Boss Tom’s Golden Bock is mild for a maibock, but still enjoyable
Boulevard Brewing is a craft brewery located in Kansas City and it has enjoyed great commercial success over the past several years- success that has pushed its sales high enough to rank in the top ten among all craft brewing operations. The brewery’s year- round offerings are responsible for most of the sales, but Boulevard has some popular seasonals as well and one of them is Boss Tom’s Golden Bock, a maibock brew.
Alcohol Content: 6.1 percent by volume
Boss Tom’s Golden Bock is a straw- colored brew with a hint of orange. The beer pours out foamy, but then loses its head of foam completely in a short time. This beer has an aroma that is light and not very noticeable, with hints of grain- mainly corn- and it is sweet overall.
As for the taste, Boss Tom’s Golden Bock offers a complex arrangement that includes grains, caramel, pale malt, floral, citrus, and mineral water. The body of this beer is a little on the thin side and its finish features the taste of light dry hops, mainly of the grassy variety. The beer is made from ingredients such as Cara 50, pale, pilsner, wheat, and Munich malts, along with Hallertau and Perle hops.
Boss Tom’s Golden Bock is a soft, agreeable beer brewed in the maibock tradition. Named after “Boss Tom” Pendergast, a Missouri political boss in the early part of the twentieth century, Boss Tom’s Golden Bock is a milder version of the maibock style with a sweet flavor profile and easy drinkability that makes it much more agreeable than other beers of this type.
Boss Tom’s Golden Bock is, in many ways, typical of the products Boulevard Brewing is known for and what I mean is that this product is fairly complex and interesting, but not interesting enough to rank as a world class maibock. This beer, with its lighter body, lack of foam, and less pronounced aroma and taste, would seem like an unlikely beer to recommend. However, Boss Tom’s Golden Bock is appealing in its own way and Boulevard Brewing, once again, deserves credit for manufacturing a beer that is actually lighter than most craft beer lovers prefer yet is still appealing. The product is lighter than most maibock and certainly far from incredible. Yet, it has enough positive qualities to get your attention and sway you to pop open a second bottle.
Boss Tom’s Golden Bock is traditionally released in the spring. This makes the beer a little more difficult to find, but since Boulevard is sold in so many locations, it is actually easier to track down than the average seasonal brew. It is bottled and sold in late spring, so consumers can look for it in May and June each year, wherever Boulevard products are sold.
Maibock is different from traditonal bock beer and if brewed correctly, it can be very complex and quite interesting. Boss Tom’s Golden Bock is a good maibock with a nice amount of complexity and a memorable enough flavor to make it deserving of a recommendation. It isn’t the best in its class and I can think of many maibock that rank higher, but like other Boulevard products, Boss Tom’s Golden Bock is still a good malt beverage product overall with enough positive qualities to make it worthy of a try.
Rating: 6 Cheers out of 10