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Bob's '47 Oktoberfest - Boulevard Brewing Co.

Bob's '47 OktoberfestBob's '47 Oktoberfest

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BA SCORE
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472 Ratings
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Ratings: 472
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%


Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our fall seasonal beer, Bob’s ’47 Oktoberfest is a medium-bodied, dark amber brew with a malty flavor and well-balanced hop character. With this Munich-style lager we salute our friend Bob Werkowitch, Master Brewer and graduate of the U.S. Brewer’s Academy, 1947.

27 IBU

(Beer added by: Todd on 08-31-2002)
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Warmonster

Missouri

4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big fan of Oktoberfest, and this is one of the best Oktoberfest brews you can buy.. every time I see this brew for sale I get excited! It has a great marzen lager taste but still with the boulevard beer taste. You can tell easily it's a boulevard and an Oktoberfest in one which is a Great combination. I will say compared to other oktoberfests this isn't quite as Sweet.. Maybe from the added yeast in each bottle? But either way this is a Great Brew, one of my favs.. Highly recommended! Wish they sold it year round!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 19:54:09 | More by Warmonster
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GMB

Japan

4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A standard pour of Boulevard Brewing's Bob's 47 Oktoberfest yields a bright burnt-orange body capped by an inch of white fizz. Carbonation is moderate; random streams of small bubbles rise steadily towards the top.

The nose suggests that Bob's 47 will be slightly hoppier than most Märzens, especially German ones. But don't let the hoppiness fool you. The malts are up front and personal here. Toasted bread, caramel, almonds, freshly cut grass, and chrysanthemum flowers.

The taste follows the nose closely at first, but takes on some new, exiting directions in the long aftertaste. Therein, sweet, nutty malts are slowly overtaken by bitter hops (perfectly balanced to my palate). Thus, what starts as a sweet hang ends dry and crisp. Excellent.

The rich malt profile makes for a rich mouthfeel with plenty of foam. Outstanding.

Bob's 47 is certainly among the best American Märzens I've tasted to date. In fact, I'm convinced that it would stand up to my favorite Oktoberfests from across the Atlantic. I'll be sure to pick up a bottle next year. I hope that Chimay, which has recently purchased Boulevard Brewing, doesn't change the recipe.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 18:40:16 | More by GMB
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Joey-bags1990

Missouri

3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Dark Reddish Amber/Light Brownish, Filtered and very visible when held up to light. Very little foam on top of beer after being poured into a standard pint glass. Very little to no retention on sides of the glass when the beer is swirled around. Fair amount of bubble are visible ascending from bottom of the glass to the top of the beer.
S- Heavy scent of malts with a nutty scent with also a hint of floral combinations. Mild hop scent as well with a more perfumy scent to complement the malts and wheat aroma.
T- I picked up on strong malts at first taste with with hints of nuts and caramel giving the beer a warm and semi sweet taste to start. After the initial taste, the beer finished with a medium bitterness of hoppy taste but the taste of the strong malts remained in the mouth after finishing the drink.
F- Sits on the palate with a medium to heavy feel that would be expected from this style of beer. Finishes quite smoothly as it goes down the throat and leaves a heavy after taste in the mouth.
O- Very tasty beer well suited for the autumn through winter seasons. Fairly strong taste of caramel and nutty malts provide a warming taste appropriate for the season as well as a nice full smooth finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 00:28:15 | More by Joey-bags1990
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TheSSG

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, soft, off-white head that has good retention. Sweet malt with a slightly spicy hoppiness. Hazy, straw-amber color. Starts with a spicy hoppiness, a flash of metallic, then biscuits. Into the finish, the spicy hops come back (this time with more of the bitterness) and blend with the biscuit to make for an interesting sweet/spicy-bitter combination.

This is pretty good. It starts with spicy hops and finishes with them. The between parts are a little boring, but it's pretty good overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 02:52:25 | More by TheSSG
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Goosehunter75

Missouri

3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a deep honey that is crystal clear with loads of bubbles. The beer has half a finger tan head with little lacing and little retention

S - Aromas of mainly malts. Has a nice caramel and nutty buckbone to it though. Pleasing

T - Very good flavor. Not complex but appealing. It is a malty beer and much like the aroma there is a ice caramel and nutty flavor that omes from the malts

M - a light bodied beer that finishes slick in the mouth

O - A very good Oktoberfest. Not a beer I would crave all the time but it'd sit very nice on a cool October day sitting around a camp fire. Easy enough to drink that one could enjoy several

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 17:11:58 | More by Goosehunter75
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear amber, one finger head that doesn't last long, not much carbonation.

S-Caramel, toffee, malt. Mainlty malt. Some bread. No hops.

T-Rather malty, some caramel, tad bit of coffee. Bread as well. Not hops to balance it out.

M-light, not much carbonation, tad watery as well.

O-The flavors weren't strong, the balance wasn't there. A boring oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 23:29:39 | More by rlee1390
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spoony

Colorado

3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From a 355 ml bottle (best by November 29, 2013) into a pint glass.

A-This is an amber-orange colored beer with a fair amount of active carbonation visible through the clear liquid. The head is light-khaki and my aggressive pour produced about one and one-half fingers of height. Retention of the head is good as a thick cap remains for the entire glass.

S-The smell is a mild mixture of wet wheat, light roasted barley (more like toasted barley, I guess), semi-sweet caramel malt, and earthy, vegetal hops. Nice balance.

T-The taste follows the smell pretty closely with toasted malts, semi-sweet caramel malts, a bit of metallic grain, and a vague, vegetal (astringent) hoppy bitterness. It is pretty earthy and mundane, but balanced.

M-Despite the carbonation visible in the glass, this brew drinks sort of heavy with very light, almost creamy carbonation on the palate. The mouthfeel does not pair well with the flavor profile.

O-This is an "OK" example of the style, with a bit more hop presence than I would normally expect. The hops are alright by themselves (they lend a somewhat vegetal, herbal bitterness to the finish that I didn't really care for, but some may enjoy), but the mouthfeel doesn't match well with the flavor...this thing needs more crispness and drinkability if they are going to go so light on the malts. On the plus side, this is a good-looking marzen with a particularly nice head.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 22:31:12 | More by spoony
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steveh

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's been 4 years since I last reviewed Boulevard's Oktoberfest offering -- and now it's available in my area, so no trades.

Best by 12/25/13 ink-jetted on the bottle neck.

A -- Clear, orange copper with a creamy, light tan head that holds up well.

S -- Spicy hops up front with mildly bready malt peeking through.

T -- Bready malts up front, mildly toffee-ish sweetness that lingers into spicy hops, a nuttiness, and some light fruit esters. The finish is spicy and estery.

M -- Soft, smooth mouthfeel with a medium body.

O -- Here's another American Oktoberfest that comes off more as a Brown Ale or even an ESB. The flavors are good, nothing off, and it's a nicely drinkable beer -- but just not in-line with a good Oktoberfest Märzen. I have to wonder why I had a better review back in '09, it wasn't any more fresh.

****
10.05.09 Review - 3.5, 4, 4, 4, 4.5

Bottle says best by 12/01/09.

A -- Clear, orange-amber with a slowly thinning, off-white head.

S -- Spicy noble hops up front, bready malts lurking back.

T -- Sweetish bready, lightly toasty malts up front. Some vague citrus character right at the end, but the flavor finishes with a spiciness and malt dryness.

M -- Medium body with a lightly crisp mouthfeel - borders on soft.

D -- Very nice and drinkable. Has the right touch of malt body and sweetness that won't become overpowering after a few. Boulevard calls it an Okto, BA calls it a Vienna -- I probably have to side more with Boulevard because of the body and ABV.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 21:11:51 | More by steveh
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beergoot

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bright, copper body with a decent head that leaves dripping sheets of foam sliding down the inside of the glass. Light malt aroma; biscuit; light hop smell, slightly pungent. Warm, bread-like malt flavors with a subtle hop bitterness coming up at the finish. Smooth and light body; dry finish.

A decent, journeyman effort for an Oktoberfest beer. Malt grains and hop bitterness play well together and create an enjoyable, easy-drinking experience. Nothing exceptional, but a rock-solid seasonal beer offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 23:47:32 | More by beergoot
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TwoTrees

Washington

4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This isn't a full review...so sue me!

Bob's '47 pours a clean, brilliant, golden orange. The nose is of sweet bread, malts, and yeast. Tastes sublimely of bready malt, grain, and toasted cracker with a very subtle hop character, finished by mild honey sweetness. Mouthfeel is pleasant...heavy enough to swish around, but light enough to quaff.

This Oktoberfest offering from Boulevard deserves more than the average 3.5+ rating it currently has (in my humble opinion). Outside of Sam Adams, I haven't run across a better American example of the classic German Marzen. Well done, Boulevard!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 21:28:33 | More by TwoTrees
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jafaircloth

Illinois

3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance : Poured out of a 12oz Bottle. Nice thick off white head. Beer's color is light copper. Decent lacing in my imperial pint glass after a few swigs.

Aroma: Some nobel hops and spiciness, I don't detect any off flavors.

Taste: Malt forward with medium-high caramel flavor. Finishes with a medium hop bite and slight bitterness. My 1st flavor sensation was liquid caramel corn (a good thing - but at colder serving temperature)

Mouthfeel: Medium Body and Medium carbonation finishes smooth with some nice residual sugars.

Overall: It's a nice take on an Octoberfest. My preference is something a little more dry and spicy. I look forward to finishing the sixpack and would buy it again. CHEERS!

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 01:56:40 | More by jafaircloth
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draheim

Washington

3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz (best by 11/29/2013) into a tulip. Pours a clear coppery amber w/ a loose 1-finger head, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is light, bready, vaguely fruity with a hint of spice.

Taste likewise leads with sweet, fruity, caramel and crisp bready pale malts gently balanced by floral, spicy Old World hops. This beer has a nice round, balanced quality.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very drinkable.

Overall a solid, enjoyable Märzen from Boulevard.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 04:43:21 | More by draheim
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Smurf2055

Washington

3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours darkish orange Amber. Clear with two to three fingers of white head.

Smells spicy and earthy. Mild flavors.

You can taste the hops, as well as the spices. It has a very nice balance. There’s a moderate malty presence too.

Palate was very nice. Great for an Oktoberfest.

Overall, a fantastic take on the Oktoberfest style. This might be the favorite one I got in my sampler pack.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 18:45:24 | More by Smurf2055
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mactrail

California

2.43/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Warm amber color with some big lonely bubbles and a coarse head in the tall glass.

Plain caramel flavor with some dirty hops. A hint of butter. Bitterish twang for the finish. Metallic smell. Unpleasant aftertaste of vegetable broth. I would call this a sub-par effort in the category.

The 12 oz bottle says "best by 12/01/12." Above that is "1101 D." So is it a year old? It has that coarse carbonation and slightly musty scent that indicates to me a beer past its prime. So they're not doing any favors with the liberal "best by" date.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 03:07:26 | More by mactrail
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Alcorn


3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours nicely copper expected in Marzen style. Decent head and lacing.

Aroma of toasted bread and roasted nuts, with overtones of spicy sweetness.

The taste is similar in character to the nose. Smooth, toasty notes with spicy cake-like sweetnes (kinda like the crispy caramelized edges of a cake baked in a pan). German hops come through in the finish. Representative of style and only slightly metallic.

The mouthfeel is pretty full-bodied for the style. Finish is pretty dry.

Overall, this is a pretty good American Marzen. It isn't my all-time favorite but I always look forward to Boulevard's Fall seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 16:04:36 | More by Alcorn
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Poured into a tulip

A- pours clear orange with a one finger of an off white dense head.

S- Massive grain. Some dark frruits, caramel and toffee. A sweeter smelling Oktoberfest.

T- A light hoppyness at first. A light fruity flavor takes over the front of the tongue. Very floral, citrusy and grassy. A malts take over and give you a lot of complex caramels and burnt sugars. A bit of dark fruit.

M- A great feel for an Oktoberfest. A lot of mouthfeel. Very silky and drinkable but has a nice sustenance.

O- A nice Oktoberfest. Better then a majority of the american versions I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 03:40:20 | More by TwelveOunces
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a clean copper pour with a finger of white sudsy head, visible carbonation.
smells of bread with a slight hint of citrus.
a bitter citrusy flavor up front, kind of a medicinal taste going on with this one.. not that appealing. definitely malt heavy, but not as sweet as it should be.
medium body, moderate carbonation, easy drinking.

i was a bit let down by this one.. i've only had boulevard's smokestack beers and haven't been let down.. until now. this is definitely one of their low end beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 01:18:24 | More by facundoCNB
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MaximalC

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours the color of honey with a fluffy tan head that soon recedes, leaving behind a thin veil of foam and sporadic lacing. Aroma is very mild--sweet, and vaguely citric. The flavor is also mild, with caramel malt and just enough hop flavor to balance things out. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy--probably the highlight here. An easy to drink brew, but nothing remarkable, which pretty much typifies the oktoberfest style to me. Wish I had more to say, because it's not bad, just uninteresting.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 01:07:52 | More by MaximalC
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UnkleFester

Kansas

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear golden copper color with about a fingers worth of white head that leaves behind a nice lacing.

S: Sweet bready malts, caramel malts with a faint hint hops in there as well.

T: Much like the nose this one has quite a strong malt presence with a nice hop character in there to balance it.

M: Has a very smooth body with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O: Another great example of the Oktoberfest style. I've really jumped into the fall seasonal offerings this year and I'm really liking the majority of them.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 22:30:40 | More by UnkleFester
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nickfl

Florida

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a clear, cooler colored body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Toasty malt, lightly sweet caramel, and some herbal hops in the background.

T - Toasty bread and dry toffee up front. Some more dry bread in the middle and a finish of dry, grainy malt, light herbal hops, and a touch of fruity, red apple character that lingers on the palate.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not bad, a little bland but within expectations for the style, not much else to say about this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 00:32:29 | More by nickfl
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head with poor retention on clear amber orange body. No lacing really.

S: earthy hops with grains and musty malts. hint of caramel.

T: Nice spice notes which are mild and therefore not overdone. This one is fairly medicinal and metallic, especially in the finish. Up front barley and malts. a little tart and sour but bareable.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Fairly drinkable. The finish hurts this one a little. I am not a big fan of the style and this one wouldnt be a regular for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 00:24:34 | More by kylehay2004
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beertunes

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful 12oz bottle poured into 9oz Pilsener glass. Poured a clean, clear light amber color with about 1/2 inch of light tan head that moderate retention and lacing.

The aroma was good earthy grains, gentle hops and just a bit of yeastiness. The flavors, while typical for the style, were very well done. The malts came across smoothly and the hops accentuated nicely.

The body was bit fuller than typical for the style, nicely smooth, but the finish was just a bit sticky. Drinkability was very good, having several wouldn't be an issue. Overall, a very take on the style and a nuce brew. Certainly worth your time if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 23:26:17 | More by beertunes
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 ounce pint - $5.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Clear, amber-esque body with a one-third inch of off-white foam.

Smell: Very meager nose -- one where you're sniffing and sniffing, trying to let it warm in abject hopes of a bit more of an aromatic presence, until you accidentally dip your snoot in the beer. You never get more than a sliver of malts, a scrap of hops, nothing else.

Taste: Predominately bready malts, lightly grainy and with a faint sweetness. Very low alcohol presence alongside the herbal, lightly bitter hops. Drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: For me, it falls far shy of being an ideal Oktobefest.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2012 23:03:07 | More by ChainGangGuy
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n2185

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear orange with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin layer with decent lacing.

S: Munich malts with clean biscuit aromas dominate with hints of sweet caramel and piney hops.

T: Munich malts here as well with some piney bitterness from the hops and a bready finish.

M: Light body with medium carbonation, this beer is light enough, though feels a bit watery on the finish.

O: A decent Marzen overall, though a little on the bitter side for the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 19:02:57 | More by n2185
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rfbenavi80

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulevard's Fall Seasonal couldn't come soon enough. It's been an unbearably long, hot summer and it's about time fall started to arrive. Cheers to fall!

Bottle best by 12-08-12. Bottle poured into a Nonic Pint.

A- Pours a nice clear copper color with 2 fingers of foamy yellowish, off white head that quickly settles and leaves some mild lacing on the glass.

S- Malty, bready aromas. Lightly browned toast. Spicy hops.

T- Toasty bread. Nice amount of malty sweetness followed quickly by a spicy hop balance that tastes herbal and floral.

M- An easier drinker here. Maybe on the high side of medium body, with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O- Another nice drinking seasonal from Boulevard. I'm glad they decided to release their seasonals in 12 packs this year.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 01:39:44 | More by rfbenavi80
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Bob's '47 Oktoberfest from Boulevard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 472 ratings.