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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-13-2002

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Reviews: 296 | Ratings: 428
Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one as a nice extra recently. I was surprised that I had not had it before. But a nice style for a warm day. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/02/2009

Appearance 3.5 - Poured out a bright golden yellow with a big fizzy head on the top. This soon faded and dropped back into nothing at all. Lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass though.

Smell 3.5 - Light grains, hints of bready notes and a touch of a flowery type of aroma at first. As it warms though just lots of grains and bready notes all over it.

Taste 4 - Crisp, clean and well defined. Very nice example of the style. It was light and cleans with a light clove like flavor mid palate before a nice dose of grassy and herbal like hops came through at the end offering just enough of a drying notion to leave a nice long bready finish in place.

Feel 4 - Light bodied and smooth and clean it was definitely a class act. Well carbonated and nicely put together, I would have no issue at all with having this one again any day.

Drinkability - 4 easily drinkable. This pretty much sums it up. I was able to put it down quite nicely and without much effort

Overall 3.8 - Very nicely done here. Nothing crazy and outrageous but very nicely done. I would have no issue at all with going forward with this.

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

I had this on tap at Bully's in Columbia on 6/10. Served in a goblet chilled.

A - A beautiful dark golden w/ excellent clarity and a thick white head w/ densely packed bubbles

S - Crisp malt w/ biscuit and honey aspects w/ a mellow German yeast aroma and almost no alcohol scent. Mild pils aroma w/ light grainy nose overall just like wholegrain pancakes w/out syrup

M - A texture of mild slightly grainy malt w/ moderate amount of carbonation w/ light nutty/grainy texture w/ slightly husky quality, but has a mildly sweet finish w/ hint of alcohol warmth

T - A light honey taste w/ grainy sweetness and the slightly dry malt flavor has a taste that is mild and quenching with crisp malt flavor and gentle taste of alcohol as the sip is swallowed. The malt is complemented by a yeast flavor w/ mild hops and lasting grain complexity

D - A great Maibock w/ plenty of Malt, the flavor is complex yet still smooth enough to be considered very drinkable. The taste ripples across the tongue and begs for repeated tastes. A very fine example of the style -represents well.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Another second-chancer, which I'm happy to see out here in the middest of the Midwest. It pours a pretty clear pale amber topped by a finger of wan ecru foam. The nose comprises buttery biscuits, orange zest, caramel, and a light smattering of flowers. The taste strikes a very nice balance between orange-laden citrus on the one hand and buttery bread and caramel on t'other. Good times. The body is a stolid medium, with a light carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, a decidedly nice brew, something to kick back on a lazy autumn day.

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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 billab914
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped glass. It poured golden in color with a fizzy, white head to it. The head faded after a few minutes, and left just a bit of lacing on my glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a crisp, grainy flavor to it. Some earthy, slightly peppery hops give it some very nice balance. Very clean, crisp and balanced beer.

The taste is similar to the nose suggested, with crisp, grainy flavors leading the way. I also get some more of the earthy, peppery hoppiness, especially in the finish. I get just a bit of sweetness coming through up front, where the hops seem to take over towards the finish.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a very nice beer. It was crisp, clean, balanced, but also had a lot of flavor to it. Everything came together very nicely and made for a very easy drinking and tasty beer. A nice refreshing choice after working on the house all day. Definitely one of the better ones of the style I've had.

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

Anytime I see a Victory product on tap I have to try it, they just are always a wonderful balanced representation of their style this maibock definitely delivers for me. Pours amber mild brown with an off white peach colored head. A nice trickled lace forms as the head begins to dwindle. Aroma is full of malt balanced by slighlty floral hops, a breadiness possibly from the yeast, and a touch of plum notes comes through to form one amazing beer aroma. Taste is very nice mellow balanced flavor primarily consists of malt sweet tones with an underlying fruit tone and hop profile tip toeing on my palate followed by a warming rush of aclohol that is not too overbearing just need to give this beer a little kick. Mouthfeel is slightly stickywith a tickling carbonation from this well-consructed medium bodied Victory classic. Drinkability nice spring/summer seasonal that I was pleased to find on tap very nice beer that plan to visit revisit hopefully in Downington.

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

This was another beer with a thin white head that just seemed to evaporate upon contact with the air. It was a crystal-clear golden-yellow with just a wisp of a head remaining. It had a huge, malty nose. My notes at this point have the remark, "Now, we're gettin' somewhere." There was a good sweet/malty taste in the mouth and the finish was also sweet, but it reminded me of hay or silage (you'd have to be a farmer or spent time around a farm). There was a mild, lingering bitterness in the mouth as the beer warmed. The longer I went, the more I got a strong flavor of honey. It was a decent beer, but the ABV and the sweetness make it one that two would probably be plenty.

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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 jwc215
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Enjoy by Sept. 23, 07.

Pours golden with a thin, fizzy white head that fizzles away to a thin patch.

The smell is of lively, fresh grain, a touch of caramel with some earthiness. Robust, clean, lager aroma.

The taste is of sweet, fresh grain. Robust. Sweet caramel mixes with the grain. Balanced by earthy/nutty hops. It remains swert overall, with a touch of alcohol warmth in the finish.

Full-bodied, creamy, smooth. Fresh, bold flavor lingers.

An outstanding American interpretation of the style. The fresh grain, balanced sweetness and just enough alcohol make this a wonderful mid-to-late spring drink. Good one to sip in the cool to warm, but not-yet-hot weather.

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

Rich, deep golden hued, smallish white head.

Bold, malt-laden aromatics, heavy hanging in the nose, and brimming with booze. Cereal grains meets paint thinner with light floral and honeyed notes.

Taste: a blast in the mouth, robust to be sure, than fading a bit, leaving the palate just a touch dry, and a little empty. From the force of the beginning, I expected a more presence in the body. Instead, this seems too thin and malt liquor-ish. Well-crafted, as is everything they do, but a bit too blunt this one, could have used some subtley and nuance, and maybe some flavor beyond malted grains and alcohol.

I'll finish the rest of the 6-er, but none too quickly, and without any exceptional pleasure.

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Photo of tempest
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow with a nice white head. Sweet, slightly fruity aroma with malts behind. This beer reminds me of a good helles lager. I dont know where the bock fits in, but this is a strong and tasty lager. After the initial sweetness, it gives way to bready malts. Not much for hops, but a very ncie beer. Great drinkability for the strength. Call it a go to beer for a hot day when you want a buzz.

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

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale and Vienna malt scent along with a touch of citrus and malt sweetness. The taste is good. It has a smooth malty flavor that boasts of pale and Munich malts along with a dry yeast finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a well brewed Hellesbock. It's malt forward with a damn smooth finish.

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Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange in color with a 1/2" head. No lacing develops.

Smell: easily detectable grass, ripe fruits, and sweet malts.

Taste: big malty beer. Honey is first thing you notice, followed by some hints of orange citrus, sweet ripe fruits, and a nice bitterness to round out. Alcohol is very lightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, but finishes smooth and has a hint of a syrupy feel. The aftertaste is long on the sweetness.

Drinkabililty: this is no means a session brew, but the glass I had went down smooth and rather quickly. Could have easily had another, but there were other interesting things on tap I wanted to try. Great beer for springtime in the mid-atlantic.

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

This one pours a a muddied orange brown, kind of like apple cider. The bottle is a little old so the aromas don't come out as they should. It smells of subtle pale sweet malts with light citrusy sweetness. It tastes very good for a Helles Bock. The citrusy hops complement the pale malts quite well. It drinks smooth with mild carbonation. I'm a fan of this one. I normally don't like this style but it has good flavor and is very drinkable for 7.4%.

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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 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 Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Clear yellow with a decent fizzy white head. A bit of lace.

S. Smells like euro hops and a bit sweet. Inviting.

T. Sweet malts accompanied by a gentle hopping. Light and grainy. Kind of like a hopped up cream ale crossed with a german lager.

M. Light bodied and very smooth drinking.

D. This is a pretty good summer beer. There is a sweetness and hop to balance. The German schooled brewer of Victory scores again. Recommended.

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Photo of plaid75
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium cloudy copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a full malty grain with a smattering of noble hop aroma.

The flavor was serious upfront grain with a smooth rounded malt flavor and a subtle hop spiciness. Mild warming alcohol as well.

The mouthfeel was full, smooth and creamy.

Overall a full bodied bock. A good solid ABV. Tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of biegaman
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You can tell just from looking at it that this beer has more character than a typical helles (pale) lager; its body is densely shaded-in with amber coloring and littered with thick flakes of yeast. Despite emanating a glowing warmth in the light, clarity is non-negotiable given the sediment. Bubbles are spotted but accumulate to no more than a thin ringlet.

Going by the first few sniffs, it's looking (err, smelling) like St. Boisterous lives up to its name. This smells as rich and complex as a beer both much darker and higher in alcohol; toasty, malty-rich melanoidins thrive. Prune, raisin and dried cherries are noticed very briefly before being washed away by a sweeping maltiness and underlying leafy, spicy hoppiness.

Boy, these guys don't mess around - when they set out to brewing a bock there was no compromising. A rich, full, hearty bill of quality continental malts dominates with a clean, impressionable, lasting flavour that is toasty, well-attenuated and only a trifle sweet. The alcohol is not tasted, although teams-up with the hops to give the finish a little "umph!"

Maibocks, like the month in their name, are transitional beers. While its malts, pale and clean, conjure the easy enjoyment of a summertime brew, its hopping is more aggressive and its alcohol hovers a high percentage, just like its wintry, more hearty cousins. St. Boisterous captures that perfectly: it's bright and clean, yet substantially flavoured and strong.

I swear Bill and Ron (Victory's brewmasters) majored in being German; they've emulated seemingly all German styles to perfection. Bocks are a style really easy to get wrong: they're easy to brew too sweet, too strong, not clean enough, not flavourful enough. You need really high-quality ingredients and a really thorough understanding of what you're doing - neither of which are ever a problem for this brewery. Watch Germany now try to annex Pennsylvania.

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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 tobelerone
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Victory. Pours a very pale gold with good clarity, a small head that settles fairly quickly, and minimal lacing. Simple but clean aroma; bready; biscuit malt; a hint of earthy and floral hoppiness underneath; very light honey-like sweetness.

The flavor follows the nose pretty closely. All in all I found it to be a bit on the bland side. There’s a clean and light, slightly toasted bread character to the malt, a little biscuit and honey sweetness that dries out in the finish, and again a modest floral hop character.

Medium to slightly light bodied with crisp carbonation. A simple style and a simple execution in line with traditional examples. Easy drinking with well hidden alchohol. Ultimately a bit unexciting.

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Photo of John_M
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Went for a bottle of this when the German Dunkelweisse on tap was kaput at Mahaffey's.

The beer pours an interesting orange, copper color. There is very little head or lacing, though on the nose one picks up some honey and sweet malt. Not bad, though scarcely impressive. On the palate this beer is very light and one dimensional, with a pronounced flavor of sweet malt. Frankly, I was amazed at the abv., as this beer is very light and drinkable, if not particularly interesting. The flavor became a bit more pronounced as it sat in the glass and warmed up, but utlimately this came across as a light, one dimensional, summer quaffing beer. It's fine for what it is I suppose, but this is not what I'm looking for when I pay $3.50 for a bottle of beer. I cannot say this is one of the better Maibocks I've had.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at The Owl House in Rochester, NY.

Pours a slightly cloudy light orange, with a small half inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells kinda faint and weak, unfortunately. A little bit of grassy noble hoppiness, but not much else.

Tastes a little faint and uninspired, too. Some light grassiness, with not much noticeable malt flavor, other than some light cracker, and some light breadiness/doughiness. Some slight lager yeast. Just not a whole lot to get excited about here, unfortunately.

Light bodied, crisp mouthfeel, slightly watery.

A rare forgettable brew from Victory, I thought they would've knocked this one right out of the park.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of March 11, 2012. Sampled on April 27, 2011. It pours pale yellow with a fuzzy white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is more grainy than anything else with a malty note thrown in on the side. The body is thin to medium but tolerable. The taste also comes across as grainy with a light but dry hop kick at the end.

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