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Boss Tom's Golden Bock - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: bort11 on 03-10-2010)
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

sgttibbs, Apr 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

IrishTank, May 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

jharris0624, Nov 13, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +24.4%

This is an excellent maibock. Best one I've ever had. American maibocks I've had in the past are often over-hopped, but this one is superbly balanced. A delicious and refreshing mixture of hops, malt, and yeast. All in moderation, but interesting at the same time. At $4.99/ 6-pack this was an excellent deal. I highly suggest it for an overall well-rounded beer of any style.

ElCommodoro, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of jmbranum
4.35/5  rDev +23.6%

Tasted from a bottle poured into a rocks glass.

Pretty golden-amber colored liquid. Clear with slight head.

Very slight malty aroma. Flavor is pretty malty for the style but balanced. Some coppery-notes. Wheat. Hops in the background, but they are there. Much more substance to this beer than one might assume. Relatively high ABV (6%+) I'm sure helps. Mouthfeel is pleasant and full. Not too thin.

Overall I good drinking beer. Reminds me some of Celis Pale Bock from back in the day. I really like it.

jmbranum, Jun 10, 2010
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4.28/5  rDev +21.6%

For a guy with a History degree from a University in Kansas City, I must admit that I bought this beer based upon name alone. A name born from the man who made Kansas City, former post-Depression political boss Tom Pendergast.

This beer goes down very smooth with a pleasing flavor and somewhat bold finish. Outside of their Smokestack series beers, to me this is one of their best. I prefer it to the all-too-popular Boulevard Pale Ale, as I see it falling somewhere between the Pale and Dark Truth Stout on my list of Boulevard's best.

Husker318, May 06, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +21.6%

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Deep golden color with two fingers worth of head. Very little lacing.

Smell- Malt, bread, and a slight bit of grassiness.

Taste- Bread-like malt flavor with some sweetness. Just a hint of hops at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and crisp with a mildly dry finish.

Overall- This is one of my favorite beers of spring. It is very refreshing and highly enjoyable.

scratch69, Mar 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Reed, Apr 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Darles_Chickens, Apr 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

tock_oh, Jun 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

woogie359, May 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Fakexican, Jul 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

RichH55, May 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

WhiskeeTango, Apr 11, 2014
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4.22/5  rDev +19.9%

This is a light colored beer to be sure. I pour from a 12oz bottle into a Hennepin chalice and see clear, golden beer and a small white head. Lacing is small.

The nose is light and bread-like with a hint of herbaceousness. Clean is my first choice of adjectives.

Flavors are also quite clean but with more grain and a nice tangy/grassy flavor.

Mouthfeel is pleasant and dry with enough carbonation to be noticed.

Drinkability is very high (yes I continue to rate on this criterion despite the change and the fact my spellcheck doesn't recognize it), especially for the ABV of 6+ percent.

Overall I would rate this very high especially for the price.


meeekyh, Apr 30, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +19.3%

12 oz bottle with a best by stamp of 07/01/10, Pours a crystal clear golden color with a fluffy off-white foam. Retention is average and does not leave much, if any lacing.

Nose is somewhat muted, but what is there is honeyed malts and noble, grassy hops. Pretty nice.

Taste is very nice as a significant amount of sweetness comes through, keeps the toastiness low and lets the hops do the bittering on the finish. Bready and biscuity lending a full, creamy mouthfeel with a notable lager yeast taste. I like it, it is quite possibly the best helles bock I have had made in the US of A. Has a touch of wheat crispness and tang in there as well. Not much negative I can say about the Boss, a rather tasty brew from KC.

twiggamortis420, Jun 01, 2010
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4.15/5  rDev +17.9%

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

russpowell, Mar 17, 2010
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4.13/5  rDev +17.3%

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Clear deep gold. White head that recedes to an even film, wide lines of foamy lacing initially.

Aroma: Malts, barley, sweetness throughout, faint grass, hops.

Taste: Quite malty and sweet up front. A subtle grassiness sneaks in the middle with a balancing hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and creamy. Very drinkable.

Overall: A delicious beer, easy to drink more than one.

JuicesFlowing, Mar 25, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +17.3%

Poured a lovely and crystal clear golden color, with a moderate head that faded quickly to a small layer. Gorgeous.

Aroma is mainly sweet malt. There is a hint of hop aroma, but it takes a back seat to the clean and crisp base malt smell. Earthy, husky smell is very appetizing.

Flavor is reminiscent of the aroma. Very malty, grainy and earthy. There is more bitterness than the aroma would suggest. A small hint of hop flavor peeks through, but only to play peek-a-boo and hide again. This is malt forward, crisp, clean, and tasty. Slight carbonic bite actually makes the beer even easier to drink. Nothing complex here, nor should there be. Boulevard does well with clean beers, and this one is no exception.

Mouthfeel is pretty full, yet is cut by the carbonation. It's very easy to drink, even at 6.1%.

This is nicely done. As with many clean lagers, the "eleventy jillion percent, infinity IBU or it sucks" crowd will pooh-pooh it, but it is a well made maibock. Worthy addition to the seasonal lineup, and worth seeking out.

jokelahoma, Mar 21, 2010
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4.13/5  rDev +17.3%

Pours a golden color with nice carbonation that keeps the head at a small but consistent size.
Smells malty like one would expect from a bock, but considering its a pale bock, only the taste will tell.
Taste is very nice! Most American maibocks tend to be a little lacking these days, but this one reminds me of my favorite, Hofbrau's Maibock.
A great beer!

Try this one if you like maibocks.

Spineypanda, Jul 15, 2010
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4.08/5  rDev +15.9%

Been buying 6 packs of this Bock on sale at a local place... Hits the spot every time!

A- While nothing stands out as special about the look of this beer, it does manage to be quite tantalizing. The label (complete with a goat and stocks of grain) is well designed, and the libation itself is a lovely golden brown with a very faint amber hue.

S- Slightly skunky with an overwhelming malt aroma... hops take the backseat, but are definitely present. A good smelling beer, but nothing special.

T- This is where the beer shines! The taste is absolutely wonderful... Crisper and more bitter than their Wheat beer, but less intense than some stronger Bocks I've tried. The hops and the malts truly work together to create a one-of-a-kind taste. Very crisp and satisfying.

M- The only things that stand out about the mouthfeel are the zingy bite and the foamy finish. Not fantastic, but just about perfect for this brew.

O- Boss Tom's Golden Bock is the perfect brew for those of us who seek a refreshing summer beer without resorting to the adjunct filled rubbish we see everyone else drinking. A perfect union of hops, malts and carbonation make this the obvious choice for summer refreshment.

WithinTheGlass, Jun 22, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +15.9%

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass.

This is my first maibock so I don't have anything to compare other than the standard. I like this beer's flavor and strong but not overbearing body. Another good Boulevard product.

Pours a clear pale amber color. White head, 1.5 fingers, pretty fluffy, but short lived. Aroma is crisp and clean, base malt smell with a hint of hop aroma. Earthy, husky smell is very appetizing. Nice full body balanced by the carbonation. Finish is slick and abrupt. It's very easy to drink, even at 6.1%.

mikeborglum, Apr 04, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev +14.5%

pours a very transparent golden color with a white head that dissipates quickly. reminds me a lot of an adjunct lager or malt liquor in appearance, soapy white head that disappears quickly.

I really didn't get much out of the smell at all, maybe some sweetness.

taste is very sweet with sweet malts up front, and some bright tangy hops to finish. a fairly tasty beer.

lively and brilliant in the mouth, light-medium bodied and moderate carbonation.

extremely drinkable, and I plan on returning for a six pack of this because one 12oz. single didn't satisfy me.

wolfinthemirror, Apr 25, 2010
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Arherring, Apr 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Jach, Jun 21, 2014
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Boss Tom's Golden Bock from Boulevard Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.