Boss Tom's Golden Bock | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Boss Tom's Golden BockBoss Tom's Golden Bock

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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

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Reviews: 122 | Ratings: 336
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 olympuszymurgus
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

tis a golden hued beer of malt and hay. carbonation is pitiful, sulking near the edge where the liquid meets the glass. i smell a bit of the grain profile, maybe a whisker of hops. the taste is a bit starchy, hops barely evident, alcohol ambivalent, refusing to show up. It is only 6%, on the low end for the maibock. Where are you Boulevard? Where are the hops, the booze? Why is this beer not of celebratory spring? I don't know. Maybe it gets too hot to quick in Kansas City. This reminds me of what so many call "lawnmower beer" which is code for boring. It is to be a revelry!

tried this alongside Elysian's Ambrosia Maibock, and it just got killed.

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Photo of zdk9
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Should they change the name to brass bock? That's really the color of the beer, and that alliteration would work so well, "Boss Tom's Brass Bock" don't you think? Not any head on this which doesn't bode well for it.

S- Strongly malty, with a tendency toward the sweet and honey aspects. Also orange candy, cinnamon bread, fake maple syrup, orange soda. The aroma doesn't bode much better.

T- The taste is happily much less sweet than the aroma. Malt forward for sure with buckwheat honey and white bread crust. Also some medicinal tones which aren't the greatest. Some florals.

M- Just fine for this one. It's kind of syrupy but well carbonated enough to take that off the tongue.

O- I'm liking the taste less and less as I drink it, and it certainly isn't looking any better.

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Photo of champ103
2.91/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of froghop
2.96/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a clear yellow with a small egg-shell head, and good lacing.

smell is of grain, a touch of wheat, malt, and some citrus.

taste is of roasted malt, some grain, some citrus, and hops in the back, ends a little on the dry side.

overall an okay helles bock.

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Photo of kbutler1
2.99/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a clear golden yellow color with a tightly packed with head. I don't get a ton out of the nose of this beer. Actually get a weird metallic smell then a sweet smell like corn. The flavor is pretty subdued as well. Nothing really standing out here at all. Almost has a fruit taste similiar to apple juice. Meh, nothing really special here. No hop presence to really speak of. In the above regards, I guess that makes it smooth tasting as it really is easy to drink, probably its best redeeming quality. Medium/light mouthfeel.

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3/5  rDev -16%
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 bearass
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

sooo... boulevard and i have a love hate thing goin on i have to be in the right mood. i was today so i took this home and as the cardinals prepare to play i am sipping this paired with a batty or two or nug...

right away after pour and the head fades fast i know i am in for a generic bock/pils

the taste is reminiscent of a watery bud heavy..nah maybe a little bit more crisp

the nose smells like you do after pounding about 30 nattys on a float trip..

but hey it sure is easy drinking though i prefer a little more flavor in my beer

* this review was written to lightspeed champion's midnight suprise

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Photo of cocogan
3.04/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Visual: Gold in color, poured with a white head that lingered for all of 7 seven seconds. No remaining head, just str8 up beer.

Aromoa: Lager sweet yeast, bubblegum, grain, and alcohol

Taste: Like the smell but strong sweet point of bubblegum and honey. Also notes of toasted grains with a wheat like aftertaste.

Mouth; smooth, not aggressive, finishes wet on the back of the palate.

Drunkability: Not bad. Seems to be a pretty standard lager. Sweet and not too complex.

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Photo of jar2574
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unfortunately, poured into my pint glass, the beer doesn't look so great. Below average carbonation, very clear golden yellow color. Very little head. Absolutely no lacing. Not impressed with the look.

Smells pretty good though. Sweet, like it will have more malts than hops. Tastes more malty than hoppy, there is a noticeable hint of alcohol, and just a little bit of a metallic touch, unfortunately.

It's pretty drinkable. A slight crispness makes up for a sort of watery mouthfeel.

It seems like Boulevard goes for mild, drinkable beers, except for in their smokestack series, where they really go all out. I like this better than their Wheat and IPA offerings but much less than the beers in the smokestack series.

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Photo of matjack85
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
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 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 mfnmbvp
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
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 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 vette2006c5r
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
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 aasher
3.17/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I want to preface this review by saying that the bottle says best by 6/19/10, so I'm four months late. It poured very watery and golden in color with a light white head that quickly dissipated. The smell was very flat and nothing was really standing out at all. The taste wasn't too bad though considering the date. It was light and sweet with the lightest of hoppyness accompanied by light yeast and a mellow sweetness. It drank very light and smoothly, little carbonation. It wasn't too bad, not the greatest by any means.

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Photo of Murphious
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
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 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 intensify
3.32/5  rDev -7%
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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Photo of abrand
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of Rayek
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a seidel.

A: Brilliant deep gold little carbonation. A soapy off-white head quickly falls to a thin ring. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Smells a bit like a ramped up pils. Straw like malts and light noble hop aromas make up most of the nose. There is a light hint of alcohol in the background.

T: Straw and a light caramel sweetness start things out. Bitterness is mild and has a pepper bite. Gets a touch metallic in the finish.

M: The medium body is a touch grainy and has about the right level of fizz.

D: This beer honestly didn't do much for me. It's a decent Bock, but there are better ones out there.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - An aggressive pour reveals a dark golden body with a small head that disappears. No lacing.

S - Bready malt, toasted nutty lager yeast, some dry grain.

T - Grainy from start to finish, honey-like sweetness melded with an assertive lager yeast, mild grassy hops stick to top and back of the mouth and create a little pepperness on the finish.

M - Light to medium body, very crisp for a Maibock.

Overall good brew here. Nose was a little weak but other than that it was good. Hops really show up in the aftertaste. Always nice to see a Maibock in a breweries lineup.

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Photo of tronester
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden with a thin white head. Smells oddly of soybeans. Taste is light malt up front, with a hint of zesty herbal hops in the middle, and a tart, fruit tasting finish. Mouthfeel is average, the flavors stick to your tongue in not such a good way. Drinkability is average as well. A good beer, however, that gets a bit cloying after you have a full one.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz screw-top; typical, classy Boulevard packaging, best-by date clearly stamped

Appearance: Deep golden beer with bright clarity; a hard pour into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass produces a rich, creamy 1-finger white cap with good retention

Smell: Quite honestly like an amped-up (and slightly better version of) an American Macro Lager. It's got light grainy notes, some candy-like sweetness, clean, lager-like yeastiness, and a hint of grassy hops. Nothing offending, but a bit ordinary

Taste: This is a bit better. Richer, dry pilsner malts, maybe a touch of toasted malt, an odd (but not unpleasant) ghost of vanilla and some grassy bitterness. Again, it almost tastes like a craft version of an American Macro Lager or a craft version of an American Malt Liquor; it's got big sweet malty sweetness, some steely/grassy hops, and...well, not a lot else. Craft American Lager? Yes. Am I really convinced of this as a Maibock...meh

Mouthfeel: Fairly full and a bit creamy

Drinkability: Medium

Conclusion: It it alright? Yup. Am I anywhere near as enamored with this one as I am with Boulevard's other offerings? Nope.

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Boss Tom's Golden Bock from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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