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St. Boisterous - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

407 Ratings
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Ratings: 407
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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EPICAC

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.9%

It was served chilled in a tulip glass. St. Boisterous pours a crystal clear golden. It's topped by a bright white head that fades to a film leaving clinging lace. The aroma has a crisp graininess to it, as well as some nice apple esters, and bit of leafy, grassy hops.

This maibock starts off with a crisp, neutral graininess that moves into a mild, apple fruitiness in the center. The finish has a nice citric bite and an herbal hop bitterness. This beer is light-bodied, highly carbonated and very crisp.

This is a nice summer beer. It's flavorful, crisp and refreshing.

06-24-2009 02:24:12 | More by EPICAC
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-26-2011 19:00:08 | More by djrn2
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MerkurKing16

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-17-2011 16:28:27 | More by MerkurKing16
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fdig23

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

03-31-2012 22:43:59 | More by fdig23
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alexgash

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Brilliant golden orange, clear, clean, with a small, tight, off-white head. Smells of honey, tangy vegetal sweetness, fruity malt sugars, maple syrup, and spicy herbal hops. Nice and very hellesbockish. Spicy hop edge up front on an otherwise malty sweet taste. Honey and vegetal malt sweetness, with flashes of sugar. Cooked vegetable twang/bitterness in the finish. Kind of warming, but not hot. A good lager for this cool 4th of July evening as the fireworks rain down outside. Nothing exceptional, but a solid Victory.

07-05-2006 04:49:07 | More by alexgash
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-08-2011 19:34:51 | More by Rochefort10nh
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.9%

06-15-2013 01:29:03 | More by kylehay2004
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-10-2011 03:22:50 | More by rab53
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-04-2012 11:35:28 | More by jbaker67
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beerphan

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12oz bottle -> sa taster
stamped: best by Mar 10 2011

Pours a light oranged amber with small wispy head that quickly dissapates down to some dish water soap suds. No lace. Carbonation is study and robust. Besides the lack of lacing a very good lookin' brew.

Nose: earthy and sweet

Some pale sweetness, but not a ton of malt character. Sweet candy and light caramel, the bitterness has no problem balancing the malts, which i find rare for a bock. I'm guessing thats what the Helles in all about and why this is a spring release. Alcohol peeks in the dry and spicy fiinish. Saaz type bitterness. If your not huge into bock (like me) you may like this as an entry into the bock style.

I have to say that this maybe my new spring goto brew. Very drinkable with a ABV that will sneak up on you. Happy Spring! Thanks Neil & the empire Beer Club.

05-15-2010 20:01:18 | More by beerphan
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tubbnik

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-08-2011 16:25:18 | More by tubbnik
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garuda

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

A - Clear copper with a one finger thick head with good retention and decent lacing.

S - Big sweet bready malts up front backed up by a bit of floral hop aroma, and a touch of warming booze towards the end.

T - Follows the nose with bready malts, but the floral hops are much more pronounced in the lingering aftertaste, particularly some lilac notes.

M - Solid medium body, perfect medium carbonation creates a smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

D - My first maibock review. I'm not sure at this point if anything really stands out about it, but it was a pleasure to drink, and I could definitely have a few more.

04-17-2010 00:56:04 | More by garuda
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edglodek

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.9%

04-21-2012 02:16:48 | More by edglodek
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ADR

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

Clear bright gold appearance, head is fairly minimal and is essentially gone after 45 seconds or so. A couple of strings for lacing. A little bit of sweetness in the aroma, much more of a slightly bitter apple core and slushy cinnamon sweetend apple sauce that plays very well. Body is heavier, carbonation is at the low end of the spectrum. Taste is quite malty, viscous with an almost maple syrup sweetness. Hops give a slightly leafy and peppery counterpoint (I kind of like them to pop more in this style), and nicely emphasized in the second half of the flavor profile. Toasted malt impression gets stronger on warming and lingers well into the aftertaste. A slightly too thick brew, nice balance and a pleasant rendition of a strong Helles Bock.

04-21-2006 00:10:48 | More by ADR
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cubedbee

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

12 oz bottle, best enjoyed by Oct 13, '06. Pours a crystal clear honey with very active carbonation, thin white head that disappears quickly, no lacing. Nose is a strong sweet pilsner malt with a touch of spicy hops, nice. Taste is a sweet bready malt, slight bit of honey, a bit toasty, finishing with a slight grassy hop bitterness and a lingering malt flavor. Pretty nice beer, nice full body, easy to drink. I don't have much experience with the style, but I definitely prefer this to Dead Guy.

09-25-2006 22:40:18 | More by cubedbee
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BuckSpin

Maine

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

A warm medium golden hue with a nice 1/2" head of loose off-white foam that faded quickly with little to no lace, all dancing on some slow carbonation. Nose is sweet, springlike, breezy and outdoors, with some mild hoppiness and malts drifting in.

The initial tongue is smooth, mild malt which surrenders to a soft hop peak. The two dance on the pallete, then slide into a deep, rich, almost syrupy sweet like. It reminds me of the way Golden Monkey or a good dopplebock finishes. The aftertaste is soft and bitter, warming. This was an excellent ride from taste to swallow.

If you, like I do, enjoy different sensations of taste throught a beer, give this a try.

05-31-2005 02:53:55 | More by BuckSpin
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

Had this gem at their Downingtown brewery.

Orangy golden with a pale beige head. Clear as anything.

After a swirl I got some alcohol phenols mixed in with the sweet malt and spicy peppery hops.

Honey, citrus fruits, and spicy hops sandwiched between big bready malt. Some grassy straw/hay qualities too.

Crisp mouthfeel at first, then it gets heavier, becoming a tad cloying. Sweet aftertaste for a few minutes. Carbonation helps cut through the long finish, basicaly having the affect of making this one hard to put down.

Really nice, I would love for this to find it's way out here to the Oregon market.

05-27-2008 00:02:22 | More by SurlyDuff
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

Appearance: As poured the beer is a clear copper orange color with a ½" slightly off-white head that recedes to leave a ring of foam with a thin layer of foam over the surface. The sipping leaves a ring of foam with a bottom edge that trails off into a spider web pattern of lacing. Where the sip was taken there are widely scattered speckles of lacing.

Smell: The aroma is fresh and grassy from the hops and there is a strong bready malt presence.

Taste: The flavors tend to be predicted by the nose. There is some sweet bready malt present but there is also a strong overlay of grassy, herbal bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium-full bodied and silky smooth from the gentle but persistent carbonation. The finish is medium long with some sweetness from the malt and a lot of the crisp herbal hop character present as they both fade together into a persistent musty dryness at the end.

Drinkability: This is a nicely drinkable mai-bock. I've had several now before doing this review and find myself enjoying them quite a bit. It is not earthshakingly good but it is definitely a good solid tasty brew that I'll return to again.

04-17-2010 14:51:06 | More by drtth
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mtnbikerpa

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. The bottle has a fresh by date April of 2010. After being poured this brew had very little head and not much carbonation being released. This beer has very little aroma. The taste is a little dry and biscuit like malt flavor. A few sweet fruit tastes, slight white grape. This beer is very smooth drinking and easy to put down a few. The alcohol is moderately noticable and relaxing.

11-28-2009 03:08:56 | More by mtnbikerpa
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frazbri

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

St. Boisterous from Victory poured clean, straw gold topped by a soft, bright, white head. The substantial aroma had apple, carmel and nutty notes. Flavor started with orchards of fruit followed by malt sweetness. Bitterness stayed at the roof my mouth throughout the glass. Medium body with moderate carbonation and a clean finish.

This is another Victory lager worth bragging about.

09-21-2006 02:39:53 | More by frazbri
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Phillyduke

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

After going through nearly an entire case of this since March, I finally decided to sit down and review one on the last day of May. Poured into a pilsner glass. Beer is a clear, golden color with a three-finger head that slowly settles to a fizzy layer. Small amounts of lacing cling to the glass as I drink, but slide down to the level of the liquid each time. It has a typical lager smell, though nowhere near as offensive as a macro. Notes of bready malts step forward as the beer warms, and an alcoholic twinge burns the nose a bit.

The taste is definitely malt-forward sweetness with a noticeable peppery hop back bite. It's a very nice balance between the two, as neither really dominates the other. A sweet sticky aftertaste starts to build up over time, but never becomes cloying. The alcohol I detected in the nose is barely noticeable in the taste. A vigorous pour leaves a perfect level of carbonation. It tingles the palate, but doesn't overpower the creamy feel of the malt.

Overall a crisp and refreshing segue between the stouts and dopplebocks of winter and the bright pilsners and wheat beers of summer. I think the buildup on my palate over an extended session (along with the ABV) would probably limit me to 3 or 4 before it stopped being enjoyable, though drinking it with food would definitely help. Victory once again displays their mastery of the German lagers. This will be in my spring lineup every year.

05-31-2008 19:48:01 | More by Phillyduke
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

Clear, deep gold colour. My pint was poured with a thin whisp of head that disappeared rather quickly. Rich, toasted malt aroma with fresh apple character. Very nice. Malty sweet with toasted malts and a caramel apple component. It had a lingering, light bitterness with a hint of hop flavour. There was a noticeable acidic bite from the carbonation in the finish, as well as a light, spicy, alcohol warmth. Carbonation was just on the high side, made up of large, fizzy bubbles. Decent body. Quite smooth once the carbonation settled a bit. A good beer and quite quaffable.

04-24-2006 02:19:46 | More by DrJay
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

I had this on tap at Bully's in Columbia on 6/10. Served in a goblet chilled.

A - A beautiful dark golden w/ excellent clarity and a thick white head w/ densely packed bubbles

S - Crisp malt w/ biscuit and honey aspects w/ a mellow German yeast aroma and almost no alcohol scent. Mild pils aroma w/ light grainy nose overall just like wholegrain pancakes w/out syrup

M - A texture of mild slightly grainy malt w/ moderate amount of carbonation w/ light nutty/grainy texture w/ slightly husky quality, but has a mildly sweet finish w/ hint of alcohol warmth

T - A light honey taste w/ grainy sweetness and the slightly dry malt flavor has a taste that is mild and quenching with crisp malt flavor and gentle taste of alcohol as the sip is swallowed. The malt is complemented by a yeast flavor w/ mild hops and lasting grain complexity

D - A great Maibock w/ plenty of Malt, the flavor is complex yet still smooth enough to be considered very drinkable. The taste ripples across the tongue and begs for repeated tastes. A very fine example of the style -represents well.

06-11-2009 17:14:53 | More by Slatetank
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

You can tell just from looking at it that this beer has more character than a typical helles (pale) lager; its body is densely shaded-in with amber coloring and littered with thick flakes of yeast. Despite emanating a glowing warmth in the light, clarity is non-negotiable given the sediment. Bubbles are spotted but accumulate to no more than a thin ringlet.

Going by the first few sniffs, it's looking (err, smelling) like St. Boisterous lives up to its name. This smells as rich and complex as a beer both much darker and higher in alcohol; toasty, malty-rich melanoidins thrive. Prune, raisin and dried cherries are noticed very briefly before being washed away by a sweeping maltiness and underlying leafy, spicy hoppiness.

Boy, these guys don't mess around - when they set out to brewing a bock there was no compromising. A rich, full, hearty bill of quality continental malts dominates with a clean, impressionable, lasting flavour that is toasty, well-attenuated and only a trifle sweet. The alcohol is not tasted, although teams-up with the hops to give the finish a little "umph!"

Maibocks, like the month in their name, are transitional beers. While its malts, pale and clean, conjure the easy enjoyment of a summertime brew, its hopping is more aggressive and its alcohol hovers a high percentage, just like its wintry, more hearty cousins. St. Boisterous captures that perfectly: it's bright and clean, yet substantially flavoured and strong.

I swear Bill and Ron (Victory's brewmasters) majored in being German; they've emulated seemingly all German styles to perfection. Bocks are a style really easy to get wrong: they're easy to brew too sweet, too strong, not clean enough, not flavourful enough. You need really high-quality ingredients and a really thorough understanding of what you're doing - neither of which are ever a problem for this brewery. Watch Germany now try to annex Pennsylvania.

06-01-2011 15:36:46 | More by biegaman
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onsite416

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours light orange/amber small white head gone in seconds. Aroma of malty honey, sticky hint to it, even left a little stickyness on the pint glass. Surprising amount of fruit and a nice spicy hop bite. A nice switch from my normal everyday Bells Oberon

09-05-2006 01:54:14 | More by onsite416
St. Boisterous from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.