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St. Boisterous - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

408 Ratings
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Ratings: 408
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 25
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)
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Photo of AdamBear
2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A-cloudy gold with a nice frothy cream colored head

S-creamy grassiness with a touch of mint. i don't know why i've been getting mint in my american craft lagers lately...smells malty with a touch of honey. medium strength

T-comes in with a pale lageresque taste of creamy grass and light honey. its a crisp taste with a grassy after-taste. good strength

M-medium creamy carbonation with a watery after-taste

O-not really impressed with this one. it has a weird creaminess to it. doesn't remind me of anything german. not very drinkable and not something i'll be wanting again.

AdamBear, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of yesyouam
2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Victory St. Boisterous is a very clear yellow beer with a dense, white head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma is fruity and a little wooden. It smells a little like Pinesol and spilled beer. There is an almost minty character to it. It's medium bodied and very smooth with a clean, dry finish. There's a little bit of chewiness or grit left on the teeth. It tastes a little boozy and twangy, like a malt liquor or a euro lager. Alcohol, lemon detergent and light grain are there, along with an herbal, wooden bitterness that surfaces at the finish. This just really isn't my thing. It seems like it wants to be refreshing but the alcohol flavor takes away from that.

yesyouam, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I didn't quite know what to make of this beer...it is very cereal-y, particularly in aroma, but flavor is a bit idiosynchratic and hard to place. Not bad and recommended...I guess.

This beer pours a beautiful dark gold color (like something Rumpelstiltsken would make) with lots of very durable and fluffy white head. Aroma is very cereal-y and pleasant. Flavor is not bad, and is a malt-cereal flavor that is neither malty-sweet nor cereal hearty. Not bad, but hard to put my finger on. Mouthfeel is pretty decent and smooth. Not bad.

BeerBelcher, May 25, 2007
Photo of TheBrewo
2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

We pour a brew of neon-golden yellow. It holds a brief one finger head of white bubbles, leaving spotty lacing as it quickly recedes. The beer is nicely transparent, with no haze or sediment noted. Carbonation appears light. The aroma is of floury malts, with a lighter caramel malt sweetness. There is a white sugar sweetness, with clove of both phenols and esters. There is also light hop slickness, and a light drying resin quality. Alcohols are faint, but enhance with warmth. As we sip, the light and toasty malts hit up front. There is also floury grain and honey sweetness. Buttery diacetyls are sweet, giving a butterscotch quality. The middle moves forward with metallics and a coiny bitterness. Banana esters are cooling, with a slight bite of clovey phenols. The finish is harsher, with strong malts and a booze to cut. There is continued caramel sweetness and metals. The aftertaste breathes with floury grain and corny adjuncts. The hops here are flowery, but faintly bittering. The body is light to medium and the carbonation is high. The feel is nicely coating, with a clean slurp and cream. By the end there is a drying, but a cooling finish. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks decently.

Overall, the best thing about this brew was the light aroma, with the nice and spicy malts. Despite this, the grains become overly light and floury at times. It seems highly generic and unlike a true maibock, with less body, sweetness, or strength to the malts. The sweetness that was there is erased and overpowered with bitterness, and ultimately this is a letdown for the style and for the brewery.

TheBrewo, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of mikefuski17
3/5  rDev -22.1%

mikefuski17, May 25, 2014
Photo of SickNukes
3/5  rDev -22.1%

SickNukes, May 18, 2012
Photo of John_M
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Went for a bottle of this when the German Dunkelweisse on tap was kaput at Mahaffey's.

The beer pours an interesting orange, copper color. There is very little head or lacing, though on the nose one picks up some honey and sweet malt. Not bad, though scarcely impressive. On the palate this beer is very light and one dimensional, with a pronounced flavor of sweet malt. Frankly, I was amazed at the abv., as this beer is very light and drinkable, if not particularly interesting. The flavor became a bit more pronounced as it sat in the glass and warmed up, but utlimately this came across as a light, one dimensional, summer quaffing beer. It's fine for what it is I suppose, but this is not what I'm looking for when I pay $3.50 for a bottle of beer. I cannot say this is one of the better Maibocks I've had.

John_M, May 03, 2007
Photo of gloveman
3/5  rDev -22.1%

gloveman, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of MeadMardigan
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: amber/gold, semi-clear with small bubbles and very small white head

S: apricot, hint of hops

T: initial honey sweetness gives way to moderate hop bitterness

M: thin carbonation; clinging bitterness

D: needs more carbonation; long hop finish turns sour, discourages second helping

As a Spring offering, seems to slot between a pleasing Winter ale and a crisp Summer ale, so points go to Victory for that, but, not good enough to look forward to over a cold winter. I would feel pretty bleak about the change of season if this was the beer to greet me.

MeadMardigan, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of lupercmda
3/5  rDev -22.1%

lupercmda, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of gafferjohn
3/5  rDev -22.1%

gafferjohn, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of touchmeimsac
3/5  rDev -22.1%

touchmeimsac, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of ITK4ever
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got one word for St. Boisterous....eh! This one just doesn't do it for me. Perhaps it's the style, but this will sit in my fridge until I can get a sucker to come by and try it. Usually a Victory fan, I question their motive on this one. I'm thinking Ron and Bill got a good deal on the malt and hops they used, so they decided to throw together a Hellerbock since no other American Micro-brewer seems to be able to do it. Well guess what?? Neither does Victory. Leave this one to the Germans and do what you do best.

Ok....now that I got that off my chest, on to the review. German lager on the nose. Poured a really beautiful golden color. Sweet malt smell released on the pour. Belgian hops up front on the taste which settles into a malty sugary sweetness....actually quite complex. Then this nasty spicy aftertaste comes in of maybe an Allspice. Not a clean finish for a hot spring day. I know this is supposed to be a Spring seasonal, but to me, I'd rather drink this crap in the dead of winter.

Like I said...I won't finish this six-pack off. No offense Victory....love your beers, but this one is off the mark.

ITK4ever, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of PEBKAC
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Half gallon growler from Whole Foods. $10.99 for the fill. Poured into a plastic cup while sitting in a lawn chair with the Mets finishing up another good one in the background.

Pours a clear, but less then vibrant, washed out bronze. Dollop of creme on top.

Smell is predominately bread pudding & grainy crackers. It trails off with the smell of sticky beer residue.

Taste is mainly composed of honey wheat bread & plain Cheerios. Yeast from middle to end, with a very mild(but still refreshing), leafy bite of bitterness. Finish is a trail of Euro-like caramelization & dry wheat.

Carbonation is prickly at first, but fell off considerably on my taller pours. Alcohol is there, but only moderately aggressive.

An okay lazy afternoon beer. Missing that second gear though.

PEBKAC, May 12, 2009
Photo of JerseyKirk
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: 3 finger white head that dissipated quickly. Orangey golden yellow and unfiltered cloudy.

S: Orange, lemon, sweetness.

T: Caramel, malty, biscuit, bready, marzany, sweet, sugary.

M: Nicely bodied. Heavily alcoholic at the end.

O: Its ok. Not my favorite victory beer at all.

JerseyKirk, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a nice copper hue, small head that dissipated almost before I noticed it.

Aroma of fig, malt, and some spice

Flavors of graininess, light malt, with spicy bitterness

Mouthfeel is effervescent, with a medium body.

Overall it is a drinkable, well crafted brew. Sit back sip and discuss.

amatuerbeerguy, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of Ego
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

eyes...
when you first crack the cap it unleashes carbonation, in the glass the carbonation is much less. what little head their is sizzles off faster than a fajita plate, when you roll it in the glass it leaves little sizzling lace marks that dissipate just like the head, dirty blonde in color, consistent throughout the glass. pretty average looking.

nose...
apples, doughy apples with malt, smells a bit like a musty basement (in some good way), if you give the effort you can spy the alcohol a touch with your nose. nothing overwhelming here, but nice.

taste etc...
milder than many helles I have quaffed, the apple in the nose is certainly here in the taste, this drinks too much like apple cider, there is a nice little bitter kick in at the end but it doesn't salvage the saint. the alcohol is quite heart-burn-a-rific, the mouthfeel is good - "light/medium" but the taste is just missing something.. if I knew what..I woudl tell you. drinkability on this suffers for the reasons above. This isn't a bad beer but we get so many exellent helles coming in from germany that this would be a waste of your money if helles are your thang.

verdict?
more like saint ordinarius... sorry victory, this one just doesn't do it for me.. now pass me a storm king !

Ego, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A golden apricot color, just a bit better looking than your run of the mill macro lager.

Nose is clean and malty, simple aroma.

A nice blend of hops round out a good flavor profile led by a sweet malty character.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied yet not heavy by any means. Nicely done, quite a simple beer but well done nonetheless.

jasonpeckins32, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of cokes
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, deep golden bodied with a quick and sparse white heading.
The nose is on the weak side, whimpering out a vague breadiness, traces of golden raisins, and a whiff of dried grass hop spiciness.
Taste is above all things, equally muted. It begins with a honeyed roll breadiness, that segues into fruitier hues of grape and apple. There's a minor (and also seemingly muted) tic of zinc-like minerality, but otherwise it flows well-lagered down the pipes. The close bring a peppery dead grass hop notion that wipes the rest of a lackadaisical malts from memory.
Light-Medium bodied with a low-level but persistent CO2.
It's plenty drinkable. But the malt base is thin and feeble. Thus it doesn't satisfy the meatiness that I want in a bock.

cokes, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a small head. Smell is of malts and grains. Taste is of malts and grains, well balanced but not a lot of flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a decent brew.

tone77, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of kernalklink
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured gleaming gold into the glass, with some nice head retention- seems to glow, very attractive brew. Aromas of bready malts, tangy spiciness and a hint of alcohols and solvent. Taste is unexpectedly harsh- huge rawness in both the alcohol and hops up front. Not so much bitter, but tongue curling all the same. Malts are also huge and overly sweet like green grapes and biscuits. Honey-like sticky sweetness on the finish, the mouthfeel is syrupy and heavy. There is that obvious lager-ish yeast flavor that helps keep it somewhat crisp and balanced but the harsh flavors need to be grounded.

kernalklink, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of corby112
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a thin fizzy white head that quickly fades. Golden crisp fruit aroma with hints of apple, pear banana, hops and spice. Maltier than I expected with a crisp fruit taste which is not very prominent with a delicate hop presence. Slightly bitter dry finish.

corby112, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Golden copper with a half finger head that quickly dissipates into a thin ring on the surface. Not much lacing to speak of at all. A few streams of carbonation is visible thorugh the brew's slight haze.

S - Honestly, it smells like some of the better macros. It doesn't have that classic rice pungency though. A bit of grassy hops over grain with a touch of corn. Not very strong, but this is a classical case where less isn't necessarily worse.

T - Mostly grassy hop flavor, there is a bit of light malt as well. The aftertaste is grassy hops too. Only a faint bitterness. There is a bit of an unpleasantness to the aftertaste, a little chemical edge, but it is very mild.

M - Medium bodied and only slightly refreshing.

D - It is pretty easy to drink. Mild enough for a variety of food. It seems true to the Maibock style, but I feel that it comes up short from being a really good beer. It seems to be a bit lacking in innovation. Granted, it does seem like it is a style that shouldn't be tampered with greatly, but I did expect a bit more.

mrasskicktastic, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of Risser09
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - best by april 24, 2010

Appearance: Pours a golden, transparent, urine colored beer with plenty of active carbonation. A 1" soapy, white head builds and shows ample retention, and leaves some lace on the glass.

Smell: Sweet, tart and light. Lemon, funky sourness, light floral hops and a pale malt.

Taste: Light flavor of pale malt, booze, lager yeast, sweet sugar, but not too much more beyond that.

Mouthfeel: Thin, light, sweet and quite boozy. Carbonation is foamy and the booze goes down to the stomach.

Dirnkability: A yummy lager that drinks like an ale. I could hardly determine the yeast style. I don't think I would reach for it again.

Risser09, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of Innocentexile
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz poured into pint

A-Cloudy pale yellow with pretty much zippo head.

S-sort of a lemony citrus aroma, maybe orange too. pretty sweet smelling

M/T-I can taste the alcohol peeping its head out of this guy. other than that, bready taste along with a tinge of citrus. not too shabby. nice body. eh, second swig the alcohol definately came out

O-aside from the alcohol being present in the taste a little too much for my liking, this is a decent brew, certainly not the best from Victory however

Innocentexile, Nov 25, 2011
St. Boisterous from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.