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St. Boisterous - Victory Brewing Company

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87
very good

401 Ratings
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Ratings: 401
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-13-2002)
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 22:09:21 | More by aaronh
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thebeerisgood

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 22:14:52 | More by thebeerisgood
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 01:15:56 | More by DavoleBomb
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bubseymour

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 01:03:55 | More by bubseymour
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dar482

New York

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a realy old bottle and already has tons of floaties. It tastes fine however, so I decided to have it and review it. It was Enjoy By April 2011. This beer is probably 3 years old then.

The aroma has lots of bready malt.

The flavor definitely tastes like a maibock. Lots of breadiness and caramel sweetness, some spiciness and herbal hops. There’s also some fruity esters in there too. The middle hits you with a bit of alcohol, but it’s not very offensive.

The finish is pretty dry, despite the sweet flavor.

Actually a very well done beer. Quite tasty and even better than certainly doppelbock options out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 02:43:54 | More by dar482
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confer

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Copper color with no head.
S- Sweet alcohol.
T- I dont know how to describe the taste other than it is a nice Maibock flavor but on the weaker side, with a small hop bite in the finish.
MD-This is a very easy drinker, as most are other maibocks I have had. The high alcohol content is alway a shocker for Maibocks.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 02:47:38 | More by confer
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got a chance to give this a try, even though this is a Spring beer. It was available via the single bottle in Totowa and since I like Victory's beers so much, I figured I'd give this a go. While this didn't match up with other offerings that I've had of theirs in the past, this was a decently enjoyable beer that I'd have again, during the appropriate season!

This had a decent golden pour to it with a head that lasted a while and melded well into the lacing that formed down the sides of my pint glass. Lots of lemon, grass, and floral notes to the taste as they combined for a "bright" mouthfeel. The consistency of this beer was good too, as it resembled resin and not something watered-down. There was a slight sourness to this but it wasn't enough to make me put the beer down at all.

As for the alcohol, that was a different story. It could have been a bit less noticeable and not only could I taste it during my session, but I could feel it by the time I got down to the bottom of the glass. While this isn't Victory's best beer, I'll probably give it another go when spring arrives, just to see if it's any better the second time around. If anything, this was more enjoyable than many of the Marzens that are currently on the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 20:55:11 | More by JerzDevl2000
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irishking1977

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear copper hue with barely any head and little to no lacing. Typical looking lageresque brew.

S: Butterscotch and toffee with a hint of hops. Decent, but was a bit put off initially by the aromas.

T: Pretty flavorful brew. Rich buttery bread, butterscotch, and a hint of citrus and cinnamon. Not as hoppy as I expected, but it's there. Myriad of flavors mesh fairly well.

M: Moderately creamy and thick, with a good, stout carbonation. Solid mouthfeel.

D: One of the better interpretations of a Maibock, along with Rogue's Dead Guy Ale. Not as easy drinking as your typical lager; the abv is higher than average. Though, it was over 14 bucks for a sixer. Tough to justify purchasing this too frequently.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 22:23:55 | More by irishking1977
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OKCNittany

Oklahoma

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a 1/4" white head that fell quickly with no retention. Body was a deep golden.

S: Aroma was of sweet malt & plenty of it. Simple but good.

T: Following from the smell, there was plenty of sweet & some grainy malt. Am I picking up corn too? There was a touch of hop presence adding much needed balance, or this would have been too sweet.

M: Had a light to medium body with average carbonation and a lasting, sweet light malt aftertaste.

D: The fairly substantial ABV is hidden very well, leaving this very easy to drink. The only issue is that it's a bit too sweet, as I tired of it quickly.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 22:30:26 | More by OKCNittany
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JRed

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly bubbling clear golden body with white foam head that fades to the edges of the glass. Pleasant notes of grains, cereal, slight wheat, floral, and some hops in the nose. Tastes of cereal, grains, slight dirty wheat, a flash of the booze towards the finish and then a sweet honey note mixes with hop dryness that fades out. Light bodied with light carbonation. Crisp in mouthfeel with a good malt base and a passable hop presence but the booze comes across as stale and pestering.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 02:42:00 | More by JRed
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treehugger02010

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2009 11:18:25 | More by treehugger02010
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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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larryi86

Delaware

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

12 oz bottle pouted into a pint glass

A- Clear golden color with a one finger white head that fades quickly

S- Sweet malts, earthy hops, hint of honey

T- Not as sweet as the nose, much spicier and earthier

M- Smooth, medium body

O- It smells nice, but that is the high point. This is not a bad beer, but I have had better in the style. I don't see myself picking this up again.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 23:47:20 | More by larryi86
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Med

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Clear golden straw color with a white head that dissipates almost immediately and leaves relatively little lacing.

S - The lager yeast is at the forefront with a breadiness but a sweetness lies underneath. Apple juice and a hint of banana.

T - A surprising burst of flavor for such a mild appearing beer. Apples, white grape, and a slightly sour finish that lasts.

M - Surprisingly full-bodied with a creamy feel helped along by a nice carbonation.

D - It's probably a personal thing but the sweetness is a bit much for me to have more than one.

Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 01:29:47 | More by Med
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taigor

New York

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into regular pint glass.

A - Poured clear golden color with medium off white head that quickly dissipated leaving light lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly malts and caramel with faint scents of citrus and hops.

T - Sweet malts and grains dominate with additions of honey, caramel and a slightly earthy spicy finish.

M - Medium bodied with above average carbonation.

O - Victory did it again with slightly above average maibock that can be enjoyed during holidays. I would recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 17:23:02 | More by taigor
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

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

A - Pale yellow straw color... Faint orange hue and glow... Two fingers worth of mixed bubble size batter-like pure white head... Flurry of carbonation swirl post pour settles and leaves only minimal sporadic carbonation... Minimal stickiness on the glass...

S - The smell could be detected as soon as the cap was popped off the bottle... Lovely aroma... Lots of pale malt... Pear... Apple... Grapes... Vanilla wafer... Vaguely floral scents...

T - Flour... Wheat... Honey... Grapes... Pear... Apple... Very minor peppery notes... Strong hoppy presence on the finish...

M - Slightly syrupy... Medium bodied... Dry... Thicker than expected and a little on the chewy side... Warming effects of the 7.4% ABV can be detected...

D - Personally, I struggle with Maibocks, but this is a wonderful example that I find quite enjoyable... Solid all the way around and makes me want to continue my exploration of the styel...

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 01:08:09 | More by philbe311
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smcolw

Massachusetts

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

Good starting head that recedes rather quickly but leaves a thin layer of foam and ample lace.

Woodsy smell of toasted malt. Lots of biscuit and a touch of cream in the nose. Earthy.

The flavor is dry and similar to dark toasted bread. Relatively thin body for the style but the low carbonation balances the body nicely. Earthy flavor (like the aroma). Not quite harsh in flavor, but it isn't sweet or light like other Maibocks. Still, it is flavorful and worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 18:11:35 | More by smcolw
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a mostly clear golden color with a very slim head. Nice, malt-heavy aroma. The beer has a slightly toasted scent, with a bread and alcohol scent. Clean flavor, with a prominent malt character. A little sulfur-like note, but otherwise clean. Sweet. Firm body, and very drinkable. Overall, a good bock.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 02:48:55 | More by Suds
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CJfromPhilly

Pennsylvania

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

Pours from the 12oz. bottle a crystal clear light golden hue with a 1/2 finger head that settles into a collar of medium thickness. Carbonation is on the light side, not many bubbles visible. Aroma has a malty sweetness to it with a hint of citrus (lemon) with a hay/grass/straw note. 1st sip brings a dry hints of lemon, grass, a slightly metallic hop note, and some bready, biscuity yeast. Mouthfeel is light & refreshing, and there is little hint of the 7.4% alcohol. These would make a pretty good session beer. Overall, another very good beer from one of my favorite brewers.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 23:46:03 | More by CJfromPhilly
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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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plaid75

New York

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium cloudy copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a full malty grain with a smattering of noble hop aroma.

The flavor was serious upfront grain with a smooth rounded malt flavor and a subtle hop spiciness. Mild warming alcohol as well.

The mouthfeel was full, smooth and creamy.

Overall a full bodied bock. A good solid ABV. Tasty and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2006 05:00:05 | More by plaid75
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MrIncognito

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2009 14:57:11 | More by MrIncognito
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold color, bubbly white head, gone quickly with little lacing. Scent is muted and mild, light herbal notes, faint faint caramel sweetness, touch of wet paper. Taste a little more focuses with lightly sweet malt, little in the way of fresh grain, which i like in the style, some herbal splashes on the back end. Moderate body, smooth, decently carbonated. A nice clean take on the style, just would have liked a bit more grain to the taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 19:31:56 | More by rfgetz
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ckollias

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Hazy golden ale with a white, frothy, 1-1/2 finger head that quickly dissipates into a persistent wispy lace.

S: Sweet caramel aroma with hints of citrus and lemons.

T: Crisp caramel flavor similar to the smell. Good malt background and hops to balance. Good amount of alcohol her but masked by the sweetness.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Very good Helles Bock. A little on the sweet side for me, but very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 00:56:54 | More by ckollias
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

St. Boisterous has a body that combines hues of red and orange to create a color that is different from every angle based on how the light hits it, becoming blood red or bright orange. What ever way the light hits it, the color is very pleasing, but the off-white cap is small and doesn't really do much for me in the retention and lacing departments.

The aroma has a some caramel, and a good dose of noble hops.

like the aroma suggested, St. Boisterous isn't especially sweet, it has some caramel malt that is generally a subdued flavor. Some part of the malt gives the impression that it was lightly toasted. The most interesting thing that I pick up is a hint of smoky peat. The finish is loaded with slightly fruity, slightly earthy English hops.

The mouthfeel is medium, smooth, and a little bit dry at the end. Really, I credit the mouthfeel for making this one go down even easier.

St. Boisterous is an interesting bock, and like everything Victory makes it is good and very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2010 00:14:05 | More by Hojaminbag
St. Boisterous from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.