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St. Boisterous - Victory Brewing Company

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very good

401 Ratings
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Ratings: 401
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-13-2002)
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JTZimmerman

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory is perhaps the finest brewery in PA or perhaps the country.

That said, this particular brew was far from what I expected from a 'summer brew'. A bit heavy, as you would consider a Railbender (for those of you in PA) a bit heavy for a hot summer day.

I love the beer but when it is 85 degrees it is a bit heavy and a bit boozy. This isn't really what I consider a summer beer, heck even the St. on the bottle has a beard.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 06:15:55 | More by JTZimmerman
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boxofhate

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

08-05-2012 19:41:40 | More by boxofhate
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HRamz3

Pitcairn

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

12-18-2013 18:34:34 | More by HRamz3
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dgherm

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-21-2013 11:18:09 | More by dgherm
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maybrick

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My. my, my the new brew house sure is kicking in Downingtown. This is one of my favorite beers Victory does. Just when you think it can't get any better, it does. According to Brewmaster Ron Barchet, the wet milling process is really great because the attenuation is going off the charts. Tthis years Saint B. is yet another example of a highly attenuated beer. It is considerably smoother than that of years past.

I suggest you let warm a little and then give a swirl or two to release the nose. The beer is especially bright and has a golden amber color. The carbonation holds up through the entire expereince with nice lace along the way.

The nose in my opinion has a trace of cinamon smelling malt character.

At 7.8 ABV you're kind of expecting someithin big to leap out at you when in fact it is so smooth with no alcohol burn whatsoever.

The taste is really good. I beleive the profile is mainly remindful of butterscotch and sweet ginger. Again, as it warms the spicier it gets which I think is a good thing.

I'm 6'3" tall and weigh close to 300# and two of these do me in. Wow.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2005 12:48:33 | More by maybrick
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden body.. moderate white head.. good retention.. lots of lacing...

S: Nice soft floral european hop bitterness... soft bready malts.. smells like spring.

T: Much like the nose... floral hops up front... balanced out by the soft malty bread flavors..

M: Light bodied... slight alcohol burn at the end... a breif, slightly metallic feel..

D: A good spring beer indeed.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 00:00:42 | More by callmemickey
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orsulacp

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a deep gold with some hints of orange, it is very clear with a small white head. Sweet malts on the nose, not much else. It has a sweet / rich malt flavor and a bit of spiciness not much contribution from the hops. Medium mouthfeel, clean crisp finish, very smooth and drinkable. Overall very good, the last time I had it (three years ago) there was a bit more floral hop smell and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2006 14:31:15 | More by orsulacp
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a clear golden color with a decent sized head on top. The lacing on the glass was pretty good. The smell of the beer has some lemony aromas on it and some grainy malts also on the nose. The taste of the beer is pretty refreshing actually, really nice soft and smooth feel to the beer. Overall I found this to be one of the better beers from Victory brewing.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 20:08:20 | More by Knapp85
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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a chill hazed golden coppery color. It poured with a thick, moderately sticky, densely fizzy head.

s: Biscuity malts, flowery hops, and some delicately sweet fruity aromas of apricot. Just a little heat coming off of this as well.

t: A little on the sweet side, with surprisingly strong apricot flavors. The crisp, cereal/biscuity malts were relegated to the back round. I would have preferred the reverse I think. The finish dries out quite a bit with some fairly assertive leafy bitterness.

m: Nicely chewy body with prickly, fizzy carbonation.

d: Plenty here to like, but there are some better examples of the style to be found locally. This did hit the spot after 5 hours of yard work.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 19:57:44 | More by DIM
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Pencible

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a translucent copper with some off-white head.
S: It smelled like bready yeast and warm caramel with some metallic hops and light citrus.
T: It tasted like metallic hops and juicy citrus, with bready yeast and some sweet caramel. It had a sharp bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation.
D: This was a pretty nice lager that was fairly basic, but light and easy to drink. The aftertaste was a bit harsh, especially considering how tame the taste was up front. But the alcohol was well hidden, and it was a generally enjoyable drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 19:06:12 | More by Pencible
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schmitter

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I found the beer to appear a deeper gold, much more so than a pilsner. It was highly carbonated with a bubbly head and thick lacing. It first hit me as crisp, like a cider (in the carboation sense, not sweetness). I agree that there were citrus notes which presented themselves more and more over time, but it wasn't overall sweet. I'd never had the style before and intend to return to it in the near future.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2009 22:11:41 | More by schmitter
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Gmann

New York

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color wth a small tight tan head that settles into a light ring. The aroma is of a honey malt with some light grassy hops. The aroma was faint, so I didn't pick much up. The taste is of a smooth caramel malt and some light pepper spice. Surprisingly not much of a hop pick up. Doesn't seem to resemble a maibock too much but tastes good. A nice full body, smooth despite some prickly carbonation, finishes with a very light grassy bitterness. This might not be the most flavorful maibock but it drinks very nice, the ABV is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 03:47:35 | More by Gmann
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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearence: Poured into me Prima Pils glass a crystal clear gold with a creamy, bubble off white head.

Smell: The smell is very pilsener like. The malts have that feel to them, and the hops are faint.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Incredibly crisp and refreshing the whole way through. Suprisingly pilsener like. The malts are the focus, and are very thirst quenching, but this beer lacks uniqueness and complexity. The aftertaste is that of cereal and corn. For what it is it doesn't taste half bad. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: A good beer, but not overly great. It's incredibly pilsener like. I enjoyed the fact that it was crisp and clean (thanks to Victory's new brewing system I assume). A good spring beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2005 02:27:37 | More by santoslhalper
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J23hc

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours yellowish gold with lots of bubbles and bollowing white bubbly head. Smell of booze, vegetal hops and some sweet malt characters. Feel is crispy and creamy, lots of spice on the palate and some raw grassiness, and straw-like dryness, with some sugary malt characters. Booze is there more than expected. overall an earthy complex lager.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 20:07:34 | More by J23hc
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tedsox31

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. Orange-red appearance with a thin white head that stays around. Decent lacing.

Aroma is full of malty sweetness, followed by some caramel overtones. Also a slight fruitiness, maybe raspberries or strawberries.

Taste is slightly sweet and metallic up front. This is followed by some caramel and fruitiness, and ending with a long, lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel is decently carbonated, medium and chewy. Dry finish.

A good beer, and very drinkable for that 7.0% abv tag.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 03:11:15 | More by tedsox31
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich golden color topped by a fairly dense, long lasting head. Aroma is havy on the malt side with a touch of noble hops. Flavor is also very malty, a touch a alcohol heat in there. Nice hop flavor in the finish. Mouthfeel is decent, not too carbonated. Drinkability is very good.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 22:09:21 | More by aaronh
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thebeerisgood

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Spices and caramel malt

Appearance: Dark golden color, unfiltered yeast with a light head that disappears quickly.

Taste: The sweet caramel malts come through pretty well on this one with only a slight bitterness from the hops. Finishes with spices and a bread/yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel: Hearty feeling with mild carbonation and very slight alcohol, pretty smooth overall.

Drinkability: Full bodied, solid beer. The alcohol is a little high, not something you would want to spend an evening drinking, but they go down very well.

Notes: This is my first beer experience form Victory, based in Pa, and I must say that it was a good first impression. I also enjoy the idea of a good Helles Bock, as it represents the coming of spring, and all the beer festivals that take place in Germany around that time. Compared to other Helles Bocks that I've tried such as Rogue Dead Guy and Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary, this stacks up pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 22:14:52 | More by thebeerisgood
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a flute.

3.5 A: Clear light yellow with a hint of green. Healthy frothy head dies faster than I'd like, but leaves a reasonable amount of lacing.

3.0 S: Not really much of anything with a slight of muskiness from the hops.

4.0 T: I find this to be very tasty. It more than makes up for the appearance and smell. Slightly grainy. Neutral malt base with some residual sweetness present. Noble hop flavor and mild bitterness.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good carbonation and quite smooth.

3.5 D: Not the biggest fan of the style, but this is an alright brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 01:15:56 | More by DavoleBomb
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bubseymour

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Nice yellow clear pilsner look with frothy 2 finger head.

Smell - Not quite what I was expecting but still pleasant. Sweet malty scents is what I'm picking up.

Taste - Not quite sure I'm on board with this one on the first couple of sips then I start to get used to it a little more and enjoy it somewhat as I progress. Starts off very strong and somewhat boozy, and ends with a crisp noble hop bite similiar to the Prima Pils (a much better beer by Victory).

Very full bodied mouthfeel.

Overall - I think this is a good beer but not a great one from Victory. It seems more like an Imperial Pils than a Maibock/Helles Bock however.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 01:03:55 | More by bubseymour
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dar482

New York

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a realy old bottle and already has tons of floaties. It tastes fine however, so I decided to have it and review it. It was Enjoy By April 2011. This beer is probably 3 years old then.

The aroma has lots of bready malt.

The flavor definitely tastes like a maibock. Lots of breadiness and caramel sweetness, some spiciness and herbal hops. There’s also some fruity esters in there too. The middle hits you with a bit of alcohol, but it’s not very offensive.

The finish is pretty dry, despite the sweet flavor.

Actually a very well done beer. Quite tasty and even better than certainly doppelbock options out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 02:43:54 | More by dar482
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confer

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Copper color with no head.
S- Sweet alcohol.
T- I dont know how to describe the taste other than it is a nice Maibock flavor but on the weaker side, with a small hop bite in the finish.
MD-This is a very easy drinker, as most are other maibocks I have had. The high alcohol content is alway a shocker for Maibocks.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 02:47:38 | More by confer
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got a chance to give this a try, even though this is a Spring beer. It was available via the single bottle in Totowa and since I like Victory's beers so much, I figured I'd give this a go. While this didn't match up with other offerings that I've had of theirs in the past, this was a decently enjoyable beer that I'd have again, during the appropriate season!

This had a decent golden pour to it with a head that lasted a while and melded well into the lacing that formed down the sides of my pint glass. Lots of lemon, grass, and floral notes to the taste as they combined for a "bright" mouthfeel. The consistency of this beer was good too, as it resembled resin and not something watered-down. There was a slight sourness to this but it wasn't enough to make me put the beer down at all.

As for the alcohol, that was a different story. It could have been a bit less noticeable and not only could I taste it during my session, but I could feel it by the time I got down to the bottom of the glass. While this isn't Victory's best beer, I'll probably give it another go when spring arrives, just to see if it's any better the second time around. If anything, this was more enjoyable than many of the Marzens that are currently on the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 20:55:11 | More by JerzDevl2000
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irishking1977

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear copper hue with barely any head and little to no lacing. Typical looking lageresque brew.

S: Butterscotch and toffee with a hint of hops. Decent, but was a bit put off initially by the aromas.

T: Pretty flavorful brew. Rich buttery bread, butterscotch, and a hint of citrus and cinnamon. Not as hoppy as I expected, but it's there. Myriad of flavors mesh fairly well.

M: Moderately creamy and thick, with a good, stout carbonation. Solid mouthfeel.

D: One of the better interpretations of a Maibock, along with Rogue's Dead Guy Ale. Not as easy drinking as your typical lager; the abv is higher than average. Though, it was over 14 bucks for a sixer. Tough to justify purchasing this too frequently.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 22:23:55 | More by irishking1977
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OKCNittany

Oklahoma

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a 1/4" white head that fell quickly with no retention. Body was a deep golden.

S: Aroma was of sweet malt & plenty of it. Simple but good.

T: Following from the smell, there was plenty of sweet & some grainy malt. Am I picking up corn too? There was a touch of hop presence adding much needed balance, or this would have been too sweet.

M: Had a light to medium body with average carbonation and a lasting, sweet light malt aftertaste.

D: The fairly substantial ABV is hidden very well, leaving this very easy to drink. The only issue is that it's a bit too sweet, as I tired of it quickly.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 22:30:26 | More by OKCNittany
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JRed

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly bubbling clear golden body with white foam head that fades to the edges of the glass. Pleasant notes of grains, cereal, slight wheat, floral, and some hops in the nose. Tastes of cereal, grains, slight dirty wheat, a flash of the booze towards the finish and then a sweet honey note mixes with hop dryness that fades out. Light bodied with light carbonation. Crisp in mouthfeel with a good malt base and a passable hop presence but the booze comes across as stale and pestering.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 02:42:00 | More by JRed
St. Boisterous from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.