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St. Boisterous - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 296
Hads: 421
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 23
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-13-2002

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Photo of jancona
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had this on tap at Victory Brewpub in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. This had a nice bready malt foundation that got a little better as it warmed, but still a bit too boozy for me.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at The Owl House in Rochester, NY.

Pours a slightly cloudy light orange, with a small half inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells kinda faint and weak, unfortunately. A little bit of grassy noble hoppiness, but not much else.

Tastes a little faint and uninspired, too. Some light grassiness, with not much noticeable malt flavor, other than some light cracker, and some light breadiness/doughiness. Some slight lager yeast. Just not a whole lot to get excited about here, unfortunately.

Light bodied, crisp mouthfeel, slightly watery.

A rare forgettable brew from Victory, I thought they would've knocked this one right out of the park.

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Photo of dar482
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, bright orange color, with a thick fluffy white head that disappeared quickly.

The scent was of citrus and notes of sweet malts.

The taste was of sweet caramal malts, toasted bread, and some citrus.

Medium body, pretty smooth, moderate carbonation.

This was pretty average for the style, not really something I would look for again.

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4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a .5L glass for $5.50 at the brewpub.
Sampled 08AUG12

[A] Arrives with a 2 finger tall bright white fluffy head of semi compacted foam. Staying power is well above average and leaves a thick film of crackled lace in a thick ribbon along the glass. The body is a clear golden wheat color, rather light and wonderfully clear. Great look.

[S] Sweet. Glorious. Grain. With an extremely gentle toast and a light, crisp lemony-orange citrus. Light fruity notes, malt derived, and perfectly integrated.

[T] Sweet fruity flavor edges out the grainy base by a hair.

[M] Perhaps the best aspect of this fantastic brew. Somewhat thick and more substantial than expected given the ABV. Smooth, luscious. A consistent presence of mild effervescence keeps the tongue awake and contemplative. Couldn't ask for much more.

[O] If this is what a good sturdy Maibock is supposed to taste like, man, I have been missing out.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Victory. Pours a very pale gold with good clarity, a small head that settles fairly quickly, and minimal lacing. Simple but clean aroma; bready; biscuit malt; a hint of earthy and floral hoppiness underneath; very light honey-like sweetness.

The flavor follows the nose pretty closely. All in all I found it to be a bit on the bland side. There’s a clean and light, slightly toasted bread character to the malt, a little biscuit and honey sweetness that dries out in the finish, and again a modest floral hop character.

Medium to slightly light bodied with crisp carbonation. A simple style and a simple execution in line with traditional examples. Easy drinking with well hidden alchohol. Ultimately a bit unexciting.

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Photo of J23hc
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.89/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

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Photo of jifigz
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint.

This beer is a lush extreme golden color. The head was pure white and died rather quickly. The golden color of the beer isn't transparent and it is rather a more opaque golden color. The aroma smells like a typical helles lager just a bit more pungent. The aroma is grassy, grainy, and sweet. There is also a noticeable hop aroma that is very well blended with the grain/malt. The taste is a sharp grain twang blended with a big hop bite up front. The hops hit the palate almost immediately. The aftertaste is rather grainy and sweet but still with the lingering hop bitterness. The MF is crisp and refreshing yet dry and, due to the substantial hop bitterness, not all that refreshing or thirst quenching. I think Victory has this one pretty well nailed. A perfect Spring beer when the weather is still cold and demands a slightly tougher and meatier brew, but is starting to yield to the ever increasing daylight. This is a solid Helles Bock and a style that you don't see represented too often. It stands in the shadows of other styles of lagers and ales.

This beer may be a bit too bitter for the style and I personally think it should be more grainy and sweet, but I still really enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold color, bubbly white head, gone quickly with little lacing. Scent is muted and mild, light herbal notes, faint faint caramel sweetness, touch of wet paper. Taste a little more focuses with lightly sweet malt, little in the way of fresh grain, which i like in the style, some herbal splashes on the back end. Moderate body, smooth, decently carbonated. A nice clean take on the style, just would have liked a bit more grain to the taste.

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Photo of Innocentexile
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
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

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Photo of vicsju1991
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass
A - slightly cloudy yellow/amber, leaves about and inch or so head, with a relatively vigorous pour, decent lacing
S - lemon and orange, kinda sweet
T - this is where it shines, it tastes very citrusy, but there is little to no hop bitterness,
M - pretty creamy, but it is a bit thin
O this is a very enjoyable beer, and also my first review, so hopefully I get better at them, One thing to note is I just bought it yesterday, and it is a spring release, so it isn't 100 percent fresh

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.07/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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Photo of taigor
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into regular pint glass.

A - Poured clear golden color with medium off white head that quickly dissipated leaving light lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly malts and caramel with faint scents of citrus and hops.

T - Sweet malts and grains dominate with additions of honey, caramel and a slightly earthy spicy finish.

M - Medium bodied with above average carbonation.

O - Victory did it again with slightly above average maibock that can be enjoyed during holidays. I would recommend it.

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Photo of TheBrewo
2.99/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of ckollias
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Hazy golden ale with a white, frothy, 1-1/2 finger head that quickly dissipates into a persistent wispy lace.

S: Sweet caramel aroma with hints of citrus and lemons.

T: Crisp caramel flavor similar to the smell. Good malt background and hops to balance. Good amount of alcohol her but masked by the sweetness.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Very good Helles Bock. A little on the sweet side for me, but very enjoyable.

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Photo of Morey
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle with "Enjoy By Mar 11 2012" stamped on the label. Layer of sediment noted, but I managed to keep it all in the bottom of the bottle.

Pours a hazy yellow/gold color with about a half inch of white foam which has settled to a thin and spotty layer after several minutes. Good head retention.

Smell is slightly fruity and yeasty. A touch of grain, alcohol, and oily hops in the nose as well.

I'm getting some sweetness up front with a touch of lemon towards the middle. Malts help make for a bit of chewy finish with a hint of lingering alcohol and bitterness.

Medium bodied with a nice chewy texture on the back end. Moderate carbonation.

Pretty good overall. Not something that I could drink too many of though.

Morey's Bottom Line: I've only had a handful of beers within this style, but this one is probably my favorite so far. Another nice beer from Victory.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, something else good from Victory. This is way better than the style should be. Ordinarily I don't like these much, but this one works.

It's a little cloudy (too cold?). Pretty yellow in the glass. It has a hoppy, interesting and unique taste. The yeast tastes more like a Belgian.

I would buy this again and again.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours clear straw with 1/2 finger of frothy head.

N: Pear, hay, barnyard funk, hints of spruce and lemon zest.

T: Breads, grains, green tea. Finishes dry with lingering spices.

M: Medium bodied, dry, prickly and somewhat sticky.

O: Extremely smooth and drinkable. Slightly bitter and crisp. Beautiful nose and interesting flavors. Makes a nice session ale.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When poured into a glass it shows a golden sunshine body. It's slightly hazy and amply attenuated. The foamy head is small and is fast fading with no noted spots of lacing.

It's aroma is that of sweet malts biscuits with a sutle spiciness.

A well malt brew with ample amounts of malts. Hops balance out the sweet malts nicely.
The finish here finds biscuit grass and warming alcohol.

A thinner beer here but smooth alcohol warming finishes up the taste.

A good biting beer with just the right amount of everything to make a sweet seductive tasting beer.
Me thinks me likes.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of ebby82
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A zesty golden hue when poured into a pint mug.

Very slight sweetness in the aroma with a nice hop zing.

Taste is redolent of spicy hops in the back of the tongue, and a slightly sweet taste upfront. I really enjoy whatever hops are used here, they taste wonderful.

A really tasty helles, with a pleasant hop ooomph.

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St. Boisterous from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.