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St. Boisterous - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

401 Ratings
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Ratings: 401
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:
No notes at this time.

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

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2007 01:19:21 | More by BeerTruth
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2007 01:12:04 | More by BeerBelcher
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2007 00:43:33 | More by soupyman10
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John_M

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 John_M
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EStreet20

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2007 22:23:54 | More by EStreet20
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 18:50:41 | More by oberon
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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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lackenhauser

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 02:28:09 | More by lackenhauser
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dherling

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2007 03:39:05 | More by dherling
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abcsofbeer

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2007 00:51:51 | More by abcsofbeer
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Jaynuze

District of Columbia

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 01:35:31 | More by Jaynuze
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dogfooddog

Panama

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2007 04:27:16 | More by dogfooddog
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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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ski271

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2006 21:48:16 | More by ski271
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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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plaid75

New York

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium cloudy copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a full malty grain with a smattering of noble hop aroma.

The flavor was serious upfront grain with a smooth rounded malt flavor and a subtle hop spiciness. Mild warming alcohol as well.

The mouthfeel was full, smooth and creamy.

Overall a full bodied bock. A good solid ABV. Tasty and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2006 05:00:05 | More by plaid75
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Victory St. Boisterous is best served at cool, cellar temperatures (40-50°F) and enjoyed from a traditional stemmed tumbler or from your favorite krug. This spring seasonal from Victory pours up very nicely with ample carbonation that creates a short-lived whitish head that sits atop a bright, burnt straw-golden body. The nicely delicately balanced aroma is decidely grainy & malty with some wafer/cracker notes, but there's also some lightly spicy, ripe pitted fruit notes along with some floral notes from the Noble hops and just a hint of alcoholic warmth as the lager warms. The flavor starts off slightly toasted with some grainy/malty richness that gathers some momentum before being totally subdued by the spicy bitterness from the whole flower hops. The lightly malty finish is surprisingly crisp and clean [...almost too clean!] with some alcoholic warmth. This medium to medium-full bodied Hellesbock is extremely well-crafted and may be just the thing for those cool Springtime evenings? Try pairing this one with a freshly baked hand tossed pretzel with German mustard or try one of the restaurant's famous Napa Valley hearth baked pizzas. Here's to sweet Victory!

PROST! Beertracker

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2006 18:32:58 | More by Beertracker
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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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JohnnyM2002

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

A - Pours a clean dark color with a small head that left slight lacing for a few minutes. Little carbonation was present.

S - Citrus aroma with hints of caramel and an unknown accompaniment...sweet, maybe molases.

T - Honey..that's what it is! Very unique blend of lemon, honey, and a distinct flavor of tea leaves The lemon and honey comes out very strong with the first sip, but the tea flavor resonates very strong as the beer goes down. Sweet aftertaste with traces of alcohol.

M - Light carbonation and a light-to-medium body with a warming feeling on the way down. Finishes very crisp.

D - A very enjoyable, but deceptive, brew. It's sneaky in the sense that the higher abv doesn't really come out as the beer goes down so lightly. The enjoy-by-date was actually two days ago, but I'm glad I waited a few months to try it. Excellent selection!

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2006 18:18:33 | More by JohnnyM2002
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UnionMade

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

HUGE thanks to Adam for mailing me this bottle! What a great surprise! Marked best before Oct 13th, 2006, which is the day I drank it. Friday the 13th. How auspicious.
Crystal clear orangey gold. Amazingly pale for such a robust all-malt brew. A loose topping of head dies away to a thin collar immediately. The lack of head is disappointing. The aroma is packed to the gills with toasty, grainy german malt. Very nice. Some pilsy notes in there. Just a whisper of floral german hops. Bold, but very clean. The flavor starts with rich, bready german malt. More white bread toast than caramel, sweet but not overly so. Remarkably clean and well lagered. Zippy carbonation keeps the heavier body from feeling sluggish. Perhaps a hint of grassy esters. Very faint, if any. Softly hopped in the finish, a little dab of spicy, floral hop zest. Ends off with a crackle of carbonation, bread crumbs and vacant dryness on the tongue. Very good and drinkable, save for a bit of excessive burpiness from the carbonation. Begs for another sip. One of the best pale bocks I've had. They did a great job on this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2006 09:19:35 | More by UnionMade
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer has a warm golden yellow crystal clear body with a white wisp of film and a strong carbonation underneath.

S- This beer has a light toasted malt smell with a faint green hop finish. As it warms there is a note of pot caramel that is very pleasant or a change.

T- The smooth pale malt has a light toasted malt hint and a green hop finish with a hint of white wine alcohol. As it warms a bit a caramel hint comes through in the malt and the wine note is covered by more green hops and sulfur notes.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel in the beginning but it becomes more full at the finish of each sip. There is a faint alcohol heat in the finish that is nice.

D- This looks like a small light beer but it is really a big beer in disguise. Good flavor but I would like them to be a bit bolder. Very interesting.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 20:10:02 | More by rhoadsrage
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a one finger head that dissappears quickly, no lacing. Body is a clear gold amber.

Smell - pears, apples, plums, hint of cloves. Very enticing.

Taste - Apricots, plums. Very simple, but very good.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied with low carbonation and smooth.

Drinkability - this is good beer, and very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 16:09:52 | More by ultralarry2006
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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
St. Boisterous from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.