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St. Boisterous - Victory Brewing Company

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87
very good

409 Ratings
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Ratings: 409
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-13-2002)
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Photo of BeerTruth
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to number1bum for this treat. Been lookin' for this one for a while.

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

This is my first Helles Bock, so here goes. Pours a clear gold with a fluffy one finger head that dies down to a lacing soon after pour that remains. Spotty lacing throughout tasting. Carbonation is rushing to the top of the glass. Such a sweet yeasty up front aroma. A bit of citrusy hops seem to tingle the nose as well. Taste is very clean and crisp on the tounge with a honey like flavor that lingers. Flavor is a bit one-dimensional, not sure if that's common in this style, but I was looking for more complexity. Very light mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good for the 7.4% because of how clean this beer is. Give it a try if you get the chance.

BeerTruth, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of Higravity
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours nice golden dark color with almost no head which is slightly disappointing. Smells spicy hop appley with a maltyness that comes as a rogue wave. I was not prepared for the first sip, I thought I was getting a nice light beer, but the hop juice punched my teeth in as I stumbled back. Wow this is loaded with a great hop charater and is followed nicely with german malted grains with just a touch of alcohol. The body is pretty solid and this would be all day drinking material on tap. I think it might suffer a little in the bottle.

Higravity, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of Barnsley
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Barnsley, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of Number3red
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Number3red, May 06, 2013
Photo of JTZimmerman
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory is perhaps the finest brewery in PA or perhaps the country.

That said, this particular brew was far from what I expected from a 'summer brew'. A bit heavy, as you would consider a Railbender (for those of you in PA) a bit heavy for a hot summer day.

I love the beer but when it is 85 degrees it is a bit heavy and a bit boozy. This isn't really what I consider a summer beer, heck even the St. on the bottle has a beard.

JTZimmerman, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of thgreatrandini
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

thgreatrandini, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of boxofhate
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

boxofhate, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of HRamz3
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

HRamz3, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of Hopscat
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Hopscat, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of dgherm
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

dgherm, Jul 21, 2013
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 callmemickey
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden body.. moderate white head.. good retention.. lots of lacing...

S: Nice soft floral european hop bitterness... soft bready malts.. smells like spring.

T: Much like the nose... floral hops up front... balanced out by the soft malty bread flavors..

M: Light bodied... slight alcohol burn at the end... a breif, slightly metallic feel..

D: A good spring beer indeed.

callmemickey, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of orsulacp
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.

orsulacp, May 22, 2006
Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a clear golden color with a decent sized head on top. The lacing on the glass was pretty good. The smell of the beer has some lemony aromas on it and some grainy malts also on the nose. The taste of the beer is pretty refreshing actually, really nice soft and smooth feel to the beer. Overall I found this to be one of the better beers from Victory brewing.

Knapp85, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of DIM
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a chill hazed golden coppery color. It poured with a thick, moderately sticky, densely fizzy head.

s: Biscuity malts, flowery hops, and some delicately sweet fruity aromas of apricot. Just a little heat coming off of this as well.

t: A little on the sweet side, with surprisingly strong apricot flavors. The crisp, cereal/biscuity malts were relegated to the back round. I would have preferred the reverse I think. The finish dries out quite a bit with some fairly assertive leafy bitterness.

m: Nicely chewy body with prickly, fizzy carbonation.

d: Plenty here to like, but there are some better examples of the style to be found locally. This did hit the spot after 5 hours of yard work.

DIM, May 09, 2010
Photo of Pencible
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a translucent copper with some off-white head.
S: It smelled like bready yeast and warm caramel with some metallic hops and light citrus.
T: It tasted like metallic hops and juicy citrus, with bready yeast and some sweet caramel. It had a sharp bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation.
D: This was a pretty nice lager that was fairly basic, but light and easy to drink. The aftertaste was a bit harsh, especially considering how tame the taste was up front. But the alcohol was well hidden, and it was a generally enjoyable drink.

Pencible, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of schmitter
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.

schmitter, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of Gmann
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color wth a small tight tan head that settles into a light ring. The aroma is of a honey malt with some light grassy hops. The aroma was faint, so I didn't pick much up. The taste is of a smooth caramel malt and some light pepper spice. Surprisingly not much of a hop pick up. Doesn't seem to resemble a maibock too much but tastes good. A nice full body, smooth despite some prickly carbonation, finishes with a very light grassy bitterness. This might not be the most flavorful maibock but it drinks very nice, the ABV is well hidden.

Gmann, Apr 18, 2010
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 J23hc
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours yellowish gold with lots of bubbles and bollowing white bubbly head. Smell of booze, vegetal hops and some sweet malt characters. Feel is crispy and creamy, lots of spice on the palate and some raw grassiness, and straw-like dryness, with some sugary malt characters. Booze is there more than expected. overall an earthy complex lager.

J23hc, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of tedsox31
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. Orange-red appearance with a thin white head that stays around. Decent lacing.

Aroma is full of malty sweetness, followed by some caramel overtones. Also a slight fruitiness, maybe raspberries or strawberries.

Taste is slightly sweet and metallic up front. This is followed by some caramel and fruitiness, and ending with a long, lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel is decently carbonated, medium and chewy. Dry finish.

A good beer, and very drinkable for that 7.0% abv tag.

tedsox31, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of aaronh
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich golden color topped by a fairly dense, long lasting head. Aroma is havy on the malt side with a touch of noble hops. Flavor is also very malty, a touch a alcohol heat in there. Nice hop flavor in the finish. Mouthfeel is decent, not too carbonated. Drinkability is very good.

aaronh, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of thebeerisgood
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Spices and caramel malt

Appearance: Dark golden color, unfiltered yeast with a light head that disappears quickly.

Taste: The sweet caramel malts come through pretty well on this one with only a slight bitterness from the hops. Finishes with spices and a bread/yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel: Hearty feeling with mild carbonation and very slight alcohol, pretty smooth overall.

Drinkability: Full bodied, solid beer. The alcohol is a little high, not something you would want to spend an evening drinking, but they go down very well.

Notes: This is my first beer experience form Victory, based in Pa, and I must say that it was a good first impression. I also enjoy the idea of a good Helles Bock, as it represents the coming of spring, and all the beer festivals that take place in Germany around that time. Compared to other Helles Bocks that I've tried such as Rogue Dead Guy and Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary, this stacks up pretty well.

thebeerisgood, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of DavoleBomb
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.

DavoleBomb, May 15, 2009
Photo of bubseymour
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Nice yellow clear pilsner look with frothy 2 finger head.

Smell - Not quite what I was expecting but still pleasant. Sweet malty scents is what I'm picking up.

Taste - Not quite sure I'm on board with this one on the first couple of sips then I start to get used to it a little more and enjoy it somewhat as I progress. Starts off very strong and somewhat boozy, and ends with a crisp noble hop bite similiar to the Prima Pils (a much better beer by Victory).

Very full bodied mouthfeel.

Overall - I think this is a good beer but not a great one from Victory. It seems more like an Imperial Pils than a Maibock/Helles Bock however.

bubseymour, Aug 23, 2011
St. Boisterous from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.