St. Boisterous
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Style:
German Maibock
ABV:
7.4%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 11.37%
Reviews:
296
Ratings:
427
From:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  24
Gots
  6
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Reviews: 296 | Ratings: 427
Reviews by TheBrewo:
Photo of TheBrewo
2.99/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

We pour a brew of neon-golden yellow. It holds a brief one finger head of white bubbles, leaving spotty lacing as it quickly recedes. The beer is nicely transparent, with no haze or sediment noted. Carbonation appears light. The aroma is of floury malts, with a lighter caramel malt sweetness. There is a white sugar sweetness, with clove of both phenols and esters. There is also light hop slickness, and a light drying resin quality. Alcohols are faint, but enhance with warmth. As we sip, the light and toasty malts hit up front. There is also floury grain and honey sweetness. Buttery diacetyls are sweet, giving a butterscotch quality. The middle moves forward with metallics and a coiny bitterness. Banana esters are cooling, with a slight bite of clovey phenols. The finish is harsher, with strong malts and a booze to cut. There is continued caramel sweetness and metals. The aftertaste breathes with floury grain and corny adjuncts. The hops here are flowery, but faintly bittering. The body is light to medium and the carbonation is high. The feel is nicely coating, with a clean slurp and cream. By the end there is a drying, but a cooling finish. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks decently.

Overall, the best thing about this brew was the light aroma, with the nice and spicy malts. Despite this, the grains become overly light and floury at times. It seems highly generic and unlike a true maibock, with less body, sweetness, or strength to the malts. The sweetness that was there is erased and overpowered with bitterness, and ultimately this is a letdown for the style and for the brewery.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jp32
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A golden apricot color, just a bit better looking than your run of the mill macro lager.

Nose is clean and malty, simple aroma.

A nice blend of hops round out a good flavor profile led by a sweet malty character.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied yet not heavy by any means. Nicely done, quite a simple beer but well done nonetheless.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Gaisgeil
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a goegeous and clear medium gold in color, wonderful white swirls for a head, very appealing. Nose is sweet, but a bit peppery, hard to put my finger on it, perhaps the hop aroma, very nice overall. Taste is clean and a tad dry, but well balanced and fruity. Nice little hop bite, nothing over the top, but just so. Mouthfeel is fairly light but along style guidelines nontheless. Drinkability is quite good, if in the mood for something light and fruity this would do you well.

Slàinte!

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Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of mjc410
2.6/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A vigourous pour into my snifter raises virtually no head, only a few sparse bubbles around the glass. The beer is a slightly transparent golden yellow. The nose is malty sweet, and somewhat lemony. There's also a touch of floral hops. Taste is not nearly as sweet as expected, and in fact is quite mild. It does hide the alcohol very well, though. There's not much to dislike about the taste, but not much there. The mouth is somewhat thin, and is almost non-carbonated. I won't be coming back to this, and I'm surprised that Vic'ry put this out. (Enjoy by 10 13 06)

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Photo of BugTownPub
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of whartontallboy
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden pour with a thick head that disappeared but a constant stream of bubbles percolating through. Smell is of candied fruit and malt. The taste is fantastic. Malty without being cloyingly sweet, with faint traces of toasted grain in the backgroun. The hop character is just barely there, enough to make its presence felt and reinforce the maltiness. There is an almost peppery little bite that comes through with the alcohol, but the creamy mouthfeel ties everything back together really well. Overall, a fantastic beer (does Victory make any other kind) that I am excited to have easy access to this spring.

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Photo of Barleycorn
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Vancer
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A crystal clear golden yellow pour, very quick dying white head. Notes of wheaty malt and a hint of winter spice in the aroma. Taste of a weak malty lager – surprised and slightly disappointed in the wimpy taste of this one. Does meet the style requirements.

Semi-dry, fairly rich and full bodied – a nice light brew for any summer drinking. Over 7% abv? That fooled me.

Nice frosty sent by BeerBeing.

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Photo of vicsju1991
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass
A - slightly cloudy yellow/amber, leaves about and inch or so head, with a relatively vigorous pour, decent lacing
S - lemon and orange, kinda sweet
T - this is where it shines, it tastes very citrusy, but there is little to no hop bitterness,
M - pretty creamy, but it is a bit thin
O this is a very enjoyable beer, and also my first review, so hopefully I get better at them, One thing to note is I just bought it yesterday, and it is a spring release, so it isn't 100 percent fresh

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Photo of neonbrown82
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good all-around beer. Pours to a nice pale golden color with an active carbonation but very little head to speak of. No lacing.

The smell is good. Very bready and sweet with a subtle noble hop aroma hiding beneath. Lots of caramel malt aroma.

The flavor is quite bready as well. Nice caramel sweetness. The hops are grassy, herbal, and spicy, mixing well with the rest of the brew. The body is surprisingly full, as well as crisp and clean. Overall it's a good Maibock. I look forward to trying it fresher in '07.

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Photo of Innocentexile
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz poured into pint

A-Cloudy pale yellow with pretty much zippo head.

S-sort of a lemony citrus aroma, maybe orange too. pretty sweet smelling

M/T-I can taste the alcohol peeping its head out of this guy. other than that, bready taste along with a tinge of citrus. not too shabby. nice body. eh, second swig the alcohol definately came out

O-aside from the alcohol being present in the taste a little too much for my liking, this is a decent brew, certainly not the best from Victory however

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best before 10/13/06 - served in a pilsner glass. St. Boisterous pours a nice deep gold with light carbonation and half an inch of off white head that reduces to a collar and leaves little lacing. The aroma is sweet with molasses, caramel, and toasty malts. The flavor adds to this hearty grains and a mild hop bitterness from leafy/green hops that are subdued by the large amount of malt. It is medium-bodied with ample carbonation and is actually quite big for a beer this light in color - it's almost like I'm chewing on barley, but not in a bad way. Overall it's a very nice lager that I would certainly drink again.

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Photo of MerkurKing16
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of plaid75
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium cloudy copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a full malty grain with a smattering of noble hop aroma.

The flavor was serious upfront grain with a smooth rounded malt flavor and a subtle hop spiciness. Mild warming alcohol as well.

The mouthfeel was full, smooth and creamy.

Overall a full bodied bock. A good solid ABV. Tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of Number3red
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Jaynuze
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice hazy gold in color with a very thing head that dissipates quickly. However, a thin foam ring follows the beer to the bottom of the glass.

A very malty/caramel nose with a very very light hopping aroma. There is also a hint of metallic, earth and barley.

A rich creamy malt with a light hop at the end of each sip. It's tasty ... a little bit more aggressive than some other Maibocks I've tasted (malt-wise) though still very drinkable.

The well carbonated beer provides a very creamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish.

The first few times I tried this beer I wasn't totally sold on it. However, now that I have sipped a few, I begun much more accustomed to the maltiness. At first blush I would have said way too much malt, but it has grown on my palate and I enjoy it much much more. Though it strays a little from the classic style (IMO), it is still a nice tip of the hat to the German style. Thank goodness all those German expats moved to PA and thank goodness I only live a few hours away!

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Photo of Pluemer2
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of MeLikeBeer
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle...with just a whisp of head. Other reviews have nailed it: It does look like apple juice, carbonated apple juice, a dark orange color.

Smells...sweet, a hint of honey and caramels, light-doughy aromas.

Great malt flavor on the first sip...caramel, a hint of...cinnamon? Hop flavors abound. An overall fruitiness to the beer.

Lingers on the palate just long enough...medium body, with a little bitterness near the end.

Mmmm...delicious Maibock.

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Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Risser09
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - best by april 24, 2010

Appearance: Pours a golden, transparent, urine colored beer with plenty of active carbonation. A 1" soapy, white head builds and shows ample retention, and leaves some lace on the glass.

Smell: Sweet, tart and light. Lemon, funky sourness, light floral hops and a pale malt.

Taste: Light flavor of pale malt, booze, lager yeast, sweet sugar, but not too much more beyond that.

Mouthfeel: Thin, light, sweet and quite boozy. Carbonation is foamy and the booze goes down to the stomach.

Dirnkability: A yummy lager that drinks like an ale. I could hardly determine the yeast style. I don't think I would reach for it again.

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Photo of J23hc
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours yellowish gold with lots of bubbles and bollowing white bubbly head. Smell of booze, vegetal hops and some sweet malt characters. Feel is crispy and creamy, lots of spice on the palate and some raw grassiness, and straw-like dryness, with some sugary malt characters. Booze is there more than expected. overall an earthy complex lager.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear shimmering golden color. The head is massive, and receds slowly into thick lacing. The aroma is grassy, grainy, but with a nice fruity background. The taste is a perfect balance between grassy and fruity, and is midly sweet overall. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is one of the best maibocks I have had to date. I will certainly drink this again whenever I get the chance.

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Photo of Oakenator
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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St. Boisterous from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 427 ratings