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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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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 242
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 12
Gots: 27 | 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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mora2000, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty good looking Octoberfest brew. Amber-orange and clear, good light tan head and pretty good lacing.

Smell is light and malty, nutty, caramel, bready, and slightly sweet.

Taste is pretty good, lots of great caramel malts, a touch of bready and toasty flavors, a good amount of sweetness, some nuts and some floral notes, and decent hops. Pretty balanced for the style and generally quite enjoyable.

Medium bodied and pretty well carbonated. Smooth and easy to drink with just a slight slickness and a lightly sweet, caramel aftertaste.

Overall it's a pretty good Octoberfest. Certainly all well and fine within the Marzen style. Very affordable too, and also featured in some of their samplers.

AlCaponeJunior, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of TheSarge
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a half liter stein, and the brew makes a strong finger thick off white head presentation, and the body is copper in color with a mild haze.

The aroma his husky and brisk. There is a hint of cooked veggie, toffee, and a very slight lemon zest fragrance.

Taste wise it has a good caramel note, along with a good bitter finish of an herbal quality.

Feels medium in body, with good strong carbonation to keep the palate cleansed and dry. Makes me desire yet another sip.

TheSarge, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of mikeborglum
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is caramel, toast, herbs; appearance is amber, orange, very clear, tan head; taste is medium sweetness, lightly bitter with excellent balance; palate is medium body, flat carbonation, nice slight bitter, long finish. A nice beer I wish would be available all the time.

mikeborglum, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

drabmuh, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of Illtryit
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful amber color, crystal clear with 2 finger head thatleft great lacing in its wake.

Not much aroma here. A little grainy...thats it.

Taste is tangy hops. Not much in the way of complexity, but tastes pretty good and is very drinkable.

Feels a little thin and watery, but again, it is drinkable and easy going.

Overall I am not overly impressed with Bob's 47. This is my first Boulevard and I have heard many good things about this one so I'm a little let down.

I'm glad I tried it but I dont know if I'll buy it again.

Illtryit, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

TMoney2591, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well its almost October and the Oktober Fest beers are rollin'! Trying the Bob's 47 Oktoberfest from Boulevard...and it is good! The color is a beautiful clear amber with nice white head....unfortunately it did not lace. The smell was mostly sweet malt and some hop. The taste was a perfect balance of sweet malt, hop and grain. Session...no question. The balance and smoot drinkability earn decent marks for this beer. Boulevard strikes again!

WoodBrew, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of KDawg
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours very dark for an oktoberfest. It's a dark oranges color with a small head to it

Pretty deep on the nose with malty tones, spices and some blood oranges. It's not too malty on the nose as it favors more of the spices and oranges

medium/full bodied with a spice finish. This comes off as a real good american interepretation of a oktoberfest.

KDawg, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of bfields4
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden to slight amber clear filtered body. Nice lacy white head.

Sweet malty bready aroma. Noble hops are very present as well. kind of like a mix between oktoberfest and a hoppy czech pilsner.

Herbal noble hops up front in the taste as well. Nicely met with the bready light toffee caramel sweet malt body.

Nice light crisp body. The hop profile and lighter body make this an interesting hybrid style, but very enjoyable especially on a good fall night or football gameday knocking back a few.

bfields4, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of falloutsnow
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Beertopia in Omaha, NE

Poured into standard US pint glass.

Pour produces 1cm of standard off-white head; small bubbles. Lacing is fairly good: as the head descends, it leaves plenty of lace; with each sip, small spots of lacing are left along the sides of the glass. Body is a transparent orange-red color, with visibly active carbonation. Good, I wouldn't know how to improve on this.

Aroma is primarily of caramel malts with mild spicy hop undertones and a hint of fresh pear or apple. Generally feeling kind of weak here, could use more pronouncement in sweetness or sharpness; seems afraid to take a step in either direction.

Taste of light breadiness, caramel in the forefront, with malt sweetness tied to spicy and slightly herbal hops in the back. Aftertaste primarily of sweet malt residuals, somewhat grainy. I don't really feel this offers anything particularly special and is kind of bland. It's a fairly straightforward American-style take on the German, with hops a bit more present, a little less bready malt flavors.

Medium bodied with a very comfortable level of carbonation. Finish is not particularly dry, just a bit around the edges.

I'm not particularly impressed by this Oktoberfest, as seems to be the case with most US versions. They're just lacking the robustness, heartiness, and mix of flavors that the better German versions can offer. This one doesn't excite me; I won't be picking it up again.

falloutsnow, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of ahq514
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Shaker pint glass.

Pours a clearish amber golden color with a light head and what appears to be moderate carbonation.

Aroma is typical for an oktoberfest beer. Toasty caramel malt, low amounts of earthy hops, and a touch of sweetness. Smells fairly clean.

Taste was a pleasant surprise. Really beautiful malt profile, including toastiness, almost nutty, sweet, caramel malt. Nicely balanced with a light dash of hops.

Mouthfeel was right on. Lighter medium body, moderate carbonation. Crisp and clean as a lager should be.

Overall this was a solid oktoberfest offering. Loved the malt, I thought it was better than other oktoberfest beers, there just wasn't anything outstanding about it. Will gladly enjoy again though.

ahq514, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of HOPPYKC
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap and packaged in bottle. The taste is slightly similar, however the bottle is a bit more flavorful. A nice light brown color with a bit of amber. Small amount of carbonation and compact bubbles with litle to no laceing. A nice malt presence but not overwhelming. A bit of hoppiness to give an overall round character to the brew. Nice fall seasonal.

HOPPYKC, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of bnes09
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby red in color and semi-transparent. Off white head with good retention and solid, sticky lacing.

Aromas of wheat bread, caramel and roasted almonds. Smooth and intriguing.

Solid bready malt backbone, a little on the toasted end. Caramel malt provides a balanced sweetness. Hint of nutty character. Raisins. Touch of leafy hop to add some bitterness.

Medium bodied and smooth feel throughout. Goes down very easily.

Excellent O-fest. Rich and complex yet balanced.

bnes09, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of mwagner8
4.58/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served to me in pint glass at Barley's on Midland in Shawnee.

A: Reddish brown (amber?) color. Head stuck around a long time.

S: Hop bite but not overpowering. Slightly caramel/sweet yet dry.

T: Good malty flavor, hop bite aftertaste. Enjoyed a lot.

M: Medium body, crisp slight fruit, apple or pear, can't quite make it out. Guess I don't have the tongue for it yet.

mwagner8, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of scratch69
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Copper colored with a small head and no lacing.

Smell- Toasted malt with a slight amount of hops.

Taste- Malty but well balanced. I taste hints of toffee and clove.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and crisp. Well carbonated.

Overall- A good oktoberfest style beer. I could drink a few of these.

scratch69, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of tito42
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to a Boulevard Smokestack tulip. Best by 11/15/2011 stamped on bottle.

A: Clear, chestnut in color with a thick, white head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing. Beautiful color.

S: Toasted grain and malts, grassy hops, and a touch of caramel.

T: Caramel, toasted malt, light brown sugar, and a grassy hops finish, with a resinous hops aftertaste. A hint of apple cider in the middle as the brew warms. Bridges a full spectrum from malty to hoppy.

M: Medium-light bodied, a touch of creaminess, and a nice hops bite at the end. Finishes tart without a pucker factor.

O: One of my favorite Boulevard seasonals. Listed as a Vienna Lager here but marketed as a Marzen/Oktoberfest by the brewery. Either way, this is more hoppy than your basic Oktoberfest, and not as spiced as some of them are.

tito42, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of colt45n
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light bronze color, with about one finger of head that dissipates quickly but leaves a nice little ring, almost no lacing.

S - Sweet malt aroma, mild spice, honey and clove along with a little bit of hops.

T - Mostly sweet caramel and bready malts, a little more hops than I expected, herbal notes, honey and clove again, very nice.

M - A little bright on the carbonation end, but pretty well rounded.

Overall a good offering

colt45n, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

GRG1313, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Rifugium, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of chumba526
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color of the beer is full bodied orange color there is a small off white head.

It smells very malty. There is a strong toffee like smell. I get some citrus smell coming from the beer and a Carmel flavor as well. There is a sweet malty smell coming from this beer.

It tastes similar to how it smells. I get the toffee, caramel malt flavor a small bit of a citrus taste. I also get a bit of a clove and banana flavor for the yeast. This is a Oktoberfest lager that seems to be fairly traditional.

The carbonation is moderate.

The drinkability is about average for the style. It goes down quite smooth but the sweetness limits how much of the beer I would want to drink.

Overall, a good Oktoberfest lager. It has a nice to it but it is not very bold. Worth trying if you see it.

chumba526, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of JamesS
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a very light copper color, very thin, with just a little head and no lacing throughout. Decent scent, a nice light maltiness with a very nice thick caramel undertone. Good flavor, decently thicker than a regular lager, with some nice caramel flavors, but nothing too "fall like." Goes down smooth, but fairly thin for an Oktoberfest.

JamesS, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of philbertk
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

philbertk, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of wolfinthemirror
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden straw color, about a fingers worth of head, lots of carbonation can be seen. slight chill haze, but otherwise transparent.

Smells really nice, i can detect some sweet fruitiness, and almost like banana bread. rich, bready scents.

Taste is good and flavorful. I taste some banana in this, and very sweet, homemade multi-grain bread maltiness. luckily, the extreme sweetness is quickly counteracted with a sharp hop bite that has a bit of a citrus character to it like that of an orange. Nice balance, but still a little a little too sweet.

Crisp, tangy, and refreshing. medium bodied, high carbonation.

Overall, a pretty solid Oktoberfest beer. i'd have no problem drinking a few of these, but after a while, it might become a bit monotonous for me and i'd want to switch to something else.

wolfinthemirror, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of jacobseyb
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my beer mug, a nice rusty, clear color, with a white head that laced some and retained well. Smell was a good balance of maltiness and graininess. Taste lead with the graininess more. Feel had ample carbonation and a nie smoothness. Overall a good oktoberfest sampling.

jacobseyb, Oct 21, 2010
Bob's '47 Oktoberfest from Boulevard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 541 ratings.