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Boss Tom's Golden Bock - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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122 Reviews
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Reviews: 122
Hads: 333
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 19.61%
Wants: 6
Gots: 17 | 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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Reviews: 122 | Hads: 333
Photo of barnzy78
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of TheCondor
3.75/5  rDev +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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Photo of scratch69
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.22/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of bnes09
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As a disclaimer, this beer was sampled about 5 months past expiration so its marks may be slightly lower than normal.

Golden, straw colored lager. Weak head with poor retention and no lacing.

Light aroma of fresh bread, dry rice and corn.

Cereal grains come through in the taste. Mild flavor of white bread. Just a hint of earthy, leafy hop character. Smooth overall and a bit musty tasting. Finish is clean with no residual flavor at all.

Light bodied with a sharp, snappy carbonation.

This stuff is just ok. Its best quality is that it is easy to drink.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle clear golden tone with a thin white head.

Aroma of sweet malts, biscuit with a bit of light fruitiness.

Tasted of sweet malts, cinnamon and herbal notes. Finishes clean.

Light to medium bodied with a tad of stickiness and a moderate carbonation.

A decent bock from Boulevard but nothing real special.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +12%
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.


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Photo of biggred1
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brassy straw colored with a grey, smallish head that shrinks to a skim. Toasted malt and faintly sweet aroma. Toasty and clean with a mild hop bite that is rereshing. Lean bodied with sharp carbonation. A well made, no frills lager but nothing special.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle into pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

This looks like a cream soda. Bright clear golden yellow-- fizzy white head and turrets of streaming bubbles. No retention. No lacing.

Smells like German malts-- sweet, but not overly so. Noble spicy hops finish it off. Very boring and bland in my opinion.
I understand brewing and reviewing to style, but this truly seems like a middle of the road offering from a brewery that I enjoy.

The body is medium with a soft creamy feel to it.

Overall-- Meh. Take it or leave it. I'll be leaving it.

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Photo of mikul93
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A Pours a golden orange with little head. Bubbles streaming from the bottom

S Sweet malt not much else going on

T Not as sweet as the smell. Strong bitterness right after you drink. Something tastes off.

M Nice carbonation. Clean mouthfeel.

O Not very impressed with this beer. Was hoping it would be a little sweeter. Not my cup of beer.

My bottle was dated best buy 7/1/10. Got it in a trade and maybe that's why I didn't enjoy so much.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Short-lived small white head tops a golden bodied brew, slight haze but mostly clear. Pretty sweet, malty scent with some grains. Nice full malt start, grainy and sweet, toasted with some grassy tones. Light floral hops round it out, with a bit of alcohol noted. Lighter bodied than a lot of the maibocks i recall. Nothing to complain about with this one, pretty good

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Photo of colt45n
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear, golden, and highly carbonated. Thin off-white head dissapated fairly quickly.

S: Earthy hops with other herbal aromas.

T: Nice hops throughout with caramel notes. Hops and maltiness throughout, with the hops taking the front seat.

M: Medium-light bodied with nice maltiness throughout. Hops bitterness at the end. The hops is more noticeable than the malt but they play off one another quite nicely in taste and body. Active carbonation adds to the dryness at the end.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of BigBry
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly paler than a typical maibock, this is a crystal clear golden beer with a head that dissipates almost immediately. The nose offers a very clean malty aroma with just a hint of toastiness. Flavor is very typical of a helles lager... it doesn't really reach bock maltiness, even for a maibock. Hop flavor isn't detectable, and bitterness is very moderate, right in the middle of the style.

Not a very exciting beer. It's odd how all of Boulevard's 6-packs are bland, unexceptional micro beers, but their 750s are so interesting and generally very tasty. I think this is a fairly recent addition to their line-up, but it fits their 6-pack character.

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Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden yellow with a tinge of orange, moderate head and not much lacing, but not bad to look at.

Smell is very subdued, with fresh, tangy, earthy hops, grains, and a bit of caramel malt.

The taste is bready with a nice hoppy bite and a good amount of grains and malts.

It's very light and easy to drink, well carbonated, yet still creamy and satisfying. A good beer for the beginning of summer as it's very easy to drink.

Overall I do like this beer. It's not Boulevard's top of the line, but it's a very pleasant seasonal that I like to drink after a hard day's work or when cleaning house on a Saturday afternoon.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am typically really cautious of anything that has the word "Bock" and "Made in the USA" printed on the same bottle. I guess that since I live in Texas, where there is a Shiner and Ziegen whatever you want to call it...but it isn't Bock. Anyway, I have been really pleased with the smokestack series of beers from Boulevard, so I thought that I would give this one a shot. Here we go:

Appearance: Pours a very clear golden color with a small 1/8" cap of white foam that is maintained by lots of bubbles rising. The foam never completely goes away, and there is a little bit of lacing left on the glass after drinking the beer. Overall this is a pretty good looking beer.

Aroma: I initially got lots of European toasty malts that definitely reminded me of a Helles. There are Southern German hops in there too, and I think that appropriately Hallertau (or one of it's cousins) is the major player. No obvious adjuncts or anything.

Taste: The flavor is also full and malty with some pretty strong sweet caramel that I didn't really notice in the aroma. The balance is toward the sweetness, but there are definitely some hops in here to balance the equation. There is a little bit of sweetness left on the back of the throat to mingle with the amble to maybe a bit high carbonation, so there is a little bit of sharpness left on the back of the palate that I think is carbonation as much as anything. A beer this light has little to stand on, but overall it is standing up, so I am happy about that.

Opinion: Well as you can probably tell from my review that I thought that this was a pretty good beer. I am not sure how much I would classify it as a Bock...even a MaiBock as it is a bit light all the way around to hit that category. Either way, it is well crafted with a good flavor and no adjuncts. I am not sure if this is a regular offering from Boulevard now or if it is a seasonal. If the latter, I will probably pick up another 6 pretty soon as I wouldn't mind drinking a few more of these and seem to recall that they were reasonably priced.

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Photo of acelin
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into a pint glass.

Beer was more orange gold in appearance. Compare to Glissade from SN that is actually golden in color. No head to speak of, lacing is lacking too.

The beer smelled of pale malts and noble hops, with the later barely shining through. Smells good for what little there is to smell.

This beer tastes like a Maibock should, although could be better. It seems to use less Pale malts than other brews in this category. My experience with Maibocks made me think they were in general much more drinkable than this brew, meaning, they used more Pale malts than this brew from Boulevard. Lots of biscuity malt, with traces of noble hop varieties. Sam Adam's Noble Pils and the previously mentioned Glissade I think are better examples of this kind of beer.

Mouthfeel was good. Not too watery, not too thick, and exactly what I expected.

Overall it's good.

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Photo of dbossman
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
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

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Boss Tom's Golden Bock from Boulevard Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.