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

Bell's Octoberfest BeerBell's Octoberfest Beer
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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
Ranking:
#35,610
Reviews:
491
Ratings:
1,039
Liked:
452
Avg:
3.62/5
pDev:
12.15%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
95
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,039 |  Reviews: 491
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bell's Oktoberfest has an orangish-brown body with a soapy, off-white head. Retention is OK, and scattered lacing remains on my glass as I drink.

The aroma has lightly toasted malt with some sweetness. A hint of grassy hops are in the background.

Bell's Oktoberfest isn't especially powerful in any department, but it does have a good balance of yeast, hops and malt (must be beer?). Up front is lightly toasted malt with a lot of bread flavors, and a little bit of sweet caramel in the background. Next comes a small dose of grassy hops and a modicum of bitterness. Somewhere in the between there is a lot of generically fruity yeast flavors also.

The mouthfeel is good for the style, landing in the middle in both body and carbonation.

Bell's Oktoberfest is definitely a beer that you can drink a few of, but it doesn't really distinguish itself in any way. Good, but not great.

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Photo of shand
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Average looking for the style, a red-orange with a tiny head. Aroma is sweet, nutty caramel malts and grains. Solid. The taste is also good - props go out to Bells for a domestic Oktoberfest that's not too sweet. Instead, it goes down not tasting too much like anything at first, a bit of graininess but not too much else. Some toastiness comes in for the finish too. Drinkability and mouthfeel are both about what you'd expect for the style, a bit more carbonation wouldn't hurt though. Overall, it could be better, but kicks the pants off of most of the domestic O-Fests I've had this year. I probably like the Heavy Seas Marzen a bit more, but this is still good.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out with a nice look golden orange color with a fizzy white head on top that doesn't lace too much. The smell of the beer has some nice aromas of grains and hints of autumn spice. The taste of the beer was pretty good, it had some decent caramel notes and some decent autumn flavors in there. The mouthfeel of the beer was typical, it got to be a little flat by the end though. Overall it's not my favorite Fest beer but it's not a bad one to try.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Batch 10543
Bottle Date 8.17.2011

A - Pours a darker orange, slightly hazy, with a thin cream-colored head that fades quickly.

S - Very malty, roasted, spices.

T - Bready, roasted malts, nuts.

D - Smoot and creamy, lower carbonation, average body.

O - A little to be desired. Average all around.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a sampler shaker pint. Poured yellow-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, grain, floral, subtle spice, and nutmeg. The flavor was of sweet malt, floral, spice, wheat, and grain. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Nothing on this one really 'popped' for me in the nose nor the flavor. The flavors I did get were blended quite nicely, but this would have been much better with some added complexity going on. Worth trying though for the curious and fan a-like.

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Photo of Brenden
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is just a bit darker than gold, not quite but very nearly amber. A light tan head is one finger high off the pour and retains itself well, leaving a sturdy foam behind that drops a good amount of pretty thick lacing.
The aroma is toasted, a bit malty but mostly giving up notes of grains and some fruits. It doesn't seem up to par for Bell's, and could use more depth.
The same could be said of the flavor. Toasted malts that one expects from the style are here, but otherwise it's more grainy than anything with a yeasty note that gives flavor of wood and earth. Hops are here, and not weak, but it seems something in here actually clashes just a little. Overall, it's above average, but I wouldn't give it much more.
The mouthfeel has a bit of crispness that goes spritzy and a smoothness is here but seems to act as cover for a body that's weaker than it should be.
Overall not a bad Octoberfest, in actuality pretty good. Two thing, though:
1: Bell's is better and
2: There are many better to try out there

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

During an Oktoberfest party I was able to try the Bells Oktoberfest. The beer poured light amber kind of hazy. Decent carbonation that created a thin white head that laced. The smell was big on sweet/caramel malt and some grain. Taste was better than the scent would lead. The malt and grain is prsent, but there are hints of fruit. The mouthfeel was good....definite session beer. Overall it is probably one of the better Marzen beers that I have had. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of tsauce2
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

P: 12 fl oz bottle into a tulip glass

A: SRM is amber/copper. Head is white, dissipates to thin lining. Light lacing.

S: Light malt and hop notes, crisp and clean nose.

T: German malts, light hop, well balanced, holds true to the style. A little light, but still flavorful.

M: Crisp, light initial malt blooms in to a creamy malt taste. Dry finish.

O: Good beer, not great, but a solid overall. Very refreshing, good session beer.

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Photo of stercomm
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A - Light amber in color, slight haziness, single finger off white head, hangs around for a bit, lots of glass lacing.

S - Sweet malty and bread scents, doing this with a bit of a cold, so scents are getting blocked by my plugged head ( sharing too much)

T - Toasted 7 grain bread with a some nice malts, and a nice sweetness on the finish.

M - Medium bodied with a nice creaminess, mild carbonation

B - A very nice brew, one you can drink multiple bottles of on a crisp fall afternoon, good balance, good depth.

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Photo of bonkers
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up in secret halloween 2011, thanks Michael. The pour is light amber, small white head, light lacing. The aroma is pretty typical fot the style, light toasted notes, some caramel sweetness. The flavor is toasted malt, some bready sweetness, light sweet finish. The body is full, good carbonation. Overall, a nice easy drinking fest beer.

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Photo of cratez
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at International Beverage in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Pours a rich amber hue with one finger of cream coloured head and several strands of lacing on the lager glass.

Smell is deep doughy and bready malts (pumpernickel), toasted grains, earthy-leafy hops, brown sugar, wheat crackers, and a vinous, grape-like fruitiness with hints of apple and pear. Enticing aromas.

Flavour is light bready malts, mild caramel sweetness, touch of grape skin, grassy, leafy and earthy hop bitterness transitions to a fleeting aftertaste. Much tamer than the nose, though enjoyable nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, medium bodied, soft carbonation, modest Noble bitterness precedes an off-dry finish.

Overall, this aromatic märzen is an ideal fall-time quaffer. Not the craziest most robust example of the style but still a very solid rendition and one that I would purchase again. Recommended.

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

12oz bottle poured into a Bell's pint glass
A: Orange color; one-finger head that quickly dissipated
S: Faint toasted grain, maybe a hint of toffee.
T: Rich toasted malt/grain. Almost tastes like the smell of sticking your nose in a mash tun, which I like. Just a hint of hops comes through on the end.
M: Medium-bodied, a hint of carbonation.
O: Crisp, not bad; In general I like Bells, this just isn't impressing me as much as their beers normally do.

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Photo of Siegmund
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a Sam perfect pint

A - Mostly clear amber with a very slight haze in the thickest part of the glass. A 1cm bright white head formed, and died down to about a .5cm and stuck for a while. Constant rising bubbles from the etched ring on the bottom of the glass. Basically, this is what I picture "A beer" looking like.

S - Simple, malt forward aroma. Smells like fall. (I'm just the slightest bit stuffy today so if I ever get this beer again I'll give it another smell)

T - Very crisp. Again, malt forward with a solid sweetness to it. A little bitter from hops, but not much. Tastes bready on the finish.

M - Much thicker than I was expecting. Most Oktoberfests that I've had (Granted, a limit scope) have been on the thinner side. This had almost a creamy quality to it. Great beer on the tongue.

O - I haven't found an oktoberfest that blew me away, but Bell's comes the closest. I want to take this beer and sit on my dock in Maine and go through a six pack. This is a very good beer

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Photo of Sweetmambyjamby
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Copper clear color. Orangish brown hints of color. One finger head. Very pretty.

S- Smells like all those sweet and roasty malts that you would expect. Caramely.

T- Taste is good. It's mostly about the caramel malt sweetness. There is an earthy hop profile and that is nice too.

M- A medium bodied brew. Takes away from drinkability for me.

O- It's solid. Just a normal beer that bell's brewed pretty well.

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

A - Clear copper color with an average sized, creamy, foamy, bubbly, white head. Average retention leaving some patchy lace.

S - Toasted malt with bready and caramel aroma. More grainy than sweet. Touches of apple/orchard fruit. Hints of herbal hops.

T - Similar to the nose. A lot of malt flavors with bread and caramel leading the way. Again not overly sweet and quite grainy. Subtle fruitiness, particularly apple. Notes of herbal and grassy hops.

M - Light to medium body with average carbonation. Pretty crisp but not biting.

D - Well balanced with a pretty good body. Easy to drink a couple as the malt doesn't get too sweet and cloying.

Notes: So-so marzen. Plenty of toasted malt flavors with a good amount of caramel. Nice hints of fruit and herbal hops. Nothing too special but a decent autumn beer.

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Photo of fo5s
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a sam adams mug. Package date of 8/12/11 prominently displayed on the label (props to Bells for that).

A- pours a hearty gold. Minimal, crispy head.

S- clean, cereal malts. Present, but subdued.

T- bland, toasty malts. Slightly dry.

M- thin, but not too far off the median for the style.

O- a mediocre Octoberfest, and not up to snuff with Bell's other offerings. Not a bad option if choices are lacking, but there's much better out there.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer looks pretty good. Its a slightly hazy orange with a nice frothy head and leaves little bits of lacing on the glass. Carbonation just streaming from the bottom.

S: High hopes for this one sadly let me down.. not much of an aroma. I get a slight slight slight hint of sweet fruit, but thats it.

T: Where this beer lacked in aroma, it makes up for it in flavor. I get some awesome notes here: slight pear, caramel, dough,

M: Medium body and carbonation and a tad dry on the finish.

D: This beer drinks very nicely. It's delicious.

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Photo of heebes
3.04/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark golden with a finger and a half of foamy off white head. Nose is yeast, grain, grass, barley and some bready malt. Kind of a weak smell. Taste isn't any more impressive; thin on malt and leaning more toward a pilsner. Watery mouthfeel, medium bodied with a chewy finish.
Overall a let down in terms of style. It's crisp and refreshing and drinkable for sure but lacks taste wise.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.57/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 9/21/11

Packaged 8/16/11

Clear shade of burnt amber; it's a hue of medium-depth. One finger of fizzy foam reduces to 1/8th in layer in short order. Thin retention. Only two globs of lace.

Toasted grain aromas with a touch of floral sweetness to back it up; pollen-like. Hints of prairie grass. Not really much for caramel. Tame but pleasant. Sipping reveals a moderate amount of earthy hops that kick toward the finish. Toasted grains comprise the malt bill. As with the aroma - not picking out any caramel. Medium-thin body; a bit too fizzy. The feel doesn't beef up over time, either. The finish is a bit coating.

I like that the beer is dry, but I could use more malt sweetness to give it some depth. I'm glad I only picked up a single; there are better examples of the style to be had just as easily. I finished just over half the bottle.

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Photo of falloutsnow
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased from Hyvee in Council Bluffs, IA.
Bottled on 8/13/2011.

Poured into a standard US pint glass.

A generous pour produces a fluffy 2cm head of medium-sized, off-white bubbles that deflates within a minute, leaving no residual bubbles and no lacing: not even a ring around the glass. Weird, haven't seen this in a non-macro in a long time.

Aroma is of light malt sweetness, not breadiness, with a hint of lemon-lime or apple-like fruitiness. Fairly nondescript, not sure I like the fruit aspect either. I want some caramel, grain, and light bread scents if I'm drinking a marzen.

Taste opens lightly with some light malt flavors joined to a touch of herbal and spicy hop flavors and honey or fruit sweetness (from the yeast?). A very light taste, sort of a mix between a marzen and a wiesen, but I don't like the fruity sweetness here. Again, I'd appreciate some caramel, bread, and grain-like flavors in a marzen.

Medium-bodied with low to moderate carbonation makes this an easy sipper and generally pleasant. Finish is surprisingly dry, but in a sticky sort of way. Generally pleasant.

This is a fairly average to below average American attempt at an Oktoberfest. A bit disappointed with Bell's here; won't be checking this out again. Generally bland, kind of like an APWA of this style. Good if you wanted something simple, unremarkable, and unmemorable, but why bother? .... Why bother with anything?

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Photo of xnicknj
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at varga in philly

Pours a clear leafy brown color with some brighter amber hues. Thin beige head dissolves, leaving a few spots of lacing and little filmy retention.

Slight hoppiness in the nose, bready and biscuity malts. Touches of toffee and caramel. Somewhat muted overall.

Bready and citric up front with a faint touch of leafy hops. Bread crust and caramel in the malt. Some toffee sweetness. Finishes a little bitter and sweet.

Medium body, well carbonated, sticky and chewy on the tongue. Drinks pretty well, although nothing too explosive here.

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Photo of Shumania
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottled on 8/12/11, poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

a: bright organge and amber that is clear when held up to light.

s: not much there, some sweet malt but very faint

t: nice sweetness up front and some breadiness is in there.

m: easy fall drinking!

o: pretty good oktoberfest. Nothing that really stands out, but an enjoyable beer to drink.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle into a Bell's glass on the latenight.

A- Copperish brown with a dark tan foamy head up above, slight stick on this. The head becomes a loose cap of nothing after a bit. Some small bubbles going up the glass.

S- Caramel, munich malt, grassy hops, simple, yet refined. The hop scent on this is apparent a month after bottling. Some dank biscuit in the nose.

T- One of the better balanced and flavorful octobers from the states in recent memories. Im smacked with a gob full of caramel, toasted malt, slight nutty appeal. A dab of fruit in the middle with some grassy hops, finishing clean as as can be.

M- Medium bodied,nicely carbed,this beer is alive on the palate and well balanced. After a bit the carb dies down giving way to insanely east drinking.

D- I think I really like this beer, Im not a huge oktoberfest guy, HOSS is my favorite from the states but this might just be my second. A six pack might be in order.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/19/11
*From notes

A: Bright, pale and rich golden amber. This is much lighter then I'd expected. A slight chill haze seems to be present. A good pour yields a 1.5 finger head, which fades rather quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

S: Hints of walnut shells, though what really stands out is a heavy amount of warm caramel.

T: Fairly low key. Somewhat sweet. Grainy. The back end of this is mild, and there's no lasting or discernible flavor on the finish.

M: No complaints here. It's heavy enough for those cooler autumn evenings. The carbonation is on point.

O: Bell's Octoberfest is an above average, yet slightly forgettable entry into the Märzen world. Nothing stands out here, yet it's easy to drink without much complaint. I certainly wouldn't pass one of these up, yet if given a choice, I'd rather have a Victory Festbier or Great Lakes O-Fest instead.

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beerhan for this one.

Pours a fizzy 1 finger head that fades semi quickly, no real lacing, crystal clear slight orange amber yellow color.

Nose almost smells like fruit juice, like apple juice, with a bit of sweet malts, hint of reddish malts and caramel, plenty of fruity lager aromas, light crisp lager aromas, maybe the slightest hint of herbal earthy hops.

Taste starts lighter, with light pilsner malts, slight reddish malt flavor, hint of caramel and some light toasty malts, doesn't really get straw flavor but nice toasty earthy malt flavors. Plenty of crisp lager flavors, lots of lager fruit again almost apple juice like flavor but not really bad apple flavor, the yeast may have been slightly stressed but it's not bad. Some light hops do come through, touch of herbal and slight earthy floral hops bringing a hint of bitterness and spicy taste. Finish is a bit sticky so not very clean, but somewhat crisp, more fruit juice and hint of light malt flavors.

Mouth is a bit lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, surprisingly not loaded with caramel and reddish malts which is a nice change, nice light toasty malts, hops are barely there and nice additions so a bit more of those would have been better, and the other big thing is the tons of fruit juice, which comes from the yeast probably fermenting a bit to hot and stressed, but not too bad.

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