RATINGS: 626   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
A coppery amber lager that showcases a full bodied, malty flavor that is balanced by a refreshing bitterness derived from fine noble hops.

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kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Name: Octoberfest
Date: 10/05/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting

clear dark copper, scant beige head, specks of lace, funky malt aroma with a bit of sweet munich malt, munich malt flavor is well balanced with earthy hops to keep it dry, long bitter finish, needs a bit more sweetness to bring out the munich malt,

Aroma: 4/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.7/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

SavageElvis (134) - Savage, Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2007
Dark cloudy amber color, small off white head that had a short that dissipated quickly. Malty aroma with a bit of sweet caramel and maybe a hint of hops. The hops managed to come through nicely but not very strong. Nice lacing. Over all not a bad Octoberfest.

alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - OCT 20, 2007
Bottle; pored a rich orange amber. Light aroma of toffee, fruits, apple and yeast. One of the best that I have had of the style. Good, slightly creamy palate. Flavor was a nice blend of apples, caramel, bread, fruit, yeast with a slight hop finish. Slight sweetness. Good effort.

islay (3004) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2007
12 oz. bottle. Chalky, dusty, floral aroma features cookie, corn muffin, red apple, and candy apple scents. Pours a clear, bright, light shade of copper with a gold tint. Small amount of bubbling and small amount of uneven beige head. Produces some lacing. Malts dominate the flavor. A dry finish provides the main evidence of hops, which are largely absent in the main taste. Apple juice, red grape juice, oatmeal cookie, and pomegranate flavors. Medium body. Oily and lively in the palate. Bell’s Octoberfest Beer actually is a pretty good beer of the style. The problem is that it’s one of my least favorite styles. It’s not offensive in any way and seems to be well made. It is, however, predictably uninspiring and boring.

Hoppybudda (2) - USA - OCT 19, 2007 does not count
A clear, crisp orangish amber in color, thin off white head settles as a ring. Crisp malty aroma with some caramel, a little toffee, and some subtle fruity notes of apple and pear. The taste is quite sweet, almost to the point of cloying up front. Apple peels and caramel. Medium to light bodied. Overall: a simple, quite drinkable beer. Not exactly packed with flavor, not some grandiose experience, but not much to turn you off about it. It went well with a piece of pumpkin chocolate chip bread.

PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - OCT 16, 2007
Pours amber, thin head. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, some bread. Hops are grassy. Refreshing.

VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2007
On tap at the City Park Grill in Petoskey - came slightly cloudy reddish amber with a very small tan head that vanished fairly quickly. Very sweet aroma of toasty, caramelly malts. Thick, sweet in the mouth with a very nice grassy Noble backdrop, but this is truly a malt showpiece for sure. Not hugely complex, and I’m not all that knowledgeable about the style, but I really enjoyed it and it went quite well with my meal. Delicious, and yet another winner from Bell’s.

awautlet (45) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Pours a light golden amber with a head that fades quickly to a slight rim around the glass. Nose is all malt. Smooth on the palate with flavors toasted malt and a hint of caramel. Crisp and refreshing finish. Very easy to drink. This is one of the better Oktoberfests that I’ve had this season.

a10555 (125) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Nice Amber Body, and very smooth drink. One of the better Bell’s beers I have tried.

Hudspart (539) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2007
Bottle: Not bad for a marzen, but this is really not my type of beer. Clear with almost no head. Sweet and easy to drink.

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