along with some spice tones and a touch of hops

Fuller bodied with a very good spice and grain finish. This wasn't a domestic oktoberfest trying to masquerade as an oktoberfest or trying to put its own spin on it. Takes the style and runs with it very well

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

A lightly malted, herbal hoppy Oktoberfest.

A: Light and hazy pretty pumpkin orange with a somewhat persistent one finger tight off white head.

S: Typical dusty, herbal Euro hops balanced by a sweet fruity malt. Not too much bread or caramel.

T: On the hoppier side of the Oktoberfest equation, those hops being herbal and lightly spicy like the nose, but still pretty traditional. What I'm missing is a big caramel malt backbone.

M: Light and fizzy and highly drinkable.

O: Not a bad effort, but I could really use more malt.

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Photo of climax
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The burnt sienna body from the pour sits below an inch creamy tan foam. The retention is excellent.

The aroma is all Oktober. Caramel and biscuit flavors are assertive but not intense. Lesser tones of spice, pumpkin, and raisins sneak their way in to add subtle complexity.

The flavor starts out smooth and easy, before the much more profound malt finish. Toasted bread crust, dates, mild fruitiness, and a dash of alcohol are all present.

The smoothness seems to lighten the heft of the body, because this one isn't thin by any stretch. The carbonation and slick feel make it very easy to drink, as well it should.

This is a solid easy to drink Oktoberfest, I did expect a bit more from Bell's though. However, this sixer will become a memory before too long.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a standard octoberfest orange-brown. Head is one finger, though retention is subpar.
S- Smell is slightly grainy, with caramel, toffee, and a raw nuttiness coming through.
T- It's a bit mild compared to others in the style. Light caramel, a bit of general malty sweetness, and just a wee bit of a raw almond character.
M- Medium body, medium carbonation, sweet finish.
O-It's an ok octoberfest but I'm left with kind of a meh feeling. Compared to Great Lakes or some of the German examples, this one isn't all that great.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Six pack from Grand Ave Hy-Vee served in a SA glass.

Medium copper color, slightly hazy, plenty of foam. The aroma seems light with more of an emphasis on the hops than the malt. The taste was similar with a tad more malt noticeable, with some cinnamon and nutmeg hiding in the back. The body is good and it's fairly smooth.

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Photo of NeutroMan
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Nevin's Pub in Evanston
Reviewed from notes dated 13 September 2011

Clear copper color. Virtually no head and no lacing. Malt aroma is grainy and metallic. Taste has similar bready/grainy malts, very clean. A hint of apple and caramel. Quite sweet. Minimal hop bitterness, although it becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Medium-light bodied, carbonated and smooth. Definitely sessionable.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours decently. Has a two finger thick and tightly forming white cranium, and a semihazy copper colored body.

The aroma is mild toffee in character with a cereal grain huskiness.

Taste wise it's toffee up front with a slightly cooked veggie ending.

Not too rich and mildly carbonated leaves this Oktoberfest beer very quaffible. The appearance could be cleaned up a bit for a better presentation rating.

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Photo of oline73
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
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 clint1019
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Gold in color with a thin cream colored head.

S - Has some caramel and fruity notes to it.

T - Once again Caramelly and fruity and finishes with a slight hop bitterness.

M - Light bodied.

O - A pretty awesome oktoberfest. Has a really nice flavor.

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Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Freshness date of 8/16/11, thanks Bells for including this with the batch date!

Pours amber with a finger of sand colored head. Great lacing & above average head retention

S: Bready & grainy, metallic hops

T: Follows the nose, hints of apple skin & herbal hop bitterness up front, plus a touch of white grape hiding behind caramel. Breadyness & a touch of grainyness asserts itself as this warms. Finishes slightly bready with some grainy & grassy notes, plus a moreish herbal hop twang with a a touch of granny smith apple as well

MF: Medium bodied with firm carbonation, great balance

So easy to drink, a super-solid take on the style

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Photo of Ezone024
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a rich transparent copper with nice bubbles and a 1 inch white head that disappears quick. It carries subtle notes of the german rusty malts, very traditional tasting. very warm body to it. candy sweet after taste

great full flavored traditional octoberfest.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.42/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is a cloudy, golden brown with an orange tint. Head fades quickly.

The smell is a fresh floral, with a hearty grain.

It has a strong grain flavor, with caramelized sugar and banana. The aftertaste is mildly acidic with hops and a slight metal.

The mouthfeel has a vibrant carbonation, but is very smooth. It is also very clean and refreshing.

Overall, it is a multidimensional, very flavorful, well-balanced beer.

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

A: Golden copper hue with a thin quickly fading head and fairly minimal lacing

S: Caramel malts and slightly sweet smelling with grainy undertones; some subtle herbal and citrus hops; fairly subtle and subdued aromas but pleasant

T: Crisp and malty: grainy, caramel, touch of citrus and brown sugar; subtle and quite pleasant

F: Medium body and crisp with a bit of beer that clings to the mouth

O: A nice, simple, subtly sweet Oktoberfest

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper body with off-white head.

Smell is bready, light earthy hops, and brown sugar.

The taste is simple, but pleasant. Bready malts are front and center. There's a light caramel sweetness and earthy tones. Slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall, a good, but not great example of the style. It was enjoyable but I'd rather try another offering of this style than give this one another try.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange peel amber color with a minimal white head that quickly "fizzes out" to a slight surface layer in the glass. Nothing fancy.

Aroma is fairly sweet made up of caramel and some orange slices. The malts are definitely apparent.

Sipping reveals a similar sweetness. Citrus fruits jump out at me at first followed by a sweeter caramel and some slight florals. Definitely hits the style well. Crisp finish with a fizzy feel. Again, nothing "fancy" but just solid for the style.

Great feel and a very easy drinker if you like a sweeter brew. I can have 4 or so until I have to switch it up. Great session brew.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown longneck bottle.

Appearance: Hazy amber color with a nice tan head. Decent retention and some sticky lacing.

Nose: Mild floral hops and toasted malts.

Taste: Citrus hops are up front and slightly bitter, finishes dry with a little malt. This one would benefit from a better malt balance.

Mouth Feel: Medium-body with good carbonation.

Overall: Not a bad beer at all, but there are several better examples of the style around. I probably wouldn't seek this one out again.

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Photo of samie85
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours an orange/copper color with about a finger of white head.

S-Spicy and herbal hop notes with light and toasty as well as some dark caramel malt notes.

T-Bitter herbal hops upfront with some light caramel and finishes spicy and herbal.

M-Light side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a slick, yet light feel with drying finish.

D-This is one of my favorite stateside Marzens. I wish I could get more than a few months out of the year.

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

Appearance – Light orange color. ABout an inch of head in a pint glass with slight lacing.

Smell – Not much going on here slight smell of malt.

Taste – Sweet caramel malts and bread.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied,smooth, easy drinker.

Overall – Good beer that finishes a little dry.

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

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a nice orange color. About a finger of slight head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Very little aroma to be honest, and that which I can smell is not the most pleasant. Floral hops, caramel malts, slight metallic overtones.

Taste – Nice hop profile, though more caramel malts. Lots of biscuit, spices, and floral notes as well.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall – An okay Octoberfest, but to be honest I’d much rather have a SA Octoberfest over this one.

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Photo of GavDomDadGH
4.45/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - a nice reddish orange. Small head that. Leaving a nice lacing on the glass.

S - rich in nutmeg, some malts and a hint of pumpkin

T - rich and creamy. Maybe a bad batch for those who thought it was thin. Great fall flavors as seen with most Oktoberfest beers.

M - again creamy, exactly what I expect from a good Bells beer

O - would recommend this to anybody wanting an overall good Oktoberfest

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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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