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St. Boisterous - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

407 Ratings
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Ratings: 407
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 25
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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Photo of hanco005
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single to review, 12 oz bottle, tells me to enjoy by Oct 13 06, poured into a pint glass

A—pours clear honey yellowish amber with a fizzy thin sheet for a head that is gone instantly, laces down the inside of glass similar to detergent

S—sour, yeast and wheat, mild sweetness, some lemon, some banana, too

T—Malty to be sure, some sourness and tartness, maybe a bit on the bready side, not bad, really

M—feels a little flat, light bodied, mild carbonation

D—not bad, but not great either. Worth a try, but I wouldn’t buy a bunch of these.

hanco005, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of Gaisgeil
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a goegeous and clear medium gold in color, wonderful white swirls for a head, very appealing. Nose is sweet, but a bit peppery, hard to put my finger on it, perhaps the hop aroma, very nice overall. Taste is clean and a tad dry, but well balanced and fruity. Nice little hop bite, nothing over the top, but just so. Mouthfeel is fairly light but along style guidelines nontheless. Drinkability is quite good, if in the mood for something light and fruity this would do you well.

Slàinte!

Gaisgeil, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of mjc410
2.53/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A vigourous pour into my snifter raises virtually no head, only a few sparse bubbles around the glass. The beer is a slightly transparent golden yellow. The nose is malty sweet, and somewhat lemony. There's also a touch of floral hops. Taste is not nearly as sweet as expected, and in fact is quite mild. It does hide the alcohol very well, though. There's not much to dislike about the taste, but not much there. The mouth is somewhat thin, and is almost non-carbonated. I won't be coming back to this, and I'm surprised that Vic'ry put this out. (Enjoy by 10 13 06)

mjc410, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of dbalsock
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks lpayette, you sent me a winner with this one.

Appearance: Pours light orange with a hazy body and a slight white head. The bulk of the head dissapates quickly but there's some left around the glass for the whole experience.

Smell: The flowery hops mix with a honey malt base... I would love to down a few of these in the spring.

Taste: Honey and fruity esters come out (like a crisp apple). The malts are fantastic and drive this beer to greatness.

Mouthfeel: The light bodied nature combines with a perfect amount of bitterness to make this an enjoyable experience. The dryness of the beer is interesting but doesn't add or detract from it imo.

Drinkability: I could easily session this and would love to have another.

dbalsock, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of SickNukes
3/5  rDev -22.1%

SickNukes, May 18, 2012
Photo of curasowa
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark yellow with 1 finger of head that fades to a ring without much lacing. The aroma is pleasant, with caramel malt and hints of butter and some nuttiness. Big, malty flavor upfront, with a nice, creamy body followed by some bitterness on the back end that helps to cut the sweetness of the malt. The finish is lingering and somewhat woody and drinkability is very good. I discovered this on tap at the Tap & Mallet and ended up buying a few 6er's. This is a tasty beer, all though I must admit I have been on a bit of a Maibock kick lately.

curasowa, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of tln13
4/5  rDev +3.9%

tln13, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. The bottle has a fresh by date April of 2010. After being poured this brew had very little head and not much carbonation being released. This beer has very little aroma. The taste is a little dry and biscuit like malt flavor. A few sweet fruit tastes, slight white grape. This beer is very smooth drinking and easy to put down a few. The alcohol is moderately noticable and relaxing.

mtnbikerpa, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of output01x
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

output01x, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of 99bottles
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.

99bottles, Jun 17, 2005
Photo of MrDanno96
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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.

MrDanno96, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of Biscuit033
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright golden with large foamy white head with great retention and lace grabbing glass the enitre way down.

S: White bread and crackers with earthy German hops.

T: Bread and alcohol up front and earthy hops and slight metal in the follow through.

M: Carbination is good but the is a slight astringent feel on the tongue and the finish is not super crisp.

D: Perect winter to summer beer. Winding down from the heavy beers but not quite time for full time drinking of quaffable pils and wheats. Great for one or two at a sitting.

Biscuit033, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of ZeroSignal
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A - Pours a mostly clear amber color with a good one fingered white head

S - Smells slightly grainy with a light floral hop scent. There are nice toasted grain and bread undertones

T&M - Grainy and slightly chewy with a subtle alcohol flavor in the background. Clean hop bitterness that blends nicely with the toasted grain flavor. Medium to full body

D - Very clean, crisp and easy to drink. ABV well within style norms...very drinkable

ZeroSignal, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of RyanPS
4/5  rDev +3.9%

RyanPS, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of techdiver
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful clear gold with modest head that dissipates quickly.

Sweet malt and honey nose.

Sweet malt, honey and mild hops taste.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with pleasing carbonation.

A very drinkable Maibock; just wish they hadn't run out of it at Victory a couple of weeks ago.

techdiver, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of MerkurKing16
4/5  rDev +3.9%

MerkurKing16, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of MrIncognito
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark gold, almost amber color and clear. White fizzy head that fades quickly to light lacing. Champaign-like carbonation.

S - Not the most aromatic of beers. Sweet malty smell with a touch of caramel.

T&M - Nice and malty up front with that sweet alcohol coming through. Nice and crisp from teh carbonation.

D - Highly drinkable and tasty. A bit dangerous at 7.4% because this drinks quickly. Would be quite sessionable minus the ABV.

MrIncognito, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of ububru
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

ububru, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of tubbnik
4/5  rDev +3.9%

tubbnik, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of speter
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear orange/copper with a two-finger white head in a pilsner glass.

S. Grassy bread with a hint of honey.

T: Sweet caramel malt dominates the palate. The finish is moderately bitter, and the aftertaste is sweetly roasted. Being a lager, there aren't any estery flavors, but the alcohol here is barely noticeable.

M: A very smooth, full-bodied beer. The carbonation is moderate, and the alcohol is well integrated.

D: A classic example of a Maibock. The integration of the alcohol allows for a sneak attack if you aren't careful.

speter, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of chim52chim
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

chim52chim, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of jifigz
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

jifigz, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of jmerloni
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A really nice gold amber with tints of pink. Head is moderate, fades quickly.

S - I'm new to the style. This smells like hay to me. Quite yeasty. Maybe some pear, apricot. Maltiness is present. Interesting. I'm intrigued.

T - Bready with a berry taste. Tastes like Spring in France. I imagine Louis XXVI drinking this. It tastes earthy and regal. I can't put a label on what the flavors are here though. It's sweet, but naturally so, like honey. This is interesting.

M - Medium bodied and pretty wholesomely carbonated.

D - Pretty drinkable. Light and refreshing, especially when it's ice cold. This beer SCREAMS "SPRING" from the top of its lungs. Nice. I'll be looking into this style a bit more...It has a lot of potential I think.

jmerloni, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of Richardberg
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.

Richardberg, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of JakeEsterly
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

JakeEsterly, May 31, 2013
St. Boisterous from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.