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Bob's '47 Oktoberfest | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Bob's '47 OktoberfestBob's '47 Oktoberfest

Brewed by:
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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Photo of DelMontiac
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

October is around the bend and you know what that means - grab your standby Marzenbiers and seek out some new ones while you can get 'em.

Bob's '47 hit the glass in a nice shade crystal clear amber/orange. Seems well-carbonated, but the 0.25" white head is not tight. It's fizzy and disappears like a fart in the wind. Lace is {0}. Yes, the null set indeed.

The aroma is faint, but there's a sweet bread caramel malty character.

Nothing high-flying in the taste dept. Mostly toasty bread crusts, lightly malted, and mild hop character. For me, marzens either have zing or they don't. This one does not. Not bad, but not special.

I do like the feel of this beer. It's not quite full-bodied, but it's close. You could drink a few of these with the help of good company.

Overall, this is your old standard marzenbier with no twists to stay true to the style which is probably what they're shooting for. Good session brew in the spirit of Fall.

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Photo of iabeerbaron
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this brew on many occasions on our trip down to Kansas City, MO. Nice amber pour with a medium sized white head. Nice malt aroma with a bit of the hop presence at the end. Flavor is slightly malty with a nice hop finish. Not as flavorful as some Octoberfests out there but it can get the job done.

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

Grabbed a 12 pack of this tonight at the local liqour store, hadn't realized until today that it was out. Excited about it, I can add to my Boulevard label collection and try a new beer, a new marzen/oktoberfest beer. Very excited. Side poured with standard vigor from a bottle into the glass.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful copper color with a nice two finger head that lingers for a minute or two. Leaves good lacing and shows a good amount of carbonation inside the glass. Like the packaging and the story behind the beer as well.

Smell - Bread crusts, toasty malts, and a nice hop kick in the middle and end. A light orange note, citrus note. Really inviting smell.

Taste - A lot like the taste, with a nice malty sweetness and toasty bread character up front, with the hops and citrus coming through more in the middle and towards the finish. A good caramel malt backbone. Really nice taste, really enjoyed it.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, sweet, good carbonation level and a little under medium bodied. The finish makes it seem so easy to drink a dozen or so of these. Dangerously smooth.

Overall - I would absolutely recommend this beer. Try it, buy it, drink it! Good oktoberfest beer, I would like to take this to some friends outside Boulevards distribution area and see what they think. Tasty!

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Photo of bsp77
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Dimpled Mug.

Appearance: Clear copper-orange with quickly settling white head.

Smell: Spicy noble hops, some grassiness, cherry, and light toast.

Taste: The spicy hops are fairly apparent upfront with some straw and cherry mixed in. There is a sweet core underneath composed of caramel and light biscuit. The spiciness lingers on the finish.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium-light body. Mostly dry finish that is kinda tingly.

Overall: Above average Marzen that really hits the spot. However, the tingly mouthfeel and slightly odd balance hamper it slightly.

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

(Served in a dimple mug)
bottled 12/31/11

A- This beer pours a deep copper hued crystal clear body with a bubbly off-white head that soon breaks up and a racing carbonation pushing to the surface.

S- The clean soft dry malt hint gives way to a slightly sulfury Noble hop bitterness that grows as the beer opens up.

T- The dry slightly toasted malt has some Munich hints to it but fades to a dry green Noble hop bitterness with little hop flavor. There is some caramel malt notes the come thru in the dry finish and a sulfury flavor that grows as the beer warms.

M- The light mouthfeel is crisp with a fizz that coats the mouth and grows really big enhancing the bitterness but losing other flavors.

O- This beer is almost astringent it is so dry in the finish and although it is well lagered the malt is hidden behind the bitterness and big fizz.

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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 variety...it 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 SkeeterHawk
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked this beer up at the 1960 and Cutten Spec's a couple weeks ago. A little late in the season to see an Oktoberfest, but I am always excited to see any new O-Fest I haven't tried. Let's see what this particular offering from Boulevard has to offer.

Appearance: Pours a very clear slightly orange-amber color with a small 1/4" head of off white bubbles after a pretty aggressive pour. The head faded to a pretty substantial ring where the beer meets the glass. There are a few bubbles rising, but they seem to only stick for a few seconds once they make it to the top.

Aroma: The aroma in this beer is pretty much like I would expect it to be. Mostly toasty notes from Munich malt and some mild light caramel sweetness, some bread crusts, and a subtle noble hop character in the background providing background support and adding fresh complexity. As the beer warms up some, the toasty notes soften up and leave the light caramel and mild hops in the nose primarily.

Taste: The flavor has significantly more bitterness from the hops than the aroma let on. There is a pretty significant slug of toasty sweetness to hit you in the beginning of the sip, but then the dryness from the attenuation and the hops take over and lead you into the finish. In the very end, there is a little bit of relief from the hops, but this isn't until late. The carbonation is ample for the style, but the body is a little light, so it comes across feeling a bit thin on the palate.

Opinion: I was diging this beer until I got to the drinking part. It isn't bad, but the balance is a little off for the style. It is OK for a commercial beer, and I wouldn't mind drinking it again as it definitely IS drinkable. I just really enjoy Hacker Pschorr O-Fest, which is practically like a milkshake in flavor and mouthfeel. This beer is a long way from that, but still a decent attempt at the style and one worth trying out if you get a chance.

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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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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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Bob's '47 Oktoberfest from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.73 out of 5 based on 664 ratings.
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