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St. Victorious - Victory Brewing Company

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St. VictoriousSt. Victorious

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377 Reviews

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Reviews: 377
Hads: 565
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 97
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: 565
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.

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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.

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

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

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.

Medium-full bodied, smooth, silky and bitter.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.19/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Knapp85. Poured into a Mikkeller tulip glass.

Pours a reddish-ruby colour, with a nice shine to it and a relatively deep tan coloured head of creamy looking foam that dissipates over time to be just film.

Sweet malt aroma, mixed with a touch of smoke and a slight hint of vanilla. Doesn't seem to work too well together though, despite the uniqueness.

Tastes mostly malty and of alcohol, does improve as it warms up. Quite a fullness to the finish of it.

Malt coated mouthfeel to it that has a bit of a tang at the end. Some creaminess comes through.

A little bit all over the place, some high points, some lows as well.

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Photo of chodinheaven
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby colored beer with a little head that sticks around for a little and then dissapates into a patchy form on top. The smell is interesting and hard to place. I get a smoky quality, like tobacco, and possibly a faint sweetness backed by a little boozy twinge.

Malty indeed, but with a medium body and high carbonation. The combination of the three create a different mouthfeel, one that is boozy and spritzy and very dry. The taste is unique. That smokiness in the aroma comes out in the taste as well, but in a way that is almost weird. Like maybe that flavor is a little off to me. The hops are there as well, hitting a little in the front of the taste, and then again in a bigger way in the finish. The booziness comes out more and more while it warms up, becoming slightly more than just a zest of it. It adds another dimension to the brew however, and it's actually a pretty enjoyable boozy taste.

Overall, this isn't my favorite from Victory, but it feels old school and for that I respect it. Also not my favorite style admittedly, but other doppelbocks that I've had are not like this. Definitely one to try for those of you into the style. You won't regret its uniqueness.

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Photo of mdvatab
4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into shaker pint.
Best by 12/17/2011

Aroma: Sweet molasses, carmelized sugar, black cherry, & vanilla.

Appearance: 1.5 finger of light tan foamy head gradually settles to 1 finger. Beautifully clear, reddish-amber body.

Flavor: Rich, chewy caramel supported by a hoppy balance. Manages to achieve a rich, malty sweetness without being cloying. Dried black cherry with herbal hop in the background. Reminiscent of iced tea on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. Medium-full delicious body.

Overall: EXTREMELY tasty! Complexity of aroma, substantial body, maltiness w/ balance, and it begs you to have another sip. Definitely one of my new favorites. Thanks for the trade, Curious Monk!

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Photo of ZeroSignal
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with freshness date, poured into a SA Perfect Pint

A - Dark amber pour with a good finger's worth of light brown head and a nice lace.

S - Notes of toasted bread crust and golden malts. Light fruity aroma.

T&M - Deliciously bready with both a crustiness and a bit of cereal. Big malt bill with lot's of toasty bits. Fuller bodied with a big feel. Sweetness comes through with a good dose of caramel. Some of the sweetness sticks around at in the finish, and makes me think of toffee.

O - What a delicious beer. Lot's of malty goodness and pretty much everything I think a Doppelbock is supposed to be, and executed brilliantly.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle to pint glass.
Nice looking bock from Victory. Dark brown with shades of amber and a respectable foamy head. Smells of malty goodness. Palate is complex and robust, yet very traditional. Layers of bready malt flavor and a touch of fermented dark fruit are complimented by a clean German yeast that adds to the depth of flavor. Full bodied with a clean finish. Another wonderfully brewed German-style lager from PA.

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Photo of soze47
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the second year in a row I've had this one. First time review.

Appearance: Ruby brown in color with a pale white head the disappears throughout the glass. Lots of bubbles dancing through out the glass, even as it warms through to the end.

Aroma: The nose reminds me of spring time. Lots of notes of malt with a multitude of roastiness, but there is a grassy, almost budding quality to the hops.

Taste: Very complex and layered. Right after the pour and still cold, this beer is much more malt forward with the roasted qualities standing out. However, after a few drinks and as it warms, a fruitiness of grapes and raisins comes forward and mixes really well with the hops to create an almost dry finish. This one gets less sweet as it goes.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Nice, loose body lets the flavors dance. This one is not nearly as heavy as the ABV may suggest. This one goes from being bubbly to creamy as it warms and settles. That makes this guy all too drinkable and a potentially dangerous brew to give to someone who is not in the know on the ABV.

Overall: Great brew. I like this one a lot and enjoy pondering how it evolves throughout the drink. I should make a point to pick up more of these before they are gone.

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Photo of Dan3279
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the 12oz bottle into into a snifter glass to find a deep, dark, clear amber body that had a small tan head that left no lacing. The aroma had a great malty sweetness to it with hints of caramel. I thought that the taste was great, you pick up everything from the aroma but its kicked it up several notches. There are some great malty flavors and the sweetness of caramel and toffee. There also seem to be some bread notes along with small hints of chocolate and dried fruits. The mouth feel was solid, its was an easy beer to drink and I could easily enjoy several of these in one sitting. Also you would never guess that the ABV is at 8.5%, it is hidden so well.

Overall this is a great beer and a solid doppelbock. I will defiantly be on the look out for this one again and I would recommend it for anyone who loves doppelbocks & German beers.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of matjack85
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Glen Ellyn, IL for the rather steep price of $3.19 a bottle, so it better be good. There was an enjoy by date of 12/17/11 on the front label along with a small historic blurb about the beer.

The pour was about the only disappointing thing about this beer. The crystal clear mahogany red color was nice, but it only produced a ½-finger of beige head that dissipated quickly, and it left no lacing whatsoever.

Nice brown sugar and rich malty smell.

This is a very malty brew. A bit of caramel is thrown in for a touch of sweetness and the noble hops are there for balance. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with fairly low carbonation.

I'm not sure where BA got the abv fjgure of 8.5% as the Victory web site lists the abv for this beer at 7.6%, but in either case it is hidden very well and makes this a very enjoyable brew.

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