St. Boisterous - Victory Brewing Company

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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 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 smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good starting head that recedes rather quickly but leaves a thin layer of foam and ample lace.

Woodsy smell of toasted malt. Lots of biscuit and a touch of cream in the nose. Earthy.

The flavor is dry and similar to dark toasted bread. Relatively thin body for the style but the low carbonation balances the body nicely. Earthy flavor (like the aroma). Not quite harsh in flavor, but it isn't sweet or light like other Maibocks. Still, it is flavorful and worth seeking out.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange in color with a 1/2" head. No lacing develops.

Smell: easily detectable grass, ripe fruits, and sweet malts.

Taste: big malty beer. Honey is first thing you notice, followed by some hints of orange citrus, sweet ripe fruits, and a nice bitterness to round out. Alcohol is very lightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, but finishes smooth and has a hint of a syrupy feel. The aftertaste is long on the sweetness.

Drinkabililty: this is no means a session brew, but the glass I had went down smooth and rather quickly. Could have easily had another, but there were other interesting things on tap I wanted to try. Great beer for springtime in the mid-atlantic.

Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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

12 oz bottle

Bright clear gold, mild orange with a foamy off white head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring with no lacing. Very fresh aroma, straw and grass like, minimal malt and hop, not too complex or exciting. Sharp carbonation with a soft fluffy body. Expecting more of a malt presence from this beer than there is, slightly fruity sweet that is nicely balanced by floral hops in the finish. Not an exceptional mai/heller bock and slightly disappointing based on everything else Victory does but still very drinkable and flavorful.

Photo of woodychandler
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was another beer with a thin white head that just seemed to evaporate upon contact with the air. It was a crystal-clear golden-yellow with just a wisp of a head remaining. It had a huge, malty nose. My notes at this point have the remark, "Now, we're gettin' somewhere." There was a good sweet/malty taste in the mouth and the finish was also sweet, but it reminded me of hay or silage (you'd have to be a farmer or spent time around a farm). There was a mild, lingering bitterness in the mouth as the beer warmed. The longer I went, the more I got a strong flavor of honey. It was a decent beer, but the ABV and the sweetness make it one that two would probably be plenty.

Photo of corby112
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.

Photo of weeare138
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow! I was never a huge fan of this one but this year's bottle is really smooth and refreshing. I was impressed.
Appears a light golden color with plenty of solid carbonation. The lace seemed very thin but that was the weakest thing I could pick out about this.
Smells a little like a pilsner with a surprising sweet, sugary malt aroma.
Tastes pretty good, with the emphasis leaning towards the sweetness of the brew with a light hoppiness in the back, which doesn't linger. The alcohol is well concealed in this one! Watch out, b/c this is so smooth and it creeps up on you by the bottom of the glass.

Finger licking good!

Photo of tempest
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow with a nice white head. Sweet, slightly fruity aroma with malts behind. This beer reminds me of a good helles lager. I dont know where the bock fits in, but this is a strong and tasty lager. After the initial sweetness, it gives way to bready malts. Not much for hops, but a very ncie beer. Great drinkability for the strength. Call it a go to beer for a hot day when you want a buzz.

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DoubleJ
2.28/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On-tap at the source itself in Downightown, PA. On to the beer:

Blonde like a pilsner, toped by a soft white head. It smells like super strong apple juice and apples. And it tastes like super strong apple juice. Major apple flavor all around, with much of the alcohol held at bay, with no other flavors to offer. Bubbly in the mouth, almost like a soda.

Um, no. Boring, too sweet, and too heavy.

Photo of akorsak
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a 12 oz bottle, purchased at Astor Liquors in Laurel, MD. The bock is chilled but not cold.

Apearance: A nice golden color, this bock is deeped in color than a pils, lighter than a doppel and crystal clear. There is an acceptable amount of head.

Smell: There is a nice malty aroma to the bock, maybe even a hint of honey.

Taste: A full bodied bock without going overboard like a doppel. There is an unusual edge to this beer, one that gives it a subtle sweet flavor.

Mouthfeel: Sits very well, with the malts providing a nice soft feeling on the palate.

Drinkability: Maibock is a spring beer and May 1 is Monday, glad I bought a sixer.

Photo of rhoadsrage
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Clear yellow with a decent fizzy white head. A bit of lace.

S. Smells like euro hops and a bit sweet. Inviting.

T. Sweet malts accompanied by a gentle hopping. Light and grainy. Kind of like a hopped up cream ale crossed with a german lager.

M. Light bodied and very smooth drinking.

D. This is a pretty good summer beer. There is a sweetness and hop to balance. The German schooled brewer of Victory scores again. Recommended.

Photo of jdhilt
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.

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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 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 biegaman
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You can tell just from looking at it that this beer has more character than a typical helles (pale) lager; its body is densely shaded-in with amber coloring and littered with thick flakes of yeast. Despite emanating a glowing warmth in the light, clarity is non-negotiable given the sediment. Bubbles are spotted but accumulate to no more than a thin ringlet.

Going by the first few sniffs, it's looking (err, smelling) like St. Boisterous lives up to its name. This smells as rich and complex as a beer both much darker and higher in alcohol; toasty, malty-rich melanoidins thrive. Prune, raisin and dried cherries are noticed very briefly before being washed away by a sweeping maltiness and underlying leafy, spicy hoppiness.

Boy, these guys don't mess around - when they set out to brewing a bock there was no compromising. A rich, full, hearty bill of quality continental malts dominates with a clean, impressionable, lasting flavour that is toasty, well-attenuated and only a trifle sweet. The alcohol is not tasted, although teams-up with the hops to give the finish a little "umph!"

Maibocks, like the month in their name, are transitional beers. While its malts, pale and clean, conjure the easy enjoyment of a summertime brew, its hopping is more aggressive and its alcohol hovers a high percentage, just like its wintry, more hearty cousins. St. Boisterous captures that perfectly: it's bright and clean, yet substantially flavoured and strong.

I swear Bill and Ron (Victory's brewmasters) majored in being German; they've emulated seemingly all German styles to perfection. Bocks are a style really easy to get wrong: they're easy to brew too sweet, too strong, not clean enough, not flavourful enough. You need really high-quality ingredients and a really thorough understanding of what you're doing - neither of which are ever a problem for this brewery. Watch Germany now try to annex Pennsylvania.

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from BeerBeing as part of UTBIF. Thanks for the opportunity. Enjoy by Oct 13 06.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a scant 1/4" off-white head above the clear tarnished gold brew. Head quickly disappears down to a few localized bubbles and a light film, with average lacing. Aroma is juicy fruits and pale grains. Taste is pale malt sweetness, with blushes of fruit in the middle, and a lightly warming close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very nice. Could be a definite session prospect.

Photo of billab914
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped glass. It poured golden in color with a fizzy, white head to it. The head faded after a few minutes, and left just a bit of lacing on my glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a crisp, grainy flavor to it. Some earthy, slightly peppery hops give it some very nice balance. Very clean, crisp and balanced beer.

The taste is similar to the nose suggested, with crisp, grainy flavors leading the way. I also get some more of the earthy, peppery hoppiness, especially in the finish. I get just a bit of sweetness coming through up front, where the hops seem to take over towards the finish.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a very nice beer. It was crisp, clean, balanced, but also had a lot of flavor to it. Everything came together very nicely and made for a very easy drinking and tasty beer. A nice refreshing choice after working on the house all day. Definitely one of the better ones of the style I've had.

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