Bob's '47 Oktoberfest | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Bob's '47 OktoberfestBob's '47 Oktoberfest

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Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: 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

Added by Todd on 08-31-2002

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Reviews: 261 | Ratings: 670
Photo of GRG1313
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a whiskey copper brown with a short white/yellow head.

Nose is nice stone fruit/malt/light toast.

Medium mouthfeel with medium/light champagne type of carbonation.

Flavors are layered - front palate is a quick hit of malt that immediately goes to a rich grapefruit hop and burnt toast. Not a lot of spice in the front palate but some spicy "Octoberfest" character in mid-palate and the light pepper and clove flavors develop.

A pine bitter finish.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head with poor retention on clear amber orange body. No lacing really.

S: earthy hops with grains and musty malts. hint of caramel.

T: Nice spice notes which are mild and therefore not overdone. This one is fairly medicinal and metallic, especially in the finish. Up front barley and malts. a little tart and sour but bareable.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Fairly drinkable. The finish hurts this one a little. I am not a big fan of the style and this one wouldnt be a regular for me.

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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 BEERchitect
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A boldly caramelly Vienna-Marzen style German lager with deeply caramelized toffe and premiere nutty flavor. Reminds me a lot of the Cracker Jacks candied popcorn that I used to buy at baseball games.

Toffee and caramelized peanuts lead the aromas past the thwart of graininess, butterscotch, and bread crusts. Low on hops, esters, and sulfurs, the beer's scent is purely of compelex malty goodness.

A deep chesnut color releases an effervescent and loosely knit, bubbly head (kinda uncharacteristic for a Vienna or Oktoberfest). Short lived, the ample carbonation is unable to refuel the head that is needed to retain the creaminess that is deserving of the style. Though the beer is nearly bright, it just lacks the life of a Vienna.

Flavors closely mirror the malts with an emphasis on toffee-caramels, fresh baked bread crusts, and a buttery-nutty flavor that is much more an attribute than a deterant. Herbal hops give a subtle variant in flavor and a slight hop bitterness to buffer against the grain; but the beer is ultimately a caramelly beer.

Much more attenuated than it should be (and with the wrong grain bill) the beer is much more crisp and fleeting than malty and smooth. Bitterness (from hops and grain) give light harshness that detracts from moutfeel. The beer needs more creaminess early, and a soothing lightened texture late- just doesn't exist here.

The beer has a lot going for it in aroma and flavor (though somewhat one-dimensional). But the mouthfeel really takes a backseat to both the beer's flavor and to the style.

Thanks BlueOkie!

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Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a large-bubbled head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Malty and slightly sweet with a touch of hops - surprisingly complex for a Helles

Taste: Starts with a graham cracker/bready maltiness that is joined by a subtle hop presence, mid-palate; the finish is slightly sweet and malty

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a full dose of carbonation

Drinkability: Normally, I don't care much for lagers but this is one I would be drinking over and over if it were regularly available in my area; doesn't really fit the Helles Lager profile as it has elements of Vienna Lager, Munich Dunkel and Oktoberfest; really outstanding marriage of several styles

Thanks, beerhandy, for this eye-opener

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Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper color with good clarity. Lots of ascending bubbles of carbonation, with an initial two finger head. It dies down a little prematurely though.

Aroma starts off with buttery toffee and grains, and later becomes a touch earthy or vegetal. Not especially pronounced.

Flavors of caramel malt, some underlying bitterness, husky grain. Not all that memorable, but it's simplicity works in it's favor. Well carbonated and probably sessionable, but I had to reach for something else after one.

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Photo of zeff80
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a clear, cooler colored body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Toasty malt, lightly sweet caramel, and some herbal hops in the background.

T - Toasty bread and dry toffee up front. Some more dry bread in the middle and a finish of dry, grainy malt, light herbal hops, and a touch of fruity, red apple character that lingers on the palate.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not bad, a little bland but within expectations for the style, not much else to say about this one.

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Photo of chinchill
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
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 Kegatron
2.93/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to Monkeyknife for the hook up with this in a locals trade.

Pours a clear coppery amber with a finger of off-white foamy head. A slim fizzy layer of retention leaves back some decent lacing that slowly slides down the sides of the glass. Unfortunately I get half way through the glass and the carbonation already looks dead. The aroma is a pungent smelling blend of bread, citric tang, and sticky caramel sweetness that is just coming on a little too strong for my tastes.

The taste is much the same but still fairs a little better with bready caramel sweetness, citrus, and a hop profile that comes on way too strong in the finish. The whole thing just comes off as too bitter and tangy to me. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly sharp carbonation and a bit of a slicker feel that rides underneath it, as well as some alcohol beef.

Hmmm, I wish had something better to say about this Boulevard offering I have to admit that this was probably thee most mediocre of the O-Fests that I tried this season. It tries to come on too strong (and sometimes a bit artificial) with what it's got and just didn't sit well with me.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Flying Saucer, Little Rock, AR

A: Light coppery color, bit of a white head.

S: Sweet, roasty malts aroma, mild sugars.

T: Good balance of malts and hops with a touch of caramel sweetness.

M: Nice, medium body, average carbonation.

D: Nice and drinkable, but not too memorable.

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Photo of mactrail
2.41/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Warm amber color with some big lonely bubbles and a coarse head in the tall glass.

Plain caramel flavor with some dirty hops. A hint of butter. Bitterish twang for the finish. Metallic smell. Unpleasant aftertaste of vegetable broth. I would call this a sub-par effort in the category.

The 12 oz bottle says "best by 12/01/12." Above that is "1101 D." So is it a year old? It has that coarse carbonation and slightly musty scent that indicates to me a beer past its prime. So they're not doing any favors with the liberal "best by" date.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.96/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 ounce pint - $5.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Clear, amber-esque body with a one-third inch of off-white foam.

Smell: Very meager nose -- one where you're sniffing and sniffing, trying to let it warm in abject hopes of a bit more of an aromatic presence, until you accidentally dip your snoot in the beer. You never get more than a sliver of malts, a scrap of hops, nothing else.

Taste: Predominately bready malts, lightly grainy and with a faint sweetness. Very low alcohol presence alongside the herbal, lightly bitter hops. Drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: For me, it falls far shy of being an ideal Oktobefest.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got fresh 9/5/09: Better taste, no cardboard, a bit of grainyness caramel, tastes better, drinks better & has better MF...

Pours an effervescent amber/copper with 2 fingers of sand colored head. No lacing or head retention

S: Breadyness & orchard fruit

t: Fruittyness (pears mostly), dryness & leafy hops up front. Slight cardboard twang as this warms, plus more apricot & a kiss of booze on the edge of the throat. Finishes dry with some spicy hops & pears

Light/medium bodied, fairly assertive carbonation

Drinks alright, getting a semi-stale vibe here. Will re-review when I can find fresher, this sample is pretty run of the mill for the style

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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. question. The balance and smoot drinkability earn decent marks for this beer. Boulevard strikes again!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

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

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of ann off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yeast, grain, and slight hops. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, slight citrus, and yeast. Overall, great flavors, good blend, but a little heavy on the hops in my opinoin.

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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 tempest
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle unfortunately is a little past its prime according to the best by stamp, but this one is still pretty tasty. It's an amber color with lacing and a sweet, almost candied aroma. The flavor mixes light bock-like licorice with nutty grains and caramel. A pinch of hops flavor and crisp, pleasant bitterness round out what is an impressive lager. Rich in flavor, not too sweet, and good for the summer.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes:

Nice pour. Chestnut, acorn..with a bit of amber. The head is nice looking at first but dies down. Average lacing

Nutty aroma up front but the hops are not shy here. Sweet caramel and very ripe apples.

The hops are the balancing force here. I'm guessing the Noble should be...with the sharp green grassiness and light citrus. But the malt is what I'm looking for. It seems they put in a ton of malt just to counteract the hops. That is, it seems the hops were the first ingredient (well, besides water) and they said, 'oh snap...we need more malt'. Caramel and toasted bread, some light apple. Nutty. Somewhat grainy, not as clean as I would like.

While this may be a better-than-average marzen, it's still a nice beer.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice orange hue with a completely clear body and a finger of frothy ivory foam. I like it.

Smell: sweet, caramelly malt aroma. Hints of nuttiness. Hops are practically nonexistent, though, and the overall effect is imbalanced.

Taste: again, sweet and caramelly malt with very little hop character and a low bitterness which only lightly appears at the end. The hops I do get are noble and earthy in character.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and concomitant creaminess. I like it!

Overall: a decent Oktoberfest, but I don't think I'd seek it out again.

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Bob's '47 Oktoberfest from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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