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St. Boisterous - Victory Brewing Company

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297 Reviews
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Reviews: 297
Hads: 420
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 23
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-13-2002

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Reviews: 297 | Hads: 420
Photo of ZAP
4.92/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clean, clear regal gold color....sweet, malty nose of honey, vanilla, and toasted vienna malts...top notch..

Body is medium to full..pretty big for a maibock but not too big...easy drinking...perfect carbonation...slick feel..

Excellent tasting maibock. Sweet...slight honey and vanilla...big on the toasted malts...a slight floral hop impression.

What an incredible maibock...perhaps the best I have had....highly recommended...better than Capital in my opinion... (474 characters)

Photo of JackTheRipper
4.76/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Crystal clear light amber color. Head was initially about 1 1/2 inches and fluffy white, but dissipated quickly, leaving a scant layer of suds and no lacing. I hand washed this glass and rinsed it at least five times with hot water, so I'm pretty sure the glass is clean enough to hold the head.
S: Lightly toasted malt aroma. A hint of spiciness, very low hop aroma.
T: Big malty flavor up front that isn't on the sweet side at all. Subdued hop flavors with a bit of a spicy bite. Very clean, finish is a great balance of the two. This beer flat out tastes great.
M: Medium body. Alcohol feels punchy, provides a very pleasant warming sensation. Carbonation is spot on. Not dry, not sweet, but a wonderful blending of them. Goes down far too easily.
D&N: Oh good heavens, this beer is just about perfect. The smells and the tastes are phenomenal, very easy to drink, a perfect beer to come home to after working the night shift and wanting to relax with. Highly recommended. (982 characters)

Photo of techdiver
4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful clear gold with modest head that dissipates quickly.

Sweet malt and honey nose.

Sweet malt, honey and mild hops taste.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with pleasing carbonation.

A very drinkable Maibock; just wish they hadn't run out of it at Victory a couple of weeks ago. (300 characters)

Photo of shbobdb
4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Better than Hofbraeu.

That's right, I said it, bitches.

This beer absolutely rocked my face off. Victory is a brewery that never fails to amaze me. Holy wow!!!!

It pours a nice apple-juice colour with a nice fluffy head that hangs around long enough to make its presence known, but doesn't overstay its welcome -- like the cool guy at a party.

It smells very pleasant. This is the best smelling maibock I've ever had. It reminds me a lot of a really good apple cider, actually. Pleasant, light fruit aromas mingling with a touch of sweet. There is a little alcohol in the nose to bring it all together. Very nice.

The taste. Wow. It is good. Very good. I'm in freakin' love. It basically follows the smell, with a light touch of white grape, and macintosh apple. Good stuff.

The mouthfeel is the only part of this beer that didn't amaze me. It is very, very light. Now, I'm not asking for a maibock to be thick like a doppelbock, but I think that the mouthfeel could stand to be a little richer.

Drinkability? Are you kidding? This is awesome!

Thanks Muenchenerkindl! (1,092 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear shimmering golden color. The head is massive, and receds slowly into thick lacing. The aroma is grassy, grainy, but with a nice fruity background. The taste is a perfect balance between grassy and fruity, and is midly sweet overall. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is one of the best maibocks I have had to date. I will certainly drink this again whenever I get the chance. (433 characters)

Photo of Avagadro
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: st. Boisterous is the color of old bourbon, with an off-white head of moderate retention. Lacing is minimal.

S: Caramel and hops combine in this wonderfully presented bouquet.

T: St. Boisterous presents a beautiful dichotomy between malty sweet and hoppy dryness. It is somewhere between a malty bock and a crisp pilsner.

M: delightfully light bodied with just a touch of carbonation.

D: I am really impressed by Victory's endeavors into German styles. I can't believe how delicate this beer is, especially at 7.4 abv. This is definitely worth a try. (557 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've never had the St. Boisterous in a bottle and I was pleasantly surprised to come across it this year. I was also pleasantly surprised that it held up so well to bottling; normally helles bocks suffer as it only takes a little bit of oxidation to turn such a straightforward lager down a papery road!

It pours a clear, golden-orange body beneath a creamy head of white foam that holds well but leaves only minor lacing about the glass (blame the 7.4% abv).

The nose is clean and fresh with a straw-like maltiness, a flicker of floral hops, and a gentle waft of alcohol.

The flavor delivers the clean, fresh, bready, and lightly sweet dough-like maltiness that the nose promises. It's remarkably well balanced by an underlying bitterness, floral and subtly spicy hops, and an edge of alcohol that never reveals itself fully. Impressive!!! Very impressive!

It finishes dry despite the sweet edge it offered on the tongue, and it lingers a bit with a swirl of spiciness and low-key bitterness, tempting you to take another sip.

Remarkably well-done! Exceptional! This one's not to be missed, especially for fans of the helles bock style because it rivals the best from Germany! (1,193 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Dark Yellow in color with a decent head.
S - Biscuit malts and semi yeast.
T - Pretty damn smooth. I really enjoyed the sweetness of the beer. I would have never know it was a lager unless I read it on the bottle.
M - Thin and smooth for 7 percent. Loved it.
D - I would be happy if this was part of a variety pack excuse me while I do some research... (356 characters)

Photo of bigdeuce
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is absolutely outstanding. It reminds me of a "double" prima pils, also from Victory. Very creamy and smooth. Nice texture with nice lacing and an apricot scent. Gorgeous, refreshing with a twinge of hoppiness on the backend, finishes fairly dry. Dangerously drinkable and strong. This is a terrific brew and I am glad I have a case of it. (349 characters)

Photo of Phatz
4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slight orange hue to the golden copper body. Very small white head fades fast and leaves no lacing.

Smell: It smells like tropical papaya and pear sprinkled with nutmeg. Some alcohol and maltiness show through in the nose as well.

Taste: Malty sweet. Cane sugar, honey and sour apple lead into a spicy floral flavor. There is a bready character upfront followed by what seems to be hints of cinnamon and nutmeg and ginger, coming through with a little pleasant alcohol nibble. The aftertaste is spectacular. Sweet yet spicy sugars cling to the palate leaving behind a vanilla bean bitter that beckons for the next sip.

Mouthfeel: Very malty oily slick and syrupy feel; but the spiciness keeps it feeling medium/light weight in the mouth despite the thick feel.

Drinkability: This is a spicy warming beer. I think this is great for a cold rainy day. It is very easy drinking but certainly not a session beer at 7.4% ABV. I love this beer and anticipate its release every spring. I am going to put a few away for winter.


Hope this is helpful.
Cheers! (1,078 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden color. Slight, bubbly ivory white head. Lace is adequate. Very nice aroma. Great blend of rich malts and leafy hops. This maibock has got some character. It's quite clean, but abundant with flavor. Thick malts lay down the backbone. Bready yet rich. Hops add just a touch of floral attributes. Malts are rich. This one is really drinkable. This one is right up there with Capital and Town Hall as one of my favorite maibocks. (432 characters)

Photo of acehart1
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to go to Victory recently and have this one on-tap. It was a great beer-drinking experience all-around. This is a Bavarian Maibock that does not disappoint.

The beer is dark (almost like an apple juice like others before me have noted).

This stuff is potent and smooth, so be careful. It finishes very nicely. I can't complain or find too much fault with this one. (389 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear gold, perfectly uniform look with a quickly settled 1" white foam cap.

A very hardy yeast aroma, zesty, tangy, herbal and earthy mu sk effect, wheat and corn and a hint of heat, more bready malt underneath.

a very crispy bite, full and lush but lively feel with dry earth, herbal yeast upfront, which is great. Rather complex earthy hops adds some nice depth to the yeast flavor's. Amazingly clean all around, very harmonious together, great balance, the heat is pretty high, but not too bad. Slight, fruity and tanginess in the long run.

One of the best American brewed German style beefy lagers. (612 characters)

Photo of PatandDavid
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Blind Tiger. Munich Gold when served, it came toped with a low head. I thought the aroma was spot on, really authentic German bier aroma. Medium mouthfeel. There is some initial sweetness, but then some nice thick malts make an appearance. Needless to say, I had more than one. (300 characters)

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a .5L glass for $5.50 at the brewpub.
Sampled 08AUG12

[A] Arrives with a 2 finger tall bright white fluffy head of semi compacted foam. Staying power is well above average and leaves a thick film of crackled lace in a thick ribbon along the glass. The body is a clear golden wheat color, rather light and wonderfully clear. Great look.

[S] Sweet. Glorious. Grain. With an extremely gentle toast and a light, crisp lemony-orange citrus. Light fruity notes, malt derived, and perfectly integrated.

[T] Sweet fruity flavor edges out the grainy base by a hair.

[M] Perhaps the best aspect of this fantastic brew. Somewhat thick and more substantial than expected given the ABV. Smooth, luscious. A consistent presence of mild effervescence keeps the tongue awake and contemplative. Couldn't ask for much more.

[O] If this is what a good sturdy Maibock is supposed to taste like, man, I have been missing out. (920 characters)

Photo of nomad
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this beer constantly changes yet doesn't budge at all. Color wise it shows golden, brown, amber, and straw-yellow shades overlapping for a different color depending on the light, angle, and how much is left in your glass. What doesn't change is the complete lack of carbonation or head. It somehow never looks quite as good as it tastes.

Smells of bready notes smooth out by lagering, fresh honey, and doses of marzipan. Sometimes a mutated grassy scent of noble hops sneaks in, only to be enveloped by the sweet and comforting body of malt.

Taste follows with the complementary palate of bready/doughy malts with honey edges and a big minty hop finish. With time the sweet malt body gets quite large but is never cloying or otherwise obtrusive; a good lagering makes the big body of this beer as sleek and smooth as German engineering. Hops balance well this full-bodied beer.

A very good maibock. Spot on to style like all of Victory's lagers. (972 characters)

Photo of njmoons
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I new favorite lager for me?? Maybe.

A: Hazy amber colored, poured with a moderate head that held up well

S: Unexpectedly malty with the light color, some noble hops, and sweet fruit subtlety in the background.

T: This is a great tasting Helles. Malty with a slight fruity sweetness (grapes/apricots), and a present hoppiness that was in excellent balance with the beer. This finish clean and crisp (where I think a lot of Helles beer miss). Overall a great drinking lager.

M: Appropriate to style, light with some body.

D: So drinkable that the 7.4% ABV makes for dangerous combination. (592 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from ClockWorkOrange, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of honey, light malts and a god amount of hops.

T: The taste is starts out malty and sweet but still remains light, with flavors of honey, spice and grain. Then a strong hops presence for the style emerges but doesn’t overpower you. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Very smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not very filling, excellent representation of style, strong kick that is well-disguised, I could definitely drink several of these in a row. This is a great beer to stick with for a whole evening. (870 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Enjoy by Sept. 23, 07.

Pours golden with a thin, fizzy white head that fizzles away to a thin patch.

The smell is of lively, fresh grain, a touch of caramel with some earthiness. Robust, clean, lager aroma.

The taste is of sweet, fresh grain. Robust. Sweet caramel mixes with the grain. Balanced by earthy/nutty hops. It remains swert overall, with a touch of alcohol warmth in the finish.

Full-bodied, creamy, smooth. Fresh, bold flavor lingers.

An outstanding American interpretation of the style. The fresh grain, balanced sweetness and just enough alcohol make this a wonderful mid-to-late spring drink. Good one to sip in the cool to warm, but not-yet-hot weather. (684 characters)

Photo of dbalsock
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks lpayette, you sent me a winner with this one.

Appearance: Pours light orange with a hazy body and a slight white head. The bulk of the head dissapates quickly but there's some left around the glass for the whole experience.

Smell: The flowery hops mix with a honey malt base... I would love to down a few of these in the spring.

Taste: Honey and fruity esters come out (like a crisp apple). The malts are fantastic and drive this beer to greatness.

Mouthfeel: The light bodied nature combines with a perfect amount of bitterness to make this an enjoyable experience. The dryness of the beer is interesting but doesn't add or detract from it imo.

Drinkability: I could easily session this and would love to have another. (741 characters)

Photo of WonderWoman
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I was handed this beer it reminded me of someone handing me a glass of apple juice, except there was quite a bit of foam that quickly dissipated to tracing around to rim.
It smelt of apple trees with a hint of hops. It tasted like a cider but I could relate it too taking dainty nibbles of a freshly picked apple. On the exhale there was a hint of celery salt. As I took a sip it felt fun and bubbly in my mouth all the way down. Over all, I really enjoyed this beer. (474 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright golen color with massive white puffy head that fell to a thin coating with sparse lacing. Smell is sweetish, almost honey-like, with nice nice ripe fruit essences also present. Taste is superb, with a strong malt character and a minimum of hops found. Nice full creamy mouthfeel. Too good a drinkability for a 7.4% beer. Excellent beer. (352 characters)

Photo of mempath
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

beautiful tawny-apricot with off-white head that lingers, settles with little lacing.

nice malty nose with a kiss of hops. rich but subtle...

yeah, nice thick/deep malt sense with a peppering of hoppy notes. near chewy and quite luscious for a spring/may brew. alot of ineffable joyousness going on. a true fest beer.

drinkable as all git out. this is sort of perfect for what it is. pure balance. is this really a 7+abv concoction? (435 characters)

Photo of Dithyramb
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single from Twisty's in York. Haven't been able to find this or the Victorius in Baltimore, so I figured I'd splurge a bit. Clearly ink jet labeled best before Sept 17, 2005 on the front label.
Comes rolling out the 12 oz. bottle a brilliant slightly dark gold. An off white head had only a little bit of staying power, but reduced to a fine collar. Decent lacing. Strolling carbonation whiffs throughout the brew.
Big grain aroma, highlighted with some grassy hops. A light amount of citrus was more evident directly out of the glass.
Buttery with a significant grainy malt backbone. Luckily, this isn't a one trick pony, with a nice finishing amount of hops that cuts the sweetness.
Creamy and buttery mouthfeel, which I think really adds to the beer here. Not cloyingly sickily sweet, but leaves it slightly more viscous on the tongue than it really is. Finishes grainy and sweet.
Very drinkable. (923 characters)

Photo of Bierfreund
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this out of desparation, as there were no other Maibock brews available but this one and the one from the Muenchner Hofbraeuhaus. But - what a great find! Lucky us!

Pours slightly orange-ish with a nice off-white head, foam stays around for quite a while.

Nose is a bit fruity, but not much.

First sip is refreshing, hops is knocking at your door. Prickly mouthfeel, but it is absolutely not over-carbonated. Just rightly done.

The taste is round. This is what I first thought and keep thinking. Round. Very satisfying.

The bottle does not say how much alcohol is inside. I only read here it is above 7%. Really? I would have never guessed that! It really does not knock you out, it does not hit you in the head like other brews with that alcohol content.

All in all such a nice spring brew, that we actually went back to that tiny Pizza place in WB ("Antonio's") and bought more! (895 characters)

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St. Boisterous from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.