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St. Boisterous - Victory Brewing Company

St. BoisterousSt. Boisterous

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BA SCORE
87
very good

392 Ratings
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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%


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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TheBrewo

Michigan

2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

We pour a brew of neon-golden yellow. It holds a brief one finger head of white bubbles, leaving spotty lacing as it quickly recedes. The beer is nicely transparent, with no haze or sediment noted. Carbonation appears light. The aroma is of floury malts, with a lighter caramel malt sweetness. There is a white sugar sweetness, with clove of both phenols and esters. There is also light hop slickness, and a light drying resin quality. Alcohols are faint, but enhance with warmth. As we sip, the light and toasty malts hit up front. There is also floury grain and honey sweetness. Buttery diacetyls are sweet, giving a butterscotch quality. The middle moves forward with metallics and a coiny bitterness. Banana esters are cooling, with a slight bite of clovey phenols. The finish is harsher, with strong malts and a booze to cut. There is continued caramel sweetness and metals. The aftertaste breathes with floury grain and corny adjuncts. The hops here are flowery, but faintly bittering. The body is light to medium and the carbonation is high. The feel is nicely coating, with a clean slurp and cream. By the end there is a drying, but a cooling finish. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks decently.

Overall, the best thing about this brew was the light aroma, with the nice and spicy malts. Despite this, the grains become overly light and floury at times. It seems highly generic and unlike a true maibock, with less body, sweetness, or strength to the malts. The sweetness that was there is erased and overpowered with bitterness, and ultimately this is a letdown for the style and for the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 17:19:46 | More by TheBrewo
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Went for a bottle of this when the German Dunkelweisse on tap was kaput at Mahaffey's.

The beer pours an interesting orange, copper color. There is very little head or lacing, though on the nose one picks up some honey and sweet malt. Not bad, though scarcely impressive. On the palate this beer is very light and one dimensional, with a pronounced flavor of sweet malt. Frankly, I was amazed at the abv., as this beer is very light and drinkable, if not particularly interesting. The flavor became a bit more pronounced as it sat in the glass and warmed up, but utlimately this came across as a light, one dimensional, summer quaffing beer. It's fine for what it is I suppose, but this is not what I'm looking for when I pay $3.50 for a bottle of beer. I cannot say this is one of the better Maibocks I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2007 13:34:11 | More by johnmichaelsen
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MeadMardigan

Maryland

3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: amber/gold, semi-clear with small bubbles and very small white head

S: apricot, hint of hops

T: initial honey sweetness gives way to moderate hop bitterness

M: thin carbonation; clinging bitterness

D: needs more carbonation; long hop finish turns sour, discourages second helping

As a Spring offering, seems to slot between a pleasing Winter ale and a crisp Summer ale, so points go to Victory for that, but, not good enough to look forward to over a cold winter. I would feel pretty bleak about the change of season if this was the beer to greet me.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 23:33:44 | More by MeadMardigan
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ITK4ever

Maryland

3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got one word for St. Boisterous....eh! This one just doesn't do it for me. Perhaps it's the style, but this will sit in my fridge until I can get a sucker to come by and try it. Usually a Victory fan, I question their motive on this one. I'm thinking Ron and Bill got a good deal on the malt and hops they used, so they decided to throw together a Hellerbock since no other American Micro-brewer seems to be able to do it. Well guess what?? Neither does Victory. Leave this one to the Germans and do what you do best.

Ok....now that I got that off my chest, on to the review. German lager on the nose. Poured a really beautiful golden color. Sweet malt smell released on the pour. Belgian hops up front on the taste which settles into a malty sugary sweetness....actually quite complex. Then this nasty spicy aftertaste comes in of maybe an Allspice. Not a clean finish for a hot spring day. I know this is supposed to be a Spring seasonal, but to me, I'd rather drink this crap in the dead of winter.

Like I said...I won't finish this six-pack off. No offense Victory....love your beers, but this one is off the mark.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2006 15:30:20 | More by ITK4ever
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PEBKAC

New York

3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Half gallon growler from Whole Foods. $10.99 for the fill. Poured into a plastic cup while sitting in a lawn chair with the Mets finishing up another good one in the background.

Pours a clear, but less then vibrant, washed out bronze. Dollop of creme on top.

Smell is predominately bread pudding & grainy crackers. It trails off with the smell of sticky beer residue.

Taste is mainly composed of honey wheat bread & plain Cheerios. Yeast from middle to end, with a very mild(but still refreshing), leafy bite of bitterness. Finish is a trail of Euro-like caramelization & dry wheat.

Carbonation is prickly at first, but fell off considerably on my taller pours. Alcohol is there, but only moderately aggressive.

An okay lazy afternoon beer. Missing that second gear though.

Serving type: growler

05-12-2009 00:10:07 | More by PEBKAC
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Ego

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

eyes...
when you first crack the cap it unleashes carbonation, in the glass the carbonation is much less. what little head their is sizzles off faster than a fajita plate, when you roll it in the glass it leaves little sizzling lace marks that dissipate just like the head, dirty blonde in color, consistent throughout the glass. pretty average looking.

nose...
apples, doughy apples with malt, smells a bit like a musty basement (in some good way), if you give the effort you can spy the alcohol a touch with your nose. nothing overwhelming here, but nice.

taste etc...
milder than many helles I have quaffed, the apple in the nose is certainly here in the taste, this drinks too much like apple cider, there is a nice little bitter kick in at the end but it doesn't salvage the saint. the alcohol is quite heart-burn-a-rific, the mouthfeel is good - "light/medium" but the taste is just missing something.. if I knew what..I woudl tell you. drinkability on this suffers for the reasons above. This isn't a bad beer but we get so many exellent helles coming in from germany that this would be a waste of your money if helles are your thang.

verdict?
more like saint ordinarius... sorry victory, this one just doesn't do it for me.. now pass me a storm king !

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2006 02:38:58 | More by Ego
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amatuerbeerguy

Oklahoma

3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a nice copper hue, small head that dissipated almost before I noticed it.

Aroma of fig, malt, and some spice

Flavors of graininess, light malt, with spicy bitterness

Mouthfeel is effervescent, with a medium body.

Overall it is a drinkable, well crafted brew. Sit back sip and discuss.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 01:11:31 | More by amatuerbeerguy
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JerseyKirk

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: 3 finger white head that dissipated quickly. Orangey golden yellow and unfiltered cloudy.

S: Orange, lemon, sweetness.

T: Caramel, malty, biscuit, bready, marzany, sweet, sugary.

M: Nicely bodied. Heavily alcoholic at the end.

O: Its ok. Not my favorite victory beer at all.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 00:42:20 | More by JerseyKirk
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jasonpeckins32

Michigan

3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A golden apricot color, just a bit better looking than your run of the mill macro lager.

Nose is clean and malty, simple aroma.

A nice blend of hops round out a good flavor profile led by a sweet malty character.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied yet not heavy by any means. Nicely done, quite a simple beer but well done nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 05:39:59 | More by jasonpeckins32
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, deep golden bodied with a quick and sparse white heading.
The nose is on the weak side, whimpering out a vague breadiness, traces of golden raisins, and a whiff of dried grass hop spiciness.
Taste is above all things, equally muted. It begins with a honeyed roll breadiness, that segues into fruitier hues of grape and apple. There's a minor (and also seemingly muted) tic of zinc-like minerality, but otherwise it flows well-lagered down the pipes. The close bring a peppery dead grass hop notion that wipes the rest of a lackadaisical malts from memory.
Light-Medium bodied with a low-level but persistent CO2.
It's plenty drinkable. But the malt base is thin and feeble. Thus it doesn't satisfy the meatiness that I want in a bock.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 05:54:23 | More by cokes
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kernalklink

Arizona

3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured gleaming gold into the glass, with some nice head retention- seems to glow, very attractive brew. Aromas of bready malts, tangy spiciness and a hint of alcohols and solvent. Taste is unexpectedly harsh- huge rawness in both the alcohol and hops up front. Not so much bitter, but tongue curling all the same. Malts are also huge and overly sweet like green grapes and biscuits. Honey-like sticky sweetness on the finish, the mouthfeel is syrupy and heavy. There is that obvious lager-ish yeast flavor that helps keep it somewhat crisp and balanced but the harsh flavors need to be grounded.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2007 14:18:50 | More by kernalklink
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a small head. Smell is of malts and grains. Taste is of malts and grains, well balanced but not a lot of flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 23:20:26 | More by tone77
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Golden copper with a half finger head that quickly dissipates into a thin ring on the surface. Not much lacing to speak of at all. A few streams of carbonation is visible thorugh the brew's slight haze.

S - Honestly, it smells like some of the better macros. It doesn't have that classic rice pungency though. A bit of grassy hops over grain with a touch of corn. Not very strong, but this is a classical case where less isn't necessarily worse.

T - Mostly grassy hop flavor, there is a bit of light malt as well. The aftertaste is grassy hops too. Only a faint bitterness. There is a bit of an unpleasantness to the aftertaste, a little chemical edge, but it is very mild.

M - Medium bodied and only slightly refreshing.

D - It is pretty easy to drink. Mild enough for a variety of food. It seems true to the Maibock style, but I feel that it comes up short from being a really good beer. It seems to be a bit lacking in innovation. Granted, it does seem like it is a style that shouldn't be tampered with greatly, but I did expect a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2006 23:51:26 | More by mrasskicktastic
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a thin fizzy white head that quickly fades. Golden crisp fruit aroma with hints of apple, pear banana, hops and spice. Maltier than I expected with a crisp fruit taste which is not very prominent with a delicate hop presence. Slightly bitter dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 08:27:28 | More by corby112
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - best by april 24, 2010

Appearance: Pours a golden, transparent, urine colored beer with plenty of active carbonation. A 1" soapy, white head builds and shows ample retention, and leaves some lace on the glass.

Smell: Sweet, tart and light. Lemon, funky sourness, light floral hops and a pale malt.

Taste: Light flavor of pale malt, booze, lager yeast, sweet sugar, but not too much more beyond that.

Mouthfeel: Thin, light, sweet and quite boozy. Carbonation is foamy and the booze goes down to the stomach.

Dirnkability: A yummy lager that drinks like an ale. I could hardly determine the yeast style. I don't think I would reach for it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 11:45:19 | More by Risser09
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Innocentexile

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz poured into pint

A-Cloudy pale yellow with pretty much zippo head.

S-sort of a lemony citrus aroma, maybe orange too. pretty sweet smelling

M/T-I can taste the alcohol peeping its head out of this guy. other than that, bready taste along with a tinge of citrus. not too shabby. nice body. eh, second swig the alcohol definately came out

O-aside from the alcohol being present in the taste a little too much for my liking, this is a decent brew, certainly not the best from Victory however

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 01:12:26 | More by Innocentexile
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, bright orange color, with a thick fluffy white head that disappeared quickly.

The scent was of citrus and notes of sweet malts.

The taste was of sweet caramal malts, toasted bread, and some citrus.

Medium body, pretty smooth, moderate carbonation.

This was pretty average for the style, not really something I would look for again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2012 14:55:44 | More by BeerCon5
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AltBock

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle that has an almost life like drawing of St. Boisterous, the harbinger of spring. The drawing is a bit creepy. He's got a "I know it was wrong, but I'm glad I did it" grin on his face. There was that and that leaf on his head didn't help him out with his innocence either. To the right of St. Boisterous is the US Government warning and the barcode. On the left side of the Saint is a hefty paragraph describing the beer, address of the brewery, and a clearly stamped "enjoy by" date of Sep 23, 2007. I would have drank it earlier, but I forgot I had this one.

Appearance: When poured into a simple mug, this Saint poured a clear golden orange color with a hint of amber to it. The head of foam started off real nice, but that quickly changed in only 4 seconds. It would have been nice it had kept the 1 inch head of white foam, but that made a hasty retreat and transformed itself into just 3 small white rings around the glass. It's impossible for 3 little rings to produce any lace of any sort.

Smell: I just couldn't get excited by the aroma of this beer. It was good, but it was too weak. It was a juicy aroma with a dab of sweet caramel, a trace of lightly toasted malts, a pinch of floral hops, and since this is a spring beer, it had a few blades of grass in it as well.

Taste: After the appearance and the smell, I wasn't too happy with this beer. That was until I tasted the beer. It made up for itself where it counts, the taste. It had a light, yet flavorful taste of lightly toasted malts, juicy fruits, and a few floral hops to send it off. There weren't many flavors in this beer, but whatever was there didn't any more help from any more flavors. They did the job that they were made to do and they didn't need any more flavors to get in their way of their job.

Mouthfeel: It was definitely a light beer with a nice level of carbonation. It had a light aftertaste of toasted malts and just a spatter of floral hops. They didn't bother to stick around. Much like the head of foam.

Drinkability: For a beer that a couple months over due, it still made for a good light beer that would make any spring season special. I would like to try this Victory beer fresh. If it's this good now, it has to better when it's not overdue.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 06:55:27 | More by AltBock
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thequeen711

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice, light yellow pour with light lacing. Didn't detect a noticeable nose. A light mouthfeel, very summer oriented brew. Thirst quenching, easy to drink. A highly drinkable summer beer, this beer would be my choice for an all summer brew, thanks to the folks at Victory Brewing Co.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2009 23:10:57 | More by thequeen711
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guinness33

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty good looking crisp copper colour with a smallish frothy head that dissolves quickly and leaves no markings on the glass.

The aroma is sweet: a bit floral, a bit candy-like and a touch of caramel malt.

Flavour is still sweet, but more grainy here and malt, while still having a caramel tone to it, is a bit earthier than expected, although certainly not rugged in any way. There's a bit of a juiciness here as well. Mouthfeel is light bodied and a touch slick.

This one was okay overall. No real flaws but nothing memorable. It does a good but not great job of representing the style and once again drinkability is a bit low for me as I'm just not crazy about the style as a whole. If you like the style you'll be into this one a heck of a lot more than I was, but still, I've got no complaints...

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2007 01:07:39 | More by guinness33
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mryuk

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours deep reddish orange. unfiltered with a light head with little retention.

smell is strong malty honey. Very sweet honey overpowering slight piny hops.

taste is quite a bit more bitter and hoppy than the nose. a bit sour and piny the honey comes through a little.

light and crisp with good carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. The hops-honey combination didn't work that well for me but the beer was not terrible.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 23:32:43 | More by mryuk
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A golden honey elixir color with sparse bubbles and a meager head. Some atringent yet sweet fruits greeet the nose. But not very pronounced. A light, malty beer with very subtle nuances of honeydew and cantaloupe. A little spice hit at the end from the alcohol. This beer worked rather well with some medium to hot chili.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2006 01:52:16 | More by scruffwhor
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silentjay

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a light, clear amber copper with a one-finer head that retains well but leaves only a little lacing.

smells of caramel and some european hops. some lemon, too. reminds me of a maltier noble pilsner.

tastes malty and sweet at first with citrus (lemony, acidic) coming through next, and then some bitter, noble hops on the swalow. sweetness comes back again in the aftertaste, as well as a little alcohol burn in the back of the mouth.

pretty light bodied, though thats to be expected. decent carbonation. drinks ok as well. not a bad spring beer. refreshing, yet kinda tasty. alcohol burn in the aftertaste hurts it here though.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 23:33:47 | More by silentjay
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly and leaves some lace. Slight hazy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Almost a caramel nose. Flavor is malty and hoppy, nice maibock. The higher ABV is totally hidden. $2.65 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 22:32:38 | More by jdhilt
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Hulmeville. Poured light orange with decent head that did disappear to nothing. Caramel malts, a quick spicey hop flash and a bready yeasty finish that lingers for a while on the palate. Smooth malty beer which finished dry but nothing really standing out. Easily drinkable

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2011 15:19:43 | More by TheFightfan1
St. Boisterous from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.