Bob's '47 Oktoberfest | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Bob's '47 OktoberfestBob's '47 Oktoberfest
Bob's '47 OktoberfestBob's '47 Oktoberfest

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

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

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Reviews: 267 | Ratings: 696
Photo of SB2017
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

As far as Oktoberfest beers go this ones is pretty good. Much more balanced, much less sweet than is typical. Decent color and texture as well. Pick this one over the others at its price point but don't expect to be blown away.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a translucent amber-copper with a finger of white head. Head retention is okay. Aroma is toasty, nutty malts with light yeast esters behind. Flavor profile is toasty, nutty malts with a dry walnut finish. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a dry, light effervescence. Overall, pretty good Oktoberfest style beer. Nice maltiness without being anywhere close to leaning bitter or sweet.

Draft. Reviewed on phone.

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Photo of Danieljm
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank draft at dinner of bbq. Nice dark orange light brown color, not much head. Aroma is light some malts. Taste is a nice malty with some nice sweetness. Been my experience this beer is much better on draft than packaged. Worth trying

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pretty copper color. No head.
Not much aroma. Some sweet malt.
Not much in the way of taste either, just a bit of caramel.
There are many more better Oktoberfest beers out there.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear amber/orange, with a moderate white head which quickly fades. No lacing. Not much on the nose, faint aroma of malt. Average oktoberfest at best.

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Photo of 1angrydwarf
3.09/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am live in the KC area and hate to give this rating but I find this offering sub par. This beer seems water and lacking flavor and always seems to have a metallic taste the first few sips. I love this style but this version is way to laidback for me. I have been spoiled by the munich brewers.

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Photo of Zorro
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orangeish amber colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells malty and a bit sweet. Mild fruity scent like an ale yeast was used. Mild grassy hop scent.

Starts out mild and malty with a slight taste of scorched sugar. Mild bitterness and slightly woody. Mainly this is just mild flavored and pleasing.

Mouthfeel is about perfect for the style.

Overall a pleasing and mild to the senses Oktoberfest. One of the best of the style I have sampled.

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Photo of ABabbidge
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: Clear copper color with a crackling white head.

S: Sweet caramel malt. Don't get much else.

T: Malty up front. Some herbal spiciness in the middle, then finishes bitter and a little metallic.

F: Moderate carbonation, light mouthfeel.

O: Easy to drink, but nothing to really make it stand out.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single 12 ounce bottle bought at Boulevard and consumed at home 1,500 miles away. On to the beer:

Toasted autumn orange colored and topped with a half-inch of head. Spotty lace hangs around the glass. Bob's '47 goes in a slightly different direction of the common marzen. In both aroma and taste, there's a large push of mandarin orange flavor, especially in the aroma, where it pairs with caramel. The taste is on the lighter side, with caramel and bread crust notes, plus a slice of mandarin orange. The beer is light bodied and quick going down, and shows that the spirit of Oktoberfestbier continues to be celebrated by American brewers.

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Photo of Thebrewman
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 16 oz stein. Beer pours a very nice copper red with plenty of lace that dwindles to a thin strip that remains throughout the tasting. Hints of caramel, bread, and molasses. The 5.8 ABV compliments this malty sweet brew. The beer is slightly thin, but tasty. I'll definitely have a few more.

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Photo of Kazahkstan
4.59/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass
Look: Thin, quickly fading head. Dancing carbonation bubbles persist throughout drinking but don't impose. A pale orange/golden amber, mostly transparent. Looks like your standard marzen.
Smell: Strong tart lemon, sweet and bready malt, toasted wheat, caramel.
Taste: Wow! This flavor really packs a punch, and it doesn't taste like your standard Oktoberfest. Bob's '47 gets its onset sweetness from a tart lemon/citrus taste. This fades into a sweet bread malt, similar to my mother's homemade pineapple bread, a mix of savory sweet and wholesome wheat and yeast. Included are undertones of citrus hoppiness and just a faint hint of bitterness combined with light spices and toasted caramel. Aftertaste is a wholesome, full-bodied wheat.
Feel: Light, lightly carbonated, and refreshing. Leaves you wanting more but doesn't skimp on wheatiness. Almost no dryness.
Overall: The best seasonal I've had this Oktoberfest. This will be my new Fall go-to. Highly recommended to anybody who enjoys fall wheat beer.

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Photo of rgoodson18
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It may be because I am from Kansas City, but Bobs '47 is one of the best Oktoberfest out there. It has a decent amount of carbonation, malty on the nose, delicious bread taste. Top two out of the 11 Oktoberfest I tried.

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Photo of Arsuf476
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad marzen but some issues: too bitter, body is too light, too much carbonation. For plains beer go with free state's Oktoberfest instead much closer to the ideal for style.

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Photo of colts9016
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark amber color with reddish orange hues. The clarity of beer is clear with some carbonation bubble. The head is white one finger white and foamy. The retention on the beer is poor.

N: Rich toasty malts, caramel, some subtle sweetness, yeast, bread, floral, and some citrus.

T: over toasted bread, caramel, some subtle sweetness, yeast, floral, and citrus.

M: carbonated, medium body, and medium finish.

O: This beer is just meh, nothing special about, I feel that the beer malts are too toasty and give an unique flavor that I did not care for. I had much better beer.

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Photo of ranger7
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to pint glass. Nice amber color. Good malty scent. Good stuff; caramel and malty sweetness. One of the better U.S. Oktoberfest attempts. Reminds me of the Ayinger-style Marzen.

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Photo of Suds
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep Amber, with a thin white head, this is a vey approachable and delicious marzen. Brilliant malt aroma and a lot of lightly toasted, greasy flavors. Nice balanced, if not just a little too hoppy for the style. Medium to full in body, and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Pedalsteel
5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not just because I am from KC but the fact is Bob's 47 is simply the best Oktoberfest beer I have ever had, in my humble opinion. No two ways about it.!! Forget about it!!

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Photo of babaracas
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pumpkin orange with one finger of fluffy offwhite head. Smell: fresh bread, unfiltered apple juice, a little caramel, mildly floral. Taste: spicy, herbal tea note, toast and a little caramel, grape note.

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Photo of Garys1
4.7/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

This is the best Oktoberfest beer I have ever had. The dark color and malty taste are superb. I would highly recommend this beer to everyone. We go to a winery outside the St. Louis area every year for my wife's birthday and I take that beer with me to enjoy there and usually end of buying a couple extra also.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Also sampled last night on 4/27/15. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage 'Boulevard' tulip glass.

Brew pours a pretty copper in color with close to a 1-finger foamy off-white head. Lots of lacing was seen when sipped that stuck to the sides of the glass, like a good German brew. The aroma is of bready yeast, grains with hint of burnt sugar. The taste follows the nose pretty much and ends with a slightly dry and hop finish. East to drink though. Very close to medium-bodied along with moderate carbonation. A decent brew.

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Photo of pat61
4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours brilliant copper tinted gold, with a 1” moussey white, persistent foam cap with good lacing. A light bread nose with a hint of light grains and kettle sugars. The palate dries out after an initial hint of sweetness with grain and kettle sugars and a moderate hop accent on the finish. Medium to a shade below on the body with moderate carbonation. While not big and assertive, a very easy to drink beer.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Strong, malty aroma has spicy and hoppy undertones. Pours a clear amber with an average pale cream head. Malty flavor has subtle notes of apple, pear and cloves and a hint of caramel. Smooth texture has typical body and average fizz.

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Photo of chinchill
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle with a BB date stamp of Dec. 2014.

A bit bland, even for a Marzen, this beer manages to have crisp, lively carbonation with a head that's a bit weak for style. Light aroma and flavor is even a tad light for style, although not the hop level. Nearly as sweet as it is bitter.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%

Yeeeah buddy. It's November and I'm reviewing an October-themed beer. I'm a rebel, don't get too close, ya might get burned, son.

Appearance (4.25) : The first thing I notice is how stable, tight knit, and steady the head is. It's a three fingered head, and is very thick, very caramelly, and just overall impressive. The body is a dead-on amber color with some orange tint. This beer is pretty clear for an Oktoberfest, but not overly so. I'd say about 30% opacity. I'm giving it a 4.25 for appearance, it's rather beautiful.

Aroma (3.75) : Aw yes, Autumn is coming back to me again despite that there's snow on the ground. When you smell this beer, whether it's in the dead heat of summer, the blissful breath of spring, or in-season with the crunching of the leaves, you are time-warped to an autumn of your mind's choosing. Pumpkin, barley, and rice with distant hits of cinnamon. Bouquet is weak to medium strength. A good score for festivity, but the bouquet was a bit lacking in strength so instead of a 4 I'm giving it a notable 3.75.

Taste (3.75) : Again, first impressions - it is very easy drinking, particularly non-offensive, and has a spiced finish to it. Within the body is a complex mix of barley malts, wheat, roasted seeds (pumpkin), some chard, a hint of hop, with a mustard green finish. If I had a simple shot of this beer, I would think it was quite awesome. However the flavor plays itself out over the course of a few swallows, so it's not exciting anymore once you're about 1/3 of the way done. After the interest wears off, you mostly taste hop and sordid pumpkin.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : it's creamy and adequately carbonated, a bit of a soda fizz to it, being light bodied and ending sort of dry. Adequate.

Overall (3.78) : Hey, it's not a bad pumpkin beer. It just spreads out way too thin over the first few drinks and then gets tiring. A lot of beers fall to this fate I'm afraid, so it's not uncommon - but it should be. If you get a chance to try Bob's 47 from Boulevard, don't skip it. It's a decent beer, worthy of your opinion.

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Photo of REGreenBTRB
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

A: 4 - Pours a beautiful amber color with minimal head.

S: 3 - Malt, minimal hops. Very mild scent.

T: 3 - You taste a lot of the malt, and the hops are much more present than they were on the nose. It is a nice balance between the two. There's really not too much there in my opinion. I haven't had many Oktoberfest beers, so I'm a little uneducated on the style, but this isn't particularly blowing me away.

M: 4 - Medium body, quite carbonated. Very drinkable.

O: 3.5 - It's enjoyable, but again, really nothing to remember in my opinion; a C beer.

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Bob's '47 Oktoberfest from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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