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 logmacschlog15
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle to glass.

Appearance: Clear with the color of golden straw with lots of tiny bubbles streaming up towards a thin, but creamy white head.

Smell: Bready/grainy malt aroma with a light hint of earthy hops.

Taste: A refreshing, mellow malty sweetness that is well balanced by a slight hoppy bitterness. Finishes with a bready/grainy flavor and a little boozey flavor as well.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and refreshing. Lighter bodied and smooth carbonation make this a refreshing easy drinker.

Overall: Very refreshing and crisp, but still offers great flavor. Perfect when in the mood for a simple, refreshing lager.

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

A- Golden yellow body with a moderate sized white head. Very lively carbonation.

A- Very light aroma. Slight maltiness, but not much here.

T- Sweet grassy malt flavor. Very little bitterness. Very clean and refreshing.

M- Smooth, clean, light-medium body, and lively carbonation.

D- Very refreshing.

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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 AmericanGothic
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. Best by 6-11-11.

A: Pours an orange honey color. One finger of off-white head with little retention. No cloudiness, light carbonation, minimal lace.

S: Grassy with a good dose of sweet malt. Aromas fade as the beer warms.

T: Leads with a bit of grassy flavor, followed by malt, then the grassy notes re-emerge on the finish. Simple, but tasty.

M: Light-medium body, carbonation gives a fairly creamy mouthfeel.

O: A nice, uncomplicated beer. I can see myself enjoying a few more of these while they are still in season.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Perfectly clear, light golden color. Small head, dissipates almost immediately.

S: Grainy, malty. Solid.

T: Very grainy, slight yellow fruits (sultanas, apricots). Bitter finish is very good and winds into a slight dried banana.

M: Viscous, a little chewy. Lingers.

D: Easy drinking and smooth but not great. Very drinkable.

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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 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 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 Domingo
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been pretty happy with Boulevard's limited offerings, but this is my first normal/seasonal brew from them.
Pours a golden color. Lots of carbonation, but not too foamy. It does leave quite a lace trail, though.
Sweet and bready on the nose.
The taste is the same, although there's an odd huskiness that might be from the wheat malt added. Hoppier than many German examples, but still well within the style.
Like many of the other pale bocks I've had, this one is tasty, but a bit one-dimensional. The huskiness and slight bitter twinge probably aren't doing many favors, either.
Not too bad, but not really worth hunting down unless you're a big pale bock fan. I prefer the somewhat similar Glissade, but I can imagine that fans might really like this one, too.

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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 tito42
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into an imperial pint. Best by 06/11/2011 stamped on bottle. This beer is named after Tom Pendergast, the infamous mob boss of Kansas City between 1925 and 1939.

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.

O: A great spring offering from Boulevard. This is one to look forward to as the green returns!

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

12oz brown bottle

Boss Tom's Golden Bock was orange-gold in color with good clarity. It had a white head with decent retention and lacing. The smell was pale malt. The taste was pale malt and some peppery spice, a bit sweet upfront and drying out towards the finish with a little alcohol becoming noticeable. It was medium bodied with medium carbonation. This a decent Maibock, but not the best that I've tried.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks decent. Pours with a finger thick head of off white color, and has a golden copper colored body that is cleanly filtered.

The aroma is of metallic hops and a hint of cooked veggie. Perhaps a hint of caramel is here too.

The taste is well within par for the style. A mild toffee sweetness, cooked veggie, and metallic hops.

Feels clean, crisp and wetting to the palate. Overall a great beer, just lacks the head retention, but there are German Maibocks that are comparable to this trait.

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Photo of JMad
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a glass mug...

The beer was a pale gold color with a thin white head that left just a little lacing. The smell is mostly lemon and grass with just a bit of nutty malt. It tastes of lemon on the back of the tongue along with some sweet malt, it leaves a slightly fruity and just a bit bitter aftertaste. The beer is a little overcarbonated in my opinion but does leave a nice dry mouthfeel. I thought this was an average and different bock. I would drink it but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Darkish golden / really light amber and very bright and clear. Fluffy white head that falls fast with very minimal lacing.

S: Bready malt with some faint caramel notes. Light leafy noble hops. Something vaguely fruity going on. Overall, a zippy lager character, but not very strong.

T: Again, quite bready with a bit of biscuit too. Most of the sweetness comes across as a light fruity juiciness. Caramel notes are even more timid than in the notes. Just faint toasty hints. More golden than bock. Predominantly grassy hops have a spicy edge and balance firmly.

M: Just so-so medium body, but it does have some dextrins to chew on. Carbonation is ample. Slightly semi-sweet finish. Not crisp by any stretch, but it does have less heft than many other Maibocks.

D: Much more going on than any macrolager, and even more than a lot of micro / craft lagers. But also less robust than many maibock style beers. However, it seems to know where it is on the spectrum and pulls it off nicely.

(from notes - tasted April 2010)

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

Boulevard Brewing Company--Boss Tom's Golden Bock--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 6.10% ABV. 23 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Maibock. No sediment. Dense lasting lacy white head. Clear bright rich deep gold color. Mellow hop wheat hint delicate aromatic mild floral malt aroma front. Smooth mild creamy soft sweet Blonde caramel Bock fruit hint tasty malty body. Refreshing balanced mild hop end. Sampled 11/8/2010 from 6- Packk purchaed for $7.99 @ QFC--Ballard, Seattle on 4/10/2010.

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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 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 brdc
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small capped bottle, poured into a pint glass.

From notes: bright yellow, clear, average white head, good retention.
Aroma is mostly flowery, herbs, a few spices.
Medium bodied, refreshing, with a modestly sweet grainy and bready taste. Spices and a mild hoppy bite provide some balance.
Nice, pleasant, but not particularly noticeable.

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Photo of jsh420
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

best by 06/19/10

pours bright clear golden yellow with a 1+ finger head that left spotted lacing

smell was faint - some lightly toasted grains and earthy hops

taste was much better then the nose - bready malts balanced with the grassy hops with a little bit of lemon - very clean flavors and the malts are not too sweet which seem to be the downfall of most bocks

mouthfeel light/medium body with plenty of carbonation to give it both a crisp and creamy finish

drinkability was great and perfect on this first day of fall that reached record temps well into the 90's

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

Appearance: Gold, ok head.

Smell: Sweetness, bread.

Taste: Bread, toast, mild tea-like bitterness. Not as sweet as most maibocks.

Drinkability: The reduced sweetness would probably help, usually maibocks are too sweet for more than one.

Picked up a single, it might be a little out of date but it still tasted fine. I liked it in that it wasn't too sweet or boozy like a lot of maibocks I've had.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
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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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 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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Boss Tom's Golden Bock from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.57 out of 5 based on 336 ratings.
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