Boss Tom's Golden Bock - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Boss Tom's Golden BockBoss Tom's Golden Bock

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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bort11 on 03-10-2010

Boss Tom’s Golden Bock is our seasonal offering for late spring. The smooth, soft maltiness of this traditional lager is complemented by a noticeable but restrained hop presence. The beer finishes with a lingering dryness and just a hint of caramel. The word “bock” also means “billy goat,” and images of goats are often used as a symbol of the style.

22 IBU
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Photo of brownbeer
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A golden color with some substance and a thin layer of white head.

The aroma is of soft grains, maybe some lemon and honey.

Laid back mouthfeel with soft grainy, German malt notes and a quick, mostly clean finish.

This is a light tasting, light bodied beer that fits in well for the season. Good lawn mower beer.

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is not very good, with a mix of corn, grass and grain. The flavor is more of the same, with a mix of grain and grassy hops dominating the palate. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. There are a lot of good beers from Boulevard, but I really didn't enjoy this one very much.

Photo of pat61
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am drinking this a month before its best buy date. The nose is not big. It’s clean with a hint of lightly cooked sugars and traces of light grains. It pours brilliant pale gold with a very light copper tint under a thin white head that quickly dissipates to nothing. A palate of light grains lightly seasoned with caramel and a hint of hops could benefit from a soft creamy carbonation. Medium bodied but nearly flat and the absence of a creamy head is disappointing. This beer could use more cowbell.

Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle via trade with GCurlow – thanks!

Pours a clear golden-brown color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light caramel malts with very slight hints of darker toasted malts. Also present are hints of leafy hops.

Tastes very similar to how it smells, though a good bit sweeter. Caramel malt flavors kick things off and quickly sweeten with the addition of light toasted malts. Midway through the sip the sweetness subsides a bit with the addition of earthy hops. The hops fade out quickly, fading out into a mildly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn’t have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I thought the sweetness of the malts was just a bit over the limit of what I find enjoyable but it didn’t completely destroy that limit. Worth a shot, especially if you like the style.

Photo of turamarth
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint.

Appearance: Pours a nice caramel golden color. This might be the clearest Boulevard product I've seen. This had a big of slightly off white fluffy head that receded pretty quick, not a lot of lacing. Not bad.

Smell: Some grassy hops start off this lager. Followed by some sweet pear juices. A tiny hint of candied fruits. Other than that, there's not much.

Taste: Some really nice malt going on here. More pear juices, and other fruits. Some grassyness. Dececnt.

Mouth: Bright carbonation is nice on the tongue. Pretty thin mouthfeel. Pretty standard for a lager me thinks. Doesn't coat the mouth.

Drink: This beer tastes pretty good, and with the low abv would make for a really easy session beer.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a dimple mug)
best before 07/01/12
A- This beer pours a crystal clear golden body with a sticky bubbly snow white head that last in sheets on the side of the glass and slowly slides back into the beer. There is a swirling carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The fresh sweet honey malt aroma turns nougaty as it opens up with a flinty hop bitterness coming through in the finish.

T- The clean slightly sweet malt note is followed by a green dry hop note in the finish that is almost just a bite. There is a carbonic acid taste that lingers a moment. As the beer opens a watery taste and sulfur note start to grow.

M- This beer has a light crisp fizz mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has a nice mellow sweetness with a touch of hops and a crisp mouthfeel but the sweetness is more nougat and not much malt flavor to the sweetness. The watery and sulfur taste also get in the way.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden color with an eighth of a finger of white head that immediately dissolved away into no head what-so-ever. Honestly, it looks like a BMC beer and had I not poured it myself, that’s what I’d take it for, on appearance alone.

Aroma: Not much in the aroma department either. Some subtle aromas of toasted malt and touch of hops, but really not much at all. Not doing much to change my mind that it’s not a BMC beer.

Taste: However, this beer sure as hell doesn’t taste like a BMC beer!! Strong flavors of toasted malt, immediately followed by some caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness, finished with some nicely balanced hops. Really a great tasting beer!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, crisp and very effervescent. With an ABV of 6.1%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This beer, while lacking in appearance and aroma, it more than makes up for in the taste. Delicious!!

Photo of Andyyyyyy
4/5  rDev +13.6%

A- light golden honey color with a light head.

S- smells like a bock

T- malty, corny, and overall good

Mf- syrupy but still smooth.

O- not a bad beer but too bland for my taste buds. Bock drinkers would like it!

Photo of pmcadamis
3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - This clear and vibrant gold brew has the look of your average macro lager. The head is small but persistent, and a little bit of foamy lace is left on the glass. This looks pretty damn unimpressive.

S - Ahh. So its not a macro lager after all. Denser malt and some pilsener-like saltiness are very subdued, but pleasant enough.

T - Light grainy malts and a hint of noble hops. To me, this tastes like a subdued German pils or something. This is pretty weak at first, but the finish builds on the hop tang with some almost lemon-like flavors.

M - Light bodied, slightly creamy, and moderately carbonated. This is MUCH less fizzy than BMC stuff, however. The alcohol is detectable, but not invasive. This has an almost silky lightness on the palate that is sort of creamy, but without the weight of beers that I would usually describe as such.

D - This is an easily quaffable brew, but I don't understand the relatively high rating that this has been receiving. To me it falls into a similar flavor profile as a lot of Japanese or Mediterranean lager. Definitely head and shoulders above BMC, but still a pretty basic beer. The good part is that I could drink about a million of these without really thinking about it.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz twist off bottle, mini jar "tasting glass", best by 07/01/10.

Beer a yellow several shades darker than most lagers. I didn't rouse much head on my pour but it was a bit on the gentle side. What foam there is, is of purest white.

Leafy green hops and a sweet mustiness greet the nose. Sweet corny and pils malt.

Plenty of residual sweetness for a lager in the same corny and malty way. It has a good crisp quality and the finish is a combination of noble hops and peppery alcohol. The name of this game is balance between sweet malt, crisp yeast, and spice.

Crisp and a bit bubbly and could even be more so.

This sure goes down simply enough. I think that this is the weakest Boulevard seasonal of Nutcracker, Irish Ale, and this here maibock.

Photo of secondtooth
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clean golden-amber in color, with an attractive head of off-white carbonation. Lacing seems light.

Nose is toasty and bready, like an amber or lager.

Taste is sweetly malty, with a crispy orange/lemon citrus zing at the finish. The overall effect, though is sweet and malty, rather than hoppy. A decent brew, but not a favorite.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My neighbor loves the Boulevard Brewing Co...and I am the lucky recipient of the many tasty brews he has brought back with him from his travels. The Boss Tom is another fine output by this amazing brewer. The color was golden clear with white foam and decent carbonation. the nose was not much....grain mostly. The taste however was well balanced...not much grain coming to the forefront. Very smooth and drinkable. Abosolutely give this one a try.

Photo of dbossman
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear and dark golden hue with a minimal fizzy head that dissipates to nothing; lacing is nearly non-existent

S: Fairly subdued with mostly a toasty, biscuity malt presence; a subtle lemon and tea leaf hop undertone

T: Malty, toasty, and bready up front; a touch of citrus in the back end but mostly bread, toffee, caramel, and more bread

F: A bit thin but beer does cling to the roof of the mouth quite well and the beer ends with fairly decent feel throughout

O: This is a decent, easy drinking, bready bock; nothing phenomenal here but a nice lager nonetheless

Photo of russpowell
4.16/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBD of 19 June 10

Pours an effervescent honey color with 1 finger of ivory colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness grassyness & metallic hops, plus floral hops once warm

T: Nice bready honey taste hop front, along with a touch of grainyness, plus a touch of pear. Fruittyness & honey dominate as this warms, along with some floral & citrussy hops. Finishes bready & a touch dry, with mice pear & apple fruittyness, almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Chewy & sticky fairly low carbonation

Very drinkable indeed compares favorably with SN Glissade

Photo of beragg
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours with a fairly thick head that stays. No real lacing. Very effervescent. Color is, well, golden.

Not sure how to explain the smell. lot's of co2. Might be because of the glass I used. A Pom glass was all I had. Not a lot of hop aroma.

Taste was malty, crisp. I haven't a had a lot of this style, but it was good.

The mouthfell was medium. NOt very thick but not light like an American lager.

I like it. First time I found it on the shelves here in Iowa. Since it's 6.10% I'm wondering if this is a brand new beer or one they just never sent before. Will definitely drink it again.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by date 6/9/12 (whew). Pours to a sudsy white head with good retention and lace. Color is clear gold. Aroma is sweet and malty with a slight biscuity aroma. Flavor is appropriately sweet and balanced, with the unmistakable well-rounded Munich malt coming through. Mouthfeel is medium and pleasantly sticky. Overall a decent Maibock, not special but not bad.

Photo of jsh420
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

best by 06/19/10

pours bright clear golden yellow with a 1+ finger head that left spotted lacing

smell was faint - some lightly toasted grains and earthy hops

taste was much better then the nose - bready malts balanced with the grassy hops with a little bit of lemon - very clean flavors and the malts are not too sweet which seem to be the downfall of most bocks

mouthfeel light/medium body with plenty of carbonation to give it both a crisp and creamy finish

drinkability was great and perfect on this first day of fall that reached record temps well into the 90's

Photo of SickGnar
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Darkish golden / really light amber and very bright and clear. Fluffy white head that falls fast with very minimal lacing.

S: Bready malt with some faint caramel notes. Light leafy noble hops. Something vaguely fruity going on. Overall, a zippy lager character, but not very strong.

T: Again, quite bready with a bit of biscuit too. Most of the sweetness comes across as a light fruity juiciness. Caramel notes are even more timid than in the notes. Just faint toasty hints. More golden than bock. Predominantly grassy hops have a spicy edge and balance firmly.

M: Just so-so medium body, but it does have some dextrins to chew on. Carbonation is ample. Slightly semi-sweet finish. Not crisp by any stretch, but it does have less heft than many other Maibocks.

D: Much more going on than any macrolager, and even more than a lot of micro / craft lagers. But also less robust than many maibock style beers. However, it seems to know where it is on the spectrum and pulls it off nicely.

(from notes - tasted April 2010)

Photo of SpecialK088
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle

A- this looks like carbonated apple juice or Ginger ale and I mean just like it no real head and looks very fizzy

S-smells very good sweet malt and fruit with a very subtle grassy hop note and a very slight floral quality

T-slightly sweet malt and grassy hops. Slight alcohol burn in the finish comes across alot more dry than I was expecting. Barley is very prominate in the body of the beer

M&D-medium body and a little over carbonated. Easy to drink and I could see using this as a very easy path into craft beer from macros I'll use it next time I'm easing someone in

Photo of matjack85
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL and used it as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99. The boss they're referring to is the former Kansas City political machine boss Tom Pendergast, and his picture and story are up on the neck label. No freshness date anywhere on my bottle.

The beer poured a clear light golden color and made a nice 1-finger white head, but the head dissipated in under 30 seconds and left no lacing on the glass.

Swirl and sniff as hard as I could, I couldn't coax an iota of smell out of this beer.

Sweet caramel and bready malt flavor dominate this beer. There's a hint of hops in the middle but overall the bitterness is very mild. If you like beers on the sweet side, then this one is right up your alley.

Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, and moderate in carbonation.

It could stand some more flavor, but overall it's easy to drink and very enjoyable.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from 6/2011 notes. Poured into a tumbler. Pours a light golden yellow amber. Minimal dissipating white head and no lacing. Light bock aroma, sweet malts and light hops, pleasant, but low key. Mild sweet and caramel malt, light hops. maibock flavors to style, but too understated. An satisfactory dinner beer, but too mild to be interesting. The caramel malt aftertaste grew on me as I drank this bock.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulevard Boss Tom’s Golden Bock has a thin, white head, and a mostly clear, golden color, with lots of fine particulate matter floating about, an enormous amount of streaming bubbles, and little lacing. The aroma is of sweet bread, clean water, and a touch of hops. Taste is sweet, bready, hoppy, grassy, and good. The mouthfeel is light and watery, and Boulevard Boss Tom’s Golden Bock finishes crisp, clean, easy-drinking, and refreshing. Overall, I really like this and recommend you give it a chance.


Photo of mfnmbvp
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, best by 07/01/2013. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours just under two fingers of fizzy fluffy bubbly white head. Body is a clear golden yellow with lots of bubbles rushing to the top.

S - Smell is comprised mainly of dusty earthy malts & grainy corn. Doesn't smell too much different than the Miller Lite I just drank, to be quite honest.

T - Taste follows the nose, a crisp body with the taste of extremely grainy corn kernels & earthy malts. I don't know a whole lot about this style of beer, but it seems more to me like a nicely tailored lager. There is something about this beer that I just don't enjoy though; almost a medicinal corn type aftertaste.

M - Feel is crisp, clean, with a sweet grainy finish. A nicely palatable beer.

Overall, nothing extraordinarily complex going on here, but a well-made beer nonetheless. Crisp & refreshing with a rewarding 6.10% abv which isn't noticeable at all. This has probably been the least enjoyable beer I've had from Boulevard, not one I would seek out, but remains drinkable.

Boulevard Boss Tom's Golden Bock ---3/5

Photo of rlee1390
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear yellow orange, two finger head that doesn't last long at all.

S-Straw, malt, bread, toast. Extremely malty.

T-Very malty, straw bread, caramel. No hops. Slight grass. All around mild flavors.

M-Light, not much carbonation and dry.

O-A boring beer, starting to think the style is just a boring and bland one.

Photo of TheCondor
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As Boulevard is my favorite (and hometown) brewery and I'll pretty much drink anything they offer, you know I snagged a sixer of this at the store here recently. Poured from the bottle into my Mississippi Army National Guard mug.

Appearance - Nice golden color with a small finger sized head that sticks around for a minute or two. Leaves little lacing, but looks like a refreshing, late spring beer, which is the intention.

Smell - Malty, bready, crackers, and just a hint of hoppiness.

Taste - Hits you with a strong dose of bready malts and crackers up front, then finishes nicely with a kick from the light hops. The brew is very lightly hopped, but just enough to add that balance. Very delightful indeed.

Mouthfeel - Finishes clean, just as I would expect from this kind of brew. Its' even a little on the dry side because of the hops, but I like it.

Overall - Although Bock isn't really my cup o' tea, this is a solid beer that I would certainly recommend to anyone. I likely won't buy it again, but thats not because I didn't like it. Only because I'm not a big bock drinker in general. Good brew though. As a history major, growing up and educated in this town, I have a lot of resources on Boss Tom too, interesting story if you're ever in town and want to hear it!

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Boss Tom's Golden Bock from Boulevard Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.