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St. Victorious - Victory Brewing Company

St. VictoriousSt. Victorious

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505 Ratings

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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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Photo of Hefe


4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beatiful mahogany with a thick tan head that over time becomes a thick ring of lace. Great nose of caramel and tree fruits along with the slightest hint of smokiness. The smoked malt is a little more prevalent on the tongue, provides a great undercurrent of complexity, flavours are mostly plum, burnt caramel, milk chocolate, the finish is dry and lightly spicy. Mmmm good drinking!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 23:08:09 | More by Hefe
Photo of ColoradoBobs


3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Thanks to thebeerninja for hooking me up.

Huge creamy tan head, that faces to a solid ring over a ruby mahongay body. Minimal lacing. Smell is malty malt on malted malt: just like a d-b should be. Hints of pepper and ginger. More of the same in the taste, with a fascinating sour note that grows on you. Hops fill in the whole background, bringing long slightly acidic bitterness to the finish. Good round mouthfeel, that along with the smell comprises the best feature of this beer. At 8.5% it's a bit on the strong end of the d-b range, but the taste masks it well, making for a pretty quaffable brew. I can hardly wait until this beer and the other Victory offerings are available in Colorado. I will have more of this.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2006 03:13:26 | More by ColoradoBobs
Photo of meathookjones


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz with an enjoy by date of July 27, 06. Dark brownish amber with a decent tan head. Some sticky lacing was left coating the glass. Rich dark fruity aroma with some caramel and sugary sweetness. Flavor starts with more fruits, plums and caramel. Light roasty or burnt notes where there as well as a mild chocolate. Finishes with caramel covered fruit. Smooth and creamy body. A great tasty and easy to drink example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 16:42:13 | More by meathookjones
Photo of tavernjef


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Blue Nile: Big lusterious head of thick yellowy ivory foam sits atop a luminous moonlit blood black. Glares brightened dark red in certain light along the edges and bottom, but make no mistake this a a darkened bloody black. Cap recededs slowly, patchy strings of lace take shape along the receding lines of foam keeping a firm skim always present and the lacing sticky.

Lofty yet somewhat shortened on the nose hairs with a dark fruity center of dark cherry and a good portion of dark toffee. Seemingly plummy and rendering a high ended sugary sweetness from a complex layering of malts.

Taste is sweet and complexly so. Lots of little nuances to it that sway to and fro with a dark fuityness preliminary of highly tanged dark cherry. There, and mixed well, is the toffee/caramel, and again a little more to the tang to it then gathered as it has a leathery backing along its course of flavor. Good sense of plummy stuff and seemingly port-like in some areas of its profile as it peaks a tad more towards the finish with a slight smokey tang and soft, dark chocolate waffer-like fluff.

Feel is tender, smooth, malty, and warming, semi light to medium body yet set within a soothingly sweetened texture and character.

A fairly decent effort here, quite Belgain-esk in some fashion as its complexity is more then enough to lift the eyebrows and swirl the mouth buds into a firm sense of stability in smoothened sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2006 03:48:16 | More by tavernjef
Photo of sacfly


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

Enjoy by Jul 27 06 on front label.

Pours a remarkable dark red color. The head is modest and brown with small to medium bubbles. Looks great in the glass.

Aroma is sweet. Smells of plums. Taste is not as sweet as expected. Hints of burnt caramel. Just a touch of chocolate and plum in the background.

A tad light on the body for a Doppel Bock. Not bad. Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2006 20:44:09 | More by sacfly
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear dark copper color with a nice two finger head. The head lasts a while. Some spotty lacing develops. Slow rising carbonation bubbles are visible.

Smell: caramel candy and brown sugar sweetness.

Taste: nice malt backbone. Tons of caramel with some ripe fruits and mild bitterness. A brief hint of smokiness does hit the tongue during the swallow, but is short lived. Some alcohol is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: basically smooth, leaning towards syrupy. Long aftertaste as caramel and sweetness linger on the tongue. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkability: very easy drinking for the style. Must pick up a six pack or try on tap. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2006 23:25:19 | More by Gavage
Photo of tattooedtolley


3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Baja Bean in Staunton VA

Appearance: Maybe its the lighting here in the bar but this beer has a beautiful deep ruby color. A slightly tan head that leaves little lacing.

Smell: Malty in aroma, a caramel smell with a slight bit of smokiness and a distinct fruity aroma as well.

Taste: Very much a malty initial taste followed with the fuitiness of what I guess is the hops that helps balance this act out. A very balanced taste that makes for a great taste and not overly sweet.

Mouthfeel: A medium body with enough crispness. It is super warm today but this beer was still very refreshing, the aroma told me it wasn't the right day for this beer but the aroma was wrong.

Drinkability: Not my session beer but certainly a beer worthy of a few pints.

Overall I must admit I am far from a beer expert especially in this style but it is a great beer and well worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2006 18:27:29 | More by tattooedtolley
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2006 21:13:44 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2006 23:28:01 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of orsulacp


3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got a 1/6 of this and the beer poured a dark brown with ruby highlights and a nice creamy off white head, it looked really inviting. The nose was a sweet malty milk chocolate with some toasty smells coming through too. The taste is very toasty, it is not as sweet as the smell would indicate, and there is a little bitterness, like a semi-sweet chocolate. The mouthfeel is full and silky smooth. It is hard to drink more than one or two these because it is so filling.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2006 18:51:43 | More by orsulacp
Photo of jaluria


3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 14:45:17 | More by jaluria
Photo of phisig137


3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by July 27, 2006. Pours a dark brown with red highlights. Head appears and fades quickly, leaving just a ring around the glass.

Smells great, malty complexity, caramel, grainy, and sweet.

Flavor is different. Good malt complexity, and slightly roasty. Caramel shines through on the finish. No hops to be seen. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, and drinkability is high.

This is a solidly good brew all around, but for being a dopplebock... I think it's a little off. It's just missing that thick, syrupy sweetness that I look for and love in a dopple bock. It's good, but those crazy germans just know what thier doing... we still have a lot to learn over here.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 03:56:43 | More by phisig137
Photo of ADR


3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transparent brown color with a decided red cast to it. Yellowish head is flat, medium in duration. Leaves very little lace on the glass. Deep malty aroma, slight cinnamon and coffee, ripe pears. Mouthfeel is lighter than some, carbonation is lively and the texture overall comes out at about medium. Starts out with spicey flavor qualities, molasses and elements of tangy mincemeat. The malt component is certainly adequate. What stands out as different is the considerable hop bittering on this one, German in style, very dry with elements of asphalt. Interesting in its balance. Alcohol is moderately well-hidden but noticeable by the end of the glass, and the ashy hop is ever-present in the aftertaste. Maybe what's missing for me is a bit more of a sturdy mouthfeel, and I tend to like the overall impression to be sweeter in a Doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 00:46:34 | More by ADR
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4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a Celabrator glass a very solid amber ot ruby color with a 2 finger light tan head that falls quickly to a coat of about a quater inch over top. A moderate carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Nose is nice and toasty, with deep sweet caramel and lighter figy fruityness in there. Definately dominated by melanoidans, but with good sweetness in there to balance. I like the aroma. Flavor is very full and hits the aroma pretty well. It starts out as a caramel and fig sweetness, but moves very quickly to a light grainey toastyness. There is the lightest of bitters hanging on the finish. This is tasty. Feel is very thick, with a light to moderate carbonation. Its very chewy and almost a touch slick. As far as things go, I don't detect any of the alcohol that is in this brew. I really like that light bitterness that hangs on, as I think it works very well with the other flavors. This one is a winner in my book. I'd have it again any day.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2006 01:16:35 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of feloniousmonk


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

Freshly tapped and poured into an Aventinus glass.
Dark at the top, clear at the bottom, caramel colored, edging on a bright crimson...attractive creamy tan cap atop.

aroma: sweet and spicy, with notes of toffee, peppers, leather, nougat, and the slight sting of brandy.

Taste: rich, thick, and warm. Great grit in the texture, full bodied, long, sweet, considerable finish. Huge malt, tenacious cling on the palate, toasty and ultimately dry. Quite complex.

Terrifically balanced doppelbock. Not too sweet, full of flavor, the caramel never quits,...deeply delicious, roundly rewarding. Higher alcoholic content creeps up quietly, then takes command and let's no one forget it's there.

A masterfully conceived and brewed beverage. One I've had on the to-try list for many years, and am glad to know it and enjoy it at last!

One more word on the subject: Yum!

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2006 05:31:45 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of Jaynuze

District of Columbia

4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful dull amber with very little foam. The head evaporates almost immediately after pouring. The nose is strong with a malty spiciness and hints of caramel.

As it washes over the palette, it leaves a very malty flavor with a touch of earthiness and light citrus cut by a sweet hint of alcohol. Like a good Doppelbock, the alcohol taste does not overpower the flavors of the beer but actually enhances them. Drinker be warned; at 8.5% ABV one might find it a bit difficult to grab the third or fourth bottle from the fridge!

This beer has a wonderfully "wholesome" mouthfeel ... almost creamy. It is a joy to drink, especially during those last few weeks before Spring's arrival.

Make sure to pick up more than one six pack when you see this beauty in the store! No matter how many you buy, you'll wish you had more. Arguably one of the finest German styled beers brewed by an American brewery. Prost!!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2006 03:33:11 | More by Jaynuze
Photo of chOAKbarrell


4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice very dark red. Darker than Paulaner's Salvator, which is the other Doppelbock I've had lately. Small head disappeared quickly, but I may not have poured it very well.

Typical syrupy-sweet maltiness, but with a little smokiness underneath.

The smokiness also comes through in the taste, which is an interesting detail. Assertive bitterness in the finish. I may taste a bit of fruitiness as well. There's a lot going on in this beer.

This is a really great doppelbock. Perhaps my 2nd favorite.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2006 01:18:48 | More by chOAKbarrell
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

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

It came to me a deep and ruddy dark amber, nicely carbonated. A finger of dense off-white head lingered some time before settling to patchy froth. Delicate was plentiful.

The aroma was rich with brown sugar and malty caramel, as well as a baked bread component. A layer of hops spice blanketed the periphery softly.

Upon sipping, there came a veritable wave of roasted malt sweetness, carrying in its wake notes of caramel, black cherry, coffee, and a touch of leather. Swirling in the middle were traces of vinous grapes, baked dough, and a smidgeon of alcohol. Peppery hops came through more toward the close, spicy and poignant, but never overbearing. the finish was dark malt and hops bitterness, but rounded nicely for a long lingering. The hops presence is a pleasant surprise, and lends an intriguing counterpointf or the strong malt character.

Medium bodied, it coats sweetly, and leaves behind a pleasing hop tingle as it washes slowly away.

Sure, it's about the malt, as well it should be, but the hops put a fine touch on things and lended an air not often seen in the style. It's big, no doubt, and the ABV comes through in spots, but it would also be easy to ignore, and that might not be wise. Still, in spite of the size, it's a joy to drink, with the sweet and spicy playing off each other like to happy puppies. I wil be revisiting this unique number often in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2006 18:51:25 | More by Foxman
Photo of IrishRedRock


4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Burnt amber in color, the head quickly fading to an ever-present lacing. Sweet, malty, thick brown Irish baked bread in the nose. Flavors of this beer seem so simple, and yet layer after layer keeps coming out. We could make a laundry list of nuances here: herbal spicy yet sweet, chewy, doughy thick malty goodness; toasty burnt caramel and black cherries in the finish, all with a solid undertow of juicy hop bitterness. Alcohol? Quite well hidden amongst the ocean of flavors. Crisp, mildly carbonated. This fine beer truly is liquid bread.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2006 00:03:36 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of whartontallboy

New York

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

Pours out reddish-brown with a thick off-white head of tight foam that fades slowly.

Smell has a lot of caramel in it, with some doughiness and a surprising hop aroma.

The flavor definitely has a lot of the classic doppelbock maltiness and doughiness to it, but it's rounded out by a light smoke character and not too sweet. The hops come through fairly well in the mouth, too, which really rounds it out and aids the drinkability.

Overall: I'm admittedly not the biggest fan of doppelbocks, but this one really won me over. Surprisingly balanced, not too sweet, and nicely hopped. I'll take it!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2006 03:02:12 | More by whartontallboy
Photo of TastyTaste


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

Appearance: Nice dark maroon colored body, head is thick, full, and slow fading. Medium tan.

Smell: Sweet, sugary malt, also carmel.

Taste: Flavor is sweet all the way though, nice roasted flavor, carmelly, yet finishes with a hops presence not common to this style, not expected, but welcome. Takes a step in a different direction that traditional dopplebocks. Good.

Drinkability: A beer you must savor to appreciate, appears at first to be harsh and unfinished, but late reveals itself as a different sort of dopplebock, one I can appreciate.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2006 05:15:29 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of Phatz


4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my absolute favorite beers. I drink it often. I have gotten a growler of it, I have it on tap every time I go to Victory, but this is the first time I have had it from a bottle at home. Thanks to tgbljb for the trade. It does seem to have a more sharp Hop profile in the bottle than it did on-tap, it is not quite as ‘smooth and mellow’, this time. Nonetheless, one of my favorite beers.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark amber brown. Translucent but thick.

Smell: Rich caramel and brown sugar malts.

Taste: It is incredibly sweet but then it is nicely balanced with a speckling of sharp hop bitterness. Brilliant! There is a complex web of flavors that make up the sweetness including plums black cherries birch caramel a bit of granny smith apple and some white grape. WOW!

Mouthfeel: This beer has a very full and hearty mouthfeel but it is not heavy. It is somehow both a mouthful and remarkably medium bodied with a very slick oily texture that tastefully slides down my throat (quite rapidly in fact).

Drinkability: If I had to choose a beer to live of of for the rest of my life this is one that would suit me just fine! I love it! I could drink it all night and never tire of it. The ABV will catch up to you so it would not quite qualify as a session beer even though it has an EXEPTIONAL drinkability IMO.

Hope this is helpful.

Thanks to tgbljb for the trade!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2006 05:19:14 | More by Phatz
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4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fresh bottles sampled at the brewery upon release. Aromas are all heavy german malts with some pretzels and fresh bread in the aroma and some floral hops are lurking in the back of the room as well. Taste is well rounded. A malt monster, but not one dimensional, nice yeast complexity with chocolate, carmael, and slight coffee flavors emerging as this one gets warm. Dried fruits, and figs come into play as well as the hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is really exceptional for a doppelbock and for an 8.5% beer. A return to form, of sorts, for my once favorite brewers.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2006 15:56:36 | More by francisweizen
Photo of monkeybutler


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
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer came a slightly brown grape juice color with a thin off white head.

Smelled of roasted caramel malts and a few dry hints of dark fruits.

Tasted smooth and syrupy with dark heavy malts and a red grape dry sweetness that picks up some dry peppery hops and a little smoky yeast. Finishes a bit oaky with some green grassy hops.

The mouth feel was light bodied but felt heavy in my mouth with a light and easy carbonation that gave the over all impression of water.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2006 17:00:16 | More by DarkerTheBetter
St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.