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St. Boisterous - Victory Brewing Company

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St. BoisterousSt. Boisterous

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very good

296 Reviews
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Reviews: 296
Hads: 424
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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Reviews: 296 | Hads: 424
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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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear gold, perfectly uniform look with a quickly settled 1" white foam cap.

A very hardy yeast aroma, zesty, tangy, herbal and earthy mu sk effect, wheat and corn and a hint of heat, more bready malt underneath.

a very crispy bite, full and lush but lively feel with dry earth, herbal yeast upfront, which is great. Rather complex earthy hops adds some nice depth to the yeast flavor's. Amazingly clean all around, very harmonious together, great balance, the heat is pretty high, but not too bad. Slight, fruity and tanginess in the long run.

One of the best American brewed German style beefy lagers.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Nice yellow clear pilsner look with frothy 2 finger head.

Smell - Not quite what I was expecting but still pleasant. Sweet malty scents is what I'm picking up.

Taste - Not quite sure I'm on board with this one on the first couple of sips then I start to get used to it a little more and enjoy it somewhat as I progress. Starts off very strong and somewhat boozy, and ends with a crisp noble hop bite similiar to the Prima Pils (a much better beer by Victory).

Very full bodied mouthfeel.

Overall - I think this is a good beer but not a great one from Victory. It seems more like an Imperial Pils than a Maibock/Helles Bock however.

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Photo of output01x
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (Enjoy By 03/11/12) into a pilsener glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1-finger off-white head that quickly dissipates to a nearly non-existent dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a translucent pale gold with very few carbonation bubbles.

Sweet malts like roasted grains give the nose a rather bread-like quality. Earthy and floral hops scents in the background accentuate the malt-dominant aroma. No lacing can be noticed at any point throughout consumption.

Sweet malts up front and with flavors of buttery pretzel dough, roasted peanuts, honey, and a slight smokiness. An earthy and slightly spicy hops presence can be found at the end of the sip. The flavors are amazingly clean with little distraction. They are also deeper and bolder than either the body or the nose would indicate. The flavor is rather straight-forward, but in a good way. The 7.4% ABV is not noticeable in the least.

Medium to light bodied with good carbonation, this beer is very easily swallowed. The carbonation is a little fizzy but does not detract from the flavors or experience. The body is a good consistency but it does have a slightly sticky quality.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy amber/orange color with a small white head with a nice ring of lacing. Nose is sweet, malty, both very 'Victory' and very German - I like it.

Taste is sharp and crisp with a light sulfur note that is reminiscent of Prima Pils, there is a bit of alcohol present but it isn't over the top. Mouthfeel is a bit chewy but still crisp and refreshing. A good way to start a hot summer evening.

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Photo of larryi86
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pouted into a pint glass

A- Clear golden color with a one finger white head that fades quickly

S- Sweet malts, earthy hops, hint of honey

T- Not as sweet as the nose, much spicier and earthier

M- Smooth, medium body

O- It smells nice, but that is the high point. This is not a bad beer, but I have had better in the style. I don't see myself picking this up again.

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright golden color. The brew initially had several fingers of frothy white head, but it quickly dissipated to almost nothing.

S: Notes of fresh bread, grain and caramel, intermingled with some subtle springtime flowers.

T: Very clean overall with a slight malt sweetness and subtle bitter finish.

M: Somewhere between light and medium bodied with a surprisingly subtle amount of carbonation.

O: A decent Maibock, but I still have yet to taste an American interpretation that really rivals those made in Germany. I think this brew would benefit from a lower abv and slightly more carbonation.

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Photo of farrago
3.47/5  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.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of yesyouam
2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

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Photo of JTZimmerman
3.84/5  rDev 0%
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.

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