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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: 508
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 10
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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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 Procrastinator
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6-pack of this beer while on vacation in Arkansas. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into Nonic pint glass. Best before 12/01/06 date stamped on bottle neck. Seems I'm a few months late.

Appearance: coppery orange colored body with a nice 1" beige head that digresses to an 1/8" dollop of foam with continuous lacing. Swirling of the glass provides nice agitated lace rings around the glass.

Smell: sweet husks of grain, mild honey or caramel. Alcohol and hop bitterness in the background.

Taste: dry, yet sweet breadiness. Caramel and hoppy bitterness at the finish. Pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel: enjoyable carbonation in a light to medium bodied beer. Dry and fairly astringent with hop bitterness.

Drinkability: drinks more like an ale than a lager in my opinion. Drinking several in a row would be quite easy and tasty with a relative low alcohol.

Procrastinator, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of chilidog
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Passing thru the St. Louis Area, I consider myself lucky to of picked up another fine Boulevard offering. Thisone, a very good seasonal. I'd buy thisone year round if I could. Its that good.

One of my favorite styles; It pours a nice clear, dark amber red. A nice white maintaining head, good lace and well balanced carbonation.

The aroma and taste are also well balanced of malty bread like hints and a good crisp offset of hops. Well blended indeed.

Drinkability, oh ya! At about 5% abv this medium bodied brew goes well anytime with any meal. Great Job Bob!!

chilidog, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of HardTarget
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle Inspection: Best by 12/01/06 (sampled 1/1/07) Hand carried back from Little Rock

Aroma: Light noble hop with light lemon grass backed by a sweet malt base. Nice balance allows both to shine.

Appearance: Very clear amber glass holds a thin head and fair collar that manages a few loops of lace.

Flavor: Nice tea flavor shifts to an almost citric hop. Crisp European hops backed by a nice barley malt, excellent balance.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation level keeps the medium body lively but not fizzy.

Overall Impression: Smooth flavor melds the four natural ingredients in a solid fashion so that none stand out, but all are tasted. Total package is refreshing and clean, but with solid flavor. Easy drinking, very nice beer, recommended.

HardTarget, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a large-bubbled head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Malty and slightly sweet with a touch of hops - surprisingly complex for a Helles

Taste: Starts with a graham cracker/bready maltiness that is joined by a subtle hop presence, mid-palate; the finish is slightly sweet and malty

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a full dose of carbonation

Drinkability: Normally, I don't care much for lagers but this is one I would be drinking over and over if it were regularly available in my area; doesn't really fit the Helles Lager profile as it has elements of Vienna Lager, Munich Dunkel and Oktoberfest; really outstanding marriage of several styles

Thanks, beerhandy, for this eye-opener

brentk56, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of BigRedN
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass a nice coppery/orange color. A 1/2 inch head sits on the liquid, then fades to a thin cover and ring that leaves patchy lacing.

Smell: Fairly malty, slightly sweet. There appears to me to be a slight floral hopping as well.

Taste; Sweet, slightly roasted malts. A touch of hop bittering on the finish, but this one seems to be mostly about the malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, light carbonation. A little prickly on the tougue, clean finish.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable enjoyable lager, and according to the box, the only lager produced by Boulevard. That is too bad because this is a great beer, IMO. I'll be looking forward to having this again next year. Very drinkable very sessionable.

BigRedN, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Deep amber, almost red. Thick foamy head that lasts for a while. Settles to a thin cap, with layered lacing along the glass.

Clean husky malt scent with a touch of caramel.

Roasty malts with a touch of honey, slight touch of hops in the finish. Balanced, but not too much there. More of a characteristic of the style though. Thin bodied with spritzy carbonation gives it a crisp bite up to the clean finish.

Not bad. Well balanced and nothing bad about this beer. Next time you take a trip to the Midwest, try to check this one out.

BeerSox, Oct 27, 2006
Photo of jazappi
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another good seasonal beer. Had a amber color. Poured into a glass, very light colored head. Taste was the best part. Very smooth, not bitter. Got better as it warmed up a little. I will be looking to enjoy a six pack of this beer each year it comes around. I am trying to get more technical with each review as I add them. I will keep better notes.

jazappi, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of Boto
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught: Mine poured a crystal clear amber color, with a bit of carbonation going on in there. A bit of a white head with about no lacing. The aroma was decent enough, but a little light. Slightly grassy with a whiff of caramel. The taste is slightly dry with a hint of spicy bitterness to it. Not too bad.

Boto, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of SuperSpy
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I purchased a six-pack of this before leaving Wichita Kansas, to return home to Texas and couldn't wait to give it a try.

A - Light amber, very clear and bubbly, a thick white head that went away pretty quickly.

S - Clean and roasty, with hints of carmel, but not very evident until allowed to warm up a bit.

T - A sweet roasted maltiness with the hops coming in at the end. Very well balanced.

M - A bit more than medium bodied with a creaminess that does not disappoint

D - I was expecting a Helles when I purchased the beer but am pleasantly surprised by what I found when I opened this bottle. The flavor is much maltier but still gives way to a bit of a hop finish. I will buy this again the next time I'm in a state that sells it. This is a very satisfying beer. I can't wait to delve into the other Boulevard beers.

SuperSpy, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of rrg1gb
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz pilsner glass

A - Light amber, nice thick head, with good retention, not overly carbonated.

S - It has a faint, creamy and lightly roased aroma to it.

T - Well balanced, with the dark roasted malt flavor hitting first, followed by a very faint bitterness of hops.

M - Heavy on the palate, but nice and smooth at the same time. You could almost make a meal out of this beer.

D - I like this beer. It looks and tastes more like a Dunkel than a Helles, but oh well. I wish Blvd would make this beer year-round, as I don't think I can wait until next September!

rrg1gb, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of bort11
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a tall hefe glass. Mild wispy head, only about a finger width that quickly receded. Spotty lacing. A very attractive, warm brown color. Smell is musty, earthy, and yeasty. Smell doesn't really jump out. Taste was a mild spice finish, pepper with a bit of other herbal notes. Medium bodied mouthfeel. I like Bob's 47 a lot, but it doesn't seem to be standing out as much for me this year as it has in the past.

bort11, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of whynot44
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 issue:
Medium bodied, deep coppery amber color with a moderate off white head that disappears quickly but manages to leave some traces of lace.

Mild aroma is toasty, sweet caramel malt with hints of fruit and mild spicy hops.

Taste was sweet toasted malt - bready, caramel, buttery, toffee - with a very nice herbal hops bite. slightly dry aftertaste with tart grassy note. Very well balanced.

Smooth yet crisp and very drinkable.

whynot44, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fall seasonal from Boulevard, however, it was released in August.

A - Pours out a solid copper color. It had a small head that didn't last long.

S - It smelled of hops and grasses.

T - It is very malty and the grassy/heat comes out, as well. It has a slight bitter aftertaste.

M - It is crisp and light to medium bodied.

D - I enjoyed this seasonal from Boulevard. It is yet another beer that I wish was available year-round.

zeff80, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of drewseslu
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is simply delicious and one of my favorite beers. I once spent four hours of my weekday afternoon driving around St. Louis looking for this seasonal offering (quit holding out on us and offer it year 'round!). The color a beautiful translucent dark amber/brown. Pours a quickly fading head with some lacing, but the real redeeming quality is the taste, full and rich while mild without a heavy or grainy mouthfeel. Fantastic!

drewseslu, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper colored body, nice full and creamy white head. Smells light of malt, and that's about it, none too strong. Nice full malt flavor in the , spicy and fairly dry. Good. Hops are also not an afterthought, provides a nice finish. Mouthfeel is full and crisp, finishes nicely. A nice sessionable, reasonably priced lager, a nice change of pace (even though i love hop flavor more than malt).

TastyTaste, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of Vancer
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Edit: for 9/20/08 Man, this year is just outstanding. And I see it's now also an Octoberfest brew.

Another Bully good one. Nice start - deep amber pour with a clingy tan head. Aroma was weak, could only detect lite malts/spice. Nice malty start in the quaff, then a hoppy finish with just a touch of spices. Not at all overpowering in any aspect.

This brew was tart and crisp, with a medium body. A good fall brew from Boulevard - and my first Munich Helles!

All in all, this would be a good one to go with your bratwurst.

Vancer, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Archetypal Boulevard bottle; a squat, brown glass 12 ouncer that has a single main obverse label that looks just like the in the BA Avatar. Described as a “Munich-Style Lager” at the bottom of the label, no strength is indicated, but “Best By 12/01/05” is cleanly visible on the shoulder on the bottle in a white dot matrix format. Neck label gives a brief background to the name of the brew and its style heritage, stating that specially roasted Munich barley malt and Hersbrucker and Nugget hops are used. Color coordinated crown cap completes the presentation.

Appearance: Thick off-white head draws my attention and rises cloud-like as I pour the whole 12 ounce into a 20 ounce ‘sleeve’ glass in one go. Nice sticky clotted lacing. Copper and dark orange flashes when backlit. Virulent finely dissolved carbonation. Nice looks.

Nose: Chilled malts have a soft fruity edge with some clarity of definition, a little lacking but teasing underneath the cool spicy caramel that reveals itself as I warms.

Taste: Lightly toasted malty start with a hint of freshly prepared spices. Low key caramel which has no sweetness, but a nice chewy feel that is fresh and clean. Hints of bitterness from the hops, but they exhibit a more natural herbal quality as the brew warms. Soiled malts with an earthy tone in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Frothy body with a clinical feel at times. Never rises above a decent feel but it never falls below that either. Utilitarian.

Drinkability: It may be described as a Munich-Style Lager, but when it came to the Drinkability this reminded me of a Bitter-Shandy so often served in UK Pubs. Sharp, clean, reasonably tasty and very drinkable with a refreshing twang…..makes you want to drink more. 12 ounce was not enough.

Overall: Yet another Boulevard present thanks to Minnesota’s finest BA. I could easily handle a 6-Pack of these no problemo. Thanks Joe.

TheLongBeachBum, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of budgood1
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out a hazy copper colour with a sparse off white head. lingering lace. aroma thick with buttery malts...butterscotch and toffee. taste is the tradtional take on o-fests...a lot of munich malts and an underlying zing of bittering hops. the combination aforementioned gives a zest to the overall character of the beer, making it one of the better balanced o-fests available. light in the body, crisp in mouthfeel...sessionable and quenching, too. never too sweet or too syrupy. the above average hopping comes to play to liven the beer up and keep it interesting. very drinkable and satisfying for the style. recommended.

budgood1, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of Fugazme
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean, copper/amber beer with a nice, well-maintained white head.Sticks very nicely to the glass.

Smell is of malt and grain. Nice apple aroma as well that was unexpected. Sugary in the nose. Bready...

This beer is smooth nice on the palate. A good lager. Taste is very slightly spicey. Flavor is malty. A pretty good beer.

I wouldn't mind it if this were on tap and on special, but I'd probably stick to something different if not.

Fugazme, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of hoffman
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is another solid one from Missouri's second largest brewery. This beer pours up very average, watery and thin with a smallish white head about one finger, which does lace and leave a decent ring with the glass during the session, the full amber color is b-e-a-utiful. The smell of this lager is nice with a grainy presence overwhelming an organic hop base light with malt. This one tastes very nice it is almost segmented first grain, second hops, third malt, fourth grain finishes this one. Very full and not at all offensive. This one does not feel like it pours very creamy and smooth on the cheek, somewhat watery but for a light lager not too bad. Overall a nice brew, a nice change of pace from the Boulevard Wheat.

hoffman, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember liking this a whole lot more last year, but my palate has come quite a long way since then. Still an enjoyable seasonal from Boulevard. Pours to a coppery amber color with a thin white head, receding to a film and a thin ring. Carbonation is decent, but not as active as I was expecting.

The smell is biscuity with some earthy berry tones. Nice and sweet caramel maltiness. A bit of a flowery hop.

The taste is good. Carries over from the nose quite well. Very biscuity and bready, only the tiniest bit roasty, but still quite light and refreshing. Lots of fruitiness in there. The hops are actually quite noticable in the finish. A nice spicy hop bitterness rounds the beer off quite nicely.

The mouthfeel is light, not too sharp on the tongue, and the bitterness mixes quite well with the other residual flavors. Gets better as it warms. Highly drinkable, though not quite as drinkable as I thought it was during last year's release, when I actually returned to the store for more later that night in true wino fashion.

neonbrown82, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of Citadel82
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy golden copper with amber highlights and a one finger off-white head. Caramel malts, florall hops to make up a splendid nose. Very nice. One of the best of Boulevard sline-up if not he best. The taste caramel and sweet malts up front. Some fruitiness Strawberry? Then herbal, slightly spicy hops slide in. Delicious and different. Finish is more sweet than bitter. Medium-bodied and coats the mouth well for a beer of its size. Well done again to the folks at Boulevard. Bpb Werkovich would have loved this too.

Citadel82, Aug 13, 2005
Photo of garymuchow
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This sample via my youngest brother. Many thanks.

Nice and pleasing, semi-rich, almost fruity malt aroma.
No head, just a ring. Amber of orangish brown. Heavy looking. Clear but not bright.
Heavy malt character that's not particularly complex. Fairly clean. Slight sourness. Finishes with a bit of bitterness with a slight dryness.
Heavy and thick for style, yet still somehow captures a sense of crispness. Sharp carbonation.
Tasty, but too thick to be truly refreshing.

garymuchow, May 22, 2005
Photo of clvand0
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an amber color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is very clean with some hints of caramel and diacetyl. The flavor has some caramel malts and a certain nuttiness about it. Not as clean as the nose would suggest. Interesting, but not my thing.

clvand0, Apr 04, 2005
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light orange peel in hue with a soapy tan head. Barley malts, freshly toasted wheat bread and butter on the nose. Caramel malts, sweet roasted nuts and barley compliment the tender hop bitterness. Simple and extremely well balanced. Orange spices and toasted bread flavoring emerge as this one warms up. Traces of alcohol come to play; a huge caramel malt based backbone. Very well done.

GeoffRizzo, Mar 12, 2005
Bob's '47 Oktoberfest from Boulevard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.