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St. Boisterous - Victory Brewing Company

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86
very good

411 Ratings
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Ratings: 411
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-13-2002

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Photo of blackie
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: bright yellow-golden in color, a modest white topping of carbonation soon recedes to a thin ring

s: pale euro lager malts accented with a generous dose of grassy noble hops and aromas of soft pear, white grape, night flowers, and marzipan or almond cookie, delightfully complex lager aroma

m: a medium-full carbonation runs through the light-medium bobied beer, striking good balance in what would otherwise be too full a lager mouthfeel

t: pale lager grain carries complex light fruits - pear, apple, and white grape most prominent with some almond following the swallow, slightly floral in the aftertaste with a hefty serving of sulfurous noble hops,

d: no issues here - quite tasty and easily drinkable

single bottle picked up at Norm's in Vienna, VA

Photo of yourefragile
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Bright clear gold, mild orange with a foamy off white head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring with no lacing. Very fresh aroma, straw and grass like, minimal malt and hop, not too complex or exciting. Sharp carbonation with a soft fluffy body. Expecting more of a malt presence from this beer than there is, slightly fruity sweet that is nicely balanced by floral hops in the finish. Not an exceptional mai/heller bock and slightly disappointing based on everything else Victory does but still very drinkable and flavorful.

Photo of thequeen711
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice, light yellow pour with light lacing. Didn't detect a noticeable nose. A light mouthfeel, very summer oriented brew. Thirst quenching, easy to drink. A highly drinkable summer beer, this beer would be my choice for an all summer brew, thanks to the folks at Victory Brewing Co.

Photo of Risser09
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - best by april 24, 2010

Appearance: Pours a golden, transparent, urine colored beer with plenty of active carbonation. A 1" soapy, white head builds and shows ample retention, and leaves some lace on the glass.

Smell: Sweet, tart and light. Lemon, funky sourness, light floral hops and a pale malt.

Taste: Light flavor of pale malt, booze, lager yeast, sweet sugar, but not too much more beyond that.

Mouthfeel: Thin, light, sweet and quite boozy. Carbonation is foamy and the booze goes down to the stomach.

Dirnkability: A yummy lager that drinks like an ale. I could hardly determine the yeast style. I don't think I would reach for it again.

Photo of jackorain
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear, bright straw color. Stark white head, good retention. and nice lacing. Creamy mouthfeel is very prominent, but carbonation is high and burp inducing. Flavor is appley and sweet. Earthy hops finish. A touch of biscuit malt mixing in as well. The apple lingers for quite a while.

Thanks For Reading

Photo of DoubleJ
2.31/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On-tap at the source itself in Downightown, PA. On to the beer:

Blonde like a pilsner, toped by a soft white head. It smells like super strong apple juice and apples. And it tastes like super strong apple juice. Major apple flavor all around, with much of the alcohol held at bay, with no other flavors to offer. Bubbly in the mouth, almost like a soda.

Um, no. Boring, too sweet, and too heavy.

Photo of MeadMardigan
3.01/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: amber/gold, semi-clear with small bubbles and very small white head

S: apricot, hint of hops

T: initial honey sweetness gives way to moderate hop bitterness

M: thin carbonation; clinging bitterness

D: needs more carbonation; long hop finish turns sour, discourages second helping

As a Spring offering, seems to slot between a pleasing Winter ale and a crisp Summer ale, so points go to Victory for that, but, not good enough to look forward to over a cold winter. I would feel pretty bleak about the change of season if this was the beer to greet me.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one as a nice extra recently. I was surprised that I had not had it before. But a nice style for a warm day. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/02/2009

Appearance 3.5 - Poured out a bright golden yellow with a big fizzy head on the top. This soon faded and dropped back into nothing at all. Lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass though.

Smell 3.5 - Light grains, hints of bready notes and a touch of a flowery type of aroma at first. As it warms though just lots of grains and bready notes all over it.

Taste 4 - Crisp, clean and well defined. Very nice example of the style. It was light and cleans with a light clove like flavor mid palate before a nice dose of grassy and herbal like hops came through at the end offering just enough of a drying notion to leave a nice long bready finish in place.

Feel 4 - Light bodied and smooth and clean it was definitely a class act. Well carbonated and nicely put together, I would have no issue at all with having this one again any day.

Drinkability - 4 easily drinkable. This pretty much sums it up. I was able to put it down quite nicely and without much effort

Overall 3.8 - Very nicely done here. Nothing crazy and outrageous but very nicely done. I would have no issue at all with going forward with this.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.82/5  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.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of Kolsch
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of meatyard
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of MrIncognito
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of schmitter
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of EPICAC
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of petroos
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of ffejherb
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of thain709
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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

Photo of grayburn
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of julian1117
3.92/5  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.

Photo of JamesS
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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.

St. Boisterous from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.