St. Boisterous - Victory Brewing Company
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4.6/5 rDev +19.5%
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!
05-31-2006 00:52:29 | More by NeroFiddled
4.58/5 rDev +19%
Appearance: Slight orange hue to the golden copper body. Very small white head fades fast and leaves no lacing.
Smell: It smells like tropical papaya and pear sprinkled with nutmeg. Some alcohol and maltiness show through in the nose as well.
Taste: Malty sweet. Cane sugar, honey and sour apple lead into a spicy floral flavor. There is a bready character upfront followed by what seems to be hints of cinnamon and nutmeg and ginger, coming through with a little pleasant alcohol nibble. The aftertaste is spectacular. Sweet yet spicy sugars cling to the palate leaving behind a vanilla bean bitter that beckons for the next sip.
Mouthfeel: Very malty oily slick and syrupy feel; but the spiciness keeps it feeling medium/light weight in the mouth despite the thick feel.
Drinkability: This is a spicy warming beer. I think this is great for a cold rainy day. It is very easy drinking but certainly not a session beer at 7.4% ABV. I love this beer and anticipate its release every spring. I am going to put a few away for winter.
Hope this is helpful.
08-02-2006 19:02:09 | More by Phatz
4.53/5 rDev +17.7%
Golden color. Slight, bubbly ivory white head. Lace is adequate. Very nice aroma. Great blend of rich malts and leafy hops. This maibock has got some character. It's quite clean, but abundant with flavor. Thick malts lay down the backbone. Bready yet rich. Hops add just a touch of floral attributes. Malts are rich. This one is really drinkable. This one is right up there with Capital and Town Hall as one of my favorite maibocks.
04-26-2006 03:19:16 | More by Bighuge
4.5/5 rDev +16.9%
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.
05-22-2006 04:29:06 | More by acehart1
4.48/5 rDev +16.4%
Served in a .5L glass for $5.50 at the brewpub.
[A] Arrives with a 2 finger tall bright white fluffy head of semi compacted foam. Staying power is well above average and leaves a thick film of crackled lace in a thick ribbon along the glass. The body is a clear golden wheat color, rather light and wonderfully clear. Great look.
[S] Sweet. Glorious. Grain. With an extremely gentle toast and a light, crisp lemony-orange citrus. Light fruity notes, malt derived, and perfectly integrated.
[T] Sweet fruity flavor edges out the grainy base by a hair.
[M] Perhaps the best aspect of this fantastic brew. Somewhat thick and more substantial than expected given the ABV. Smooth, luscious. A consistent presence of mild effervescence keeps the tongue awake and contemplative. Couldn't ask for much more.
[O] If this is what a good sturdy Maibock is supposed to taste like, man, I have been missing out.
10-06-2012 17:50:12 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
4.47/5 rDev +16.1%
A clear gold, perfectly uniform look with a quickly settled 1" white foam cap.
A very hardy yeast aroma, zesty, tangy, herbal and earthy mu sk effect, wheat and corn and a hint of heat, more bready malt underneath.
a very crispy bite, full and lush but lively feel with dry earth, herbal yeast upfront, which is great. Rather complex earthy hops adds some nice depth to the yeast flavor's. Amazingly clean all around, very harmonious together, great balance, the heat is pretty high, but not too bad. Slight, fruity and tanginess in the long run.
One of the best American brewed German style beefy lagers.
08-27-2011 22:29:57 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
4.47/5 rDev +16.1%
Had this on tap at the Blind Tiger. Munich Gold when served, it came toped with a low head. I thought the aroma was spot on, really authentic German bier aroma. Medium mouthfeel. There is some initial sweetness, but then some nice thick malts make an appearance. Needless to say, I had more than one.
09-01-2005 12:45:25 | More by PatandDavid
4.45/5 rDev +15.6%
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.
06-06-2004 15:57:21 | More by nomad
4.43/5 rDev +15.1%
I new favorite lager for me?? Maybe.
A: Hazy amber colored, poured with a moderate head that held up well
S: Unexpectedly malty with the light color, some noble hops, and sweet fruit subtlety in the background.
T: This is a great tasting Helles. Malty with a slight fruity sweetness (grapes/apricots), and a present hoppiness that was in excellent balance with the beer. This finish clean and crisp (where I think a lot of Helles beer miss). Overall a great drinking lager.
M: Appropriate to style, light with some body.
D: So drinkable that the 7.4% ABV makes for dangerous combination.
10-15-2010 18:00:35 | More by njmoons
4.43/5 rDev +15.1%
Acquired via trade from ClockWorkOrange, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a bright gold color with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of honey, light malts and a god amount of hops.
T: The taste is starts out malty and sweet but still remains light, with flavors of honey, spice and grain. Then a strong hops presence for the style emerges but doesn’t overpower you. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Very smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.
D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not very filling, excellent representation of style, strong kick that is well-disguised, I could definitely drink several of these in a row. This is a great beer to stick with for a whole evening.
07-14-2007 04:22:11 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.4/5 rDev +14.3%
Enjoy by Sept. 23, 07.
Pours golden with a thin, fizzy white head that fizzles away to a thin patch.
The smell is of lively, fresh grain, a touch of caramel with some earthiness. Robust, clean, lager aroma.
The taste is of sweet, fresh grain. Robust. Sweet caramel mixes with the grain. Balanced by earthy/nutty hops. It remains swert overall, with a touch of alcohol warmth in the finish.
Full-bodied, creamy, smooth. Fresh, bold flavor lingers.
An outstanding American interpretation of the style. The fresh grain, balanced sweetness and just enough alcohol make this a wonderful mid-to-late spring drink. Good one to sip in the cool to warm, but not-yet-hot weather.
06-07-2007 04:43:44 | More by jwc215
4.4/5 rDev +14.3%
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.
12-31-2006 05:42:23 | More by dbalsock
4.4/5 rDev +14.3%
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.
05-18-2006 02:25:42 | More by WonderWoman
4.4/5 rDev +14.3%
Poured a bright golen color with massive white puffy head that fell to a thin coating with sparse lacing. Smell is sweetish, almost honey-like, with nice nice ripe fruit essences also present. Taste is superb, with a strong malt character and a minimum of hops found. Nice full creamy mouthfeel. Too good a drinkability for a 7.4% beer. Excellent beer.
05-06-2006 01:03:58 | More by tgbljb
4.38/5 rDev +13.8%
beautiful tawny-apricot with off-white head that lingers, settles with little lacing.
nice malty nose with a kiss of hops. rich but subtle...
yeah, nice thick/deep malt sense with a peppering of hoppy notes. near chewy and quite luscious for a spring/may brew. alot of ineffable joyousness going on. a true fest beer.
drinkable as all git out. this is sort of perfect for what it is. pure balance. is this really a 7+abv concoction?
05-28-2010 00:39:44 | More by mempath
4.35/5 rDev +13%
Purchased as a single from Twisty's in York. Haven't been able to find this or the Victorius in Baltimore, so I figured I'd splurge a bit. Clearly ink jet labeled best before Sept 17, 2005 on the front label.
Comes rolling out the 12 oz. bottle a brilliant slightly dark gold. An off white head had only a little bit of staying power, but reduced to a fine collar. Decent lacing. Strolling carbonation whiffs throughout the brew.
Big grain aroma, highlighted with some grassy hops. A light amount of citrus was more evident directly out of the glass.
Buttery with a significant grainy malt backbone. Luckily, this isn't a one trick pony, with a nice finishing amount of hops that cuts the sweetness.
Creamy and buttery mouthfeel, which I think really adds to the beer here. Not cloyingly sickily sweet, but leaves it slightly more viscous on the tongue than it really is. Finishes grainy and sweet.
07-29-2005 01:51:06 | More by Dithyramb
St. Boisterous from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.