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St. Boisterous - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

408 Ratings
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Ratings: 408
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-13-2002)
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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 sulldaddy
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a slightly chilled 12 oz bottle from santoslhalper. Thx man!

The beer is poured into a pint glass and a fizzy off white head foams up and quickly fades to nothing. Several streams of bubbles rise to the surface but none reform the head. Color is a bright clear bronze that is similar in color to apple juice.
Aroma is caramel and some lite citrusy lemon scents. Very lite floral hops too.

First sip reveals a light body with an overall clean and crisp profile. Flavor starts with some general malt sweetness with caramel and lite fruitiness. Rolls to a bit of a bitey spicy hop finish.
No hint of abv anywhere.

Beer is very nice and refreshing. I kinda wish I had let it chill longer as I think it is prob even better colder. Another nice brew from the guys in Downingtown!

sulldaddy, Jun 09, 2005
Photo of bigbubba
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a clear, gold beer with almost no head. There does not appear to be any carbonation. The smell is pretty good, although it took some agitation to get it to release an aroma. There is a warming alcohol taste, and some sweet fruity malt. Slighty bitter in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good. Very smooth, and not too thick or thin feeling. Drinkability is pretty good.

I'll have to try another soon to see if the carbonation thing was a fluke or not.

bigbubba, Jun 08, 2005
Photo of BuckSpin
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A warm medium golden hue with a nice 1/2" head of loose off-white foam that faded quickly with little to no lace, all dancing on some slow carbonation. Nose is sweet, springlike, breezy and outdoors, with some mild hoppiness and malts drifting in.

The initial tongue is smooth, mild malt which surrenders to a soft hop peak. The two dance on the pallete, then slide into a deep, rich, almost syrupy sweet like. It reminds me of the way Golden Monkey or a good dopplebock finishes. The aftertaste is soft and bitter, warming. This was an excellent ride from taste to swallow.

If you, like I do, enjoy different sensations of taste throught a beer, give this a try.

BuckSpin, May 31, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to.. umm... crap. i forget. thanks though.

pour is a beautiful orange and layered gold with a soapy thick foam cap. slight carbonation and my cat likes to smell it. it's fresh, crisp maltiness with faint metallic notes and some subtely defined hops. flavor is bright and expansive. a sweet malt makes way for brief cherry and berry.. followed by a bubblegum finish. drinkable and delicious. light in the mouth. a bit too complex for a session brew.

another winner from v.

goodbyeohio, May 30, 2005
Photo of meathookjones
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear golden yellow with a smallish pillowy white head. Head retention is poor but leaves a light scattering of lace. Light malt sweetness in the aroma with light fruit notes and a few other things going on. Some bready notes as well. Flavor is sweet and bready with some apple notes. Light hoppiness rounds this one out nicely. Crisp and refreshing going down. This stuff is very easy drinking and perfect for the warm weather. Thanks goes to Ben for the bottles of this.

meathookjones, May 27, 2005
Photo of oxmasterscream
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal, clear and golden. Just a film of white head. Bubbles trickling slowly upward. Smelled purely of German malts and sweet bread. Hints of spiced apples. Spicy up front with a sweet bready, malt backbone. Some juicy apple flavors in there too. Dries the mouth slightly and then finishes bitter and just warms the tongue. Medium-bodied and smooth, tingly on the tongue and a bit airy. No doubt, a tasty and refreshing easy drink.

oxmasterscream, May 17, 2005
Photo of Foxman
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It came to be a vivid, crisp and clear gold, bubbly and frisky. A finger of thight white head swirled away quickly and left sticky lacing on the descent.

The aroma wafted a light malt sweetness, rather muddled, and not especially notable.

The first sip delivered a more strident toasted malt sweetness, a bit of caramel in the mix along with a vague fruit note or two. The hops bittered the middle but phased out before bringing any real flavor to the fore. A dry duskiness lingered along at the finish, leaving a short flight to the end. The basic elements care actually quite nice.

Medium bodied, this beer had enough fluidity to quench the palate, but enough viscosity to leave a bit of a glow behind.

The aroma didn't promise much, but the flavor came through in spite of that, in a classic underpromise/overdeliver maneuver. The malt cames through grandly on the palate, but never goes too sweet, and the hops, while more of an eldritch than anything substantial, lend the crisp bittering air that makes it such a pleasure to drink. And for sure, the ABV is very well-camoflaged, so care is to be taken, lest one too many put you on your back. And I'd just as soon be conscious when drinking this.

Foxman, May 16, 2005
Photo of CRJMellor
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Prostman for the sample
Pours a golden, brown hue with some yellow highlighting. Very low head and abosultey no retention.
Aroma has some definitive bread tones and sweet, sticky honey or molasses. Flowery hop note is lurking in the background.
Flavor of bread crumbs, pale malt and a freshly picked hop kitchen in the works.
Mouthfeel was above average fluidity and viscosity. More in the medium irnage but very much formality.
Drinkability is fairly hgh allow aggressive interviewng and a late spring cold have made me miserable.

CRJMellor, May 14, 2005
Photo of grassrootsVT
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In bottle:

Pours nicely carbed, leaves a frothy head atop the glass - little tracing down the glass, perfect clarity and effervescence...
Typical hellesbock aroma - sweetness and little to no hop aroma...
Tasted great! Malt depth - imparted by the decoction mash, no doubt, relatively crisp for such a large beer. Leaves a lingering lager feel of happiness on the tongue - no dryness, no significant bitterness...
Mouthfeel is about the same. Would be interested in trying this beer bottle conditioned - would no doubt give a less bubbly mouthfeel and improved head retention. An extremely drinkable beer - one has to exercise caution when approaching this beer. Nothing significantly unique - but relatively true to style, method, and approach. A good spring celebration beer!

grassrootsVT, May 10, 2005
Photo of weeare138
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow! I was never a huge fan of this one but this year's bottle is really smooth and refreshing. I was impressed.
Appears a light golden color with plenty of solid carbonation. The lace seemed very thin but that was the weakest thing I could pick out about this.
Smells a little like a pilsner with a surprising sweet, sugary malt aroma.
Tastes pretty good, with the emphasis leaning towards the sweetness of the brew with a light hoppiness in the back, which doesn't linger. The alcohol is well concealed in this one! Watch out, b/c this is so smooth and it creeps up on you by the bottom of the glass.

Finger licking good!

weeare138, Apr 18, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearence: Poured into me Prima Pils glass a crystal clear gold with a creamy, bubble off white head.

Smell: The smell is very pilsener like. The malts have that feel to them, and the hops are faint.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Incredibly crisp and refreshing the whole way through. Suprisingly pilsener like. The malts are the focus, and are very thirst quenching, but this beer lacks uniqueness and complexity. The aftertaste is that of cereal and corn. For what it is it doesn't taste half bad. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: A good beer, but not overly great. It's incredibly pilsener like. I enjoyed the fact that it was crisp and clean (thanks to Victory's new brewing system I assume). A good spring beer.

santoslhalper, Apr 12, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden pour with a thick head that disappeared but a constant stream of bubbles percolating through. Smell is of candied fruit and malt. The taste is fantastic. Malty without being cloyingly sweet, with faint traces of toasted grain in the backgroun. The hop character is just barely there, enough to make its presence felt and reinforce the maltiness. There is an almost peppery little bite that comes through with the alcohol, but the creamy mouthfeel ties everything back together really well. Overall, a fantastic beer (does Victory make any other kind) that I am excited to have easy access to this spring.

whartontallboy, Apr 10, 2005
Photo of JackTheRipper
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Crystal clear light amber color. Head was initially about 1 1/2 inches and fluffy white, but dissipated quickly, leaving a scant layer of suds and no lacing. I hand washed this glass and rinsed it at least five times with hot water, so I'm pretty sure the glass is clean enough to hold the head.
S: Lightly toasted malt aroma. A hint of spiciness, very low hop aroma.
T: Big malty flavor up front that isn't on the sweet side at all. Subdued hop flavors with a bit of a spicy bite. Very clean, finish is a great balance of the two. This beer flat out tastes great.
M: Medium body. Alcohol feels punchy, provides a very pleasant warming sensation. Carbonation is spot on. Not dry, not sweet, but a wonderful blending of them. Goes down far too easily.
D&N: Oh good heavens, this beer is just about perfect. The smells and the tastes are phenomenal, very easy to drink, a perfect beer to come home to after working the night shift and wanting to relax with. Highly recommended.

JackTheRipper, Apr 09, 2005
Photo of yeagerbm
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is another great beer from Victory. It has a dense white head that just sticks to the sides of the glass on top the dark golden body. The aroma is clean and sweet as is the taste. The flavor is malty with a nice sweetness balanced by a mild hoppy spice. The flavor and body are very full and smooth with creamy carbonation. This stuff is dangerously drinkable at >7%abv. Very refreshing and tasty.

I'm more impressed with Victory all the time. It's probably my favorite brewery and I haven't yet made the trip to Downingtown. I need to definately do that soon.

yeagerbm, Apr 08, 2005
Photo of maybrick
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My. my, my the new brew house sure is kicking in Downingtown. This is one of my favorite beers Victory does. Just when you think it can't get any better, it does. According to Brewmaster Ron Barchet, the wet milling process is really great because the attenuation is going off the charts. Tthis years Saint B. is yet another example of a highly attenuated beer. It is considerably smoother than that of years past.

I suggest you let warm a little and then give a swirl or two to release the nose. The beer is especially bright and has a golden amber color. The carbonation holds up through the entire expereince with nice lace along the way.

The nose in my opinion has a trace of cinamon smelling malt character.

At 7.8 ABV you're kind of expecting someithin big to leap out at you when in fact it is so smooth with no alcohol burn whatsoever.

The taste is really good. I beleive the profile is mainly remindful of butterscotch and sweet ginger. Again, as it warms the spicier it gets which I think is a good thing.

I'm 6'3" tall and weigh close to 300# and two of these do me in. Wow.

maybrick, Mar 21, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of my growler and into me Troegs pint with a crystal clear amber golden hue and backwards rolling carbonation quickly that settled under a tiny white coating cap.

Dry husky malt scent dominate the nose. A twinge of the sweet vanilla ice cream scents that Rogue Dead Guy has.

First swigs: Like an unleashed Ginger Ale just took off. Slightly roasted caramel under long lasting caramely findh. Butterscotch sweetness overtakes the flavor. Maple syrupy feel and flavor. Tons of spices are hidden in this treat like nutmeg and cinnamon.

Depending on the season, this is an excellent drinker. With a 7.4 ABV, this is a spicy, winter warmer, meant to be a spring offering traditionally.

Last swigs: Buttery sweet malts that linger into an equalled finish. Originally VICTORY promoted this as a Dopplebock, but now it's a Hellerbock.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Sep 22, 2004
Photo of garthwaite
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the brewpub. Pours a bright, clear gold with a refreshing floral nose that includes hints of candy & fresh hops. Full in the mouth as a great mix of spicy hops & pale malts fill your mouth full of sweet melons, toffee, earthy minerals, & appealing floral hints. Slippery, full mouthfeel with a bright & almost herbal hop finish. Damn fine lager.

garthwaite, Jun 07, 2004
Photo of nomad
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this beer constantly changes yet doesn't budge at all. Color wise it shows golden, brown, amber, and straw-yellow shades overlapping for a different color depending on the light, angle, and how much is left in your glass. What doesn't change is the complete lack of carbonation or head. It somehow never looks quite as good as it tastes.

Smells of bready notes smooth out by lagering, fresh honey, and doses of marzipan. Sometimes a mutated grassy scent of noble hops sneaks in, only to be enveloped by the sweet and comforting body of malt.

Taste follows with the complementary palate of bready/doughy malts with honey edges and a big minty hop finish. With time the sweet malt body gets quite large but is never cloying or otherwise obtrusive; a good lagering makes the big body of this beer as sleek and smooth as German engineering. Hops balance well this full-bodied beer.

A very good maibock. Spot on to style like all of Victory's lagers.

nomad, Jun 06, 2004
Photo of aracauna
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light amber in color, the head was on the small side. While unimpressive in the appearance, it was a surprise after that with a crisp orange flower aroma and a refreshing citrus flavor. There’s a light bitter finish that helps make this an excellent maibock.

aracauna, Jun 05, 2004
Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since being back in SE PA, this has been one of my favorites. Really a nicely done bock that isn't overpowering. Very nice looking beer with a nice head even after 2 hours in a growler. Nice munich malt caramel notes in the nose. The taste is very nice following the nose with some just right caramel munich flavors. I figure they're munich flavors, maybe some vienna malts as well. I also get some hops in the finish. I think they're hops. Just a bit bitter at the end. I like it. Pretty decent mouthfeel, nothing super. Very drinkable, even at >7%abv.

cerevisiaephilus, May 25, 2004
Photo of Gasp100
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a sixtel of this seasonal from the brewery on the advice of fellow BA's / kegarator owners.
Pours a clear amber copper with a peach colored fluffy head. The lacing is sparse down the side of the glass. The aroma is full of sweets, malt, slighlty floral hops, a breadiness, yeast and a touch of fruit notes. The taste is sweet toasted malts, very light fruit overtones and a short quick finish of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, full and rich; a little sticky and the warming hint of alcohol comes out near the end on the palate. The balance and smooth character make this beer extremely drinkable and a really nice spring seasonal. Overall, I prefer hefe's, wits and pilsner's around this time of year (been averaging 80 degree's plus)but this is a perfect choice to have one tap when spring is heading fast into summer. Delicious.

Gasp100, May 18, 2004
Photo of purplehops
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled from the tap at Victory.
Poured a copper/yellow color with a frothy off-white head that left nice lacing on the glass. The aroma was very malty with hints of fruit and citrus. The taste started with plenty of upfront toasted malt flavor and some caramel notes blended with a wee bit of earthiness and alcohol. The longer it was in your mouth the fruitier and more floral it became. The finish was very refreshing and crisp with the first notable appearance of hop bitterness joining the balance of malt sweetness and citrus flavors. Aftertaste was a pleasant maltiness with lingering notes of alcohol and citrus. Mouthfeel was smooth yet with a crispness to it and the body was medium.
Overall another nice brew from the folks at Victory. A nice balance and complexity for a Helles Bock IMHO.

purplehops, Jul 13, 2003
Photo of dwarbi
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking beer. Amber colored, with a pure white head that settles to a thin layer, mostly on the edges and a little puddle in the middle of the glass. Not much of an aroma, but is there is pleasant. Slightly sweet and grainy. Very tasty. Chunky, but balanced. Feels creamy in the mouth. Complex, so it keep you interested and entertained.

dwarbi, Jul 04, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Anytime I see a Victory product on tap I have to try it, they just are always a wonderful balanced representation of their style this maibock definitely delivers for me. Pours amber mild brown with an off white peach colored head. A nice trickled lace forms as the head begins to dwindle. Aroma is full of malt balanced by slighlty floral hops, a breadiness possibly from the yeast, and a touch of plum notes comes through to form one amazing beer aroma. Taste is very nice mellow balanced flavor primarily consists of malt sweet tones with an underlying fruit tone and hop profile tip toeing on my palate followed by a warming rush of aclohol that is not too overbearing just need to give this beer a little kick. Mouthfeel is slightly stickywith a tickling carbonation from this well-consructed medium bodied Victory classic. Drinkability nice spring/summer seasonal that I was pleased to find on tap very nice beer that plan to visit revisit hopefully in Downington.

WVbeergeek, Jun 14, 2003
St. Boisterous from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.