St. Victorious
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Style:
Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #12
ABV:
7.6%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,756
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 10.54%
Reviews:
378
Ratings:
579
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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  110
Gots
  25
SCORE
91
Outstanding
St. VictoriousSt. Victorious
Notes: Limited seasonal draft only release. Doppelbock brewed w/ smoked 2-row German malt from Bamberg.
Reviews: 378 | Ratings: 579 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is exactly what i like in the style, nearly textbook for me, on tap in a huge tall glass at the brewery in downingtown, a pleasure to have this one at the source! rich deep amber to copper red in color, perfectly clear, holding over an inch of khaki colored head, creamy and lacy. the aroma here is subtle on the smoke, i expected a bit more of it, but it has a layered kilned malt earthy toasted property, a long boil caramelized sugar character, and some decadent bready notes, all wrapped up by a hearty german lager yeast strain, cool and patient. the beer seems more fall than spring to me, with quite a bit more of the smoke showing up than it did in the nose, a strong almost brassy minerality, fall forest vibes, almost woody, real mature on the yeast side of things, and sweet in the right places with maple and honey notes here and there with the malt sugars. it has the exact right sweetness level, body heft, and finish trajectory, and its oh so good on a hangover! this is one i had not seen before from these guys, and it was definitely my favorite from our visit to the brewery. a really solid example of the style, sturdy and rich. delicious!

Apr 08, 2017
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep cola brown hue. Aroma has nice spicey esters and dark fruit, though maybe a little faint. Very solid taste profile, raisin bread, anise, clove, some spicier phenol. Crisp german malt body.

Mar 25, 2017
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chrismann65 from Texas

4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had this on tap @ The Austin Untapped fest .! Wow; This is a Doppelbock brewed w/ smoked 2-row German malt from Bamberg. !!! What a nice smoke, smell with a med. mouth feel . I just love how dark roast brew keeps going & going !! with a long finish .!!
Great beer with BBQ...!!! If you get a chance try this great brew.!!!

Apr 20, 2015
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jancona from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64oz growler via Victory's taps. Pours a dark amber, can still see my fingers on the other side of the glass. Creamy foam with nice lacing. Smell is a bit smokey, with sweet bread and a touch of caramel. Taste is wonderful - smokey, toasted malt, sweet bread, caramel, Nilla wafers with a clean finish. Not too sweet - just right.
Victory rocks the hop styles for sure, but I have a new found love and admiration for their German styles! Zelt, Braumeister, Fest beer, St Victorious - all awesome!

Mar 26, 2015
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: a little on the dark side, I think; seems clear although it's so dark, I can't really see through it. Large amount of head in the pour that sustains and laces

S: I can distinguish a smokiness above another less distinguishable smell, reminds me of house when I am brewing. Light plum perhaps lying underneath.

T/M: this one is a little sweeter than I expected. It is a doppelbock and should have that sweeter front, but this one seems a little much. Getting past that, I get the roasted malt characteristics that might have led to the smokey notes. The taste is leather/tobacco under the malty beginning. The beer has a big body, and is smooth while being well carbonated.

O: as I read the style description, this one fits on that dark end, tending towards stout. There isn't much bitterness in the flavor, but the beer does balance out better in the end.

Jul 31, 2014
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

ACBF pour

A-Pours dark brown with a thin, tan head.

S-Fruity yeasty aroma with a brown breadiness and some caramel. Light grassy hoppiness.

T-Dark bread and fruitcake with caramel. Toffee and some apples. Light bitterness from the hops but no specific flavor.

M-Medium bodied. Softer bubbles. Alcohol hidden well. A bit creamy.

O-I've wanted to try this beer for some time. It turned out to be a tasty beer. This is one I would like to reexamine at some point.

Jun 01, 2014
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Ol_Lefty from Georgia

4.86/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Imagine a cross between shiner and guiness and you get this amazing beer

Color is a deep brown with a slightly earthy sweet smell. The taste is a sweet raisin and toasted malt rich flavor, with traces of citrus behind the two main flavors and a nice heavy but smooth finish

May 28, 2014
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micromaniac129 from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a rich ruby brown color with a medium size creamy beige head. The aroma is very malty with some dark fruits. The taste is very malty with hints of toasted malts and sweet hints of raisons and plums peeking through.
Drinks smooth and creamy, clean with some lingering alcohol in the finish.
Tastes very good... and potent.

Oct 14, 2013
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bcsbeer from Florida

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack at the brewery.

A: Deep copper with a 1 finger khaki head. After the suds were gone it looked like a glass of bourbon straight up.

S: Nice bready aroma. Picking up on raw dough as well as warm bread, with caramel, molasses, and Grand Marnier.

T: . It was a thick slice of raisin bread toasted over a camp fire topped with orange butter. This definitely had a boozy quality to it showcasing the sweet malts. I can see why the Doppelbock is known as liquid bread.

M: It had a nice weight to it. Did I mention liquid bread. Creamy and chewy. Carbonation was on the low side.

O: I think Victory did the Monks proud!

Jun 18, 2013
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep red in color with orange hues and perfect clarity. Poured with a rich, off-white foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap that left a thick ring and sheets of sticky lacings around the edge of the glass. Smoked and dark grain aromas with sweet fruit fruit in the background. Medium bodied, slighty syrupy feel at first, followed by tight, slightly aggressive carbonation. Dark and slighly charred malt flavors up front followed by chocolate malt with dark fruit flavors beneath. Herbal hop bitterness toward the end followed by smoky, tobacco-like flavors and sweetripe fruit. Fabulous flavors and aromas make this an amazing dopplebock.

Mar 29, 2013
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JednoPivoProsim from Maryland

4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. Purchased at the Victory Brewpub store. ENJOY BY: Jan 24 2014.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber body with a thick off white toffee colored head. Good carbonation.

Smell: Aroma of sweet caramel and toffee. Slight sugary molasses. Very sweet aroma. Smells delicious.

Taste: Sweet malty dates, raisins. Slight coffee flavor. Very rich and sweet. Tastes delicious!

Mouthfeel: The body isn't too thick, making this drinkable. Enough malty molasses texture to coat the mouth, but no real strong/offensive aftertaste.

Overall: Absolutely delicious and perfect for this never ending winter. What a doppelbock should be!

Mar 27, 2013
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MDDMD from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-deep ruby amber color with a light tan head and good lacing

S-malt, dark fruit, caramel, slightly smoky

T-rich malt, dark fruit, caramel, slightly burnt toast, moderately bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and rich

O-a solid doppelbock, nice flavor and very pleasant to sip

Mar 21, 2013
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CHADMC3 from Connecticut

4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep copper body with ruby hues beneath the thin, tan head, which is patient to dissolve leaving a scattered lacing around the glass.

Aromas of toffee and caramel malt float from the glass as well as figs and sugar. If I am not mistaken, there also appears to be just a hint of smoky malt, almost similar to a rauch, but again just a hint.

The flavor is similar with sweet caramel and toffee malt, a touch of dried fruits, and a dark bread quality. Again, I could swear there is a dry, campfire hint in the flavor as well. As it warms, there may be a nuttiness mid-palate as well.

Medium to fuller in body with generous carbonation and a sweet, flavorful, full finish.

A great Doppelbock that would probably have greater recognition if it made it to more markets.

Mar 18, 2013
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance
Reddish mahogany with 1 finger of tan head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with low carbonation.

Nose
Toast, biscuit, brown sugar, toffee, cocoa and sugar cookies.

Taste
Dark toasted breads, biscuit and sugar cookies. Brown sugar, toffee and cocoa nib with touches of dates. Maintains an earthy residual bitterness along with hints of smoke and floral hops.

Mouthfeel
Medium-full bodied, smooth, silky and bitter.

Overall
The flavors are right-on for a good Doppelbock, but the extra bitterness kind of kills it for me.

Mar 04, 2013
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BeerCon5 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color with a thick fluffy off white head that remains throughout most of the beer.

The scent was of roasted caramel malt, nice fruit presence.

The taste was of very strong malt, caramel, toffee, bread, sweet fruit, and light notes of alcohol.

Full body, smooth and soft, low to moderate carbonation.

This was an excellent presentation of the style, very flavorful and easy to drink. I will have to add this to one of my favorites from Vicotry.

Apr 02, 2012
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thecheapies from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Marked 'Enjoy By Dec 17 2011'. Poured into a pint glass.

Clear dark sienna body with a half-inch of cream-colored head. Frothy and withstanding.

Smells of dark bready malts and fruits. Some yeast character. Hints of caramelized sugar and cold-press coffee. Not much aromatically from the hop additions.

Roasty sweet malts, like bread pudding. Some caramel that tastes like it comes with some age. The fruits are very ripe; oxidized apple flesh, raisins, and some fried banana. The malts are tried and true, big and bready with a rich sweetness. Balancing bitterness finishes on the swallow. This is a great homage to German brewing. Stands up to some of the best.

Very slick feel. Mild carb leaves the liquid feeling creamy and full. Drinks easily.

I stand by my German brewers with making my favorite Dopplebocks--Aventinus, Celebrator, Optimator. But, Victory did really well here. I would absolutely buy this again. A well-made example.

Feb 03, 2012
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TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

1.8/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ouch - I did not like this one. While Victory is one of my favorite breweries, this flavor didn't cut it for me. My guess is that Dopplebock is not a blend I should frequent. Just too much of a dry, brown, stouty kind of beer for me that I found boring and non-tasty. Seem's Dopplebock fans may like this one, so don't let my review keep you from this one if you are a Dopplebock fan.

Nov 28, 2011
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vicsju1991 from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a twelve oz bottle into pint glass
A - pour produces a caramel/dark brown hazy colour with two finger tannish head
S - caramel, toffee, malty, a little fruity and very sweet
T - very sweet and malty, little bit of dark fruits
M - very smooth and easy to drink
O - very delicious beer, another enjoyable brew from my favorite brewing company

Nov 22, 2011
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Morey from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with "Enjoy By Dec 17 2011" stamped on the label.

Pours a hazy red-brown color. Looks really inviting when you hold it up to the light. Cream colored head stood about a finger tall, but has settled to a thin and spotty layer after about 5 minutes or so. Decent lacing on the glass as you sip.

Hearty aroma filled with sweet malts, ripe figs, a kiss of hops, and some alcohol.

Taste is malty up front, followed by a bit of sweetness. There's definitely some bitterness towards the middle. The malt body remains throughout, and makes for a smooth and slightly chewy finish.

Medium...bordering on full bodied mouthfeel with a fairly low carbonation level.

An above average Doppelbock overall. Drinks really easy too.

Morey's Bottom Line: Another solid (albeit lesser known) beer from Victory. This is a really good beer. I've had quite a few Double Bocks, and this one is up there with some of the better ones.

Oct 14, 2011
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner short style glass at Roscoe's Pizza Takoma Park.

A sticky caramel and toffee like head is presented with tiny uniform bubbles and succinct. Body is a cloudy brown and orange, sort of dull. While drinking the beer gives a good solid puck. There is no lacing on this whatsoever.

Nose has a malt stickiness and toffee classic to the style, some mild hints of chocolate and banana, but sort of clean and wet smelling. There is also a faint anise smell here too.

Taste brings a light bodied and very wet malt. Light toffee aromas in the mid palate which also mix with a sort of wodden like character, almost teak like. Texture though is very wet for such a doppelbock which I expect to be bolder and thicker.

Overall pretty solid and enjoyable, but lacking in body and fullness in the feel otherwise.

Sep 28, 2011
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Blind Tiger, NYC, NY

Poured a chestnut color with amber hues with a sparsely lacing white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, roasted nuts, toffee. Slightly sweet in the taste with caramel and toffee, subtle tones of raisin, nutty, bready, grassy, with a somewhat bitter finish/aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, moderately carbonated, and pretty easily drinkable.

Sep 06, 2011
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outdoorbrewer from New Jersey

4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into glass briskly to create a nice rocky off-white head that lasts awhile and fades to cover an bright amber brew with decent lacing. Dark bread, melanoidin malty aroma true to bock character. Brisk flavors of malt greet the palate with light bitterness to balance fades with roast grains. Finishes with bitter/sweet smoothness medium to full body, creamy texture, and an almost lively carbonation. Well worth a taste again. Enjoyed!

Aug 20, 2011
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PCampbell from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a nice dark brown / burgundy color with a medium tan head that linger on the edges for a while.

Has a very heavy smell of crystal / caramel malts, with some dark fruit and roasted malt notes as well. The taste has the same qualities as its smell: caramel & roasted malts, some great malty sweetness but there is a little bit of hops to break up all the malts.

A nicely done doppelbock, very malty and flavorful, well worth picking up if you get the chance.

Aug 04, 2011
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- A fairly clear brown with a hint of red and a nice one finger head

S- Caramel malts, hint of toasted malts, dark fruits

T- Sweet, complex, very close to the nose. Earthy, toasted finish with a hint of bitterness, I feel that it goes well with with the sweetness.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- This is a really good beer, and I am very happy I picked it up. I am very impressed by the complexity, can't wait to get more.

Jul 29, 2011
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ujsplace from Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

This brew is a deep amber color with a one finger thick tan colored head that leaves minimal lacing and a thin, wispy layer is left behind.

Smells of roasted malts, toffee, caramel, sweet dark fruit - raisins and maybe cherry.

Tastes of rich, roasted malts and dark fruits - caramel, toffee, raisins and cherries. There is also a faint spicyness that is somewhat earthy and herbal.

Smooth and creamy with a dry finish.

In spite of the abv, I enjoyed several of these - sweet, but not overly so. A nice sessionable brew.

Jul 20, 2011
St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 579 ratings