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Bob's '47 Oktoberfest | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Bob's '47 OktoberfestBob's '47 Oktoberfest

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Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

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

Added by Todd on 08-31-2002

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Photo of ranger7
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to pint glass. Nice amber color. Good malty scent. Good stuff; caramel and malty sweetness. One of the better U.S. Oktoberfest attempts. Reminds me of the Ayinger-style Marzen.

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Photo of Suds
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep Amber, with a thin white head, this is a vey approachable and delicious marzen. Brilliant malt aroma and a lot of lightly toasted, greasy flavors. Nice balanced, if not just a little too hoppy for the style. Medium to full in body, and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Pedalsteel
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not just because I am from KC but the fact is Bob's 47 is simply the best Oktoberfest beer I have ever had, in my humble opinion. No two ways about it.!! Forget about it!!

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Photo of babaracas
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pumpkin orange with one finger of fluffy offwhite head. Smell: fresh bread, unfiltered apple juice, a little caramel, mildly floral. Taste: spicy, herbal tea note, toast and a little caramel, grape note.

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've only had this out of the bottle, but it is the best tasting Oktoberfest beer that I've had to date. It is harder to find than most of the other Oktoberfest brews, as most people snap it up when they see it I suppose.

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Photo of Garys1
4.7/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

This is the best Oktoberfest beer I have ever had. The dark color and malty taste are superb. I would highly recommend this beer to everyone. We go to a winery outside the St. Louis area every year for my wife's birthday and I take that beer with me to enjoy there and usually end of buying a couple extra also.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Also sampled last night on 4/27/15. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage 'Boulevard' tulip glass.

Brew pours a pretty copper in color with close to a 1-finger foamy off-white head. Lots of lacing was seen when sipped that stuck to the sides of the glass, like a good German brew. The aroma is of bready yeast, grains with hint of burnt sugar. The taste follows the nose pretty much and ends with a slightly dry and hop finish. East to drink though. Very close to medium-bodied along with moderate carbonation. A decent brew.

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Photo of pat61
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours brilliant copper tinted gold, with a 1” moussey white, persistent foam cap with good lacing. A light bread nose with a hint of light grains and kettle sugars. The palate dries out after an initial hint of sweetness with grain and kettle sugars and a moderate hop accent on the finish. Medium to a shade below on the body with moderate carbonation. While not big and assertive, a very easy to drink beer.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Strong, malty aroma has spicy and hoppy undertones. Pours a clear amber with an average pale cream head. Malty flavor has subtle notes of apple, pear and cloves and a hint of caramel. Smooth texture has typical body and average fizz.

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Photo of chinchill
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle with a BB date stamp of Dec. 2014.

A bit bland, even for a Marzen, this beer manages to have crisp, lively carbonation with a head that's a bit weak for style. Light aroma and flavor is even a tad light for style, although not the hop level. Nearly as sweet as it is bitter.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%

Yeeeah buddy. It's November and I'm reviewing an October-themed beer. I'm a rebel, don't get too close, ya might get burned, son.

Appearance (4.25) : The first thing I notice is how stable, tight knit, and steady the head is. It's a three fingered head, and is very thick, very caramelly, and just overall impressive. The body is a dead-on amber color with some orange tint. This beer is pretty clear for an Oktoberfest, but not overly so. I'd say about 30% opacity. I'm giving it a 4.25 for appearance, it's rather beautiful.

Aroma (3.75) : Aw yes, Autumn is coming back to me again despite that there's snow on the ground. When you smell this beer, whether it's in the dead heat of summer, the blissful breath of spring, or in-season with the crunching of the leaves, you are time-warped to an autumn of your mind's choosing. Pumpkin, barley, and rice with distant hits of cinnamon. Bouquet is weak to medium strength. A good score for festivity, but the bouquet was a bit lacking in strength so instead of a 4 I'm giving it a notable 3.75.

Taste (3.75) : Again, first impressions - it is very easy drinking, particularly non-offensive, and has a spiced finish to it. Within the body is a complex mix of barley malts, wheat, roasted seeds (pumpkin), some chard, a hint of hop, with a mustard green finish. If I had a simple shot of this beer, I would think it was quite awesome. However the flavor plays itself out over the course of a few swallows, so it's not exciting anymore once you're about 1/3 of the way done. After the interest wears off, you mostly taste hop and sordid pumpkin.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : it's creamy and adequately carbonated, a bit of a soda fizz to it, being light bodied and ending sort of dry. Adequate.

Overall (3.78) : Hey, it's not a bad pumpkin beer. It just spreads out way too thin over the first few drinks and then gets tiring. A lot of beers fall to this fate I'm afraid, so it's not uncommon - but it should be. If you get a chance to try Bob's 47 from Boulevard, don't skip it. It's a decent beer, worthy of your opinion.

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Photo of REGreenBTRB
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

A: 4 - Pours a beautiful amber color with minimal head.

S: 3 - Malt, minimal hops. Very mild scent.

T: 3 - You taste a lot of the malt, and the hops are much more present than they were on the nose. It is a nice balance between the two. There's really not too much there in my opinion. I haven't had many Oktoberfest beers, so I'm a little uneducated on the style, but this isn't particularly blowing me away.

M: 4 - Medium body, quite carbonated. Very drinkable.

O: 3.5 - It's enjoyable, but again, really nothing to remember in my opinion; a C beer.

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Photo of MartzMimic
3.17/5  rDev -15%

On tap for pint night at McNellie's OKC. Pours a clear amber with a foamy white head. Lots of carbonation rising from the glass. A faint aroma of bread and malt. That's good because malt is what you get. There's a bit of caramel and just a touch of hops on the end. Medium mouth with decent carbonation. It's not bad, but just doesn't have the depth of the really good Oktoberfest offerings.

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1.5/5  rDev -59.8%

This beer is very poor. Octoberfest should have some fall flavor, but this beer has none. To sum it up, it is highly carbonated, with a slight biscuit taste. No hops, no pumpkin, no nothing. Probably the worst beer I've had in the fall season. Bought a 6 pack but will NEVER buy another. Sam Adams Octoberfest destroys this Boulevard offering.

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Photo of wasso67
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Love the bottle. Classic styling and label.

Pours the correct color, lovely amber brown/orange. Slightly light head but almost 2 fingers.

Aroma is clearly malt heavy with a nice toasty balanced nose.

Carbonation is perfect and mouthfeel medium which it should be for this type of beer.

Magic combination of malt chemistry produces a lovely balanced character of toasted and creamy/sweet flavors.

Finishes clean and smooth, begging for another. Very drinkable and a great session beer as any Oktoberfest should be. One of my favorites.

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Photo of dcscientist
4/5  rDev +7.2%

I like Oktoberfests, and Bob's '47 is a pretty good one. It's not quite as malty sweet as some, but it's got a well-rounded flavor and good color. Solid fall seasonal offering.

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Photo of BeerWizard
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Pours a pretty glorious burnt honeytone, initial fleeting off white head, and perfectly clear. Aroma is a little subdued, earthy, malty, bready notes, and slight yeast. It has a nice mouthfeel, and the base flavor is good, but I'd like something else going on. More spice, more booze, just some kind if hook to give it some character. As it stands, it just tastes like a watered-down Oktoberfest. This is another one from Boulevard for me that is almost there but is holding back. I worship Boulevard's Smokestack Series and their Nutcracker Ale but I haven't had a sixer of their tamer stuff that doesn't seem lacking in flavor. Many better Oktoberfests available - no disrespect to Bob.

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Photo of Warmonster
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
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!

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Photo of GMB
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of Joey-bags1990
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
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

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Photo of rlee1390
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of spoony
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of steveh
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
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

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Bob's '47 Oktoberfest from Boulevard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.