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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: 510
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 10
Gots: 22 | 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 redjameskidd
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It's odd, other people seem to like this, but for some reason I don't. I like Oktoberfest beers, but this did not seem like one to me.

I tasted some very odd flavors reminiscient of the flavors I don't care for in German hefeweizens - flavors I've come to think of as "yeasty". Overall, it tasted more to me like I was drinking a hefeweizen than an Oktoberfest.

redjameskidd, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of Mauerhan
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

went through my fridge and saw that the best by date was approaching on this so i decided to crack it tonight.

pretty aggressive pour produces a massive three finger head. i am impressed. i then look up the beer using the site search and by the time i click on it the head is gone. i am now disappointed. a nice golden orange color. barely any head retention which i will give to the fact that it is nearing the end of its freshness. some moderate lacing but nothing to awesome.

smell is thin. malty. your basic oktoberfest. slightly bready.

taste is good. sweet malts. toasted grains/toast. not overly sweet. its your basic oktoberfest. a nice beer but nothing to rave about. a nice attempt by boulevard.

mouth is slightly syrupy. drys out the mouth a bit too.

its a meh beer. worth a shot. i wouldn't go out of my way to get it but i might drink it again if presented the opportunity

Mauerhan, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a great dark amber and somewhat orange body. The cream colored head disappears quickly into a thin lace. It smells spicy and wheat like even though it is not a wheat. It has a great Marzen flavor. It is sweet and malty balanced out with the right amount of hops. It has a medium body. I like this beer a lot and cannot wait until next year.

MTNboy, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice 1 finger headw ith decent retention. Nice ruby red color.

Smell is of fainy caramelt malts and a bit of hops. It's pretty faint.

Tannins come out a little bit and the bittering hop isn't clean for the style.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a nice fullness.

This beer has some brewing flaws that should covered up. It's not something I'll be trying again.

jasonjlewis, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of hiikeeba
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - the beer pours up clear amber with a thin tan head that dissipates rapidly.

S - Malty aroma with little or no hops detected

T - Slightly sweet malt flavor throughout. Some hop bitterness, but subtle.

M - a little thin

D - extremely drinkable, just not very memorable

hiikeeba, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of jar2574
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper color, with a disappointing head that disappears too quickly. Sweet, honey scent. It's enjoyable, but not that strong.

Easy-to-drink, very smooth. Lightly toasted malts, no hoppiness to speak of. Sweet without being syrupy. I usually find Oktoberfest beers too sweet, but this is nice. Good work by Boulevard.

jar2574, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of birchstick
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - amber with a small, fluffy head
S - sweet malts and more malts
T - not what I was expecting from the smell. Definitely very sweet and malty, with grains and a bread aspect and a sharp hop kick at the end.
M- full and smooth
D - pretty good Oktoberfest, however it did not hold my interest as much as I wanted it to. However, it is one of the better Boulevard beers I have tried.

birchstick, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of MarzenMan
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bright orange with a small white head from the bottle. Changed it to "Oktoberfest" this year?

Smell is initially a little hoppy and also some malt. Seems to alternate with each wiff.

Taste. Starts out sweet and malty (but not chewy, bready or biscuity mostly just sweet). Finishes with a distinct hop burst but not overdone at all. Leaves a caramel malt flavor on the tongue.

This is one of the most balanced beers I've had. The malt and the hops play together so well you can hardly distinguish. The malt becomes more prevelant as it warms and the flavor becomes even more interesting. I've been drinking a lot of German Oktoberfests lately and this is def. different. Its an American Oktoberfest. The malt is there but its flavor isn't quite as developed. The biggest difference though is the hops. Quite a bit more hops in this one than say the Paulaner Oktoberfest.

This is probably my favorite Boulevard excluding the smokestack series.

MarzenMan, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of midaszero
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Pretty clear orange red with only a little bit of white head and no lacing

S - Good deep malt smell with some pleasant fruit notes and some sweetness

T - Good malts to be found but not as sweet or fruity as the nose would suggest. Also a little bitter aftertaste that is a little unpleasant could be from hops could not be hard to tell.

M - Medium body and medium carbonation

D - Nothing I would buy a regular basis, just doesn't really get me

midaszero, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clean and clear dark orange in color with lots of little bubbles rising to the top. Light tan head, about 2-finger. Decent retention and lacing.

S - Very sweet malty nose with a light herbal hoppiness underneath.

T - Much like the nose, very sweet, almost sticky sweet. A nice breadiness to the malt taste. Mid drink a nice herbal hop bitterness comes through and provides a good balance to the sweetness.

M/D - Medium bodied but the aftertaste that lingers is so sticky sweet it verges on unpleasant. Still, a drinkable o-fest.

ckeegan04, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of johnrobe
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a light orange - amber with an off-white sudsy head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lace. The smell is a combination of toasted malt and a light caramel sweetness with some spicy/herbaceous hops. This is a tasty beer with some quality toasted malts backed up by a faint sweetness. OTOH the hops seem somewhat heavy-handed in this beer (and I like hops). The malt and hops are nicely balanced but in an O-fest I expect the malt to be in the forefront. Even so this is a very nice brew.

johnrobe, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark orange body with a thick, fleeting finger of off-white head that leaves little lacing. Fine aromas of finely roasted caramel malt, toasted almond--a good, malty nose. The taste is mostly malty and incorporates the flavors mentioned above, with a nice, orange peel flavor sneaking in the second half. This is really good. I'd like a little fuller mouthfeel, a bit more malt heft, but this isn't exactly a lightweight. Nor does it flatten, a good sign.

This is one that Boulevard could stand to market more than just the Fall and, should they only stick to the Fall, start distributing in mid-August (at least here in Illinois). This is one of my favorites from Boulevard, right up there with Bully! Porter and Zon. Well done, and one to which I'll return many more times. Very good Helles Lager.

Gehrig, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of beeragent
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass from a bottle:

A - Deep copper, forming a thin 1/4 inch off-white head with medium fingers of lacing on the glass.

S - Dominant sweet malt aroma, along with a slight touch of spices.

T - Malty caramel taste up front, followed by a hint of spices, and finishing with a very mild hop presence.

M - Medium bodied with a good amountof carbonation throughout. Smooth clean mouthfeel.

D - One of the more flavorful Oktoberfest style beers that I've tried. Low alcohol and good flavor make for a very sessionable ale.

beeragent, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clean, clear copper color with a thin but bubbly white head.

Aroma of sweet malts, toffee, and apples.

Tastes of apples, plums, sweet malts, and caramel.

Medium bodied, rich and smooth, and lightly carbonated.

Very nice. Impressive for a beer with just 4.5% alcohol. Time to crack another.

Monkeyknife, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of Zadok
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice crystal clear copper color with a slight amber hue. No head or lacing to speak of.

Hop aroma with a light fruit fragrance. Malty backbone.

Tingly malty first taste with a nice hop finish.

Smooth mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Always look forward to fall when 47 becomes available. A very sessionable beer with some great overall flavor and mouthfeel.

Zadok, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of Riggo
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber. Not sure if a Munich Helles is supposed to be this dark but it's a nice looking beer with a thin cap of off-white foam.

Smells toffeeish and fruity--apples, apricots--and perhaps a hint of cedary hops in the background. Nice, fresh-smelling and bright. Slight musty smell as it warms.

Taste is juicy and fruity. Clean and not really as malty as might be expected in an Oktoberfest. Segways from juicy to notes of yeast and caramelized sugars, then finishes clean with a lingering dryness.

Mouthfeel is smooth with low carbonation and light to medium body. Drinkability would be pretty high--this is a clean beer with a slight dryness to balance the maltier things going on.

One of the better offerings from a brewery that's never been one to take chances--though their recent Smokestack Series is changing that quick.

Riggo, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of KI9A
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful copper, not much head, zero lacing

S: Carmel malts, hops, some spice, nit sure what, but, nice.

T: Malty ( can't wait to review, and read other takes on this beer!), did I mention malts?! Nice balance of hops, about as hoppy of a beer as I care for - I'm a malt-head. Finishes with a bit of vanilla.

M/D: Low carbonation, a bit of metallic aftertaste. I see the ABV is under 5%, I can really, really see myself making this a session beer if it becomes year-round.

KI9A, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of msubulldog25
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A second brew from the Boulevard mixed case (noted: it's called 'Oktoberfest') - a 12 oz. twist-capped bottle, 'Best By'-dated: 12/01/08, and poured to a tall pilsner glass. Thanks to mnwags for this one.

A: Right down the center this pour goes, building a massive 3-finger+ head of glistening, softly-crackling ivory bubbles. Head fades away quickly to weak film; it rests atop a clear orange-amber liquid with fair carbonation rising. Very slick lace, almost nothing clings to the glass.

S: VERY malty, the kind of sweetness I can smell from a couple feet away (a light breeze wafting through the nearby open window helps). Up close it's got a more pungent/sharp 'lager' metallic aroma. Hints of fruit (apple skin) and a pinch of spice.

T: Nice 'fall' flavosr: some sticky sweet caramel, toasted nuts and a vague gingerbread-y spice. It's not really 'sweet', as there's enough hopping for a good balance. I find that same pithy/earthy apple skin flavor which I picked up in the aroma. A little 'cooked corn'/'honey butter' diacetyl, too.

M: A fairly robust mouthful for the style. A bit chewy with a malty cling that hangs on the cheeks and a bitterness that sits squarely at the center of the tongue. Low carbonation in the mouth.

D: Easy to drink. Good as a sipper and a beer I could have a couple more of. Light ABV at around 4.5% makes for an appropriate session beer. Good job overall, Boulevard.

msubulldog25, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of kcillini77
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet, malty taste with notes of caramel and pecans. Just tastes like fall. Finishes with a nice spicy hop bite - kind of peppery and a little floral. Much hoppier and crisper than your average Oktoberfest. This probably doesn't really qualify as one, but they have added that to the label for marketing. No offense taken here. The hop balance is really what distinguishes this one, and it's really quite tasty.

I look forward to this one every year.

kcillini77, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of beersheppard
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear copper color with fleeting white head, and a decent amount of carbonation.

Smell: malts

Taste: vanilla, sasparilla, sweet malts, balanced with hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: watery

Drinkability: a decent beer with complex flavors, could use a little more structure and body in my humble opinion..

beersheppard, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of Goliath
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a thin off white head. Poor retention and no lacing.

Aroma is decent. Slightly citrusy, with some sweet malting dominant.

Taste is fine. Slightly fruity up front showing that citrus. Big malty finish with pale malt showing bread and nuts.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. It's a fine beer, just nothing exceptional.

Goliath, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of Metalmonk
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My bottle reads "Bob's '47 Oktoberfest", which I understand is the same thing as the "Munich Style Lager" just re-named. Anyway, the thin head pretty much totally disappeared, and quickly. Body is a burnt copper color with excellent clarity.

Toasty aroma, with some caramel and dessert/pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg). Very clean and very simple.

Sweet spices are most dominant in the flavor; very bready; ginger snaps; honey; light hoppy crispness. Pilsner-like hops linger in the finish with a ghost of the spices. Frothy, zingy texture works well for the style and the dominant flavors.

Pretty good...nothing I could ever rave about, but one of the tastier offerings from this average brewery.

Metalmonk, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of hwwty4
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 120z bottle into my Chimay chalice. This beer pours a copperish red, with a small 1/2 inch white head that disappears into just a slight rim around the outside of the glass. The aroma is of roasted malts, vanilla and a bit of spice. The taste is big on roasted malts, with a really spicy hop notes that are not found in many other beers. I really enjoy this beer. There really are not a lot of nuances in Bob's but it suits it very well. The mouthfeel is light and slightly carbonated. I think this is the best seasonal that Boulevard puts out. I seek it out every year, and buy about a case over the fall. I absolutely love this beer, and it is my go to beer in the September-October months.

hwwty4, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of morimech
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper with a small head that did not have good retention. Just specks of lacing is left on the glass during consumption.

Has a hearty malt aroma with the hops definately adding some spice and floral qualities. The more I smell this beer the more I like it.

Nicely balanced flavor of malt and hops. The beer is not as sweet as other Helles and has more of a hop presence. I prefer Boulevard's take on the style.

Light body with somewhat harsh carbonation.

Very drinkable with a satisfying flavor and low ABV. I just wish it was more widely available in my area.

morimech, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of naterock
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've looked forward to this for a long time. they recently placed Oktoberfest on the box, used to say Munich Lager.

Poured a deep righ orange, clean with very little head that diminishes quickly.

Smells like rich malt and a hint of hops in the nose, weird for a lager.

Tastes of rich malt a little unidentifiable spice in the mouth with a bite of hops, definitely more than last year. finishes clean with a pleasant aftertaste

Medium carbonation and clean in the mouth, crisp and very enjoyable. I will be drinking this all fall long and possibly into the winter.

naterock, Aug 30, 2008
Bob's '47 Oktoberfest from Boulevard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 510 ratings.