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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: 555
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 12
Gots: 33 | 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 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
Photo of woemad
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased at Pilgrim's in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, for $1.49. According to the bottle, this is "Best Buy [sic] 12/03/10.

Color somewhere between orange and bronze. Slightly hazy. Big, white head that dropped to a bit of a skiff after a few minutes. Spotty lace.

Toasty malts in the nose, along with some caramel and a little bit of spiciness.

Sweet, but with a little bit of bitterness to keep things from being cloying. Very well-balanced. Dry at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a prickly, coating mouthfeel.

Very drinkable. I could easily have several at a sitting. One of the better American examples of the style.

woemad, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | 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.

D - Pretty good beer, but don't see myself running back for more anytime soon.

StoneBrewFanatic, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of Bizz88
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear amber, almost bourbon like, with a nice off white two finger head with some light lacing. Aromas of carmel malts and booze. On the palette it was like sipping cheap whiskey with malty undertones, kinda nice. Fair enough carbonation. Don't know if you could call this brew a Lager, but it sure had some Marzen qualities to it. Two thumbs up.

Bizz88, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of Plokhooy
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid beer from a solid brewery. The 47 has a a great caramel flavor and a solid smell and taste. Fits well in the Vienna style as advertised but doesn't stand out among other beers in the genre. That's no reason to stay away, though, as this is a must try.

Plokhooy, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Crisp bronze color with a slightly above average sized, foamy, sticky, off-white colored head. Fairly good retention leaving a thin foamy layer of lace.

S - A lot of toasted malt with some spice and earthiness. Very dry aroma. Some grassy hops in the background as well as some caramel malt. Kind of a musty and dry aroma.

T - Similar to the nose. Dominated by toasted caramel and bready malt. Also some toasted grain flavors. Decent amount of hop presence, particularly on the finish. Grassy, spicy earth, and slight herbal hops. A bit of a nutty and earthy taste lingers on the tongue after the sip.

M - Lighter body with a bit above average carbonation. Pretty crisp feel and slightly dry.

D - Pretty drinkable beer with a nice whisper of hops to break up the maltiness a bit. Crisp and refreshing.

Notes: Pretty good German lager. Malt heavy but with a nice amount of hops to break that up. Pretty good and enjoyable, especially on a fall day. Didn't quite have the kick or extra something to make it great, but it is very good.

FreshHawk, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Had a best by date of 11/9/10 on the neck. Also really enjoy that their beers come in a box so it's protected from the light. It was a rich slightly hazy amber color. Good carb streams. It had an average sized head that slowly settled into a thin collar and some wisps.

The aroma was very good for the style. Toasted caramel malt with some herbal hops in the back. I'm in a heavy hop phase lately but this one got my attention for a malty brew. The taste followed the aroma with the sweet caramel malt leading the way with a nice hop touch to it. The bottle calls itself an Oktoberfest but I agree with the listing here as a Vienna Lager as it lacks some of the more traditional Ofest flavors. Medium mouthfeel with good carb and pleasing aftertaste.

Overall a solid brew that hits the spot during Ofest (even though not an Ofest) season. Recommend. Available here in TX. Rotation - I got this as part of a 12pk sampler so got 2 of em. I think that is the perfect amount and way to get it for me. [O;O]

TexIndy, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of Fnord
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear effervescent amber with a lumpy white head.

Smell - Grass, orange, alcohol, caramel, and a bit of brown sugar.

Taste - The start is quite sweet, but it finishes with a more balanced bitterness. A bit of an alcohol taste to it, which is expected of the style. It has a crisp, mostly clean finish, though there is a bit of residual bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-thin body, high carbonation.

Notes - Oktoberfests are a fairly narrow style, and few of them stand out. I would say Boulevard's is middle-of-the-pack. There's no particular reason to seek it out, but no particular reason to avoid it, either.

Fnord, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pilsener glass, best by 11/9/10.

Peach red blush in an otherwise deep golden lager. The head is typically large but has more staying power than most lagers.

Soapy, bread crust, floral, saw dust, some banana and other esters, and the hint of some darker toast.

Softly buttered bread, light caramel, earthy hops. There is not much, but some of that classic saltine lager yeast. Some fruity flavors are thrown in, namely red apple. The flavor is slightly soapy as well.

Bordering on seltzer-like, the mouth seems appropriate, and the finish is nutty and drying.

This would be a good beer with hearty food with savory flavors.

brewerburgundy, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of number1bum
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, reddish tinted copper color. A finger and a half or so of ivory head keeps a thin lace and a ring or two of stick.

Smells of sweet caramel malt, slightly buttery and fruity as well. Not a whole lot more to it than that frankly.

Tastes pretty much like it smells. Caramel malt, somewhat bready, a bit of fruit and some subtle hop bitterness in the finish. That's about it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty creamy actually, smooth and clean in the finish.

Ok there is one word that has yet to appear in my review: toasted. Where the hell is the toasty/toasted flavor in this beer? Is this supposed to be an oktoberfest? Maybe not since I see it's classified as a Vienna Lager. That makes more sense. Whatever it is, it's decent, but nothing special. Enough flavor to provide some satisfaction however.

number1bum, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of StaveHooks
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a brilliant bronze. 1 finger head off-white head.

S - Lots of rich malt. Toasted toffee. Slightly metallic.

T - Buttery toffee. Toasted marshmallows. Has a green pear tartness. Toasted pecans. Spicy herbal hops adds some bite. Finishes very clean.

M - Medium creamy body.

The rich malty nose was enticing except for the dreaded metallic notes. The metal didn't show up in the flavor though. This goes great in the fall with some grilled brats and a football game.

StaveHooks, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of codewarrior
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz from a 6-pack. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Champagne carbonation, little to no head, deep amber.

S: Fruits and caramel, hints of banana.

T: Good. Caramel, smooth and dark, fruits and spices. As my girl said: "Tastes like Fall!"

F: Rich and warm.

D: Simple, and good. Boulevardy.

codewarrior, Sep 24, 2010
Bob's '47 Oktoberfest from Boulevard Brewing Co.
81.2 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.