St. Victorious - Victory Brewing Company

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outstanding

562 Ratings
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Ratings: 562
Reviews: 377
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 89
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-27-2002

Limited seasonal draft only release. Doppelbock brewed w/ smoked 2-row German malt from Bamberg.
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Photo of AleWatcher
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a blind beer from the fridge.... This one came courtesy of nlmartin in the Blind Beers #4 BIF... The beer is consumed and reviewed blind-- without any knowledge of the style or brewery.

Poured into my New Belgium Globe glass.

Pours a rusty brownish red... Light beige head of less than 1 finger settled quickly and left little lacing... I'm totally unsure of the style from the looks of it-- but I'm guessing over 8% ABV due to the poor head and retention...

Smells like swiss miss hot cocoa... and some fruits? Hard to pinpoint what it is exactly... A hint of roasty, almost-but-not-quite coffee comes into play. The fruit note reminds me slightly of Nyquil-- but like a mix of the red and the green together. I suppose "medicinal" is probably a flaw in most cases, but it isn't a complete turn-off... Still having a hard time figuring out the style-- perhaps a Scotch Ale of some sort?

Ok.... Taste says this is a lager. Actually, the finish says lager. It is crisp and clean, no hints of esters or other "yeasty" notes... So I'll cross off Scottish Ale from the would-be suspects... Well, if my guess on the ABV is correct, and it is a lager, then I don't have too many options, right?
The taste is dry. Really dry. Bitter, dry, powdery cocoa... No notes of dark fruit, but there is a roasty quality that I would compare to cheap coffee. The finish is crisp and clean-- and VERY dry. No real hop notes-- unless they are responsible for a VERY slight earthy quality I seem to find just before the swallow.

Think of the most cloyingly sweet beer you've ever had-- this beer is that beer's polar opposite. This is so dry I feel like I need water.

In any case, I'm betting this is some sort of bock. Probably an American attempt at the style. The body is medium/full with low carbonation... Not bad. It has a little gritty character that keeps it from scoring really high for me.

Overall-- this isn't bad, but it isn't really one I'd pick up again. It drinks pretty easily.

Reveals bottle to be... Victory- St. Victorious Dopplebock...

Hmmm... Ok. So this is another in the long line of Victory beers that haven't "wowed" me. This is decent though, so it definitely deserves a C+/B-, which is respectable. I have another bottle of this kicking around somewhere-- so I suppose I'll revisit this one and edit the review if I deem fitting.

A-3.5, S-3, T-3.5, M-3, D-3.5

Photo of tpd975
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown in color with a big billowy head. The head is a mixture of cream in caramel in color. Rather nice. It lingered and lingered and left behind several nice patterns of lace.

S: I was expecting alot of malt and I got it. Nice rich sweet malts. Tons of caramel and toffee with a hint of roasted nut.

T: Hints of dark fruit and brown sugar. Tons of malt. A bit of as well not over the top in any way.

M: Medium to full bodied.

D: Not my favorite style but drinkable nonetheless.

Overall: Not a bad brew, just not my cup of tea. This one has a solid malt character both in nose and taste. Being a hop guy I can probably not appreciate this as much as many. That being said, it's a pretty good beer, rather good for a doppelbock.

Photo of rowew
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, bald monk giving the peace sign on the label. Nice description, as well as a best by date in 2008 listed on the label.

Appearance: Pours a very dark reddish brown with a great offwhite head. Nice retention and lacing.

Smell: Aroma is a bit odd - a bit of cooked vegetable and roasted malt, some caramel, and just a bit of sweetness.

Taste: Medium to thick bodied, lots of flavor subtleties going on here. Heavy on the malt flavors, bready, some caramel and toffee.

Overall impression: Hmm.. this one is interesting - plenty going on here, but I'm not sure if I like the total package. Glad to have tried it though, and happy to see it on the shelves in Colorado, even if it is for a pretty steep price.

Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a ruby red with a creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is very subdued - some sweet and smoky malts.

The flavor is sweet and sugary candy and some dark fruits followed by a grassy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full with nice carbonation.

Overall, a decent beer, but nothing too special. I'd go with Fort Collins' Rauchator over this any day.

Photo of mjc410
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The pour into my Mahr's Der Weisse Bock glass, not even terribly hard, raises a towering 1.5 inch head that settles visibly. It's a medium-light tan, and leaves virtually no lacing. Below, the body is a lovely deep ruby-brown. The nose is a bit acidic and malty, but not as much as expected. There's also a normal, grainy lager scent. The taste is sweet and malty, with an obvious alcoholic kick. Despite being a lager, it has a bit of a berry flavor to it. Even with the alcohol coming through as it does, the taste works for me. Not great, but good. The mouth is on the thick side, close to being syrupy, but in a good way. The carbonation is perfect. A workable DB, but not among Vic'ry's best.

Photo of matty
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored beer with a quickly fading head.Aroma is mostly caramel with subtle fruits.Taste is also caramel with some bread and fruit.Overall a decent beer that is nothing spectacular but something that you would probably buy more than just once!!

Photo of lackenhauser
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown in color with a slight head. Somewhat hazy. Low aroma-somewhat metallic and sharp. Malty enough flavor but has a real homebrew like wang to it. Somewhat nutty taste. Ok body. Overall I am not very impressed. I prefer the helles/maibock from Victory. Rather average for me to be honest

Photo of smcolw
3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark amber-orange. Clear. Very little head; absolutely no head.

Strong metalic aroma. Very little sweet malt. Disappointing.

Better flavor; malty and full bodied. There is good hop balance and enough carbonation to keep the sweetness in check.

This would be a good D-bock if the smell could be rectified.

Photo of Rudgers73
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really good looking beer. Thick frothy tan head that takes a while to settle to a 1/4 inch foam. Dark amber, almost like a belgian dubbel. There isn't much carbonation, maybe due to the thick style or the large ABV. It smells thick with malt and it sort of has that amber-lager-hop smell at the end. The taste wasn't quite what I had expected. I think it tastes more like a bock with a lot of alcohol. It doesn't have that deep, bold, rich sweetness that I enjoy in a doppelbock like Ayinger's Celebrator. It is a well put together beer, but it needs more depth.

First Victory beer I've had that I didn't feel was a great representation of the style. That's alright, 5 out of 6 so far is much better than most breweries.

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes

A - clear dark caramel brown with some red highlights. Small white head, no lacing.

S - strong bready malts, hints of caramel and a bit of alcohol sting.

T - sweet malts. Toast. Some mild hint of cherries. Long warming alcohol finish.

M - medium bodied. Low carb.

D - decent beer. Fairly drinkable dispite it's high abv. Paired very nicely with some pizza.

Photo of pbr85
3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle to a pint glass
A: I poured it really hard and got only about a half inch of tannish head, and it has fallen in the time it has taken to write this. The beer is a chestnut brown. Very standard. Not very impressive.
S: Nutty malts round out most of the nose on this beer. Light coffee and caramel flavors are noticeable.
T: Hmm, hazelnut and toasted breads. Not as strong with flavor as I would expect. Very simple IMO.
M: Pretty good, a little low on carbonation but smooth as hell. Definetly the high point of this brew.
D: Well I could buy this...or I could spend a few more dollars and get some Celebrator or Korbinian...sorry, the latter wins. I don't know what it is about me and victory, their beers just never live up to the hype.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A - Garnet tint through a deep brown, one finger of head that doesn't last. No lacing.

S - Malty, mostly caramel with some coffee, lighter-bodied malts and a touch of smoke. A bit of dates and black pepper sneaks through. Its a pretty interesting mix. Although, oddly enough, it almost smells like sausage at times.

T - A bit of smoky caramel malt flavor. The aftertaste is a lingering smoked spiciness with a bitter finish. Abv is present, but only faintly.

M - A bit of gummy film is left in my mouth. It is thick and creamy, not too refreshing though.

D - Victory is a good brewery, I go into every one of their beers with an open mind, but they have never lived up to the hype. This is no exception. Please don't mistake me, it is a fairly good beer. It is just in no way exceptional and in some ways pretty average. It is easy to drink, especially for the strength, but entirely unsessionable, unless of course, you are looking to have "one of those nights" or to be "that guy." Then this would do just fine.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a beautiful chestnut brown with a rich ruby hue. A small tan head fades to the edge of the glass. Mild lacing.

Very unassuming aroma. Light scents of caramel malt with a slight fruitiness. Also, some alcohol is also present.

Taste is sweet and malty upfront with some nice caramel and fruity tones. There is also a noticible smokiness before a slight hop bitterness appears. Finishes sweet with a light lingering bitterness and a hint of alcohol.

Full body, ample carbonation.

A solid dopplebock and easy to consume.

Photo of jaluria
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very excited to try this beer once it became available in my area; just a few weeks ago.

Poured a nice dark brown/burgundy color in my goblet with a slight tan colored head that didn't stay long, but left behind a touch of scattered lacing. Aromas of malt and alcohol dominate with the faint odor of astringent (Windex or other cleaning substance); not entirely appealing, but above average. The taste was rather watered down with little complexity as the malt didn't seem to have any dimensions. The alcohol was present and worked well with the malt. Felt rather thin in my mouth. I wouldn't mind having a few in a sitting, but it's not nearly as flavorful, complex, or interesting as other doppelbocks I've had. To me this was more like an altbier or unbalanced amber ale rather than a member of the bock family.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium brown color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of caramel malt and light toffee is enjoyable though not necessarily what I was expecting from a doppelbock. Taste is also dominated by sweet caramel malt notes with light toffee notes as well. Some notes of banana bread would have complemented well this beer. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done though lacking usual ester.

Photo of eclectic
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with minimal head.. a sweet malted yeasty bread aroma.. medium bodied... initially dry and malty, finishes with a hoppiness that doesn’t seem to flow with the rest of the flavors..

Not what I was expecting for the style.. which in this case is a bad thing.. hard to say much else about it since it was so lackluster.. would try it again but am in no rush to do so.

Photo of MunchkinDrinker
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Slightly hazy deep mahogany with a dark cream colored head that comes up out of nowhere. Not much lacing.

S - Bready with some subdued overripe dark fruit. Some odd sweetness and spiciness.

T/M - The sweetness from the smell doesn't come through. Very strong steely malt flavor with a pleasant frothy/chalky mouthfeel, like what you'd expect out of a quad. Bready, the frutiness from the aroma doesn't come through either, though the general spiciness does.

D - Though the alcohol is masked, I just don't think this is that quaffable.

Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, and dark chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit, and subtle sweet alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Wow! Where did all of that flavor come from!? Based on the aroma I would have not expected there to be much going on in this one. It was definitely a pleasant surprise when I took my first sip. The flavor is really as that saved this one for me as the aroma was VERY weak in intensity. Worth trying for the flavor but that is about it.

Photo of MookDawg
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle decanted into a Celebrator .3l glass

A - crystal clear, deep carmel color, reddish highlights, 1/2" tan head, dissipated within a minute. Carbonation keeps lightly bubbling up, with constant thin ring around the top edge.

S - dark fruits, alcohol, sweet malt, and dark sugars. Not as aromatic as I think doppelbocks should be.

T - hints of alcohol, sweet malt, and fruits. A little burnt/carmelized aftertaste.

M - chewy, a little syrupy, but smooth.

Overall - A decent doppelbock, but not the greatest. I think more time in the bottle will allow it to balance some of the harsher alcoholic notes out and let the malt sing.

Photo of boulevard2
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. pint at Monty's Krown

Pours a carmel brown sugar haze with a little carbonation.I was a little skeptical from its appearence being used to darker dopplebocks but was intrested to see how they did. A small head appeared and then disapated quickly. Smells of burnt caramel, raisins and spices, nice for this kind of beer . The taste was much like it smelled and was warming with its 8.5% abv and was a great attempt to a classic European Beer.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beertruth for this bottle.

Pours a dark brown in color. Not thick like a poert or stout but thinner like a dense bock. Fairly flat in appearance. Nose is malty and peaty with a bit of heat from the alcohol.

Flavor is actually fairly simple. Heavy on the malts. Nice roasted character to it. Some toffee too. Picking out some fruits, particularly overripe cherries. A rather nice burn from the alcohol too. Pleasant and soothing actually. Heavy and full mouthfeel. It would coat the cheeks but the alcohol evaporates nciely and thins it out. Solid beer.

Photo of wahhmaster
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown color with ruby hues. Has a small, foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Has a strong smell of sweet and caramel malts reminiscent of most doppelbocks.

Taste: Slightly bitter up front. Gains a strong maltiness as it develops. Has a slight alcohol edge to it as well. Pretty typical doppelbock.

Mouthfeel: For a doppelbock, a little light-bodied but still pretty good.

Drinkability: A pretty decent doppelbock. Certainly not as good as its German incarnations but a decent interpretation. I'd certainly have it again.

Photo of Redwood21
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This is the color i wish all beer was, just because it is soooo nice. Its a nice dark amber brown red type thing. The head was nice, but could have lasted a little longer.

S: sweet caramel and malts almost a coffee toffee aroma, very faint.

T: The thing that suprised me was the hop bitterness it cuts the sweetness from the caramel flavor there is also some obvious alcohol here.

M: its creamy and if you roll it around your mouth enough it will foam like crazy. Its got a nice smooth feeling
D: 8.5% is a bit high for a more than one beer, beer. its good a little strong in the alcohol not the best doppelbock, but good

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Doppelbock pours out with a nice brown colored body. The head was a tan color that was kind of fizzy. The smell of the beer had some good malty aroma with some soft yeast on the nose. The taste of the beer is pretty good. There's a softness to the taste, the flavors are mostly sweet. The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Overall not a bad brew.

Photo of Tucquan
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-11-23 in Columbia, PA

Notes: It says on the bottle label "Enjoy By Dec 17 2011" so I'm having this near the end of the recommended range.

A - Mostly clear but mostly impenetrable mahogany with a 3/4-finger tan head that fades very quickly and leaves moderate lacing.

S - Grapes, mild roasted malt, mild caramel and mild hop floral.

T - Grapes, medium roasted grain, touch of caramel, fig, touch of citrus flesh and rind. Never quite dries but pallet clears well with a lingering grape/fig flavor and very moderate hop bitterness.

M - Thinner than I expected. Medium body and light-medium carbonation give a cream soda-like feel. Not chewy but not watery.

A - I like it well-enough but the grape sweetness/kool-aid isn't my cup of tea for this style. I'd rather have a hearty, toasted spicy-bready flavor for my doppelbock.

St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 562 ratings.