Bob's '47 Oktoberfest - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 252
Hads: 630
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 20.38%
Wants: 17
Gots: 71 | FT: 0
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Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 08-31-2002

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
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Reviews: 252 | Hads: 630
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 mactrail
2.41/5  rDev -35.4%
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.

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Photo of redjameskidd
2.56/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It's odd, other people seem to like this, but for some reason I don't. I like Oktoberfest beers, but this did not seem like one to me.

I tasted some very odd flavors reminiscient of the flavors I don't care for in German hefeweizens - flavors I've come to think of as "yeasty". Overall, it tasted more to me like I was drinking a hefeweizen than an Oktoberfest.

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Photo of JDV
2.74/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Gregis for the bottle
Pours amber with a fluffy beige head. Tart malt, and lager-like yeastiness in the smell. Flavor is light, somewhat crisp body with a mild bitterness. Sourdough breadiness and while not my favorite, a drinkable flavorful beer with an interesting tartness.

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Photo of johanvond
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the Dead Man's Chest
Nov 14th

Most of What I've had from Boulevard is really good, and I had high hopes for this one. It was clear and bright in color with a creamy head. The aroma was predominantly malty and sweet. It's too bad thats what the beer tasted like as well. It was one sided and mostly Malty sweet with some fruit and diyctal flavors. All in all it's just too simple. It need to clean up the diycital and possable get some more hops. Personally I don't agree with the Oktoberfest labeling if it's not a Marzen.

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Photo of MOShepp
2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Frothy head with a clear deep golden color.

Aroma of caramel, toffee and some citrus.

It has a big metallic taste that overcomes all other flavors. I get a little peanut brittle and it's slightly bitter, but hard to tell with all the metallics.

I had this at the end of it's drink by date, so maybe that has something to do with the metal.

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Photo of GilGarp
2.9/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. stubby bottle with a twist cap served cool into a globe.

Bob's 47 is a golden orange color with perfect clarity. The head is thick at first but settles quickly leaving no lacing behind.

Aroma is sweet like a red apple with other orchard fruits along for the ride.

Flavor is way too sweet and barely has any balance at all. Candied apples, pears, and orange pith.

Mouthfeel is medium -light in body, too thin, but appropriately carbonated.

Overall a week attempt at an Oktoberfest. I feel like Boulevard does a lot of very good "big" beers but their everyday six pack styles are sorely lacking. This is a prime example.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.93/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to Monkeyknife for the hook up with this in a locals trade.

Pours a clear coppery amber with a finger of off-white foamy head. A slim fizzy layer of retention leaves back some decent lacing that slowly slides down the sides of the glass. Unfortunately I get half way through the glass and the carbonation already looks dead. The aroma is a pungent smelling blend of bread, citric tang, and sticky caramel sweetness that is just coming on a little too strong for my tastes.

The taste is much the same but still fairs a little better with bready caramel sweetness, citrus, and a hop profile that comes on way too strong in the finish. The whole thing just comes off as too bitter and tangy to me. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly sharp carbonation and a bit of a slicker feel that rides underneath it, as well as some alcohol beef.

Hmmm, I wish had something better to say about this Boulevard offering I have to admit that this was probably thee most mediocre of the O-Fests that I tried this season. It tries to come on too strong (and sometimes a bit artificial) with what it's got and just didn't sit well with me.

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Photo of froghop
2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a clear copper with a small off-white head, and some lacing.

smell of sour malt, caramel, and some spice.

taste is dry, malt, caramel, some spice, a bit sweet, and a little funky on the aftertaste, ends slightly on the bitter side.

overall just okay.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.96/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

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Photo of midaszero
2.97/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Pretty clear orange red with only a little bit of white head and no lacing

S - Good deep malt smell with some pleasant fruit notes and some sweetness

T - Good malts to be found but not as sweet or fruity as the nose would suggest. Also a little bitter aftertaste that is a little unpleasant could be from hops could not be hard to tell.

M - Medium body and medium carbonation

D - Nothing I would buy a regular basis, just doesn't really get me

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3.01/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had one of these a while back as I bought a six pack this season. Poured it into a traditional German mug. Freshness date was clearly marked stating best buy 12/1/09.

My first impression is that I'm really not even sure what style of beer Boulevard was really aiming for when they brewed it. It reminds me somewhat of a toned down Paulaner Double Bock. I noticed it's classified as a Vienna Lager, but the effervescent mouthfeel along with a hoppy somewhat alcoholic finish seems to be out of place for that style.

Up front, there is a good amount of caramel & bready sweetness, but doesn't seem to add the richness one would expect for the style. As it warms, some candy apple flavors become present as well. Some astringent flavors start to come through along with a somewhat harsh bite of hops and alcohol that clash with the malt and make for an unpleasant finish.

If it wasn't for the harsh finish, this one would actually be a pretty good beer. I think this is one that Boulevard could back to the drawing board and significantly improve with some fine tuning. Nothing terrible, but not something I'll be picking up next year.

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Photo of u2carew
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz stubby. This was brought back by a buddy who had a trip to Nebraska. Consumed 12/13/09

A) Pours with a thin, wispy head then settles quickly. Thin ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Clear body. Light upward CO2. Bronze in color.
S) Caramel. Light floral notes. Tree fruit.
T) Pilsener-esque malt sweetness. A light citrus bite then moves to a dry hop bitterness. Overall a well balanced brew.
M) Fizzy. Light body. Dry. Slight tannin feel.
D) Just average not a stand out.

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Photo of Rio
3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy coppery color with a decent white head that disappeared in a snap. Hardly any aroma at all, faint smell of sweetness from the malts, but little more than that.

The sweetness mingles with the hoppy bitterness in the taste. A bit too heavy on the hops to my tastebuds, a bit overwhelming, but still pretty good. Mouthfeel is very crisp, heavily carbonated.

A decent brew. Better than I remember from last year.

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3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of iabeerbaron
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this brew on many occasions on our trip down to Kansas City, MO. Nice amber pour with a medium sized white head. Nice malt aroma with a bit of the hop presence at the end. Flavor is slightly malty with a nice hop finish. Not as flavorful as some Octoberfests out there but it can get the job done.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a stubby 12 ounce bottle into my standard shaker "pint" glass. The lager appears a clear golden amber color with a finger of foamy off white head. Smells and tastes of light toasty bread, very grassy, slightly bitter hops, fall fruits, sweet caramel malts. Rather thin in body but adequately carbonated. Not terrible, but I'd probably pass on having another.

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Photo of philbertk
3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Boulevard Brewing Company--Bob's 47 Oktoberfest--A tribute to our friend Bob Werkowitch, master brewer and graduate of the US Brewers' Academy class of 1947--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV. 20 IBU's? (3.25 / 5.0) Mild lace thin white head. Clear bright rich dark gold color. Mild hop lightly toasted soft caramel malt aroma front. Smooth mild sweet wheat bread toasted caramel malty mild fruit Fest Lager body. Crusty hint soft hop smooth malty end. Odd bland weak flavor. Sampled 11/9/2010 from 6-Pack purchased for $8.49 at Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 9/8/2010.

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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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Photo of jafaircloth
3.17/5  rDev -15%
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!

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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 Trentonator
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is Boulevard's seasonal fall offering. I liked the color of this beer when I first poured it, quite a rusty red--very autumn-like. The head is as short lived as autumn colors though, and dissipates quickly; the lacing is equally fleeting. Not much on the nose, some hops, maybe a bit of banana. Taste is also underwhelming, just a basic light beer, not much taste or mouthfeel. I could knock back a half dozen or so of these and not be bloated or overly inebriated, so drinkability is a plus. Overall, a solid beer, but not remarkable (or one which I will seek out regularly).

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Photo of shadow1961
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Boulevard' Bob's '47 Munich style lager pours a big head over a clear
amber brew. Carbonation is almost nonexistant, and the nose is almost
fruit malt and lager yeast. The flavor is toasty malt with a slightest butterscotch
note and an herbal hop finish, with grass and grain in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel
is light but not watery. I'm not that enthusiastic about Boulevard's beers, but this
is a pretty decent one.

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Photo of clvand0
3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an amber color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is very clean with some hints of caramel and diacetyl. The flavor has some caramel malts and a certain nuttiness about it. Not as clean as the nose would suggest. Interesting, but not my thing.

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3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice 1 finger headw ith decent retention. Nice ruby red color.

Smell is of fainy caramelt malts and a bit of hops. It's pretty faint.

Tannins come out a little bit and the bittering hop isn't clean for the style.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a nice fullness.

This beer has some brewing flaws that should covered up. It's not something I'll be trying again.

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Bob's '47 Oktoberfest from Boulevard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.