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Bob's '47 Oktoberfest | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Bob's '47 OktoberfestBob's '47 Oktoberfest

Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 254 | Ratings: 647
Photo of beergoot
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of TwoTrees
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

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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 draheim
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Smurf2055
3.58/5  rDev -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.

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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 Alcorn
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
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 MaximalC
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of UnkleFester
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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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 n2185
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Bottle says best by 11/16/12.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Huge five finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing sticking around the glass.

Smell: A bready malt forward aroma with a nice scent of spicy hops. Bready and fairly sweet toasted malts and wheat with hints of baked biscuit, caramel, toffee, toast, yeast, and cracker. Decent hop scent with some floral spicy earthy hops lingering around. Also a hint of a cinnamon like spicing. Very forward with the bready caramel but a nice hop balance. Solid smell.

Taste: Like the smell previews, a caramel heavy bready malt taste with some nice hop spice. Toasted malts with good notes of caramel, biscuit, toffee, crackers, yeast, wheat, and toast. A subtle hint of cinnamon and clove like spice. Also some spice from a solid mix of floral and grassy hops that add some bitterness in the back end. There's a pretty good balance here of bready sweetness and hop bite.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, and fairly spicy for the style. Has a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid Marzen. Has more of a spicy kick than most in the style. It makes for an interesting twist.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper color with a good finger of head.
Smell of hay and bread. Faint smell overall.
Great tasting. Balanced malt and hops with a little bitterness (lemon) winning over.
Soft texture, medium body, moderate carbonation.
Enjoyable drink overall.

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Photo of DelMontiac
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

October is around the bend and you know what that means - grab your standby Marzenbiers and seek out some new ones while you can get 'em.

Bob's '47 hit the glass in a nice shade crystal clear amber/orange. Seems well-carbonated, but the 0.25" white head is not tight. It's fizzy and disappears like a fart in the wind. Lace is {0}. Yes, the null set indeed.

The aroma is faint, but there's a sweet bread caramel malty character.

Nothing high-flying in the taste dept. Mostly toasty bread crusts, lightly malted, and mild hop character. For me, marzens either have zing or they don't. This one does not. Not bad, but not special.

I do like the feel of this beer. It's not quite full-bodied, but it's close. You could drink a few of these with the help of good company.

Overall, this is your old standard marzenbier with no twists to stay true to the style which is probably what they're shooting for. Good session brew in the spirit of Fall.

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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 TheCondor
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a 12 pack of this tonight at the local liqour store, hadn't realized until today that it was out. Excited about it, I can add to my Boulevard label collection and try a new beer, a new marzen/oktoberfest beer. Very excited. Side poured with standard vigor from a bottle into the glass.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful copper color with a nice two finger head that lingers for a minute or two. Leaves good lacing and shows a good amount of carbonation inside the glass. Like the packaging and the story behind the beer as well.

Smell - Bread crusts, toasty malts, and a nice hop kick in the middle and end. A light orange note, citrus note. Really inviting smell.

Taste - A lot like the taste, with a nice malty sweetness and toasty bread character up front, with the hops and citrus coming through more in the middle and towards the finish. A good caramel malt backbone. Really nice taste, really enjoyed it.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, sweet, good carbonation level and a little under medium bodied. The finish makes it seem so easy to drink a dozen or so of these. Dangerously smooth.

Overall - I would absolutely recommend this beer. Try it, buy it, drink it! Good oktoberfest beer, I would like to take this to some friends outside Boulevards distribution area and see what they think. Tasty!

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Photo of bsp77
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Dimpled Mug.

Appearance: Clear copper-orange with quickly settling white head.

Smell: Spicy noble hops, some grassiness, cherry, and light toast.

Taste: The spicy hops are fairly apparent upfront with some straw and cherry mixed in. There is a sweet core underneath composed of caramel and light biscuit. The spiciness lingers on the finish.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium-light body. Mostly dry finish that is kinda tingly.

Overall: Above average Marzen that really hits the spot. However, the tingly mouthfeel and slightly odd balance hamper it slightly.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a dimple mug)
bottled 12/31/11

A- This beer pours a deep copper hued crystal clear body with a bubbly off-white head that soon breaks up and a racing carbonation pushing to the surface.

S- The clean soft dry malt hint gives way to a slightly sulfury Noble hop bitterness that grows as the beer opens up.

T- The dry slightly toasted malt has some Munich hints to it but fades to a dry green Noble hop bitterness with little hop flavor. There is some caramel malt notes the come thru in the dry finish and a sulfury flavor that grows as the beer warms.

M- The light mouthfeel is crisp with a fizz that coats the mouth and grows really big enhancing the bitterness but losing other flavors.

O- This beer is almost astringent it is so dry in the finish and although it is well lagered the malt is hidden behind the bitterness and big fizz.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes:

Nice pour. Chestnut, acorn..with a bit of amber. The head is nice looking at first but dies down. Average lacing

Nutty aroma up front but the hops are not shy here. Sweet caramel and very ripe apples.

The hops are the balancing force here. I'm guessing the Noble variety...it should be...with the sharp green grassiness and light citrus. But the malt is what I'm looking for. It seems they put in a ton of malt just to counteract the hops. That is, it seems the hops were the first ingredient (well, besides water) and they said, 'oh snap...we need more malt'. Caramel and toasted bread, some light apple. Nutty. Somewhat grainy, not as clean as I would like.

While this may be a better-than-average marzen, it's still a nice beer.

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