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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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of Morey


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 21:20:31 | More by Morey
Photo of smakawhat


3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 01:15:05 | More by smakawhat
Photo of outdoorbrewer

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 02:09:02 | More by outdoorbrewer
Photo of PCampbell


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
Photo of larryi86


4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 22:05:54 | More by larryi86
Photo of ujsplace


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 03:03:42 | More by ujsplace
Photo of magine


4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 22:50:37 | More by magine
Photo of Tucquan


3.58/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 23:01:15 | More by Tucquan
Photo of MrKennedy


3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 10:40:27 | More by MrKennedy
Photo of chodinheaven


3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 05:52:20 | More by chodinheaven
Photo of mdvatab


4.9/5  rDev +20.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 02:38:35 | More by mdvatab
Photo of ZeroSignal


4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 01:48:39 | More by ZeroSignal
Photo of Knapp85


3.58/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 04:43:03 | More by Knapp85
Photo of JunkYardJake


4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 01:09:37 | More by JunkYardJake
Photo of soze47


4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 21:50:45 | More by soze47
Photo of Dan3279


4.22/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 00:08:27 | More by Dan3279
Photo of matjack85


4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 10:20:58 | More by matjack85
Photo of OWSLEY069


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

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, roasty caramel and a small presence of alcohol. In the taste, caramel, roasted malt, with a small presence of earth and hops. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small sticky caramel like aftertaste. Big caramel and a bit sticky sweet, small boozyness and a nice mellow hop.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 12:00:54 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of obrendano


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

WHAT A BEER! Got this in a random mix and match 6 pack grab

A - at first was a little disappointed as the head on this was thin while pouring, until at the last second a light tan creamy foam filled the top of the glass. the head was thick and sticky all throughout the drink. beer is a clear dark ruby.

S - initial smells of brown sugar and citrus, clean dark malt. some fruit skin comes through with more smells.

T - SCORE. this quickly has become one of the best tasting beers I've come across. complex mix of raw citrus and sugar, toffee, touches of the high alcohol content, and a nice toasty flavor under it all akin to English ales

M - creamy and sticky, not too light, not too heavy, goes down nice and smooth

D - there really is no reason to skip over this one, highly recommended and a nice surprise

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 01:24:09 | More by obrendano
Photo of bamadog


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

Review is from notes taken on 4/17/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a ruby/coppery color and it starts with a 1 and 1/2 finger creamy off-white, nearly light tan, head with decent retention; body is very clear and shows moderately strong carbonation bubbling up throughout;

Smell: A lot of graininess running strong through this one, very wet and mulchy, kind of like wet bran -- smell is very hearty and pretty robust, not overly complex, but just really good.

Taste: Really matches the nose -- lots of wet mulchy graininess that is bran and cereal-like; bit of a burnt toastiness to it as well as just a touch of chocolate malt; lastly there is a bit of an alcoholic bite to it (but at 8.5%, not to be unexpected) as well as a touch of lager yeast; as mentioned in the smell, this tastes just as hearty as it smells and it's solid and a great spring beer that is solid, not overly complex.

Mouthfeel: Body is actually a touch heavier than I would have expected, and is close to medium bodied; the carbonation is quite strong, though, and it really keeps the heavier body lively; a thin and and cottony dry coating is left on the roof of the mouth and it helps hold the cereal graininess well into the aftertaste; due to the carbonation, the gums are left tingly and the belly is left warm -- you know you're drinking this one.

Overall: This is a solid and filling beer, but the weight and the higher ABV would help me limit it a little bit, and I likely wouldn't drink more than 2 of these on any given night; a simple beer that has been done very well.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 02:05:54 | More by bamadog
Photo of JizackFH

New York

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a clear deep mahogany brown color. It has a small 1-finger light tan head that falls quickly. The leaves just a few specs of lacing behind on the glass.

S - It smells of rich caramel malts and dark fruits. There are also some notes of cherry, chocolate, and a touch of alcohol.

T - It starts of sweet and malty, and then intensifies. There are some big dark fruit flavors here like plum, raisin, cherry, grape, and even some notes of apple. There are also some notes of caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, and a hint of hops. The finish is pretty clean, there is just a touch of bitterness and alcohol presence.

M - This has a medium body and moderate carbonation. It is rich and smooth. There is a bit of a chewy quality here as well. The finish is crisp and pretty clean.

O - This has pretty good drinkability. It goes down smooth and has nice flavor. I could drink a few of these in a sitting. Overall, I thought this was a good beer, but not one of the best of the style that I've had so far. I enjoyed it though, and I'd drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 12:19:59 | More by JizackFH
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, best before date of January 10, 2012, allowed to warm some before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

St.Victorious pours a deep, clear maroon. Plentiful cherry highlights shine through when the beer is backlit though. The ivory head rises to about 2.5 fingers in height, before slowing collapsing down the side of the glass. Not much is left in the way of lacing though. The nose doesn't quite hit all the marks of a great doppel, but it's still pretty good. It's an almost even blend of milk chocolate and plummy dark fruits. On my palate the beer gains a slight nuttiness, but at the expense of that creamy milk chocolate from the nose morphing into a more bitter, roasted dark chocolate (which doesn't really work for me int he context of the style). The flavor's also a touch weak and watered down. The carbonation is spot on, enough to cut through the malt, while simultaneously remaining in the background and letting those malts take center stage. The body though is way thin for the style. When I'm expecting a big malt bomb of a beer, there's a certain richness to the body that should come along here, and this beer doesn't even come close to that. I've enjoyed most of the other offerings from Victory that I've had, but St. Victorious ranks as a fairly disappointing doppelbock for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 05:18:57 | More by axeman9182
Photo of beerdown77

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours crystal clear brown, very slight lacing, the smell is brown sugar, but a lot of malt in the smell and flavor as well. It is a nice German style flavor, great malt flavor, really good. There is a lot of sweetness, but for the ABV, there is a decent balance to this. It is maybe a little syrupy, but the medium-heavy body is actually pretty tolerable.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 06:32:14 | More by beerdown77
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been searching for this one for a while and have been on a bit of a Doppler kick anyway. Handsome amber color with scarlet highlights and thick wisy head leaving rings of lace frost, Nose has a strong malt backbone tempered with chocolate, alcohol, dark fruit, and a yeasty tang. Overall, quite strong out of the gate.

Big, chewy, crunchy malts with great staying power through to the finish. Baker's chocolate and plums make landfall, as does St. Booze. The carbonation is strong initially but backs off nicely and becomes an advantage in the aftertaste, which is terrific. Mild hopping adds to the dry character.

This one seems different from the authentic Dopplers you see from Deutchland but I think they've done a great job of keeping the flavor but giving it a unique twist. Well made and very enjoyable for me. Among my favorites of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 01:23:51 | More by daliandragon
Photo of DrinkingDrake


3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark amber/golden red. No head with minimal lacing. A lot of booze and caramel. Dark fruits some dates. A faint hint of bakers chocolate. Roasted malts a lot of toasted caramel malts/roasted and dried out fruits raisins and dates. A sweet and smooth caramel finish.Dry and faintly tangy but it has a sweet backing.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 22:07:55 | More by DrinkingDrake
St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.