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St. Boisterous | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-13-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
296
Ratings:
428
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
13.8%
 
 
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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.99/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I didn't quite know what to make of this beer...it is very cereal-y, particularly in aroma, but flavor is a bit idiosynchratic and hard to place. Not bad and recommended...I guess.

This beer pours a beautiful dark gold color (like something Rumpelstiltsken would make) with lots of very durable and fluffy white head. Aroma is very cereal-y and pleasant. Flavor is not bad, and is a malt-cereal flavor that is neither malty-sweet nor cereal hearty. Not bad, but hard to put my finger on. Mouthfeel is pretty decent and smooth. Not bad.

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Photo of MeadMardigan
3.01/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: amber/gold, semi-clear with small bubbles and very small white head

S: apricot, hint of hops

T: initial honey sweetness gives way to moderate hop bitterness

M: thin carbonation; clinging bitterness

D: needs more carbonation; long hop finish turns sour, discourages second helping

As a Spring offering, seems to slot between a pleasing Winter ale and a crisp Summer ale, so points go to Victory for that, but, not good enough to look forward to over a cold winter. I would feel pretty bleak about the change of season if this was the beer to greet me.

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Photo of ITK4ever
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got one word for St. Boisterous....eh! This one just doesn't do it for me. Perhaps it's the style, but this will sit in my fridge until I can get a sucker to come by and try it. Usually a Victory fan, I question their motive on this one. I'm thinking Ron and Bill got a good deal on the malt and hops they used, so they decided to throw together a Hellerbock since no other American Micro-brewer seems to be able to do it. Well guess what?? Neither does Victory. Leave this one to the Germans and do what you do best.

Ok....now that I got that off my chest, on to the review. German lager on the nose. Poured a really beautiful golden color. Sweet malt smell released on the pour. Belgian hops up front on the taste which settles into a malty sugary sweetness....actually quite complex. Then this nasty spicy aftertaste comes in of maybe an Allspice. Not a clean finish for a hot spring day. I know this is supposed to be a Spring seasonal, but to me, I'd rather drink this crap in the dead of winter.

Like I said...I won't finish this six-pack off. No offense Victory....love your beers, but this one is off the mark.

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Photo of John_M
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Went for a bottle of this when the German Dunkelweisse on tap was kaput at Mahaffey's.

The beer pours an interesting orange, copper color. There is very little head or lacing, though on the nose one picks up some honey and sweet malt. Not bad, though scarcely impressive. On the palate this beer is very light and one dimensional, with a pronounced flavor of sweet malt. Frankly, I was amazed at the abv., as this beer is very light and drinkable, if not particularly interesting. The flavor became a bit more pronounced as it sat in the glass and warmed up, but utlimately this came across as a light, one dimensional, summer quaffing beer. It's fine for what it is I suppose, but this is not what I'm looking for when I pay $3.50 for a bottle of beer. I cannot say this is one of the better Maibocks I've had.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.07/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: 3 finger white head that dissipated quickly. Orangey golden yellow and unfiltered cloudy.

S: Orange, lemon, sweetness.

T: Caramel, malty, biscuit, bready, marzany, sweet, sugary.

M: Nicely bodied. Heavily alcoholic at the end.

O: Its ok. Not my favorite victory beer at all.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Half gallon growler from Whole Foods. $10.99 for the fill. Poured into a plastic cup while sitting in a lawn chair with the Mets finishing up another good one in the background.

Pours a clear, but less then vibrant, washed out bronze. Dollop of creme on top.

Smell is predominately bread pudding & grainy crackers. It trails off with the smell of sticky beer residue.

Taste is mainly composed of honey wheat bread & plain Cheerios. Yeast from middle to end, with a very mild(but still refreshing), leafy bite of bitterness. Finish is a trail of Euro-like caramelization & dry wheat.

Carbonation is prickly at first, but fell off considerably on my taller pours. Alcohol is there, but only moderately aggressive.

An okay lazy afternoon beer. Missing that second gear though.

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Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a nice copper hue, small head that dissipated almost before I noticed it.

Aroma of fig, malt, and some spice

Flavors of graininess, light malt, with spicy bitterness

Mouthfeel is effervescent, with a medium body.

Overall it is a drinkable, well crafted brew. Sit back sip and discuss.

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Photo of Ego
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

eyes...
when you first crack the cap it unleashes carbonation, in the glass the carbonation is much less. what little head their is sizzles off faster than a fajita plate, when you roll it in the glass it leaves little sizzling lace marks that dissipate just like the head, dirty blonde in color, consistent throughout the glass. pretty average looking.

nose...
apples, doughy apples with malt, smells a bit like a musty basement (in some good way), if you give the effort you can spy the alcohol a touch with your nose. nothing overwhelming here, but nice.

taste etc...
milder than many helles I have quaffed, the apple in the nose is certainly here in the taste, this drinks too much like apple cider, there is a nice little bitter kick in at the end but it doesn't salvage the saint. the alcohol is quite heart-burn-a-rific, the mouthfeel is good - "light/medium" but the taste is just missing something.. if I knew what..I woudl tell you. drinkability on this suffers for the reasons above. This isn't a bad beer but we get so many exellent helles coming in from germany that this would be a waste of your money if helles are your thang.

verdict?
more like saint ordinarius... sorry victory, this one just doesn't do it for me.. now pass me a storm king !

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.15/5  rDev -18%
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 mrasskicktastic
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Golden copper with a half finger head that quickly dissipates into a thin ring on the surface. Not much lacing to speak of at all. A few streams of carbonation is visible thorugh the brew's slight haze.

S - Honestly, it smells like some of the better macros. It doesn't have that classic rice pungency though. A bit of grassy hops over grain with a touch of corn. Not very strong, but this is a classical case where less isn't necessarily worse.

T - Mostly grassy hop flavor, there is a bit of light malt as well. The aftertaste is grassy hops too. Only a faint bitterness. There is a bit of an unpleasantness to the aftertaste, a little chemical edge, but it is very mild.

M - Medium bodied and only slightly refreshing.

D - It is pretty easy to drink. Mild enough for a variety of food. It seems true to the Maibock style, but I feel that it comes up short from being a really good beer. It seems to be a bit lacking in innovation. Granted, it does seem like it is a style that shouldn't be tampered with greatly, but I did expect a bit more.

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Photo of cokes
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, deep golden bodied with a quick and sparse white heading.
The nose is on the weak side, whimpering out a vague breadiness, traces of golden raisins, and a whiff of dried grass hop spiciness.
Taste is above all things, equally muted. It begins with a honeyed roll breadiness, that segues into fruitier hues of grape and apple. There's a minor (and also seemingly muted) tic of zinc-like minerality, but otherwise it flows well-lagered down the pipes. The close bring a peppery dead grass hop notion that wipes the rest of a lackadaisical malts from memory.
Light-Medium bodied with a low-level but persistent CO2.
It's plenty drinkable. But the malt base is thin and feeble. Thus it doesn't satisfy the meatiness that I want in a bock.

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Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a small head. Smell is of malts and grains. Taste is of malts and grains, well balanced but not a lot of flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a decent brew.

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Photo of kernalklink
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured gleaming gold into the glass, with some nice head retention- seems to glow, very attractive brew. Aromas of bready malts, tangy spiciness and a hint of alcohols and solvent. Taste is unexpectedly harsh- huge rawness in both the alcohol and hops up front. Not so much bitter, but tongue curling all the same. Malts are also huge and overly sweet like green grapes and biscuits. Honey-like sticky sweetness on the finish, the mouthfeel is syrupy and heavy. There is that obvious lager-ish yeast flavor that helps keep it somewhat crisp and balanced but the harsh flavors need to be grounded.

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Photo of corby112
3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a thin fizzy white head that quickly fades. Golden crisp fruit aroma with hints of apple, pear banana, hops and spice. Maltier than I expected with a crisp fruit taste which is not very prominent with a delicate hop presence. Slightly bitter dry finish.

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Photo of AltBock
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle that has an almost life like drawing of St. Boisterous, the harbinger of spring. The drawing is a bit creepy. He's got a "I know it was wrong, but I'm glad I did it" grin on his face. There was that and that leaf on his head didn't help him out with his innocence either. To the right of St. Boisterous is the US Government warning and the barcode. On the left side of the Saint is a hefty paragraph describing the beer, address of the brewery, and a clearly stamped "enjoy by" date of Sep 23, 2007. I would have drank it earlier, but I forgot I had this one.

Appearance: When poured into a simple mug, this Saint poured a clear golden orange color with a hint of amber to it. The head of foam started off real nice, but that quickly changed in only 4 seconds. It would have been nice it had kept the 1 inch head of white foam, but that made a hasty retreat and transformed itself into just 3 small white rings around the glass. It's impossible for 3 little rings to produce any lace of any sort.

Smell: I just couldn't get excited by the aroma of this beer. It was good, but it was too weak. It was a juicy aroma with a dab of sweet caramel, a trace of lightly toasted malts, a pinch of floral hops, and since this is a spring beer, it had a few blades of grass in it as well.

Taste: After the appearance and the smell, I wasn't too happy with this beer. That was until I tasted the beer. It made up for itself where it counts, the taste. It had a light, yet flavorful taste of lightly toasted malts, juicy fruits, and a few floral hops to send it off. There weren't many flavors in this beer, but whatever was there didn't any more help from any more flavors. They did the job that they were made to do and they didn't need any more flavors to get in their way of their job.

Mouthfeel: It was definitely a light beer with a nice level of carbonation. It had a light aftertaste of toasted malts and just a spatter of floral hops. They didn't bother to stick around. Much like the head of foam.

Drinkability: For a beer that a couple months over due, it still made for a good light beer that would make any spring season special. I would like to try this Victory beer fresh. If it's this good now, it has to better when it's not overdue.

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Photo of Innocentexile
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
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 BeerCon5
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, bright orange color, with a thick fluffy white head that disappeared quickly.

The scent was of citrus and notes of sweet malts.

The taste was of sweet caramal malts, toasted bread, and some citrus.

Medium body, pretty smooth, moderate carbonation.

This was pretty average for the style, not really something I would look for again.

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Photo of Risser09
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
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 thequeen711
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice, light yellow pour with light lacing. Didn't detect a noticeable nose. A light mouthfeel, very summer oriented brew. Thirst quenching, easy to drink. A highly drinkable summer beer, this beer would be my choice for an all summer brew, thanks to the folks at Victory Brewing Co.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at The Owl House in Rochester, NY.

Pours a slightly cloudy light orange, with a small half inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells kinda faint and weak, unfortunately. A little bit of grassy noble hoppiness, but not much else.

Tastes a little faint and uninspired, too. Some light grassiness, with not much noticeable malt flavor, other than some light cracker, and some light breadiness/doughiness. Some slight lager yeast. Just not a whole lot to get excited about here, unfortunately.

Light bodied, crisp mouthfeel, slightly watery.

A rare forgettable brew from Victory, I thought they would've knocked this one right out of the park.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty good looking crisp copper colour with a smallish frothy head that dissolves quickly and leaves no markings on the glass.

The aroma is sweet: a bit floral, a bit candy-like and a touch of caramel malt.

Flavour is still sweet, but more grainy here and malt, while still having a caramel tone to it, is a bit earthier than expected, although certainly not rugged in any way. There's a bit of a juiciness here as well. Mouthfeel is light bodied and a touch slick.

This one was okay overall. No real flaws but nothing memorable. It does a good but not great job of representing the style and once again drinkability is a bit low for me as I'm just not crazy about the style as a whole. If you like the style you'll be into this one a heck of a lot more than I was, but still, I've got no complaints...

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Photo of mryuk
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours deep reddish orange. unfiltered with a light head with little retention.

smell is strong malty honey. Very sweet honey overpowering slight piny hops.

taste is quite a bit more bitter and hoppy than the nose. a bit sour and piny the honey comes through a little.

light and crisp with good carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. The hops-honey combination didn't work that well for me but the beer was not terrible.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A golden honey elixir color with sparse bubbles and a meager head. Some atringent yet sweet fruits greeet the nose. But not very pronounced. A light, malty beer with very subtle nuances of honeydew and cantaloupe. A little spice hit at the end from the alcohol. This beer worked rather well with some medium to hot chili.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Hulmeville. Poured light orange with decent head that did disappear to nothing. Caramel malts, a quick spicey hop flash and a bready yeasty finish that lingers for a while on the palate. Smooth malty beer which finished dry but nothing really standing out. Easily drinkable

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Photo of silentjay
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a light, clear amber copper with a one-finer head that retains well but leaves only a little lacing.

smells of caramel and some european hops. some lemon, too. reminds me of a maltier noble pilsner.

tastes malty and sweet at first with citrus (lemony, acidic) coming through next, and then some bitter, noble hops on the swalow. sweetness comes back again in the aftertaste, as well as a little alcohol burn in the back of the mouth.

pretty light bodied, though thats to be expected. decent carbonation. drinks ok as well. not a bad spring beer. refreshing, yet kinda tasty. alcohol burn in the aftertaste hurts it here though.

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St. Boisterous from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
86 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.
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