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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
victorybeer.com

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%
 
 
Wants:
24
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6
For Trade:
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Reviews: 296 | Ratings: 428
Photo of steveh
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A -- Pale, clear honey gold color with a good white head that settles a little quickly, but revives well.

S -- Grassy to slightly spicy hops, some vague graininess and slight DMS. Some mellow sweetness lingering too.

T -- First taste is mellow breadiness with alcohol asserting. Any sweetness in the start is fleeting and the dry finish takes over. There is a vague fruitiness, giving a plum or pear Schnaaps character to the beer, then bitter hops seal the deal in the finish with bready malts lingering in the aftertaste. The bitter hops also seem to linger assertively long after the last sip. Not what I tend to look for in a Helles Bock.

M -- Body is light medium with a soft to slightly syrupy mouth-feel.

D -- Not bad to style, there are better versions out there, but that's not to say this isn't a good addition to the group.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a perfect pint glass, it has a straw gold color body with just a real thin fizzy white head. The smell is a little bit citrus with a hint of mint. The taste is malty and sweet up front then i get a faint hop taste on the back of the tongue. This has a nice mouth feel and overall is well carbonated and good tasting.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours clear straw with 1/2 finger of frothy head.

N: Pear, hay, barnyard funk, hints of spruce and lemon zest.

T: Breads, grains, green tea. Finishes dry with lingering spices.

M: Medium bodied, dry, prickly and somewhat sticky.

O: Extremely smooth and drinkable. Slightly bitter and crisp. Beautiful nose and interesting flavors. Makes a nice session ale.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Pours a clear golden color with a small white head that dissipates. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is slightly sweet and malt dominated. A mild hop aroma is present.

Taste is slightly sweet and malty upfront followed by a slight hop flavor. Finishes with a wave of malt and then finishes slightly sweet.

Full body, light carbonation.

A solid maibock, and nice to drink. The sweetness could be toned down a bit.

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Photo of Brad007
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice yellow/gold color with a one-finger head into my glass. Definitely a helles bock for sure!

Sweet malt with a nice whiff of grassy hops in the nose. Seems to be very clean and possibly crisp.

A lot more bitterness upfront than I had anticipated with a mix of sweet and chalky malt.

Lingering grassy hops and sweet malt. Not much else of note.

I liked it at first but as the pint went along, I tasted things I didn't like. If they clean up the overall flavor, it might be more enjoyable. Still worth a try.

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Photo of jackorain
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear, bright straw color. Stark white head, good retention. and nice lacing. Creamy mouthfeel is very prominent, but carbonation is high and burp inducing. Flavor is appley and sweet. Earthy hops finish. A touch of biscuit malt mixing in as well. The apple lingers for quite a while.

Thanks For Reading

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Photo of keanex
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A: Hazy Amber color with a small fast dissipating head. Minimal lacing.

S: Pleasant hoppy and florally scents mixed with a malty scent.

T: A nice mix of hops, slight caramel, and a few other tastes I couldn't really put my finger on. Pleasant beer overall.

M: Low-Medium carbonation, lighter-medium bodied beer. Goes down easy.

D: Very drinkable beer, goes down smooth.

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Photo of Vancer
3.57/5  rDev -7%
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 BB1313
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by March 11, 2012. 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a nice hazy golden on the brighter side. Decent head that rims around and nice lacing. Lots of earthy notes up front. The aromas are sweet as well. One sip and wow, this is pretty bitter. More earthy notes in the flavor as well, lemon is present. Caramel and malt does its' job. Mouthfeel is nice, very rich; not over-carbonated; full-bodied. The aftertaste is very bitter and warm. The alcohol is pretty noticeable, that's my only beef w/ this one. But overall, it's nice for the style.. nice for spring/summer.

This is an extremely robust lager! Not bad.. try it if you're into lagers, or want to try something different. This is pretty much what I expected from Victory.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Victory. Pours a very pale gold with good clarity, a small head that settles fairly quickly, and minimal lacing. Simple but clean aroma; bready; biscuit malt; a hint of earthy and floral hoppiness underneath; very light honey-like sweetness.

The flavor follows the nose pretty closely. All in all I found it to be a bit on the bland side. There’s a clean and light, slightly toasted bread character to the malt, a little biscuit and honey sweetness that dries out in the finish, and again a modest floral hop character.

Medium to slightly light bodied with crisp carbonation. A simple style and a simple execution in line with traditional examples. Easy drinking with well hidden alchohol. Ultimately a bit unexciting.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

While I certainly enjoyed this beer it had a fruity sweet aspect that made it somewhat less than refreshing in the Hazy, Hot Bayshore Region. No doubt the gravity of this brew contributed to this aspect and made the beer somehat maltier than one would expect in a summer seasonal. Nonetheless it is a good beer that I have thoroughly enjoyed and will likely try again...when it is cooler outside.

Pours a hazy light copper amber with a generous white head. Aroma was bread and apples with some vegetative hop notes. Taste was slightly sweet, with apples and plums an spicy sour notes (wheat??) Some fruity yeast notes as well. Mouthfeel was medium to heavy. Slick, sticking to tongue and roof of mouth, nominal carbonation.

Very drinkable when something heavier and warming will hit the spot. Not a brew for a summer afternoon.

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright golden color. The brew initially had several fingers of frothy white head, but it quickly dissipated to almost nothing.

S: Notes of fresh bread, grain and caramel, intermingled with some subtle springtime flowers.

T: Very clean overall with a slight malt sweetness and subtle bitter finish.

M: Somewhere between light and medium bodied with a surprisingly subtle amount of carbonation.

O: A decent Maibock, but I still have yet to taste an American interpretation that really rivals those made in Germany. I think this brew would benefit from a lower abv and slightly more carbonation.

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Photo of MrIncognito
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark gold, almost amber color and clear. White fizzy head that fades quickly to light lacing. Champaign-like carbonation.

S - Not the most aromatic of beers. Sweet malty smell with a touch of caramel.

T&M - Nice and malty up front with that sweet alcohol coming through. Nice and crisp from teh carbonation.

D - Highly drinkable and tasty. A bit dangerous at 7.4% because this drinks quickly. Would be quite sessionable minus the ABV.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold color, bubbly white head, gone quickly with little lacing. Scent is muted and mild, light herbal notes, faint faint caramel sweetness, touch of wet paper. Taste a little more focuses with lightly sweet malt, little in the way of fresh grain, which i like in the style, some herbal splashes on the back end. Moderate body, smooth, decently carbonated. A nice clean take on the style, just would have liked a bit more grain to the taste.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

St. Boisterous has a body that combines hues of red and orange to create a color that is different from every angle based on how the light hits it, becoming blood red or bright orange. What ever way the light hits it, the color is very pleasing, but the off-white cap is small and doesn't really do much for me in the retention and lacing departments.

The aroma has a some caramel, and a good dose of noble hops.

like the aroma suggested, St. Boisterous isn't especially sweet, it has some caramel malt that is generally a subdued flavor. Some part of the malt gives the impression that it was lightly toasted. The most interesting thing that I pick up is a hint of smoky peat. The finish is loaded with slightly fruity, slightly earthy English hops.

The mouthfeel is medium, smooth, and a little bit dry at the end. Really, I credit the mouthfeel for making this one go down even easier.

St. Boisterous is an interesting bock, and like everything Victory makes it is good and very drinkable.

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Photo of plaid75
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
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 ckollias
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Hazy golden ale with a white, frothy, 1-1/2 finger head that quickly dissipates into a persistent wispy lace.

S: Sweet caramel aroma with hints of citrus and lemons.

T: Crisp caramel flavor similar to the smell. Good malt background and hops to balance. Good amount of alcohol her but masked by the sweetness.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Very good Helles Bock. A little on the sweet side for me, but very enjoyable.

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Photo of Med
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Clear golden straw color with a white head that dissipates almost immediately and leaves relatively little lacing.

S - The lager yeast is at the forefront with a breadiness but a sweetness lies underneath. Apple juice and a hint of banana.

T - A surprising burst of flavor for such a mild appearing beer. Apples, white grape, and a slightly sour finish that lasts.

M - Surprisingly full-bodied with a creamy feel helped along by a nice carbonation.

D - It's probably a personal thing but the sweetness is a bit much for me to have more than one.

Nice beer.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a flute.

3.5 A: Clear light yellow with a hint of green. Healthy frothy head dies faster than I'd like, but leaves a reasonable amount of lacing.

3.0 S: Not really much of anything with a slight of muskiness from the hops.

4.0 T: I find this to be very tasty. It more than makes up for the appearance and smell. Slightly grainy. Neutral malt base with some residual sweetness present. Noble hop flavor and mild bitterness.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good carbonation and quite smooth.

3.5 D: Not the biggest fan of the style, but this is an alright brew.

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Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good starting head that recedes rather quickly but leaves a thin layer of foam and ample lace.

Woodsy smell of toasted malt. Lots of biscuit and a touch of cream in the nose. Earthy.

The flavor is dry and similar to dark toasted bread. Relatively thin body for the style but the low carbonation balances the body nicely. Earthy flavor (like the aroma). Not quite harsh in flavor, but it isn't sweet or light like other Maibocks. Still, it is flavorful and worth seeking out.

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Photo of irishking1977
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear copper hue with barely any head and little to no lacing. Typical looking lageresque brew.

S: Butterscotch and toffee with a hint of hops. Decent, but was a bit put off initially by the aromas.

T: Pretty flavorful brew. Rich buttery bread, butterscotch, and a hint of citrus and cinnamon. Not as hoppy as I expected, but it's there. Myriad of flavors mesh fairly well.

M: Moderately creamy and thick, with a good, stout carbonation. Solid mouthfeel.

D: One of the better interpretations of a Maibock, along with Rogue's Dead Guy Ale. Not as easy drinking as your typical lager; the abv is higher than average. Though, it was over 14 bucks for a sixer. Tough to justify purchasing this too frequently.

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Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 12oz. bottle a crystal clear light golden hue with a 1/2 finger head that settles into a collar of medium thickness. Carbonation is on the light side, not many bubbles visible. Aroma has a malty sweetness to it with a hint of citrus (lemon) with a hay/grass/straw note. 1st sip brings a dry hints of lemon, grass, a slightly metallic hop note, and some bready, biscuity yeast. Mouthfeel is light & refreshing, and there is little hint of the 7.4% alcohol. These would make a pretty good session beer. Overall, another very good beer from one of my favorite brewers.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this ontap at Victory Brewery and Restaurant in Dowingtown, Pa. It came in a tumbler glass.
A: The body is a crystal clear golden color. The head is 2 fingers tall, white color, poor retention, tiny sized bubbles and sweet lacing.
S: The aromas are spargy, earthy hops and caramel malt.
T: The flavors are noble hops, metalic and pine.
M: The mouthfeel is crisp and dry.
D: This beer is pretty drinkable.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of Suds
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a mostly clear golden color with a very slim head. Nice, malt-heavy aroma. The beer has a slightly toasted scent, with a bread and alcohol scent. Clean flavor, with a prominent malt character. A little sulfur-like note, but otherwise clean. Sweet. Firm body, and very drinkable. Overall, a good bock.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy light orange and some yeast in aroma. Hoppy, citrus oil.Well malted, carmel and vanilla, but balanced. Fine mix, nothing objectionable. Medium plus mouthfeel from malt and a honeyish yeast. Refreshing.I Like the brewery, but this one isn't as exciting.

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