Boss Tom's Golden Bock | Boulevard Brewing Co.

Boss Tom's Golden BockBoss Tom's Golden Bock
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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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Ratings: 336 |  Reviews: 122
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
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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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +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!

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

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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.

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3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of russpowell
4.16/5  rDev +18.2%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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3.52/5  rDev 0%
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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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Tone
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of aasher
3.17/5  rDev -9.9%
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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3.22/5  rDev -8.5%
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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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.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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