Zeswaft (1394) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 8, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It’s about time I finally got to try this. However, this is not that great. lots of caramel sweetness and i remember some noticeable bitterness. i kind of remember thinking this was a tamer version of the amber ale. i don’t know, i was pretty drunk. for a lame style this is alright.
EithCubes (5069) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Darkly malty aroma, but still pretty typical for an Oktoberfest. Really robust scent, though - the malt is just spilling over the rim. Clear copper-tinged orange body with a big beige head, lacing well and spoonable. Taste of malt, hay, and caramel with a faint touch of toast in the bg. Lightish body, especially for Bell’s, with malt swimming in water. Lightly crisp from the faint carbonation but generally smooth and velvety. Aftertaste is a Iovely bready malt with a subtle hop tickle, just slightly bitter and enough to get the salivary glands into a higher gear. One of the simplest beers I’ve had from Larry and co., yet the craftsmanship shines through and this remains a go-to beer in the fall. We’re not expecting top-shelf stuff here, after all; calm, clean, and very enjoyable.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2007
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
On tap. spicy malt aroma. Nice amber/copper hue with an off-white medium head that fully diminished but left excellent lace. Spicy macro lager flavor that fads fast and is quite mild. Watery with lively carbonation. Kind of a let down. This brew is very watered down and macro like. Probably brewed for the masses since it seems to be the fall version of Oberon around here (meaning everyone has it on tap).
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light pumpkin color with medium head. Light very easy to drink. A bit plain but still has that outside fall hay and squash flavor of an octoberfest. Soft carbination and a sweet malty mouthful.
TURDFERGUSON (3963) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Wow. This was pretty boring. Drank this a couple nights ago when I just wanted one more beer. Has some typical marzen malty characteristics and is just a middle of the road beer as far as octoberfests go. I guess I always expect more from Bells. Next.
shigadeyo (3059) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
9/05/2007: Bell’s Octoberfest Beer is a clear, bright copper color and has a think off-white crown. The aroma is bit lacking, but does have some nutty (almond?) maltiness. The flavor is clean and balanced with a light, slightly toasted maltiness and a pleasing level of even bitterness. The body of the beer seems a bit light for the style, but overall this is a pretty good Octoberfest Beer.
12 fl. oz. bottle (Alc 5.5% by Vol.) from Jungle Jim’s International Market. Rating #54 for this beer...
TheEpeeist (3383) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Very clear tea with brief white froth. Sweet dough, brown sugar and lemon. Medium carb provides a nice bite. Some caramel, orange pith and walnuts. I could drink a few of these.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at capones. Pours a a clear copper with a small white head. Aroma of sweet malts, some spices are present, and light caramel. the flavor is sweet, caramel, spices, and finishes lightly bitter.
cheap (4173) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly darker than the ubiquitous pale yellow american lager, has some orange tinge in there. Aroma is rather clean cream and yeasty. A rather mild fest beer than can be easily enjoyed. Has just a tad of bitter bite but much less than many fest beers. Good tingly carbonation that comes across as creamy at times, just like the aroma. This is enjoyable and easy to drink. A fun fest beer that has good manners and is fun to drink for a lager lover. I’m not much of a Bell’s fan, but this is a good one. No bitter impressions on the finish. Not as good as Hacker but certainly as good as Stoudts and Schell. Waves above Great Lakes Octoberfest as far as enjoyability goes.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 4, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
LIght orange copper color with a quickly diminished off white head. Pale malt aromas along with a light crisp noble hops aroma. I’d be hard pressed to name the style by the scent. I’d likely guess a Dortmunder or light Vienna with the lack of toasted malt. Still a nice clean lager aroma. More toasty and lightly nutty in flavor. Smooth and crisp feel. Very easy to drink and rather simple. I’m not moved when I drink this like I am with a really good Oktoberfest, when I have visions of the fall season with leaves changing color, a bonfire and a light crisp breeze. This one makes me think about boiling some brats in it. That’s ok, but not the full Oktoberfest experience.