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St. Boisterous - Victory Brewing Company

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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-13-2002)
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

aengleman, Dec 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

RollBounce, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of jculler82
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

jculler82, May 21, 2012
Photo of veggiemafia
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.

veggiemafia, May 21, 2006
Photo of Gregwa
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Gregwa, May 05, 2012
Photo of Brian700
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.

Brian700, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of ski271
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium gold with a touch of copper and a medium-sized, foamy, slightly off-white head after an aggressive pour. The head quickly diminishes to a film and lacing is minimal. The smell is very sweet up front. Malts, honey, caramel and grape…. Sweet but mild. The sweetness carries through to the taste. Honey, light apple and herbs, and some very light floral notes. The finish is medium in duration and warm, with some light orange lingering. It finishes dry in the cheeks and sweet on the tongue. It has a medium body, slick texture, and low carbonation.
Started out as just a so-so- kind of beer but it got better as it goes. I bought a case of this beer, and after the first couple bottles I think I had a little bit of buyer’s remorse. But by the time I finished the case I wise the beer store still had more of this seasonal offering left. Needless to say, it’s a beer that grows on you.

ski271, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of Jason1337
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Jason1337, Apr 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

ncworster, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of magine
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a hazy golden yellow. Massive white head that is clingy and sticky and stays a nice coating and rimming of lace the whole session. Good lace remains. Pretty good looking brew.

Brew smells of flowery hops and some biscuit malts. Decent smelling brew.

Brew is sweet and creamy; floral and spicy up front. In the middle you get the smooth maltiness. Big floral sweet flavors and biscuit malts. Excellent smoothness here is balanced by the great flavors. Brew finishes very clean and only slightly dry. Great tasting and feeling brew here.

Wow - I just found a new go to summer/spring brew. At over 7% alcohol I cant believe how well done this brew is. A good BBQ brew or beach beer, this is some sessionable stuff here. Maybe the best drinking and tasting lager type brew I have had. Caseworty - well done Victory.

magine, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
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!

DarkerTheBetter, May 17, 2006
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4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a tulip. Same bottle as RB below (aged ~1yr); "Enjoy by April 10, 2011" printed on the side.

A: beautifully orange, slightly murky. White head with poor overall retention, but a decent film of white tops the brew.

S: much bigger aroma than I was expecting. Malty & spicy with yeast, hops, some sweetness too. Fantastic -- I've never had a Helles that smelled anywhere close to this good!

T: malty at first with well-balanced hoppy bitterness start to finish. Spices shoot out with small peaks of differing flavors here and there, but it's still watery like every other Helles (and most lagers) I've had. Given the style, this is quite tasty.

M: a smooth beer with more body than expected. Not much carbonation (likely due to my half of the bottle being poured 20min after RB's). Creaminess is what I desire: gimme gimme!

D: Like most Helles, this one boasts good drinkability -- even given this particular high gravity recipe. I'd happily order this beer at a bar on a random night, and that's something I can rarely say about any lager.

brystmar, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of bruachan
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

looks like apple juice: gold with an amber tinge. the head was aggressive at first but died faster than the australians at galipoli (too soon?)

the smell is outstanding, not just for its magnitude but its spmlicity as well. straightforward light malt backbone with a touch of apple juice and ethanol spice (very limited), with floral hops floating around, too. the beer really tastes just as it was advertised: clean pale malts with good underlying bitterness

nice brew. good choice by me

bruachan, Jul 19, 2006
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4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a clear pale golden color and a modest head

Smell: Pear and honey notes

Taste: Sweet and bready up front with pear and honey flavors developing by mid-palate; tart green apple finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Refreshing; sweet but not cloying with a crisp finish

brentk56, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of UnionMade
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

HUGE thanks to Adam for mailing me this bottle! What a great surprise! Marked best before Oct 13th, 2006, which is the day I drank it. Friday the 13th. How auspicious.
Crystal clear orangey gold. Amazingly pale for such a robust all-malt brew. A loose topping of head dies away to a thin collar immediately. The lack of head is disappointing. The aroma is packed to the gills with toasty, grainy german malt. Very nice. Some pilsy notes in there. Just a whisper of floral german hops. Bold, but very clean. The flavor starts with rich, bready german malt. More white bread toast than caramel, sweet but not overly so. Remarkably clean and well lagered. Zippy carbonation keeps the heavier body from feeling sluggish. Perhaps a hint of grassy esters. Very faint, if any. Softly hopped in the finish, a little dab of spicy, floral hop zest. Ends off with a crackle of carbonation, bread crumbs and vacant dryness on the tongue. Very good and drinkable, save for a bit of excessive burpiness from the carbonation. Begs for another sip. One of the best pale bocks I've had. They did a great job on this one.

UnionMade, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of mmmbeer
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best before 10/13/06 - served in a pilsner glass. St. Boisterous pours a nice deep gold with light carbonation and half an inch of off white head that reduces to a collar and leaves little lacing. The aroma is sweet with molasses, caramel, and toasty malts. The flavor adds to this hearty grains and a mild hop bitterness from leafy/green hops that are subdued by the large amount of malt. It is medium-bodied with ample carbonation and is actually quite big for a beer this light in color - it's almost like I'm chewing on barley, but not in a bad way. Overall it's a very nice lager that I would certainly drink again.

mmmbeer, Aug 25, 2006
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4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm, mmmm, good. This is one Helles that I will revist as much as I can while it is being tapped at Victory. Amazing in color, depth of flavor and aroma are all there. This brew offers a good bit of maltiness on the nose, which entertains you as the head vanishes. Very good from start to finish. Another Victory classic.

Prost!

goindownsouth, Apr 19, 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
Photo of NCSUdo
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Clear golden body under a pretty big white head. Decent lace and retention.

S: Nice sweet malt, candy like at times, very clean and very balanced with a very nice underlying citrus hop character, even a hint of some sweet bread. Very good, very balanced yet very complex.

T: Nice and clean tasting again. Sweet malt up front with the citrus hops in between before a very mild bitterness and ever so slight hint of alcohol in the finish. Slight warming as well. Maybe a bit vinous.

M/D: Light bodied, a little slick, low carbonation. Drinkability is excellent. A very solid beer through and through.

NCSUdo, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of lstokes
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smooth and highly drinkable rendition of the style.

Very pale yellow, not a very exciting appearance (although I guess it is pretty typical for the style), with a honey-floral hops smell which is also not particularly exciting. I'm not getting much of the malt in the nose.

It picks up significantly in the taste department. Sweet (I'm getting pears and honey), strong doughy malts, a touch of herbal hops and a faint wisp of smoke along with the spicy alcohol at the end. I don't usually drink lagers, but this was very tasty, well-balanced, a great American lager.

lstokes, May 21, 2009
Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

A - Pours a clean dark color with a small head that left slight lacing for a few minutes. Little carbonation was present.

S - Citrus aroma with hints of caramel and an unknown accompaniment...sweet, maybe molases.

T - Honey..that's what it is! Very unique blend of lemon, honey, and a distinct flavor of tea leaves The lemon and honey comes out very strong with the first sip, but the tea flavor resonates very strong as the beer goes down. Sweet aftertaste with traces of alcohol.

M - Light carbonation and a light-to-medium body with a warming feeling on the way down. Finishes very crisp.

D - A very enjoyable, but deceptive, brew. It's sneaky in the sense that the higher abv doesn't really come out as the beer goes down so lightly. The enjoy-by-date was actually two days ago, but I'm glad I waited a few months to try it. Excellent selection!

JohnnyM2002, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of dasenebler
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This helles Bock pours a rich amber with a modest head that dissipates to a thin, whispy ring very quickly. Nose is of fragrant European hops and light breadiness.

Flavor is excellent. This is one hell of a helles. Definitely more bitter and hoppy than most other interpretations of the style, but there's enough sweet, bready malt backbone to create a nicely balanced brew. Lingering flavor is definitely bitter. Medium-bodied and -carbonated feel. The 7.4 percent kick is quite nice too, without being overpowering.

Not much more to say than that. Great beer. Victory scores once again with one of their fantastic German interpretations.

dasenebler, Apr 14, 2010
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4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 6/9/09.

A - Clear golden body with large bubbles of carbonation and one-finger off-white head that receded to a thin ring of retention and left some patchy lace around the glass.

S - Fruity and citrusy aroma with hints of fresh lemon and lime, melons and kiwi fruit. Malt is sweet and caramel-based with honey notes. Some light floral hops and subtle alcohol notes also emerged as the liquid warmed up.

T - Initial flavor is fruity with hints of sweet melons and honey as well as juicy citrus fruit. Hop bitterness is pretty subtle overall with some floral notes escaping from underneath the malty sweetness. Finishes with a caramel malt character and a mild syrupy sweetness.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and pretty thick, rich mouthfeel overall, yet still retains a crispness akin to a malty pilsner.

D - Really sessionable for a 7.3% brew. This felt lighter than your typical Maibock, almost like a pilsner but with a more pronounced sweet palate and heftier malt character.

ffejherb, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a slightly opaque off-gold color with a white head. The nose brings a lot of bread with a bit of grain and some light fruit notes. While the nose is certainly quite mild, I get a lot of different fruit notes sneaking out from underneath the doughy exterior. The taste dials back on this a bit, and ends up being more of a sweet bread-type brew. However, for the style it style has quite a bit of nice flavor. The feel is nice, with a light to medium body that's slightly creamy. Overall, this is a very good American rendition of the style.

Thorpe429, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of TastyTaste
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.

TastyTaste, May 17, 2006
St. Boisterous from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.