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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
Reviews:
296
Ratings:
428
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
13.8%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
6
For Trade:
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Reviews: 296 | Ratings: 428
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 claspada
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aromas are centered around suble bready and pale malts with some slight caramel/honey sweetness. A small bit of spicy/flowery hop character

The tastes are nice and pleasant. Somewhat sweet with pale malts, honey, grain, some pepperiness from the yeast and some mild grassy hops on the finish. Body is medium to light and the mouthfeel is crisp with fairly lively carbonation. Drinkability is high. A very solid beer through and through.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a 6-pack a while back from MI but didn't rate, now I'm drinking a bottle I just got in PA.

The beer is clear and light orange colored, with no head at all, just some skimpy bubbles on top. The smell was mighty nice though, malty and doughy, leading to a sweet malty flavor (a little bitter in the aftertaste). Thick enough to satisfy as a bock should in my opinion, but thin enough to be easily drinkable (except the ABV tempers that a little). Very nice heller bock.

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Photo of Suds
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a mostly clear golden color with a very slim head. Nice, malt-heavy aroma. The beer has a slightly toasted scent, with a bread and alcohol scent. Clean flavor, with a prominent malt character. A little sulfur-like note, but otherwise clean. Sweet. Firm body, and very drinkable. Overall, a good bock.

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Photo of ZAP
4.92/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clean, clear regal gold color....sweet, malty nose of honey, vanilla, and toasted vienna malts...top notch..

Body is medium to full..pretty big for a maibock but not too big...easy drinking...perfect carbonation...slick feel..

Excellent tasting maibock. Sweet...slight honey and vanilla...big on the toasted malts...a slight floral hop impression.

What an incredible maibock...perhaps the best I have had....highly recommended...better than Capital in my opinion...

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

A: This poured a translucent copper with some off-white head.
S: It smelled like bready yeast and warm caramel with some metallic hops and light citrus.
T: It tasted like metallic hops and juicy citrus, with bready yeast and some sweet caramel. It had a sharp bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation.
D: This was a pretty nice lager that was fairly basic, but light and easy to drink. The aftertaste was a bit harsh, especially considering how tame the taste was up front. But the alcohol was well hidden, and it was a generally enjoyable drink.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear shimmering golden color. The head is massive, and receds slowly into thick lacing. The aroma is grassy, grainy, but with a nice fruity background. The taste is a perfect balance between grassy and fruity, and is midly sweet overall. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is one of the best maibocks I have had to date. I will certainly drink this again whenever I get the chance.

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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 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 bubseymour
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Nice yellow clear pilsner look with frothy 2 finger head.

Smell - Not quite what I was expecting but still pleasant. Sweet malty scents is what I'm picking up.

Taste - Not quite sure I'm on board with this one on the first couple of sips then I start to get used to it a little more and enjoy it somewhat as I progress. Starts off very strong and somewhat boozy, and ends with a crisp noble hop bite similiar to the Prima Pils (a much better beer by Victory).

Very full bodied mouthfeel.

Overall - I think this is a good beer but not a great one from Victory. It seems more like an Imperial Pils than a Maibock/Helles Bock however.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle with a very colorful but classically styled Victory label, this bottle has a green colored background with a cheery Father Xmas like chap with a half-evil wry smile. Lots of blurb to the left describe the background to this brew and references the Bavarian Hellerbock style which it trades as. No strength listed but it has an ‘Enjoy By Oct 13 06’ Date.

Appearance: Incredibly clear and deep shining golden body with a polished orange refraction. Quick rising ¼” thick head fizzes into life and pops away to leave only a ‘bare bones’ covering. Not much head at all, a little white affair that soon breaks down to leave a thick but clinging halo covering which breaks in the middle. Minimal ‘spotty’ lacing. Carbonation is finely dissolved and has some life but it seems like it is on its way out.

Nose: Hints of alcohol set against some straw and sweet malts sit in and amongst metallic hints of floral hops. Clean nose with a bready accent.

Taste: The baked bread body is punctuated with a malty thread, which has straw, sweetness and some more floral input from the hops. Light metallic feel, clean middle with a ringing hop bite finish. Spices up as it warms, or is it juts the hops waking up when warmed from hibernation!? Finish is very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Wanes a little towards the finish, but has a solid feel that appears to only suffer from a low level of conditioning.

Drinkability: It has one of those “I’ll just have another quick sip” attractive qualities about it. A 12 ounce bottle seems to take the piss, just as you really get into this one it’s all gone.

Overall: I managed a draft sample of both the St. Boisterous and St. Victorious during my first ever visit to the Victory Brewery tap, almost two years to the day on 29th May 2004. It was great back then and it still is, nice to see it in bottles. A Victory-V Salute to BigHuge for the permanent loan of this marvelous brew.

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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 Bierman9
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stopped by Victory on D-Day, 06JUN09, with daughter Caitlin. Ended up with a couple of pints of this with dinner. The 0.5l glass was filled with an enticing, medium-golden, clear nectar. Occaisional carbo headed topside, towards the creamy, fine white head. Lacing in the glass was top-shelf. Nose was bready and floral, a great invite to sample more deeply. Body was very solidly medium, with nary a hint of prickliness on the tongue.

Flavor was replete with bready, toasty, malts. The sweetness level here was perfect. Hops were well represented, with lightly fruity traits (think pear and green apple). A superb blend of malt and hops! Oh so drinkable! Prosit!!

4.35
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5

*** *** ***

Original review from 25MAY03. Hell yeah! Wish this bier was available in New England! St. B has a medium copper color, with perhaps a tinge of orange. It was clear throughout, and had a fine, thin white head atop it, with decent lacing. Nose was malty and sweet (in a Hell-Bock kind of way), and both body and smoothness on the tongue were medium. The flavor has a healthy dose of bready malt, nice and toasty and semi-sweet. A hint of fruitiness (and just a hint) shows up about midway through, and there is a crisp, fresh hop finish to St. B. Nicely balanced all the way! This is a lovely Bier! Prosit!!

overall: 4.25
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a fluffy white head that rises to about 3 fingers in depth. Hangs on for a short time then faded away to a thin film of foam. Does leave splotches of lacing all over the inside of the glass. The beer is bright gold, very clear and has no visible carbonation.

Aroma, is of grains, and lots of mineral notes. I'm not sure how to describe it, but it does smell like some of the other Maibocks that I've had. A sweetness to this.

Sweet malt is my first thought. Malt sweetness is also my second thought. Some graininess, then some mineral/metallic flavors. After this there is a burst of hop bitterness that cuts through the sweetness. As the hop notes fade away, the sweetness returns. There is a moment at the end where you get a sense of the alcohol, but this is not overt.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and slightly sticky. Carbonation is very light.

Fairly drinkable, but a touch too sweet. Would not have guessed this was a 7%+ ABV without knowing.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden pour with a thick head that disappeared but a constant stream of bubbles percolating through. Smell is of candied fruit and malt. The taste is fantastic. Malty without being cloyingly sweet, with faint traces of toasted grain in the backgroun. The hop character is just barely there, enough to make its presence felt and reinforce the maltiness. There is an almost peppery little bite that comes through with the alcohol, but the creamy mouthfeel ties everything back together really well. Overall, a fantastic beer (does Victory make any other kind) that I am excited to have easy access to this spring.

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

Draught @ Victory. This one pours a absolutely clear golden color. There was very little white head on it. The nose was somewhat malty and also had a slight grassiness to it. The taste is a bit of a malty biscuity taste, and was slightly sweet. The medium body belies its 7.4% alcohol. Very Good!

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

Brilliant golden orange, clear, clean, with a small, tight, off-white head. Smells of honey, tangy vegetal sweetness, fruity malt sugars, maple syrup, and spicy herbal hops. Nice and very hellesbockish. Spicy hop edge up front on an otherwise malty sweet taste. Honey and vegetal malt sweetness, with flashes of sugar. Cooked vegetable twang/bitterness in the finish. Kind of warming, but not hot. A good lager for this cool 4th of July evening as the fireworks rain down outside. Nothing exceptional, but a solid Victory.

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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 Morey
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle with "Enjoy By Mar 11 2012" stamped on the label. Layer of sediment noted, but I managed to keep it all in the bottom of the bottle.

Pours a hazy yellow/gold color with about a half inch of white foam which has settled to a thin and spotty layer after several minutes. Good head retention.

Smell is slightly fruity and yeasty. A touch of grain, alcohol, and oily hops in the nose as well.

I'm getting some sweetness up front with a touch of lemon towards the middle. Malts help make for a bit of chewy finish with a hint of lingering alcohol and bitterness.

Medium bodied with a nice chewy texture on the back end. Moderate carbonation.

Pretty good overall. Not something that I could drink too many of though.

Morey's Bottom Line: I've only had a handful of beers within this style, but this one is probably my favorite so far. Another nice beer from Victory.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours clear straw with 1/2 finger of frothy head.

N: Pear, hay, barnyard funk, hints of spruce and lemon zest.

T: Breads, grains, green tea. Finishes dry with lingering spices.

M: Medium bodied, dry, prickly and somewhat sticky.

O: Extremely smooth and drinkable. Slightly bitter and crisp. Beautiful nose and interesting flavors. Makes a nice session ale.

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

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - hazed rust color with a white head that stayed as a thin layer leaving spots of lacing.

S - aroma is bready and earthy.

T - very well played, this beer tastes like it was brewed in Germany. Sweet malts dominate with a light bittering on the finish.

F - medium bodied with a crisp feel.

D - goes down easy enough.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 6/9/09.

A - Clear golden body with large bubbles of carbonation and one-finger off-white head that receded to a thin ring of retention and left some patchy lace around the glass.

S - Fruity and citrusy aroma with hints of fresh lemon and lime, melons and kiwi fruit. Malt is sweet and caramel-based with honey notes. Some light floral hops and subtle alcohol notes also emerged as the liquid warmed up.

T - Initial flavor is fruity with hints of sweet melons and honey as well as juicy citrus fruit. Hop bitterness is pretty subtle overall with some floral notes escaping from underneath the malty sweetness. Finishes with a caramel malt character and a mild syrupy sweetness.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and pretty thick, rich mouthfeel overall, yet still retains a crispness akin to a malty pilsner.

D - Really sessionable for a 7.3% brew. This felt lighter than your typical Maibock, almost like a pilsner but with a more pronounced sweet palate and heftier malt character.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a slightly chilled 12 oz bottle from santoslhalper. Thx man!

The beer is poured into a pint glass and a fizzy off white head foams up and quickly fades to nothing. Several streams of bubbles rise to the surface but none reform the head. Color is a bright clear bronze that is similar in color to apple juice.
Aroma is caramel and some lite citrusy lemon scents. Very lite floral hops too.

First sip reveals a light body with an overall clean and crisp profile. Flavor starts with some general malt sweetness with caramel and lite fruitiness. Rolls to a bit of a bitey spicy hop finish.
No hint of abv anywhere.

Beer is very nice and refreshing. I kinda wish I had let it chill longer as I think it is prob even better colder. Another nice brew from the guys in Downingtown!

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