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St. Boisterous | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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3.84/5
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428 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#11,818
Reviews:
296
Ratings:
428
pDev:
11.46%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 428 |  Reviews: 296
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7/10/08. On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a clear yellow with a small head. Aroma is super fruity. Flavor of luscious apple, pear, and other light fruits, a little buttery, also got some light buttery toast. Very tasty, light, super drinkable.
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

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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 RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold and pretty much clear. Head is creme colored. Flavor kicks the mouth with sweetness at first. Seems like a smokey tone lays on the end as well. But mostly it's the sweet that you notice. As you get used to it, you notice the malty more than anything. Feel is smooth on liquid and low on carbonation. Fairly easy to drink, but wouldn't go at it again.

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a clear pale golden color and a modest head

Smell: Pear and honey notes

Taste: Sweet and bready up front with pear and honey flavors developing by mid-palate; tart green apple finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Refreshing; sweet but not cloying with a crisp finish

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

Had this gem at their Downingtown brewery.

Orangy golden with a pale beige head. Clear as anything.

After a swirl I got some alcohol phenols mixed in with the sweet malt and spicy peppery hops.

Honey, citrus fruits, and spicy hops sandwiched between big bready malt. Some grassy straw/hay qualities too.

Crisp mouthfeel at first, then it gets heavier, becoming a tad cloying. Sweet aftertaste for a few minutes. Carbonation helps cut through the long finish, basicaly having the affect of making this one hard to put down.

Really nice, I would love for this to find it's way out here to the Oregon market.

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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 Riggo
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

beautiful golden color with a thin cap of bright white foam.
smells fruity--pears, apricots, apples--and musty, almost belgian in its yeasty and estery elements.
sweetish, yet nicely balanced with minerally bitterness. alcohol is fairly noticeable. finish is grassy and minerally, faintly hoppy.
mouthfeel is silky smooth and a little creamy, yet pretty carbonated at the same time.
drinkability is high, save for the higher abv.
not my favorite style of beer but victory always turns out stellar products. a solidly constructed beer worth seeking out.

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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 callmemickey
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden body.. moderate white head.. good retention.. lots of lacing...

S: Nice soft floral european hop bitterness... soft bready malts.. smells like spring.

T: Much like the nose... floral hops up front... balanced out by the soft malty bread flavors..

M: Light bodied... slight alcohol burn at the end... a breif, slightly metallic feel..

D: A good spring beer indeed.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright golden with large foamy white head with great retention and lace grabbing glass the enitre way down.

S: White bread and crackers with earthy German hops.

T: Bread and alcohol up front and earthy hops and slight metal in the follow through.

M: Carbination is good but the is a slight astringent feel on the tongue and the finish is not super crisp.

D: Perect winter to summer beer. Winding down from the heavy beers but not quite time for full time drinking of quaffable pils and wheats. Great for one or two at a sitting.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copped a single, 12 oz bottle from Oak Tree in South Plainfield... nice golden, copper, apple-juice appearance with minimal head... sweet, candied aroma with florals and cinnamon sugars... taste strongly complements the aroma, with a sugar-laden, vanilla, caramel, and butter flavor that is ultra-thick and truly rich... The best thing about this beer is the uncloying, and non-intrusive flavor that goes down smooth, crisp, and clean without any trace of bitterness or alcohol... one of the better brews from Victory... a nice sample full of character, flavor, and great taste... pears and grapefruit along with floral notes are also noticeable... nice light, refreshing mouthfeel and relatively easy drinkability that goes down like sugared-water without any hint of bitterness or alcohol... a top-notch Victory brew... Definitely recommended...

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Photo of aaronh
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich golden color topped by a fairly dense, long lasting head. Aroma is havy on the malt side with a touch of noble hops. Flavor is also very malty, a touch a alcohol heat in there. Nice hop flavor in the finish. Mouthfeel is decent, not too carbonated. Drinkability is very good.

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Photo of AltBock
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle that has an almost life like drawing of St. Boisterous, the harbinger of spring. The drawing is a bit creepy. He's got a "I know it was wrong, but I'm glad I did it" grin on his face. There was that and that leaf on his head didn't help him out with his innocence either. To the right of St. Boisterous is the US Government warning and the barcode. On the left side of the Saint is a hefty paragraph describing the beer, address of the brewery, and a clearly stamped "enjoy by" date of Sep 23, 2007. I would have drank it earlier, but I forgot I had this one.

Appearance: When poured into a simple mug, this Saint poured a clear golden orange color with a hint of amber to it. The head of foam started off real nice, but that quickly changed in only 4 seconds. It would have been nice it had kept the 1 inch head of white foam, but that made a hasty retreat and transformed itself into just 3 small white rings around the glass. It's impossible for 3 little rings to produce any lace of any sort.

Smell: I just couldn't get excited by the aroma of this beer. It was good, but it was too weak. It was a juicy aroma with a dab of sweet caramel, a trace of lightly toasted malts, a pinch of floral hops, and since this is a spring beer, it had a few blades of grass in it as well.

Taste: After the appearance and the smell, I wasn't too happy with this beer. That was until I tasted the beer. It made up for itself where it counts, the taste. It had a light, yet flavorful taste of lightly toasted malts, juicy fruits, and a few floral hops to send it off. There weren't many flavors in this beer, but whatever was there didn't any more help from any more flavors. They did the job that they were made to do and they didn't need any more flavors to get in their way of their job.

Mouthfeel: It was definitely a light beer with a nice level of carbonation. It had a light aftertaste of toasted malts and just a spatter of floral hops. They didn't bother to stick around. Much like the head of foam.

Drinkability: For a beer that a couple months over due, it still made for a good light beer that would make any spring season special. I would like to try this Victory beer fresh. If it's this good now, it has to better when it's not overdue.

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Photo of OKCNittany
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a 1/4" white head that fell quickly with no retention. Body was a deep golden.

S: Aroma was of sweet malt & plenty of it. Simple but good.

T: Following from the smell, there was plenty of sweet & some grainy malt. Am I picking up corn too? There was a touch of hop presence adding much needed balance, or this would have been too sweet.

M: Had a light to medium body with average carbonation and a lasting, sweet light malt aftertaste.

D: The fairly substantial ABV is hidden very well, leaving this very easy to drink. The only issue is that it's a bit too sweet, as I tired of it quickly.

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Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle (a gift from Alyeast) into a pint glass.

A. A light yellow clear brew with healthy carbonation, yet a dissapointing head.

S. Well balanced malt with a hint of floral hops.

T. Much like the smell. A lightly toasted malt brew. A clean finish of spicy hops.

M. Highly carbonated which gives it a tart clean finish.

D. A very drinkable beer. The lightness hides the slightly higher abv.

Another good beer from Victory!!!

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Photo of cokes
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, deep golden bodied with a quick and sparse white heading.
The nose is on the weak side, whimpering out a vague breadiness, traces of golden raisins, and a whiff of dried grass hop spiciness.
Taste is above all things, equally muted. It begins with a honeyed roll breadiness, that segues into fruitier hues of grape and apple. There's a minor (and also seemingly muted) tic of zinc-like minerality, but otherwise it flows well-lagered down the pipes. The close bring a peppery dead grass hop notion that wipes the rest of a lackadaisical malts from memory.
Light-Medium bodied with a low-level but persistent CO2.
It's plenty drinkable. But the malt base is thin and feeble. Thus it doesn't satisfy the meatiness that I want in a bock.

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Photo of jp32
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A golden apricot color, just a bit better looking than your run of the mill macro lager.

Nose is clean and malty, simple aroma.

A nice blend of hops round out a good flavor profile led by a sweet malty character.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied yet not heavy by any means. Nicely done, quite a simple beer but well done nonetheless.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the boisterous sea of liberty."

--Thomas Jefferson

Shiny tangerine that isn't that far removed from shiny amber. A boisterous pour resulted in no more than two fingers of foam that is some combination of pastel orange, beige and ivory. This is a pretty classic look for the style. Maibock... helles bock... hellerbock... take your pick.

The nose is a disappointment. I don't smell anything on the malt side of the equation; perhaps not that surprising with the paler varieties. As far as hops, I get no more than a hint of noble muskiness. St. Boisterous has some work to do on the palate or this will be one of my least favorite Victory offerings ever.

Things aren't quite so bad on the buds, but I'm still far from impressed. The beer has a wishy-washy personality in that it lacks a flavor focus. Helles bocks are usually sweeter and maltier than this. I'm aware that I'm drinking a spring release in the fall, but it's the early fall and a beer of this sort and this ABV should have held up just fine.

There's a little golden fruitiness (apricots and apples), along with a hop presence that isn't prominent... nor should it be. The German 'whole hop flowers' have an easy time balancing the barely evident sweetness of the German malts. I don't know why Victory can't let us know what's in their beer.

I like the mouthfeel since it has a lightly silky smoothness that is helped by a laid back amount of carbonation. Big (and even medium-sized) lagers, if brewed with any sort of skill at all, have always appealed to me from a mouthfeel standpoint.

Victory brews some of the best beer to be found in this country. Storm King Stout, Prima Pils, Hop Wallop... all superb. Even though maibock/helles bock isn't among my favorite styles, I can appreciate a good one when I drink it. St. Boisterous is decent beer, but no more than that.

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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 joe1510
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$10.99 6-Pack
Binny's Orland

St. Boisterous pours with a beautiful crystal clear golden body. Streams of big carbonation bubbles rise to the, sadly, disappointing head. A one finger head formed on the pour that quickly fell to a skim coat and ring around the glass. The body does look great though.

Super clean, refreshing and simple nose. Lightly toasted grains are the backbone of this brew along with fresh grain huskiness. A nice sprinkling of floral hop qualities wash over the toastiness adding nice balance.

Good clean toasted grain flavors abound. A solid hop snapo on the finish comes along after the floral hop bouquet hits lightly all over the mouth. Mild green apple skin tartness along with that hop snap. Very nicely done.

Medium body that seems a little lighter from the solid carbonation. Carbonation gives a slightly prickly impression on the tongue. This beer finishes superbly clean and slightly dry.

Enjoyable, refreshing, lively, brew. Easy one too put away although the higher than average abv could catch up to you quite easily.

Another winner from the guys over at Victory. Not a style I see very often but they nailed it. Keep it up over there.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger head that disipates to near nothingness, thus, leaving little lacing. It's an amber colored ale with ocassional bubles rising to the top indicating a lighter carbonation. Smells of piney hops, but its scent is well short of an IPA. Tastes of bread and alcohol and finishes with bitterness. Thin mouthfeel and light carbonation. Amazingly drinkable for its abv. Victory is one of my favorite local breweries and I love Hellerbocks, but this one comes up as being just above average.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from ClockWorkOrange, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of honey, light malts and a god amount of hops.

T: The taste is starts out malty and sweet but still remains light, with flavors of honey, spice and grain. Then a strong hops presence for the style emerges but doesn’t overpower you. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Very smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not very filling, excellent representation of style, strong kick that is well-disguised, I could definitely drink several of these in a row. This is a great beer to stick with for a whole evening.

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Photo of Winter
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden in color, with a short-lived white head. Light aroma; some sweet malt with touch of fruitiness to it. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and crisp. There's a malty sweetness to the flavor upfront which is broken up by a sharp hop bitterness. Sweet graininess is apparent toward the back. 7.4% alcohol is, surprisingly, not that noticeable. Decent maibock overall.

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Photo of techdiver
4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful clear gold with modest head that dissipates quickly.

Sweet malt and honey nose.

Sweet malt, honey and mild hops taste.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with pleasing carbonation.

A very drinkable Maibock; just wish they hadn't run out of it at Victory a couple of weeks ago.

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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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