Bob's '47 Oktoberfest - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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4.08/5 rDev +11.5%
Bright orange-amber, much more the former than the latter, that is as clear as a bell with a few streams of lazy bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The head is buttery tan and creamydense with good stick-to-it-ivness that leads to a nice array of scrappy lace.
There's a good mix of malt and hops in a nose that's much more balanced than expected. It's lightly toasted caramel malty with a sweet, herbal character. The flavor profile is a near carbon copy of the nose, but is more malty yet and is even more toasted bready with a beautiful commingling of sweet and bitter flavors.
The style demands malt dominance, but the amount of hops in use is impressive and puts the beer in near perfect balance by my taste buds. The abundant flavor hangs on for a while as a modest sweetness blends imperceptably into a nicely dry, bitter finale.
Bob's '47 is good beer. In fact, it's the best Munich Helles Lager that I've had to date and rivals Bully! Porter as Boulevard's best beer. Too bad it's a seasonal. The brewery would do well to make this one available year-round.
11-08-2004 16:21:59 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.35/5 rDev +18.9%
Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a large-bubbled head that leaves some lacing
Smell: Malty and slightly sweet with a touch of hops - surprisingly complex for a Helles
Taste: Starts with a graham cracker/bready maltiness that is joined by a subtle hop presence, mid-palate; the finish is slightly sweet and malty
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a full dose of carbonation
Drinkability: Normally, I don't care much for lagers but this is one I would be drinking over and over if it were regularly available in my area; doesn't really fit the Helles Lager profile as it has elements of Vienna Lager, Munich Dunkel and Oktoberfest; really outstanding marriage of several styles
Thanks, beerhandy, for this eye-opener
11-18-2006 00:40:11 | More by brentk56
3.83/5 rDev +4.6%
A boldly caramelly Vienna-Marzen style German lager with deeply caramelized toffe and premiere nutty flavor. Reminds me a lot of the Cracker Jacks candied popcorn that I used to buy at baseball games.
Toffee and caramelized peanuts lead the aromas past the thwart of graininess, butterscotch, and bread crusts. Low on hops, esters, and sulfurs, the beer's scent is purely of compelex malty goodness.
A deep chesnut color releases an effervescent and loosely knit, bubbly head (kinda uncharacteristic for a Vienna or Oktoberfest). Short lived, the ample carbonation is unable to refuel the head that is needed to retain the creaminess that is deserving of the style. Though the beer is nearly bright, it just lacks the life of a Vienna.
Flavors closely mirror the malts with an emphasis on toffee-caramels, fresh baked bread crusts, and a buttery-nutty flavor that is much more an attribute than a deterant. Herbal hops give a subtle variant in flavor and a slight hop bitterness to buffer against the grain; but the beer is ultimately a caramelly beer.
Much more attenuated than it should be (and with the wrong grain bill) the beer is much more crisp and fleeting than malty and smooth. Bitterness (from hops and grain) give light harshness that detracts from moutfeel. The beer needs more creaminess early, and a soothing lightened texture late- just doesn't exist here.
The beer has a lot going for it in aroma and flavor (though somewhat one-dimensional). But the mouthfeel really takes a backseat to both the beer's flavor and to the style.
07-29-2010 06:34:12 | More by BEERchitect
3.73/5 rDev +1.9%
Pours a whiskey copper brown with a short white/yellow head.
Nose is nice stone fruit/malt/light toast.
Medium mouthfeel with medium/light champagne type of carbonation.
Flavors are layered - front palate is a quick hit of malt that immediately goes to a rich grapefruit hop and burnt toast. Not a lot of spice in the front palate but some spicy "Octoberfest" character in mid-palate and the light pepper and clove flavors develop.
A pine bitter finish.
01-06-2011 02:20:27 | More by GRG1313
3.65/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
10-16-2012 00:24:34 | More by kylehay2004
2.98/5 rDev -18.6%
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.
10-10-2012 23:03:07 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.73/5 rDev +1.9%
Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.
Finally, a new O-Fest on the market! Digging in... It pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger or so of dirty off-white foam. The nose comprises toasted caramel, light cilantro, grass, light white bread, light toffee, and a touch of nutmeg. The taste generally follows suit, but with a more pronounced pine character (springing from the aforementioned cilantro), some spicy greens, and a bit of nuttiness for effect. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a slick feel, and a kinda dry feel. Overall, a nice O-Fest, with a slight American take on the style with the stronger-than-usual hop presence and drier finish. Not bad at all, really.
09-29-2011 03:24:48 | More by TMoney2591
3.65/5 rDev -0.3%
Deep copper color with good clarity. Lots of ascending bubbles of carbonation, with an initial two finger head. It dies down a little prematurely though.
Aroma starts off with buttery toffee and grains, and later becomes a touch earthy or vegetal. Not especially pronounced.
Flavors of caramel malt, some underlying bitterness, husky grain. Not all that memorable, but it's simplicity works in it's favor. Well carbonated and probably sessionable, but I had to reach for something else after one.
11-12-2007 01:29:50 | More by emerge077
3.95/5 rDev +7.9%
A fall seasonal from Boulevard, however, it was released in August.
A - Pours out a solid copper color. It had a small head that didn't last long.
S - It smelled of hops and grasses.
T - It is very malty and the grassy/heat comes out, as well. It has a slight bitter aftertaste.
M - It is crisp and light to medium bodied.
D - I enjoyed this seasonal from Boulevard. It is yet another beer that I wish was available year-round.
08-29-2006 22:21:29 | More by zeff80
3.68/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
10-16-2012 00:32:29 | More by nickfl
3.43/5 rDev -6.3%
Got fresh 9/5/09: Better taste, no cardboard, a bit of grainyness caramel, tastes better, drinks better & has better MF...
Pours an effervescent amber/copper with 2 fingers of sand colored head. No lacing or head retention
S: Breadyness & orchard fruit
t: Fruittyness (pears mostly), dryness & leafy hops up front. Slight cardboard twang as this warms, plus more apricot & a kiss of booze on the edge of the throat. Finishes dry with some spicy hops & pears
Light/medium bodied, fairly assertive carbonation
Drinks alright, getting a semi-stale vibe here. Will re-review when I can find fresher, this sample is pretty run of the mill for the style
12-23-2008 01:59:07 | More by russpowell
2.95/5 rDev -19.4%
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.
12-17-2008 18:01:57 | More by Kegatron
3.88/5 rDev +6%
Appearance: clear bronze in color, with a short, filmy head.
Aroma: dry, clean, arid, but as it unfolds, showing off more malt, sweetness, spice, though still on the delicate side.
Taste: light hops, full, hearty malt presence. Light in body, but tastily textured.
mmmm, I kept on thinking, mmm!
My notes fall short on technical aspects, I readily admit, but to sum it up, it's an unusual and richly flavored, highly drinkable lager that can be consumed with extraordinary ease and still provide ample pleasure through the abundance of flavor.
Thanks go to Marc77, provider of this brew!
11-12-2003 09:01:34 | More by feloniousmonk
3.53/5 rDev -3.6%
At the time of this review, this is the #35 top Märzen / Oktoberfest on the beeradvocate best of styles list. Served in a Boulevard Bob's '47 Oktoberfest shaker pint because I am capable of that so I did it.
Beer is mostly clear with a thin off white head, beer is reddish amber and moderately to lowly carbonated.
Aroma is sweet, caramel, munich malt, mildly yeasty, smells nice.
Beer is quite sweet, very caramelly and thicker than expected, medium bodied, smooth throughout, decent finish. Could have used a little less caramel, a little more Munich with a lighter finish, otherwise I enjoyed it and would have it again.
10-02-2011 13:51:17 | More by drabmuh
3.48/5 rDev -4.9%
first beer from these guys. pours slightly darker than the european oktobers, smells like a malt bomb, decent head. taste is true to the nose, malt up front, malt in back. not over the top, but balanced and a little bit addicting. this is a great 6pack for the fall. not the best oktoberfest on the shelf, but a damn fine version. medium thick body keeps this one in the gut for a bit, nice when its chilly out.
10-18-2011 15:51:27 | More by StonedTrippin
3.4/5 rDev -7.1%
First had: on tap at Flying Saucer, Little Rock, AR
A: Light coppery color, bit of a white head.
S: Sweet, roasty malts aroma, mild sugars.
T: Good balance of malts and hops with a touch of caramel sweetness.
M: Nice, medium body, average carbonation.
D: Nice and drinkable, but not too memorable.
12-13-2010 21:10:47 | More by Rifugium
4/5 rDev +9.3%
The beer pours a slightly hazy orange-brown color with a white head. The aroma is toffee with a little bit of cocoa mixed in. A very nice smelling, very malty beer. The flavor is also full of malt. I get some toffee, cocoa and caramel. The beer is pretty dry. There are no real signs of hops in the beer and the alcohol is well hidden. Easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice American-made Oktoberfest.
10-11-2011 04:05:59 | More by Mora2000
2.43/5 rDev -33.6%
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.
12-09-2012 03:07:26 | More by mactrail
3.9/5 rDev +6.6%
My bottle unfortunately is a little past its prime according to the best by stamp, but this one is still pretty tasty. It's an amber color with lacing and a sweet, almost candied aroma. The flavor mixes light bock-like licorice with nutty grains and caramel. A pinch of hops flavor and crisp, pleasant bitterness round out what is an impressive lager. Rich in flavor, not too sweet, and good for the summer.
05-28-2007 23:22:05 | More by tempest
Bob's '47 Oktoberfest from Boulevard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.