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
Ratings:
428
Reviews:
296
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
11.46%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
6
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Ratings: 428 |  Reviews: 296
Photo of drcarver
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a copper color with a less than one finger head. retention is decent but does not last for more than half the beer

S - sweet and biscuity. high on the malts with no real hop aroma. seems pretty classic for a mai

T/M - chewy and biscuity. light roasted flavor in the malts. finishes clean with little aftertaste.

D - goes down very nicely. i do lament the 7+% because I would like to have a few more.

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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 ZeroSignal
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A - Pours a mostly clear amber color with a good one fingered white head

S - Smells slightly grainy with a light floral hop scent. There are nice toasted grain and bread undertones

T&M - Grainy and slightly chewy with a subtle alcohol flavor in the background. Clean hop bitterness that blends nicely with the toasted grain flavor. Medium to full body

D - Very clean, crisp and easy to drink. ABV well within style norms...very drinkable

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Photo of Gmann
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color wth a small tight tan head that settles into a light ring. The aroma is of a honey malt with some light grassy hops. The aroma was faint, so I didn't pick much up. The taste is of a smooth caramel malt and some light pepper spice. Surprisingly not much of a hop pick up. Doesn't seem to resemble a maibock too much but tastes good. A nice full body, smooth despite some prickly carbonation, finishes with a very light grassy bitterness. This might not be the most flavorful maibock but it drinks very nice, the ABV is well hidden.

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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 drtth
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: As poured the beer is a clear copper orange color with a ½" slightly off-white head that recedes to leave a ring of foam with a thin layer of foam over the surface. The sipping leaves a ring of foam with a bottom edge that trails off into a spider web pattern of lacing. Where the sip was taken there are widely scattered speckles of lacing.

Smell: The aroma is fresh and grassy from the hops and there is a strong bready malt presence.

Taste: The flavors tend to be predicted by the nose. There is some sweet bready malt present but there is also a strong overlay of grassy, herbal bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium-full bodied and silky smooth from the gentle but persistent carbonation. The finish is medium long with some sweetness from the malt and a lot of the crisp herbal hop character present as they both fade together into a persistent musty dryness at the end.

Drinkability: This is a nicely drinkable mai-bock. I've had several now before doing this review and find myself enjoying them quite a bit. It is not earthshakingly good but it is definitely a good solid tasty brew that I'll return to again.

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

A - Clear copper with a one finger thick head with good retention and decent lacing.

S - Big sweet bready malts up front backed up by a bit of floral hop aroma, and a touch of warming booze towards the end.

T - Follows the nose with bready malts, but the floral hops are much more pronounced in the lingering aftertaste, particularly some lilac notes.

M - Solid medium body, perfect medium carbonation creates a smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

D - My first maibock review. I'm not sure at this point if anything really stands out about it, but it was a pleasure to drink, and I could definitely have a few more.

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

This helles Bock pours a rich amber with a modest head that dissipates to a thin, whispy ring very quickly. Nose is of fragrant European hops and light breadiness.

Flavor is excellent. This is one hell of a helles. Definitely more bitter and hoppy than most other interpretations of the style, but there's enough sweet, bready malt backbone to create a nicely balanced brew. Lingering flavor is definitely bitter. Medium-bodied and -carbonated feel. The 7.4 percent kick is quite nice too, without being overpowering.

Not much more to say than that. Great beer. Victory scores once again with one of their fantastic German interpretations.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one started off my bock/maibock kick...

Poured into a standard pint glass, nice pale amber color with frothy head that dissipates but clings very well.

Smell is a bit of hops upfront with a malty sweet undertone. As it warms these scents mix well.

Taste is a nice mix of roasted/biscuity malt with mild hops, a feint hint of alochol but not stinging.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, with lingering flavors on the top of the tongue, very crisp.

Extremely drinkable, could be drinking this one through summertime.

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

12oz bottle to pint glass.
Pours a hazy gold color. Small head cap and no lacing. Smells like sweet clover honey with a touch of lemon zest. Taste has a lively spice to it, mixed with a rich malty sweetness. Also a little citrus and a bit of grassiness via the german hops. Can detect a bit of the alcohol but it's not overpowering. Bottle says full bodied and that is not false advertising. More creamy and heavy than I was expecting from this golden bock. Carbonation gives a crisp bite which is unexpected with the creamy mouthfeel. Bitterness is balanced out by the big malts. Drinkable for sure, probabaly not one I would session though. I love Victory's lineup, so I'm not sure why I had low expectations for this brew. I can say I was pleasantly suprised to find a flavorful, enjoyable golden 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 nickd717
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Chevy Chase Wine & Liquors in DC.

Pours a clear golden color with a one-finger white head that settles to a little bit of foam on top.

Aroma is mild with grain, pale malt, and honey.

Flavor is nice and pleasant. Somewhat sweet with pale malt, honey, grain, white pepper, and some mild grassy hops on the finish. Some yeasty notes also that are almost reminiscent of a Belgian pale ale.

Body is medium-light and mouthfeel is crisp with fairly lively carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty high. Overall this is a solid example of the style.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is absolutely outstanding. It reminds me of a "double" prima pils, also from Victory. Very creamy and smooth. Nice texture with nice lacing and an apricot scent. Gorgeous, refreshing with a twinge of hoppiness on the backend, finishes fairly dry. Dangerously drinkable and strong. This is a terrific brew and I am glad I have a case of it.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. The bottle has a fresh by date April of 2010. After being poured this brew had very little head and not much carbonation being released. This beer has very little aroma. The taste is a little dry and biscuit like malt flavor. A few sweet fruit tastes, slight white grape. This beer is very smooth drinking and easy to put down a few. The alcohol is moderately noticable and relaxing.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.43/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

The beer pours a bright very clear gold that reminds of an american macro. The head is about 2 inches of foamy goodness but is sadly gone in about 1 minute, leaving a a sllight filmy residue. There is no lacing.

The aroma is almost skunky with light skunked hops and little spice.

The taste is very light almost no flavor with a bad skunky after taste.

The mouthfeel is so light, I might as well be water. Despite its lightness not a very drinkable because of the weird aftertaste.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Clear golden body under a pretty big white head. Decent lace and retention.

S: Nice sweet malt, candy like at times, very clean and very balanced with a very nice underlying citrus hop character, even a hint of some sweet bread. Very good, very balanced yet very complex.

T: Nice and clean tasting again. Sweet malt up front with the citrus hops in between before a very mild bitterness and ever so slight hint of alcohol in the finish. Slight warming as well. Maybe a bit vinous.

M/D: Light bodied, a little slick, low carbonation. Drinkability is excellent. A very solid beer through and through.

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

a: bright yellow-golden in color, a modest white topping of carbonation soon recedes to a thin ring

s: pale euro lager malts accented with a generous dose of grassy noble hops and aromas of soft pear, white grape, night flowers, and marzipan or almond cookie, delightfully complex lager aroma

m: a medium-full carbonation runs through the light-medium bobied beer, striking good balance in what would otherwise be too full a lager mouthfeel

t: pale lager grain carries complex light fruits - pear, apple, and white grape most prominent with some almond following the swallow, slightly floral in the aftertaste with a hefty serving of sulfurous noble hops,

d: no issues here - quite tasty and easily drinkable

single bottle picked up at Norm's in Vienna, VA

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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 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 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 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 DoubleJ
2.31/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On-tap at the source itself in Downightown, PA. On to the beer:

Blonde like a pilsner, toped by a soft white head. It smells like super strong apple juice and apples. And it tastes like super strong apple juice. Major apple flavor all around, with much of the alcohol held at bay, with no other flavors to offer. Bubbly in the mouth, almost like a soda.

Um, no. Boring, too sweet, and too heavy.

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