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St. Boisterous - Victory Brewing Company

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very good

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 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)

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one started off my bock/maibock kick...

Poured into a standard pint glass, nice pale amber color with frothy head that dissipates but clings very well.

Smell is a bit of hops upfront with a malty sweet undertone. As it warms these scents mix well.

Taste is a nice mix of roasted/biscuity malt with mild hops, a feint hint of alochol but not stinging.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, with lingering flavors on the top of the tongue, very crisp.

Extremely drinkable, could be drinking this one through summertime. (512 characters)

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

Since being back in SE PA, this has been one of my favorites. Really a nicely done bock that isn't overpowering. Very nice looking beer with a nice head even after 2 hours in a growler. Nice munich malt caramel notes in the nose. The taste is very nice following the nose with some just right caramel munich flavors. I figure they're munich flavors, maybe some vienna malts as well. I also get some hops in the finish. I think they're hops. Just a bit bitter at the end. I like it. Pretty decent mouthfeel, nothing super. Very drinkable, even at >7%abv. (556 characters)

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

Eagerly awaited the arrival of this at my local store and picked up a few to enjoy.
Poured a translucent, medium-orange color with a subtle yellow undertone. A soft white head quickly developed and disparted just as quickly. Only a touch of lacing was left behind on my goblet. Aromas of honey, grains, fresh fruit, and flowers seemed to come out. The taste was crisp with sweet malt flavors dominating the front end of each sip. A bitter finish that was slightly floral rounded out the beer. A grain-like texture, somewhat chewy and very easy to drink. A great blend of sweet flavors like honey and slow roasted sugars with citrus-like hop bitterness. Another great beer from Victory. (686 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stopped by Victory on D-Day, 06JUN09, with daughter Caitlin. Ended up with a couple of pints of this with dinner. The 0.5l glass was filled with an enticing, medium-golden, clear nectar. Occaisional carbo headed topside, towards the creamy, fine white head. Lacing in the glass was top-shelf. Nose was bready and floral, a great invite to sample more deeply. Body was very solidly medium, with nary a hint of prickliness on the tongue.

Flavor was replete with bready, toasty, malts. The sweetness level here was perfect. Hops were well represented, with lightly fruity traits (think pear and green apple). A superb blend of malt and hops! Oh so drinkable! Prosit!!

4.35
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5

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Original review from 25MAY03. Hell yeah! Wish this bier was available in New England! St. B has a medium copper color, with perhaps a tinge of orange. It was clear throughout, and had a fine, thin white head atop it, with decent lacing. Nose was malty and sweet (in a Hell-Bock kind of way), and both body and smoothness on the tongue were medium. The flavor has a healthy dose of bready malt, nice and toasty and semi-sweet. A hint of fruitiness (and just a hint) shows up about midway through, and there is a crisp, fresh hop finish to St. B. Nicely balanced all the way! This is a lovely Bier! Prosit!!

overall: 4.25
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5

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Photo of sponberg
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice example of a maibock. Malty fruitiness present and very drinkable. It speaks volumes that, when I brought three of these each to the houses of two friends who had spent substantial time in Germany, the third bottle of the three magically disappeared into the "hide this beer for myself only" corners of their refrigerators.

Be forewarned, it's hard to find the brewery - in an industrial complex and you cannot see at all it if coming in from the west. (465 characters)

Photo of ebby82
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A zesty golden hue when poured into a pint mug.

Very slight sweetness in the aroma with a nice hop zing.

Taste is redolent of spicy hops in the back of the tongue, and a slightly sweet taste upfront. I really enjoy whatever hops are used here, they taste wonderful.

A really tasty helles, with a pleasant hop ooomph. (319 characters)

Photo of Gasp100
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a sixtel of this seasonal from the brewery on the advice of fellow BA's / kegarator owners.
Pours a clear amber copper with a peach colored fluffy head. The lacing is sparse down the side of the glass. The aroma is full of sweets, malt, slighlty floral hops, a breadiness, yeast and a touch of fruit notes. The taste is sweet toasted malts, very light fruit overtones and a short quick finish of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, full and rich; a little sticky and the warming hint of alcohol comes out near the end on the palate. The balance and smooth character make this beer extremely drinkable and a really nice spring seasonal. Overall, I prefer hefe's, wits and pilsner's around this time of year (been averaging 80 degree's plus)but this is a perfect choice to have one tap when spring is heading fast into summer. Delicious. (865 characters)

Photo of JamesS
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear golden color with some nice initial head and some good lacing. Excellent aroma, very crisp and clean with a nice pineapple aroma. Great taste, sharp and malty with a nice slight banana/clove taste and a good hit of German hops in the finish that last on the tongue for a bit, along with a slight pineapple taste. Goes down great, the over 7% ABV isn't noticable at all. (388 characters)

Photo of dogfooddog
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from a trade with MABZ, thanks again for the many beers. I have had very little experience with (quality) lagers, so this is a treat.

pours a clear golden yellow with a moderate off-white head, active carbonation in the glass as well.

Nose is very malty, a bit bready, and just a bit sweet. No idea what to expect here, it is certainly more attractive than any lager outside of germany I have had.

Taste once again is very nice, the maltiness doesn't overwhelm the mouth, and some other notes of almost cherry-sweetness, lightly floral notes, and a general balance to the beer come together in the aftertaste. The alcohol is invisible. Into the aftertaste, I begin tasting honey.

Very well-balanced american german-style lager. I wish I had more background with the style to comment more. (800 characters)

Photo of whartontallboy
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden pour with a thick head that disappeared but a constant stream of bubbles percolating through. Smell is of candied fruit and malt. The taste is fantastic. Malty without being cloyingly sweet, with faint traces of toasted grain in the backgroun. The hop character is just barely there, enough to make its presence felt and reinforce the maltiness. There is an almost peppery little bite that comes through with the alcohol, but the creamy mouthfeel ties everything back together really well. Overall, a fantastic beer (does Victory make any other kind) that I am excited to have easy access to this spring. (617 characters)

Photo of rousee
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange amber color with a small head. Excellent carbonation.
Smell is grainy and sour with some maltiness noticed.
Taste is smooth and bready with some fruit essences. I am getting apples or grapes but not vinous at all.
Excellent quenching mouthfeel-dry and crisp.
Very drinkable. One of my favorite Victory beers to date. Reminds me a little of a toned down version of Golden Monkey. (389 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a tulip. Same bottle as RB below (aged ~1yr); "Enjoy by April 10, 2011" printed on the side.

A: beautifully orange, slightly murky. White head with poor overall retention, but a decent film of white tops the brew.

S: much bigger aroma than I was expecting. Malty & spicy with yeast, hops, some sweetness too. Fantastic -- I've never had a Helles that smelled anywhere close to this good!

T: malty at first with well-balanced hoppy bitterness start to finish. Spices shoot out with small peaks of differing flavors here and there, but it's still watery like every other Helles (and most lagers) I've had. Given the style, this is quite tasty.

M: a smooth beer with more body than expected. Not much carbonation (likely due to my half of the bottle being poured 20min after RB's). Creaminess is what I desire: gimme gimme!

D: Like most Helles, this one boasts good drinkability -- even given this particular high gravity recipe. I'd happily order this beer at a bar on a random night, and that's something I can rarely say about any lager. (1,059 characters)

Photo of bruachan
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

looks like apple juice: gold with an amber tinge. the head was aggressive at first but died faster than the australians at galipoli (too soon?)

the smell is outstanding, not just for its magnitude but its spmlicity as well. straightforward light malt backbone with a touch of apple juice and ethanol spice (very limited), with floral hops floating around, too. the beer really tastes just as it was advertised: clean pale malts with good underlying bitterness

nice brew. good choice by me (494 characters)

Photo of Kolsch
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Jean Bonnett's Tavern, Bedford PA

Appearance: Clear, golden yellow. Smallish head that remained a cusp thru drink. Clarity was exceptional.

Smell: Detect some sweet malt, but nothing overwhelming.

Taste: Starts out on the sweet side with a very smooth coating on the tongue. Not overly sweet but a perfect balance and great representation of a MaiBock. Alcohol is not noticable at all.

Overall: Very nice indeed and very easy drinking. Had 2 and did not even realize the ABV was this high. (503 characters)

Photo of veggiemafia
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. into a mug. This beer is EXACTLY what I need after working a 14 hour day.

Amber golden, very pretty. Good wall color. Moderate head formation with very little retention.

Smell is very toasty and warm, but sweet and notes of honey are prominent. Something nice and fruity too, something like a dry cider. Very nicely done.

Taste is similar, but brings out the toastiness and adds a bready element like honey and wheat and something very nice and nutty. Once again, very, very, nicely done on Victory's part. One of my favorite beers of this style.

Mouthfeel is very nice, smooth, crisp, the carbonation is excellently done.

I could drink this all night and well into the morning and probably for breakfast. This is excellent, well-balanced, clean, really nice. This is what I love about beer. (812 characters)

Photo of dwarbi
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking beer. Amber colored, with a pure white head that settles to a thin layer, mostly on the edges and a little puddle in the middle of the glass. Not much of an aroma, but is there is pleasant. Slightly sweet and grainy. Very tasty. Chunky, but balanced. Feels creamy in the mouth. Complex, so it keep you interested and entertained. (342 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Anytime I see a Victory product on tap I have to try it, they just are always a wonderful balanced representation of their style this maibock definitely delivers for me. Pours amber mild brown with an off white peach colored head. A nice trickled lace forms as the head begins to dwindle. Aroma is full of malt balanced by slighlty floral hops, a breadiness possibly from the yeast, and a touch of plum notes comes through to form one amazing beer aroma. Taste is very nice mellow balanced flavor primarily consists of malt sweet tones with an underlying fruit tone and hop profile tip toeing on my palate followed by a warming rush of aclohol that is not too overbearing just need to give this beer a little kick. Mouthfeel is slightly stickywith a tickling carbonation from this well-consructed medium bodied Victory classic. Drinkability nice spring/summer seasonal that I was pleased to find on tap very nice beer that plan to visit revisit hopefully in Downington. (969 characters)

Photo of NCSUdo
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Clear golden body under a pretty big white head. Decent lace and retention.

S: Nice sweet malt, candy like at times, very clean and very balanced with a very nice underlying citrus hop character, even a hint of some sweet bread. Very good, very balanced yet very complex.

T: Nice and clean tasting again. Sweet malt up front with the citrus hops in between before a very mild bitterness and ever so slight hint of alcohol in the finish. Slight warming as well. Maybe a bit vinous.

M/D: Light bodied, a little slick, low carbonation. Drinkability is excellent. A very solid beer through and through. (618 characters)

Photo of ski271
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium gold with a touch of copper and a medium-sized, foamy, slightly off-white head after an aggressive pour. The head quickly diminishes to a film and lacing is minimal. The smell is very sweet up front. Malts, honey, caramel and grape…. Sweet but mild. The sweetness carries through to the taste. Honey, light apple and herbs, and some very light floral notes. The finish is medium in duration and warm, with some light orange lingering. It finishes dry in the cheeks and sweet on the tongue. It has a medium body, slick texture, and low carbonation.
Started out as just a so-so- kind of beer but it got better as it goes. I bought a case of this beer, and after the first couple bottles I think I had a little bit of buyer’s remorse. But by the time I finished the case I wise the beer store still had more of this seasonal offering left. Needless to say, it’s a beer that grows on you. (896 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came the color of a dark apple juice with a ring of white head.

Smelled of pasty oats, plain yogurt and little nips of sour apple.

Tastes of brown sugar, golden raisins and apple cider with a cinnamon stick in it. This is all balanced on a smooth doughy lager malt. In the exhale, I’m getting an organic celery vegetable taste. The varieties of sweetness here interacts fabulously with the doughy malt releasing some very pleasant flavors. Thankfully, this one finishes pretty clean, all things considered.

The mouth feel is medium to heavy bodied with a light delicate carbonation.

This one’s a little heavy, but freakin’ delicious! (659 characters)

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