jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2007 2007 bottle. Classic, attractive clear copper/bronze with a medium, slightly off-white head. Nice aroma of fresh toasted grains, caramel, slightly doughy yeast and noble hops. Nicely balanced with a plesant sweetness level. Starts with prominent toffee/caramel, just-baked pretzels, fresh grain and then hay, grass and lightly herbal hops. Medium bodied with a smooth texture and lively carbonation. Quite drinkable and tasty. I’m surprised by the low ratings on this one. Perhaps this year’s release is better than the batch from last year.
demitriustown (1054) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle: a nice floral hop characteristic, medium caramel malts, a nice spiciness to it. Somewhat of a heath bar aroma lingering in the background. Appearance is a golden/amber pour with a medium sized off white head that diminishes into a soapy film, A buttery toffee flavor comes off at first. Some caramel, light smoke characteristics, butterscotch, and a almost equal sense of the hops and the malts intermingled. Palate is somewhat grainy, a light tingle, and a slight bitterness. Overall, It’s a pretty good Octoberfest. Bell’s puts another good foot forward.
radagast83 (4409) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Copper color, with a thin white head. Overall this beer was only decent, especially compared to other Bells beers. It was a little spicy, but just okay.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a very attractive rich copper with a thin white head. Aroma of toffee, grass and spicy Noble hops. Some roasted malt and grain on the palate with a yeasty/hoppy finish. Medium bodied, but a tad watered down. A minor disappointment.
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bells Octoberfest Beer
12 oz bottle
Moderate pour in a shaker.
No batch number, recent brewing, absorbed 08/07.
Poured a clear copper amber with a medium fizzy white somewhat diminishing head.
Smelt of moderate toffee, caramel malt, grain, dry leaves.
Taste was upfront moderate sweet toffee and or caramel malt with a light fruitiness and bitter grain followed by a strong bitter dry leaves yeast finish and more moderate to light sweet caramel and fruit on an average length finish.
Palate was light to medium bodied, creamy, lively carbonated and light to moderate astringency.
Overall, this was a very respectable octoberfest. It seemed a bit disappointing at first but it opened up towards the end. It definitely strays a bit from the authentic German style though.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Downtowner Lounge and Douglas House Saloon. What a pleasant surprise to see this beer on tap next to the Stroh’s and Miller Lite in my hometown bars. Light, transparent coppery amber colored pour with a hint of orange and a head of bubbly white foam. Withdrawn, shy aromas of sweet nutty malts accompany some lemony hop aromas. Light bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel - highly drinkable, making it an easy drink choice for the evening given the options listed above. The sweet, nutty Munich malt characters are there, but not as prominent as I hoped, scoring this points for drinkability, but thinning the flavor out too much at the same time. Some unpleasant corn fusels give this one a bit of a cheap, light lager finish on the palate. One keg I sampled had significantly more lemony hop flavor in the final smack than the other. The keg with the more restrained hop character reflects my rating, as it was far my preference, allowing more of the desired sweet nutty maltiness to come through.
auerbrau (3146) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Downtowner Lounge - Houghton, MI. This keg has probably been on for a good while, as this isn’t the type of bar where people would drink this beer. To my knowledge there are at least three other kegs in the area. A local purveyor informed me that they had one 1/2 barrel available for sale from them, another was recently sold to a private venue, and at least two other kegs were in the area this fall. I was quite glad to still find this on tap, it seems to be a rather rare Bell’s draft, despite having been released throughout the state. Lemon fringed with an orange core, creamy froth of off-white. Light wispy aroma of creamy malts and light oatiness. A touch of graininess. Sweet sugary, lightly estered malt, with some barnyard oat qualities and a touch of hay. Not as much of the heavy Munich malt character as I expected from the style. Backend presents a slightly sourish, lemon tang and a nip of aged yeast. I can tell this keg has been on for a while, but it doesn’t seem to detrach. The smack is one of the more profound of any beer I’ve had for a good while. A long lingering, clean mint and lemon bite, that hangs out along with a jumble of barnyard, sweet malt esters and clear mid-roasted unfermented crystal character. An interesting rendition, in my opinion. I’m sure why everyone else has this beer so down. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Nicely refreshing and light.
nolankowal (923) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Mad Mex. Orange pour with a white head. Aroma of sweet malt some cinnamon and maybe a touch of nutmeg. Simliar flavor, malty with some spiciness. A fairly creamy beer throughout the medium body. Not bad stuff for this time of year.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 28, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sample from my friend Kathy’s draught pint at the Muddy Pig in St Paul, Minnesota, October 2006. Faintly hazy orange-amber with little head or lacing....sweet perfumy nose, not bad at first with light caramel/woody notes but a creeping bathroom/urine character comes on and Pine Sol doesn’t healp....lots of sweet malt on the tongue but nothing else really, quite cloying and unpleasant. Major disappointment from this fine brewery.
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Served a deep yet clear amber, thinly headed with quick legs. Vague aroma finds malts & mild lagering yeasts. High carbonation tingles the mouth yet adds to a bloat. Balanced flavor starts malty and ends bitter with a hint of ABV. Rather weak all around, this wasn’t worth the hype that preceded it.
<font size=-4>On draught at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Place Restaurant and Beer Garden, LaGrange, IL 60525 10/13/06</font>
P.S. I don’t know what it means, but the margin of my notes reads, "When I meet new people, I need new sneakers." Huh.