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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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Photo of Wasatch
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Enjoy by Sept 23, 07

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, sticky lacing on the skimpy side. The nose is malty, slightly hoppy, pears/apples, and caramel. The taste is malty, slightly spicy, some what hoppy, with a big dose of pears/apples, and some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice Maibock, glad to have had a chance to try it out, recommended.

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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 Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Clear yellow with a decent fizzy white head. A bit of lace.

S. Smells like euro hops and a bit sweet. Inviting.

T. Sweet malts accompanied by a gentle hopping. Light and grainy. Kind of like a hopped up cream ale crossed with a german lager.

M. Light bodied and very smooth drinking.

D. This is a pretty good summer beer. There is a sweetness and hop to balance. The German schooled brewer of Victory scores again. Recommended.

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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 biegaman
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You can tell just from looking at it that this beer has more character than a typical helles (pale) lager; its body is densely shaded-in with amber coloring and littered with thick flakes of yeast. Despite emanating a glowing warmth in the light, clarity is non-negotiable given the sediment. Bubbles are spotted but accumulate to no more than a thin ringlet.

Going by the first few sniffs, it's looking (err, smelling) like St. Boisterous lives up to its name. This smells as rich and complex as a beer both much darker and higher in alcohol; toasty, malty-rich melanoidins thrive. Prune, raisin and dried cherries are noticed very briefly before being washed away by a sweeping maltiness and underlying leafy, spicy hoppiness.

Boy, these guys don't mess around - when they set out to brewing a bock there was no compromising. A rich, full, hearty bill of quality continental malts dominates with a clean, impressionable, lasting flavour that is toasty, well-attenuated and only a trifle sweet. The alcohol is not tasted, although teams-up with the hops to give the finish a little "umph!"

Maibocks, like the month in their name, are transitional beers. While its malts, pale and clean, conjure the easy enjoyment of a summertime brew, its hopping is more aggressive and its alcohol hovers a high percentage, just like its wintry, more hearty cousins. St. Boisterous captures that perfectly: it's bright and clean, yet substantially flavoured and strong.

I swear Bill and Ron (Victory's brewmasters) majored in being German; they've emulated seemingly all German styles to perfection. Bocks are a style really easy to get wrong: they're easy to brew too sweet, too strong, not clean enough, not flavourful enough. You need really high-quality ingredients and a really thorough understanding of what you're doing - neither of which are ever a problem for this brewery. Watch Germany now try to annex Pennsylvania.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Bright clear gold, mild orange with a foamy off white head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring with no lacing. Very fresh aroma, straw and grass like, minimal malt and hop, not too complex or exciting. Sharp carbonation with a soft fluffy body. Expecting more of a malt presence from this beer than there is, slightly fruity sweet that is nicely balanced by floral hops in the finish. Not an exceptional mai/heller bock and slightly disappointing based on everything else Victory does but still very drinkable and flavorful.

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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 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 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 puboflyons
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of March 11, 2012. Sampled on April 27, 2011. It pours pale yellow with a fuzzy white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is more grainy than anything else with a malty note thrown in on the side. The body is thin to medium but tolerable. The taste also comes across as grainy with a light but dry hop kick at the end.

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Photo of weeare138
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow! I was never a huge fan of this one but this year's bottle is really smooth and refreshing. I was impressed.
Appears a light golden color with plenty of solid carbonation. The lace seemed very thin but that was the weakest thing I could pick out about this.
Smells a little like a pilsner with a surprising sweet, sugary malt aroma.
Tastes pretty good, with the emphasis leaning towards the sweetness of the brew with a light hoppiness in the back, which doesn't linger. The alcohol is well concealed in this one! Watch out, b/c this is so smooth and it creeps up on you by the bottom of the glass.

Finger licking good!

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Photo of dar482
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a realy old bottle and already has tons of floaties. It tastes fine however, so I decided to have it and review it. It was Enjoy By April 2011. This beer is probably 3 years old then.

The aroma has lots of bready malt.

The flavor definitely tastes like a maibock. Lots of breadiness and caramel sweetness, some spiciness and herbal hops. There’s also some fruity esters in there too. The middle hits you with a bit of alcohol, but it’s not very offensive.

The finish is pretty dry, despite the sweet flavor.

Actually a very well done beer. Quite tasty and even better than certainly doppelbock options out there.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly and leaves some lace. Slight hazy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Almost a caramel nose. Flavor is malty and hoppy, nice maibock. The higher ABV is totally hidden. $2.65 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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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 rhoadsrage
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer has a warm golden yellow crystal clear body with a white wisp of film and a strong carbonation underneath.

S- This beer has a light toasted malt smell with a faint green hop finish. As it warms there is a note of pot caramel that is very pleasant or a change.

T- The smooth pale malt has a light toasted malt hint and a green hop finish with a hint of white wine alcohol. As it warms a bit a caramel hint comes through in the malt and the wine note is covered by more green hops and sulfur notes.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel in the beginning but it becomes more full at the finish of each sip. There is a faint alcohol heat in the finish that is nice.

D- This looks like a small light beer but it is really a big beer in disguise. Good flavor but I would like them to be a bit bolder. Very interesting.

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Photo of akorsak
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a 12 oz bottle, purchased at Astor Liquors in Laurel, MD. The bock is chilled but not cold.

Apearance: A nice golden color, this bock is deeped in color than a pils, lighter than a doppel and crystal clear. There is an acceptable amount of head.

Smell: There is a nice malty aroma to the bock, maybe even a hint of honey.

Taste: A full bodied bock without going overboard like a doppel. There is an unusual edge to this beer, one that gives it a subtle sweet flavor.

Mouthfeel: Sits very well, with the malts providing a nice soft feeling on the palate.

Drinkability: Maibock is a spring beer and May 1 is Monday, glad I bought a sixer.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from BeerBeing as part of UTBIF. Thanks for the opportunity. Enjoy by Oct 13 06.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a scant 1/4" off-white head above the clear tarnished gold brew. Head quickly disappears down to a few localized bubbles and a light film, with average lacing. Aroma is juicy fruits and pale grains. Taste is pale malt sweetness, with blushes of fruit in the middle, and a lightly warming close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very nice. Could be a definite session prospect.

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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 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 DrJay
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, deep gold colour. My pint was poured with a thin whisp of head that disappeared rather quickly. Rich, toasted malt aroma with fresh apple character. Very nice. Malty sweet with toasted malts and a caramel apple component. It had a lingering, light bitterness with a hint of hop flavour. There was a noticeable acidic bite from the carbonation in the finish, as well as a light, spicy, alcohol warmth. Carbonation was just on the high side, made up of large, fizzy bubbles. Decent body. Quite smooth once the carbonation settled a bit. A good beer and quite quaffable.

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Photo of tigg924
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, medium-high carbonation, dark gold in color, clear

Smell: grass and some hops

Taste: grass, caramel, some bittering earthy hops in the background

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet with a bitter backbone

Drinkability: Could have sveral of these if not for the alcohol which hits hard. A nice and clean maibock. Simple yet elegant.

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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 ColForbinBC
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

An orange body with streams of bubbles. A small, bone white cap barely rises a finger and settles to a thin collar. Little to no lacing.

A clean, fresh earthy hop profile and a bed of clean white bready malt. The grassy hops are a little dominant, but not strong. The malt quickly takes over with a clean burst.

The flavor profile is amazingly clean. Lightly toasted white bread with a slightly sweet flavor and a dose of grassy, herbal hops. Not deep or complex by any means.

The carbonation is low and the body is a medium light. The hops are crisp and the malt is clean. The finish is lightly sweet and dry.

This is fairly drinkable however the abv is sneaky. Fits the style well and is clean and crisp in the finish. Can easily have a few of these in a sitting.

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