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St. Victorious - Victory Brewing Company

St. VictoriousSt. Victorious

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

505 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 505
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.57%


Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Limited seasonal draft only release. Doppelbock brewed w/ smoked 2-row German malt from Bamberg.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-27-2002)
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oceanman

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

amber brown color, smallish head. smells of caramel malty goodness. similar palate plus black cherry and a trace of spicy hops. pleasant levels of sweetness and carbonation. slightly thinner body than expected. surprisingly refreshing and extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 01:05:57 | More by oceanman
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stingo

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at home - pours a rich orangey amber with a creamy white head. Some nice lacing too. Both parts of the mouth (front and back) are made happy by the texture and the taste of this magnificent beer. Nice malt flavor at the front and a very agreeable dryness at the back. This elegant seasonal makes the year round Festbier seem clumsy and awkward by comparison. Also beware, it hides its 8.5% ABV well. Run, don't walk to Victory to taste it before it's all gone (esp as it is not available in bottles).

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2004 01:05:31 | More by stingo
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boulevard2

New York

3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2006 20:38:03 | More by boulevard2
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BassAssassin

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep ruby in color, with a thick tan head that lasts forever.

S: Light malt aromas with a very faint tea like hop presence. Not bad, but not what I was expecting from a doppelbock.

T: Malt flavor is dominant, as it should be. It tastes very similar to brown sugar. Hints of dried fruits and a very subtle smokiness are present also. A pleasant spiciness really balances everything out. Finishes with a tea like hop bitterness that is not unpleasant, but quite unexpected. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Smooth, round mouthfeel. Medium bodied. A bit thinner than I would have imagined.

D: This is a good beer and quite drinkable. However, I believe there are better examples of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2007 01:44:03 | More by BassAssassin
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Eldalonde

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby red with a beautiful creamy head. The head is dense and doesn't diminish. Smells a bit rich and malty, booze, sweet and yet tart cherries. Chocolate is predominately upfront and is the first notable flavor. This is followed by some sweet and tart cherries. Hops are barely noticeable, but the finish is a bit dry. Thick rich chewy malts, chocolate, and a light tart cherry are the most notable flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 21:16:14 | More by Eldalonde
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monkeybutler

Vermont

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red with a small head, moderate carbonation and little lacing.

Smell is malty, with hints of fruit and alcohol.

Taste is also malty, but with subtle hop notes and crisp fruity flavors. Can't quite put my finger on it, but there's a tiny bit of banana, some apple, and some grape.

The mouthfeel is crisp in the beginning, but manages to hang around in the end. Very nice in the mouth.

The drinkability is good. There's nothing too offensive.

I couldn't give this beer higher scores, because it was too sluggish and ale-like in many regards. It works though.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 23:27:13 | More by monkeybutler
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umtox

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep dark hazy amber with little head.

Smell was good - of spice, molasses, and caramel - but faint

Taste very good - one of the best domestic dopplebocks. All the standard flavors are there for this style - just a cut above the rest. Lots of malt and spice.

A developing complexity and lingering finish. Big body.

I could have several of these.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2009 13:52:25 | More by umtox
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Erix

Vermont

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle filled pint glass
Appearance: This is a nice, dark glass of beer here. Not the pitch black of a porter, but a mahogany darkness highlighted by hints of red. Decent head from the pour, which subsided to an off white skin with a foamy ring around the glass.
Smell: The sweet smell of malt hit me as soon as the bottle was opened. Comes across mostly as dark fruit, with a nice softness to it. I like it.
Taste: Very tasty! Doppelbocks are not my usual style, so I'm having a little trouble picking out flavors. Of course malt dominates, giving a very rounded taste. Plum, and maybe carmel? It ends with a spiciness that I suspect comes from the alcohol. Good stuff.
Mouthfeel: Incredibly creamy and smooth, with a little bit of alcohol warming. Less than I expected from a beer this strong though.
Drinkability: I am pouring this stuff into my mouth at a dangerous rate, and would gladly continue to do so for the rest of the night, if I did not have to work tomorrow.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2005 03:31:35 | More by Erix
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nase

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle Enjoy by 1.22.08

Tasting against an aged S'muttanator. Quite light against the S'muttanator which enhances drinkability for me. Feels considerably thinner. Same medicine-type aftertaste. Typical of doppelbocks?

App - 3, Smell - 3, Taste -3.5 , Mouth - 3, Drink - 4

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 06:51:48 | More by nase
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

1.78/5  rDev -56.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 04:56:55 | More by TheBigBoy
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bcsbeer

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 04:01:04 | More by bcsbeer
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rokoch27

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours sweet, syrupy, dark amber with the underplayed malt aroma of a rich lager. Warming malt flavors slide in with a hint of spice, but presents as a nice, chewy doppelbock. Smooth like molassas; Victory knows how to make a good lager and I'll certainly be looking for this one next winter!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 16:12:22 | More by rokoch27
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javincik

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass

A-Pours a deep rustic reddish brown with a 1 finger off white head that quickly settles down. Not much visible lacing left behind. The color hue is very appealing though.

S-Lots of bread, caramel, toffee, toasted malts. Maybe a hint of dark fruits and candied sugar.

T-Lots of up front sweetness with heavy bread and caramel flavors predominating. Leads to some toffee and dark fruitness in the middle with some brown sugar in there also. Finish is battle for balance between the malt sweetness and hop bitterness from the noble hops-the sweetness wins out, but this is not a bad thing.

M-Viscous and full bodied lager here. A little chewy. Really is just like liquid bread. Carbonation a touch on the high side, but finishes with a crispness despite the full body.

D-Two of these is really no problem. A great full bodied lager for the spring time. Despite the 8% ABV, there really isn't much evidence of alcohol in the taste or mouthfeel. I plan on picking up a case of this every spring while I'm in PA.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 17:42:50 | More by javincik
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eclectic

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2005 20:19:11 | More by eclectic
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SuperWhite92

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark but transparent brown- obviously not bottle conditioned. Good carbonation with an off-white head that fades quickly. Smells sweet, maybe a little bready or something along those lines. Smell is also a little smokey perhaps? Taste is superb. Plenty of malts, plenty of substance, hints of smoke, some fruitiness, and a well balanced spice note. Mouthfeel is thick, exactly what I want and surpassing my expectations for the style. Very impressed with this offering- Victory does a great set of brews and this is one of my favorites. Too bad they refuse to distribute it here...

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 03:15:57 | More by SuperWhite92
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PCampbell

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 14:07:49 | More by PCampbell
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jamesdantes13

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown-red, almost ruby, with a white head.

Bread, fruit, and malt in the nose with a bit of astringent in the back (alcohol).

Creamy and nicely carbonated; breadly and caramel malt flavors dominate with hints of fruit and bitterness in the background. Finishes warm from the alcohol.
Alcohol is very present, but it's not hard to drink (or I am just used to high ABV beers).

My first doppelbock and it didn't disappoint. Hopefully I can get a hold of more for comparison.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 04:14:13 | More by jamesdantes13
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ubermunkey

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep reddish amber color with a thick inch high off white head. smelled malty and a little fruity, like oranges. tastes big on bready malt at first, next onto a sweet and sour, slightly dry finish. a little residual hop bitterness can be tasted in between sips. mouthfeel is smooth, not much carbonation in here. this one goes down easy, i can't even taste the rather high ABV, it's very well covered by the malt. this is the kind of beer that can get you in trouble, nice taste, no hints of alcohol, and a fairly high ABV. it's rather good none the less.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 01:53:29 | More by ubermunkey
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MookDawg

Vermont

3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 00:04:17 | More by MookDawg
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PABeerHiker

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes on 8/21

A - A clear dark caramel colored with little to no head.

S - A mixture of molasses and sour fruits.

T - Caramel, bitter coffee, and a slight touch of dark chocolate.

M - A nice level of carbonation and slightly chewy.

D - A real enjoyable beer. Would recommend to drink it during the late summer through the fall.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 22:16:27 | More by PABeerHiker
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rwillh

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark Amber. It looks like a double bock. About one finger head.

Smell: Malt, Chocolate, Spice. Not all that strong of a smell for a double bock

Taste: Awesome. One of the best double bocks I've had. Its Malty, and sweet, but not overly sweet. Hints of chocolate and spice, maybe some caramel and coffee too. "Liquid Bread" is not a bad description

Mouthfeel: Very full/chewy, which is what I am looking for in a doubhle bock.

Drinkability: Alcohol hidden well, could definitely have more than one in a sitting. Not something you are going to polish off 4-5 in one go, but that's not the idea.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 02:04:34 | More by rwillh
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YamBag

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 is a great year for St. Victorious. Love the balance and nice hop finish. Had on tap at victory, pours a nice rich amber color with a tan head. The taste is complex with a clean soft finish. Like a good German lager the smell is very clean. Best version of St. V in a long time.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2010 05:09:25 | More by YamBag
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St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.