Boss Tom's Golden Bock
Boulevard Brewing Co.

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German Maibock
Ranked #152
Ranked #44,552
3.54 | pDev: 11.86%
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Boss Tom's Golden BockBoss Tom's Golden Bock
Notes: 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 hophead723
3.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is somewhat a classic to me because I used to drink it in my late teens before I got into IPAs. Something has always been so appealing about this beer to me so I had to give it a review. Poured into a pint glass from a nice and cold bottle, pretty fresh as well.

Look: Perfectly clear golden color with a lively white head. There was ample visible carbonation that swirled upwards from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: I love this smell, it is crackery, sweet, and malty with a tiny bit of floral hops in there as well. I enjoy deeply inhaling the aromas of this beer as I drink it.

Taste: The taste is a well balanced sweet toasted cracker malt upfront but with a floral and grassy touch of hops that balanced the sweetness.

Feel: Medium bodied and crisp with a bit of dryness at the back end. Very drinkable with a quenching quality despite the astringency and warmth of the alcohol.

Overall: I love the character of this beer, it is unique and delicious. The ABV is respectable and sufficient, but I prefer a stronger Bock.

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Photo of pat61
3.47/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3/5  rDev -15.3%
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!!

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Photo of Andyyyyyy
4/5  rDev +13%

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!

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Photo of Murphious
3.21/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pretty basic, dark golden/amber color with sweet malt aroma from the wheat, a little hop and not much carbonation. Pours with normal head that disappears when you turn away from looking at the glass...
Malty aroma and no hop presence until tasted and even then, weak with no aftertaste.
Light mouthfeel--just above water and short of oily-- and bland flavor. Not much better than generic megabrew lager, IMO. Not impressed but not sent screaming from the glass either---smooth drinker for being slightly over 6% abv. Needs either a different hop variety or more of same. Perhaps a second malt of rye would also help relieve the "blandness". Just slightly better than OK. A Disappointment from Boulevard, who brew the outstanding "Smokestack" series.

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Photo of beergoot
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
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

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Photo of rlee1390
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of Jacurdy60
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.37/5  rDev -4.8%
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!


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Photo of ElCommodoro
4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.61/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of WithinTheGlass
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of mschind
3.47/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of matjack85
3.08/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of Husker318
4.23/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

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Photo of steveh
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of intensify
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Boss Tom's Golden Bock from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 336 ratings