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St. Boisterous - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

403 Ratings
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Ratings: 403
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 24
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:
No notes at this time.

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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

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

Pours with a fluffy white head that rises to about 3 fingers in depth. Hangs on for a short time then faded away to a thin film of foam. Does leave splotches of lacing all over the inside of the glass. The beer is bright gold, very clear and has no visible carbonation.

Aroma, is of grains, and lots of mineral notes. I'm not sure how to describe it, but it does smell like some of the other Maibocks that I've had. A sweetness to this.

Sweet malt is my first thought. Malt sweetness is also my second thought. Some graininess, then some mineral/metallic flavors. After this there is a burst of hop bitterness that cuts through the sweetness. As the hop notes fade away, the sweetness returns. There is a moment at the end where you get a sense of the alcohol, but this is not overt.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and slightly sticky. Carbonation is very light.

Fairly drinkable, but a touch too sweet. Would not have guessed this was a 7%+ ABV without knowing.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 19:36:55 | More by Reagan1984
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treehugger02010

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this ontap at Victory Brewery and Restaurant in Dowingtown, Pa. It came in a tumbler glass.
A: The body is a crystal clear golden color. The head is 2 fingers tall, white color, poor retention, tiny sized bubbles and sweet lacing.
S: The aromas are spargy, earthy hops and caramel malt.
T: The flavors are noble hops, metalic and pine.
M: The mouthfeel is crisp and dry.
D: This beer is pretty drinkable.
Don't drink and review.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2009 11:18:25 | More by treehugger02010
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Kolsch

Pennsylvania

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

On Tap at Jean Bonnett's Tavern, Bedford PA

Appearance: Clear, golden yellow. Smallish head that remained a cusp thru drink. Clarity was exceptional.

Smell: Detect some sweet malt, but nothing overwhelming.

Taste: Starts out on the sweet side with a very smooth coating on the tongue. Not overly sweet but a perfect balance and great representation of a MaiBock. Alcohol is not noticable at all.

Overall: Very nice indeed and very easy drinking. Had 2 and did not even realize the ABV was this high.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2009 12:07:00 | More by Kolsch
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ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

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

Crystal clear light golden straw color. Pure white head that fades at a medium pace.

Vaguely sour malt aroma, I don't mean sour sour, but that's what my mind is able to harness this aroma as. Some alcohol warmth mixed with subtle hop aroma. Nothing about this is bad or overpowering.

Malt sweetness comes through is a nice rounded malt character in the taste. Some mildly bitter hops and alcohol join in for the ride briefly until it all finishes rather quickly and cleanly. Nice complexity though.

Big bodied, low carbonation, and a nice big feel. Everything about this beer belies it's appearance, which I suppose is just right on style.

I have not had many Helles Bocks. but I like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 01:29:20 | More by ZimZamZoom
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Lexluthor33

New York

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear and golden with a small head and light lace.
The aroma of hops,malts and some fruit notes.

The taste starts off sweet with a light hops bite and a solid malt backbone. Fruit notes and a subtle hint of alcohol.

The feel is medium in body,smooth carbonation and only a tiny bit of bitterness in the finish.

Notes: A good beer,but not for the summer. Finish is dry. Overall the beer's ABV can be sensed and it while the balance is good I can not see myself having more than two only because the finish is so dry.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 04:40:54 | More by Lexluthor33
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

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

Pours out a clear, well-carbonated, golden yellow. The 2-finger head falls quickly while leaving no lace and just dabs of head..
The smell is, almost it seems, a faint hop at the beginning but is really mostly a grainy, sweet malt aroma.
The taste is soft and fruity at first then a solid hop bitterness ending with malt sweetness.
Mouthfeel is slightly medium bodied and tingly from the carbonation.
Pretty good drinkability. There's nothing to detract from it in that regard.

If this is typical of the style then it ranks a ways down the list for me but it seems to fit to style quite well and I certainly don't dislike it.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 20:55:06 | More by meatyard
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MrIncognito

Virginia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2009 14:57:11 | More by MrIncognito
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schmitter

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I found the beer to appear a deeper gold, much more so than a pilsner. It was highly carbonated with a bubbly head and thick lacing. It first hit me as crisp, like a cider (in the carboation sense, not sweetness). I agree that there were citrus notes which presented themselves more and more over time, but it wasn't overall sweet. I'd never had the style before and intend to return to it in the near future.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2009 22:11:41 | More by schmitter
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

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

It was served chilled in a tulip glass. St. Boisterous pours a crystal clear golden. It's topped by a bright white head that fades to a film leaving clinging lace. The aroma has a crisp graininess to it, as well as some nice apple esters, and bit of leafy, grassy hops.

This maibock starts off with a crisp, neutral graininess that moves into a mild, apple fruitiness in the center. The finish has a nice citric bite and an herbal hop bitterness. This beer is light-bodied, highly carbonated and very crisp.

This is a nice summer beer. It's flavorful, crisp and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2009 02:24:12 | More by EPICAC
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petroos

New York

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

A: Deep golden color. Pours a thick white head which leads to a thick persistent lace.

S: Rich, smells of cereal and yeast, grape fruit/citrus and hops. There is a trace of honey also.

T: Crisp and sweet upfront, nice fine carbonation and good body. Midpalate is laced with grape fruit and zest bitterness - lemon zest and crisp hops. Finish is bitter also with a good hoppy/cereal after taste. Faint fruitiness and honey on the back end.

M: Has some viscosity from the sweetness but is kept nice and crisp by the hops and carbonation. Hides the alcohol very well. Really nice.

D: Overall this is a very well made beer, and it gains complexity as it warms. Does a great job as a spring ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 02:43:46 | More by petroos
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Bully's in Columbia on 6/10. Served in a goblet chilled.

A - A beautiful dark golden w/ excellent clarity and a thick white head w/ densely packed bubbles

S - Crisp malt w/ biscuit and honey aspects w/ a mellow German yeast aroma and almost no alcohol scent. Mild pils aroma w/ light grainy nose overall just like wholegrain pancakes w/out syrup

M - A texture of mild slightly grainy malt w/ moderate amount of carbonation w/ light nutty/grainy texture w/ slightly husky quality, but has a mildly sweet finish w/ hint of alcohol warmth

T - A light honey taste w/ grainy sweetness and the slightly dry malt flavor has a taste that is mild and quenching with crisp malt flavor and gentle taste of alcohol as the sip is swallowed. The malt is complemented by a yeast flavor w/ mild hops and lasting grain complexity

D - A great Maibock w/ plenty of Malt, the flavor is complex yet still smooth enough to be considered very drinkable. The taste ripples across the tongue and begs for repeated tastes. A very fine example of the style -represents well.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2009 17:14:53 | More by Slatetank
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 6/9/09.

A - Clear golden body with large bubbles of carbonation and one-finger off-white head that receded to a thin ring of retention and left some patchy lace around the glass.

S - Fruity and citrusy aroma with hints of fresh lemon and lime, melons and kiwi fruit. Malt is sweet and caramel-based with honey notes. Some light floral hops and subtle alcohol notes also emerged as the liquid warmed up.

T - Initial flavor is fruity with hints of sweet melons and honey as well as juicy citrus fruit. Hop bitterness is pretty subtle overall with some floral notes escaping from underneath the malty sweetness. Finishes with a caramel malt character and a mild syrupy sweetness.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and pretty thick, rich mouthfeel overall, yet still retains a crispness akin to a malty pilsner.

D - Really sessionable for a 7.3% brew. This felt lighter than your typical Maibock, almost like a pilsner but with a more pronounced sweet palate and heftier malt character.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2009 13:56:44 | More by ffejherb
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

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

A. Clear yellow with a decent fizzy white head. A bit of lace.

S. Smells like euro hops and a bit sweet. Inviting.

T. Sweet malts accompanied by a gentle hopping. Light and grainy. Kind of like a hopped up cream ale crossed with a german lager.

M. Light bodied and very smooth drinking.

D. This is a pretty good summer beer. There is a sweetness and hop to balance. The German schooled brewer of Victory scores again. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2009 21:32:29 | More by Stinkypuss
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thain709

Pennsylvania

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

A - A pale...yet bright golden yellow body...big two finger white head...decent lacing

S - Pale malts...grainy

T - You are really taken on a ride here...starts off with the grain and grass flavors...bready and the German pale malts...the ending is of the German hops...a nice crisp and clean bitterness

M - Light to medium bodied...crisp and refreshing

D - This is a good German-style beer...a nice drinkability on a hot day...another solid beer from Victory

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2009 19:13:24 | More by thain709
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grayburn

South Carolina

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

Another nice offering from Victory, these guys put out some excellent beer. The beer pours a pale golden color with a thick frothy head that laces decently.

The smell is the only slight setback to this beer, there is little there aside from some bread notes and some almost corn like grain notes. Some lighter floral notes are smudged by the alcohol.

The taste is a different story, the delicate flavors shine through even the thickest breadiness. Very nice, blended perfectly with just a little bit of alcohol.

The mouthfeel is thick, medium carbonation, no lingering bitterness, just a touch sweet. Very nice, I could drink a few of these without a problem.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 18:42:01 | More by grayburn
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julian1117

Colorado

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

Had this as part of 2 5-glass samplers at the Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, PA.

This was my first Maibock/Helles Bock. I was surprised by the translucent golden color until I remembered reading about how this seasonal is not dark like other bocks. It was pleasantly sweet and had a weak floral smell. It was refreshing for what it was but a little high in ABV. Sipping beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2009 00:58:32 | More by julian1117
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JamesS

Indiana

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

Pours a nice clear golden color with some nice initial head and some good lacing. Excellent aroma, very crisp and clean with a nice pineapple aroma. Great taste, sharp and malty with a nice slight banana/clove taste and a good hit of German hops in the finish that last on the tongue for a bit, along with a slight pineapple taste. Goes down great, the over 7% ABV isn't noticable at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 01:40:31 | More by JamesS
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

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

A - Pale yellow straw color... Faint orange hue and glow... Two fingers worth of mixed bubble size batter-like pure white head... Flurry of carbonation swirl post pour settles and leaves only minimal sporadic carbonation... Minimal stickiness on the glass...

S - The smell could be detected as soon as the cap was popped off the bottle... Lovely aroma... Lots of pale malt... Pear... Apple... Grapes... Vanilla wafer... Vaguely floral scents...

T - Flour... Wheat... Honey... Grapes... Pear... Apple... Very minor peppery notes... Strong hoppy presence on the finish...

M - Slightly syrupy... Medium bodied... Dry... Thicker than expected and a little on the chewy side... Warming effects of the 7.4% ABV can be detected...

D - Personally, I struggle with Maibocks, but this is a wonderful example that I find quite enjoyable... Solid all the way around and makes me want to continue my exploration of the styel...

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 01:08:09 | More by philbe311
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lstokes

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smooth and highly drinkable rendition of the style.

Very pale yellow, not a very exciting appearance (although I guess it is pretty typical for the style), with a honey-floral hops smell which is also not particularly exciting. I'm not getting much of the malt in the nose.

It picks up significantly in the taste department. Sweet (I'm getting pears and honey), strong doughy malts, a touch of herbal hops and a faint wisp of smoke along with the spicy alcohol at the end. I don't usually drink lagers, but this was very tasty, well-balanced, a great American lager.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 01:57:58 | More by lstokes
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BigMike

Pennsylvania

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

"Savor the good St. Boisterous"

Enjoy by date of April 24 2010.

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Crystal clear straw yellow with finger head. Appearance is almost BMC like. But thats where the comparisons end.

Malty alcohol and grassy on the nose. A little citrus aroma as well. Mostly lemon.

Flavor is heavy for a lager. Malts and sweetness. Robust and thick. A little bit of yeastiness and honey like sweetness. The hops come trough on the finish with a little bitterness.

This is a very tasty beer. Victory comes through once again!

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 20:37:24 | More by BigMike
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Proteus93

Virginia

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

Had a single at Beer Run after seeing it in the cooler. I've been looking at this one for a little while, having enjoyed the doppelbock.

A: Quite a pale yellow... more like the hue one might expect from a macro lager or the like. About a finger of white head tops it off, recedes fairly quickly, but leaves a modest little sheet and plenty of lacing behind.

S: Quite a toasted malt and a bit of alcohol backing it up. There's even a slight hint of grassiness in there, and just a tiny little fruity touch.

T + M: Quite a robust and rich body... quite thick, really. Like the aroma, a toasted malt and alcohol flavour stands out well. Some more fruity notes come out on the palate, at least compared to the nose. Almost a bit of prickly pear, with a good bit of taste remaining behind with the slick body.

D: A little on the hefty side.. .while the style can be a little higher in alcohol, it seems a little "big" I don't see myself going through a lot in on sitting. That said, it's a tasty brew, and certainly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 02:38:54 | More by Proteus93
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a flute.

3.5 A: Clear light yellow with a hint of green. Healthy frothy head dies faster than I'd like, but leaves a reasonable amount of lacing.

3.0 S: Not really much of anything with a slight of muskiness from the hops.

4.0 T: I find this to be very tasty. It more than makes up for the appearance and smell. Slightly grainy. Neutral malt base with some residual sweetness present. Noble hop flavor and mild bitterness.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good carbonation and quite smooth.

3.5 D: Not the biggest fan of the style, but this is an alright brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 01:15:56 | More by DavoleBomb
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PEBKAC

New York

3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Half gallon growler from Whole Foods. $10.99 for the fill. Poured into a plastic cup while sitting in a lawn chair with the Mets finishing up another good one in the background.

Pours a clear, but less then vibrant, washed out bronze. Dollop of creme on top.

Smell is predominately bread pudding & grainy crackers. It trails off with the smell of sticky beer residue.

Taste is mainly composed of honey wheat bread & plain Cheerios. Yeast from middle to end, with a very mild(but still refreshing), leafy bite of bitterness. Finish is a trail of Euro-like caramelization & dry wheat.

Carbonation is prickly at first, but fell off considerably on my taller pours. Alcohol is there, but only moderately aggressive.

An okay lazy afternoon beer. Missing that second gear though.

Serving type: growler

05-12-2009 00:10:07 | More by PEBKAC
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steveh

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A -- Pale, clear honey gold color with a good white head that settles a little quickly, but revives well.

S -- Grassy to slightly spicy hops, some vague graininess and slight DMS. Some mellow sweetness lingering too.

T -- First taste is mellow breadiness with alcohol asserting. Any sweetness in the start is fleeting and the dry finish takes over. There is a vague fruitiness, giving a plum or pear Schnaaps character to the beer, then bitter hops seal the deal in the finish with bready malts lingering in the aftertaste. The bitter hops also seem to linger assertively long after the last sip. Not what I tend to look for in a Helles Bock.

M -- Body is light medium with a soft to slightly syrupy mouth-feel.

D -- Not bad to style, there are better versions out there, but that's not to say this isn't a good addition to the group.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 20:22:41 | More by steveh
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tasting glass from the tap.

The appearence is gold, with a nice foamy white head.

The smell is a bit spicey. Is hoppy with a floral feel to it

The taste was a bit fruity, some hints of orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Some honey and hops as well.

A nice brew from Victory brewing. I was a bit ready to not like this beer and it surprised me. This is my first Mailbock so I know I wasn't quite sure waht to expect. I can't wait to have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2009 18:19:14 | More by Duhast500
St. Boisterous from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.