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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Reviews: 296 | Ratings: 428
Photo of jmerloni
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A really nice gold amber with tints of pink. Head is moderate, fades quickly.

S - I'm new to the style. This smells like hay to me. Quite yeasty. Maybe some pear, apricot. Maltiness is present. Interesting. I'm intrigued.

T - Bready with a berry taste. Tastes like Spring in France. I imagine Louis XXVI drinking this. It tastes earthy and regal. I can't put a label on what the flavors are here though. It's sweet, but naturally so, like honey. This is interesting.

M - Medium bodied and pretty wholesomely carbonated.

D - Pretty drinkable. Light and refreshing, especially when it's ice cold. This beer SCREAMS "SPRING" from the top of its lungs. Nice. I'll be looking into this style a bit more...It has a lot of potential I think.

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

This is an extremely solid beer, as most of Victory's are. I obtained a growler of this from the local distributor and have not been disappointed, twice now.

A very strong lager indeed. But not so strong as the flavors are not blended in a way which renders them dangerous.

Pours a nice golden color almost lagerish. The head settled down nicely after a few seconds but poured nicely. Taste- comes across very mild for a heavyweight (%-wise), with a nice complex taste and full-body. It does have a somewhat smell and you can taste some of that in the flavor as well.

I'm a big fan of this beer, especially on tap in a growler.

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Photo of speter
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear orange/copper with a two-finger white head in a pilsner glass.

S. Grassy bread with a hint of honey.

T: Sweet caramel malt dominates the palate. The finish is moderately bitter, and the aftertaste is sweetly roasted. Being a lager, there aren't any estery flavors, but the alcohol here is barely noticeable.

M: A very smooth, full-bodied beer. The carbonation is moderate, and the alcohol is well integrated.

D: A classic example of a Maibock. The integration of the alcohol allows for a sneak attack if you aren't careful.

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Photo of tedsox31
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. Orange-red appearance with a thin white head that stays around. Decent lacing.

Aroma is full of malty sweetness, followed by some caramel overtones. Also a slight fruitiness, maybe raspberries or strawberries.

Taste is slightly sweet and metallic up front. This is followed by some caramel and fruitiness, and ending with a long, lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel is decently carbonated, medium and chewy. Dry finish.

A good beer, and very drinkable for that 7.0% abv tag.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is light copper in color and poured with a small head that quickly disappeared. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There is a light aroma of caramel and grainy malts.
T: The initial taste is slightly sweet from the caramel malts and there are some notes of bitter and metallic flavors in the finish. The taste becomes more complex as it warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate; the alcohol lends a slight warming effect. As the beer warms up, it feels a little more heavier-bodied.
D: The alcohol is well masked from the smell and taste. The beer is relatively easy to drink and I wouldn't mind trying this again when I'm outside on a spring day.

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Photo of mempath
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

beautiful tawny-apricot with off-white head that lingers, settles with little lacing.

nice malty nose with a kiss of hops. rich but subtle...

yeah, nice thick/deep malt sense with a peppering of hoppy notes. near chewy and quite luscious for a spring/may brew. alot of ineffable joyousness going on. a true fest beer.

drinkable as all git out. this is sort of perfect for what it is. pure balance. is this really a 7+abv concoction?

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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 jwhancher
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep gold to very light amber color. Excellent frothy head that persists for a long time. Would make an ideal ad for a magazine advertisement just from the looks. Aroma is very clean. Some light bready & toastiness. No noticeable hop aroma. Flavor is sweet caramel like with a honey finish. Very nice display of malt flavor. Again bread-like. Good carbonation with nice medium mouthfeel. Not too light or heavy like. Drinkability is so-so. I enjoy this very much, but maybe not a big fan of the style

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

Bought this out of desparation, as there were no other Maibock brews available but this one and the one from the Muenchner Hofbraeuhaus. But - what a great find! Lucky us!

Pours slightly orange-ish with a nice off-white head, foam stays around for quite a while.

Nose is a bit fruity, but not much.

First sip is refreshing, hops is knocking at your door. Prickly mouthfeel, but it is absolutely not over-carbonated. Just rightly done.

The taste is round. This is what I first thought and keep thinking. Round. Very satisfying.

The bottle does not say how much alcohol is inside. I only read here it is above 7%. Really? I would have never guessed that! It really does not knock you out, it does not hit you in the head like other brews with that alcohol content.

All in all such a nice spring brew, that we actually went back to that tiny Pizza place in WB ("Antonio's") and bought more!

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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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Photo of DIM
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a chill hazed golden coppery color. It poured with a thick, moderately sticky, densely fizzy head.

s: Biscuity malts, flowery hops, and some delicately sweet fruity aromas of apricot. Just a little heat coming off of this as well.

t: A little on the sweet side, with surprisingly strong apricot flavors. The crisp, cereal/biscuity malts were relegated to the back round. I would have preferred the reverse I think. The finish dries out quite a bit with some fairly assertive leafy bitterness.

m: Nicely chewy body with prickly, fizzy carbonation.

d: Plenty here to like, but there are some better examples of the style to be found locally. This did hit the spot after 5 hours of yard work.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden, honey color. Plenty of sparkly delicious head throughout.

The first taste I felt was like a spicy pilsner.

The more I kept drinking, I kept thinking saison while sipping this baby. Probably due to the potent spiciness. Also, detected strong hints of what I can only relate to that of rosemary.

The taste packed a hell of a punch (a bit in the alcohol, too) compared to the smell, which was way more subtle (but not as a whole) - peppery and piney.

I could drink at least two, maybe three in a sitting and savor every drop.

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Photo of EtOHMD
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the other side outside on the patio. Clear copper color with thick white creamy head. Tons of nonstop carbonation. Very nice appearance. Fruity , bready smell, kind of faint. Sweet, malty, bready, fruity (grape) taste with slightly oily / resin aftertaste. Chewy thick feel up front with carbonation on backend. Could go for a couple. Gets better as warms up and carbonation dies down a little.

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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 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 nicnut45
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-A clear nice golden color. Slightly tan head. Not a lot of head on the pour, maybe a fingers worth.

S-Smell is clean. Nice earthy hop aroma. Not very fresh, doesnt really pop out that much.

T-Nicely balanced, earthy hops, slightly toasted malt flavors. Not as sweet as I was expecting, a bit of dryness to it.

M.F.-A bit thinner then I expected but not bad. A soft carbonation.

D-Very drinkable. Cant believe its a 7.5. I would give it another go.

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Photo of david18
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer over the weekend at George Keeley's on the upper west side of Manhattan.

It was a good beer and very true to the style. Dark coppery color, good carbonation that's much lighter than the beer. ABV is a little strong for the flavor/color etc. but in general it was a great beer.

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