I’m seriously making an effort to clear out some of this Craft Beer inventory before it goes out of date or season. This bottle has been staring me in the face for the last month or so and I just haven’t felt compelled to drink and review it. Wes loves Marzen’s but they’re not my favorite style but I figure I can kill two birds with one stone by drinking and reviewing this brew and by keeping Pam off my ass about not having enough variety on the website. I do my best but I really gravitate towards the Pale Ales and IPAs so this website comes off a little biased. Even though I am a few months late I am going to celebrate Octoberfest in December. On the docket is Bell’s Brewery’s Octoberfest Beer, will this have me wishing it was October again or will I be glad that it’s over?
Bell’s Brewery classifies this brew as an Oktoberfest and their website describes Octoberfest Beer as, “Crafted as a flavorful session beer, Bell's Octoberfest Beer is perfect for a week-long wedding celebration in Germany or the start of the Michigan autumn. As with Bell's Lager Beer, Octoberfest spends a full six weeks maturing in the fermentation vessels. Unlike its cousin, Octoberfest trades in the assertive hop presence for a focus on a light caramel malt note, lending body without too much sweetness.”
Octoberfest Beer pours a golden honey color with a ½” off-white head. The aroma is bready, grainy and a touch of biscuit. There are some sweet malty scents as well as hints of fruity esters in the background.
Maybe someday I’ll get it but as of now I don’t. I’m just not that big a fan of Marzen’s and Octoberfest Beer from Bell’s is no exception. The flavor is good but there is nothing interesting about this beer at all. It tastes like your average, every day Lager. It’s got all the characteristics of a good brew but doesn’t stand out in any way. This is where my job gets difficult; it’s good but not great. If you are a fan of Marzen’s, I’m sure that you’d love this beer…or would you? I’ll let you be the judge for yourself. When it comes to Fall seasonals I’ll stick with the likes of a New Belgium Hoptober or Southern Tier Pumking.
Consumed: Sam Adams Sensory Glass
Verdict: Buy A Six Pack