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St. Boisterous | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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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Ratings: 428 |  Reviews: 296
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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of EStreet20
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I know the VBC Website still says these bottles are only available in PA but I guess they started distributing to NJ. Been looking forward to trying a Maibock I haven't had yet. Here goes...

12 ounce bottle poured into a mug.

A - Very light golden color with about a finger of white head.

S - Lots of funky lager yeast up front. Some Pilsner malts I'm picking up.

T - Much sweeter than the smell indicates. Some banana type flavor and a spicy kick. Finishes a bit grainy.

M - Light and thin, but with some smoothness.

D - Goes down nice and smooth.

Notes: Not a bad Maibock. One you could sip nice on cool on a spring day. Watch out as you're sipping it nice and cool though. The 7.2 may catch up with you.

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Photo of rondufresne
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of arguemaniac
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This rich, but restrained heller bock is a tasty one. Nicely dry yet pleasantly fruity as well. The alcohol is well hidden even though you can get a nice whiff of it in the aroma and just a touch of that familiar burn in the flavor. I have only one minor complaint about this one; the head had barely any retention and didn’t leave behind even the slightest lace. Nonetheless, I certainly recommend this deceptively drinkable strong lager, especially if, like me, you’re a big fan of the style.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a one finger head that dissappears quickly, no lacing. Body is a clear gold amber.

Smell - pears, apples, plums, hint of cloves. Very enticing.

Taste - Apricots, plums. Very simple, but very good.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied with low carbonation and smooth.

Drinkability - this is good beer, and very sessionable.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of beerphan
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle -> sa taster
stamped: best by Mar 10 2011

Pours a light oranged amber with small wispy head that quickly dissapates down to some dish water soap suds. No lace. Carbonation is study and robust. Besides the lack of lacing a very good lookin' brew.

Nose: earthy and sweet

Some pale sweetness, but not a ton of malt character. Sweet candy and light caramel, the bitterness has no problem balancing the malts, which i find rare for a bock. I'm guessing thats what the Helles in all about and why this is a spring release. Alcohol peeks in the dry and spicy fiinish. Saaz type bitterness. If your not huge into bock (like me) you may like this as an entry into the bock style.

I have to say that this maybe my new spring goto brew. Very drinkable with a ABV that will sneak up on you. Happy Spring! Thanks Neil & the empire Beer Club.

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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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 thecarster1
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, half finger of head fades to a spotty layer, nice coloring, bright glowing gold to deep rich tawny brown .

s- wow, great nose here, complex malts, some sweetness, caramel earthy light hops. best smelling beer in awhile.

t- nice complex malts again, some light roast/toast, biscuit, nice earthy, herbal hops with some bitterness, some citric notes, a touch of alcohol. really tastes like springtime.

m- smooth, coating, medium to full body.

d- nice drinkability, this is like springtime in a glass. i would definately drink this again, another in the long line of awesome victory brews.

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Photo of cubedbee
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best enjoyed by Oct 13, '06. Pours a crystal clear honey with very active carbonation, thin white head that disappears quickly, no lacing. Nose is a strong sweet pilsner malt with a touch of spicy hops, nice. Taste is a sweet bready malt, slight bit of honey, a bit toasty, finishing with a slight grassy hop bitterness and a lingering malt flavor. Pretty nice beer, nice full body, easy to drink. I don't have much experience with the style, but I definitely prefer this to Dead Guy.

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Photo of Rschis16
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking bright yellow color with a 3-finger white and bubbly head after an aggressive pour. The smell is pleasant and floral with a littler more than a touch of booze.

Full-bodied and hoppy for the style. Alcohol in the front and back, just a tad too much for the style as it takes away from the lightness you would expect in a spring or summer beer. Other than the booze, nice hop bitterness that makes the mouthfeel crisp and clean, with a dry finish. Better on the colder side, as the booziness starts to take over as it warms. A little fruitiness in the flavor too, but it's in the background. Good beer though, love Victory and their use of hops.

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Photo of rousee
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange amber color with a small head. Excellent carbonation.
Smell is grainy and sour with some maltiness noticed.
Taste is smooth and bready with some fruit essences. I am getting apples or grapes but not vinous at all.
Excellent quenching mouthfeel-dry and crisp.
Very drinkable. One of my favorite Victory beers to date. Reminds me a little of a toned down version of Golden Monkey.

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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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Photo of cichief
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured a nice straw yellow with lots of white foam.

S- Subtle scents of spice with biscuit malt.

T- Very biscuity, slightly malty sweet, with a decent dry finish.

M- Very bubbly, but not overly carbonated, thin to medium body.

D- Good enough to have a few of these, but at 7.4% ABV, I'll only drink one or two.

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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 lstokes
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smooth and highly drinkable rendition of the style.

Very pale yellow, not a very exciting appearance (although I guess it is pretty typical for the style), with a honey-floral hops smell which is also not particularly exciting. I'm not getting much of the malt in the nose.

It picks up significantly in the taste department. Sweet (I'm getting pears and honey), strong doughy malts, a touch of herbal hops and a faint wisp of smoke along with the spicy alcohol at the end. I don't usually drink lagers, but this was very tasty, well-balanced, a great American lager.

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Photo of jdg204
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

A - Pours a clean dark color with a small head that left slight lacing for a few minutes. Little carbonation was present.

S - Citrus aroma with hints of caramel and an unknown accompaniment...sweet, maybe molases.

T - Honey..that's what it is! Very unique blend of lemon, honey, and a distinct flavor of tea leaves The lemon and honey comes out very strong with the first sip, but the tea flavor resonates very strong as the beer goes down. Sweet aftertaste with traces of alcohol.

M - Light carbonation and a light-to-medium body with a warming feeling on the way down. Finishes very crisp.

D - A very enjoyable, but deceptive, brew. It's sneaky in the sense that the higher abv doesn't really come out as the beer goes down so lightly. The enjoy-by-date was actually two days ago, but I'm glad I waited a few months to try it. Excellent selection!

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

A medium amber color with some visible carbonation. A light beige to white colored head, that starts at a half inch and dissolving away to a thin layer on top. A malty fragrance, with touches of bread and cracked grain, finishing with a mild feint scent of grass. Malt, malt and more malt is the dominant flavor, with bread and biscuit flavors. Those flavors last till the back end, when it finishes with a hop bitterness of grass and citrus, did I mention the malt. The consistent medium body lasts all the way through, it leaves a medium dryness at the end. This is really drinkable, the color and aroma are classic for the style. The taste is malty, more malty than I would prefer, but it takes nothing away from the flavor. Overall this is a great beer for spring and the summer heat.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is disappointing for a Victory product. An amber body with practically no head. The smell is a combination of warm, sweet malt and a bit of bittering hops, though. Not spectacular, but definitely nice. Taste is extremely pleasant. Nice lagery smoothness with a bit of bite at the end. It does, indeed taste German. Alcohol taste is nonexistent. Mouthfeel is medium with a higher than average level of carbonation. This thing’s a quaffer in the drinkability category.

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St. Boisterous from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 428 ratings
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