St. Boisterous | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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St. BoisterousSt. Boisterous

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

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Spring

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-13-2002

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, very nice artwork on the label.

Appearance: Pours a deep, rich, dark golden, the color of apricots or ripe peaches. Small, tightly formed head dissipates to a wispy topping on the beer. Minimal to no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Fruity and sweet to the nose with hints of apricots. Also has a biscuity, raisin bread type quality to the aroma.

Taste: St. Boisterous starts crisp with a fruity sweetness, transitions to a middle laden with malt and bread like qualities. Finishes with a slight hint of hops that leaves a ever so slight bitterness on the tongue along with those fruity, sweet malts and yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium with a nice creaminess. Ample carbonation.

Drinkability. St. Boisterous is a little sweet for my taste but I still find it very drinkable considering the 7.4% abv. Plenty of sweet fruity malts that is balanced out in the finish with a dose of hops. My 1st Heller bock so I don't have anything to compare it to. Definitely a beer I would have again, just don't think I could make a session out of it. I fine German Lager from the folks at Victory. Seek it out and give it a try.

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

12oz dated best before Oct 13 06 purchased at Bello Vino in Ann Arbor and poured into a pilsener.

Clear brass with a smallish head of white that stays for a few minutes before falling down to a veiled ring. Lots of steady carbonation gives the beer a lively champagne look.

Nice balance of caramel and grassy hops aromas. The grains have a slight nutty aroma. Very clean and did I mention balanced?

Full of malts upfront with some grains and a spicy hop flavor that builds and melds nicely with the lingering caramel flavor from the malts. Interesting aftertaste that is both sweet and spicy. Complex and refreshing.

Moderate mouth that benefits from the carbonation. Again good balance is shown. Very drinkable for those nights when a break from my usual routine of dark and heavy ales is in order.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Photo of Phillyduke
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After going through nearly an entire case of this since March, I finally decided to sit down and review one on the last day of May. Poured into a pilsner glass. Beer is a clear, golden color with a three-finger head that slowly settles to a fizzy layer. Small amounts of lacing cling to the glass as I drink, but slide down to the level of the liquid each time. It has a typical lager smell, though nowhere near as offensive as a macro. Notes of bready malts step forward as the beer warms, and an alcoholic twinge burns the nose a bit.

The taste is definitely malt-forward sweetness with a noticeable peppery hop back bite. It's a very nice balance between the two, as neither really dominates the other. A sweet sticky aftertaste starts to build up over time, but never becomes cloying. The alcohol I detected in the nose is barely noticeable in the taste. A vigorous pour leaves a perfect level of carbonation. It tingles the palate, but doesn't overpower the creamy feel of the malt.

Overall a crisp and refreshing segue between the stouts and dopplebocks of winter and the bright pilsners and wheat beers of summer. I think the buildup on my palate over an extended session (along with the ABV) would probably limit me to 3 or 4 before it stopped being enjoyable, though drinking it with food would definitely help. Victory once again displays their mastery of the German lagers. This will be in my spring lineup every year.

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Photo of tedho21
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Pours a clear, dark yellow with 1 finger of head that fades to a ring without much lacing. The aroma is pleasant, with caramel malt and hints of butter and some nuttiness. Big, malty flavor upfront, with a nice, creamy body followed by some bitterness on the back end that helps to cut the sweetness of the malt. The finish is lingering and somewhat woody and drinkability is very good. I discovered this on tap at the Tap & Mallet and ended up buying a few 6er's. This is a tasty beer, all though I must admit I have been on a bit of a Maibock kick lately.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

This beer came to me a crystal clear, nicely carbonated and medium to dark straw colored. The head was white in color and seemed dense and light in nature. The aromas that came from the glass were fairly simple sweet malt, flowers, very light fruit, and some bitter hops. The flavors of the Saint were less simple then the nose. Some hops took the front – bitter, and floral hops – light caramel, great malt, some very light fruit, and a tad alcohol seemed to be present as well. A good balance of malt and hops that seemed to keep each other in balance, with the malt slightly more aggressive which left it with a moderate sweet appeal to it. Medium bodied and good malt balance make this beer pleasant to drink.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Pours copper with a thick white foam with good retention. Lacing? Oh, its there.

Aroma is very bready and malty with floral hops.

Its very bready and malty, as expected, but the hops come in as well...pretty bitter finish from them. Well done

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Creamy, carbonated well, goes down well. Very drinkable. Recommended

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

It was served chilled in a tulip glass. St. Boisterous pours a crystal clear golden. It's topped by a bright white head that fades to a film leaving clinging lace. The aroma has a crisp graininess to it, as well as some nice apple esters, and bit of leafy, grassy hops.

This maibock starts off with a crisp, neutral graininess that moves into a mild, apple fruitiness in the center. The finish has a nice citric bite and an herbal hop bitterness. This beer is light-bodied, highly carbonated and very crisp.

This is a nice summer beer. It's flavorful, crisp and refreshing.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Brilliant golden orange, clear, clean, with a small, tight, off-white head. Smells of honey, tangy vegetal sweetness, fruity malt sugars, maple syrup, and spicy herbal hops. Nice and very hellesbockish. Spicy hop edge up front on an otherwise malty sweet taste. Honey and vegetal malt sweetness, with flashes of sugar. Cooked vegetable twang/bitterness in the finish. Kind of warming, but not hot. A good lager for this cool 4th of July evening as the fireworks rain down outside. Nothing exceptional, but a solid Victory.

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