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Boss Tom's Golden Bock - Boulevard Brewing Co.

Boss Tom's Golden BockBoss Tom's Golden Bock

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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.22%

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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Photo of BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

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

On tap at iTap, Chesterfield, Mo.
Clear golden yellow color with short white head. Foam recedes quickly, leaving thin stringy lace. Lighter color than I was expecting. Light malt aroma, grainy or cereal sweetness, minimal hops smell.
Taste has lots of malty sweetness, biscuit and caramel flavors.
Medium towards light body and carbonation, smooth and easy to drink. No problems, tasted great on a hot afternoon.
Decent beer all around, no complaints but have had better, more flavor-filled marzens.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2011 18:00:49 | More by BigBry
Photo of Bitterbill


4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my notes of June 6, 2010:

I found this today at the local Old Chicago.

It poured a clear straw gold colour with a good 1" head of foam and had some good lacing.

The smell was a bit difficult. Not much sprung out at me to identify but it smelled slightly toasty, had some sweet malt notes, and very minimal bitterness.

The taste had light earthy malt and toasted malt, maybe a hint of nuts, toffee, and some sweet and grainy malt presence. I liked the general sticking to style and found it an easy drinker despite my finding it weird to see a Bock so light in colour.

The mouth feel was nice....medium bodied with the same for the carbonation.

Drinkability? I found it very easy to down the 2 pints I had. A tasty example of a Bock.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2010 12:23:52 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of champ103


2.93/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color. A two finger white head forms, but recedes in a second. Light spotty lace is left behind.
S: I do not get anything in the nose. Light pale malts and a grainy, cereal sweetness.
T: Pale malts again. Sweet caramel malt. Plenty of bread and biscuit flavors. A large yeast presents as well.
M/D: A light to medium body. Crisp carbonation. Not hard to drink. I finished my pint with no problems, and could quaff a few more if need be.

For the most part this is just kind of bland. Though not really bad. Just inoffensive. Not something I would recommend, but not the worst thing ever.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2010 05:21:48 | More by champ103
Photo of abrand


3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New tap at the local pub. Poured into a pint glass.

The Boss Tom's pours a slightly hazy golden color which is very bright. A nice foamy head bubbles over the top and leaves some good lacing. Smell is very subtle but some nice malts and hops make up the nose. Taste is slightly watery but a nice hop finish. Some citrus complexity in the middle but not much else going on with this. Mouthfeel is watery and light bodied. Drinkability is middle of the road. I did drink a couple of these with dinner but may skip the next time.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2010 02:39:35 | More by abrand
Photo of beergoot


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

Nice, dark gold color with a lingering white head. Cereal and light malt aroma with a slight, freshly cut grass hop aroma. Decent, light malt and hop flavor combination with a stronger alcohol presence throughout the taste. Crisp, clean, dry mouthfeel; medium-light body.

A solid bock beer with a definite alcohol edge in the flavor department.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 02:16:26 | More by beergoot
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not my favorite action from boulevard, whos smokestack series is unreal, but their regular lineup doesn't always impress me. this pours a clear golden color with an average white head, not really showing much carbonation or character. the nose is simple, sweeter golden malt, light toast, and a german or Czech style hop profile, which is just slightly bitter, but not enough to overcome the malty sweet. I would like to see some more hops in this, even for a bock, its out of balance. it also doesn't have the grain depth and complexity of the better bocks around. this is clearly a mass appeal dumbing down of the style. not particularly interesting, but its very easy drinking. super clean feel, despite the sugar, and good enough carbonation. this might be my least favorite beer from these guys, who usually go above and beyond, this one underwhelms.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 19:36:48 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of vette2006c5r


3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Boss Tom's Golden Box pours a clear golden color, with a small lacing head. The aromas has a sharpness, and soapiness. The taste has a crisp clean slightly sweet malty taste. Pretty weak flavors, but still crisp and clean. Overall a okay maibock, clean and crisp and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 01:58:50 | More by vette2006c5r
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

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 01:43:41 | More by mfnmbvp
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 19:17:59 | More by rlee1390
Photo of Jacurdy60


3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a pale/clear golden color with a white, carbonated head that retains fairly well. Appearance is unimpressive as it even looks watered down

S-Malted barley, dry wheat bread, and sweet caramel with faint notes of peppery spice and floral hops

T-Caramel malts, dry wheat bread with a twinge of zesty spice in the finish

MF-Overcarbonated and a bit watered down. Finishes dry with an unimpressive body

O-Not bad. But not great either. This is an average brew that is underwhelming as none of the notes are too pronounced and too subtle. I would like it a lot more if the body was thicker.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 02:18:05 | More by Jacurdy60
Photo of garymuchow


3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well within the best by date.
Smallish white head. Very clear dark golden color.
Grainy sweet malt aroma, with soft melanoidans.
Full mouthfull of malt. Soft and fluffy feel from the carbonation. Melanoidans are a little stronger here, but never strong, just pleasing. Still with some grainy character. Very mild hopping although a touch or two shows here and there. As warms some caramel appears. A small of amount of drying on the finish.
This is a lighter version and a nice drinking bock in which a couple would not be much of an issue. I think it's a little lower rated because of it lower abv and softer flavors. I look favorably on these things.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 00:52:01 | More by garymuchow
Photo of GossageBrewery


3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this Maibock from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This Golden Bock poured a hazy golden amber color, produced an average head, below average retention and it left little lacing on the glass. The aroma of this ale has a base of pale malted grain, and only mild hops. Light in body, this Maibock had a foundation of toasted malted grain, some slight hints of sweet caramel, and for the style, very nicely hopped. The finish was bitter, more so then i expected. Decent take on a traditional beer style, more hops then you would normally expect. Got to love American Craft Breweries, always adding their own twists. Great session beer, good intro into American craft beer. Success. Prost!


Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 19:19:58 | More by GossageBrewery
Photo of ElCommodoro


4.38/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 03:11:34 | More by ElCommodoro
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 13:18:04 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of WithinTheGlass


4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 01:48:44 | More by WithinTheGlass
Photo of drabmuh


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

Served in a Boulevard glass because I can. Beer is amber and clear with moderate and steady carbonation, nice looking.

Aroma is subtle but nice, yeasty and malty. I like it.

Beer is medium in body, sweet and yeasty, nice finish, easy drinking, a very nice little bock. I drank several and would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 15:42:54 | More by drabmuh
Photo of EagleTalon


3.8/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 23:13:26 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of mschind


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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date 7-1-12.

A- Litlte to no head retention. Pale clear light amber color.

S- Clean malt sweetness with a hint of apple. No discernible hops.

T- Subdued malt sweetness with that same apple note as in the nose. No bitterness to balance things out.

M- Thin and watery. Carbonation is ok.

O- Maybe this was too close to the best by date but I found it to be bland. Drinkable, no off flavors just not very satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 20:13:47 | More by mschind
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 15:27:07 | More by secondtooth
Photo of matjack85


3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 06:48:56 | More by matjack85
Photo of Husker318

4.28/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 03:04:38 | More by Husker318
Photo of steveh


3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulevard beers are back in my area and I guess it's time to start revisiting them... even if there are styles that weren't available back in the late '80s -- including a favorite style like this one.

Plain as anyone would want ink-jetted on the bottle neck: Best by 07/01/12.

A -- Clear, deep gold color with a firm white head.

S -- Mild DMS up front, some yeasty breadiness eeking through.

T -- Mild caramel up front with some spicy hops in the middle and a good overall crackery breadiness. Finishes lightly hoppy spicy and bitter. Lingering yeasty breadiness in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a light-medium body.

O -- The first hit of caramel in the flavor threw me off, but it doesn't hold up and the crackeriness with lightly spicy hops hold this beer to style and save it. Certainly worth a try for any Maibock lover.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 21:14:49 | More by steveh
Photo of rfbenavi80


3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looking forward to trying another Boulevard Seasonal.
Bottle best by 7-01-12. Bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A- With an aggressive pour this beer pours a very clear golden yellow, with lots of foamy white head that lingers a while and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass. It looks like it will be very refreshing.

S- Nice bready, malty smell, biscuits. Some mild grassiness in the back.

T- Crisp and refreshing. Nice malty sweetness, some mild hop flavor in the end. Finishes clean.

M- Light to medium body, nicely carbonated.

O- Another pleasing seasonal from Boulevard. Easily a nice late spring session beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 09:55:57 | More by rfbenavi80
Photo of intensify


3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- 2 finger head with soapy characteristics. Fast retention and a fair amount of lacing.

S- Nutty, biscuity and bready. Hints of honey and cracked pepper. Reminds me a lot of Fat Tire.

T- Buttery/bready taste almost overpowers everything else. Also, a strong hint of honey.

M- Medium bodied with strong carbonation.

O- Not bad. If you like Fat Tire by New Belgium Brewing then you'll like this.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 06:25:45 | More by intensify
Photo of barnzy78


3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours golden with excellent clarity, white head dissipates rather quickly while leaving some scattered lacing on the glass. Aromas are grassy, biscuity, fruity, lager yeast. Tastes are fruity, sour grape, apple, grass, with slight bitterness on the finish with a tingle on the tongue. Body is thin with modest carbonation. Overall, good bock beer here, but nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 18:30:11 | More by barnzy78
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Boss Tom's Golden Bock from Boulevard Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.