kosko20 (352) - Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Probably one of the cleanest, refreshing lagers I’ve had in a long time. Perfectly clear amber copper pour with nice white head that fades to thin and lacing. Aroma is a nice malt with a good balance of hops. Flavor is caramel malts and spicy hops that are combined with toasted and nutty malts that give a great balance. Palate is slightly bitter at first and finishes earthy.
hubermi12 (14) - - FEB 17, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very difficult to get ahold of, Bell’s hasn’t distributed this the last two years but it is one of the best octoberfests.
Vir4030 (599) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours up a light orange-yellow with a perfect white head. Very attractive beer. Aroma is pretty light, slight alcohol, noble, and... flavor is quite solid. Nothing’s really sticking out to me as a strong flavor, but that doesn’t mean it’s not good. I would say it’s a nice balance of many different flavors.
SSSteve (4006) - - SEP 8, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
clear orange under a large sudsy white head. lined lacing. spicy malty aroma with notes of nuts and peanut brittle. the beer drinks smooth, malty and creamy with flavors of toasted nuts and the peanut brittle thing. hints of floral hop brighten up the finish. leaves a nice lace in the glass. what a beer!
iamqueensblvd (247) - , Iowa, USA - OCT 5, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pupkin and spice notes on the nose. nice foamy white head with a dark gold color. NIce lager flavor with a slightly sweet finish. very smooth mouth feel.
Hoosiergrass (2) - Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2010 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from the bottle a crystal clear amber to orange. Head was minimal and creamy white. The aroma is dominated by malts with notes of bread and cereal and a faint hint of herbal hop. Malty sweetness is balanced with bitterness and finishes with a pleasantly salty aftertaste. The crispy palate was a bit thin for me for the style. Overall, I was quite pleased.
rings (54) - Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pale orange in color, it has a caramel aroma and thin, quickly disappearing head, but opens up big and malty at the first sip, with a full barley mouth feel and soft, but crisp finishing hop upon the swallow. This is a beer lover’s beer, unafraid to fill the mouth with malty sweetness and a pronounced grainy flavor that is proud uncorrupted by roasting or other flavors. Although slightly over-carbonated in the bottle, it’s actually one of the few efforts that have reminded me of the Vaterland.
574deadzone (1379) - North Central, Indiana, USA - SEP 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2016 Pours a clear orange-golden with a foamy three finger head that hangs around a while and settles leaving some lacing. Nose hints at some darker roasted malts and bread. Taste is some sweet and a little bitter. Palate is light, crisp, with a lingering earthy, toasty finish. This is a lot more vibrant and refreshing than I remember from last year, which is nice. Tasty, sessionable, in season, and it absolutely reminds me of the toast I had with breakfast this morning. Be sure to grab enough for your friends to cry into when their favorite team is losing this weekend! 6 3 6 4 13
Rerate 8-28-16 First time they’ve bottled this in 5 years, so worthy of a re-visit. Pours a clear golden orange with a tall off-white head that hangs out a while and leaves a foamy collar of lace. Nose involves sweet malt, light caramel, hay, dust, sourdough, and meadowy floral notes. Fairly sweet, fairly bitter, good balance. Light to medium bodied, decently active, slightly oily with a light syrupy texture, finishing clean, leafy, sweet and yet drying with some hop oils on the finish. This is a damn fine Oktoberfest/Marzen, and I’m glad they were able to bottle it again. Maintains a lightness among the amber lager character, looks amazing, and drinks great. Gave this a 3.2 the first time, bumped it way up. A good snapshot of where I was and where I am as a beer drinker.
daustin (4) - - DEC 1, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good tasting beer. Nice color and aroma. No bad aftertaste. Could definitely drink all night.
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TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 9, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours bright golden with a fully receding off-white head. Aroma of sweet nutty malt, bready lager yeast, toffee, and caramel. Taste is rich, with bready malt, and delicious graininess. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with lively carbonation. Another excellent brew from Bells.