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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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501 Ratings
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Ratings: 501
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 9
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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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Photo of emmasdad


3.63/5  rDev -0.8%

Surprisingly, I've been drinking some octoberfest beers lately, and I believe this is the last one in the fridge. Pours a brilliant amber color, with a smallish ecru head. This is what a glass of beer should look like. A little spicy on the nose, with a bit of caramel. On the palate, sweet, crisp and a little bit bitter. A nice fall refresher.

09-09-2010 23:57:48 | More by emmasdad
Photo of beerbrains


3.4/5  rDev -7.1%

I've been drinking Bob's 47 for years (or at least since Bob's jacket was hanging on the label) and decided that it was time for a review.

Pours from the bottle an amber brown
topped with an off-white head that dissapates quickly.

Malty sweet nose with a little prune? thrown in.

Clean malt flavors mixed with caramel and hops. Maybe some nuttiness.

Mouthfeel is thin with a dry finish provided by the hops.

09-04-2010 06:33:27 | More by beerbrains
Photo of BEERchitect


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.

Thanks BlueOkie!

07-29-2010 06:34:12 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of afausser


4.15/5  rDev +13.4%

Appearance: Pours a red amber with heavy carbonation bubbles the give it the the appearance of champagne in terms of consistency. pours with about half a finger of head that almost instantly disappears. The surface of the beer would be glassy were it not for the persistent carbonation that creates popping patterns at the top. The carbonation slows down after the first few minutes it sits out but is still pretty huge.

Smell: Smells of alcohol and apple cider. Surprising given the low ABV, but I suppose not given the style. Some well blended-in cinnamon is also pretty heavy, and there is a bit of clove spice beneath the surface.

Taste: Whew, tastes like...a lager. I don't drink a lot of beers in this style, but it's pretty evident that this one is well-crafted. Apples, slight pancake syrup, apple, a hint of licorice, and a bit of bread an honey. Pretty nicely done.Slightly creamy notes, which due to the bubbles come across as a bit of cream soda. Slight hop flavor throughout, and it's light and not very bitter.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is pretty nicely done--it's medium to heavy bodied, but the carbonation bubbles cut through the syrupy brew and make it go down much easier than it would otherwise. It makes for an interesting combination. Slight aftertaste, but it's about as fleeting as one can possibly be.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable, but I think a little lower than it should be for the ABV. A nicely crafted beer and easily sessionable. Boulevard does a consistently good job of creating well blended brews, and this one easily exceeded my expectations.

05-31-2010 02:54:07 | More by afausser
Photo of ccrida


3.48/5  rDev -4.9%

12 oz bottle (best by 12/01/09) poured into a flute, Bob's 47 is chill hazed auburn with a thin off-white collar.

Smell is muted, light phenols, a hint of bread, some damp/compost/herbal hops.

Taste is caramel, some sweetness, pretty light, generic malt extract flavor, but clean. Suits my sweet tooth.

Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, but medium-light bodied and smooth.

Drinkability is pretty good. A sweet, simple - ugh, vienna lager? I'd say marzen...but whatever, quaffable and smooth.

01-21-2010 02:30:48 | More by ccrida
Photo of peterjk


3.98/5  rDev +8.7%

Poured from a 12 once bottle into a trois pistoles goblet.

A: Amber Orange in color. Thin head fades quickly with fine bubbles maintaining some lacing and foam along the edge of the glass. Looks like a German Lager to me.

S: Fresh sweet bread, sweet citrus, cream soda, vanilla. Notable sweetness in the smell.

T: Mild hop bitterness dominates the front of the palette. Bread malt notes with slice spice and sweetness in the mid palette. The finish is long with a a nice sweet bitter balance, cream soda and bitter herbs.

M: Crisp and palette cleansing with a long lasting but subtle finish.

D: Great food beer, bring on the bratwurst and red cabbage. Also make a nice session beer, tasty flavors but nothing that gets old.

01-12-2010 03:47:54 | More by peterjk
Photo of u2carew


3.05/5  rDev -16.7%

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.

12-29-2009 15:21:55 | More by u2carew
Photo of Doodler


4.03/5  rDev +10.1%

Picked up a six box for $9 at Heritage in Denver. Called an Oktoberfest by Boulevard / though the shelf tag bragged of it as a classic Vienna Lager. I'm enjoying one now either way.

A -- Nice amber / orange. Modest creamy head.

S -- A mild hops / citrus spice with a yeasty malt overtone.

T -- Toasty, slightly sweet flavor. Some mild citrus breaks through, but the primary flavor is a the malts.

M -- Light carbonation. Would prefer more. Good body with a lightly soft mouthfeel.

D -- Easy drinking. Just enough malt and sweetness to satisfy having a couple. Decent ABV. Will get more for the holidays.

12-21-2009 05:41:02 | More by Doodler
Photo of Tone


3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of ann off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yeast, grain, and slight hops. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, slight citrus, and yeast. Overall, great flavors, good blend, but a little heavy on the hops in my opinoin.

11-17-2009 04:50:32 | More by Tone
Photo of Haybeerman


3.68/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Deep gold, almost copper; bright and clear. Poured a 1 finger head that dissipated to a thick ring around the edge of the glass. Lacing washed down the sides of the glass..

S: Bready malt nose with some hay and grass. A light-colored fruit aroma in the backgrouind. Bittering hops.

T: Slightly sweet malt and tough of caramel. Muted bitter in the finish, but enough to balance with the malt.

M: Medium body; not a big Fest bier. Medium carbonation. A little dry and clean finish.

D: Pretty good Fest bier; more sessionable than most though not a big.

11-07-2009 22:10:11 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of scoobybrew


3.88/5  rDev +6%

A - super clear amber color with a thick head that settles into a chunky lacing

S - sweet malty with a touch of hop

T - smooth, clean malty flavor with some hops on the finish which is nice and dry; good considering the dominant malt flavor

M - medium-to-light body, moderately high carbonation

D - This is a nice amber lager. It fits the Vienna style quite well. Very drinkable - another decent beer from Boulevard.

11-07-2009 19:24:34 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of Tilley4


4.22/5  rDev +15.3%

I really liked this
Oktoberfest a lot... I know its labeled as a Vienna Lager but since Boulevard is calling it an Oktoberfest, I'll bite...

Pours a beautiful clear deep golden color with an ever-present head... Looks awesome...

Aromas consist of toasted malts and a surprising amount of sweet fruitiness which is nice and goes well with the brew.. Makes me think of the Harvest...

Well, this is one of the absolute best domestic Oktoberfests I've ever had... I'm shocked... I had no idea that this would be this delicious... Very well crafted brew here...

A terrific example of the style here... Again, Vienna lager or Oktoberfest, doesn't matter to me, its delicious and very drinkable..

11-04-2009 23:18:13 | More by Tilley4
Photo of koopa

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +6%

Bottle received as an extra in a trade from a nice BA thanks!

Appearance: light copper body that looks a touch brown red when you hold it away from the light. Translucent body with minimal head and no lace.

Smell: An ok bready malt nose with a touch of over ripe banana.

Taste: fairly bleh malt with a touch of bitter hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: on the light side of medium bodied and a bit more prickly than I expected considering the lack of head.

Drinkability: sessionable

10-28-2009 23:33:27 | More by koopa
Photo of AustinBeerLvr


3/5  rDev -18%

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.

10-28-2009 00:30:10 | More by AustinBeerLvr
Photo of uwmgdman


3.3/5  rDev -9.8%

This brew pours a brilliantly clear copper color with a thick off-white head. The aroma is moderately malty, toasty and a bit of husk/grain. The flavor is moderate-high malt, toasty with a bit of a dry/puckering quality, especially at the swallow. The body is medium-full with moderate carbonation. Overall a decent Oktoberfest. The swallow is rather dry combined with a bit of a puckering quality from the grains, makes this a bit below a top notch Oktoberfest.

10-23-2009 23:20:18 | More by uwmgdman
Photo of dbossman


3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

A: A very beautiful copper and clear color with a one-finger head that goes quickly; pretty good lacing.

S: bready and malty; not a ton of different smells going on but simple

T: a nice malty lager; quite bready; the taste really sticks in the mouth and the aftertaste continues to deliver

F: slightly overcarbonated; the mouthfeel starts off strong but does dissipates down the back

D: This is a nice, autumnal lager that is pretty easy to go down; a bit thin but quite drinkable

10-23-2009 02:21:59 | More by dbossman
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.95/5  rDev +7.9%

12oz bottle with a best by date of 12/01/09. Pours a perfectly clear, light copper color with a large cap of beige foam. Retention and lacing are average for a marzen.

The nose on this beer is a bit on the light side, but there are some nice notes of sweet caramel, toasty and nutty malts. In the background there are some hints of honey and floral hops. Nice smelling O-fest.

This one is a little lighter on the toasty malts than most and has a strong nutty presence. Not too much sweetness and is fairly dry for the style. There is some graininess in there, as well as some tannic bitterness. This is an easy beer to consume large quantities of, but the overall flavor of it is somewhat light. Not a bad offering and can hang with the German crowd fairly well. This one will be a repeat purchase around this time of year for me.

10-21-2009 00:48:28 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of katan


3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

12 oz into a pint

Off to a bad start on my Marzen flight - this is a Vienna lager? It says Oktoberfest.

A - Pours a light brown color, very clear. Mighty bubbly. Head formation is quick to form, just as fast to disappear.

S - While I expected a marzen, I can see why the vienna lager style is applied - I can detect the bready vienna malt flavors. Light yeast notes in the background.

T - Starts off with a light malt sweetness, some roasted and caramel notes. Midstream does develop some bitterness, but no hopping. Malt forward. Finishes with a strong vienna malt flavor, and some yeast notes. Has a pils malt finish to it.

M - Moderate to light beer body - buoyed by a pretty decent carbonation bite. Oily cling leftover - mainly a sugar cling.

D - Easy drinking. ABV is manageable. Flavors are smooth, not overwhelming. Is slightly filling. Good session beer in the fall.

10-20-2009 04:24:17 | More by katan
Photo of schoolboy


4.22/5  rDev +15.3%

I've made my way through the Boulevard sampler now, and I think this one was not appreciated on the first try but better the second. I think it may have been too cold the first time.

Like everything from this brewery, there is nothing offensive about this beer. It is a quality product with no funkiness. The clarity is perfect. The taste well balanced.

It may have trouble standing up to its peers if tasted side by side, but alone it is good.

10-17-2009 18:38:06 | More by schoolboy
Photo of SykDoc


3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a nice copper color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that leaves minimal lacing around the edges. Mild carbonation noticeable and no sediment.

The aroma is a blend of earthy, noble hops and a sweet malts with some bread components. It is a bit weak in intensity.

The taste has an upfront caramel sweet maltiness followed by a noble hops flavor. Some minimal metallic components, as well as bread.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp carbonation that may slightly mute the flavor. There is a decent balance overall.

This is a good beer with a nice balance. The biggest issue being the intensity of aroma and taste, allowing the balance to be more enjoyed. It is a good beer and worth enjoying. The taste does not become overwhelming, nor does the alcohol.

10-11-2009 21:04:29 | More by SykDoc
Photo of JoEBoBpr


4.1/5  rDev +12%

Poured into a Hofsbrau mug.

A - Pours a nice bright copper color with a thin .5 inch head that is quit dense and recedes to a film.

S - Malty sweetness are immediately noticeable, cherry and sweet fruits. Some bread granola qualities as well. Very intriguing.

T - Very grainy! nice malt sweetness. Cereal comes to mind immediately. There is a nice hop finish that is dry and at the same time refreshing and crisp. By far my fave of the Blvd. brews so far.

M - Light boide, good balance and good co2.

D - refreshing and good ABV.

10-01-2009 01:30:32 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of Mistofminn


3.63/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a copper amber color almost like a very watered down dubbel. Half finger white head produced but disappears all together and leaves no lacing. Carbonation dies in a couple minutes also.

The nose is light, but I can detect some sweet malts going on here. Maybe a little Caramel malt. Doesn't really smell like a Oktoberfest.

The taste is also very light, with a light sweet malt character and a crisp carbonation bite.

Mouthfeel is light with the carbonation bite as described above. Goes down slightly smooth, and almost satisfying. Drinkability is good.

Not my favorite offering from Boulevard, but a solid beer. I wont be buying this again, but I can see why some people do.

09-29-2009 02:49:54 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of johnnybgood1999


3.83/5  rDev +4.6%

I was a little disappointed with the light tint of this beer since the box says this is a dark amber beer. I disagree. Bob's 47 is a light amber with a maybe one inch head. The smell is of sweet malts with some light grassy hops. The taste is also light and sweet, which is good, but the malt does not contribute very much. I almost have to search for flavor. The hops are light but apparant and present throughout the taste. Mouthfeel is a tad to light for me. Just like everything else in this beer. Drinkability is out of this world. I would liken it to drinking a Sam Adams, but without any heaviness at all.
Overall: this is a pleasant beer. It just needs a little more substance. Not alot! Just a little. The hops are probably about right, but the malts are lacking. I would also agree with previous posters that there is a metallic taste that shows up sometimes.

09-26-2009 23:54:56 | More by johnnybgood1999
Photo of JackCass


3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

Appearance - Very clear copper almost orange small head that goes away after a time.

Smell - Mild malt a little sweet not much aromas.

Taste - Malty grain dry and also sweet with some hops for blance and flavors.

Mouthfeel - Smooth.

Drinkability - Good and tasty for fall.

09-26-2009 03:43:41 | More by JackCass
Photo of JEdmund


4.47/5  rDev +22.1%

Attractive bronze body with a modest head

Appetizing aroma of grassy and hay-like hops, plus sweet melon-like malts, and some faint mineral qualities making me think this water came from Bavaria

Taste + Mouthfeel
Malt centric beer, with lots of doughy and slightly sweet malts to enjoy, though thankfully it never gets too malty or sweet; mineral-like flavors, combined with the faint hopping, scythe nicely through the malts, helping the finish end well; not too familiar with the style, but I would love to try more that are this good.

Each sips manages to pack in good flavor, but end quickly and cleanly, making for a very sessionable Bavarian style beer. I can't believe I didn't care for this in years past. I will definitely be buying more this season and will eagerly look forward to its arrival each fall.

09-25-2009 20:31:51 | More by JEdmund
Bob's '47 Oktoberfest from Boulevard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 501 ratings.