St. Boisterous - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 296
Hads: 414
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 23
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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: 414
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

An orange body with streams of bubbles. A small, bone white cap barely rises a finger and settles to a thin collar. Little to no lacing.

A clean, fresh earthy hop profile and a bed of clean white bready malt. The grassy hops are a little dominant, but not strong. The malt quickly takes over with a clean burst.

The flavor profile is amazingly clean. Lightly toasted white bread with a slightly sweet flavor and a dose of grassy, herbal hops. Not deep or complex by any means.

The carbonation is low and the body is a medium light. The hops are crisp and the malt is clean. The finish is lightly sweet and dry.

This is fairly drinkable however the abv is sneaky. Fits the style well and is clean and crisp in the finish. Can easily have a few of these in a sitting. (801 characters)

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. (656 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, medium-high carbonation, dark gold in color, clear

Smell: grass and some hops

Taste: grass, caramel, some bittering earthy hops in the background

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet with a bitter backbone

Drinkability: Could have sveral of these if not for the alcohol which hits hard. A nice and clean maibock. Simple yet elegant. (379 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a translucent copper with some off-white head.
S: It smelled like bready yeast and warm caramel with some metallic hops and light citrus.
T: It tasted like metallic hops and juicy citrus, with bready yeast and some sweet caramel. It had a sharp bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation.
D: This was a pretty nice lager that was fairly basic, but light and easy to drink. The aftertaste was a bit harsh, especially considering how tame the taste was up front. But the alcohol was well hidden, and it was a generally enjoyable drink. (575 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle with a very colorful but classically styled Victory label, this bottle has a green colored background with a cheery Father Xmas like chap with a half-evil wry smile. Lots of blurb to the left describe the background to this brew and references the Bavarian Hellerbock style which it trades as. No strength listed but it has an ‘Enjoy By Oct 13 06’ Date.

Appearance: Incredibly clear and deep shining golden body with a polished orange refraction. Quick rising ¼” thick head fizzes into life and pops away to leave only a ‘bare bones’ covering. Not much head at all, a little white affair that soon breaks down to leave a thick but clinging halo covering which breaks in the middle. Minimal ‘spotty’ lacing. Carbonation is finely dissolved and has some life but it seems like it is on its way out.

Nose: Hints of alcohol set against some straw and sweet malts sit in and amongst metallic hints of floral hops. Clean nose with a bready accent.

Taste: The baked bread body is punctuated with a malty thread, which has straw, sweetness and some more floral input from the hops. Light metallic feel, clean middle with a ringing hop bite finish. Spices up as it warms, or is it juts the hops waking up when warmed from hibernation!? Finish is very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Wanes a little towards the finish, but has a solid feel that appears to only suffer from a low level of conditioning.

Drinkability: It has one of those “I’ll just have another quick sip” attractive qualities about it. A 12 ounce bottle seems to take the piss, just as you really get into this one it’s all gone.

Overall: I managed a draft sample of both the St. Boisterous and St. Victorious during my first ever visit to the Victory Brewery tap, almost two years to the day on 29th May 2004. It was great back then and it still is, nice to see it in bottles. A Victory-V Salute to BigHuge for the permanent loan of this marvelous brew. (1,967 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a realy old bottle and already has tons of floaties. It tastes fine however, so I decided to have it and review it. It was Enjoy By April 2011. This beer is probably 3 years old then.

The aroma has lots of bready malt.

The flavor definitely tastes like a maibock. Lots of breadiness and caramel sweetness, some spiciness and herbal hops. There’s also some fruity esters in there too. The middle hits you with a bit of alcohol, but it’s not very offensive.

The finish is pretty dry, despite the sweet flavor.

Actually a very well done beer. Quite tasty and even better than certainly doppelbock options out there. (629 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of cokes
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, deep golden bodied with a quick and sparse white heading.
The nose is on the weak side, whimpering out a vague breadiness, traces of golden raisins, and a whiff of dried grass hop spiciness.
Taste is above all things, equally muted. It begins with a honeyed roll breadiness, that segues into fruitier hues of grape and apple. There's a minor (and also seemingly muted) tic of zinc-like minerality, but otherwise it flows well-lagered down the pipes. The close bring a peppery dead grass hop notion that wipes the rest of a lackadaisical malts from memory.
Light-Medium bodied with a low-level but persistent CO2.
It's plenty drinkable. But the malt base is thin and feeble. Thus it doesn't satisfy the meatiness that I want in a bock. (743 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color wth a small tight tan head that settles into a light ring. The aroma is of a honey malt with some light grassy hops. The aroma was faint, so I didn't pick much up. The taste is of a smooth caramel malt and some light pepper spice. Surprisingly not much of a hop pick up. Doesn't seem to resemble a maibock too much but tastes good. A nice full body, smooth despite some prickly carbonation, finishes with a very light grassy bitterness. This might not be the most flavorful maibock but it drinks very nice, the ABV is well hidden. (557 characters)

Photo of whartontallboy
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden pour with a thick head that disappeared but a constant stream of bubbles percolating through. Smell is of candied fruit and malt. The taste is fantastic. Malty without being cloyingly sweet, with faint traces of toasted grain in the backgroun. The hop character is just barely there, enough to make its presence felt and reinforce the maltiness. There is an almost peppery little bite that comes through with the alcohol, but the creamy mouthfeel ties everything back together really well. Overall, a fantastic beer (does Victory make any other kind) that I am excited to have easy access to this spring. (617 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: bright yellow-golden in color, a modest white topping of carbonation soon recedes to a thin ring

s: pale euro lager malts accented with a generous dose of grassy noble hops and aromas of soft pear, white grape, night flowers, and marzipan or almond cookie, delightfully complex lager aroma

m: a medium-full carbonation runs through the light-medium bobied beer, striking good balance in what would otherwise be too full a lager mouthfeel

t: pale lager grain carries complex light fruits - pear, apple, and white grape most prominent with some almond following the swallow, slightly floral in the aftertaste with a hefty serving of sulfurous noble hops,

d: no issues here - quite tasty and easily drinkable

single bottle picked up at Norm's in Vienna, VA (762 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a mostly clear golden color with a very slim head. Nice, malt-heavy aroma. The beer has a slightly toasted scent, with a bread and alcohol scent. Clean flavor, with a prominent malt character. A little sulfur-like note, but otherwise clean. Sweet. Firm body, and very drinkable. Overall, a good bock. (313 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a fluffy white head that rises to about 3 fingers in depth. Hangs on for a short time then faded away to a thin film of foam. Does leave splotches of lacing all over the inside of the glass. The beer is bright gold, very clear and has no visible carbonation.

Aroma, is of grains, and lots of mineral notes. I'm not sure how to describe it, but it does smell like some of the other Maibocks that I've had. A sweetness to this.

Sweet malt is my first thought. Malt sweetness is also my second thought. Some graininess, then some mineral/metallic flavors. After this there is a burst of hop bitterness that cuts through the sweetness. As the hop notes fade away, the sweetness returns. There is a moment at the end where you get a sense of the alcohol, but this is not overt.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and slightly sticky. Carbonation is very light.

Fairly drinkable, but a touch too sweet. Would not have guessed this was a 7%+ ABV without knowing. (963 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant golden orange, clear, clean, with a small, tight, off-white head. Smells of honey, tangy vegetal sweetness, fruity malt sugars, maple syrup, and spicy herbal hops. Nice and very hellesbockish. Spicy hop edge up front on an otherwise malty sweet taste. Honey and vegetal malt sweetness, with flashes of sugar. Cooked vegetable twang/bitterness in the finish. Kind of warming, but not hot. A good lager for this cool 4th of July evening as the fireworks rain down outside. Nothing exceptional, but a solid Victory. (522 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7/10/08. On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a clear yellow with a small head. Aroma is super fruity. Flavor of luscious apple, pear, and other light fruits, a little buttery, also got some light buttery toast. Very tasty, light, super drinkable.
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5) (270 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stopped by Victory on D-Day, 06JUN09, with daughter Caitlin. Ended up with a couple of pints of this with dinner. The 0.5l glass was filled with an enticing, medium-golden, clear nectar. Occaisional carbo headed topside, towards the creamy, fine white head. Lacing in the glass was top-shelf. Nose was bready and floral, a great invite to sample more deeply. Body was very solidly medium, with nary a hint of prickliness on the tongue.

Flavor was replete with bready, toasty, malts. The sweetness level here was perfect. Hops were well represented, with lightly fruity traits (think pear and green apple). A superb blend of malt and hops! Oh so drinkable! Prosit!!

4.35
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5

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Original review from 25MAY03. Hell yeah! Wish this bier was available in New England! St. B has a medium copper color, with perhaps a tinge of orange. It was clear throughout, and had a fine, thin white head atop it, with decent lacing. Nose was malty and sweet (in a Hell-Bock kind of way), and both body and smoothness on the tongue were medium. The flavor has a healthy dose of bready malt, nice and toasty and semi-sweet. A hint of fruitiness (and just a hint) shows up about midway through, and there is a crisp, fresh hop finish to St. B. Nicely balanced all the way! This is a lovely Bier! Prosit!!

overall: 4.25
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a flute.

3.5 A: Clear light yellow with a hint of green. Healthy frothy head dies faster than I'd like, but leaves a reasonable amount of lacing.

3.0 S: Not really much of anything with a slight of muskiness from the hops.

4.0 T: I find this to be very tasty. It more than makes up for the appearance and smell. Slightly grainy. Neutral malt base with some residual sweetness present. Noble hop flavor and mild bitterness.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good carbonation and quite smooth.

3.5 D: Not the biggest fan of the style, but this is an alright brew. (572 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - hazed rust color with a white head that stayed as a thin layer leaving spots of lacing.

S - aroma is bready and earthy.

T - very well played, this beer tastes like it was brewed in Germany. Sweet malts dominate with a light bittering on the finish.

F - medium bodied with a crisp feel.

D - goes down easy enough. (360 characters)

Photo of david18
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer over the weekend at George Keeley's on the upper west side of Manhattan.

It was a good beer and very true to the style. Dark coppery color, good carbonation that's much lighter than the beer. ABV is a little strong for the flavor/color etc. but in general it was a great beer. (291 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 6/9/09.

A - Clear golden body with large bubbles of carbonation and one-finger off-white head that receded to a thin ring of retention and left some patchy lace around the glass.

S - Fruity and citrusy aroma with hints of fresh lemon and lime, melons and kiwi fruit. Malt is sweet and caramel-based with honey notes. Some light floral hops and subtle alcohol notes also emerged as the liquid warmed up.

T - Initial flavor is fruity with hints of sweet melons and honey as well as juicy citrus fruit. Hop bitterness is pretty subtle overall with some floral notes escaping from underneath the malty sweetness. Finishes with a caramel malt character and a mild syrupy sweetness.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and pretty thick, rich mouthfeel overall, yet still retains a crispness akin to a malty pilsner.

D - Really sessionable for a 7.3% brew. This felt lighter than your typical Maibock, almost like a pilsner but with a more pronounced sweet palate and heftier malt character. (1,027 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A crystal clear golden yellow pour, very quick dying white head. Notes of wheaty malt and a hint of winter spice in the aroma. Taste of a weak malty lager – surprised and slightly disappointed in the wimpy taste of this one. Does meet the style requirements.

Semi-dry, fairly rich and full bodied – a nice light brew for any summer drinking. Over 7% abv? That fooled me.

Nice frosty sent by BeerBeing. (410 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright golen color with massive white puffy head that fell to a thin coating with sparse lacing. Smell is sweetish, almost honey-like, with nice nice ripe fruit essences also present. Taste is superb, with a strong malt character and a minimum of hops found. Nice full creamy mouthfeel. Too good a drinkability for a 7.4% beer. Excellent beer. (352 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Victory. This one pours a absolutely clear golden color. There was very little white head on it. The nose was somewhat malty and also had a slight grassiness to it. The taste is a bit of a malty biscuity taste, and was slightly sweet. The medium body belies its 7.4% alcohol. Very Good! (296 characters)

Photo of Morey
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle with "Enjoy By Mar 11 2012" stamped on the label. Layer of sediment noted, but I managed to keep it all in the bottom of the bottle.

Pours a hazy yellow/gold color with about a half inch of white foam which has settled to a thin and spotty layer after several minutes. Good head retention.

Smell is slightly fruity and yeasty. A touch of grain, alcohol, and oily hops in the nose as well.

I'm getting some sweetness up front with a touch of lemon towards the middle. Malts help make for a bit of chewy finish with a hint of lingering alcohol and bitterness.

Medium bodied with a nice chewy texture on the back end. Moderate carbonation.

Pretty good overall. Not something that I could drink too many of though.

Morey's Bottom Line: I've only had a handful of beers within this style, but this one is probably my favorite so far. Another nice beer from Victory. (881 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear golden with a white, but low head which did not last well enough to lace the glass.

The aroma was nicely malty and crisp with a bit of spicy hop character. Some fruity aromas were present, a bit of cider profile for sure.

The flavor was malty with a bit of apple/cider, but as a fruit flavor, not as a body comment. The beer contained quite a malt presence with some caramel character and a nice spicy hop chracter to balance and keep the beer finish toward dry.

The finish was heading to dry, as mentioned, and had a lasting spicy hop presence into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation on the low side. A nice beer, but the apple character is a flaw for the style, the warming after consumption was fairly high.

12 ounce bottle, enjoy by Oct. 31, 06. Thanks BeerBeing! (845 characters)

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