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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-13-2002)
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dherling

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -10.4%

Poured out a semi cloudy orange brown color with a decent off white head that shrunk into a thin film of blah. The nose is like fruit cake, warm cherry pie, alcohol, more lousy fruit cake, and even more fruit cake. Why would they do this? I hate fruit cake! The taste Is of corrupt malt, singing with alcohol and fruity esters, some prune, and a bit of dark sour cherry. Mouthfeel is mild and tame, finishes cloying and syrupy. Not terribly drinkable, but not unbearable either. Overall an ok beer worth trying, but not a favorite of mine.

03-14-2007 03:39:05 | More by dherling
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farrago

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%

The head crests over a finger of some of the loosest foam possible, big bubbles pop and evaporate swiftly, the foam barely coats the surface, zero lacing. No beads, just random huge bubbles, has a clean light golden color of a slight metallic cast. The nose is based in pretzel dough, black pepper, orange marmalade, peach, apricot, green apple fruit scents and caramel, noticeably sweet overall with a moderate hoppiness at most, produces cereal and granola notes as it opens, quite full nostril presence. Full-bodied, its plushness and generally weak carbonation undermines the pepper, grass and straw but it is not wimpy, simply sweeter than may be desired. Displays orange, tangerine to almost pink grapefruit pulp citrus. Layers on the apricot, peach, nectarine, pineapple, sugary and close to dried fruit in nature. Still, feels obligated to add a bitter twist to the end, this in spite of a syrupy mouth texture. Overall, feels and tastes like a “normal” everyday lager sent to finishing school and made from higher quality ingredients.

07-21-2011 02:08:33 | More by farrago
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walleye

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%

from the bottle that I got in a trade. poured a golden honey with a off white head that left no lacing. aroma, metallic, citrus (lemon/orange), hops, caramel, honey. flavor a malty sweetness, hops, honey, fruity. like the nice smooth mouthfeel on this beer

05-28-2006 19:16:40 | More by walleye
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the boisterous sea of liberty."

--Thomas Jefferson

Shiny tangerine that isn't that far removed from shiny amber. A boisterous pour resulted in no more than two fingers of foam that is some combination of pastel orange, beige and ivory. This is a pretty classic look for the style. Maibock... helles bock... hellerbock... take your pick.

The nose is a disappointment. I don't smell anything on the malt side of the equation; perhaps not that surprising with the paler varieties. As far as hops, I get no more than a hint of noble muskiness. St. Boisterous has some work to do on the palate or this will be one of my least favorite Victory offerings ever.

Things aren't quite so bad on the buds, but I'm still far from impressed. The beer has a wishy-washy personality in that it lacks a flavor focus. Helles bocks are usually sweeter and maltier than this. I'm aware that I'm drinking a spring release in the fall, but it's the early fall and a beer of this sort and this ABV should have held up just fine.

There's a little golden fruitiness (apricots and apples), along with a hop presence that isn't prominent... nor should it be. The German 'whole hop flowers' have an easy time balancing the barely evident sweetness of the German malts. I don't know why Victory can't let us know what's in their beer.

I like the mouthfeel since it has a lightly silky smoothness that is helped by a laid back amount of carbonation. Big (and even medium-sized) lagers, if brewed with any sort of skill at all, have always appealed to me from a mouthfeel standpoint.

Victory brews some of the best beer to be found in this country. Storm King Stout, Prima Pils, Hop Wallop... all superb. Even though maibock/helles bock isn't among my favorite styles, I can appreciate a good one when I drink it. St. Boisterous is decent beer, but no more than that.

10-01-2007 13:40:22 | More by BuckeyeNation
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navband

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

07-30-2014 07:28:58 | More by navband
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PaBeerLover

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

12-01-2011 02:44:52 | More by PaBeerLover
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rondufresne

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

04-01-2012 16:03:15 | More by rondufresne
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

02-11-2012 22:23:18 | More by Tyrawlings
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

12-05-2011 02:41:11 | More by JohneHoodlum
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Bill69

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

09-27-2013 18:12:46 | More by Bill69
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ssimpson89

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

03-02-2013 21:59:34 | More by ssimpson89
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Pours a nice amber-copper color, with a finger of white head and tons of rising bubbles. Head disappears fairly quickly, and there doesn't appear to be any lacing. Nose is sweet and malty, with a little citrus, and some honey. Not bad. Taste is interesting, definitely fits the designation of a light bock. A pretty balanced beer, although that balance might even mean a little bland. First is some spiciness and a touch of alcohol on the tongue, then the sweeter caramel and honey malt. Hops show up at the end and balance it out a little with an almost watery smoothness. Feel is medium, solid carbonation; maybe a little thin for my taste. Overall it's not a bad beer, if nothing particularly interesting. Maybe that's just the genre, as this is my first helles bock.

05-10-2007 00:43:33 | More by soupyman10
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cameraman

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

A medium amber color with some visible carbonation. A light beige to white colored head, that starts at a half inch and dissolving away to a thin layer on top. A malty fragrance, with touches of bread and cracked grain, finishing with a mild feint scent of grass. Malt, malt and more malt is the dominant flavor, with bread and biscuit flavors. Those flavors last till the back end, when it finishes with a hop bitterness of grass and citrus, did I mention the malt. The consistent medium body lasts all the way through, it leaves a medium dryness at the end. This is really drinkable, the color and aroma are classic for the style. The taste is malty, more malty than I would prefer, but it takes nothing away from the flavor. Overall this is a great beer for spring and the summer heat.

10-22-2010 03:31:17 | More by cameraman
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random846

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

05-10-2013 01:25:28 | More by random846
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

First had: on tap at Blind Tiger, NYC, NY

Poured into a snifter, a clear golden yellow with nearly two fingers of foamy white head that receded quite a bit, leaving some nice lacing. Smell of grains, bready yeast, and light floral hops. Crisp on the taste buds, biscuity, light honey, grains, lightly hopped for a floral quality, with a touch of fruit in the finish. Not overflowing with flavor, but what's there is good. Light-medium body, and quite drinkable.

09-02-2011 15:23:59 | More by Rifugium
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hanco005

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Picked up a single to review, 12 oz bottle, tells me to enjoy by Oct 13 06, poured into a pint glass

A—pours clear honey yellowish amber with a fizzy thin sheet for a head that is gone instantly, laces down the inside of glass similar to detergent

S—sour, yeast and wheat, mild sweetness, some lemon, some banana, too

T—Malty to be sure, some sourness and tartness, maybe a bit on the bready side, not bad, really

M—feels a little flat, light bodied, mild carbonation

D—not bad, but not great either. Worth a try, but I wouldn’t buy a bunch of these.

06-25-2006 05:06:54 | More by hanco005
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

05-13-2012 01:26:34 | More by brez8791
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

03-06-2013 18:42:22 | More by orangesol
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steveh

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

A -- Pale, clear honey gold color with a good white head that settles a little quickly, but revives well.

S -- Grassy to slightly spicy hops, some vague graininess and slight DMS. Some mellow sweetness lingering too.

T -- First taste is mellow breadiness with alcohol asserting. Any sweetness in the start is fleeting and the dry finish takes over. There is a vague fruitiness, giving a plum or pear Schnaaps character to the beer, then bitter hops seal the deal in the finish with bready malts lingering in the aftertaste. The bitter hops also seem to linger assertively long after the last sip. Not what I tend to look for in a Helles Bock.

M -- Body is light medium with a soft to slightly syrupy mouth-feel.

D -- Not bad to style, there are better versions out there, but that's not to say this isn't a good addition to the group.

05-08-2009 20:22:41 | More by steveh
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oldsmuggler

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-15-2012 23:04:33 | More by oldsmuggler
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Jmamay22

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Pours a one finger head that disipates to near nothingness, thus, leaving little lacing. It's an amber colored ale with ocassional bubles rising to the top indicating a lighter carbonation. Smells of piney hops, but its scent is well short of an IPA. Tastes of bread and alcohol and finishes with bitterness. Thin mouthfeel and light carbonation. Amazingly drinkable for its abv. Victory is one of my favorite local breweries and I love Hellerbocks, but this one comes up as being just above average.

07-31-2007 22:55:03 | More by Jmamay22
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

I poured this beer into a perfect pint glass, it has a straw gold color body with just a real thin fizzy white head. The smell is a little bit citrus with a hint of mint. The taste is malty and sweet up front then i get a faint hop taste on the back of the tongue. This has a nice mouth feel and overall is well carbonated and good tasting.

02-02-2012 03:45:27 | More by chefhatt
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

12-03-2011 18:35:28 | More by deapokid
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NooseJustice

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-25-2014 02:22:12 | More by NooseJustice
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

07-01-2014 13:18:50 | More by oglmcdgl
St. Boisterous from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.