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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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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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cbl2

New York

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

Enjoy by 10/13/06. 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance:

Pours a startingly clear orange with a thin film of tan head on top with mildly vigorous carbonation streaming up the pint.

Aroma:

Sweet earthy malts with undertones of fresh cut grass. There is a definite vitality to this brew, a freshness to be savored.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

A smooth and subtle mouthfeel to begin, the flavors carry nuances of smoke, peat and toasted malt. Mild hops counter the sweetness leading to a nicely balanced beer. One of Victory's finest offerings.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2006 22:33:16 | More by cbl2
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hanco005

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2006 05:06:54 | More by hanco005
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Brian700

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden yellow with not a lot of head and no real lacing to speak of.

The aroma is of corn, spicey hops, and a little alcohol

The flavor is pretty good. There is lots of sweet malt mixed with a corn flavor and a really nice warming from the alcohol. This is a pretty damn good beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light to medium carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer. I can't get this in my area but if you can I recommend picking some up.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2006 23:47:37 | More by Brian700
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from BeerBeing as part of UTBIF. Thanks for the opportunity. Enjoy by Oct 13 06.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a scant 1/4" off-white head above the clear tarnished gold brew. Head quickly disappears down to a few localized bubbles and a light film, with average lacing. Aroma is juicy fruits and pale grains. Taste is pale malt sweetness, with blushes of fruit in the middle, and a lightly warming close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very nice. Could be a definite session prospect.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2006 16:44:03 | More by ppoitras
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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

Golden yellow with a nice white head. Sweet, slightly fruity aroma with malts behind. This beer reminds me of a good helles lager. I dont know where the bock fits in, but this is a strong and tasty lager. After the initial sweetness, it gives way to bready malts. Not much for hops, but a very ncie beer. Great drinkability for the strength. Call it a go to beer for a hot day when you want a buzz.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2006 04:41:04 | More by tempest
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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

Rich, deep golden hued, smallish white head.

Bold, malt-laden aromatics, heavy hanging in the nose, and brimming with booze. Cereal grains meets paint thinner with light floral and honeyed notes.

Taste: a blast in the mouth, robust to be sure, than fading a bit, leaving the palate just a touch dry, and a little empty. From the force of the beginning, I expected a more presence in the body. Instead, this seems too thin and malt liquor-ish. Well-crafted, as is everything they do, but a bit too blunt this one, could have used some subtley and nuance, and maybe some flavor beyond malted grains and alcohol.

I'll finish the rest of the 6-er, but none too quickly, and without any exceptional pleasure.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2006 09:15:29 | More by feloniousmonk
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rokoch27

Virginia

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

Pours clear, straw color with the slightest amount of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass, like good champagne. Aromas of spice, flowers and bread with corresponding tastes. Everything about this beer says spring and it is almost like the malts are young? Makes me want another sip, because there is something lingering that I just can’t place and want to taste again. Another great lager from Victory!

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2006 17:57:13 | More by rokoch27
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asabreed

New York

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Enjoy by October 13th, 2006. Is it just me, or does St. Boisterously look freakishly close to one of the characters on the board game Guess Who? Anyone know what I'm talking about. I think his name may be Max; I remember he had a big nose and white hair. And this is the oldschool version of the game; I think there's a new one out now with different folks.

Appearance: A straw golden yellow with tiny bubbles up the top of the glass. The head dissipates extremely quickly, and there's a bit of lacing but not much. Are the Maibock bodies regarding color and carbonation this boring?

Smell: A nice and richly balanced blend of sweet malt and floral hops. Slight honey and fruit? Not insanely complex, but highly welcoming.

Taste: Wow, I've never really had a beer quite like this, especially for the style. There's nothing too discernible for me, but the taste and the balance are right on. It's sweet without being overly sweet, hoppy without being either too bitter or floral, and the finish is long, welcoming, and perfect right now for summer. I also get a bit of honey and maybe a bit of peach skin. I get no alcohol here at all, especially anything remotely close to 7.4%. Not sure how they're doing this, and sorry this isn't very informative, but it's really hard to explain, at least from this end.

Mouthfeel: This may seem a bit cloying to some, and maybe that's the slightly higher alcohol content? At first it especially seems that way, but the burst of carbonation by the end provides a bit of chewiness and makes it not watery in the least.

Drinkability: I'll certainly be getting a 6-pack of this soon enough, as I think it's really delicious. Not the most complex brew in the entire world, but the best of the domestic styles I've had yet. Quenching, fairly alcoholic, and highly drinkable. I hope this becomes a staple for Victory as far as bottles go.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2006 02:29:37 | More by asabreed
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle with a very colorful but classically styled Victory label, this bottle has a green colored background with a cheery Father Xmas like chap with a half-evil wry smile. Lots of blurb to the left describe the background to this brew and references the Bavarian Hellerbock style which it trades as. No strength listed but it has an ‘Enjoy By Oct 13 06’ Date.

Appearance: Incredibly clear and deep shining golden body with a polished orange refraction. Quick rising ¼” thick head fizzes into life and pops away to leave only a ‘bare bones’ covering. Not much head at all, a little white affair that soon breaks down to leave a thick but clinging halo covering which breaks in the middle. Minimal ‘spotty’ lacing. Carbonation is finely dissolved and has some life but it seems like it is on its way out.

Nose: Hints of alcohol set against some straw and sweet malts sit in and amongst metallic hints of floral hops. Clean nose with a bready accent.

Taste: The baked bread body is punctuated with a malty thread, which has straw, sweetness and some more floral input from the hops. Light metallic feel, clean middle with a ringing hop bite finish. Spices up as it warms, or is it juts the hops waking up when warmed from hibernation!? Finish is very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Wanes a little towards the finish, but has a solid feel that appears to only suffer from a low level of conditioning.

Drinkability: It has one of those “I’ll just have another quick sip” attractive qualities about it. A 12 ounce bottle seems to take the piss, just as you really get into this one it’s all gone.

Overall: I managed a draft sample of both the St. Boisterous and St. Victorious during my first ever visit to the Victory Brewery tap, almost two years to the day on 29th May 2004. It was great back then and it still is, nice to see it in bottles. A Victory-V Salute to BigHuge for the permanent loan of this marvelous brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2006 06:01:40 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've never had the St. Boisterous in a bottle and I was pleasantly surprised to come across it this year. I was also pleasantly surprised that it held up so well to bottling; normally helles bocks suffer as it only takes a little bit of oxidation to turn such a straightforward lager down a papery road!

It pours a clear, golden-orange body beneath a creamy head of white foam that holds well but leaves only minor lacing about the glass (blame the 7.4% abv).

The nose is clean and fresh with a straw-like maltiness, a flicker of floral hops, and a gentle waft of alcohol.

The flavor delivers the clean, fresh, bready, and lightly sweet dough-like maltiness that the nose promises. It's remarkably well balanced by an underlying bitterness, floral and subtly spicy hops, and an edge of alcohol that never reveals itself fully. Impressive!!! Very impressive!

It finishes dry despite the sweet edge it offered on the tongue, and it lingers a bit with a swirl of spiciness and low-key bitterness, tempting you to take another sip.

Remarkably well-done! Exceptional! This one's not to be missed, especially for fans of the helles bock style because it rivals the best from Germany!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2006 00:52:29 | More by NeroFiddled
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walleye

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from the bottle that I got in a trade. poured a golden honey with a off white head that left no lacing. aroma, metallic, citrus (lemon/orange), hops, caramel, honey. flavor a malty sweetness, hops, honey, fruity. like the nice smooth mouthfeel on this beer

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2006 19:16:40 | More by walleye
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weasbri

Virginia

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

First time trying this beer. Head was basically non-existent, dark orange color. I had trouble picking up scents, could be because I'm still getting over allergies, but they just seemed very faint.
Malty first sip. Seemed to have floral quality in the finish. As I drank, the floral aromas got stronger, and it seemed to have more complex flavors I'm not yet qualified to describe.
After about half a glass, I re-checked the alcohol content. You'll definitely feel that 7.40%.
I enjoyed it, a good introduction to Maibock/Helles Bock for me, and I'll be back for more. Kudos to the guys a Norm's in Vienna for recommending it.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2006 01:53:32 | More by weasbri
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jaluria

Connecticut

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

Eagerly awaited the arrival of this at my local store and picked up a few to enjoy.
Poured a translucent, medium-orange color with a subtle yellow undertone. A soft white head quickly developed and disparted just as quickly. Only a touch of lacing was left behind on my goblet. Aromas of honey, grains, fresh fruit, and flowers seemed to come out. The taste was crisp with sweet malt flavors dominating the front end of each sip. A bitter finish that was slightly floral rounded out the beer. A grain-like texture, somewhat chewy and very easy to drink. A great blend of sweet flavors like honey and slow roasted sugars with citrus-like hop bitterness. Another great beer from Victory.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2006 13:16:57 | More by jaluria
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MeLikeBeer

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle...with just a whisp of head. Other reviews have nailed it: It does look like apple juice, carbonated apple juice, a dark orange color.

Smells...sweet, a hint of honey and caramels, light-doughy aromas.

Great malt flavor on the first sip...caramel, a hint of...cinnamon? Hop flavors abound. An overall fruitiness to the beer.

Lingers on the palate just long enough...medium body, with a little bitterness near the end.

Mmmm...delicious Maibock.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2006 00:02:50 | More by MeLikeBeer
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orsulacp

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a deep gold with some hints of orange, it is very clear with a small white head. Sweet malts on the nose, not much else. It has a sweet / rich malt flavor and a bit of spiciness not much contribution from the hops. Medium mouthfeel, clean crisp finish, very smooth and drinkable. Overall very good, the last time I had it (three years ago) there was a bit more floral hop smell and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2006 14:31:15 | More by orsulacp
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acehart1

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to go to Victory recently and have this one on-tap. It was a great beer-drinking experience all-around. This is a Bavarian Maibock that does not disappoint.

The beer is dark (almost like an apple juice like others before me have noted).

This stuff is potent and smooth, so be careful. It finishes very nicely. I can't complain or find too much fault with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2006 04:29:06 | More by acehart1
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Mdog

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold with a very thin head.

Smell: Sweet, bread smell.

Taste: Sweet malt taste, a little grassiness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth.

Drinkability: Another good beer from Victory.

I'm glad that Minnesota has started to get more of the Victory seasonal offerings. St. Boisterous didn't let me down, it is a quality maibock.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2006 23:36:29 | More by Mdog
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veggiemafia

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. into a mug. This beer is EXACTLY what I need after working a 14 hour day.

Amber golden, very pretty. Good wall color. Moderate head formation with very little retention.

Smell is very toasty and warm, but sweet and notes of honey are prominent. Something nice and fruity too, something like a dry cider. Very nicely done.

Taste is similar, but brings out the toastiness and adds a bready element like honey and wheat and something very nice and nutty. Once again, very, very, nicely done on Victory's part. One of my favorite beers of this style.

Mouthfeel is very nice, smooth, crisp, the carbonation is excellently done.

I could drink this all night and well into the morning and probably for breakfast. This is excellent, well-balanced, clean, really nice. This is what I love about beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2006 04:38:04 | More by veggiemafia
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.93/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clean, clear regal gold color....sweet, malty nose of honey, vanilla, and toasted vienna malts...top notch..

Body is medium to full..pretty big for a maibock but not too big...easy drinking...perfect carbonation...slick feel..

Excellent tasting maibock. Sweet...slight honey and vanilla...big on the toasted malts...a slight floral hop impression.

What an incredible maibock...perhaps the best I have had....highly recommended...better than Capital in my opinion...

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2006 03:56:35 | More by ZAP
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WonderWoman

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I was handed this beer it reminded me of someone handing me a glass of apple juice, except there was quite a bit of foam that quickly dissipated to tracing around to rim.
It smelt of apple trees with a hint of hops. It tasted like a cider but I could relate it too taking dainty nibbles of a freshly picked apple. On the exhale there was a hint of celery salt. As I took a sip it felt fun and bubbly in my mouth all the way down. Over all, I really enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2006 02:25:42 | More by WonderWoman
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

2.13/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Victory- St. Boisterous

Appearance- light yellow/ orange with very little head. Slight soapy foam, no lacing.
Smell- not much here. A light hay/ straw odor. Sweet fruity malt.
Taste- sweet and light. Slighty orange/ lemony with a strong metallic taste.
Mouthfeel- sweet up front followed by a bitter metallic aftertaste.

Overall- not s good one. watery with little flavor other than a metallic taste. Victory usually does so much better than this.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2006 20:46:16 | More by NJpadreFan
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came the color of a dark apple juice with a ring of white head.

Smelled of pasty oats, plain yogurt and little nips of sour apple.

Tastes of brown sugar, golden raisins and apple cider with a cinnamon stick in it. This is all balanced on a smooth doughy lager malt. In the exhale, I’m getting an organic celery vegetable taste. The varieties of sweetness here interacts fabulously with the doughy malt releasing some very pleasant flavors. Thankfully, this one finishes pretty clean, all things considered.

The mouth feel is medium to heavy bodied with a light delicate carbonation.

This one’s a little heavy, but freakin’ delicious!

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2006 13:00:11 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear medium gold body, no carbonation visivle, with a quick rising head, fades fast leaving no lace in a wet glass.

Smell: Spicy and grassy, corn, citrus.

Taste: A very big beer, indeed, lots of grassy and corny malts, spicey flavors are out front, peppery and a little bit fruity. Up there with my tops of the style, this is a beer to be sipped or sessioned, but enjoyed either way. A good representation of the style.

Drinkability: What's not to like, it is a big peppery beer, well hopped, enjoyable and highly drinkable. Worth picking up a 6, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2006 03:59:49 | More by TastyTaste
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy light orange and some yeast in aroma. Hoppy, citrus oil.Well malted, carmel and vanilla, but balanced. Fine mix, nothing objectionable. Medium plus mouthfeel from malt and a honeyish yeast. Refreshing.I Like the brewery, but this one isn't as exciting.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2006 04:39:58 | More by Sammy
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Terp96

North Carolina

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

Tis the season for Maibocks and this one didn't disappoint.

Pours a bright golden-yellow with a hefty head. Nice lacing as you progress through the glass.

Aroma was interesting to say the least. I could not describe it as anything but corn. It actually reminded me of the smell you get shucking corn. Usually, you smell corn in a beer and you run in the opposite direction but this one kept my interest.

Tastes great. No corn taste here. Very malty sweet with a slight hop bite on the end of each sip. Very nicely balanced. To my detriment, there was no indication of the 7.4% alcohol.

Mouthfeel was nice as well. Very slick and oily on the tongue. Unexpected from a beer that is only slightly hopped. A smooth beer that goes down very easy.

Like I said, the drinkability is exceptional. I kept wanting more and it snuck up on me. Oh well, I will just have to go get some more.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2006 13:28:41 | More by Terp96
St. Boisterous from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.