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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: 545
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 12
Gots: 32 | 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 julian
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful orange/rust color with absolute clarity. Small almond colored head that quickly disappears.

Smell: lager yeast, barley malt, other than that not much to the nose

Taste/Mouthfeel: great well balanced taste. crisp, not overly carbonated yet sufficiently so. nice sweet malted barley mixed with a hoppier finish.

Drinkability: very easy to drink, this goes down with absolute ease. Great taste and feel, and all around one of the best Oktoberfests I've had yet (trumping even my last review of Baron Brewing's Oktoberfes

julian, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of johanvond
2.73/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the Dead Man's Chest
Nov 14th

Most of What I've had from Boulevard is really good, and I had high hopes for this one. It was clear and bright in color with a creamy head. The aroma was predominantly malty and sweet. It's too bad thats what the beer tasted like as well. It was one sided and mostly Malty sweet with some fruit and diyctal flavors. All in all it's just too simple. It need to clean up the diycital and possable get some more hops. Personally I don't agree with the Oktoberfest labeling if it's not a Marzen.

johanvond, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of MOShepp
2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Frothy head with a clear deep golden color.

Aroma of caramel, toffee and some citrus.

It has a big metallic taste that overcomes all other flavors. I get a little peanut brittle and it's slightly bitter, but hard to tell with all the metallics.

I had this at the end of it's drink by date, so maybe that has something to do with the metal.

MOShepp, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of russpowell
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got fresh 9/5/09: Better taste, no cardboard, a bit of grainyness caramel, tastes better, drinks better & has better MF...

Pours an effervescent amber/copper with 2 fingers of sand colored head. No lacing or head retention

S: Breadyness & orchard fruit

t: Fruittyness (pears mostly), dryness & leafy hops up front. Slight cardboard twang as this warms, plus more apricot & a kiss of booze on the edge of the throat. Finishes dry with some spicy hops & pears

Light/medium bodied, fairly assertive carbonation

Drinks alright, getting a semi-stale vibe here. Will re-review when I can find fresher, this sample is pretty run of the mill for the style

russpowell, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of hopdog
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 12oz bottle.

This one poured a medium amber color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of some caramel, grassiness, and some grains. Tastes of caramel, toasted malts/grains, and lightly bready.

Notes from and tasted on 11/08/06.

hopdog, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to Monkeyknife for the hook up with this in a locals trade.

Pours a clear coppery amber with a finger of off-white foamy head. A slim fizzy layer of retention leaves back some decent lacing that slowly slides down the sides of the glass. Unfortunately I get half way through the glass and the carbonation already looks dead. The aroma is a pungent smelling blend of bread, citric tang, and sticky caramel sweetness that is just coming on a little too strong for my tastes.

The taste is much the same but still fairs a little better with bready caramel sweetness, citrus, and a hop profile that comes on way too strong in the finish. The whole thing just comes off as too bitter and tangy to me. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly sharp carbonation and a bit of a slicker feel that rides underneath it, as well as some alcohol beef.

Hmmm, I wish had something better to say about this Boulevard offering I have to admit that this was probably thee most mediocre of the O-Fests that I tried this season. It tries to come on too strong (and sometimes a bit artificial) with what it's got and just didn't sit well with me.

Kegatron, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of champ103
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright and clear orange/red color. A two finger white head forms and recedes to leaves light lace.
S: Warm toasty caramel malt. Light doughy yeast and biscuits.
T: Toasty sweet caramel malt again. There is a soapy and oily flavor as well. Though the toasty malt is great.
M/D: A medium body that is well carbonated for the style. Unlike many other American O'fests the sweetness does not overpower, and makes for a smooth and easy to drink beer.

A good American version of the style. Another hit by one of my favorite Midwest breweries.

champ103, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of blackie
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

review entered from notes

a: average off-white head, amber colored beer, low retention

s: lightly toasty munichs, fresh and grainy caramel, perhaps some butterscotch, rich and aromatic malt while retaining the clean character of a lager, nice, pulpy noble hops

m: medium-high carbonation, light-medium body

t: toasty munich and caramel malts carried on a cleaner malt body, lightly sweet with a nice range of grainy flavors, crisp noble hops, clean finish with a light bitterness, nice

d: a flavorful but highly drinkable lager, would love to have a few more

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blackie, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of allengarvin
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a generic chalice glass, this beer has a nice reddish-copper color, though the head retention is lacking. The nose is fairly grainy, with a very light toastiness. The taste mostly continues a similar grain (sorry). A better malt profile would really help this beer. As it is, it's pretty ordinary.

allengarvin, Dec 03, 2008
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
Bob's '47 Oktoberfest from Boulevard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.