St. Boisterous - Victory Brewing Company

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very good

296 Reviews
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Reviews: 296
Hads: 414
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 23
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-13-2002

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Reviews: 296 | Hads: 414
Photo of tgbljb
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (352 characters)

Photo of maek228
2.78/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: a dark gold. the head retained similar to the ring of saturn...a decent looking beer.

smell: sweet malts....some hops

taste: ehhh the sweet malts just meld with the hops in the wrong way. almost has a "sour" taste to it. this is the first victory brew im not really impressed with. the intentions seem good, but the end product just doesnt work

mouthfeel: normal

drinkability: for a strong beer, it is decently drinkable (445 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Pours a clear golden color with a small white head that dissipates. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is slightly sweet and malt dominated. A mild hop aroma is present.

Taste is slightly sweet and malty upfront followed by a slight hop flavor. Finishes with a wave of malt and then finishes slightly sweet.

Full body, light carbonation.

A solid maibock, and nice to drink. The sweetness could be toned down a bit. (439 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a 12 oz bottle, purchased at Astor Liquors in Laurel, MD. The bock is chilled but not cold.

Apearance: A nice golden color, this bock is deeped in color than a pils, lighter than a doppel and crystal clear. There is an acceptable amount of head.

Smell: There is a nice malty aroma to the bock, maybe even a hint of honey.

Taste: A full bodied bock without going overboard like a doppel. There is an unusual edge to this beer, one that gives it a subtle sweet flavor.

Mouthfeel: Sits very well, with the malts providing a nice soft feeling on the palate.

Drinkability: Maibock is a spring beer and May 1 is Monday, glad I bought a sixer. (660 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear shimmering golden color. The head is massive, and receds slowly into thick lacing. The aroma is grassy, grainy, but with a nice fruity background. The taste is a perfect balance between grassy and fruity, and is midly sweet overall. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is one of the best maibocks I have had to date. I will certainly drink this again whenever I get the chance. (433 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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. (432 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, deep gold colour. My pint was poured with a thin whisp of head that disappeared rather quickly. Rich, toasted malt aroma with fresh apple character. Very nice. Malty sweet with toasted malts and a caramel apple component. It had a lingering, light bitterness with a hint of hop flavour. There was a noticeable acidic bite from the carbonation in the finish, as well as a light, spicy, alcohol warmth. Carbonation was just on the high side, made up of large, fizzy bubbles. Decent body. Quite smooth once the carbonation settled a bit. A good beer and quite quaffable. (574 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange in color with a 1/2" head. No lacing develops.

Smell: easily detectable grass, ripe fruits, and sweet malts.

Taste: big malty beer. Honey is first thing you notice, followed by some hints of orange citrus, sweet ripe fruits, and a nice bitterness to round out. Alcohol is very lightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, but finishes smooth and has a hint of a syrupy feel. The aftertaste is long on the sweetness.

Drinkabililty: this is no means a session brew, but the glass I had went down smooth and rather quickly. Could have easily had another, but there were other interesting things on tap I wanted to try. Great beer for springtime in the mid-atlantic. (715 characters)

Photo of ADR
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear bright gold appearance, head is fairly minimal and is essentially gone after 45 seconds or so. A couple of strings for lacing. A little bit of sweetness in the aroma, much more of a slightly bitter apple core and slushy cinnamon sweetend apple sauce that plays very well. Body is heavier, carbonation is at the low end of the spectrum. Taste is quite malty, viscous with an almost maple syrup sweetness. Hops give a slightly leafy and peppery counterpoint (I kind of like them to pop more in this style), and nicely emphasized in the second half of the flavor profile. Toasted malt impression gets stronger on warming and lingers well into the aftertaste. A slightly too thick brew, nice balance and a pleasant rendition of a strong Helles Bock. (751 characters)

Photo of nvsblman
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pale, bright, orange color with virtually no head. The aroma has some nice floral notes and honey, and something that reminds me of leather?? Honey is first in the flavor, followed by a light hop bitterness. Also seems to be a slight spice to this along with some cereal-like malt sweetness. Medium bodies, slightly dry. It would be pretty easy to knock back a few of these enjoyable beers. (392 characters)

Photo of PatandDavid
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (300 characters)

Photo of Dithyramb
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.
Very drinkable. (923 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was another beer with a thin white head that just seemed to evaporate upon contact with the air. It was a crystal-clear golden-yellow with just a wisp of a head remaining. It had a huge, malty nose. My notes at this point have the remark, "Now, we're gettin' somewhere." There was a good sweet/malty taste in the mouth and the finish was also sweet, but it reminded me of hay or silage (you'd have to be a farmer or spent time around a farm). There was a mild, lingering bitterness in the mouth as the beer warmed. The longer I went, the more I got a strong flavor of honey. It was a decent beer, but the ABV and the sweetness make it one that two would probably be plenty. (678 characters)

Photo of 99bottles
3.94/5  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. (938 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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! (794 characters)

Photo of bigbubba
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (463 characters)

Photo of BuckSpin
4.02/5  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. (669 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.12/5  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. (484 characters)

Photo of meathookjones
4.07/5  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. (480 characters)

Photo of oxmasterscream
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of Foxman
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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. (1,218 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
3.94/5  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. (547 characters)

Photo of grassrootsVT
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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! (784 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.92/5  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! (630 characters)

Photo of santoslhalper
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (745 characters)

St. Boisterous from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.