lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
pretty run-of-the-mill even for an Oktoberfest. Malty with just a hint of caramel. Kind of wanted more out of this since its Bell’s.
blindeyedbetty (189) - Utah, USA - SEP 9, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle. Poured a strong apricot color with little head. Aroma is much lighter and fruitier than I expected. Mouthfeel is light with sour-ish flavor, much more citrusy than expected. Middle palate is where the malt can be found, but with none of the bready, biscuit-y flavors I’ve tasted in other Octoberfest styles. For Bells, I expected a bit more substance, but would recommend this to my friends who don’t feel ready for a heartier beer. IMO, this beer wouldn’t hold up to the more substantial foods of the season, but might be nice with chips or light apps for the football game.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rich gold color with white head. Malty nose with faint hops. Grainy body, not as malty as I’d expect from an Oktoberfest.
Zeswaft (1505) - Charleston, South Carolina, 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 (5307) - 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 (4027) - 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 (3388) - Cincinnati, 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 (3604) - 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.