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St. Boisterous - Victory Brewing Company

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St. BoisterousSt. Boisterous

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296 Reviews
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Reviews: 296
Hads: 424
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 23
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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: 424
Photo of Innocentexile
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
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

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of Risser09
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of thequeen711
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at The Owl House in Rochester, NY.

Pours a slightly cloudy light orange, with a small half inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells kinda faint and weak, unfortunately. A little bit of grassy noble hoppiness, but not much else.

Tastes a little faint and uninspired, too. Some light grassiness, with not much noticeable malt flavor, other than some light cracker, and some light breadiness/doughiness. Some slight lager yeast. Just not a whole lot to get excited about here, unfortunately.

Light bodied, crisp mouthfeel, slightly watery.

A rare forgettable brew from Victory, I thought they would've knocked this one right out of the park.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
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...

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Photo of mryuk
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.38/5  rDev -12%
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

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Photo of silentjay
3.38/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of March 11, 2012. Sampled on April 27, 2011. It pours pale yellow with a fuzzy white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is more grainy than anything else with a malty note thrown in on the side. The body is thin to medium but tolerable. The taste also comes across as grainy with a light but dry hop kick at the end.

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Photo of claspada
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aromas are centered around suble bready and pale malts with some slight caramel/honey sweetness. A small bit of spicy/flowery hop character

The tastes are nice and pleasant. Somewhat sweet with pale malts, honey, grain, some pepperiness from the yeast and some mild grassy hops on the finish. Body is medium to light and the mouthfeel is crisp with fairly lively carbonation. Drinkability is high. A very solid beer through and through.

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Photo of walleye
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from the bottle that I got in a trade. poured a golden honey with a off white head that left no lacing. aroma, metallic, citrus (lemon/orange), hops, caramel, honey. flavor a malty sweetness, hops, honey, fruity. like the nice smooth mouthfeel on this beer

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the boisterous sea of liberty."

--Thomas Jefferson

Shiny tangerine that isn't that far removed from shiny amber. A boisterous pour resulted in no more than two fingers of foam that is some combination of pastel orange, beige and ivory. This is a pretty classic look for the style. Maibock... helles bock... hellerbock... take your pick.

The nose is a disappointment. I don't smell anything on the malt side of the equation; perhaps not that surprising with the paler varieties. As far as hops, I get no more than a hint of noble muskiness. St. Boisterous has some work to do on the palate or this will be one of my least favorite Victory offerings ever.

Things aren't quite so bad on the buds, but I'm still far from impressed. The beer has a wishy-washy personality in that it lacks a flavor focus. Helles bocks are usually sweeter and maltier than this. I'm aware that I'm drinking a spring release in the fall, but it's the early fall and a beer of this sort and this ABV should have held up just fine.

There's a little golden fruitiness (apricots and apples), along with a hop presence that isn't prominent... nor should it be. The German 'whole hop flowers' have an easy time balancing the barely evident sweetness of the German malts. I don't know why Victory can't let us know what's in their beer.

I like the mouthfeel since it has a lightly silky smoothness that is helped by a laid back amount of carbonation. Big (and even medium-sized) lagers, if brewed with any sort of skill at all, have always appealed to me from a mouthfeel standpoint.

Victory brews some of the best beer to be found in this country. Storm King Stout, Prima Pils, Hop Wallop... all superb. Even though maibock/helles bock isn't among my favorite styles, I can appreciate a good one when I drink it. St. Boisterous is decent beer, but no more than that.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy amber/orange color with a small white head with a nice ring of lacing. Nose is sweet, malty, both very 'Victory' and very German - I like it.

Taste is sharp and crisp with a light sulfur note that is reminiscent of Prima Pils, there is a bit of alcohol present but it isn't over the top. Mouthfeel is a bit chewy but still crisp and refreshing. A good way to start a hot summer evening.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown bottle, served in a pilsener glass.

Enjoy by 3/11/2012.

Thin straw in color with a slight haze. Creamy white head that recedes to an intact sheet after a few moments. No noticeable lacing.

Honey sweetened, lightly toasted malt aroma. Notes of mild, bright fruit: raspberry, strawberry; touches of orange and peach.

Dark, musty quality with burnt oats that linger throughout the sip. The toasted malt quality has a creamy, honey sweetened quality. Stiff grains and wheat that is rather adjunctory tasting. Notes of mildly sour peach and orange in the aftertaste.

A light, medium bodied. Fairly smooth given the predominance of grain in taste.

Decent aromas and texture, but there are definitely some flaws in flavor. This is one to pass on.

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Photo of farrago
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head crests over a finger of some of the loosest foam possible, big bubbles pop and evaporate swiftly, the foam barely coats the surface, zero lacing. No beads, just random huge bubbles, has a clean light golden color of a slight metallic cast. The nose is based in pretzel dough, black pepper, orange marmalade, peach, apricot, green apple fruit scents and caramel, noticeably sweet overall with a moderate hoppiness at most, produces cereal and granola notes as it opens, quite full nostril presence. Full-bodied, its plushness and generally weak carbonation undermines the pepper, grass and straw but it is not wimpy, simply sweeter than may be desired. Displays orange, tangerine to almost pink grapefruit pulp citrus. Layers on the apricot, peach, nectarine, pineapple, sugary and close to dried fruit in nature. Still, feels obligated to add a bitter twist to the end, this in spite of a syrupy mouth texture. Overall, feels and tastes like a “normal” everyday lager sent to finishing school and made from higher quality ingredients.

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Photo of dherling
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out a semi cloudy orange brown color with a decent off white head that shrunk into a thin film of blah. The nose is like fruit cake, warm cherry pie, alcohol, more lousy fruit cake, and even more fruit cake. Why would they do this? I hate fruit cake! The taste Is of corrupt malt, singing with alcohol and fruity esters, some prune, and a bit of dark sour cherry. Mouthfeel is mild and tame, finishes cloying and syrupy. Not terribly drinkable, but not unbearable either. Overall an ok beer worth trying, but not a favorite of mine.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger head that disipates to near nothingness, thus, leaving little lacing. It's an amber colored ale with ocassional bubles rising to the top indicating a lighter carbonation. Smells of piney hops, but its scent is well short of an IPA. Tastes of bread and alcohol and finishes with bitterness. Thin mouthfeel and light carbonation. Amazingly drinkable for its abv. Victory is one of my favorite local breweries and I love Hellerbocks, but this one comes up as being just above average.

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold color with a white head that fades quickly. Smell of sweet grass as well as light nutty sweet malted barley with a little lemoniness. Taste follows the aroma with the sweet matiness dominating especially as it warms, there is again a hint of lemoniness and a little crisp-ness in the finish. Light to medium in body and fairly drinakble. I think I prefer this one on the colder side as it is a little more crisp, probably not refrigerator cold but as it warms to room temp the crispness definitely fades.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber-copper color, with a finger of white head and tons of rising bubbles. Head disappears fairly quickly, and there doesn't appear to be any lacing. Nose is sweet and malty, with a little citrus, and some honey. Not bad. Taste is interesting, definitely fits the designation of a light bock. A pretty balanced beer, although that balance might even mean a little bland. First is some spiciness and a touch of alcohol on the tongue, then the sweeter caramel and honey malt. Hops show up at the end and balance it out a little with an almost watery smoothness. Feel is medium, solid carbonation; maybe a little thin for my taste. Overall it's not a bad beer, if nothing particularly interesting. Maybe that's just the genre, as this is my first helles bock.

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Photo of cameraman
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A medium amber color with some visible carbonation. A light beige to white colored head, that starts at a half inch and dissolving away to a thin layer on top. A malty fragrance, with touches of bread and cracked grain, finishing with a mild feint scent of grass. Malt, malt and more malt is the dominant flavor, with bread and biscuit flavors. Those flavors last till the back end, when it finishes with a hop bitterness of grass and citrus, did I mention the malt. The consistent medium body lasts all the way through, it leaves a medium dryness at the end. This is really drinkable, the color and aroma are classic for the style. The taste is malty, more malty than I would prefer, but it takes nothing away from the flavor. Overall this is a great beer for spring and the summer heat.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Blind Tiger, NYC, NY

Poured into a snifter, a clear golden yellow with nearly two fingers of foamy white head that receded quite a bit, leaving some nice lacing. Smell of grains, bready yeast, and light floral hops. Crisp on the taste buds, biscuity, light honey, grains, lightly hopped for a floral quality, with a touch of fruit in the finish. Not overflowing with flavor, but what's there is good. Light-medium body, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of hanco005
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single to review, 12 oz bottle, tells me to enjoy by Oct 13 06, poured into a pint glass

A—pours clear honey yellowish amber with a fizzy thin sheet for a head that is gone instantly, laces down the inside of glass similar to detergent

S—sour, yeast and wheat, mild sweetness, some lemon, some banana, too

T—Malty to be sure, some sourness and tartness, maybe a bit on the bready side, not bad, really

M—feels a little flat, light bodied, mild carbonation

D—not bad, but not great either. Worth a try, but I wouldn’t buy a bunch of these.

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