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St. Boisterous - Victory Brewing Company

St. BoisterousSt. Boisterous

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

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I was handed this beer it reminded me of someone handing me a glass of apple juice, except there was quite a bit of foam that quickly dissipated to tracing around to rim.
It smelt of apple trees with a hint of hops. It tasted like a cider but I could relate it too taking dainty nibbles of a freshly picked apple. On the exhale there was a hint of celery salt. As I took a sip it felt fun and bubbly in my mouth all the way down. Over all, I really enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2006 02:25:42 | More by WonderWoman
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dbalsock

Vermont

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks lpayette, you sent me a winner with this one.

Appearance: Pours light orange with a hazy body and a slight white head. The bulk of the head dissapates quickly but there's some left around the glass for the whole experience.

Smell: The flowery hops mix with a honey malt base... I would love to down a few of these in the spring.

Taste: Honey and fruity esters come out (like a crisp apple). The malts are fantastic and drive this beer to greatness.

Mouthfeel: The light bodied nature combines with a perfect amount of bitterness to make this an enjoyable experience. The dryness of the beer is interesting but doesn't add or detract from it imo.

Drinkability: I could easily session this and would love to have another.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2006 05:42:23 | More by dbalsock
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Enjoy by Sept. 23, 07.

Pours golden with a thin, fizzy white head that fizzles away to a thin patch.

The smell is of lively, fresh grain, a touch of caramel with some earthiness. Robust, clean, lager aroma.

The taste is of sweet, fresh grain. Robust. Sweet caramel mixes with the grain. Balanced by earthy/nutty hops. It remains swert overall, with a touch of alcohol warmth in the finish.

Full-bodied, creamy, smooth. Fresh, bold flavor lingers.

An outstanding American interpretation of the style. The fresh grain, balanced sweetness and just enough alcohol make this a wonderful mid-to-late spring drink. Good one to sip in the cool to warm, but not-yet-hot weather.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2007 04:43:44 | More by jwc215
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from ClockWorkOrange, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of honey, light malts and a god amount of hops.

T: The taste is starts out malty and sweet but still remains light, with flavors of honey, spice and grain. Then a strong hops presence for the style emerges but doesn’t overpower you. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Very smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not very filling, excellent representation of style, strong kick that is well-disguised, I could definitely drink several of these in a row. This is a great beer to stick with for a whole evening.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2007 04:22:11 | More by TheManiacalOne
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njmoons

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I new favorite lager for me?? Maybe.

A: Hazy amber colored, poured with a moderate head that held up well

S: Unexpectedly malty with the light color, some noble hops, and sweet fruit subtlety in the background.

T: This is a great tasting Helles. Malty with a slight fruity sweetness (grapes/apricots), and a present hoppiness that was in excellent balance with the beer. This finish clean and crisp (where I think a lot of Helles beer miss). Overall a great drinking lager.

M: Appropriate to style, light with some body.

D: So drinkable that the 7.4% ABV makes for dangerous combination.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 18:00:35 | More by njmoons
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nomad

Kansas

4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this beer constantly changes yet doesn't budge at all. Color wise it shows golden, brown, amber, and straw-yellow shades overlapping for a different color depending on the light, angle, and how much is left in your glass. What doesn't change is the complete lack of carbonation or head. It somehow never looks quite as good as it tastes.

Smells of bready notes smooth out by lagering, fresh honey, and doses of marzipan. Sometimes a mutated grassy scent of noble hops sneaks in, only to be enveloped by the sweet and comforting body of malt.

Taste follows with the complementary palate of bready/doughy malts with honey edges and a big minty hop finish. With time the sweet malt body gets quite large but is never cloying or otherwise obtrusive; a good lagering makes the big body of this beer as sleek and smooth as German engineering. Hops balance well this full-bodied beer.

A very good maibock. Spot on to style like all of Victory's lagers.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2004 15:57:21 | More by nomad
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2005 12:45:25 | More by PatandDavid
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear gold, perfectly uniform look with a quickly settled 1" white foam cap.

A very hardy yeast aroma, zesty, tangy, herbal and earthy mu sk effect, wheat and corn and a hint of heat, more bready malt underneath.

a very crispy bite, full and lush but lively feel with dry earth, herbal yeast upfront, which is great. Rather complex earthy hops adds some nice depth to the yeast flavor's. Amazingly clean all around, very harmonious together, great balance, the heat is pretty high, but not too bad. Slight, fruity and tanginess in the long run.

One of the best American brewed German style beefy lagers.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 22:29:57 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a .5L glass for $5.50 at the brewpub.
Sampled 08AUG12

[A] Arrives with a 2 finger tall bright white fluffy head of semi compacted foam. Staying power is well above average and leaves a thick film of crackled lace in a thick ribbon along the glass. The body is a clear golden wheat color, rather light and wonderfully clear. Great look.

[S] Sweet. Glorious. Grain. With an extremely gentle toast and a light, crisp lemony-orange citrus. Light fruity notes, malt derived, and perfectly integrated.

[T] Sweet fruity flavor edges out the grainy base by a hair.

[M] Perhaps the best aspect of this fantastic brew. Somewhat thick and more substantial than expected given the ABV. Smooth, luscious. A consistent presence of mild effervescence keeps the tongue awake and contemplative. Couldn't ask for much more.

[O] If this is what a good sturdy Maibock is supposed to taste like, man, I have been missing out.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2012 17:50:12 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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acehart1

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to go to Victory recently and have this one on-tap. It was a great beer-drinking experience all-around. This is a Bavarian Maibock that does not disappoint.

The beer is dark (almost like an apple juice like others before me have noted).

This stuff is potent and smooth, so be careful. It finishes very nicely. I can't complain or find too much fault with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2006 04:29:06 | More by acehart1
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.53/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2006 03:19:16 | More by Bighuge
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slight orange hue to the golden copper body. Very small white head fades fast and leaves no lacing.

Smell: It smells like tropical papaya and pear sprinkled with nutmeg. Some alcohol and maltiness show through in the nose as well.

Taste: Malty sweet. Cane sugar, honey and sour apple lead into a spicy floral flavor. There is a bready character upfront followed by what seems to be hints of cinnamon and nutmeg and ginger, coming through with a little pleasant alcohol nibble. The aftertaste is spectacular. Sweet yet spicy sugars cling to the palate leaving behind a vanilla bean bitter that beckons for the next sip.

Mouthfeel: Very malty oily slick and syrupy feel; but the spiciness keeps it feeling medium/light weight in the mouth despite the thick feel.

Drinkability: This is a spicy warming beer. I think this is great for a cold rainy day. It is very easy drinking but certainly not a session beer at 7.4% ABV. I love this beer and anticipate its release every spring. I am going to put a few away for winter.


Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 19:02:09 | More by Phatz
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've never had the St. Boisterous in a bottle and I was pleasantly surprised to come across it this year. I was also pleasantly surprised that it held up so well to bottling; normally helles bocks suffer as it only takes a little bit of oxidation to turn such a straightforward lager down a papery road!

It pours a clear, golden-orange body beneath a creamy head of white foam that holds well but leaves only minor lacing about the glass (blame the 7.4% abv).

The nose is clean and fresh with a straw-like maltiness, a flicker of floral hops, and a gentle waft of alcohol.

The flavor delivers the clean, fresh, bready, and lightly sweet dough-like maltiness that the nose promises. It's remarkably well balanced by an underlying bitterness, floral and subtly spicy hops, and an edge of alcohol that never reveals itself fully. Impressive!!! Very impressive!

It finishes dry despite the sweet edge it offered on the tongue, and it lingers a bit with a swirl of spiciness and low-key bitterness, tempting you to take another sip.

Remarkably well-done! Exceptional! This one's not to be missed, especially for fans of the helles bock style because it rivals the best from Germany!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2006 00:52:29 | More by NeroFiddled
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bigdeuce

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is absolutely outstanding. It reminds me of a "double" prima pils, also from Victory. Very creamy and smooth. Nice texture with nice lacing and an apricot scent. Gorgeous, refreshing with a twinge of hoppiness on the backend, finishes fairly dry. Dangerously drinkable and strong. This is a terrific brew and I am glad I have a case of it.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 02:12:14 | More by bigdeuce
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Dark Yellow in color with a decent head.
S - Biscuit malts and semi yeast.
T - Pretty damn smooth. I really enjoyed the sweetness of the beer. I would have never know it was a lager unless I read it on the bottle.
M - Thin and smooth for 7 percent. Loved it.
D - I would be happy if this was part of a variety pack excuse me while I do some research...

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 13:54:44 | More by DrDemento456
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2006 23:25:24 | More by KarlHungus
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Avagadro

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: st. Boisterous is the color of old bourbon, with an off-white head of moderate retention. Lacing is minimal.

S: Caramel and hops combine in this wonderfully presented bouquet.

T: St. Boisterous presents a beautiful dichotomy between malty sweet and hoppy dryness. It is somewhere between a malty bock and a crisp pilsner.

M: delightfully light bodied with just a touch of carbonation.

D: I am really impressed by Victory's endeavors into German styles. I can't believe how delicate this beer is, especially at 7.4 abv. This is definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 22:31:32 | More by Avagadro
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shbobdb

Indiana

4.72/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Better than Hofbraeu.

That's right, I said it, bitches.

This beer absolutely rocked my face off. Victory is a brewery that never fails to amaze me. Holy wow!!!!

It pours a nice apple-juice colour with a nice fluffy head that hangs around long enough to make its presence known, but doesn't overstay its welcome -- like the cool guy at a party.

It smells very pleasant. This is the best smelling maibock I've ever had. It reminds me a lot of a really good apple cider, actually. Pleasant, light fruit aromas mingling with a touch of sweet. There is a little alcohol in the nose to bring it all together. Very nice.

The taste. Wow. It is good. Very good. I'm in freakin' love. It basically follows the smell, with a light touch of white grape, and macintosh apple. Good stuff.

The mouthfeel is the only part of this beer that didn't amaze me. It is very, very light. Now, I'm not asking for a maibock to be thick like a doppelbock, but I think that the mouthfeel could stand to be a little richer.

Drinkability? Are you kidding? This is awesome!

Thanks Muenchenerkindl!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2006 20:16:47 | More by shbobdb
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techdiver

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful clear gold with modest head that dissipates quickly.

Sweet malt and honey nose.

Sweet malt, honey and mild hops taste.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with pleasing carbonation.

A very drinkable Maibock; just wish they hadn't run out of it at Victory a couple of weeks ago.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2007 03:32:52 | More by techdiver
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JackTheRipper

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Crystal clear light amber color. Head was initially about 1 1/2 inches and fluffy white, but dissipated quickly, leaving a scant layer of suds and no lacing. I hand washed this glass and rinsed it at least five times with hot water, so I'm pretty sure the glass is clean enough to hold the head.
S: Lightly toasted malt aroma. A hint of spiciness, very low hop aroma.
T: Big malty flavor up front that isn't on the sweet side at all. Subdued hop flavors with a bit of a spicy bite. Very clean, finish is a great balance of the two. This beer flat out tastes great.
M: Medium body. Alcohol feels punchy, provides a very pleasant warming sensation. Carbonation is spot on. Not dry, not sweet, but a wonderful blending of them. Goes down far too easily.
D&N: Oh good heavens, this beer is just about perfect. The smells and the tastes are phenomenal, very easy to drink, a perfect beer to come home to after working the night shift and wanting to relax with. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2005 12:08:21 | More by JackTheRipper
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.93/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clean, clear regal gold color....sweet, malty nose of honey, vanilla, and toasted vienna malts...top notch..

Body is medium to full..pretty big for a maibock but not too big...easy drinking...perfect carbonation...slick feel..

Excellent tasting maibock. Sweet...slight honey and vanilla...big on the toasted malts...a slight floral hop impression.

What an incredible maibock...perhaps the best I have had....highly recommended...better than Capital in my opinion...

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2006 03:56:35 | More by ZAP
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St. Boisterous from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.