St. Boisterous - Victory Brewing Company

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very good

410 Ratings
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Ratings: 410
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 24
Gots: 2 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-13-2002)
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Photo of ADR
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of cubedbee
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BuckSpin
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of drtth
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of frazbri
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Phillyduke
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of DrJay
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of biegaman
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of onsite416
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle (a gift from Alyeast) into a pint glass.

A. A light yellow clear brew with healthy carbonation, yet a dissapointing head.

S. Well balanced malt with a hint of floral hops.

T. Much like the smell. A lightly toasted malt brew. A clean finish of spicy hops.

M. Highly carbonated which gives it a tart clean finish.

D. A very drinkable beer. The lightness hides the slightly higher abv.

Another good beer from Victory!!!

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden, honey color. Plenty of sparkly delicious head throughout.

The first taste I felt was like a spicy pilsner.

The more I kept drinking, I kept thinking saison while sipping this baby. Probably due to the potent spiciness. Also, detected strong hints of what I can only relate to that of rosemary.

The taste packed a hell of a punch (a bit in the alcohol, too) compared to the smell, which was way more subtle (but not as a whole) - peppery and piney.

I could drink at least two, maybe three in a sitting and savor every drop.

Photo of gosurfobx
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden straw color with a large head that quickly subsides to a film. Smell is very sweet and malty with some nice hops. Taste is also very sweet, crisp and clean. Taste has some slight carmel hints and a little hoppyness. Very good in the mouth with strong flavors and good carbination. A good drinkable helles bock.

Photo of joe1510
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$10.99 6-Pack
Binny's Orland

St. Boisterous pours with a beautiful crystal clear golden body. Streams of big carbonation bubbles rise to the, sadly, disappointing head. A one finger head formed on the pour that quickly fell to a skim coat and ring around the glass. The body does look great though.

Super clean, refreshing and simple nose. Lightly toasted grains are the backbone of this brew along with fresh grain huskiness. A nice sprinkling of floral hop qualities wash over the toastiness adding nice balance.

Good clean toasted grain flavors abound. A solid hop snapo on the finish comes along after the floral hop bouquet hits lightly all over the mouth. Mild green apple skin tartness along with that hop snap. Very nicely done.

Medium body that seems a little lighter from the solid carbonation. Carbonation gives a slightly prickly impression on the tongue. This beer finishes superbly clean and slightly dry.

Enjoyable, refreshing, lively, brew. Easy one too put away although the higher than average abv could catch up to you quite easily.

Another winner from the guys over at Victory. Not a style I see very often but they nailed it. Keep it up over there.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a 6-pack a while back from MI but didn't rate, now I'm drinking a bottle I just got in PA.

The beer is clear and light orange colored, with no head at all, just some skimpy bubbles on top. The smell was mighty nice though, malty and doughy, leading to a sweet malty flavor (a little bitter in the aftertaste). Thick enough to satisfy as a bock should in my opinion, but thin enough to be easily drinkable (except the ABV tempers that a little). Very nice heller bock.

Photo of Richardberg
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - poured into a tulip. Bottle is about a year old, so I'm not surprised the head is a little lacking: half inch of white on top after a vigorous pour, gone in 30sec. A few bubbles float up now & then, or join the fleck of foam around the edge. Color is a muddy orange, almost pink at some angles, brown at others. Totally opaque, but not what I'd call cloudy; nothing floating.

S - big smell for a maibock. Sweet caramel malts, hops, a little winter spicing. Hops are entirely toward the floral side of things, which is good; pine and citrus would be out of place. Distinctive fruity plum character as well.

T - pretty much like the smell. Bitterness of the hops is more forward, but pleasantly so. I perceive the spices more as a bite than a distinct flavor.

M - still has enough latent carbonation to be crisp, almost fizzy on the tongue. Frankly I prefer this feel to the typical lager. A lot. Nice rich body too, coats smoothly, especially given the style @ "only" 7%.

D - well done. Not gonna drink a sixer like you might with a more typical bock, but this one is worth it, especially in a snowy winter like now. And yet, it's not like they gone and brewed a barleywine or a porter or something wacky: it's still very recognizable. And I like it anyway. Not the first time Victory has made me a believer in styles I'd otherwise discard. Props.

Photo of tigg924
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, medium-high carbonation, dark gold in color, clear

Smell: grass and some hops

Taste: grass, caramel, some bittering earthy hops in the background

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet with a bitter backbone

Drinkability: Could have sveral of these if not for the alcohol which hits hard. A nice and clean maibock. Simple yet elegant.

Photo of asabreed
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Enjoy by October 13th, 2006. Is it just me, or does St. Boisterously look freakishly close to one of the characters on the board game Guess Who? Anyone know what I'm talking about. I think his name may be Max; I remember he had a big nose and white hair. And this is the oldschool version of the game; I think there's a new one out now with different folks.

Appearance: A straw golden yellow with tiny bubbles up the top of the glass. The head dissipates extremely quickly, and there's a bit of lacing but not much. Are the Maibock bodies regarding color and carbonation this boring?

Smell: A nice and richly balanced blend of sweet malt and floral hops. Slight honey and fruit? Not insanely complex, but highly welcoming.

Taste: Wow, I've never really had a beer quite like this, especially for the style. There's nothing too discernible for me, but the taste and the balance are right on. It's sweet without being overly sweet, hoppy without being either too bitter or floral, and the finish is long, welcoming, and perfect right now for summer. I also get a bit of honey and maybe a bit of peach skin. I get no alcohol here at all, especially anything remotely close to 7.4%. Not sure how they're doing this, and sorry this isn't very informative, but it's really hard to explain, at least from this end.

Mouthfeel: This may seem a bit cloying to some, and maybe that's the slightly higher alcohol content? At first it especially seems that way, but the burst of carbonation by the end provides a bit of chewiness and makes it not watery in the least.

Drinkability: I'll certainly be getting a 6-pack of this soon enough, as I think it's really delicious. Not the most complex brew in the entire world, but the best of the domestic styles I've had yet. Quenching, fairly alcoholic, and highly drinkable. I hope this becomes a staple for Victory as far as bottles go.

Photo of drcarver
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a copper color with a less than one finger head. retention is decent but does not last for more than half the beer

S - sweet and biscuity. high on the malts with no real hop aroma. seems pretty classic for a mai

T/M - chewy and biscuity. light roasted flavor in the malts. finishes clean with little aftertaste.

D - goes down very nicely. i do lament the 7+% because I would like to have a few more.

Photo of meathookjones
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear golden yellow with a smallish pillowy white head. Head retention is poor but leaves a light scattering of lace. Light malt sweetness in the aroma with light fruit notes and a few other things going on. Some bready notes as well. Flavor is sweet and bready with some apple notes. Light hoppiness rounds this one out nicely. Crisp and refreshing going down. This stuff is very easy drinking and perfect for the warm weather. Thanks goes to Ben for the bottles of this.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle with a very colorful but classically styled Victory label, this bottle has a green colored background with a cheery Father Xmas like chap with a half-evil wry smile. Lots of blurb to the left describe the background to this brew and references the Bavarian Hellerbock style which it trades as. No strength listed but it has an ‘Enjoy By Oct 13 06’ Date.

Appearance: Incredibly clear and deep shining golden body with a polished orange refraction. Quick rising ¼” thick head fizzes into life and pops away to leave only a ‘bare bones’ covering. Not much head at all, a little white affair that soon breaks down to leave a thick but clinging halo covering which breaks in the middle. Minimal ‘spotty’ lacing. Carbonation is finely dissolved and has some life but it seems like it is on its way out.

Nose: Hints of alcohol set against some straw and sweet malts sit in and amongst metallic hints of floral hops. Clean nose with a bready accent.

Taste: The baked bread body is punctuated with a malty thread, which has straw, sweetness and some more floral input from the hops. Light metallic feel, clean middle with a ringing hop bite finish. Spices up as it warms, or is it juts the hops waking up when warmed from hibernation!? Finish is very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Wanes a little towards the finish, but has a solid feel that appears to only suffer from a low level of conditioning.

Drinkability: It has one of those “I’ll just have another quick sip” attractive qualities about it. A 12 ounce bottle seems to take the piss, just as you really get into this one it’s all gone.

Overall: I managed a draft sample of both the St. Boisterous and St. Victorious during my first ever visit to the Victory Brewery tap, almost two years to the day on 29th May 2004. It was great back then and it still is, nice to see it in bottles. A Victory-V Salute to BigHuge for the permanent loan of this marvelous brew.

Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always look forward to drinking good spring bocks,this poured int a pokal a clear medium gold with a tight formed one finger white head that settled pretty slowly.Alot of things going on in the nose caramel sweetness and bread grain mainly with hints of vegetable and iron the alcohol really doesnt show thru much here,not as sweet as I thought it would be from judging other reviews yeah it has some definent caramel sweetness along with a sweet dough character and green gape with pear note but a decent herbal hop presence is there along with that vegetal note.Some grain alcohol flavors come thru as it warms a bit but it warms you on a cold 40 degree spring day here in the Buffalo area.I have wanted to try this for quite awhile and I am glad I had the chance.

Photo of rugbycritic
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Most bocks coming from American brewers pale in comparision to their German counterparts. I'm sure it has to do with the selection of malts available, and the conditioning times allowed.

However, don't let all of that fool ya. This is an excellent helles. It's got everything you need, firm yet tasty maltiness, good color and clarity, just a hint of hops to balance the residual sweetness, and a hint of clean cloves (just a wafer thin hint mind you).

I have tried to brew this and related styles, and they are picky. This one definitely deserves a second look-see when I find it again.

St. Boisterous from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.