1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

St. Boisterous - Victory Brewing Company

Not Rated.
St. BoisterousSt. Boisterous

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

410 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 410
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 24
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-13-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 410 | Reviews: 297 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of PatandDavid
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

PatandDavid, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of nomad
4.45/5  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.

nomad, Jun 06, 2004
Photo of njmoons
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

njmoons, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of jwc215
4.4/5  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.

jwc215, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of dbalsock
4.4/5  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.

dbalsock, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of WonderWoman
4.4/5  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.

WonderWoman, May 18, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

tgbljb, May 06, 2006
Photo of mempath
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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?

mempath, May 28, 2010
Photo of Dithyramb
4.35/5  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.

Dithyramb, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of Bierfreund
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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!

Bierfreund, May 20, 2010
Photo of mvanaskie13
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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.

mvanaskie13, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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.

cerevisiaephilus, May 25, 2004
Photo of jaluria
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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.

jaluria, May 24, 2006
Photo of Bierman9
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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

*** *** ***

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

549

Bierman9, May 25, 2003
Photo of sponberg
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

sponberg, Feb 13, 2002
Photo of ebby82
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

ebby82, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of Gasp100
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Gasp100, May 18, 2004
Photo of JamesS
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

JamesS, May 28, 2009
Photo of dogfooddog
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

dogfooddog, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of whartontallboy
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

whartontallboy, Apr 10, 2005
Photo of rousee
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

rousee, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of Kolsch
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Kolsch, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of dwarbi
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

dwarbi, Jul 04, 2003
Photo of KolbMarley
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

KolbMarley, Jul 17, 2014
St. Boisterous from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.