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St. Victorious - Victory Brewing Company

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90
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377 Reviews
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Reviews: 377
Hads: 563
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.15%
Wants: 95
Gots: 21 | 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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Reviews: 377 | Hads: 563
Photo of chrismann65
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had this on tap @ The Austin Untapped fest .! Wow; This is a Doppelbock brewed w/ smoked 2-row German malt from Bamberg. !!! What a nice smoke, smell with a med. mouth feel . I just love how dark roast brew keeps going & going !! with a long finish .!!
Great beer with BBQ...!!! If you get a chance try this great brew.!!! (326 characters)

Photo of jancona
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64oz growler via Victory's taps. Pours a dark amber, can still see my fingers on the other side of the glass. Creamy foam with nice lacing. Smell is a bit smokey, with sweet bread and a touch of caramel. Taste is wonderful - smokey, toasted malt, sweet bread, caramel, Nilla wafers with a clean finish. Not too sweet - just right.
Victory rocks the hop styles for sure, but I have a new found love and admiration for their German styles! Zelt, Braumeister, Fest beer, St Victorious - all awesome! (511 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: a little on the dark side, I think; seems clear although it's so dark, I can't really see through it. Large amount of head in the pour that sustains and laces

S: I can distinguish a smokiness above another less distinguishable smell, reminds me of house when I am brewing. Light plum perhaps lying underneath.

T/M: this one is a little sweeter than I expected. It is a doppelbock and should have that sweeter front, but this one seems a little much. Getting past that, I get the roasted malt characteristics that might have led to the smokey notes. The taste is leather/tobacco under the malty beginning. The beer has a big body, and is smooth while being well carbonated.

O: as I read the style description, this one fits on that dark end, tending towards stout. There isn't much bitterness in the flavor, but the beer does balance out better in the end. (861 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

ACBF pour

A-Pours dark brown with a thin, tan head.

S-Fruity yeasty aroma with a brown breadiness and some caramel. Light grassy hoppiness.

T-Dark bread and fruitcake with caramel. Toffee and some apples. Light bitterness from the hops but no specific flavor.

M-Medium bodied. Softer bubbles. Alcohol hidden well. A bit creamy.

O-I've wanted to try this beer for some time. It turned out to be a tasty beer. This is one I would like to reexamine at some point. (465 characters)

Photo of Ol_Lefty
4.86/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Imagine a cross between shiner and guiness and you get this amazing beer

Color is a deep brown with a slightly earthy sweet smell. The taste is a sweet raisin and toasted malt rich flavor, with traces of citrus behind the two main flavors and a nice heavy but smooth finish (274 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a rich ruby brown color with a medium size creamy beige head. The aroma is very malty with some dark fruits. The taste is very malty with hints of toasted malts and sweet hints of raisons and plums peeking through.
Drinks smooth and creamy, clean with some lingering alcohol in the finish.
Tastes very good... and potent. (327 characters)

Photo of bcsbeer
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack at the brewery.

A: Deep copper with a 1 finger khaki head. After the suds were gone it looked like a glass of bourbon straight up.

S: Nice bready aroma. Picking up on raw dough as well as warm bread, with caramel, molasses, and Grand Marnier.

T: . It was a thick slice of raisin bread toasted over a camp fire topped with orange butter. This definitely had a boozy quality to it showcasing the sweet malts. I can see why the Doppelbock is known as liquid bread.

M: It had a nice weight to it. Did I mention liquid bread. Creamy and chewy. Carbonation was on the low side.

O: I think Victory did the Monks proud! (636 characters)

Photo of IronLover
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep red in color with orange hues and perfect clarity. Poured with a rich, off-white foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap that left a thick ring and sheets of sticky lacings around the edge of the glass. Smoked and dark grain aromas with sweet fruit fruit in the background. Medium bodied, slighty syrupy feel at first, followed by tight, slightly aggressive carbonation. Dark and slighly charred malt flavors up front followed by chocolate malt with dark fruit flavors beneath. Herbal hop bitterness toward the end followed by smoky, tobacco-like flavors and sweetripe fruit. Fabulous flavors and aromas make this an amazing dopplebock. (641 characters)

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. Purchased at the Victory Brewpub store. ENJOY BY: Jan 24 2014.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber body with a thick off white toffee colored head. Good carbonation.

Smell: Aroma of sweet caramel and toffee. Slight sugary molasses. Very sweet aroma. Smells delicious.

Taste: Sweet malty dates, raisins. Slight coffee flavor. Very rich and sweet. Tastes delicious!

Mouthfeel: The body isn't too thick, making this drinkable. Enough malty molasses texture to coat the mouth, but no real strong/offensive aftertaste.

Overall: Absolutely delicious and perfect for this never ending winter. What a doppelbock should be! (671 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-deep ruby amber color with a light tan head and good lacing

S-malt, dark fruit, caramel, slightly smoky

T-rich malt, dark fruit, caramel, slightly burnt toast, moderately bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and rich

O-a solid doppelbock, nice flavor and very pleasant to sip (306 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep copper body with ruby hues beneath the thin, tan head, which is patient to dissolve leaving a scattered lacing around the glass.

Aromas of toffee and caramel malt float from the glass as well as figs and sugar. If I am not mistaken, there also appears to be just a hint of smoky malt, almost similar to a rauch, but again just a hint.

The flavor is similar with sweet caramel and toffee malt, a touch of dried fruits, and a dark bread quality. Again, I could swear there is a dry, campfire hint in the flavor as well. As it warms, there may be a nuttiness mid-palate as well.

Medium to fuller in body with generous carbonation and a sweet, flavorful, full finish.

A great Doppelbock that would probably have greater recognition if it made it to more markets. (776 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance
Reddish mahogany with 1 finger of tan head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with low carbonation.

Nose
Toast, biscuit, brown sugar, toffee, cocoa and sugar cookies.

Taste
Dark toasted breads, biscuit and sugar cookies. Brown sugar, toffee and cocoa nib with touches of dates. Maintains an earthy residual bitterness along with hints of smoke and floral hops.

Mouthfeel
Medium-full bodied, smooth, silky and bitter.

Overall
The flavors are right-on for a good Doppelbock, but the extra bitterness kind of kills it for me. (587 characters)

Photo of BeerCon5
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color with a thick fluffy off white head that remains throughout most of the beer.

The scent was of roasted caramel malt, nice fruit presence.

The taste was of very strong malt, caramel, toffee, bread, sweet fruit, and light notes of alcohol.

Full body, smooth and soft, low to moderate carbonation.

This was an excellent presentation of the style, very flavorful and easy to drink. I will have to add this to one of my favorites from Vicotry. (468 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Marked 'Enjoy By Dec 17 2011'. Poured into a pint glass.

Clear dark sienna body with a half-inch of cream-colored head. Frothy and withstanding.

Smells of dark bready malts and fruits. Some yeast character. Hints of caramelized sugar and cold-press coffee. Not much aromatically from the hop additions.

Roasty sweet malts, like bread pudding. Some caramel that tastes like it comes with some age. The fruits are very ripe; oxidized apple flesh, raisins, and some fried banana. The malts are tried and true, big and bready with a rich sweetness. Balancing bitterness finishes on the swallow. This is a great homage to German brewing. Stands up to some of the best.

Very slick feel. Mild carb leaves the liquid feeling creamy and full. Drinks easily.

I stand by my German brewers with making my favorite Dopplebocks--Aventinus, Celebrator, Optimator. But, Victory did really well here. I would absolutely buy this again. A well-made example. (958 characters)

Photo of TheBigBoy
1.8/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ouch - I did not like this one. While Victory is one of my favorite breweries, this flavor didn't cut it for me. My guess is that Dopplebock is not a blend I should frequent. Just too much of a dry, brown, stouty kind of beer for me that I found boring and non-tasty. Seem's Dopplebock fans may like this one, so don't let my review keep you from this one if you are a Dopplebock fan. (384 characters)

Photo of vicsju1991
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a twelve oz bottle into pint glass
A - pour produces a caramel/dark brown hazy colour with two finger tannish head
S - caramel, toffee, malty, a little fruity and very sweet
T - very sweet and malty, little bit of dark fruits
M - very smooth and easy to drink
O - very delicious beer, another enjoyable brew from my favorite brewing company (353 characters)

Photo of Morey
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with "Enjoy By Dec 17 2011" stamped on the label.

Pours a hazy red-brown color. Looks really inviting when you hold it up to the light. Cream colored head stood about a finger tall, but has settled to a thin and spotty layer after about 5 minutes or so. Decent lacing on the glass as you sip.

Hearty aroma filled with sweet malts, ripe figs, a kiss of hops, and some alcohol.

Taste is malty up front, followed by a bit of sweetness. There's definitely some bitterness towards the middle. The malt body remains throughout, and makes for a smooth and slightly chewy finish.

Medium...bordering on full bodied mouthfeel with a fairly low carbonation level.

An above average Doppelbock overall. Drinks really easy too.

Morey's Bottom Line: Another solid (albeit lesser known) beer from Victory. This is a really good beer. I've had quite a few Double Bocks, and this one is up there with some of the better ones. (925 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner short style glass at Roscoe's Pizza Takoma Park.

A sticky caramel and toffee like head is presented with tiny uniform bubbles and succinct. Body is a cloudy brown and orange, sort of dull. While drinking the beer gives a good solid puck. There is no lacing on this whatsoever.

Nose has a malt stickiness and toffee classic to the style, some mild hints of chocolate and banana, but sort of clean and wet smelling. There is also a faint anise smell here too.

Taste brings a light bodied and very wet malt. Light toffee aromas in the mid palate which also mix with a sort of wodden like character, almost teak like. Texture though is very wet for such a doppelbock which I expect to be bolder and thicker.

Overall pretty solid and enjoyable, but lacking in body and fullness in the feel otherwise. (837 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Blind Tiger, NYC, NY

Poured a chestnut color with amber hues with a sparsely lacing white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, roasted nuts, toffee. Slightly sweet in the taste with caramel and toffee, subtle tones of raisin, nutty, bready, grassy, with a somewhat bitter finish/aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, moderately carbonated, and pretty easily drinkable. (381 characters)

Photo of outdoorbrewer
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into glass briskly to create a nice rocky off-white head that lasts awhile and fades to cover an bright amber brew with decent lacing. Dark bread, melanoidin malty aroma true to bock character. Brisk flavors of malt greet the palate with light bitterness to balance fades with roast grains. Finishes with bitter/sweet smoothness medium to full body, creamy texture, and an almost lively carbonation. Well worth a taste again. Enjoyed! (441 characters)

Photo of PCampbell
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a nice dark brown / burgundy color with a medium tan head that linger on the edges for a while.

Has a very heavy smell of crystal / caramel malts, with some dark fruit and roasted malt notes as well. The taste has the same qualities as its smell: caramel & roasted malts, some great malty sweetness but there is a little bit of hops to break up all the malts.

A nicely done doppelbock, very malty and flavorful, well worth picking up if you get the chance. (511 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- A fairly clear brown with a hint of red and a nice one finger head

S- Caramel malts, hint of toasted malts, dark fruits

T- Sweet, complex, very close to the nose. Earthy, toasted finish with a hint of bitterness, I feel that it goes well with with the sweetness.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- This is a really good beer, and I am very happy I picked it up. I am very impressed by the complexity, can't wait to get more. (462 characters)

Photo of ujsplace
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

This brew is a deep amber color with a one finger thick tan colored head that leaves minimal lacing and a thin, wispy layer is left behind.

Smells of roasted malts, toffee, caramel, sweet dark fruit - raisins and maybe cherry.

Tastes of rich, roasted malts and dark fruits - caramel, toffee, raisins and cherries. There is also a faint spicyness that is somewhat earthy and herbal.

Smooth and creamy with a dry finish.

In spite of the abv, I enjoyed several of these - sweet, but not overly so. A nice sessionable brew. (553 characters)

Photo of magine
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a clear ruby red dark caramel. With a light tan head. Head settles to a patch island head. Sticky lace remains and rims the glass. Pretty good looking brew.

Brew smells smoky and roasted; sweet caramel malts smoked leafy scents even. Good smelling brew.

Brew is smoked; roasted malts, caramel malts. Creamy malts, sweet chocolate Leafy earthy aromas. Brew tastes and feels great. Some spices as well. Finishes slightly dry. Lots of goodness going on here. Great brew.

Wow, very creamy and tasty. This is a tremendous dopplebock. Very sessionable and case worthy. (602 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (845 characters)

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St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.