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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-13-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
428
Reviews:
296
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
11.46%
 
 
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23
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6
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Photo of julian1117
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this as part of 2 5-glass samplers at the Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, PA.

This was my first Maibock/Helles Bock. I was surprised by the translucent golden color until I remembered reading about how this seasonal is not dark like other bocks. It was pleasantly sweet and had a weak floral smell. It was refreshing for what it was but a little high in ABV. Sipping beer.

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Photo of JamesS
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear golden color with some nice initial head and some good lacing. Excellent aroma, very crisp and clean with a nice pineapple aroma. Great taste, sharp and malty with a nice slight banana/clove taste and a good hit of German hops in the finish that last on the tongue for a bit, along with a slight pineapple taste. Goes down great, the over 7% ABV isn't noticable at all.

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Photo of philbe311
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale yellow straw color... Faint orange hue and glow... Two fingers worth of mixed bubble size batter-like pure white head... Flurry of carbonation swirl post pour settles and leaves only minimal sporadic carbonation... Minimal stickiness on the glass...

S - The smell could be detected as soon as the cap was popped off the bottle... Lovely aroma... Lots of pale malt... Pear... Apple... Grapes... Vanilla wafer... Vaguely floral scents...

T - Flour... Wheat... Honey... Grapes... Pear... Apple... Very minor peppery notes... Strong hoppy presence on the finish...

M - Slightly syrupy... Medium bodied... Dry... Thicker than expected and a little on the chewy side... Warming effects of the 7.4% ABV can be detected...

D - Personally, I struggle with Maibocks, but this is a wonderful example that I find quite enjoyable... Solid all the way around and makes me want to continue my exploration of the styel...

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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 BigMike
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Savor the good St. Boisterous"

Enjoy by date of April 24 2010.

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Crystal clear straw yellow with finger head. Appearance is almost BMC like. But thats where the comparisons end.

Malty alcohol and grassy on the nose. A little citrus aroma as well. Mostly lemon.

Flavor is heavy for a lager. Malts and sweetness. Robust and thick. A little bit of yeastiness and honey like sweetness. The hops come trough on the finish with a little bitterness.

This is a very tasty beer. Victory comes through once again!

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Photo of Proteus93
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a single at Beer Run after seeing it in the cooler. I've been looking at this one for a little while, having enjoyed the doppelbock.

A: Quite a pale yellow... more like the hue one might expect from a macro lager or the like. About a finger of white head tops it off, recedes fairly quickly, but leaves a modest little sheet and plenty of lacing behind.

S: Quite a toasted malt and a bit of alcohol backing it up. There's even a slight hint of grassiness in there, and just a tiny little fruity touch.

T + M: Quite a robust and rich body... quite thick, really. Like the aroma, a toasted malt and alcohol flavour stands out well. Some more fruity notes come out on the palate, at least compared to the nose. Almost a bit of prickly pear, with a good bit of taste remaining behind with the slick body.

D: A little on the hefty side.. .while the style can be a little higher in alcohol, it seems a little "big" I don't see myself going through a lot in on sitting. That said, it's a tasty brew, and certainly enjoyable.

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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 PEBKAC
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Half gallon growler from Whole Foods. $10.99 for the fill. Poured into a plastic cup while sitting in a lawn chair with the Mets finishing up another good one in the background.

Pours a clear, but less then vibrant, washed out bronze. Dollop of creme on top.

Smell is predominately bread pudding & grainy crackers. It trails off with the smell of sticky beer residue.

Taste is mainly composed of honey wheat bread & plain Cheerios. Yeast from middle to end, with a very mild(but still refreshing), leafy bite of bitterness. Finish is a trail of Euro-like caramelization & dry wheat.

Carbonation is prickly at first, but fell off considerably on my taller pours. Alcohol is there, but only moderately aggressive.

An okay lazy afternoon beer. Missing that second gear though.

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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 Duhast500
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tasting glass from the tap.

The appearence is gold, with a nice foamy white head.

The smell is a bit spicey. Is hoppy with a floral feel to it

The taste was a bit fruity, some hints of orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Some honey and hops as well.

A nice brew from Victory brewing. I was a bit ready to not like this beer and it surprised me. This is my first Mailbock so I know I wasn't quite sure waht to expect. I can't wait to have this again.

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