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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: 492
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 8
Gots: 15 | 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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4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Typically, I am not prone to seek out premium Lagers. In fact, with this review I get that silly little empty beer mug sumbol. I had wanted to grab something noteworthy- either odd, like the funky regionals or malt liquors I review or upscale, perhaps a Belgian. Even thought of getting some good brew from home in Wisconsin.

Well, serendipity led me to my new local brewery, Boulevard in KC. The fall special is a Munich Helles Lager, Bob's 47.

Turns out it has a beautiful seasonal color, like leaves changing from yellow to orange. Generously carbonated, the head was fleeting.

I'm not good at subtle aromas, the sweetness and some floral hop notes struck me.

The taste was impressive- malty, slightly nutty and well balanced. An assertive beer that cries out to be served with food.

The finish was clean, perhaps a slightly metallic tang that slips off the tongue.

This is a truly drinkable beer. Often I have heard brewers say that a quality lager is the highest attainment of the brewer's art. Since this beer is a tribute to Bob Werkowitch, 1947 grad of the US Brewers Academy, it is a fitting tribute.

I am glad it is from my local brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2004 20:12:14 | More by brewQ
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3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper color, clear in presentation, resembles an orange-hued Marzen. Big rising head, very creamy. Laces cling in big sheet patterns. Nutmeg aroma, slightly nutty with a husky sense. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, with reasonbly-done almost fluffy carbonation. Fruitier flavors than I expected, bright orange notes, a little fig, mixing in with a lightly caramel maltiness. Hops are not assertive, balance adequately without a distinguishing flavor that identifies type. Thins late in the impression and gets a little boring by the end of the glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2004 19:43:08 | More by ADR
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle
Pours a amber color with a small off-white head. The retention is fairly good with a little lacing. The malty aroma is nice. The taste is also malty and lightly sweet, but overall it is well balanced. The body is medium, nice mouthfeel. Nice fall seasonal brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2004 03:03:53 | More by afinepilsner
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3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear bright amber brown with a short head. Aroma is heavier on the malt, floral hop, and herbal hints. quite tasty. Malt upfront and strong backbone with a great hop balance, and i detect some lemony herbal notes. Really a good smooth drinking medium bodied lager, I could easily see this as a session beer if it wasn't from so far away. Thanks to Nytmare for providing the sample.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2003 02:34:28 | More by mydeadguy
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3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear bronze in color, with a short, filmy head.
Aroma: dry, clean, arid, but as it unfolds, showing off more malt, sweetness, spice, though still on the delicate side.
Taste: light hops, full, hearty malt presence. Light in body, but tastily textured.
mmmm, I kept on thinking, mmm!
My notes fall short on technical aspects, I readily admit, but to sum it up, it's an unusual and richly flavored, highly drinkable lager that can be consumed with extraordinary ease and still provide ample pleasure through the abundance of flavor.
Thanks go to Marc77, provider of this brew!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2003 09:01:34 | More by feloniousmonk
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4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, clear orange with a nice off white head. not much lacing. Decent retention. Smells of florally hops, bready malts, and caramel. Well balanced flavor with a nice bready flavor up front, crisp hops leave a nice aftertaste with a slight sourness at the end. Very nice mouthfeel. Enough carbonation to make it crisp, medium body. Slighty oily, but not overly so. These are quite good, and a great alternative to Sam Adams Lager, though slighty more expensive. If I have a few extra bucks, I'll buy these in the fall instead, for my sittin' in front of the TV watchin' the ball game beer. Mmmm.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2003 00:45:45 | More by Nytemare
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4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Nytmare for this selection!
It pours a clean deep amber with a thin white head and minimal lacing. A breath of hops supports a fresh bread malty aroma. This is a nicely balanced lager with a lightly sweet, biscuity malt and butterscotch notes. The hops provide a mild citrus bitterness and slight metallic tang. The hops are very complimentary to the malt. A mellow herbal flavor and light dose of warming alcohol meld nicely to this highly gulpable brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2003 14:38:14 | More by BeerResearcher
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3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright amber-copper color, nice white foamy head that leaves a nice lacing in the glass. Has burnt roasted, malty caramel aromas, sweet and roasty malt flavors, medium bodied with a full and rounded mouthfeel, finishes clean with a nice sweetness. A pretty good fall brew, definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2003 01:17:36 | More by maxpower
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3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A combination of copper and amber mixed together and filled my glass as I poured this beer. The white, fizzy head rose up to about one finger and quickly disappeared. A thin ring of bubbles remained around the circumference of the glass, but that too was eventually gone. There was no lacing.

Smell: The aroma was thin and wafty, with light hints of malt and a sharp, hop bite. A little bit of tart fruit came through as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and actually quite full for a beer of this style. It was sharp in the mouth and provided some tingle on the tongue.

Taste: This beer started out very thin and remained that way until a nice herbal hop element arose. It was balanced out by a sweet, semi-roasted malt character. Well into the finish, the hops started to diminish and the malt transformed into a nuttier, more toasted flavor. Also, at different points throughout the tasting, a hint of toffee was evident.

This style of beer is nowhere close to being one of my favorites, but Boulevard did an excellent job with this one. It seems a lot fuller and more balanced than others that I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2003 20:52:14 | More by Quaffer
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3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearence is a deep golden color with a copper hue shot through it. The head quickly dwindled down to a thin sheet across the top of the brew. Good lacing.
The aroma was pretty strong, mostly malt. Caramel and a malty sweetness were most present. Along beside that was a light toastiness accompanied by unmalted barley.
First up for the taste came a strong toasted malt flavor. A toffee like sweetness hits next with a hint of fruitiness. A mild hop flavor is detectable towards the finish which lends a slight bitterness to the aftertaste.
Very smooth, rolls onto the palate. A good beer, while I'm not a fan of the style this brew was pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2003 23:14:27 | More by Bruiser81
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3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a dark orange/amber colored beer, with a white foamy head that takes off quickly. Looks real crisp/clear/refreshing. Its got that caramel malty scent to it that is familiar with this style. Pretty much same for the taste, very smooth, a slight and well balanced hop influence detected.. This is a lager that is worth enjoying.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2003 19:35:22 | More by Tballz420
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice auburn tone to this autumnal offering. Clear and bright. The caramel colored head is small and recedes to a thin coating quickly. The fillm stays around for a while and laces adequately. This has a great malty aroma with some hop characteristics sprinkled in. Maltiness has that bavarian feel to it and the hops are earthy on the nose. This is one nice tasting munich-style lager. The malt profile is solid. Nice and thick. Clean and tasty. While the munich malts make themselves known, this is no bock. The spattering of hop notes are herbal and earthy. Some bitterness is noted, but not a lot. Big body. Full mouthfeel. This one is solid.

Thanks for the great ofest/vienna/red/amber/munich-style lager, marc77.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2003 01:37:29 | More by Bighuge
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4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brilliantly clear ruddy deep bronze hue. Lanky, but steadfast off white head leaves sparse, muddled lace. Soft herbal hops accompanied by balmy, toasty Munich and toffeeish medium lovibond caramalt dominates the aroma. Hints of sugary, caramelized nut like melanoidins offer a Marzen esque twist. Buttery, light toffee sweetness upfront in flavor is complemented by a mellow toasted malt and nutty brittle combination. Bitterness augments mid palate, and is comprised of an agreeable suggestion of lightly singed French toast, which couples well with the subtle, persistent, woody maple like malt undertone. Light on the palate, but firmly dextrinous in mouthfeel, lending a pleasant, ashen viscosity conducive to quaffability. Finishes cleanly toasty, with fleeting, rounded hints of simple caramel. An understated, but superbly balanced and unique brew. Akin to a Marzen / Dortmunder hybrid. Rich in character, yet airy on the palate. Superlatively drinkable and nearly immaculately crafted. Another fine seasonal from Boulevard. 5.6% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2003 01:46:38 | More by marc77
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4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All-around good choice for a tasty beer that is also not too heavy. It pours to a low, tight head that fades away to a ring around the glass. aromas are suggestive of Munich malts and a restrained noble hop character. Flavor is smooth, clear and very lagerlike with munich and crystal malt dominating, offset by the hops. Not a strong or extreme beer at all. Good for all occasions. This is simply good malty lager. An affordable alternative to Samual Adams Lager for those in Boulevard Territory.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2003 16:18:32 | More by EagleTalon
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4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with a tan head, decent carbonation and decent lace (either unfiltered or is so due to age - sample was a bit older). Toasty Munich malt aroma and taste. Bready characteristics. Light-Medium bodied with a crisp spicy finish.

Per B.B.Co. website:
Ingredients: Pale, Munich, and Caramunich malts.
Nugget, Magnum, and Hersbrucker hops.
Starting Gravity: 13.5 degrees Plato
Alcohol Content: 4.48% by weight

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2002 08:03:47 | More by RBorsato
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3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade. This was a decent Amber Lager with a dark amber color and thin off-white head. No real lacing to speak of. Rich caramel malt aroma. Rather strong malt flavor with a nice finish. Not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2002 09:12:03 | More by Dogbrick
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3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours with a nice orange color and a lasting off-white head. The very light aroma shows a hint of malt. The body is quite light and backs up a light malt flavor with a quick bitter bite to finish. Not bad, but a little too light for my tastes.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2002 08:13:32 | More by beernut7
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Bob's '47 Oktoberfest from Boulevard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.