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Bob's '47 Oktoberfest - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 593
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 13
Gots: 46 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 08-31-2002

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
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3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The appearance is just as it should be! Not much head, but it's clear and amber.

The smell is also pleasant. A bit malty and all beer.

The taste is fairly typical. I wouldn't buy it again.

The mouthfeel is like having a fishing net draped over your tongue. It's the neatest part about it. It touches the whole tongue, but the beer is a bit thin.

Overall, it's an average, drinkable beer.

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3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a memorable beer, but very drinkable with thin head that remains until the end. No lacing on the glass. Metallic hop taste lingers for a while, and although not unpleasant, this lacks a bit of complexity and taste up front that you would expect from a typical american octoberfest beer.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is medium caramel/bronze with amber tones. Two fingers of very slightly tanned, buttery head dissipated to leave a spotted lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: The first whiff was very robust and malty, but it faded a little as my nose adjusted. Caramel, cocoa, toffee, brown sugar, a little toasted grain, and grassy hops. The overall experience is malty and sweet.

Taste: It is a creeper. I took a swig and my taste buds registered a little salon-esque hairspray, probably from the hops. But after a while the malty sweetness from the smell kicked in. It is mostly caramel, but there are subtle hints of the cocoa, toffee, and brown sugar from the smell offering variety. It has a nice grassy bite at the end. As the beers keeps warming, the hops start to overpower the malts, so the maltiness I like from a märzen is overshadowed.

Drinkability: It could be better, but it is far from one of those American märzen’s that looks sexy but lacks a ton of complexity.

Photo of FosterJM
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

905th Review on BA
Bottle to mug
12 oz

Best by 12/1/11
Purchased from: On the Rocks, Lawrence, KS

App- Another mix of brown/amber/orange with a good fast receding head. Soft white and about 1 fingers worth. Zero cling.

Smell- A very malty brew with a rich caramel background.

Taste- A good spicy Oktoberfest. A little bit more malty with more caramel sweetness. A bit thicker than most.

Mouth- A medium bodied beer with a medium carbonation. A good caramel/malt balance.

Drink- Not too shabby. Not my favorite style but Boulevard still makes a good beer.

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4.7/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a beautiful dark copper color. An off-white head eases it's way into a film, with good webbed lacing.

Aroma is buttery and spicy. Faint caramel.

Taste is a rare 5.0. Just so well balanced and with a great combination of caramel buttery sweetness, with some spicy cinnamon.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, some carbonation.

Overall, probably one of the best Oktoberfests this year 2012. Malty, caramel sweetness, and a hint of cinnamon spices. Love it.

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3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a completely clear amber/orange color with a small off-white head that dissipates pretty quickly.  Not really any lacing left behind and the legs are somewhat modest on the edges of the glass.

S: Malty up front.  Slightly bready and grainy and with a touch of caramel as well.  Hops are present as well, along with some pear and/or apple in the background balancing everything out and adding some nice complexity.  

T: Malty breadiness greets you immediately upon each sip.  Caramel and apples accompany the already malty sweetness, though they are pretty subtle.  Earthy hops some fall spices round out the finish creating a nice balance between the sweet and spicy characteristics.  Not overly complex, but a pretty darn tasty example of the style. 

M: Medium-bodied with a moderate-low level of carbonation that is very pleasant on the palate.  Creamy.  Starts out sweet and then finishes less sweet, but not bitter or particularly drying.  Pleasant.

D: Really easy to put down and very tasty.  I look forward to this beer every year, and wasn't disappointed again.  It's not the best example of the style, nor the most tasty, but it's well made and balanced.  

Photo of Reaper16
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served into a nonic pint glass

Pours a very clear copper color that is pretty standard for the Marzen style. More than a finger of offwhite head forms, loose and soapy. Decent walls of lace form but dissipate on the glass after time.

Lots of toasted bread in the aroma. Mixed nuts, grape leaves, metallic hops, and a trace amount of brown sugar all figure into the overall aroma profile. Spice cake... maybe some appleskin (but not the amount of apple aroma that is characteristic of so many mediocre American Oktoberfests).

The taste follows the nose, only cleaner. Smooth, toasty Munich malt is the most prevalent flavor. Backing up those toasted breadcrusts are appleskin, bulgur, pecans. Some grassy, slightly metallic, German hops feature on the finish. Solid, clean, and to-style.

The mouthfeel is pretty full-bodied for the style. It isn't thick exactly but it has some tooth to it. It also manages to achieve a dry finish despite this beer's totally sweet flavor profile. Overall, this is a very good American Marzen. Boulevard rarely disappoints, and this beer has been a Fall favorite in the Midwest for a long time. This beer would be so, so good paired with some Turkish food, some nice Dolma. Give this one a try if you're looking for something clean and tasty to session.

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3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper color. Great bubbling beneath a a two finger head after the pour and a thinnish film for a few sips.

Clean and crisp, thanks to the hops, but very malt forward aroma. Toasted malts exude bread crust and biscuit crackers.

Starts with very malty toasted mlats biscuits, and bread. The middle is weird, clean, bitterness that has a metallic twinge. The finish that lingers is metallic then malty.

Smooth mouthfeel through and through, but there is some odd bitterness that pops up here an there that is a little off-putting.

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3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an ultra-clear copper color, topped with a mountain of white froth crowning out of the glass. A weak topping of head sticks around for the whole time, down to the last sip. Laces beautifully, leaving sheets of foam clinging to the glass. I don't know what can be done better in terms of looks.
Smells clean and well lagered. Sweet Munich malt and mild noble hops. A little on the sweet side, more marzen than Oktoberfest. It's kind of a bummer that it takes so much effort to make a beer that smells simple.
The flavor opens with moderate sweetness. Toasty, caramel malt, similar to a spring bock, with perhaps a lighter body than you'd expect from the average american oktoberfest lager. Very smooth, soft carbonation really makes this brew something out of the ordinary. Just a bit of grassy esters, but otherwise it's clean as a whistle. Some peppery hop bitterness shows up the finish, but the flavor profile remains sweet. My overall impression is sweet and silky.
Much better than the average american oktoberfest attempt, but still lacks a bit in terms of malt complexity. Not my favorite beer style, but this one is tasty and drinkable enough where I might order a second, especially when it's cold out like tonight.

Bob's '47 Oktoberfest from Boulevard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 593 ratings.