Bob's '47 Oktoberfest - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Bob's '47 OktoberfestBob's '47 Oktoberfest

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Ratings: 588
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 13
Gots: 43 | 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 AustinBeerLvr
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had one of these a while back as I bought a six pack this season. Poured it into a traditional German mug. Freshness date was clearly marked stating best buy 12/1/09.

My first impression is that I'm really not even sure what style of beer Boulevard was really aiming for when they brewed it. It reminds me somewhat of a toned down Paulaner Double Bock. I noticed it's classified as a Vienna Lager, but the effervescent mouthfeel along with a hoppy somewhat alcoholic finish seems to be out of place for that style.

Up front, there is a good amount of caramel & bready sweetness, but doesn't seem to add the richness one would expect for the style. As it warms, some candy apple flavors become present as well. Some astringent flavors start to come through along with a somewhat harsh bite of hops and alcohol that clash with the malt and make for an unpleasant finish.

If it wasn't for the harsh finish, this one would actually be a pretty good beer. I think this is one that Boulevard could back to the drawing board and significantly improve with some fine tuning. Nothing terrible, but not something I'll be picking up next year.

Photo of uwmgdman
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew pours a brilliantly clear copper color with a thick off-white head. The aroma is moderately malty, toasty and a bit of husk/grain. The flavor is moderate-high malt, toasty with a bit of a dry/puckering quality, especially at the swallow. The body is medium-full with moderate carbonation. Overall a decent Oktoberfest. The swallow is rather dry combined with a bit of a puckering quality from the grains, makes this a bit below a top notch Oktoberfest.

Photo of dbossman
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A very beautiful copper and clear color with a one-finger head that goes quickly; pretty good lacing.

S: bready and malty; not a ton of different smells going on but simple

T: a nice malty lager; quite bready; the taste really sticks in the mouth and the aftertaste continues to deliver

F: slightly overcarbonated; the mouthfeel starts off strong but does dissipates down the back

D: This is a nice, autumnal lager that is pretty easy to go down; a bit thin but quite drinkable

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with a best by date of 12/01/09. Pours a perfectly clear, light copper color with a large cap of beige foam. Retention and lacing are average for a marzen.

The nose on this beer is a bit on the light side, but there are some nice notes of sweet caramel, toasty and nutty malts. In the background there are some hints of honey and floral hops. Nice smelling O-fest.

This one is a little lighter on the toasty malts than most and has a strong nutty presence. Not too much sweetness and is fairly dry for the style. There is some graininess in there, as well as some tannic bitterness. This is an easy beer to consume large quantities of, but the overall flavor of it is somewhat light. Not a bad offering and can hang with the German crowd fairly well. This one will be a repeat purchase around this time of year for me.

Photo of katan
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

Off to a bad start on my Marzen flight - this is a Vienna lager? It says Oktoberfest.

A - Pours a light brown color, very clear. Mighty bubbly. Head formation is quick to form, just as fast to disappear.

S - While I expected a marzen, I can see why the vienna lager style is applied - I can detect the bready vienna malt flavors. Light yeast notes in the background.

T - Starts off with a light malt sweetness, some roasted and caramel notes. Midstream does develop some bitterness, but no hopping. Malt forward. Finishes with a strong vienna malt flavor, and some yeast notes. Has a pils malt finish to it.

M - Moderate to light beer body - buoyed by a pretty decent carbonation bite. Oily cling leftover - mainly a sugar cling.

D - Easy drinking. ABV is manageable. Flavors are smooth, not overwhelming. Is slightly filling. Good session beer in the fall.

Photo of schoolboy
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've made my way through the Boulevard sampler now, and I think this one was not appreciated on the first try but better the second. I think it may have been too cold the first time.

Like everything from this brewery, there is nothing offensive about this beer. It is a quality product with no funkiness. The clarity is perfect. The taste well balanced.

It may have trouble standing up to its peers if tasted side by side, but alone it is good.

Photo of SykDoc
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a nice copper color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that leaves minimal lacing around the edges. Mild carbonation noticeable and no sediment.

The aroma is a blend of earthy, noble hops and a sweet malts with some bread components. It is a bit weak in intensity.

The taste has an upfront caramel sweet maltiness followed by a noble hops flavor. Some minimal metallic components, as well as bread.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp carbonation that may slightly mute the flavor. There is a decent balance overall.

This is a good beer with a nice balance. The biggest issue being the intensity of aroma and taste, allowing the balance to be more enjoyed. It is a good beer and worth enjoying. The taste does not become overwhelming, nor does the alcohol.

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

Poured into a Hofsbrau mug.

A - Pours a nice bright copper color with a thin .5 inch head that is quit dense and recedes to a film.

S - Malty sweetness are immediately noticeable, cherry and sweet fruits. Some bread granola qualities as well. Very intriguing.

T - Very grainy! nice malt sweetness. Cereal comes to mind immediately. There is a nice hop finish that is dry and at the same time refreshing and crisp. By far my fave of the Blvd. brews so far.

M - Light boide, good balance and good co2.

D - refreshing and good ABV.

Photo of Mistofminn
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper amber color almost like a very watered down dubbel. Half finger white head produced but disappears all together and leaves no lacing. Carbonation dies in a couple minutes also.

The nose is light, but I can detect some sweet malts going on here. Maybe a little Caramel malt. Doesn't really smell like a Oktoberfest.

The taste is also very light, with a light sweet malt character and a crisp carbonation bite.

Mouthfeel is light with the carbonation bite as described above. Goes down slightly smooth, and almost satisfying. Drinkability is good.

Not my favorite offering from Boulevard, but a solid beer. I wont be buying this again, but I can see why some people do.

Photo of johnnybgood1999
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was a little disappointed with the light tint of this beer since the box says this is a dark amber beer. I disagree. Bob's 47 is a light amber with a maybe one inch head. The smell is of sweet malts with some light grassy hops. The taste is also light and sweet, which is good, but the malt does not contribute very much. I almost have to search for flavor. The hops are light but apparant and present throughout the taste. Mouthfeel is a tad to light for me. Just like everything else in this beer. Drinkability is out of this world. I would liken it to drinking a Sam Adams, but without any heaviness at all.
Overall: this is a pleasant beer. It just needs a little more substance. Not alot! Just a little. The hops are probably about right, but the malts are lacking. I would also agree with previous posters that there is a metallic taste that shows up sometimes.

Photo of JackCass
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very clear copper almost orange small head that goes away after a time.

Smell - Mild malt a little sweet not much aromas.

Taste - Malty grain dry and also sweet with some hops for blance and flavors.

Mouthfeel - Smooth.

Drinkability - Good and tasty for fall.

Photo of JEdmund
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Attractive bronze body with a modest head

Appetizing aroma of grassy and hay-like hops, plus sweet melon-like malts, and some faint mineral qualities making me think this water came from Bavaria

Taste + Mouthfeel
Malt centric beer, with lots of doughy and slightly sweet malts to enjoy, though thankfully it never gets too malty or sweet; mineral-like flavors, combined with the faint hopping, scythe nicely through the malts, helping the finish end well; not too familiar with the style, but I would love to try more that are this good.

Each sips manages to pack in good flavor, but end quickly and cleanly, making for a very sessionable Bavarian style beer. I can't believe I didn't care for this in years past. I will definitely be buying more this season and will eagerly look forward to its arrival each fall.

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Boulevard is fairly new to the area, but i've had em for years. The Oktoberfest made it this way and I'm grateful.

Poured a crystal clear amber orange with not much of a head, infact all lacing and head dissipated within the first few minutes.

There's no aroma to speak of, just a slight malt sweetness.

Taste is bland, with some metallic and chlorine twang in the back. It's got a grainy cereal sweetness, some honey and toffee notes. Some caramel and a light pear fruitiness. A slick mouthfeel, and there's the cholophenols again in the finish.
Sure, it's drinkable, but it's not something i'd pay premium prices for. MAybe if I could get a sixer for less than $7, it would be a worth by. As it is, this is a poor martzen/lager with some strange off flavors.

Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into SABL glass.

A. 1 finger head. Light copper colored. Good retention, and a little lacing.

S. Caramel malt mixed with some hops.

T. Caramel malt balanced with some hop bitterness. Fairly sweet finish.

M. Medium bodied. Medium Carbonation.

D. Easy to drink. Not incredibly flavorful, but still good.

Photo of rowew
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle, date stamped on the neck.

Appearance: Classic Oktoberfest look - orange and clear, with a nice off white head.

Smell: Lots of mineral aromas - just a bit harsh. As it warms some bready malt and fruit comes through.

Taste: Nice combination of malt flavors with fruity notes and just a bit of noble hops.

Overall impression: Very drinkable - only negative is that the aroma is a bit harsh. Otherwise an enjoyable beer.

Photo of froghop
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a clear copper with a small off-white head, and some lacing.

smell of sour malt, caramel, and some spice.

taste is dry, malt, caramel, some spice, a bit sweet, and a little funky on the aftertaste, ends slightly on the bitter side.

overall just okay.

Photo of webbcreative
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange. amber color, with 2 finger white head, limited but decent lacing. head all but disappears rather quickly. A= light toasted malt, biscuity, smells like a German beer, must be the combo of Munich malt and German hops. T= tosted and caramel malt hits me right off the get go, and then its followed by a nice hop flavor, and finishes with just enough bitterness to keep it from being too malt heavy, and the bitterness kind of lingers a bit, but I would describe this as a "hoppy beer" to someone who hasnt tried it, but it does seem hoppier than I had expected from a beer labeled Oktoberfest, although the style is Munich Lager by description.
M= Nice medium mouthfeel, adequatley carbed for me.

Overall, pretty nice beer, I would get this again, but honestly it would be a hard sell if SA Octoberfest was sitting next to it....

Photo of bump8628
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass. The beer is crystal clear and amber/orange in color with 1/2 inch of white head that recedes to a light lacing around the edges of the glass.

Aroma is malty, slightly sweet and bready. It shows very little hop character in the aroma but what is there is of the spicy, German noble variety.

The taste is malt-forward with toasted and bready characteristics dominating. A light melanoidin richness is also present. The malt character is balanced by hop bitterness and a light noble hop spiciness.

Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is spot-on for the style.

Overall, a nice, versatile beer that is enjoyable and shouldn't offend too many palates.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a stubby 12 ounce bottle into my standard shaker "pint" glass. The lager appears a clear golden amber color with a finger of foamy off white head. Smells and tastes of light toasty bread, very grassy, slightly bitter hops, fall fruits, sweet caramel malts. Rather thin in body but adequately carbonated. Not terrible, but I'd probably pass on having another.

Photo of julian
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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

Photo of johanvond
2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

Photo of MOShepp
2.78/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.43/5  rDev -6%
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

Photo of hopdog
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Bob's '47 Oktoberfest from Boulevard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 588 ratings.