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St. Boisterous - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

410 Ratings
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Ratings: 410
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 24
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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Enjoy by Sept 23, 07

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, sticky lacing on the skimpy side. The nose is malty, slightly hoppy, pears/apples, and caramel. The taste is malty, slightly spicy, some what hoppy, with a big dose of pears/apples, and some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice Maibock, glad to have had a chance to try it out, recommended.

Photo of joe1510
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$10.99 6-Pack
Binny's Orland

St. Boisterous pours with a beautiful crystal clear golden body. Streams of big carbonation bubbles rise to the, sadly, disappointing head. A one finger head formed on the pour that quickly fell to a skim coat and ring around the glass. The body does look great though.

Super clean, refreshing and simple nose. Lightly toasted grains are the backbone of this brew along with fresh grain huskiness. A nice sprinkling of floral hop qualities wash over the toastiness adding nice balance.

Good clean toasted grain flavors abound. A solid hop snapo on the finish comes along after the floral hop bouquet hits lightly all over the mouth. Mild green apple skin tartness along with that hop snap. Very nicely done.

Medium body that seems a little lighter from the solid carbonation. Carbonation gives a slightly prickly impression on the tongue. This beer finishes superbly clean and slightly dry.

Enjoyable, refreshing, lively, brew. Easy one too put away although the higher than average abv could catch up to you quite easily.

Another winner from the guys over at Victory. Not a style I see very often but they nailed it. Keep it up over there.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

Photo of Winter
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden in color, with a short-lived white head. Light aroma; some sweet malt with touch of fruitiness to it. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and crisp. There's a malty sweetness to the flavor upfront which is broken up by a sharp hop bitterness. Sweet graininess is apparent toward the back. 7.4% alcohol is, surprisingly, not that noticeable. Decent maibock overall.

Photo of techdiver
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.

Photo of number1bum
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of NEPA BC split #3.

Pours a pale honey gold with a thin rim of nearly white head. Blink and the head is gone, though, leaving barely a trace to let you know it was ever there. No lacing. Smell is sweet and fruity with some subtle bready notes. There is a nice aroma of caramel malt and the fruitiness is green apple or maybe pear.

Taste is really the same as the smell but it is more robust. Nice malt sweetness with some caramel and honey flavor, and a fruitiness, as well, that again I can best describe as apple or pear. The fruitiness in the nose stands out more than it does in the taste. Good lager flavor overall, and very crisp, smooth and refreshing. Not bad.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a 6-pack a while back from MI but didn't rate, now I'm drinking a bottle I just got in PA.

The beer is clear and light orange colored, with no head at all, just some skimpy bubbles on top. The smell was mighty nice though, malty and doughy, leading to a sweet malty flavor (a little bitter in the aftertaste). Thick enough to satisfy as a bock should in my opinion, but thin enough to be easily drinkable (except the ABV tempers that a little). Very nice heller bock.

Photo of SixpointJMH
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...

Photo of jwc215
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.

Photo of BeerTruth
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to number1bum for this treat. Been lookin' for this one for a while.

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

This is my first Helles Bock, so here goes. Pours a clear gold with a fluffy one finger head that dies down to a lacing soon after pour that remains. Spotty lacing throughout tasting. Carbonation is rushing to the top of the glass. Such a sweet yeasty up front aroma. A bit of citrusy hops seem to tingle the nose as well. Taste is very clean and crisp on the tounge with a honey like flavor that lingers. Flavor is a bit one-dimensional, not sure if that's common in this style, but I was looking for more complexity. Very light mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good for the 7.4% because of how clean this beer is. Give it a try if you get the chance.

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I didn't quite know what to make of this beer...it is very cereal-y, particularly in aroma, but flavor is a bit idiosynchratic and hard to place. Not bad and recommended...I guess.

This beer pours a beautiful dark gold color (like something Rumpelstiltsken would make) with lots of very durable and fluffy white head. Aroma is very cereal-y and pleasant. Flavor is not bad, and is a malt-cereal flavor that is neither malty-sweet nor cereal hearty. Not bad, but hard to put my finger on. Mouthfeel is pretty decent and smooth. Not bad.

Photo of soupyman10
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of John_M
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.

Photo of EStreet20
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I know the VBC Website still says these bottles are only available in PA but I guess they started distributing to NJ. Been looking forward to trying a Maibock I haven't had yet. Here goes...

12 ounce bottle poured into a mug.

A - Very light golden color with about a finger of white head.

S - Lots of funky lager yeast up front. Some Pilsner malts I'm picking up.

T - Much sweeter than the smell indicates. Some banana type flavor and a spicy kick. Finishes a bit grainy.

M - Light and thin, but with some smoothness.

D - Goes down nice and smooth.

Notes: Not a bad Maibock. One you could sip nice on cool on a spring day. Watch out as you're sipping it nice and cool though. The 7.2 may catch up with you.

Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always look forward to drinking good spring bocks,this poured int a pokal a clear medium gold with a tight formed one finger white head that settled pretty slowly.Alot of things going on in the nose caramel sweetness and bread grain mainly with hints of vegetable and iron the alcohol really doesnt show thru much here,not as sweet as I thought it would be from judging other reviews yeah it has some definent caramel sweetness along with a sweet dough character and green gape with pear note but a decent herbal hop presence is there along with that vegetal note.Some grain alcohol flavors come thru as it warms a bit but it warms you on a cold 40 degree spring day here in the Buffalo area.I have wanted to try this for quite awhile and I am glad I had the chance.

Photo of kernalklink
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.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didnt know that Victory produced this beer. I usually would go for the doublebock that was right next to it on the shelf but figured I need to try something a little less extreme. Here goes...

Pale golden color. Moderate carbonation level. Malty though somewhat chemical like aroma. Buttery. Deep malty flavor. Slight toffeeish taste. Quite crisp and clean-slightly bitter against the lingering malt. Good solid mouthfeel. Overall very nicely done and quite drinkable.

Glad to try the regular bock then going for the "double" as I usually do. Great effort from Victory.

Photo of dherling
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of abcsofbeer
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle with a Oct 13, 06 drink by date. The color is a semi cloudy pale orange topped by a thin white head. The head dissipates quickly. The aroma is a sweet maltiness accompanied by fruits of maybe apricots and lemon.

There is a very mild tangy, spiciness and very mild bitterness. The flavor overall is nice blend of hops and malts. There is a pretty distinctive alcohol flavor but it is blended nicely and adds to the taste very well.

The mouthfeel is light bodied and flavorful. Good beer.

Photo of Jaynuze
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice hazy gold in color with a very thing head that dissipates quickly. However, a thin foam ring follows the beer to the bottom of the glass.

A very malty/caramel nose with a very very light hopping aroma. There is also a hint of metallic, earth and barley.

A rich creamy malt with a light hop at the end of each sip. It's tasty ... a little bit more aggressive than some other Maibocks I've tasted (malt-wise) though still very drinkable.

The well carbonated beer provides a very creamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish.

The first few times I tried this beer I wasn't totally sold on it. However, now that I have sipped a few, I begun much more accustomed to the maltiness. At first blush I would have said way too much malt, but it has grown on my palate and I enjoy it much much more. Though it strays a little from the classic style (IMO), it is still a nice tip of the hat to the German style. Thank goodness all those German expats moved to PA and thank goodness I only live a few hours away!

Photo of dogfooddog
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from a trade with MABZ, thanks again for the many beers. I have had very little experience with (quality) lagers, so this is a treat.

pours a clear golden yellow with a moderate off-white head, active carbonation in the glass as well.

Nose is very malty, a bit bready, and just a bit sweet. No idea what to expect here, it is certainly more attractive than any lager outside of germany I have had.

Taste once again is very nice, the maltiness doesn't overwhelm the mouth, and some other notes of almost cherry-sweetness, lightly floral notes, and a general balance to the beer come together in the aftertaste. The alcohol is invisible. Into the aftertaste, I begin tasting honey.

Very well-balanced american german-style lager. I wish I had more background with the style to comment more.

Photo of dbalsock
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.

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.

St. Boisterous from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.