Saturday, September 11, 2010

Beer Review: Boulevard Brewing Company - Bob's '47 Oktoberfest

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.

Color (EBC) 29.5
Bitterness (IBUs) 27
Original Gravity (Plato) 13.6
Terminal Gravity (Plato) 2.6
Alcohol (ABV) 5.8%
CO2 - Bottles 2.6 vol. (5.1 g/L)
CO2 - Kegs 2.5 vol. (5.0 g/L)

Appearance: Pours Amber to a very light brown with a head at almost a finger. Head quickly dissipates to almost nothing. Carbonation bubbles break the stillness at the top. 

Aroma: Aroma is filled with caramel, toffee, and some nuttiness comes through. Bready notes are subdued with malt and butterscotch showing themselves.

Flavor: A very caramel malt focused beer. Toffee, butterscotch, peanuts, honey, maple syrup, and bread can all be detected. Bitterness becomes evident at the end and rounds out the high amount of sweet malt. The beer finishes lager crisp but sweet. A slight bit of noble and earthy hop flavor can be distinguished near the end. 

Mouthfeel: Medium body. with medium to high carbonation. Creamy until carbonic bite breaks it up.

Overall: Not perfectly to style if judging by BJCP standards. Rather than bready/toasty/malty grain, this beer really showcases caramel malts. Carbonation is also a bit high for the style. When looking away from style this beer is quite interesting for those who like sweeter beers. Seems to me somewhat like an english brown without the dark malts and with crisp lager characteristics. I like it and think it is one of the better offerings from Boulevard.

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