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

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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
Ratings:
1,005
Reviews:
478
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
12.57%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
92
For Trade:
0
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Photo of DOCRW
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PastaZombie
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MonkeyPilates
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Zimmerman
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of patre_tim
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange with lots of sediment floating within. No visible carbonation. Topped with 4 fingers of orange tinged head.

Smells of clean linen, corn, and a hint of acridness.

Tastes slightly sweet of corn, with hints of yeasty, cracker, and bread qualities.

Medium, slightly syrupy body, with little carbonation.

Got in Kalamazoo last week, drinking in New Hamburg, ON, Oct 12th, 2016. Really well done to style. The cloudiness is the only thing making it different from a typical German counterpart. Well worth a try.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 08/18/2016, enjoyed on 10/10/2016.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
bottled 8/18/16

A- pours a clear golden-amber color with a one finger creamy white head that has good retention and leaves some lacing behind

S- mild overall, light bread crust, caramel, a hint of herbal hops

T- sweet and malty up front with notes of brown bread, toasted bread crust. Mid-palate is light with a hint of caramel and herbal hop. Finish is toasted and semi-dry

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns creamy into the finish, high drinkability

O- good sessional fall beer

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Photo of telescifly
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jcole524
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Czequershuus
4.56/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a pale clear amber with a large head. The aroma offers up rich malts, with toffee, sticky fruits, melon, dried leaves, and cooked mushrooms. The flavor is semi sweet, with notes of toffee, melon, and many spices - cardamom and cumin. There is a mild but constantly present bitterness, just enough to balanced the sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light and fluffy carbonation. Overall this a a better than average American octoberfest, with nice fruity notes than I really appreciate, and good balance.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A different take on the style but I'm digging that hop presence... Certainly not overpowering but present and accounted for... Does a great job of balancing the beer out... Not much sweetness to that malt backbone but I love the earthiness shown here as everything melds and blends terrifically...

Enjoyed with veal bratwurst, Swabian potato salad and a tangy Dusseldorf mustard....

Terrific!

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Photo of corywalston
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Samputnam14
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigdog3838
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chinchill
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle. 18 August 2016 brewing date stamp.

Deep amber body with visible carbonation rising to a moderate size, bone-colored head that soon reduces to a thin top coat.

Aroma: mild; with a touch more hops than malts.

Flavor: mainstream marzen with a bit less malt than I prefer. Malts and hops in balance.

Medium body with near medium, lively carbonation.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Less sweet and with more hop character than many other style examples. I like it, but I'm not sure this take is my preferred interpretation as I would much, much rather grab a Great Lakes, Jack's Abbey, or Ayinger to satisfy my marzen cravings. That's just me, though.

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

Photo of Miami66
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Bell's Octoberfest Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.58 out of 5 based on 1,005 ratings.
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