Boss Tom's Golden Bock | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Boss Tom's Golden BockBoss Tom's Golden Bock

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

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

Added by bort11 on 03-10-2010

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Photo of ElCommodoro
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
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 jmbranum
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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 Husker318
4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
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 meeekyh
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.


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Photo of russpowell
4.16/5  rDev +16.5%
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

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Spineypanda
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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 mikeborglum
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%.

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Photo of WithinTheGlass
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of Andyyyyyy
4/5  rDev +12%

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 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 zeff80
4/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +12%
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 beragg
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours with a fairly thick head that stays. No real lacing. Very effervescent. Color is, well, golden.

Not sure how to explain the smell. lot's of co2. Might be because of the glass I used. A Pom glass was all I had. Not a lot of hop aroma.

Taste was malty, crisp. I haven't a had a lot of this style, but it was good.

The mouthfell was medium. NOt very thick but not light like an American lager.

I like it. First time I found it on the shelves here in Iowa. Since it's 6.10% I'm wondering if this is a brand new beer or one they just never sent before. Will definitely drink it again.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A clear, golden liquid with a very thin and splotchy white head.

S- Pears and apples. Very cidery with a white bread aspect.

T- Cider and quite a bit of a bready aspect. There is a bit of an alcohol presence. Simple but tasty.

M- Light and smooth with just a light carbonation presence.

D- For the alcohol and style, thinks drinks rather nicely. Simple but tasty.

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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 katan
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a dark brown to almost golden brown color. Head formation was very vigorous, then dissipated to a light film. Off white in color. Very filtered. Lots of bubbling carbonation.

S - A combination of light pilsner malts, yeast bready notes, and some light american hops. Certainly leans towards the sweet and bready side.

T - Starts off with a light 2 row and pilsner malt note. Mid-stream gets more balanced, where a yeast note and some light hopping comes through. Grapefruitlike. Finishes with another more potent pilsner malt note. Sweet clean finish.

M - Moderate beer body is bolstered by a strong carbonation profile. Leaves a clinging sweet edge on the tongue.

D - Easy drinking. Not filling, despite its carbonation. Flavors are smooth and well managed. ABV is up there, but not outrageous.

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Photo of stephens101
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an eponymous clear gold with a wispy off-white head. A splotch or two of lace resides here and there. Smells of malt, damp hay, a little burnt sugar and lemon. Tastes malty and spicy with a light and fruity middle mixed with a bit of caramel. Goes down smooth with a good little petite blonde body. Unsurprisingly highly drinkable and just what the doctor ordered for many a summer occasion.

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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 hophead723
3.89/5  rDev +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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