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St. Boisterous - Victory Brewing Company

St. BoisterousSt. Boisterous

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BA SCORE
87
very good

392 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%


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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farrago

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass. Pours a slightly cloudy yellow, with a 1" white head that soon reduces to a thin lid.

Although this is traditionally a spring seasonal beer, I recently found this at the local beer store and was eager to give it a try. It has a bready, yeasty aroma, with floral notes and a slight hint of toffee.

This beer starts with a full, upfront flavor of sweet malty grain, slight smokiness, and a mild hop finish.

Medium bodied, this is a smooth, easy drinking beer, with a pleasant finish.

This is a nice seasonal, and I'm glad to have had this one. Malty and mildly sweet, St. Boisterous is a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 02:23:13 | More by TheHoppiest
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yesyouam

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 15:11:23 | More by yesyouam
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JTZimmerman

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory is perhaps the finest brewery in PA or perhaps the country.

That said, this particular brew was far from what I expected from a 'summer brew'. A bit heavy, as you would consider a Railbender (for those of you in PA) a bit heavy for a hot summer day.

I love the beer but when it is 85 degrees it is a bit heavy and a bit boozy. This isn't really what I consider a summer beer, heck even the St. on the bottle has a beard.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 06:15:55 | More by JTZimmerman
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magine

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a hazy golden yellow. Massive white head that is clingy and sticky and stays a nice coating and rimming of lace the whole session. Good lace remains. Pretty good looking brew.

Brew smells of flowery hops and some biscuit malts. Decent smelling brew.

Brew is sweet and creamy; floral and spicy up front. In the middle you get the smooth maltiness. Big floral sweet flavors and biscuit malts. Excellent smoothness here is balanced by the great flavors. Brew finishes very clean and only slightly dry. Great tasting and feeling brew here.

Wow - I just found a new go to summer/spring brew. At over 7% alcohol I cant believe how well done this brew is. A good BBQ brew or beach beer, this is some sessionable stuff here. Maybe the best drinking and tasting lager type brew I have had. Caseworty - well done Victory.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 01:16:28 | More by magine
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown bottle, served in a pilsener glass.

Enjoy by 3/11/2012.

Thin straw in color with a slight haze. Creamy white head that recedes to an intact sheet after a few moments. No noticeable lacing.

Honey sweetened, lightly toasted malt aroma. Notes of mild, bright fruit: raspberry, strawberry; touches of orange and peach.

Dark, musty quality with burnt oats that linger throughout the sip. The toasted malt quality has a creamy, honey sweetened quality. Stiff grains and wheat that is rather adjunctory tasting. Notes of mildly sour peach and orange in the aftertaste.

A light, medium bodied. Fairly smooth given the predominance of grain in taste.

Decent aromas and texture, but there are definitely some flaws in flavor. This is one to pass on.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 02:50:53 | More by NEhophead
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chodinheaven

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking bright yellow color with a 3-finger white and bubbly head after an aggressive pour. The smell is pleasant and floral with a littler more than a touch of booze.

Full-bodied and hoppy for the style. Alcohol in the front and back, just a tad too much for the style as it takes away from the lightness you would expect in a spring or summer beer. Other than the booze, nice hop bitterness that makes the mouthfeel crisp and clean, with a dry finish. Better on the colder side, as the booziness starts to take over as it warms. A little fruitiness in the flavor too, but it's in the background. Good beer though, love Victory and their use of hops.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 01:58:06 | More by chodinheaven
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BB1313

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by March 11, 2012. 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a nice hazy golden on the brighter side. Decent head that rims around and nice lacing. Lots of earthy notes up front. The aromas are sweet as well. One sip and wow, this is pretty bitter. More earthy notes in the flavor as well, lemon is present. Caramel and malt does its' job. Mouthfeel is nice, very rich; not over-carbonated; full-bodied. The aftertaste is very bitter and warm. The alcohol is pretty noticeable, that's my only beef w/ this one. But overall, it's nice for the style.. nice for spring/summer.

This is an extremely robust lager! Not bad.. try it if you're into lagers, or want to try something different. This is pretty much what I expected from Victory.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 00:05:59 | More by BB1313
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Brad007

Vermont

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice yellow/gold color with a one-finger head into my glass. Definitely a helles bock for sure!

Sweet malt with a nice whiff of grassy hops in the nose. Seems to be very clean and possibly crisp.

A lot more bitterness upfront than I had anticipated with a mix of sweet and chalky malt.

Lingering grassy hops and sweet malt. Not much else of note.

I liked it at first but as the pint went along, I tasted things I didn't like. If they clean up the overall flavor, it might be more enjoyable. Still worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 01:39:35 | More by Brad007
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of March 11, 2012. Sampled on April 27, 2011. It pours pale yellow with a fuzzy white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is more grainy than anything else with a malty note thrown in on the side. The body is thin to medium but tolerable. The taste also comes across as grainy with a light but dry hop kick at the end.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 22:29:18 | More by puboflyons
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CJfromPhilly

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 12oz. bottle a crystal clear light golden hue with a 1/2 finger head that settles into a collar of medium thickness. Carbonation is on the light side, not many bubbles visible. Aroma has a malty sweetness to it with a hint of citrus (lemon) with a hay/grass/straw note. 1st sip brings a dry hints of lemon, grass, a slightly metallic hop note, and some bready, biscuity yeast. Mouthfeel is light & refreshing, and there is little hint of the 7.4% alcohol. These would make a pretty good session beer. Overall, another very good beer from one of my favorite brewers.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 23:46:03 | More by CJfromPhilly
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aerozeppl

New York

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amazingly clear bright golden color. One of the cleanest looking examples of the style that I have ever seen. A half finger of white head with good head retention.

S: Very clean fermentation. The highest compliment a German lager can get. A little bit of grain with just a touch of the hops in the back of the nose.

T: I find the best examples are not booze and this one hides it well which is tricky. Finishes clean and dry. Really well done example of the style.

M: Light bodied with just a little bit of a sticky.syrupy feel.

O: Drinks like a champ. The key with the style is to get it fresh and this was bottles less than two weeks ago. It was almost 80 today so this really hit the spot.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 00:27:16 | More by aerozeppl
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thebeerisgood

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Spices and caramel malt

Appearance: Dark golden color, unfiltered yeast with a light head that disappears quickly.

Taste: The sweet caramel malts come through pretty well on this one with only a slight bitterness from the hops. Finishes with spices and a bread/yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel: Hearty feeling with mild carbonation and very slight alcohol, pretty smooth overall.

Drinkability: Full bodied, solid beer. The alcohol is a little high, not something you would want to spend an evening drinking, but they go down very well.

Notes: This is my first beer experience form Victory, based in Pa, and I must say that it was a good first impression. I also enjoy the idea of a good Helles Bock, as it represents the coming of spring, and all the beer festivals that take place in Germany around that time. Compared to other Helles Bocks that I've tried such as Rogue Dead Guy and Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary, this stacks up pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 22:14:52 | More by thebeerisgood
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billab914

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped glass. It poured golden in color with a fizzy, white head to it. The head faded after a few minutes, and left just a bit of lacing on my glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a crisp, grainy flavor to it. Some earthy, slightly peppery hops give it some very nice balance. Very clean, crisp and balanced beer.

The taste is similar to the nose suggested, with crisp, grainy flavors leading the way. I also get some more of the earthy, peppery hoppiness, especially in the finish. I get just a bit of sweetness coming through up front, where the hops seem to take over towards the finish.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a very nice beer. It was crisp, clean, balanced, but also had a lot of flavor to it. Everything came together very nicely and made for a very easy drinking and tasty beer. A nice refreshing choice after working on the house all day. Definitely one of the better ones of the style I've had.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 22:49:49 | More by billab914
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Kendo

New York

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle (best-by date of April 10, 2011; poured on 3/31/11) into a pilsner glass - carefully so as not to disturb the visible, floating sediment at the bottom of the bottle. . . . Body is coppery-amber and clear with a nice 1-finger light-khaki-colored head that leaves nice lacing behind.

S: Interesting - At the same time I'm getting juicy and fruity. The impression I get is that the juicy (a touch of citrus and apricot) is from the hops while the fruity is malt or yeast. Pleasant nose.

T: Similar to the nose, in that I'm not sure what this beer wants to be. Some doughy sweetness and a touch of apricot again, along with generic fruity sweetness. Ever-so-faint lingering bitterness on the palate cuts what is otherwise a generally fruity-sweet beer. Fairly high ABV is well-hidden, felt in the belly but not on the palate.

M: Feels pretty light - call it slightly heftier than light-bodied, but it isn't substantial enough to be called "medium." Carbonation is smooth and gentle.

O: I'll give it a "good" in overall impression.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 01:23:51 | More by Kendo
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JRed

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly bubbling clear golden body with white foam head that fades to the edges of the glass. Pleasant notes of grains, cereal, slight wheat, floral, and some hops in the nose. Tastes of cereal, grains, slight dirty wheat, a flash of the booze towards the finish and then a sweet honey note mixes with hop dryness that fades out. Light bodied with light carbonation. Crisp in mouthfeel with a good malt base and a passable hop presence but the booze comes across as stale and pestering.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 02:42:00 | More by JRed
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a mostly clear golden color with a very slim head. Nice, malt-heavy aroma. The beer has a slightly toasted scent, with a bread and alcohol scent. Clean flavor, with a prominent malt character. A little sulfur-like note, but otherwise clean. Sweet. Firm body, and very drinkable. Overall, a good bock.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 02:48:55 | More by Suds
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mryuk

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours deep reddish orange. unfiltered with a light head with little retention.

smell is strong malty honey. Very sweet honey overpowering slight piny hops.

taste is quite a bit more bitter and hoppy than the nose. a bit sour and piny the honey comes through a little.

light and crisp with good carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. The hops-honey combination didn't work that well for me but the beer was not terrible.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 23:32:43 | More by mryuk
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

2.4/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a MJ tasting glass.

Pours a hazy deep golden orange with an offwhite head. Took a vigorous pour to get about two fingers of head. Slowly drops to about half a pinkie's worth. Looks like some good lacing from this one. Should be much clearer beer for style.

Aroma of sweet malt, caramelly. Otherwise, not much aroma when chilled. No hop aroma. Expected a bigger malt presence in the aroma.

First sip is of thin malt, with a balancing bitterness. Some bite from the carbonation. A little astringency. Very short finish, doesn't leave much there except a little astringent bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light/medium. Drying, astringent bitterness. Almost coppery flavor.

Okay drinkability. Not very close to style. Needs more malt, more bitterness, less astringency, and a clearer appearence.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 23:46:09 | More by JamnesCameron
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

2.68/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured 12 oz bottle into a snifter glass. Pours clear orange gold, thin white head. A quite fragrant beer - interesting mixture of flowers, honey, and spices. Not to heavy but definitely distinct. Taste adds a moderate bitter hop over a lightly sweet malt (has elements that remind me of honey). Not very good carbonation with lingering sediments which I found odd coming from Victory. Very flat, lacks head and lace. Am going against the grain here and say I wasn't impressed with this one overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 22:18:41 | More by CuriousMonk
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brystmar

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a tulip. Same bottle as RB below (aged ~1yr); "Enjoy by April 10, 2011" printed on the side.

A: beautifully orange, slightly murky. White head with poor overall retention, but a decent film of white tops the brew.

S: much bigger aroma than I was expecting. Malty & spicy with yeast, hops, some sweetness too. Fantastic -- I've never had a Helles that smelled anywhere close to this good!

T: malty at first with well-balanced hoppy bitterness start to finish. Spices shoot out with small peaks of differing flavors here and there, but it's still watery like every other Helles (and most lagers) I've had. Given the style, this is quite tasty.

M: a smooth beer with more body than expected. Not much carbonation (likely due to my half of the bottle being poured 20min after RB's). Creaminess is what I desire: gimme gimme!

D: Like most Helles, this one boasts good drinkability -- even given this particular high gravity recipe. I'd happily order this beer at a bar on a random night, and that's something I can rarely say about any lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 06:56:46 | More by brystmar
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Richardberg

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 06:27:58 | More by Richardberg
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RickS95

Indiana

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bronze/copper color with a light tan head. Slightly cloudy.

There are a lot of smells taking place. I can pick up hoppy, flowery notes; some sweet fruits; and some warming spices.

I don't usually like lagers, but this is one of the best tasting lagers around. The taste is similar to the smell with fruity sweetness, hoppy bitterness and cinnamon.

The beer has some bite to it with the hops and spices, so it's not smooth and lacks the mouthfeel I look for.

Fortunately, this is a winter beer because it's perfect to keep you warm. It's got a warm smell and warm flavors, and just enough alcohol to warm you up as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 05:25:35 | More by RickS95
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aasher

Indiana

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a a muddied orange brown, kind of like apple cider. The bottle is a little old so the aromas don't come out as they should. It smells of subtle pale sweet malts with light citrusy sweetness. It tastes very good for a Helles Bock. The citrusy hops complement the pale malts quite well. It drinks smooth with mild carbonation. I'm a fan of this one. I normally don't like this style but it has good flavor and is very drinkable for 7.4%.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 20:16:17 | More by aasher
St. Boisterous from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.