St. Boisterous | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Spring

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-13-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
428
Reviews:
296
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
11.46%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of ZAP
4.92/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clean, clear regal gold color....sweet, malty nose of honey, vanilla, and toasted vienna malts...top notch..

Body is medium to full..pretty big for a maibock but not too big...easy drinking...perfect carbonation...slick feel..

Excellent tasting maibock. Sweet...slight honey and vanilla...big on the toasted malts...a slight floral hop impression.

What an incredible maibock...perhaps the best I have had....highly recommended...better than Capital in my opinion...

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4.76/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Crystal clear light amber color. Head was initially about 1 1/2 inches and fluffy white, but dissipated quickly, leaving a scant layer of suds and no lacing. I hand washed this glass and rinsed it at least five times with hot water, so I'm pretty sure the glass is clean enough to hold the head.
S: Lightly toasted malt aroma. A hint of spiciness, very low hop aroma.
T: Big malty flavor up front that isn't on the sweet side at all. Subdued hop flavors with a bit of a spicy bite. Very clean, finish is a great balance of the two. This beer flat out tastes great.
M: Medium body. Alcohol feels punchy, provides a very pleasant warming sensation. Carbonation is spot on. Not dry, not sweet, but a wonderful blending of them. Goes down far too easily.
D&N: Oh good heavens, this beer is just about perfect. The smells and the tastes are phenomenal, very easy to drink, a perfect beer to come home to after working the night shift and wanting to relax with. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ububru
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of techdiver
4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful clear gold with modest head that dissipates quickly.

Sweet malt and honey nose.

Sweet malt, honey and mild hops taste.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with pleasing carbonation.

A very drinkable Maibock; just wish they hadn't run out of it at Victory a couple of weeks ago.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Better than Hofbraeu.

That's right, I said it, bitches.

This beer absolutely rocked my face off. Victory is a brewery that never fails to amaze me. Holy wow!!!!

It pours a nice apple-juice colour with a nice fluffy head that hangs around long enough to make its presence known, but doesn't overstay its welcome -- like the cool guy at a party.

It smells very pleasant. This is the best smelling maibock I've ever had. It reminds me a lot of a really good apple cider, actually. Pleasant, light fruit aromas mingling with a touch of sweet. There is a little alcohol in the nose to bring it all together. Very nice.

The taste. Wow. It is good. Very good. I'm in freakin' love. It basically follows the smell, with a light touch of white grape, and macintosh apple. Good stuff.

The mouthfeel is the only part of this beer that didn't amaze me. It is very, very light. Now, I'm not asking for a maibock to be thick like a doppelbock, but I think that the mouthfeel could stand to be a little richer.

Drinkability? Are you kidding? This is awesome!

Thanks Muenchenerkindl!

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
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 Avagadro
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: st. Boisterous is the color of old bourbon, with an off-white head of moderate retention. Lacing is minimal.

S: Caramel and hops combine in this wonderfully presented bouquet.

T: St. Boisterous presents a beautiful dichotomy between malty sweet and hoppy dryness. It is somewhere between a malty bock and a crisp pilsner.

M: delightfully light bodied with just a touch of carbonation.

D: I am really impressed by Victory's endeavors into German styles. I can't believe how delicate this beer is, especially at 7.4 abv. This is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've never had the St. Boisterous in a bottle and I was pleasantly surprised to come across it this year. I was also pleasantly surprised that it held up so well to bottling; normally helles bocks suffer as it only takes a little bit of oxidation to turn such a straightforward lager down a papery road!

It pours a clear, golden-orange body beneath a creamy head of white foam that holds well but leaves only minor lacing about the glass (blame the 7.4% abv).

The nose is clean and fresh with a straw-like maltiness, a flicker of floral hops, and a gentle waft of alcohol.

The flavor delivers the clean, fresh, bready, and lightly sweet dough-like maltiness that the nose promises. It's remarkably well balanced by an underlying bitterness, floral and subtly spicy hops, and an edge of alcohol that never reveals itself fully. Impressive!!! Very impressive!

It finishes dry despite the sweet edge it offered on the tongue, and it lingers a bit with a swirl of spiciness and low-key bitterness, tempting you to take another sip.

Remarkably well-done! Exceptional! This one's not to be missed, especially for fans of the helles bock style because it rivals the best from Germany!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Dark Yellow in color with a decent head.
S - Biscuit malts and semi yeast.
T - Pretty damn smooth. I really enjoyed the sweetness of the beer. I would have never know it was a lager unless I read it on the bottle.
M - Thin and smooth for 7 percent. Loved it.
D - I would be happy if this was part of a variety pack excuse me while I do some research...

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is absolutely outstanding. It reminds me of a "double" prima pils, also from Victory. Very creamy and smooth. Nice texture with nice lacing and an apricot scent. Gorgeous, refreshing with a twinge of hoppiness on the backend, finishes fairly dry. Dangerously drinkable and strong. This is a terrific brew and I am glad I have a case of it.

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Photo of Phatz
4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slight orange hue to the golden copper body. Very small white head fades fast and leaves no lacing.

Smell: It smells like tropical papaya and pear sprinkled with nutmeg. Some alcohol and maltiness show through in the nose as well.

Taste: Malty sweet. Cane sugar, honey and sour apple lead into a spicy floral flavor. There is a bready character upfront followed by what seems to be hints of cinnamon and nutmeg and ginger, coming through with a little pleasant alcohol nibble. The aftertaste is spectacular. Sweet yet spicy sugars cling to the palate leaving behind a vanilla bean bitter that beckons for the next sip.

Mouthfeel: Very malty oily slick and syrupy feel; but the spiciness keeps it feeling medium/light weight in the mouth despite the thick feel.

Drinkability: This is a spicy warming beer. I think this is great for a cold rainy day. It is very easy drinking but certainly not a session beer at 7.4% ABV. I love this beer and anticipate its release every spring. I am going to put a few away for winter.


Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden color. Slight, bubbly ivory white head. Lace is adequate. Very nice aroma. Great blend of rich malts and leafy hops. This maibock has got some character. It's quite clean, but abundant with flavor. Thick malts lay down the backbone. Bready yet rich. Hops add just a touch of floral attributes. Malts are rich. This one is really drinkable. This one is right up there with Capital and Town Hall as one of my favorite maibocks.

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Photo of troegaarden
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of VinnyA
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Bigtimmy
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of acehart1
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to go to Victory recently and have this one on-tap. It was a great beer-drinking experience all-around. This is a Bavarian Maibock that does not disappoint.

The beer is dark (almost like an apple juice like others before me have noted).

This stuff is potent and smooth, so be careful. It finishes very nicely. I can't complain or find too much fault with this one.

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Photo of zekeman17
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of bacher468
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of SkipperDan
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of jfcaa193
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of XanderCruz
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear gold, perfectly uniform look with a quickly settled 1" white foam cap.

A very hardy yeast aroma, zesty, tangy, herbal and earthy mu sk effect, wheat and corn and a hint of heat, more bready malt underneath.

a very crispy bite, full and lush but lively feel with dry earth, herbal yeast upfront, which is great. Rather complex earthy hops adds some nice depth to the yeast flavor's. Amazingly clean all around, very harmonious together, great balance, the heat is pretty high, but not too bad. Slight, fruity and tanginess in the long run.

One of the best American brewed German style beefy lagers.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Blind Tiger. Munich Gold when served, it came toped with a low head. I thought the aroma was spot on, really authentic German bier aroma. Medium mouthfeel. There is some initial sweetness, but then some nice thick malts make an appearance. Needless to say, I had more than one.

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St. Boisterous from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.84 out of 5 based on 428 ratings.
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