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

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold and pretty much clear. Head is creme colored. Flavor kicks the mouth with sweetness at first. Seems like a smokey tone lays on the end as well. But mostly it's the sweet that you notice. As you get used to it, you notice the malty more than anything. Feel is smooth on liquid and low on carbonation. Fairly easy to drink, but wouldn't go at it again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2008 18:48:34 | More by RblWthACoz
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a clear pale golden color and a modest head

Smell: Pear and honey notes

Taste: Sweet and bready up front with pear and honey flavors developing by mid-palate; tart green apple finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Refreshing; sweet but not cloying with a crisp finish

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2008 23:12:39 | More by brentk56
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Virginia

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

A- Poured a nice straw yellow with lots of white foam.

S- Subtle scents of spice with biscuit malt.

T- Very biscuity, slightly malty sweet, with a decent dry finish.

M- Very bubbly, but not overly carbonated, thin to medium body.

D- Good enough to have a few of these, but at 7.4% ABV, I'll only drink one or two.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2008 23:59:54 | More by cichief
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Went for a bottle of this when the German Dunkelweisse on tap was kaput at Mahaffey's.

The beer pours an interesting orange, copper color. There is very little head or lacing, though on the nose one picks up some honey and sweet malt. Not bad, though scarcely impressive. On the palate this beer is very light and one dimensional, with a pronounced flavor of sweet malt. Frankly, I was amazed at the abv., as this beer is very light and drinkable, if not particularly interesting. The flavor became a bit more pronounced as it sat in the glass and warmed up, but utlimately this came across as a light, one dimensional, summer quaffing beer. It's fine for what it is I suppose, but this is not what I'm looking for when I pay $3.50 for a bottle of beer. I cannot say this is one of the better Maibocks I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2007 13:34:11 | More by johnmichaelsen
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rousee

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange amber color with a small head. Excellent carbonation.
Smell is grainy and sour with some maltiness noticed.
Taste is smooth and bready with some fruit essences. I am getting apples or grapes but not vinous at all.
Excellent quenching mouthfeel-dry and crisp.
Very drinkable. One of my favorite Victory beers to date. Reminds me a little of a toned down version of Golden Monkey.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2006 00:38:23 | More by rousee
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acehart1

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to go to Victory recently and have this one on-tap. It was a great beer-drinking experience all-around. This is a Bavarian Maibock that does not disappoint.

The beer is dark (almost like an apple juice like others before me have noted).

This stuff is potent and smooth, so be careful. It finishes very nicely. I can't complain or find too much fault with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2006 04:29:06 | More by acehart1
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WonderWoman

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I was handed this beer it reminded me of someone handing me a glass of apple juice, except there was quite a bit of foam that quickly dissipated to tracing around to rim.
It smelt of apple trees with a hint of hops. It tasted like a cider but I could relate it too taking dainty nibbles of a freshly picked apple. On the exhale there was a hint of celery salt. As I took a sip it felt fun and bubbly in my mouth all the way down. Over all, I really enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2006 02:25:42 | More by WonderWoman
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

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

This beer came the color of a dark apple juice with a ring of white head.

Smelled of pasty oats, plain yogurt and little nips of sour apple.

Tastes of brown sugar, golden raisins and apple cider with a cinnamon stick in it. This is all balanced on a smooth doughy lager malt. In the exhale, I’m getting an organic celery vegetable taste. The varieties of sweetness here interacts fabulously with the doughy malt releasing some very pleasant flavors. Thankfully, this one finishes pretty clean, all things considered.

The mouth feel is medium to heavy bodied with a light delicate carbonation.

This one’s a little heavy, but freakin’ delicious!

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2006 13:00:11 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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DrJay

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange in color with a 1/2" head. No lacing develops.

Smell: easily detectable grass, ripe fruits, and sweet malts.

Taste: big malty beer. Honey is first thing you notice, followed by some hints of orange citrus, sweet ripe fruits, and a nice bitterness to round out. Alcohol is very lightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, but finishes smooth and has a hint of a syrupy feel. The aftertaste is long on the sweetness.

Drinkabililty: this is no means a session brew, but the glass I had went down smooth and rather quickly. Could have easily had another, but there were other interesting things on tap I wanted to try. Great beer for springtime in the mid-atlantic.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2006 16:46:46 | More by Gavage
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Blind Tiger. Munich Gold when served, it came toped with a low head. I thought the aroma was spot on, really authentic German bier aroma. Medium mouthfeel. There is some initial sweetness, but then some nice thick malts make an appearance. Needless to say, I had more than one.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2005 12:45:25 | More by PatandDavid
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Foxman

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It came to be a vivid, crisp and clear gold, bubbly and frisky. A finger of thight white head swirled away quickly and left sticky lacing on the descent.

The aroma wafted a light malt sweetness, rather muddled, and not especially notable.

The first sip delivered a more strident toasted malt sweetness, a bit of caramel in the mix along with a vague fruit note or two. The hops bittered the middle but phased out before bringing any real flavor to the fore. A dry duskiness lingered along at the finish, leaving a short flight to the end. The basic elements care actually quite nice.

Medium bodied, this beer had enough fluidity to quench the palate, but enough viscosity to leave a bit of a glow behind.

The aroma didn't promise much, but the flavor came through in spite of that, in a classic underpromise/overdeliver maneuver. The malt cames through grandly on the palate, but never goes too sweet, and the hops, while more of an eldritch than anything substantial, lend the crisp bittering air that makes it such a pleasure to drink. And for sure, the ABV is very well-camoflaged, so care is to be taken, lest one too many put you on your back. And I'd just as soon be conscious when drinking this.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2005 16:33:38 | More by Foxman
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maybrick

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My. my, my the new brew house sure is kicking in Downingtown. This is one of my favorite beers Victory does. Just when you think it can't get any better, it does. According to Brewmaster Ron Barchet, the wet milling process is really great because the attenuation is going off the charts. Tthis years Saint B. is yet another example of a highly attenuated beer. It is considerably smoother than that of years past.

I suggest you let warm a little and then give a swirl or two to release the nose. The beer is especially bright and has a golden amber color. The carbonation holds up through the entire expereince with nice lace along the way.

The nose in my opinion has a trace of cinamon smelling malt character.

At 7.8 ABV you're kind of expecting someithin big to leap out at you when in fact it is so smooth with no alcohol burn whatsoever.

The taste is really good. I beleive the profile is mainly remindful of butterscotch and sweet ginger. Again, as it warms the spicier it gets which I think is a good thing.

I'm 6'3" tall and weigh close to 300# and two of these do me in. Wow.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2005 12:48:33 | More by maybrick
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

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

Poured out of my growler and into me Troegs pint with a crystal clear amber golden hue and backwards rolling carbonation quickly that settled under a tiny white coating cap.

Dry husky malt scent dominate the nose. A twinge of the sweet vanilla ice cream scents that Rogue Dead Guy has.

First swigs: Like an unleashed Ginger Ale just took off. Slightly roasted caramel under long lasting caramely findh. Butterscotch sweetness overtakes the flavor. Maple syrupy feel and flavor. Tons of spices are hidden in this treat like nutmeg and cinnamon.

Depending on the season, this is an excellent drinker. With a 7.4 ABV, this is a spicy, winter warmer, meant to be a spring offering traditionally.

Last swigs: Buttery sweet malts that linger into an equalled finish. Originally VICTORY promoted this as a Dopplebock, but now it's a Hellerbock.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2004 03:36:26 | More by blitheringidiot
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garthwaite

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the brewpub. Pours a bright, clear gold with a refreshing floral nose that includes hints of candy & fresh hops. Full in the mouth as a great mix of spicy hops & pale malts fill your mouth full of sweet melons, toffee, earthy minerals, & appealing floral hints. Slippery, full mouthfeel with a bright & almost herbal hop finish. Damn fine lager.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2004 13:03:27 | More by garthwaite
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nomad

Kansas

4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this beer constantly changes yet doesn't budge at all. Color wise it shows golden, brown, amber, and straw-yellow shades overlapping for a different color depending on the light, angle, and how much is left in your glass. What doesn't change is the complete lack of carbonation or head. It somehow never looks quite as good as it tastes.

Smells of bready notes smooth out by lagering, fresh honey, and doses of marzipan. Sometimes a mutated grassy scent of noble hops sneaks in, only to be enveloped by the sweet and comforting body of malt.

Taste follows with the complementary palate of bready/doughy malts with honey edges and a big minty hop finish. With time the sweet malt body gets quite large but is never cloying or otherwise obtrusive; a good lagering makes the big body of this beer as sleek and smooth as German engineering. Hops balance well this full-bodied beer.

A very good maibock. Spot on to style like all of Victory's lagers.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2004 15:57:21 | More by nomad
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aracauna

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light amber in color, the head was on the small side. While unimpressive in the appearance, it was a surprise after that with a crisp orange flower aroma and a refreshing citrus flavor. There’s a light bitter finish that helps make this an excellent maibock.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2004 05:35:01 | More by aracauna
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cerevisiaephilus

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since being back in SE PA, this has been one of my favorites. Really a nicely done bock that isn't overpowering. Very nice looking beer with a nice head even after 2 hours in a growler. Nice munich malt caramel notes in the nose. The taste is very nice following the nose with some just right caramel munich flavors. I figure they're munich flavors, maybe some vienna malts as well. I also get some hops in the finish. I think they're hops. Just a bit bitter at the end. I like it. Pretty decent mouthfeel, nothing super. Very drinkable, even at >7%abv.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2004 23:19:22 | More by cerevisiaephilus
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Gasp100

Delaware

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a sixtel of this seasonal from the brewery on the advice of fellow BA's / kegarator owners.
Pours a clear amber copper with a peach colored fluffy head. The lacing is sparse down the side of the glass. The aroma is full of sweets, malt, slighlty floral hops, a breadiness, yeast and a touch of fruit notes. The taste is sweet toasted malts, very light fruit overtones and a short quick finish of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, full and rich; a little sticky and the warming hint of alcohol comes out near the end on the palate. The balance and smooth character make this beer extremely drinkable and a really nice spring seasonal. Overall, I prefer hefe's, wits and pilsner's around this time of year (been averaging 80 degree's plus)but this is a perfect choice to have one tap when spring is heading fast into summer. Delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2004 22:11:21 | More by Gasp100
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purplehops

Maine

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

Growler filled from the tap at Victory.
Poured a copper/yellow color with a frothy off-white head that left nice lacing on the glass. The aroma was very malty with hints of fruit and citrus. The taste started with plenty of upfront toasted malt flavor and some caramel notes blended with a wee bit of earthiness and alcohol. The longer it was in your mouth the fruitier and more floral it became. The finish was very refreshing and crisp with the first notable appearance of hop bitterness joining the balance of malt sweetness and citrus flavors. Aftertaste was a pleasant maltiness with lingering notes of alcohol and citrus. Mouthfeel was smooth yet with a crispness to it and the body was medium.
Overall another nice brew from the folks at Victory. A nice balance and complexity for a Helles Bock IMHO.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2003 22:16:15 | More by purplehops
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dwarbi

New York

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking beer. Amber colored, with a pure white head that settles to a thin layer, mostly on the edges and a little puddle in the middle of the glass. Not much of an aroma, but is there is pleasant. Slightly sweet and grainy. Very tasty. Chunky, but balanced. Feels creamy in the mouth. Complex, so it keep you interested and entertained.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2003 14:15:51 | More by dwarbi
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Anytime I see a Victory product on tap I have to try it, they just are always a wonderful balanced representation of their style this maibock definitely delivers for me. Pours amber mild brown with an off white peach colored head. A nice trickled lace forms as the head begins to dwindle. Aroma is full of malt balanced by slighlty floral hops, a breadiness possibly from the yeast, and a touch of plum notes comes through to form one amazing beer aroma. Taste is very nice mellow balanced flavor primarily consists of malt sweet tones with an underlying fruit tone and hop profile tip toeing on my palate followed by a warming rush of aclohol that is not too overbearing just need to give this beer a little kick. Mouthfeel is slightly stickywith a tickling carbonation from this well-consructed medium bodied Victory classic. Drinkability nice spring/summer seasonal that I was pleased to find on tap very nice beer that plan to visit revisit hopefully in Downington.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2003 11:29:31 | More by WVbeergeek
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rugbycritic

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2003 07:11:52 | More by rugbycritic
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stopped by Victory on D-Day, 06JUN09, with daughter Caitlin. Ended up with a couple of pints of this with dinner. The 0.5l glass was filled with an enticing, medium-golden, clear nectar. Occaisional carbo headed topside, towards the creamy, fine white head. Lacing in the glass was top-shelf. Nose was bready and floral, a great invite to sample more deeply. Body was very solidly medium, with nary a hint of prickliness on the tongue.

Flavor was replete with bready, toasty, malts. The sweetness level here was perfect. Hops were well represented, with lightly fruity traits (think pear and green apple). A superb blend of malt and hops! Oh so drinkable! Prosit!!

4.35
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5

*** *** ***

Original review from 25MAY03. Hell yeah! Wish this bier was available in New England! St. B has a medium copper color, with perhaps a tinge of orange. It was clear throughout, and had a fine, thin white head atop it, with decent lacing. Nose was malty and sweet (in a Hell-Bock kind of way), and both body and smoothness on the tongue were medium. The flavor has a healthy dose of bready malt, nice and toasty and semi-sweet. A hint of fruitiness (and just a hint) shows up about midway through, and there is a crisp, fresh hop finish to St. B. Nicely balanced all the way! This is a lovely Bier! Prosit!!

overall: 4.25
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5

549

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2003 07:38:02 | More by Bierman9
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87 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.