Bayern scored four goals in the first half and three in the second against the newly promoted side – in truth it could have been way more than seven.
Leroy Sane started the rout with a sumptuous free kick after seven minutes, before Joshua Kimmich, Serge Gnabry and an own goal from Vasilis Lampropoulos put Bayern out of sight at halftime.
Robert Lewandowski then scored his usual goal on the hour mark, Kimmich’s second goal and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’s late strike completing the demolition job.
Bayern were in compelling form to start the season under new coach Julian Nagelsmann, scoring four wins and one of their first five games and scoring a remarkable 20 goals in the process.
Very few would have bet against Bayern to win their 10th straight Bundesliga title before the start of the season. This number is now probably zero.
The biggest test, of course, will be in the Champions League, but Bayern have already set a milestone there too, humiliating Barcelona 3-0 at Camp Nou in the opener of the group stage.
Almost – but maybe not quite – as impressive as the seven goals was Bayern’s stingy defense, which barely gave Bochum a chance the whole game; the opposing team did not have a shot on target during the entire match.
The next stop for Bayern is the modest Furth, the only Bundesliga side below Bochum. Expect another high level encounter.