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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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252 Reviews
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Reviews: 252
Hads: 640
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 20.38%
Wants: 16
Gots: 76 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 08-31-2002

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
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Reviews: 252 | Hads: 640
Photo of Vashtar
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The appearance is just as it should be! Not much head, but it's clear and amber.

The smell is also pleasant. A bit malty and all beer.

The taste is fairly typical. I wouldn't buy it again.

The mouthfeel is like having a fishing net draped over your tongue. It's the neatest part about it. It touches the whole tongue, but the beer is a bit thin.

Overall, it's an average, drinkable beer.

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Photo of baldiegooner
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a memorable beer, but very drinkable with thin head that remains until the end. No lacing on the glass. Metallic hop taste lingers for a while, and although not unpleasant, this lacks a bit of complexity and taste up front that you would expect from a typical american octoberfest beer.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is medium caramel/bronze with amber tones. Two fingers of very slightly tanned, buttery head dissipated to leave a spotted lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: The first whiff was very robust and malty, but it faded a little as my nose adjusted. Caramel, cocoa, toffee, brown sugar, a little toasted grain, and grassy hops. The overall experience is malty and sweet.

Taste: It is a creeper. I took a swig and my taste buds registered a little salon-esque hairspray, probably from the hops. But after a while the malty sweetness from the smell kicked in. It is mostly caramel, but there are subtle hints of the cocoa, toffee, and brown sugar from the smell offering variety. It has a nice grassy bite at the end. As the beers keeps warming, the hops start to overpower the malts, so the maltiness I like from a märzen is overshadowed.

Drinkability: It could be better, but it is far from one of those American märzen’s that looks sexy but lacks a ton of complexity.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

905th Review on BA
Bottle to mug
12 oz

Best by 12/1/11
Purchased from: On the Rocks, Lawrence, KS

App- Another mix of brown/amber/orange with a good fast receding head. Soft white and about 1 fingers worth. Zero cling.

Smell- A very malty brew with a rich caramel background.

Taste- A good spicy Oktoberfest. A little bit more malty with more caramel sweetness. A bit thicker than most.

Mouth- A medium bodied beer with a medium carbonation. A good caramel/malt balance.

Drink- Not too shabby. Not my favorite style but Boulevard still makes a good beer.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.65/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a beautiful dark copper color. An off-white head eases it's way into a film, with good webbed lacing.

Aroma is buttery and spicy. Faint caramel.

Taste is a rare 5.0. Just so well balanced and with a great combination of caramel buttery sweetness, with some spicy cinnamon.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, some carbonation.

Overall, probably one of the best Oktoberfests this year 2012. Malty, caramel sweetness, and a hint of cinnamon spices. Love it.

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Photo of Mississipping
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a completely clear amber/orange color with a small off-white head that dissipates pretty quickly.  Not really any lacing left behind and the legs are somewhat modest on the edges of the glass.

S: Malty up front.  Slightly bready and grainy and with a touch of caramel as well.  Hops are present as well, along with some pear and/or apple in the background balancing everything out and adding some nice complexity.  

T: Malty breadiness greets you immediately upon each sip.  Caramel and apples accompany the already malty sweetness, though they are pretty subtle.  Earthy hops some fall spices round out the finish creating a nice balance between the sweet and spicy characteristics.  Not overly complex, but a pretty darn tasty example of the style. 

M: Medium-bodied with a moderate-low level of carbonation that is very pleasant on the palate.  Creamy.  Starts out sweet and then finishes less sweet, but not bitter or particularly drying.  Pleasant.

D: Really easy to put down and very tasty.  I look forward to this beer every year, and wasn't disappointed again.  It's not the best example of the style, nor the most tasty, but it's well made and balanced.  

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Photo of Reaper16
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served into a nonic pint glass

Pours a very clear copper color that is pretty standard for the Marzen style. More than a finger of offwhite head forms, loose and soapy. Decent walls of lace form but dissipate on the glass after time.

Lots of toasted bread in the aroma. Mixed nuts, grape leaves, metallic hops, and a trace amount of brown sugar all figure into the overall aroma profile. Spice cake... maybe some appleskin (but not the amount of apple aroma that is characteristic of so many mediocre American Oktoberfests).

The taste follows the nose, only cleaner. Smooth, toasty Munich malt is the most prevalent flavor. Backing up those toasted breadcrusts are appleskin, bulgur, pecans. Some grassy, slightly metallic, German hops feature on the finish. Solid, clean, and to-style.

The mouthfeel is pretty full-bodied for the style. It isn't thick exactly but it has some tooth to it. It also manages to achieve a dry finish despite this beer's totally sweet flavor profile. Overall, this is a very good American Marzen. Boulevard rarely disappoints, and this beer has been a Fall favorite in the Midwest for a long time. This beer would be so, so good paired with some Turkish food, some nice Dolma. Give this one a try if you're looking for something clean and tasty to session.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper color. Great bubbling beneath a a two finger head after the pour and a thinnish film for a few sips.

Clean and crisp, thanks to the hops, but very malt forward aroma. Toasted malts exude bread crust and biscuit crackers.

Starts with very malty toasted mlats biscuits, and bread. The middle is weird, clean, bitterness that has a metallic twinge. The finish that lingers is metallic then malty.

Smooth mouthfeel through and through, but there is some odd bitterness that pops up here an there that is a little off-putting.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an ultra-clear copper color, topped with a mountain of white froth crowning out of the glass. A weak topping of head sticks around for the whole time, down to the last sip. Laces beautifully, leaving sheets of foam clinging to the glass. I don't know what can be done better in terms of looks.
Smells clean and well lagered. Sweet Munich malt and mild noble hops. A little on the sweet side, more marzen than Oktoberfest. It's kind of a bummer that it takes so much effort to make a beer that smells simple.
The flavor opens with moderate sweetness. Toasty, caramel malt, similar to a spring bock, with perhaps a lighter body than you'd expect from the average american oktoberfest lager. Very smooth, soft carbonation really makes this brew something out of the ordinary. Just a bit of grassy esters, but otherwise it's clean as a whistle. Some peppery hop bitterness shows up the finish, but the flavor profile remains sweet. My overall impression is sweet and silky.
Much better than the average american oktoberfest attempt, but still lacks a bit in terms of malt complexity. Not my favorite beer style, but this one is tasty and drinkable enough where I might order a second, especially when it's cold out like tonight.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

first beer from these guys. pours slightly darker than the european oktobers, smells like a malt bomb, decent head. taste is true to the nose, malt up front, malt in back. not over the top, but balanced and a little bit addicting. this is a great 6pack for the fall. not the best oktoberfest on the shelf, but a damn fine version. medium thick body keeps this one in the gut for a bit, nice when its chilly out.

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Photo of DCon
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ Nick's Pub in St. Louis, MO for $4. Tapped from the White Based Tap Handle w/ 47 visible on it into a 16oz Pint Glass.

Aroma- Has a very mild malt aroma and can tell either Munich or some type of German malts were used. Clean and lager like. Easy.

Appearance- Received with less than a .5 finger head that dies quickly afterwards. Has a light bronze colored body that has perfect clarity. Leaves small suds behind.

Flavor- Has a strong malty taste and this continues through the whole drink. Medium amount of sweetness and the finish has a light bitterness. Very clean.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, but nothing special here...

Overall Impression- A decent Marzen by Boulevard but not a beer I would necessarily go back to... Quite boring actually but represents the style well. This is one of the last Oktoberfest brews I will be enjoying this season, unfortunately...

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly hazy orange-brown color with a white head. The aroma is toffee with a little bit of cocoa mixed in. A very nice smelling, very malty beer. The flavor is also full of malt. I get some toffee, cocoa and caramel. The beer is pretty dry. There are no real signs of hops in the beer and the alcohol is well hidden. Easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice American-made Oktoberfest.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty good looking Octoberfest brew. Amber-orange and clear, good light tan head and pretty good lacing.

Smell is light and malty, nutty, caramel, bready, and slightly sweet.

Taste is pretty good, lots of great caramel malts, a touch of bready and toasty flavors, a good amount of sweetness, some nuts and some floral notes, and decent hops. Pretty balanced for the style and generally quite enjoyable.

Medium bodied and pretty well carbonated. Smooth and easy to drink with just a slight slickness and a lightly sweet, caramel aftertaste.

Overall it's a pretty good Octoberfest. Certainly all well and fine within the Marzen style. Very affordable too, and also featured in some of their samplers.

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Photo of TheSarge
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a half liter stein, and the brew makes a strong finger thick off white head presentation, and the body is copper in color with a mild haze.

The aroma his husky and brisk. There is a hint of cooked veggie, toffee, and a very slight lemon zest fragrance.

Taste wise it has a good caramel note, along with a good bitter finish of an herbal quality.

Feels medium in body, with good strong carbonation to keep the palate cleansed and dry. Makes me desire yet another sip.

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Photo of mikeborglum
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is caramel, toast, herbs; appearance is amber, orange, very clear, tan head; taste is medium sweetness, lightly bitter with excellent balance; palate is medium body, flat carbonation, nice slight bitter, long finish. A nice beer I wish would be available all the time.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, this is the #35 top Märzen / Oktoberfest on the beeradvocate best of styles list. Served in a Boulevard Bob's '47 Oktoberfest shaker pint because I am capable of that so I did it.

Beer is mostly clear with a thin off white head, beer is reddish amber and moderately to lowly carbonated.

Aroma is sweet, caramel, munich malt, mildly yeasty, smells nice.

Beer is quite sweet, very caramelly and thicker than expected, medium bodied, smooth throughout, decent finish. Could have used a little less caramel, a little more Munich with a lighter finish, otherwise I enjoyed it and would have it again.

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Photo of Illtryit
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful amber color, crystal clear with 2 finger head thatleft great lacing in its wake.

Not much aroma here. A little grainy...thats it.

Taste is tangy hops. Not much in the way of complexity, but tastes pretty good and is very drinkable.

Feels a little thin and watery, but again, it is drinkable and easy going.

Overall I am not overly impressed with Bob's 47. This is my first Boulevard and I have heard many good things about this one so I'm a little let down.

I'm glad I tried it but I dont know if I'll buy it again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Finally, a new O-Fest on the market! Digging in... It pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger or so of dirty off-white foam. The nose comprises toasted caramel, light cilantro, grass, light white bread, light toffee, and a touch of nutmeg. The taste generally follows suit, but with a more pronounced pine character (springing from the aforementioned cilantro), some spicy greens, and a bit of nuttiness for effect. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a slick feel, and a kinda dry feel. Overall, a nice O-Fest, with a slight American take on the style with the stronger-than-usual hop presence and drier finish. Not bad at all, really.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well its almost October and the Oktober Fest beers are rollin'! Trying the Bob's 47 Oktoberfest from Boulevard...and it is good! The color is a beautiful clear amber with nice white head....unfortunately it did not lace. The smell was mostly sweet malt and some hop. The taste was a perfect balance of sweet malt, hop and grain. Session...no question. The balance and smoot drinkability earn decent marks for this beer. Boulevard strikes again!

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Photo of KDawg
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours very dark for an oktoberfest. It's a dark oranges color with a small head to it

Pretty deep on the nose with malty tones, spices and some blood oranges. It's not too malty on the nose as it favors more of the spices and oranges

medium/full bodied with a spice finish. This comes off as a real good american interepretation of a oktoberfest.

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Photo of bfields4
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden to slight amber clear filtered body. Nice lacy white head.

Sweet malty bready aroma. Noble hops are very present as well. kind of like a mix between oktoberfest and a hoppy czech pilsner.

Herbal noble hops up front in the taste as well. Nicely met with the bready light toffee caramel sweet malt body.

Nice light crisp body. The hop profile and lighter body make this an interesting hybrid style, but very enjoyable especially on a good fall night or football gameday knocking back a few.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Beertopia in Omaha, NE

Poured into standard US pint glass.

Pour produces 1cm of standard off-white head; small bubbles. Lacing is fairly good: as the head descends, it leaves plenty of lace; with each sip, small spots of lacing are left along the sides of the glass. Body is a transparent orange-red color, with visibly active carbonation. Good, I wouldn't know how to improve on this.

Aroma is primarily of caramel malts with mild spicy hop undertones and a hint of fresh pear or apple. Generally feeling kind of weak here, could use more pronouncement in sweetness or sharpness; seems afraid to take a step in either direction.

Taste of light breadiness, caramel in the forefront, with malt sweetness tied to spicy and slightly herbal hops in the back. Aftertaste primarily of sweet malt residuals, somewhat grainy. I don't really feel this offers anything particularly special and is kind of bland. It's a fairly straightforward American-style take on the German, with hops a bit more present, a little less bready malt flavors.

Medium bodied with a very comfortable level of carbonation. Finish is not particularly dry, just a bit around the edges.

I'm not particularly impressed by this Oktoberfest, as seems to be the case with most US versions. They're just lacking the robustness, heartiness, and mix of flavors that the better German versions can offer. This one doesn't excite me; I won't be picking it up again.

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Photo of ahq514
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Shaker pint glass.

Pours a clearish amber golden color with a light head and what appears to be moderate carbonation.

Aroma is typical for an oktoberfest beer. Toasty caramel malt, low amounts of earthy hops, and a touch of sweetness. Smells fairly clean.

Taste was a pleasant surprise. Really beautiful malt profile, including toastiness, almost nutty, sweet, caramel malt. Nicely balanced with a light dash of hops.

Mouthfeel was right on. Lighter medium body, moderate carbonation. Crisp and clean as a lager should be.

Overall this was a solid oktoberfest offering. Loved the malt, I thought it was better than other oktoberfest beers, there just wasn't anything outstanding about it. Will gladly enjoy again though.

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Photo of HOPPYKC
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap and packaged in bottle. The taste is slightly similar, however the bottle is a bit more flavorful. A nice light brown color with a bit of amber. Small amount of carbonation and compact bubbles with litle to no laceing. A nice malt presence but not overwhelming. A bit of hoppiness to give an overall round character to the brew. Nice fall seasonal.

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Photo of bnes09
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby red in color and semi-transparent. Off white head with good retention and solid, sticky lacing.

Aromas of wheat bread, caramel and roasted almonds. Smooth and intriguing.

Solid bready malt backbone, a little on the toasted end. Caramel malt provides a balanced sweetness. Hint of nutty character. Raisins. Touch of leafy hop to add some bitterness.

Medium bodied and smooth feel throughout. Goes down very easily.

Excellent O-fest. Rich and complex yet balanced.

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Bob's '47 Oktoberfest from Boulevard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.