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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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(send 'em beer!)
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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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear shimmering golden color. The head is massive, and receds slowly into thick lacing. The aroma is grassy, grainy, but with a nice fruity background. The taste is a perfect balance between grassy and fruity, and is midly sweet overall. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is one of the best maibocks I have had to date. I will certainly drink this again whenever I get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2006 23:25:24 | More by KarlHungus
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden color. Slight, bubbly ivory white head. Lace is adequate. Very nice aroma. Great blend of rich malts and leafy hops. This maibock has got some character. It's quite clean, but abundant with flavor. Thick malts lay down the backbone. Bready yet rich. Hops add just a touch of floral attributes. Malts are rich. This one is really drinkable. This one is right up there with Capital and Town Hall as one of my favorite maibocks.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2006 03:19:16 | More by Bighuge
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ADR

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2006 00:10:48 | More by ADR
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nvsblman

Arizona

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pale, bright, orange color with virtually no head. The aroma has some nice floral notes and honey, and something that reminds me of leather?? Honey is first in the flavor, followed by a light hop bitterness. Also seems to be a slight spice to this along with some cereal-like malt sweetness. Medium bodies, slightly dry. It would be pretty easy to knock back a few of these enjoyable beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2006 02:39:18 | More by nvsblman
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Dithyramb

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single from Twisty's in York. Haven't been able to find this or the Victorius in Baltimore, so I figured I'd splurge a bit. Clearly ink jet labeled best before Sept 17, 2005 on the front label.
Comes rolling out the 12 oz. bottle a brilliant slightly dark gold. An off white head had only a little bit of staying power, but reduced to a fine collar. Decent lacing. Strolling carbonation whiffs throughout the brew.
Big grain aroma, highlighted with some grassy hops. A light amount of citrus was more evident directly out of the glass.
Buttery with a significant grainy malt backbone. Luckily, this isn't a one trick pony, with a nice finishing amount of hops that cuts the sweetness.
Creamy and buttery mouthfeel, which I think really adds to the beer here. Not cloyingly sickily sweet, but leaves it slightly more viscous on the tongue than it really is. Finishes grainy and sweet.
Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2005 01:51:06 | More by Dithyramb
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was another beer with a thin white head that just seemed to evaporate upon contact with the air. It was a crystal-clear golden-yellow with just a wisp of a head remaining. It had a huge, malty nose. My notes at this point have the remark, "Now, we're gettin' somewhere." There was a good sweet/malty taste in the mouth and the finish was also sweet, but it reminded me of hay or silage (you'd have to be a farmer or spent time around a farm). There was a mild, lingering bitterness in the mouth as the beer warmed. The longer I went, the more I got a strong flavor of honey. It was a decent beer, but the ABV and the sweetness make it one that two would probably be plenty.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2005 21:32:30 | More by woodychandler
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99bottles

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A deep golden body, with a very active inch of head that has poor retention and doesn't last. Medium carbonation levels, but the overall presentation isn't great.

Smell: The malt profile has a touch of wildflower, honey, and sweet biscuit.

Taste: Sweet malt, full bodied with the distinct lager yeast influence. I taste notes of sweet fruit: cherry, chewing gum, fig, round floral hops, and a soft,light diacetal. This is really smooth, really nice. This flexes it's big structure, but doesn't go crazy with the elements, thereby making a cohesive beer. I'm willing to bet when fresh on the tap, this has a great zest to it.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Mouthfeel is decent, with moderate carbonation. This has a rather viscous body, but doesn't cloy. It's easy to drink, although the sheer bulk might keep you from having too many. Still, it's a really nice beer with which to shake off the winter and embrace the spring.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2005 16:59:35 | More by 99bottles
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a slightly chilled 12 oz bottle from santoslhalper. Thx man!

The beer is poured into a pint glass and a fizzy off white head foams up and quickly fades to nothing. Several streams of bubbles rise to the surface but none reform the head. Color is a bright clear bronze that is similar in color to apple juice.
Aroma is caramel and some lite citrusy lemon scents. Very lite floral hops too.

First sip reveals a light body with an overall clean and crisp profile. Flavor starts with some general malt sweetness with caramel and lite fruitiness. Rolls to a bit of a bitey spicy hop finish.
No hint of abv anywhere.

Beer is very nice and refreshing. I kinda wish I had let it chill longer as I think it is prob even better colder. Another nice brew from the guys in Downingtown!

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2005 02:08:41 | More by sulldaddy
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bigbubba

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a clear, gold beer with almost no head. There does not appear to be any carbonation. The smell is pretty good, although it took some agitation to get it to release an aroma. There is a warming alcohol taste, and some sweet fruity malt. Slighty bitter in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good. Very smooth, and not too thick or thin feeling. Drinkability is pretty good.

I'll have to try another soon to see if the carbonation thing was a fluke or not.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2005 22:35:09 | More by bigbubba
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BuckSpin

Maine

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2005 02:53:55 | More by BuckSpin
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to.. umm... crap. i forget. thanks though.

pour is a beautiful orange and layered gold with a soapy thick foam cap. slight carbonation and my cat likes to smell it. it's fresh, crisp maltiness with faint metallic notes and some subtely defined hops. flavor is bright and expansive. a sweet malt makes way for brief cherry and berry.. followed by a bubblegum finish. drinkable and delicious. light in the mouth. a bit too complex for a session brew.

another winner from v.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2005 21:19:10 | More by goodbyeohio
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meathookjones

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2005 13:20:41 | More by meathookjones
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oxmasterscream

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal, clear and golden. Just a film of white head. Bubbles trickling slowly upward. Smelled purely of German malts and sweet bread. Hints of spiced apples. Spicy up front with a sweet bready, malt backbone. Some juicy apple flavors in there too. Dries the mouth slightly and then finishes bitter and just warms the tongue. Medium-bodied and smooth, tingly on the tongue and a bit airy. No doubt, a tasty and refreshing easy drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2005 18:18:20 | More by oxmasterscream
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Prostman for the sample
Pours a golden, brown hue with some yellow highlighting. Very low head and abosultey no retention.
Aroma has some definitive bread tones and sweet, sticky honey or molasses. Flowery hop note is lurking in the background.
Flavor of bread crumbs, pale malt and a freshly picked hop kitchen in the works.
Mouthfeel was above average fluidity and viscosity. More in the medium irnage but very much formality.
Drinkability is fairly hgh allow aggressive interviewng and a late spring cold have made me miserable.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2005 03:23:42 | More by CRJMellor
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grassrootsVT

Vermont

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

In bottle:

Pours nicely carbed, leaves a frothy head atop the glass - little tracing down the glass, perfect clarity and effervescence...
Typical hellesbock aroma - sweetness and little to no hop aroma...
Tasted great! Malt depth - imparted by the decoction mash, no doubt, relatively crisp for such a large beer. Leaves a lingering lager feel of happiness on the tongue - no dryness, no significant bitterness...
Mouthfeel is about the same. Would be interested in trying this beer bottle conditioned - would no doubt give a less bubbly mouthfeel and improved head retention. An extremely drinkable beer - one has to exercise caution when approaching this beer. Nothing significantly unique - but relatively true to style, method, and approach. A good spring celebration beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2005 17:57:19 | More by grassrootsVT
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

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

Wow! I was never a huge fan of this one but this year's bottle is really smooth and refreshing. I was impressed.
Appears a light golden color with plenty of solid carbonation. The lace seemed very thin but that was the weakest thing I could pick out about this.
Smells a little like a pilsner with a surprising sweet, sugary malt aroma.
Tastes pretty good, with the emphasis leaning towards the sweetness of the brew with a light hoppiness in the back, which doesn't linger. The alcohol is well concealed in this one! Watch out, b/c this is so smooth and it creeps up on you by the bottom of the glass.

Finger licking good!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2005 17:05:42 | More by weeare138
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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearence: Poured into me Prima Pils glass a crystal clear gold with a creamy, bubble off white head.

Smell: The smell is very pilsener like. The malts have that feel to them, and the hops are faint.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Incredibly crisp and refreshing the whole way through. Suprisingly pilsener like. The malts are the focus, and are very thirst quenching, but this beer lacks uniqueness and complexity. The aftertaste is that of cereal and corn. For what it is it doesn't taste half bad. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: A good beer, but not overly great. It's incredibly pilsener like. I enjoyed the fact that it was crisp and clean (thanks to Victory's new brewing system I assume). A good spring beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2005 02:27:37 | More by santoslhalper
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whartontallboy

New York

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

Clear golden pour with a thick head that disappeared but a constant stream of bubbles percolating through. Smell is of candied fruit and malt. The taste is fantastic. Malty without being cloyingly sweet, with faint traces of toasted grain in the backgroun. The hop character is just barely there, enough to make its presence felt and reinforce the maltiness. There is an almost peppery little bite that comes through with the alcohol, but the creamy mouthfeel ties everything back together really well. Overall, a fantastic beer (does Victory make any other kind) that I am excited to have easy access to this spring.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2005 23:01:44 | More by whartontallboy
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JackTheRipper

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Crystal clear light amber color. Head was initially about 1 1/2 inches and fluffy white, but dissipated quickly, leaving a scant layer of suds and no lacing. I hand washed this glass and rinsed it at least five times with hot water, so I'm pretty sure the glass is clean enough to hold the head.
S: Lightly toasted malt aroma. A hint of spiciness, very low hop aroma.
T: Big malty flavor up front that isn't on the sweet side at all. Subdued hop flavors with a bit of a spicy bite. Very clean, finish is a great balance of the two. This beer flat out tastes great.
M: Medium body. Alcohol feels punchy, provides a very pleasant warming sensation. Carbonation is spot on. Not dry, not sweet, but a wonderful blending of them. Goes down far too easily.
D&N: Oh good heavens, this beer is just about perfect. The smells and the tastes are phenomenal, very easy to drink, a perfect beer to come home to after working the night shift and wanting to relax with. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2005 12:08:21 | More by JackTheRipper
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yeagerbm

Pennsylvania

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

This is another great beer from Victory. It has a dense white head that just sticks to the sides of the glass on top the dark golden body. The aroma is clean and sweet as is the taste. The flavor is malty with a nice sweetness balanced by a mild hoppy spice. The flavor and body are very full and smooth with creamy carbonation. This stuff is dangerously drinkable at >7%abv. Very refreshing and tasty.

I'm more impressed with Victory all the time. It's probably my favorite brewery and I haven't yet made the trip to Downingtown. I need to definately do that soon.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2005 00:15:44 | More by yeagerbm
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sponberg

New York

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

Very nice example of a maibock. Malty fruitiness present and very drinkable. It speaks volumes that, when I brought three of these each to the houses of two friends who had spent substantial time in Germany, the third bottle of the three magically disappeared into the "hide this beer for myself only" corners of their refrigerators.

Be forewarned, it's hard to find the brewery - in an industrial complex and you cannot see at all it if coming in from the west.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2002 23:31:05 | More by sponberg
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87 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.