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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: 519
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 11
Gots: 23 | 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 TastyTaste
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +11.2%
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 +7.6%
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 +11.2%
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 -10.1%
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 18, 2005
Photo of hoffman
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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 +6.3%
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 +16.6%
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 +6.3%
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 -12.8%
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 +11.7%
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
Photo of kmpitz2
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

kmpitz2, Feb 28, 2005
Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

ncbrewerbun, Jan 17, 2005
Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.68/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

RushLimbmalt, Jan 13, 2005
Photo of cokes
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

cokes, Jan 09, 2005
Photo of alexgash
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

alexgash, Jan 05, 2005
Photo of BeerBob
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

BeerBob, Dec 23, 2004
Photo of BeerBuilder
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BeerBuilder, Nov 20, 2004
Photo of bditty187
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery-brown in hue with a slight tawny influence, I’ve always loved the color of this beer. From the bottle a bit of yeast haze enters the otherwise clear liquid. Not much animation is noticed streaming to the off-white head. At the apex the foam was almost two fingers in height before quickly fading to a thin cap. There wasn’t much subsequent lacing. There is nothing noteworthy about the appearance aside from the color; it says “autumn” to me. I like that. The nose says “German” in that universal beer language. Clean but malty, traces of buttered nuts, caramel, faint toasty sugar at times, earthy hops as well. Husks. Very slight suggests of alcoholic-fruit. The nose is simple but inviting. I’ve smelled it year after year and enjoy it every time. Coherent. The potency is moderate. The palate is very tasty. It doesn’t seem like a straight Helles to me, there seems to be a little O-fest in the mix (you know what I mean, right?). Whatever really, it is a great tasting German Lager. Malty upfront, in the middle, and at the finish! The malt offers some sweetness in the form of toffee, a little bit of buttery nuts, bread, crackers, and a warming caramely fruity-alcoholic finish. Hops are secondary and offer some earthy undertones. Lovely. This beer has improved (to me) ever year that I’ve quaffed it. I think the beer has stayed the same but my palate as matured and I can now more fully enjoy the subtleties in beers like such. Clean aftertaste, there is just a trace of sweet malts. Pretzels anyone? Medium in body; creamy yet filling mouthfeel, in part, because of the moderately low but natural carbonation. I really like the bulk on the tongue and the creamy, smoothness of the swallow. Very drinkable, I look forward to this beer every year. I’ve neglected to sit-down and pen a proper review (i.e., ignore that “on-tap” review I wrote, for now). This is a very solid offering; it is quite the drinker. I’m thankful this beer is quite common in Omaha, for a few weeks every fall anyway. Recommended.

bditty187, Nov 19, 2004
Photo of ZAP
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great nose...smells of rich maltiness...almost like a malt in fact....semi chill hazed copper color....mouthfeel is a little sticky and sweet...flavor is very sweet...on the edge of being over sweet...big caramel sweetness..a hint of apples too...I like rich, sweet beers and this fits the bill....the more I drink this some strong "bready" flavors emerge too...the low ABV is surprising due to the richness...

Not sure how close to style this is but this is damn tasty in my book..

ZAP, Nov 18, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange-amber, much more the former than the latter, that is as clear as a bell with a few streams of lazy bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The head is buttery tan and creamydense with good stick-to-it-ivness that leads to a nice array of scrappy lace.

There's a good mix of malt and hops in a nose that's much more balanced than expected. It's lightly toasted caramel malty with a sweet, herbal character. The flavor profile is a near carbon copy of the nose, but is more malty yet and is even more toasted bready with a beautiful commingling of sweet and bitter flavors.

The style demands malt dominance, but the amount of hops in use is impressive and puts the beer in near perfect balance by my taste buds. The abundant flavor hangs on for a while as a modest sweetness blends imperceptably into a nicely dry, bitter finale.

Bob's '47 is good beer. In fact, it's the best Munich Helles Lager that I've had to date and rivals Bully! Porter as Boulevard's best beer. Too bad it's a seasonal. The brewery would do well to make this one available year-round.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 08, 2004
Photo of tavernjef
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear and bright burntish orange color, thin sticky yellowed head, minimal spotty lacing.

Aroma is toffeeish, nutty, caramel dipped toasted edging; warming, clean, and soft with an overall sweet malt tone. Quite nice actually.

Taste is malty smooth, akin to becoming dopplebock-like but keeps a slight toastier edge and slight herbal hop backing to it. Mostly sweet with a light mixure of bready malts and caramel smoothness, lifting into some retracting toffee butter and nuts. Finish lends a bit of hoppy herbal grassy atop a slight roasty/toasty chewy malt.

Feel is silky smooth and malty thick, nearly full and buttery, not too cloying in sweetness but definately has a hangin' around-sticky thing to its character and body. A pleasant surprise as it slides right down. This is a keeper by the folks at Boulevard.
Drinkability high and easy going. And at 5% this is a super sessionable brew to behold. Too bad its a seasonal. Astonishly good stuff!

tavernjef, Nov 08, 2004
Photo of jimdkc
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is Boulevard's Fall seasonal beer, and their only lager offering.

Pours a clear copper-amber color with a good-sized off-white head that doesn't last long. Smell is malty, slightly sour, with a whiff of hop aroma. Taste is slightly sweet, malty with moderate hop bitterness on the finish. Good mouthfeel, nicely carbonated. Very flavorful and easy to drink. I've had a couple six-packs of this this season, and it goes nicely with most meals. I'll be looking for this each fall.

jimdkc, Nov 06, 2004
Photo of Rio
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy coppery color with a decent white head that disappeared in a snap. Hardly any aroma at all, faint smell of sweetness from the malts, but little more than that.

The sweetness mingles with the hoppy bitterness in the taste. A bit too heavy on the hops to my tastebuds, a bit overwhelming, but still pretty good. Mouthfeel is very crisp, heavily carbonated.

A decent brew. Better than I remember from last year.

Rio, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of Trentonator
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is Boulevard's seasonal fall offering. I liked the color of this beer when I first poured it, quite a rusty red--very autumn-like. The head is as short lived as autumn colors though, and dissipates quickly; the lacing is equally fleeting. Not much on the nose, some hops, maybe a bit of banana. Taste is also underwhelming, just a basic light beer, not much taste or mouthfeel. I could knock back a half dozen or so of these and not be bloated or overly inebriated, so drinkability is a plus. Overall, a solid beer, but not remarkable (or one which I will seek out regularly).

Trentonator, Oct 26, 2004
Bob's '47 Oktoberfest from Boulevard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 519 ratings.