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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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BA SCORE
83
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501 Ratings
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Ratings: 501
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 9
Gots: 19 | 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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Boto

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

10-14-2006 20:50:06 | More by Boto
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SuperSpy

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

10-04-2006 03:27:13 | More by SuperSpy
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rrg1gb

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%

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!

10-02-2006 18:22:12 | More by rrg1gb
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bort11

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

09-07-2006 03:13:30 | More by bort11
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whynot44

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

09-03-2006 04:21:32 | More by whynot44
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zeff80

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

08-29-2006 22:21:29 | More by zeff80
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drewseslu

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +22.1%

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!

04-07-2006 20:31:16 | More by drewseslu
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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).

02-03-2006 04:24:13 | More by TastyTaste
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Vancer

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

11-08-2005 13:28:33 | More by Vancer
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.95/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

11-05-2005 06:09:45 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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budgood1

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

11-02-2005 00:32:54 | More by budgood1
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Fugazme

Nebraska

3.3/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

10-17-2005 23:35:50 | More by Fugazme
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hoffman

Nebraska

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

10-09-2005 22:59:11 | More by hoffman
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

09-28-2005 05:21:02 | More by neonbrown82
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Citadel82

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +16.9%

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.

08-13-2005 11:50:01 | More by Citadel82
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

05-22-2005 14:07:01 | More by garymuchow
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clvand0

Kentucky

3.2/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

04-04-2005 19:17:21 | More by clvand0
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +12%

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.

03-12-2005 21:32:10 | More by GeoffRizzo
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

3.3/5  rDev -9.8%

This beer pours a coppery amber color with a small ring of head over top of the beer. The nose is slightly caramel, but very buttery. Diacetyl alert. The flavor is also rather buttery-sweet. I'm not so sure what I think of it. There is a slight spicey on the finish. The feel is moderate with a slight carbonation. This is not a favorit of mine. I don't like the way the diacetyl comes through so dominant. It is not supported by a good hop like some ESB's.

02-28-2005 23:42:43 | More by kmpitz2
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ncbrewerbun

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +12.8%

Short brown bottle with a twist-off top.

This beer pours a vibrant gold, though it has some chill haze. White head, which turns to lace.

Nice bready/malty aroma. Toasted grain and some caramel.

Flavor favors malts, but there is a good hop balance. A smooth beer with medium body. Finishes with a very enjoyable slight bitterness. Very easy to drink.

01-17-2005 04:02:07 | More by ncbrewerbun
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RushLimbmalt

Minnesota

4.68/5  rDev +27.9%

Pours a dark amber and has a white head that leaves a nice lace on my glass. The aroma is very malty with a little spiciness of the hops. Very nice for a lager... It is very bock-like in it's character. I love the malty backbone with the excellent hopping... I am blown away by how good the beer is. I was expecting much less. I can't wait until next years batch.

01-13-2005 08:25:49 | More by RushLimbmalt
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +14.8%

Clear amber with streams of rising bubbles. The head is minimal.
Fragrant of maple and caramel, traced with roast nuts and dried herb.
Flavor begins with a brown sugary toffee rush, leaning drier over time. Brief glimpses of fruit (black cherry, peach) precede caramel-covered nuts (hazelnuts especially), then toasted grains. A lingering honey sense leads it into a herbal-laced hop closure.
Medium bodied, medium carbonation.
A solid triangulation of a lagers vienna, marzen, and munich.

01-09-2005 03:28:18 | More by cokes
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +15.3%

Kinda hazy golden copper with amber highlights and a small, off-white head. Sugary-sweet, candied carrot cake mix with spicy vegetal hops to make up a splendid nose. Very nice. One of the best smelling light lagers I've had the pleasure of smelling. The taste didn't let me down either. Tangy and sweet malts up front. Sugary fruit--kiwi? Strawberry? Light apple sweetness and then herbal, slightly spicy hops slide in. Delicious and different. Finish is more sweet than bitter. Medium-bodied and drinks and coats the mouth superbly well for a beer of its size. Well done!

01-05-2005 22:17:10 | More by alexgash
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BeerBob

Nebraska

4.15/5  rDev +13.4%

Bob’s 47 “Munich style Lager” pours a lovely copper hued red from a dark brown 12oz glass bottle. Head goes to over two fingers before settling down to a nice blanket of foam, replete with ring and lace.

Nose is of malts and hops, a bit of floral comes through above the sweet malt, all are in generous and well balanced proportions, its just that the floral come through first.

Palate is a thick and savory malt, off set with a most welcome bitter from the hops.

Bob’s 47 “Munich style Lager” from Boulevard is a most welcome amalgamation of malts and hops that I would recommend to anyone.

12-23-2004 01:19:35 | More by BeerBob
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

Copper in color with a white head. Leaves a good amount of lacing down the glass. The aroma is spicy, and slightly grainy, with a nutty toasted maltiness. The flavor is sweet of caramel malts upfront, it then flows to a somewhat fruity taste. It is toasty and somewhat spicy in the flavor as well. Light in body, and smooth to drink. I pretty decent brew.

11-20-2004 23:56:12 | More by BeerBuilder
Bob's '47 Oktoberfest from Boulevard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 501 ratings.