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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: 268
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 BuckeyeNation


3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden Bock is actually midway between orange and amber. The newspaper colored cap barely reached one finger on the pour and doesn't have the world's greatest texture. Persistence is average and glass coverage is worse than average. Not a great start.

The nose is helles-like. That is, it's mostly pale malty, with hints of toasted-earthy malt and very little hoppiness. Not a standout, but then there are no real negatives.

Boss Tom's hits the taste buds the same way. This is a well-brewed lager that is par for the style course and is nicely drinkable if you're a fan of maibocks. It's also more hoppy (or at least more bitter) than most, even though we're now two seasons removed from the release.

Flavors include toasted crackery malt with a microthin layer of steely caramel, along with hints of bitter grass and tea leaves. There's a little underlying sweetness, but bitterness stays in the lead from entry to exit. It's almost like the bitterness of tonic water rather the bitterness of hops. It's an odd take on the style.

The mouthfeel has probably taken a hit. It's on the thin side (why so few malt sugars?) and the bubbles are slightly harsh and stinging rather than soft and caressing. It is entirely possible that things were different back in the spring.

Boss Tom's Golden Bock is a pretty decent maibock from the folks at Boulevard. While this will never be one of my favorite styles, the balanced nature of this spring seasonal is a pleasant surprise. Purists and bock lovers may disagree.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 12:22:39 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of BEERchitect


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

A sweetly, malty forward Maibock that qualifies well as compared to good authentic German versions.

A bright yellow, light golden beer releases a liquid but creamy dainty head that reduces to a blanket across the beer then holding firm. Light on lacing, the beer has an elegant and pure appearance.

A spicy and flowery aroma also shows sweet grain scents with herbal and lightly minty notes. Apples and pear acidity tickle the nose.

Malty sweet grains give the early flavors in a nearly syrup fashion. Flowery, spicy, and herbal hop flavors lead to a balancing bitterness that barely accomplish its goal. The beer is decisively malty and sweet. But with enough hop and grain complexity, the beer pulls off an elegant and balanced flavor profile.

Cracker-like in feel, the beer has a crisp, clean, and drying character late, but with a sweeter, grainier, extended middle palate setting.

A delicious beer with a lot of ill-tempered nuances that come together just in time for this beer. Not an easy colleciton of flavors to juggle or balance.

Thanks again BlueOkie!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 06:06:58 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of russpowell


4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 02:51:21 | More by russpowell
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 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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 22:33:13 | More by Mora2000
Photo of zeff80


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

A - Poured out a clear, very bubbly, golden-yellow color with a three-finger head of off-white foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of tons of caramel and sweet malt. It had a floral nose.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel with a sharp, grassy bitter hop bite. It had malty backbone

M - It was crisp and very sharp with a dry finish. A light bodied lager that is very easy drinking.

D - This is a really good Maibock. I'm glad Boulevard made a style that is relatively rare and they've done a great job with it.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 23:22:22 | More by zeff80
Photo of mactrail


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

Attractive golden amber in the chalice. Decent head and a pleasant mouth feel with crisp, sparkling flavors on the tongue. Hops are fairly forward. Tastes better after refreshing the glass and warming a bit. Candy aroma, sweet smack on the lips, and a bitter taste comes along in the aftertaste. Not exactly suave, there is a roughness to the stuff and the bitterness is a little beyond the style.

Seems right for the general idea, and quite drinkable for a bold quaff, though I prefer the cheap and tasty Hofbrau Bock from Trader Joes.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 05:17:22 | More by mactrail
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 barleywinefiend


3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear golden-yellow with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Caramel, floral and sweetness plus grains

T: Caramel, grain, grass and some floral notes

M: Crisp, sharp, lighter bodied

D: Average to good for the style but not one I would seek out

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 02:08:51 | More by barleywinefiend
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 Bighuge


3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden body. Thin and wispy off white head. Lace comes in sporadic rings. Malty aroma. Flavor is malty. On the bready and biscuity side of the malt spectrum. Not overly rich, but solid enough. Medium-full body with farily active carbonation for a maibock. Nothing here that begs a lot of attention, but it's decent enough.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 01:54:05 | More by Bighuge
Photo of glid02


3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 01:40:27 | More by glid02
Photo of Tone


3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of pale malt, yeast, slight sweet malt, slight citrus, hint of honey, and slight clove. Fits the style of a Maibock / Helles Bock. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, grain, yeast, slight citrus, slight pale hop, and slight sweet malt as it warms. Overall, good body, aroma, and blend. If any complaints, the grain flavor was a little too strong.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 21:06:18 | More by Tone
Photo of beertunes


3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by date of 6/12/11. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear, medium-dark gold color with 1/2 inch of white head that had low retention and no lacing.

The aroma was mostly sweet, grain and some yeast spiciness. The flavors were very similar, mostly sweet grains and that touch of yeast.

The body was OK, although a bit too thick and sticky for my tastes. Drinkability was good but not great. Overall, a nice beer, nothing special, nothing terrible. Worth a shot if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 22:35:30 | More by beertunes
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 twiggamortis420


4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 03:18:21 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of ZAP


3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Always excited to try a new Boulevard product. This is an interesting little maibock....drinks more like a Muncih Helles..

Great looking beer...clear, clean, bright gold...

Smell is malty with a lot of pils malt.

Nice clean malt flavor...light spicy alcohol kick at the end...

Body is lighter than most maibocks...drinks much easier and quicker....carbonation is pretty amped up...not excessive but high...

Nice flavorful clean drinking German style lager...not quite big enough for my liking for the style but a good beer none-the-less....I don't think this compares to SN Glissade as a Maibock...but this is a good beer...just more of a clean drinker than a sweeter, stickier maibock...

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 22:36:25 | More by ZAP
Photo of scruffwhor


3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my folks for picking this beer up for me, along with many others on their trip to Arkansas.

Clear, and pale sunshine color with average bubbling. Not much in the way of head or foam.

Medium toasted grain, biscuits and syrupy crackers. Hops add some cut grass to the mix for balance.

Very crisp and mildly toasted cracker, biscuit, and bread crust malt taste. Hops clean the palate a little with some added earthy grass and Earthen flavors.

Great session Boack that makes me think of late Spring... in the evening with friends... while its raining and we are hanging out in my garage.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 22:58:25 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of flagmantho


3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: crystal clear light golden hue with a thin finger of white foam. Head retention is pretty low, but the overall appearance is pretty appetizing.

Smell: slightly grainy malt aroma with a little bit of sweet, complex fruitiness just barely coming through. Not bad.

Taste: similar to the aroma, only with slightly more fruity complexity. It's a bit grainy and basic for me, however. Hops are slightly bitter and bring a nice bite toward the end. Overall, it's not bad, but it could be better.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a nice level of carbonation. Not creamy, but there's a nice fizzy bite which makes it rather refreshing.

Drinkability: quite refreshing and drinkable. I would gladly have a few of these outdoors on a nice sunny day.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 03:18:15 | More by flagmantho
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 22:11:49 | More by LiquidAmber
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 mynie


3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty golden, the brilliant translucence of a vase made of fancy gold glass. And, goodness, what a head.

Smells a little weedier than I am accustom to, but there's plenty of bockmalt zippiness to go around. Kinda like a combination between a kolsch and a very light, very gold bock.

Flavor starts off with the bubbly mineral nodes of a good summer-sippin' blonde or kolsh. This quickly turns into the sweet biscuit and long, lightly alcoholic caramel nodes you'd expect in a bock, but these go away nearly as quickly as they come and are replaced with a blonde weediness, which ends on a lightly buttery note of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 05:35:21 | More by mynie
Photo of Reidrover


3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

6 pack from Fred Meyer, N.Salem. $7.99 Pretty straight forward golden clear beer with a small white head/lace. Aroma, bready,hay like grassy hop. Taste is like the aroma ,but with a good dose of caramel chewiness..sweet but well balanced in the end by a sharp hop grassiness. Nice on the palate..the carbonation is just right. Overall a very nice heller bock.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 17:17:34 | More by Reidrover
Photo of emmasdad


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

Pours from the bottle a crisp, clean golden color, with a nice frothy white head. On the nose, I get a very subtle floral hoppy note, but mostly sweet, bready malt. Pretty straightforward flavors here, more sweet, bready malt, caramel and a hint of hoppiness. Nicely carbonated, quite refreshing. A nice example of the style, pretty good on a dreary Colorado spring afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 15:04:56 | More by emmasdad
Photo of WoodBrew


3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 04:12:23 | More by WoodBrew
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Boss Tom's Golden Bock from Boulevard Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.